The goofy Samsung Galaxy Camera--a point-and-shoot with a 4.8-inch touchscreen and a full version of Android--came out of nowhere and actually impressed us. The interface is fast and efficient for changing settings, the screen is great, and the camera has some pretty decent optics to book (21x optical zoom lens, 16MP CMOS sensor). And we just got an email from AT&T telling us the camera will cost $499.99, either with or without a 4G data plan. Yoooouch. That's even more than the $450 Canon S110, the reigning champ of advanced compacts. We'll have a full review soon so you can see if it's worth it.
Your camera--whether it's a DSLR, an interchangeable-lens camera, or an advanced compact--doesn't need to stay as it was when you bought it. You can make your camera suit you, to do what you want it to do and exactly how you want to do it. These hacks, gathered by our friends at Pop Photo, range from super simple, no-cost hacks (change what the buttons do!) to more advanced hardware tweaks (swap out the screen, add GPS/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth). See the whole list here.
Our good friends at Popular Photography are out in Cologne, Germany, eating sausage and getting their sausage-grease-covered fingers all over the next generation of camera gear at Photokina 2012, the world's biggest camera convention. There's some amazing stuff already--the Android-running Samsung Galaxy Camera, the fantastically tiny Sony NEX-6 mirrorless camera, the new full-frame Nikon D600 DSLR, and many more. Check out their full coverage here.
Sony makes some of the best tiny interchangeable-lens cameras (ILCs) in the game, but ILCs have had issues in the past with autofocus on a technical level, due to the smaller sensors. The new NEX-5R, the follow-up to the excellent NEX-5N, has 99 phase-detection autofocus sensors, so it can autofocus like a champ. Plus it's got a 180-degree swiveling screen and Wi-Fi, plus the promise of lots of cool apps from Sony. Read more about it at Pop Photo.
Connected cameras aren't new--hell, there have been connected SD cards for like five years--but this is a bit of a departure for Nikon. The Coolpix S800c is a 16MP point-and-shoot with a big 3.5-inch touchscreen, which will be used to navigate a full copy of Android Gingerbread, with Wi-Fi and GPS and apps and all that. We've yet to actually use it, but it has some interesting possibilities, especially for mobile uploading to Facebook, Instagram, or whatever else. It'll cost $350 when it's released in November, which our friends at PopPhoto note is $50 cheaper than the 64GB iPod Touch. [Pop Photo]
Our friends at American Photo have a great feature up today about hyperspectral photography, a technique that takes advantage of the fact that photographs often capture light beyond the visible spectrum. Using the technique, you can peel back history--and see what lies underneath pages that have been blacked out, erased, or written over. It's already leading to new discoveries about Lincoln, Archimedes, Sophocles, and more--what'll be next? Read the full story at American Photo.
By David Brady as told to Flora Lichtman
Posted 08.16.2012 at 5:30 pm 3 Comments
"Our Aware-2 camera combines 98 small cameras with a spherical lens to take black-and-white gigapixel photographs. It set the record for the largest digital snapshot by a terrestrial camera. One image from the camera, printed at 300 dots per inch, is 8 feet high by 16 feet long.
Generations of sweating architects and designers have been at work for hundreds of years, pulling inspiration from different sources, to give the biggest, most iconic cities in the world their unique looks. The result is a Paris that isn't the same as New York and a Barcelona that isn't the same as Tokyo. We can pick up on the subtle differences, and now new software can, too.
David Pogue of the NYTimes called it "the best pocket camera ever made." Gizmodo called it a "significant achievement" in both image quality and physical design. But only our buddies over at Pop Photo have a serious, professional test of the Sony RX100's abilities, putting it through its paces to test for noise, color accuracy, contrast, overall image quality, and more--and they found that, though expensive as all hell at $650, it is indeed a very impressive piece of kit. Read the full story over at Pop Photo.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.