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 LichtmanPosted 08.16.2012 at 5:30 pm 2 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.
We've taken a look at some of the instruments Mars rover Curiosity will be using now that it's arrived at its destination, and our friends at PopPhoto have a look at the cameras that are documenting its journey.
By Colin LecherPosted 08.03.2012 at 4:35 pm 0 Comments
It wouldn't be right to go this week without a photographic look at the Olympics, so we've got this awesome fencing image, a shot of the competitor-tracking cameras, and the unlit Olympic flame. But there's also a lot more, including a 3-D supernova and a deadly typhoon in China. Check out the gallery to see them all.
For a photographer, the Olympics are a goldmine--there are stories big and small, athletes in prime physical condition, the drama of the sports and the Games itself. But it's also a challenge to shoot all that stuff. Our friends over at Pop Photo talked to veteran Getty photographer and awesome name-haver Streeter Lecka about what gear he's bringing to London. It's especially interesting to hear how a Getty photographer does this kind of thing--it's not exactly how you or I would work. Read the story over at Pop Photo.
Big news in the camera world, courtesy of our friends at PopPhoto: Canon just announced its first mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (ILC). ILCs are great because they take, largely, the core features and image quality of a DSLR and shrink them to near-point-and-shoot size--plus, you retain the ability to swap lenses. Sony has owned the category lately, but Canon's EOS M has most of the internals of its currently excellent Rebel line of entry-level DSLRs, including the same sensor as the T4i. It'll retail for $800 when it's released in October. Read more at PopPhoto.