Camera design is getting more and more interesting as its components get smaller, but there's one major limitation: cameras are always made out of cameras. I know! Ridiculous! Our friends over at Pop Photo put together a list of cameras made out of things that are not cameras--turtle shells, garbage cans, an egg, and more. Take a note, camera makers. Read the full story over at Pop Photo.
The synchronized left-right-left-right neck swivel that's the hallmark of tennis spectation can be tough on the cameraman, too. Even in professional hands, capturing the perfect sequence is difficult when done manually. But a new project is aiming to autonomize a camera to perfectly capture close-up, dead-center video of fast-moving objects. And, at least when chasing a ping-pong ball, it looks good.
The fastest camera ever made can automatically count individual cells, processing millions of images continuously and doing it 100 times faster than existing light microscopes. This super-fast imaging system could potentially detect cancer cells lurking in millions of healthy cells, and could lead to speedier diagnosis of disease.
Happy Fourth! We've resurrected a highly festive video from our archive to get you in the holiday spirit.
The Phantom line of ultra-high-speed video cameras have held PopSci's rapt attention even before the v12 model won our Best of What's New Award in 2008. So what better way to celebrate our nation's independence than aiming a Phantom v641 from New Jersey's Vision Research at all manner of explosives, resulting in high-definition footage of fireworks going off at a glorious 2,000 frames per second?
It sounds like the new 50 gigapixel camera from engineers at Duke University and the University of Arizona was a simple, intuitive, Lego-inspired idea: stack 98 cameras on top of each other to make one big camera. That's the main idea, anyway. What's tough is taking the information from those 98 flashes and organizing it without the camera going up in smoke. That's why it uses about 3 percent of its hardware to do actual camera stuff, while the rest of it goes to wiring that takes the info and gets it to make sense.
By Ian Chant, Sarah Fecht, Amanda SchupakPosted 06.19.2012 at 10:02 am 1 Comment
The first true Goods roundup of the summer is full of things you can do outside. Go skateboarding...on an electric skateboard! Head outside and shoot the skies with an astronomy-focused DSLR! Play baseball with a crazy angled ball that enables massive curveballs!
Nikon's followup to the D3s, the D4, has recently taken the reins as Nikon's current big boy--the absolute top-of-the-line, crazy-powerful beast of a camera, competing with the Canon 1D. Our buddies over at Pop Photo just posted their full-on hardcore camera test of the D4, thoroughly examining its image quality and usability under all sorts of conditions to see if it's worth the title of Nikon's finest--and the $6,000 price tag. Check it out here.
Our friends over at Popular Photography got a hands-on look at the new Canon EOS Rebel T4i, the sequel to the fantastic entry-level T3i DSLR. It's not wildly different from its predecessor, but with a more powerful processor, a better autofocus (including continuous autofocus in video mode, a great feature), and, most importantly, a very flashy touchscreen interface (including touch to focus and navigation), it's definitely worth a look for anyone considering an entry-level (or even intermediate-level) DSLR. Check out the report (with video of the new interface) over at Pop Photo.
By Ian ChantPosted 06.01.2012 at 11:24 am 3 Comments
It begins with a tweet and ends with a twisted ankle. Still, since everyone seems intent on continuing to stumble along looking down at their smartphones, Transparent Screen can help minimize accidents. The Android app overlays any screen content on top of a live image from the phone's camera, so users can keep their eyes on the display without bumping into others or wandering into the street. Transparent Screen is available for free at Google Play.
Sorry wannabe Google Gogglers, but your Terminator-styled visual overlays are not going to be here as soon as you might have wanted. Google is still being quite dodgy with the details surrounding its much-anticipated augmented reality glasses, but CNET confirms after spending some time at Google HQ that informational overlays will be more restricted, displaying above the normal line of sight, “about where the edge of an umbrella might be.”