Any sentimentalist knows why we carry cameras: to capture memories. And a memory captured is one you don't need to remember yourself. That's more or less the idea behind the new Vicon Revue. The device, which is based on a Microsoft Research project, is a three-ounce camera that automatically snaps away all day long, remembering events so you don't have to. We took it out for a test drive.
This American photographer has developed a luminous new take on Kirlian photography, a process that involves sending electrical currents through objects that rest directly on a photographic plate
By Popular PhotographyPosted 05.19.2010 at 1:22 pm 0 Comments
Alone in the Arizona desert in 1999, photographer Robert Buelteman had a flash of clarity — the rest of his life looked utterly predictable, and he was no longer in love with his conventional black & white work. That's when he developed the "Buelteman technique," which adds light sources such as xenon strobes, tungsten and fiber optics to traditional Kirlian photography--a type of photogram created with high-voltage electric currents. Buelteman literally "paints" his subjects by illuminating them with a fiber-optic probe the size of a human hair. Using no computer enhancement, the outcome is at the mercy of physics.
Click on for a full gallery of Buelteman's electrifying photographs from our sister site, PopPhoto.com.
Sony's new camera series bring larger sensors, interchangeable lenses and HD video in a surprisingly small package
By Popular PhotographyPosted 05.11.2010 at 11:34 am 0 Comments
Just a few months ago, Sony made it clear that the next extension of its Alpha brand would come in the form of an HD-video-shooting interchangeable lens compact. Now, those prototypes have become full-blown cameras in the form of the new NEX-3 and NEX-5, which will be hitting shelves in July. Both come packing the same new 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, which is almost 60% bigger (23.4mm x 15.6mm) than what you'll find inside a Micro Four Thirds body. Click on for a hands-on preview and a full gallery of test shots from our sister site, PopPhoto.com.
Olympus today continued the game of cat-and-mouse that is the land of Micro Four Thirds cameras with their new PEN EP-2. The new shooter, which comes on the half-iversary of the EP-1, is chasing Panasonic's much-lauded GF1 but feels unlikely to overtake it.
We live in a world designed by Charles K. Kao, Willard S. Boyle, and George E. Smith. Their work on the physics of light made possible the fiber optic cables carrying this web page to your phone, and the digital camera on the other side. And on December 10th, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will award them the Nobel Prize in physics for their work.
If a Hummer died and came back as a camera, it would be a Leica -- for many reasons. First, they're built like tanks. Second, even the "small" ones are still huge. And, the most affordable ones are expensive. The just-announced M9 rangefinder and X1 compact are true to Leica form: they're both masterfully constructed cameras that are built to last. But at $7,000, the M9 should have a solid 24K gold shutter at the very least.
This is the week of the Internationale Funkausstellung (er, International Consumer Electronics Show) in Berlin, which is pretty much just what it sounds like. It's one whopping, European CES. The trouble with IFA for us on the State-side, though, is that a lot of companies forget one key thing: the magical Internet can cross water. Because of that, a lot of "new product announcements" are "things we have already seen," so it takes a little more effort (and flexing what's left of my undergrad German skillz) to figure out what's worth paying attention to.
Over the last two days, the IFA press preview has kicked up some real goodies -- even before the show floor opens to the public today. IFA '09 has already shown us a real taste of how our home theaters will look in the next half-decade, laptops on serious diets, and a couple cool new toys.
Panasonic was the first out of the gate with a Micro Four Thirds camera, a system that promises SLR quality in small packages. It was Olympus, however, that hit small-body sweet spot with the EP-1. Today, Panasonic announced their own realization of the Micro Four Thirds promise with the svelte Lumix DMC-GF1.
Although Nikon was the first to market with HD capture for its DSLRs, Canon has arguably pushed things further forward with the full-frame, 1080p-capable 5D Mark II and sub-$1,000 Rebel T1i. The brand new 7D is the next step--enhancing the movie mode with video geeks' most wanted features, while at the same time integrating features from their top-end 1Ds Mark III family, giving would-be photo pros plenty to covet.
Is this the camera that finally puts the semi-pro digital camcorder firmly in its grave?
We’ve come a long way from ye olde slide carousel. Though the idea of click-slide-clicking our way through BBQs and beach vacations is so deliciously Mad Men, it’s not exactly what you’d call “portable.” Nikon’s new Coolpix S1000pj camera, however, is a theater in your pocket. In playback mode, you can open a second lens on the front of the camera that casts images and movie clips as large as 40 inches onto any surface up to 6.5 feet away.