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Photo synchronisation across all platforms

October 17, 2006 One of the problems of having several different digital devices is the hassle of backing up, sharing, accessing and synching digital content when there are several different repositories. It was bad enough with contact lists and regular work files to start with but the number of digital images entering our lives in several different ways is making it even harder. One of the more interesting new software announcements of recent times was synchronization specialist Sharpcast’s new way to back up, share, access and sync digital photos. Sharpcast Photos includes free desktop photo software that works automatically with the web to perform all of the tedious tasks associated with digital photo management all on its own.  Read More

Simple, pocket-sized US$130 digital camcorder

October 17, 2006 A sure sign that user-generated video content and sharing on the Internet is headed for serious mainstream status is the news that a US$130 Digital Point & Shoot Camcorder will become available in the first week of November at retailers nationwide for just. Through the company's new relationships with Google Video and Grouper Networks, the Pure Digital Point & Shoot Camcorder will sharing home videos online to a new level of simplicity and convenience for the user. The camcorder has built-in software that enables users to connect directly to video sharing web sites, paving the way for everyone from moms to teens to share video easily - privately or publicly - on this popular new breed of sites.  Read More

Roundshot D3 produces 470 Megapixel 360 degree Panoramic images

October 11, 2006 Swiss company Seitz Phototechnik is pushing the boundaries of digital photography with its new D3 scan technology, making it possible to create a digital 360° panorama in only two seconds and with very high image quality. The new rotating Roundshot D3 digital camera with its D3 digital back is equipped with a high-speed scanning sensor developed specifically for photography. The D3 scan back reads at 300 MB per second, more than 100x faster than existing scan backs. This results in a very broad ISO/ASA range (equivalent) of 500 to 10,000, which makes this camera the perfect instrument for virtually all light situations. Combined with the vertical resolution of 7,500 pixels, an 80mm medium format lens creates, for example, a total image resolution of 470 million pixels – uncompressed, each such image would be 2.7GB. Or you can go even further by shifting the scan back by a total of 50mm and achieve a vertical resolution of 13,500 pixels (110mm) using distortion-free stitching. Combining the resolution, speed and sensitivity, it is possible, for the first time, to create lively digital images that are a pleasure for the eye of the professional. No limits for high definition photography! Medium or large format lenses from Schneider, Rodenstock, Hasselblad and Pentax 67 can be used with the new camera and in keeping with the bigger-is-better theme, the colour screen is the biggest known to photography at 640x480 pixels and allows perfect preview, editing, zooming and image control.  Read More

Sony's HVR-V1U HDV Pro Camcorder, 1080 Filmmakers Ogle Its 24p-ness

September 22, 2006 Sony's HVR-V1U HDV camcorder was shown at a special event in New York earlier this week and reviewers are suggesting it will immediately be devoured by mid-level video production pros and filmmakers. This is the higher-end, CMOS-totin' big brother to Sony's HDR-FX7 with the 24p frame rate coveted by filmmakers because it's the same rate that film has used for decades. It gives footage that sought-after, special look, and now it's available in a 1080p resolution. There’s an optional hard disk that attaches where the shotgun mic usually resides. Sony calls this a "hybrid recording system," where you can shoot your master and archive at the same time. Full story here.  Read More

World’s longest telephoto lens – 1700mm f/4

September 14, 2006 One of the displays worth visiting at Photokina when it opens in Cologne on September 26 will be the Carl Zeiss stand where the optical specialist will be showing the world’s largest telephoto lens. Developed for long distance wildlife photography, the supertele lens is purpose-built for the Hasselblad 203 FE and provides 21x magnification. At 1700 mm focal length and a speed of f/4 this lens put requirements on optical glas, lens assembly and quality assurance methods, never before encountered in photo lens manufacture. Hand-holding the lens is not an option, no matter how big you are – it weighs in at 256 kg and required Carl Zeiss to develop totally new ways of operating a telephoto lens, including servo controlled aiming and focusing.  Read More

Panoptic C-Thru 3D Video Surveillance System

August 31, 2006 Panoptic’s proposed C-Thru 3D Video Surveillance System could be loosely described as a formalised, scalable implementation of Superman’s X-ray vision. The system enables one or more surveillance agents, using a single high resolution, auto-stereoscopic display, to remotely monitor the security situation of an arbitrarily large number of locations at-a-glance. Agents can see, hear and transport their focused viewpoint through walls, floors and ceilings, zooming into a specific location to monitor it at a level so acute that it seems beyond the levels of even science fiction. Designed to enable both wholistic site-wide and granular-level security, the system is ideal for monitoring airports, shipping ports, transit sites and other ports-of-entry, hotels, casinos, shopping malls, campuses, military bases, large buildings and building complexes, offering total situational awareness at a glance.  Read More

Canon to replace EOS350D with new 10.1 MPX EOS400D

August 25, 2006 It was only a matter of time before Canon refreshed its best selling 8 MPX EOS350D thanks to the recent announcements of Sony’s 10.2 MPX Alpha A100 and Nikon’s 10.2 MPX D80 and so it came to pass that yesterday it announced the new EOS 400D complete with 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, simpler operation and a Self Cleaning Sensor Unit. The 400D will be available in both black and silver in early September, with different bundles available in different markets. In the UK, it will be sold for UKP650, about UKP40 more than the 350D it replaces, and will also be available bundled with an 18-55mm lens for UKP720. All the details of the new 400D currently known are available here and there’s an excellent hands-on overview of the 400 here.  Read More

FinePix S9100 faux dSLR

August 25, 2006 Fujifilm has announced the successor to the FinePix S9000 in the form of the FinePix S9100. Looking for all the world like an dSLR (it’s not), it will nonetheless compete with entry level dSLRs when it ships in September, based on its US$599 price, 10.7x (equivalent 28mm – 300mm) Fujinon optical zoom lens, 9.0 MPX CCD sensor and high light sensitivities (ISO 80-1600).  Read More

Samsung 3 inch VGA LCD screen to improve digital camera display

August 14, 2006 Samsung, the world's largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, has announced that it has developed the first three-inch LCD panel with VGA (640 x 480 pixels) resolution that directly meets industry interface standards for digital still cameras. The new LCD panel will make viewing digital pictures distinctly more impressive on camera screens, personal multi-media players and other products requiring high-image resolution and low-power consumption. Samsung will exhibit the new device at IMID 2006, which opens on August 23.  Read More

Nikon's new 10.2 MPX D80 Digital SLR to sell for US$1000

August 10, 2006 The digital prosumer camera market went from red hot to white hot yesterday when Nikon announced the 10.2-megapixel D80, a replacement for its 6.1-megapixel D70s. The D80 will represent remarkable value when it hits shelves next month for an estimated selling price of US$1000 for the body only and US$1300 for the body and an 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S IF-ED DX Nikkor Lens. Many of its features have been taken straight from professional cameras in the Nikon range, with many of the attributes of the D200at half the price. It can shoot at speeds of up to 3 frames per second, for up to 100 consecutive shots (in JPEG Normal mode), powers up in only 0.18 seconds and captures a picture with an imperceptible shutter lag time of just 80 milliseconds (0.08 seconds). A new 11-area auto- focus system (from the D200) detects focus with superb precision and can even track a moving subject across the frame, shifting focus instantly and automatically to any of the 11 auto-focus points that detect the subject.  Read More

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