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New FinePix S3 Pro UVIR Digital SLR photographs in the Ultraviolet and Infrared Spectrums

August 10, 2006 Fujifilm has broken new ground by releasing a digital SLR camera capable of taking photographs in the ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light spectrums. The FinePix S3 Pro UVIR has been designed for use in the science, medical and fine art disciplines, with its most intriguing applications coming in the field of law enforcement investigation. Law enforcement agencies have used UV and IR photography for years to uncover evidence not easily seen by the human eye, such as gun shot residue and blood stains, as well as to recover altered, burned or obliterated writing. IR photography is also used in nighttime surveillance. The FinePix S3 Pro UVIR will also attract a lot of interest from the technical-scientific community, plus fine arts, portrait, and wedding photographers. Legendary photographers such as Minor White and Ansel Adams brought IR imaging into the art world with their stunning American landscapes, and used IR as a way of creating unique and beautiful images that set them apart from others in their field. Many of today's top portrait and wedding photographers have made IR photography an essential part of the services they offer to their clients. Priced at US$1800, Fujifilm's FinePix S3 Pro UVIR will be available beginning September 2006.  Read More

Kodak announces 5X Zoom Easyshare C875 Digital Camera

August 8, 2006 The compact digital camera market continues to heat up with the announcement that KODAK will bring a new Easyshare C875 Zoom Digital Camera to market later this month. Though it doesn’t quite match the 10x optical zoom of the US$350 Panasonic DMC-TZ1S, it does come with a 5X all glass SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH optical zoom lens and spits out 8.0 MPX images (compared to the Panasonic’s 5MPX), not to mention all that really easy-to-use Kodak EasyShare functionality. Official US and UK pricing hasn’t been announced yet but the Australian price has been officially announced at AUD$399, which brings it in at a tad over US$300, making it highly competitive.  Read More

Day/Night Internet camera servers offer 24-Hour surveillance for SMEs

August 7, 2006 Video surveillance was once a costly business and solely the domain of robust, well-funded businesses but the march of progress continues to lower costs of almost everything dealing in zeroes and ones and we recently marvelled at the US$300 wireless Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) IP camera from Linksys. Now TRENDnet has unveiled the US$400 wired (TV-IP301) and US$500 wireless (TV-IP301W) Advanced Day/Night Internet Camera Servers. Equipped with an infrared (IR) lens and built-in microphone, the new products facilitate remote security monitoring 24 hours a day for small businesses via the Internet.  Read More

X-Loupe turns your Canon IXUS into a digital microscope

August 6, 2006 We love technologies that enable new techniques, help lots of people and generally add massive value while costing very little, and you can tick all those boxes for the X-Loupe. The X-Loupe is an attachment for Canon IXUS compact cameras that transforms the camera into a 150X handheld, lightweight, digital microscopic capable of 5MPX photography. The X-Loupe weighs only 300 grams, works in still or video mode, comes with its own dimmable LED lens ring so that you can illuminate your subject perfectly, has a Japanese-made Lithium Ion battery that’s good for four hours or 150 shots and has all the preview, TV-connectivity of the IXUS. Accordingly, we can think of hundreds of applications where the X-Loupe can be used - education, medical, documenting medical conditions, industrial process, quality control, archaeology, authentication, research ad infinitum. Sold as a bundle on-line, the Canon IXUS 65 camera and X-Loupe PRO comes with three lens (60X, 100X and 150X) for US$1849 retail and the company is seeking international distributors. Extensive image library.  Read More

Autonomous miniature smart lens mimics human eye

August 5, 2006 Scientists at UW-Madison have developed a “smart” miniature man-made lens that can alter its shape and focal length in much the same way as the eye of an insect. There are no mechanical or electrical components in the liquid microlenses which incorporate hydrogels that respond to physical, chemical or biological stimuli and actuate lens function akin to the way muscles control the eye. The lens is a breakthrough and could lead to low cost microsystems for many applications.  Read More

The world's smallest and lightest 1080 HDV Camcorder

August 4, 2006 If you’re one of those people who bellyache all the time about having just purchased a widget for US$1000 only to find that the next model will cost less and do twice as much, just remember that we’re living through the most exciting period of technological progress in human history. Indeed, it’s unlikely that there will ever be such a quantum leap in understanding, productivity and creativity again in history. What’s brought on this soapboxing? Canon’s HV10 HD Camcorder – that’s what! It’s a 500g camcorder capable of 1080 HD (high definition) video and it’s roughly the size of a cigarette packet at 56x104x106mm. The HV10 HDV includes 10x optical zoom, Super Range Optical Image Stabilization, the DIGIC DV II image processor, and a Full HD resolution (1920x1080 video) CMOS sensor, similar to those found in Canon's Digital SLR cameras. Additionally, new "Instant AF" auto-focus technology, and the ability to take 3.1 megapixel photos, makes this one powerful device that fits comfortably in the palm of the hand. Scheduled to land in stores in September, the Canon HV10 HDV camcorder is a veritable "Best of" compilation of Canon technologies, and will sell for an estimated US$1299.  Read More

World’s First 100+ Megapixel chip

June 20, 2006 Now here's something to bring a smile to the dial of photographic enthusiasts. Hot on the heels of Hasselblad's 39 megapixel camera comes the news that the 100 megapixel barrier has been broken. DALSA Semiconductor announced yesterday that it has successfully fabricated and delivered the world’s highest resolution image sensor chip to its customer, Semiconductor Technology Associates (STA). The CCD device (pictured), which measures approximately four inches by four inches, has a total resolution of over 111 million pixels (10,560 pixels x 10,560 pixels). It is the world’s first imager to break the 100 Megapixel barrier.  Read More

Fully digital HD movie camera to invigorate the market

June 20, 2006 Digital technology is invading the world and one of the most exciting areas we forsee in the coming years is that of film-making. Silicon Imaging, Cineform, Inspired Minority Pictures and Atomic-VFX are busy at the moment shooting a feature film, entitled “Spoon”, on a HD camera that is implementing a system never before used. The SI-1920HDVR combines a digital cinema class 1920x1080P camera with CineForm's revolutionary Visually Perfect CineForm RAW codec in an embedded PC architecture under Microsoft Windows XP. The camera is connected directly to the computer, so expensive tape stock is no longer an issue. It is also possible to attach a 160GB notebook hard drive to the camera for up to 4 hours of free-roaming shooting. The camera uses modern cinema PL mount lenses, as well as affordable F and compact C mount lenses that is connected to a single large format 2/3” CMOS sensor with an on-chip 12-bit A/D converter. This is then fed through wire into a Wafian box and into the PC. Originally developed for the independent film maker, the camera provides superb image quality at a low cost. With release during the third quarter of the year the SI-1920HDVR camera will cost around US$20,000 (that’s right – there are only four zeroes in that figure). Still in the Beta phase of development, but already exceeding everyone’s expectations, the SI-1920HDVR looks to be a landmark development in HD filming and could potentially invigorate the medium globally. At very least we’re certain it’ll be on every film-maker’s wishlist. Links to all major sources inside and an excellent image library.  Read More

Philips 42 inch 3D Display wins Gold Award at SID2006

June 16, 2006 “3D-TV is the next frontier for those in the professional display market seeking differentiation to gain a competitive edge, and for consumers seeking the next level in the immersive entertainment experience.” So sayeth Philips Jos Swillens at the annual Society of Information Display 2006 (SID2006) where Philips showcased its latest 3D displays, picking up a Gold Award in the process for ‘Display of the Year’. The award, given to the Philips 42-inch 3D Intelligent Display, recognises the display with the most novel and outstanding features, including Philips proprietary technology which produces 3D images without the help of specialised content or glasses.  Read More

Ricoh Caplio 500G Wide covers even more terrain

June 13, 2006 Over the last few years Ricoh has developed a lucrative niche in the form of the ruggedised digital camera and the latest incarnation of this range for adventurers and extremists will hit the shelves in August. The Caplio 500G Wide is a water, dust and shock resistant wide angle camera that shoots 8-megapixel images even in the most challenging of photographic locations.  Read More

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