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Omni-focus technology set to bring video camera revolution

Imagine viewing concert footage where the foreground vocalist is in the same sharp focus as the background musicians. With the simultaneous, real-time, near and far field focus capabilities offered by the Omni-focus video camera developed by Professor Keigo Iizuka, such a thing may not be too far off. Using a new distance mapping principle, an array of video cameras and some clever software the technique brings objects at varying distances into high resolution sharp focus.Read More

CanoScan 9000F: Canon's highest-resolution scanner to date

Although 35mm photographic film is now a thing of the past for all but the die-hard enthusiast or seasoned professional, many of us will still have filmstrips or slides dotted around our homes. With the aid of Canon's new flatbed scanner, these treasured memories can now be transferred to high resolution digital storage. The CanoScan 9000F scans at 9600 x 9600 dots per inch in Film mode, benefits from instant power up thanks to white LED and can even automatically remove imperfections from scanned images to improve on the originals.Read More

BenQ announces 12 megapixel E1260 HDR Camera

With BenQ's new E1260 HDR wide angle 12 megapixel compact, the company is offering snappers the opportunity to easily capture amazing images no matter the lighting conditions. The new model includes proprietary technology "designed bring out the finest details in the darkest and brightest parts of an image," along with 720p HD movie recording and user interface simplicity.Read More

World's largest optical telescope gains a powerful tool, with LUCIFER

The world’s largest optical telescope is about to get a lot better, thanks to LUCIFER. No, no one’s made a deal with the Devil - LUCIFER is a new near-infrared camera/spectrograph system being added to the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on Mt. Graham in south-eastern Arizona. The tool has been in development for over a decade, and is now ready to offer astronomers “spectacular insights into the universe, from the Milky Way up to extremely distant galaxies.” Its large field of view and high resolution will allow for unprecedented observation of star-forming regions, which were previously difficult to view due to dust clouds. Read More

Leica V-Lux 20 superzoom compact with GPS tagging

German camera specialist Leica has announced its first compact superzoom in the form of the 12.1 megapixel V-Lux 20. The new addition to the Leica family not only benefits from 12x optical zoom and 720p HD video capabilities but also features built-in GPS tagging for recording the exact geographical location of each snap taken.Read More

Technical Image Press Association names photography award winners for 2010

The TIPA Awards have been run and won for 2010, meaning potential purchasers can make informed purchasing decisions backed by the collective opinions of 28 international photographic magazine editors. The big winners in the DSLR categories were the Nikon D3s (Professional) Canon EOS 7D (Expert), Canon EOS 550D (Advanced) and Pentax K-x (Entry). The Fuji FinePix HS10 took out best Superzoom, while Compact category winners included the Casio Exilim EX-G1 (Rugged Compact), Canon PowerShot G11 (Expert Compact) and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V (Best Compact). Significantly, the Best Expert Camcorder was…Read More

smallHD launches external HD monitor for DSLRs

No matter how big Nikon and Canon make their rear body LCDs, you can never quite beat the control you have when shooting tethered. SmallHD’s DP-SLR external monitor for DSLRs offers up a good solution for previewing 1280 x 800 resolution images on a hotshoe-mountable, hand-sized screen which boasts the title of the world’s smallest HD monitor. Priced at US$1199 for the model with all the bells and whistles, it will also be available without the 3G/HD/SDI inputs to keep the cost down to $899. Read More

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