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Sharp develops high def mobile 3D camera module

As mobile phone manufacturers continue to squeeze more megapixels into device camera modules, Sharp has added a new ingredient to the mix and claimed an industry first in the process. The company has just announced the development of a 3D camera unit compact enough to be used in mobile devices and capable of capturing movies in 720p high definition.Read More

Adobe InDesign - why we think it’s the unsung hero of CS5

When we took a look at Adobe Creative Suite 5 before its launch, the new features and improvements to InDesign definitely made us sit up and take notice. Adobe really only made a big thing of its improvements to interactivity and the fact it’s now able to export directly to SWF format for playback in the Adobe Flash Player. However, when we started digging deeper and played with the less publicized additions, we realized what a gem this upgrade really is. Read More

Canon's new highly sensitive PowerShot SD4000 IS released

Canon's curvy new addition to its ELPH digital camera range, the 10 megapixel PowerShot SD4000 IS, is the first to use the company's new high sensitivity (HS) system - said to make the capture of low light scenes a snap. It's also the first in the range to offer P/A/S/M controls for greater photo creativity. It can even add Hollywood-style slow motion sequences to movies, thanks to a super slow motion function.Read More

Sony announces diminutive NEX-5 and NEX-3 interchangeable lens cameras

Cameras that combine DSLR functionality and the convenience of interchangeable lenses with a compact footprint have become the new wave in recent times, with the likes of the Olympus EP-1, Panasonic Lumix G2 and Ricoh GXR hitting the market. Now Sony has announced two diminutive additions to its Alpha line of digital SLRs - the NEX-5 and NEX-3. While the NEX-5 - which claims the current title of the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera - is leading Sony's drive into this space, both units feature impressive credentials including a newly-developed 14.2 effective megapixel CMOS sensor, high-speed burst shooting of up to 7fps at full-resolution and, in a first for the Alpha line, a Sweep Panorama mode with 3D compatibility and HD video recording.Read More

Ricoh P10 zoom unit for GXR system set for June release

As promised earlier this year, Ricoh has now unveiled the development and release of its third lens module for its GXR digital camera system. The P10 28-300 mm F3.5-5.6 VC wide angle 10.7x zoom lens module has been optimized for high quality output and benefits from revised image processing algorithms. It can continuously shoot at up to five frames per second in RAW format but up to 120 in VGA and can record movies in 720p high definition.Read More

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

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