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Video surveillance in 360-degree 3D

While it’s not quite to the level of the Esper Machine in Blade Runner, the integration of the ImmerVision 360 degree Panamorph lens into Feeling Software’s Omnipresence 3D Security System is as close as we’ve seen. Designed to serve as a visual platform for complex, critical security systems such as airports, nuclear facilities, and universities the marriage of the two technologies eliminates blind spots to provide a system that can apparently see it all.Read More

InVisage QuantumFilm image sensor offers four times performance boost

InVisage Technologies has announced a mini image sensor capable of four times the performance and twice the dynamic range of conventional CCD and CMOS sensors. The company has harnessed the unique properties of a quantum-dot based material which can be placed on conventional circuitry to dramatically improve picture quality and sensor performance.Read More

Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware update updated

It looks like the coast is clear for owners of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II to upgrade their firmware. The newly released 2.0.4 firmware includes all of the improvements we saw in version 2.0.3 that was released last week, but without the side effect of rendering the camera unable to record audio in certain circumstances. The new update also fixes the malfunction for those that had already upgraded to version 2.0.3 before it was pulled, so Canon is encouraging all users to update to version 2.0.4.Read More

Sandisk releases first 32GB microSDHC card

If that 16GB microSDHC card in your mobile phone is starting to burst at the seams with music and video files, not to mention photos of your BFF, then Sandisk’s new 32GB card is arriving just in time. The company has announced the availability of the world’s highest capacity removable memory card to enhance the storage capacity of devices that will support it. Read More

Kodak joins the actioncam game with the Playsport

Kodak has just announced that it’s bungee-jumping into the “actioncam” market, with this month’s introduction of its new compact, shockproof, waterproof HD Playsport video camera. Members of the public will have their first chance to try it out on Saturday, March 20th, at the 2010 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Vermont. On the off chance that you won’t be attending that event, here’s a bit about the camera...Read More

Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware update improves video and audio capabilities – and causes malfunction

No sooner had Canon released the latest 2.0.3 firmware update for its venerable EOS 5D Mark II earlier this week than problems were discovered resulting in the company pulling the update. The long-awaited update brought a range of video shooting enhancements and audio tweaks along with fixes to the camera’s manual sensor cleaning function. However, users quickly discovered a malfunction that saw the camera unable to record audio in certain circumstances... but a fix is on the way.Read More

Will the ARRI Alexa finally kill film?

Motion picture equipment manufacturer ARRI is set to release its new high-end digital movie camera, known as the Alexa, and some people in the industry are calling it the final nail in film cinematography’s coffin. Sure, we’ve heard that prediction before but early hands-on reports of the Alexa seem to back it up. Final details have not been officially released, but so far we know the Alexa platform will have a 35mm-size 3.5k pixel sensor with 800ASA sensitivity, onboard HD recording, and shooting speeds up to 60fps.Read More

Microsoft's high-definition webcams feature TrueColor Technology

With many online video resources now encouraging HD uploads, what vloggers and podcasters need in order to finally ditch the grainy low quality affairs that have plagued our online experience for far too long is a high definition webcam. Microsoft has responded to the call with three new 720p HD webcams which TrueColor Technology which, the company claims, automatically adjusts picture quality to give optimum brightness and color whatever light is available.Read More

Gitzo's Athena: the cameraman that can go anywhere

I suppose 'camerawomen' would be more appropriate, given that Athena is a woman's name. But what's in a name? Regardless of what you call it Gitzo's fully electronic, remote-controlled head was one of the sweetest gadgets on display at CP+ 2010 Focus on Imaging exhibition in Yohohama this past weekend.Read More

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