Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Cameras

The IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 claims the title as the fastest volume production lens in the world

Mirrorless camera owners in search of fast glass and razor-thin depth of field have a new king of wide-aperture lenses to drool over in the form of the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85. It's the fastest volume production lens in the world, and the manufacturer claims it'll give you an image similar to an f/1.2 lens on a full frame camera.  Read More

Clutch is a quick-adjusting and low-profile hand strap (Photo: Peak Design)

Peak Design really doesn't want you to drop your camera. Following on from its Capture Camera Clips, and Leash and Cuff, the firm has now launched its fourth Kickstarter campaign. This time it's looking for funding for two more camera-carrying tools: Slide, a strap which can be worn on the shoulder, neck, or as a sling, and Clutch, a quick-adjusting hand strap.  Read More

The Fujinon XF 18-135-mm is the first weather-resistant XF lens from Fujifilm

Fujifilm has launched its first weather-resistant XF lens for the X-series lineup of interchangeable-lens cameras. The new lens, which would pair particularly well with the weather-tough Fujifilm X-T1, offers a versatile focal range and features an impressive five-stop image stabilization system which uses high precision gyro sensors.  Read More

A 'smart glass' iris may provide much greater image quality in future smartphones

In a conventional camera lens, the iris consists of a set of overlapping mechanical blades that control the amount of light entering the camera. As efficient as this mechanical system is, it is too bulky and too difficult to miniaturize to be incorporated in smartphones and other compact devices. To address this, a team of researchers has used "smart glass" to create a micro-sized electronic iris that may bring much greater image quality and flexibility to smartphone cameras.  Read More

Gizmag compares the Panasonic FZ1000 and the Sony RX10

Bridge cameras, with their fixed super-zoom lenses, have traditionally offered users a great focal range, but not necessarily the image quality to match. That changed with the Sony RX10, which used a large one-inch-type sensor to boost photographic quality. But now there's a new challenger on the block, the Panasonic FZ1000, which offers much of what makes the RX10 great, and a bit more too. Here Gizmag looks at how the two cameras compare.  Read More

D-Day beaches recce photos from 2014 and 1944 (Photo: Ministry of Defence)

Seventy years ago, the greatest military operation in history was launched as the Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe in what history recalls as D-Day. We’re used to seeing newsreel images of marines and infantrymen rushing from landing craft in the face of the German guns, but overhead there was another war raging as men in fragile aircraft risked their lives to capture vital images of the battle’s progress. As part of the 70th-anniversary commemoration, RAF Tornado jets from II (Army Co-operation) Squadron (II (AC) Sqn) recreated that historic D-Day recon mission over Normandy, giving us a glimpse of how far aerial reconnaissance has come in three generations.  Read More

The Ricoh GR has received an autofocus boost with a new firmware update

The Ricoh GR might be more than a year old, but the fixed focal length camera isn't slowing down as it gets older, in fact it's getting faster. Ricoh Imaging has just released a firmware update for the large-sensored compact which promises to deliver improved autofocus times.  Read More

The Lomo'Instant provides the immediacy of instant photography and a little room for creat...

Given the resurgence of instant cameras in recent years, it's a little surprising that it's taken this long for the perennial analogue enthusiasts at Lomography to get in on the action. Nevertheless, the Austrian-born camera company has today unveiled its Lomo'Instant Camera, combining the quick-fire processing of instant film with a little room for creativity.  Read More

The Otto camera features a crank that can be popped out from the top and turned to instant...

With smartphones sporting built-in cameras, its hard to imagine a photo opportunity arising for which we'd be unprepared. But for those looking to capture moments in a form that straddles the line between stills and video comes Otto, a retro-looking digital camera that instantly captures GIFs and sends them to your phone, perhaps breathing new life into the well-worn concept of the selfie.  Read More

The omnidirectional thermal visualizer can view a scene in 360 degrees and monitor more th...

Researchers at the Multimedia University (MMU) in Malaysia have developed an omnidirectional thermal visualizer that provides a 360-degree view of the area under surveillance. The device, the researchers say, can monitor more than one lane at a time in airports and crowded areas, making it easier for authorities to quickly identify people with flu or SARS-like symptoms.  Read More

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