Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

CMOS sensor

The Sony Exmor RS IMX230 can use up to 192 AF points to help when shooting fast-moving sub...

Sony has announced the latest iteration of its Exmor RS stacked CMOS imaging sensors. The 21-megapixel IMX230, which will start shipping next year, could improve the photographic capabilities of your next smartphone as it builds on previous models by adding high-speed phase detection autofocus and improved HDR imaging.  Read More

The Flux, a modular all-in-one 3D printer that goes for under US$700, has just hit Kicksta...

A Taiwanese team has developed the Flux 3D, a cheap all-in-one 3D printer, scanner and laser engraver that, thanks to its modularity, also leaves room for further expansion. The device also allows users to create, share and download designs directly from their mobile devices and connect to the printer via Bluetooth for more convenient operation.  Read More

The Phase One IQ250 is the world's first medium format camera back with a CMOS sensor

It's all about CMOS sensors in the medium format camera world at the moment. Just a couple of days ago, Hasselblad announced that it would launch the world's first CMOS-sensor-toting medium format camera in March. Now, Phase One has muscled in on the action and revealed the world's first CMOS sensor medium format camera back, the IQ250 ... and this one is already available.  Read More

Hasselblad's H5D-50c will be the world's first medium format camera to feature a CMOS sens...

While most compact cameras have made the switch from CCD to CMOS image sensors in recent years, medium format cameras have been a hold out – until now, that is. Hasselblad has announced its new H5D-50c will be the world's first medium format camera to pack a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor.  Read More

Photographs often contain more information than we think (Photo: University of York)

The worst has happened. You receive an emailed kidnap demand with a picture of your loved one in dire straits. You contact the authorities, and in a flash (relatively speaking), they have identified the kidnapper and possibly some accomplices, and are well on their way toward recovering the victim. How did this happen? By identifying the faces of the kidnappers caught in the reflection of your loved one's eyes.  Read More

The WB2200F features a 60x Optical Zoom coupled with a 20mm ultra wide angle lens

Samsung has added a new bridge camera boasting a formidable 60x optical zoom to its Smart Camera 3.0 family at CES 2014.  Read More

The ladibird for iPhone 5

Adding strange lens attachments like Carson Optical's adaptor or the WoW Lens may well improve on the iPhone's integrated lens, but there's not much you can do to boost the performance of its image sensor. A design team working out of the University of Singapore is looking to change that with ladibird, a smartphone case that sports its own portrait lens and large camera sensor.  Read More

Canon's new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor

Shooting quality video in dimly-lit environments may soon be getting a lot easier, thanks to a new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor developed by Canon. The video-specific sensor can reportedly capture Full-HD images under as little as 0.03 lux of illumination – about as much light as is produced by a crescent moon.  Read More

Below appears part of an ARGUS-IS image of Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia, while a...

DARPA recently revealed information on its ARGUS-IS (Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System), a surveillance camera that uses hundreds of smartphone image sensors to record a 1.8 gigapixel image. Designed for use in an unmanned drone (probably an MQ-1 Predator), from an altitude of 20,000 ft (6,100 m) ARGUS can keep a real-time video eye on an area 4.5 miles (7.2 km) across down to a resolution of about six inches (15 cm).  Read More

Sony has announced three new full-frame cameras - the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 compact, the new ...

Sony has claimed a trio of full-frame firsts with its latest announcements. The title for world's first fixed lens 35 mm full-frame digital camera goes to the palm-sized Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 fixed lens camera, while the world's lightest full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera crown rests on the head of the new Alpha SLT-A99 and the NEX-VG900 takes the world's first consumer 35mm full-frame interchangeable lens camcorder.  Read More

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