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Polaroid Snap camera brings back instant, ink-free photo prints

Back in the old days, the instant-sharing of photos typically followed the click of a button, whirring of gears, and quiet swish as excited hands waved Polaroid film about while images resolved. The advance of the digital age has certainly redefined how we preserve and share memories with friends and family; Many cameras and smartphones make it easy to upload images online for all to see. Polaroid's newest camera, the Snap, revisits the company's roots by combining instant prints with modern digital technology.Read More

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Video camera could record indefinitely, powered only by light from the image it captures

By using the light reflected from the object being recorded, researchers claim to have created a prototype video camera that could potentially record indefinitely under its own power. By incorporating energy-harvesting photodiodes within the pixels of its image-capture array, the new camera produces self-sustaining electrical power while simultaneously capturing video footage.Read More

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Crowdfunding launch for the Panono throwable panorama camera

Panoramic and 360 degree imaging capabilities have been available to photographers for years through DSLR manual mode captures and smartphone apps. The Panono offers something a little different. It's a throwable ball camera, armed with 36 tiny lenses, that's capable of capturing a 72 megapixel spherical scene from an elevated position. The developers are now pinning production hopes on a successful Indiegogo funding campaign.Read More

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Nikon could release "non-camera" products to survive smartphone onslaught

It's no secret the compact camera market is taking a beating. Yes, people are taking more photos than ever, but not on dedicated point-and-shoots. Increasingly they're reaching for their smartphone when a photographic opportunity arises. Nikon President, Makoto Kimura, told Bloomberg his company is well aware of this trend and wants to create new products aimed at this bigger market, hinting at the possibility of a smartphone by saying the company is considering a "non-camera consumer product."Read More

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Adobe expands DNG spec with lossy compression … and why it matters to you

While the majority of people use their digital cameras to shoot JPEG files, serious photographers swear by RAW, which offers much increased possibilities in post processing. But while RAW images are of a higher quality than their JPEG counterparts, they also take up a lot more space and require more processing power to work with. That's why Adobe has included lossy compression in the recently announced 1.4 specification for its Digital Negative (DNG) RAW file format.Read More

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Collaboration results in largest-ever image of the night-time sky

A collaboration of researchers from around the world has just made the largest ever digital color image of the sky available to the scientific community and the public. The image has been put together using photographic information obtained from a powerful digital camera mounted on a telescope in New Mexico and spectroscopic surveys executed through several programs. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey has presented the enormous sky map to the 217th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle.Read More

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