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The Eye Scope is an 8x optical zoom lens for use with iPhone cameras (Photo: Firebox)

We’ve already seen lenses for mobile phone cameras that allow users to take macro or wide-angle photographs. Now, iPhone 3G/3GS owners can extend the capabilities of their camera phones even further, by adding on an Eye Scope 8x optical zoom lens. Given the way every little shake of the hands would show up when zoomed in that far, it even comes with its own mini tripod.  Read More

A new technique makes the production of precision glass microlens arrays possible, using a...

When it comes to lenses for digital pico projectors, there’s currently something of a trade-off. Traditional lenses, where multiple glass magnifiers are placed one in front of the other, are long and bulky. Microlens arrays, in which many tiny lenses are assembled together on one flat surface, are a much more compact, lightweight alternative. However, so far such arrays have mostly been made out of plastic, which the bulbs in some projectors are capable of melting. Now, researchers from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology have come up with what they say is a solution: microlens arrays made from glass, using a hot embossing technique.  Read More

Chris Mullin's Dynamic Eye sunglasses

Chris Mullin from Pittsburgh has designed a pair of smart electronic sunglasses that pinpoint and reduce glare using a moving liquid crystal display spot inside the lens. Dubbed "Dynamic Eye", the sunglasses dim direct sunlight or other hot spots without dimming everything else in view, so you no longer have to worry about driving home with the sun streaming directly into your line of vision.  Read More

Samsung's design for a liquid zoom lens uses two liquid lenses stacked together (Image: fr...

Samsung has filed a patent for a new type of liquid lens that provides not only autofocus capability, but also true optical zoom capability. Liquid lenses, with their small form factor and lack of motors or moving parts, are ideal for use in compact cameras, phones, and other mobile devices. Where a conventional liquid lens may provide only autofocus, Samsung’s design uses two separately controllable liquid lenses in a single array to provide both functions.  Read More

i-Function lens technology featured on the NX100 (pictured) is now compatible with Samsung...

Samsung has announced a firmware upgrade to its small interchangeable lens NX10 mirrorless camera that gives it compatibility with the company’s new i-Function lens technology. Making its first appearance recently on the NX100, the i-Function lens communicates with the camera body to allow photographers to control camera settings using the lens. Samsung also announced that all NX system lenses launched from now on will feature i-Function capability.  Read More

TruFocals can be instantly focused by the user, thanks to flexible lenses

If you wear bifocal or even trifocal eyeglasses, then you will know what a hassle it can be having to tilt your head up to see things that are nearby. The areas of image softness or distortion can also be distracting, and even cause nausea or headaches in some users. Using multiple pairs of single-vision glasses gets you around these problems, but introduces the problem of... well, of carrying around and using multiple pairs of glasses. TruFocals, however, allow users to wear one pair of glasses for near-, far- and mid-vision, without having different focal areas within the same lens at the same time. Instead, users actually focus the glasses by hand, not unlike a pair of binoculars.  Read More

Each of the four lens modules on the PX3D camera from Minox is capable of snapping its own...

German optics innovator Minox has been around for a number of years and is generally known for its miniature cameras and binoculars. Its booth at this year's Photokina was positively buzzing with enthusiasts trying to catch a glimpse of its entry into the world of 3D photography, the PX3D compact camera. Just a concept piece at the moment, the eye-catching camera sports four vertical lenses and promises glasses-free, three dimensional image enjoyment.  Read More

The mock up of the new compact featuring a Zuiko lens

At this year's Photokina, Olympus announced plans to bring its Zuiko lens system to a compact camera between January and March of the new year. Olympus brought a mock-up concept model to show off at the trade show but was keeping a tight lid on actual technical information. Start up the rumor mill everyone...  Read More

The fourth lens module for the GXR interchangeable lens system has been revealed by Ricoh

When Ricoh unveiled its GXR interchangeable lens system towards the end of 2009, the company promised a steady flow of modules to cater for different photographic situations. True to its word, the fourth lens module has just been unveiled at Photokina 2010. The unit features a 28mm equivalent, wide-angle lens, a 12.3 megapixel sensor and image processing engine, and is said to deliver edge-to-edge high quality images, precision autofocus and 720p high definition video.  Read More

The Samsung NX100 mirrorless camera boasts the world's first i-Function Lens

Following on from the release of its first mirrorless camera, the NX10, earlier this year, Samsung has announced the launch of the NX100. Like the NX10, the mirrorless NX100 features a 14.6-megapixel APS-C size sensor and a 3-inch VGA AMOLED screen. Setting it apart, however, is the world’s first i-Function Lens, which communicates with the camera body and allows users to control camera settings using the lens.  Read More

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