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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

Canon has launched a photo-centric cloud vault named irista

Back in 2012, Canon embarked on a project which aimed to solve the issue of user photos being scattered across numerous media cards, mobile devices and computer-based storage. The free beta trial of its Project1709 online storage and photo management platform was launched at Photokina in September of that year, and developers have been fine-tuning the service ever since. Now Canon believes it's ready for prime time, and has removed the beta tag for a full public version called irista. The photo-centric cloud vault offers new sign-ups a generous helping of free storage, includes some nifty social networks integration tools and is claimed to make organizing and finding digital memories a snap.  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

360cam was recently launched on Kickstarter and reached its original goal within 24 hours

Looking to take the capabilities of 360-degree cameras to a new level, a group of young French designers and engineers has created a compact video camera with a 360 x 300 degree field of view that can shoot 2048 x 1024 video at 30 fps. The Giroptic 360cam was recently launched on Kickstarter where it has already received massive support, surpassing its original US$150,000 funding goal within 24 hours.  Read More

The MIT researchers developed an algorithm that gives standard portrait shots a profession...

Instagram devotees and champions of the selfie rejoice, for your filtering options may be about to get a little more diverse. Researchers from MIT have developed an algorithm that takes standard "style-transfer" techniques up a notch, enabling the distinctive style of studio photography to be layered over the top of your portraits.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specs and features of the Sony RX100 III with its RX100 II predecessor...

The recently announced Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III looks set to be one of the best compact cameras on the market with its fast zoom lens, built-in EVF and large sensor. But how does it stack up against Sony's previous offering, the RX100 II? And if you already own that one, is it a worthy upgrade? We take a look at the specs and features of both cameras to see how they compare.  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 Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III features a fast zoom lens and a built-in pop-up electronic v...

Sony has announced the third iteration of its RX100 camera, and the new point-and-shoot looks like it could be one of best compact cameras on the market. It features everything that was great about previous RX100 cameras, plus a faster zoom lens, Sony's speedy BIONZ X image processor, and a built-in pop-up electronic viewfinder.  Read More

The Nikon 1 S2 can shoot at impressive speeds of up to 20 fps with continuous autofocus

Nikon has updated its 2014 mirrorless camera line-up with the launch of the Nikon 1 S2, and the announcement that the previously revealed 1 J4 will be making its way to the US. Despite being the new entry-point into the 1 Series, the S2 features a 14.2 megapixel CX-format sensor, a new 135-point autofocus system, and can shoot at speeds of up to 20 fps with continuous autofocus.  Read More

Close-ups taken using a regular smartphone camera's digital zoom (left), and with the Core...

Although people may speak about zooming in with smartphone cameras, what they're doing isn't actual "zooming" in the telephoto-lens sense of the word. That's because almost all phone cameras just have a digital zoom, meaning that in order to get in closer on the subject, the phone just enlarges the pixels from the middle of the frame. The result is a grainy, crappy photo. While it is possible to squeeze optical zoom lenses into phones, Tel Aviv University spinoff company Corephotonics has developed a sleeker solution, that utilizes the combined output of two compact lenses.  Read More

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