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Apple just hired one of Nokia's PureView camera experts

Apple just hired one of Nokia's PureView camera experts | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Now that Nokia is out of the smartphone game, many of its key staff are undoubtedly considering their options. Senior Lumia engineer Ari Partinen, who Nokia calls "(our) own camera expert" has just made his choice, and it's not Microsoft. He tweeted that he'll be "starting a new chapter in Cupertino," then confirmed that his new boss is indeed Tim Cook.

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Eye-Fidelity, meet 41 MegaPixels :-)

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Low-cost 'nano-camera' developed that can operate at the speed of light | NDTV Gadgets

Low-cost 'nano-camera' developed that can operate at the speed of light | NDTV Gadgets | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Researchers at MIT Media Lab have developed a $500 "nano-camera" that can operate at the speed of light. According to the researchers, potential applications of the 3D camera include collision-avoidance, gesture-recognition, medical imaging, motion-tracking and interactive gaming.


The team which developed the inexpensive "nano-camera" comprises Ramesh Raskar, Achuta Kadambi, Refael Whyte, Ayush Bhandari, and Christopher Barsi at MIT, and Adrian Dorrington and Lee Streeter from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

 

The nano-camera uses the "Time of Flight" method to measure scenes, a method also used by Microsoft for its new Kinect sensor that ships with the Xbox One. With this Time of Flight, the location of objects is calculated by how long it takes for transmitted light to reflect off a surface and return to the sensor. However, unlike conventional Time of Flight cameras, the new camera will produce accurate measurements even in fog or rain, and can also correctly locate translucent objects.

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Meet the nano-camera, the $500 little sister of 2011 $500.000 femto-camera...

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Lytro adds shifting to its "light field" camera

Lytro adds shifting to its "light field" camera | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
As you know, Lytro’s new-fangled camera takes shots with depth: you can alter the point of focus, and subtly shift the point of view.

Unless you have the camera however, you can’t have a “light field” shot of your own… until now. For a few days, selected shots — even old treasured images — will be “Lytro-ized.”
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Still not sure of how a mass market pick up would happen though...

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Apple Acknowledges An iPhone 5 Camera Issue

Apple Acknowledges An iPhone 5 Camera Issue | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Over the past few days, iPhone 5 users have been reporting a "purple haze" prevalent in photos.

The issue is officially described as, "a purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture."

Apple does not officially acknowledge that the issue is specific to the iPhone 5, instead it suggests that users reposition their camera when taking a photo.
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The World’s Most Expensive Camera Lens

The World’s Most Expensive Camera Lens | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The Leica APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm, pictured above, is a massive telephoto lens that dwarfs any Leica camera that you attach to it. It’s the company’s longest, largest, and heaviest lens.


 


It was produced as a custom order by one of the world’s wealthiest photography-enthusiasts, Qatari prince Saud bin Muhammed Al Thani, who paid a whopping $2,064,500 for the hefty piece of glass.

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Duke demonstrates 50 gigapixel camera

Duke demonstrates 50 gigapixel camera | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

"The camera’s resolution is five times better than 20/20 human vision over a 120 degree horizontal field” and 50 degrees vertical, the university reports.

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The prototype takes about 18 seconds to shoot a black-and-white frame and record the data.

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Lytro’s Magical DLSR Lets You Refocus Photos After You Take Them | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Lytro’s Magical DLSR Lets You Refocus Photos After You Take Them | Gadget Lab | WIRED | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

With the Illum, Lytro is targeting a more specialized market. In addition to the 8X (30 – 250mm) zoom lens, it has a constant f/2.0 aperture, 1/4000 shutter, and a four-inch backside touchscreen display. According to the company, the new sensor can capture 40 million light rays (Lytro doesn’t list megapixels) to the original’s 11 million. Its desktop processing software works with traditional products, like Adobe’s Photoshop and Apple’s Lightroom. Photographers can use the camera’s software to refocus pictures after the fact, generate 3-D images, adjust the depth of field, and create tilt shifts. It will be available in July for $1,500.

 

Beyond its lens and bigger sensor, there are other ways the Illum surpasses Lytro’s original model. For example, because it’s such a different concept than most photographers are accustomed to, the camera has built-in software that color codes the display with depth information. It effectively previews the depth range you’ll have to work with once you shoot a photo. This, Lytro says, is to help photographers start to think in three dimensions. Afterwards, photographers can export the images to traditional formats, or thanks to WebGL, publish them online in ways that let people interact with them and manipulate them later.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Before it was : point, focus, shoot. Now it will be : point, shoot, and let the viewer refocus wherever afterwards. This change in photography 101 basic steps has yet a price : $1500. Who's in ?

(still waiting for a demo of what the HTC One can apparently do in a more limited way)

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AmaZili's curator insight, April 22, 2014 10:22 AM

Une nouvelle façon de travailler se fait jour, on prends un maximum de matériaux, et on retravaille tout ça en agence

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Qualcomm, Nokia pump $20M into array camera start-up

Qualcomm, Nokia pump $20M into array camera start-up | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Array camera start-up Pelican Imaging Corp. has closed a $20 million Series C round of funding bringing the total invested in the company to more than $37 million since its formation in 2008. New investors include Qualcomm Ventures and Nokia Growth Partners who have joined existing investors Globespan Capital Partners, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and In-Q-tel.

Pelican Imaging has developed an array sensor architecture together with algorithms and software for image reconstruction, gesture recognition and other functions. Instead of using a single, high-resolution but expensive CMOS image sensor, the array camera averages multiple images to produce a single, enhanced-resolution image.

According to CTO Kartik Venkataraman, the principal advantages are reduced z height, superior performance under low light conditions, and the ability to offer 3D functions and gesture recognition. Venkataraman cofounded Pelican Imaging in 2008 with then CEO Aman Jabbi.

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Long play

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Gary Pageau's comment, June 17, 2013 11:04 AM
Still not sure the benefits are worth the cost.
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Digital Compact Cameras: The Big Picture

Digital Compact Cameras: The Big Picture | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
To me, photographic gear is like gourmet food. I see cameras as the entrées, lenses and other equipment are the side dishes and wines. While compact cameras are the sweet desserts. Sometimes, the d...

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Samsung adds Android, 3G/4G connectivity to camera; is it a phone? –

Samsung adds Android, 3G/4G connectivity to camera; is it a phone? – | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Samsung Electronics says it is “creating a brand new type of device” with its Galaxy Camera, “for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video easily and spontaneously from anywhere, at any time.”


As a camera, this is pretty strong contender: The EK-GC100 Galaxy Camera has a 16-megapixel, 1/2.33-inch BSI CMOS sensor. The 21x lens zooms from 23-480mm, with a f/2.8 – 5.9 aperture.

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Smallest 4K camera captures 21 frames per second –

Smallest 4K camera captures 21 frames per second – | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

A new tiny camera captures better-than-HD video. The latest device from Point Grey is an “in an ice-cube sized, low-cost package,” says the British Columbia-base industrial camera maker.
The FL3-U3-88S2C captures 4,096 x 2,160 video with an 8.8 megapixel Sony IMX1221 Exmor R sensor. “The impressive 4K2K resolution combined with the ease of USB 3.0 and the camera’s small size makes the new Flea3 suitable for a variety of high resolution color applications including automatic optical inspection, ophthalmology, interactive multimedia, and broadcast,” the company says.
The Flea3 camera measures 29 x 29 x 30mm, and uses USB 3 connectivity. It is $945.

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