Canon is Now in the Sensor Business: 120MP Monster Unleashed

Canon is now officially in the business of selling sensors. Third-party companies can now purchase three of Canon’s state-of-the-art sensors, including the 120-megapixel monster that has received a significant amount of attention in recent years. New Camera reports that the three sensors are available through the Canon authorized distributor Phase 1 Technology Corp of New York, not to be confused with Phase One the Danish camera company. The three sensors are Canon’s 120MP ultra-high-resolution CMOS, 5MP global shutter CMOS, and ultra-low-light Full HD CMOS. “Canon industrial sensors redefine high-performance with state-of-the-art technology, backed by decades of ongoing development and improvement,”
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Google Photos’ Object Removal is MIA Because It Got Deprioritized

Google wowed attendees at its I/O developer conference last week with a number of AI-powered photo technologies, including automatically colorizing black-and-white photos with one tap. But there’s one impressive feature teased at last year’s event that hasn’t arrived yet: object removal. Google CEO Sundar Pichai drew oohs and ahhs and applause from the crowd at I/O last year by showing a brief teaser of Google Photos automatically removing the chain link fence obstructing the view in a photo of a youth baseball player. The demo can be seen at 10:40 in this video of the 2017 keynote:
But that feature
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AI is Taking Low-Light Photography to the Next Level

When shooting a photo in low light, a low-ISO long-exposure photo requires a stable camera and blurs movement in the frame while a high-ISO short-exposure photo can be plagued with noise and poor quality. Now AI is bridging the cap, opening the door to low-ISO image quality while shooting at faster shutter speeds. A group of researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Intel have published a new paper titled Learning to See in the Dark. It explains how they trained an AI to do low-light image processing and produce results that are much cleaner and more usable than
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Google Photos to Use AI to Colorize Black-and-White Photos

Google is taking to the stage at the Google I/O developer conference this week to show off its new products and technologies, one of which is a new AI-powered version of Google Photos. The new app will feature a host of new intelligent features, including the ability to colorize black-and-white photos with one tap. The “Colorize” tool uses artificial intelligence to make a “best guess” of what a color version of an old monochrome photo would have looked like. While the neural network is good at certain subjects such as turning grass green, others, like nailing the skin tones on
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Facebook Training Image Recognition AI with Billions of Instagram Photos

While companies and researchers around the world work to build the most advanced and powerful AI systems, Facebook has a special treasure trove that most don’t: billions of tagged photos thanks to Instagram. Facebook has now used those photos to create a leading image recognition AI. Image recognition has important real-world applications that can help improve lives — things like automatically generating keywords and captions for photos to help the visually impaired. “In order to improve these computer vision systems and train them to consistently recognize and classify a wide range of objects, we need data sets with billions of
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Facebook Can Reconstruct a 3D World from Your Photos and Videos

What if you could relive your photos and videos by stepping back into those locations in virtual reality? Facebook is about to make that possible. The company just showed off a mind-blowing new feature that creates 3D spaces from your 2D photos and videos. Here’s a 1-minute demo given by Rachel Franklin, Facebook’s head of social VR, at the annual F8 conference this week. Prepare to be amazed:
Facebook’s upcoming feature will use a technology called “photogrammetry,” which uses photos to determine the exact 3D locations of surface points seen in the frame. Using photos and videos that were shot
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Phase One’s New Drone Camera is First to Pack 100MP Sony BSI Sensor

Phase One has announced the iXM 100MP, a 100-megapixel medium format camera for drones that’s the first camera to feature Sony’s 100MP backside-illuminated (BSI) 44x33mm sensor. It’s “a breakthrough aerial camera platform driven by the world’s fastest medium-format imaging sensor,” Phase One says. The backside-illumination design allows the sensor to have increased light sensitivity and expanded dynamic range. Features and specs of the camera include an ISO range of 50-6400, a dynamic range of 83dB, weatherproofing (IP53 compliant), a temperature tolerance of -10°C to 40°C, a continuous shooting speed of 3fps, a Phase One RSM lens mount, USB3 and Ethernet
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Dry Glass Plate Photography is Back

In the era of the “selfie”, of the relentless click-and-publish images on social media, of the mega sensors replete with megapixels, we are witnessing an unpredictable resurgence of many ancient photographic devices and techniques. Wet collodion (tintypes) and many other alternative photo processes are being keenly rediscovered today and there is an ever-growing plethora of workshop available to those who want to learn and practice them. A primitive photographer myself, a practitioner of what I like to define “slow photography” for most of my professional life, I observe this phenomenon with great interest, wondering about what its deepest
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Dry Glass Plate Photography is Back

In the era of the “selfie”, of the relentless click-and-publish images on social media, of the mega sensors replete with megapixels, we are witnessing an unpredictable resurgence of many ancient photographic devices and techniques. Wet collodion (tintypes) and many other alternative photo processes are being keenly rediscovered today and there is an ever-growing plethora of workshop available to those who want to learn and practice them. A primitive photographer myself, a practitioner of what I like to define “slow photography” for most of my professional life, I observe this phenomenon with great interest, wondering about what its deepest
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Dry Glass Plate Photography is Back

In the era of the “selfie”, of the relentless click-and-publish images on social media, of the mega sensors replete with megapixels, we are witnessing an unpredictable resurgence of many ancient photographic devices and techniques. Wet collodion (tintypes) and many other alternative photo processes are being keenly rediscovered today and there is an ever-growing plethora of workshop available to those who want to learn and practice them. A primitive photographer myself, a practitioner of what I like to define “slow photography” for most of my professional life, I observe this phenomenon with great interest, wondering about what its deepest
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SOUNDCAM is the First ‘Affordable’ Handheld Camera for Seeing Sound

SOUNDCAM is a new camera that lets you take pictures of sound. It’s the first handheld camera that brings sound imaging to a size and cost that’s more accessible than industrial solutions that cost upwards of $100,000. “The system is intuitive and as easy to use as a smartphone,” the company says. “What makes it so special is its high speed and accuracy.” The camera works by combining 64 separate microphones, a traditional optical camera, and an integrated data analysis system. Using data from the mics, the system figures out exactly where in the frame the sounds are originating
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This NASA Camera Uses ‘Fluid Lensing’ to See Through Ocean Waves

NASA has developed a special camera called the “Fluid Cam” that can see and shoot clearly through ocean waves. The resulting photos can be used by researchers to study the health of reefs. The camera was developed by research scientist Ved Chirayath of the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California. It’s based on a state-of-the-art hardware and software technique Chirayath developed called “fluid lensing.” Here’s Chirayath explaining fluid lensing back in 2014:
“Imagine you’re looking at something sitting at the bottom of a swimming pool,” NASA writes. “If no swimmers are around and the water is still,
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This $200,000 Lamborghini is the World’s Fastest Camera Car

Behold the world’s fastest camera car. This modified $200,000 Lamborghini Huracán supercar features a gyro-stabilized camera rig on its frunk, allowing to keep up with the world’s fastest cars for photo and video shoots. The one-of-a-kind camera car is the creation of the team at Incline Dynamic Outlet, which leases and operates the world’s smallest and most advanced gyro-stabilized camera platforms. While working on the production of The Deadliest Catch recently, the team decided it needed a camera rig to go faster than the existing setups they had. “What happens when you put 1,600 pounds on an SUV and
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These Side-View Satellite Pics Are Like Aerial Photos from 280 Miles Up

Satellite photos are generally shot straight down at the Earth and make the world look like flat, detailed maps. But shoot satellite photos at an angle, and suddenly they look like aerial photos captured from impossible heights with the world’s longest telephoto lens. “It’s like getting a view out the window of an airplane 450 kilometers [~280 miles] high,” writes Robert Simmon, an engineer at Planet, operator of the world’s largest commercial satellite network.
Two different satellite views of Monte Fitz Roy in Chile and Argentina. Shot top-down (left) and at an angle (right).
Planet recently used its
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ProGrade Digital Unveils World’s First 1TB CFexpress Card

ProGrade Digital has just unveiled the world’s first 1 terabyte CFexpress 1.0 memory card. It’s the first company to publicly demonstrate CFexpress 1.0 technology at this capacity. The card was debuted and demoed at the NAB Show that just kicked off in Las Vegas, providing “solid proof that the industry is moving toward productization of this new standard,” ProGrade says. Thanks to the new CFexpress standard, this 1TB isn’t just high-capacity — it has ultra-high transfer speeds as well. While the current SDXC UHS-II and CFast 2.0 memory cards on the market have top-end read speeds of
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This AI Camera Mod Shocks You Into Shooting ‘Good’ Photos

Want to shoot beautiful photos without having to lift a finger or think about it? The Prosthetic Photographer can help you. It’s a camera attachment that uses artificial intelligence and electricity to shock you into shooting good photos. The device was created by German media artist Peter Buczkowski. Here’s how it works: you hold it in your hand and point the device (and your camera) outward. The Raspberry Pi computer inside uses a neural network (Google’s Inception Model) to examine the live view and look for high-quality photos while ignoring low-quality ones. When the AI spots a scene it thinks
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The Crazy Shots You Can Do with a Camera Robot

Marques Brownlee (AKA MKBHD) recently paid a visit to the company Motorized Precision in Portland, Oregon, to check out the company’s high-speed camera robots. In this 8.5-minute video, Brownlee shares the beautiful camera moves that are made possible by this “dope” technology. The company’s main robot is called Kira. It’s a fully-metal device that has a couple of fully-articulating axes and can extend up to 9 feet tall. It can also move up to 9 feet per second in any direction while carrying a camera weighing up to 40 pounds. The robot can be controlled in a preset
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Canon Unveils 100fps Ultra-Low-Light Sensor for Slow-Mo in the Dark

In addition to showing off its ultra-high-resolution 120MP sensor, Canon has also released this 3-minute video to show the abilities of 35MMFHDXS, a new 2.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that has both high sensitivity and high speed. “The 35MMFHDXS CMOS sensor delivers high sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance, even in exceptionally low-light environments,” Canon says. “The sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry employ new technologies that reduce noise, which tends to increase as pixel size increases. “High sensitivity and increased well depth have been achieved through a larger pixel size of 19µm x 19µm (square) with proprietary device design technologies. The
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This is the Power of Canon’s 120MP Camera Sensor

Canon has just released this new 3-minute video showing the power of its 120-megapixel CMOS sensor, which it first announced in September 2015 and then showed off at an expo in May 2016. The sensor is called the 120MXS, and it has an ultra-high-resolution of 13280×9184, or about 60 times the resolution of Full HD video. Physically, the sensor is an APS-H sensor (29.22×20.20mm), which falls between full frame (36×24 mm) and APS-C crop (22.5x15mm): “Ultra-high-resolution is made possible by parallel signal processing, which reads signals at high speed from multiple pixels,” Canon says. “All pixel progressive
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GoPro Licensing Its Lenses and Sensors to Third Parties Now

GoPro hasn’t been good for its investors as of late, but the company is stepping in a new direction in its search for profits. The company has announced that it has signed a licensing deal for its camera lenses and sensors to be used in third-party products. This new licensing agreement was made with Jabil, the global manufacturing company that has produced GoPro’s cameras since the HERO4. “With this agreement, Jabil will leverage GoPro’s cutting-edge reference design and IP to produce camera lens and sensor modules for incorporation into GoPro-approved third-party products and solutions,” GoPro says. “The deal covers
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