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Samsung today announced the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. Among its new features is Samsung’s “most intelligent camera yet” and a new Flaw Detection feature that will point out when your photos aren’t up to par. The Note 9 features a dual camera on the back with a 12MP f1.5/f2.4 wide-angle lens (it has a dual aperture like the Samsung Galaxy S9) and a 12mp f/2.4 telephoto lens. Both lenses have built-in optical image stabilization. The front-facing camera is an 8MP f/1.7 unit. “New revolutionary features make it nearly impossible to take a bad shot,”
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Samsung has announced that it has begun mass producing the storage industry’s first 4-bit 4-terabyte SSD drives. While Samsung has also unveiled a 30TB SSD and the world’s largest SSD is a staggering 100TB, those are designed for enterprise uses. These latest 4TB drives are designed for ordinary consumers. The new 4-bit (QLC, quad-level cell) SATA SSD drives are “expected to bring a new level of efficiency to consumer SSDs.” “Samsung’s new 4-bit SATA SSD will herald a massive move to terabyte-SSDs for consumers,” says Samsung EVP Jaesoo Han. “As we expand our lineup across consumer segments and
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We’ve seen Soviet spy cameras disguised as everything from a gold ring to a pack of cigarettes, but this recently auction Soviet spy camera was disguised as… a camera. The camera went up for auction in early July at Aston’s Auctioneers in the UK, where it ended up selling for £3,300 after an initial estimated value of just £150 to £200. The spy camera is designed to look like a common Zenit E 35mm SLR tucked away in its leather case. It allowed the photographer to look like the camera is not in use while he or she is
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SiOnyx Aurora is a new action camera that claims to be the world’s first day/night camera for consumers. It’s ultra-light sensitive, allowing you to shoot full-color images in low-light conditions. The Aurora is “the only HD action video camera with true day and night color imaging,” SiOnyx says, noting that it has received over 40 patents related to the camera. SiOnyx was founded back in 2006 by Professor Eric Mazur and Dr. James Carey of Harvard University. “SiOnyx has developed a new semiconductor process that dramatically enhances the infrared sensitivity of silicon-based imaging,” the company says. “Its ultra low-light technology
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Sony has just announced a new CMOS sensor for smartphones that captures 48-megapixel photos — the highest pixel count in the industry. The sensor is the world’s first to feature an ultra-small pixel size of just 0.8μm, which is what allows it to stuff 48-megapixels onto a 1/2-inch sensor. “These days, high-end smartphone models require even greater imaging quality from their cameras,” Sony says. “The new Sony sensor features 48 effective megapixels, a pixel count which rivals that of high-performance SLR cameras, making it possible to capture beautiful, high-resolution images even with a smartphone.”
Canon is known to be working on fingerprint sensors for cameras and lenses, but Nikon is apparently going a step further: it’s developing biometric sensors for cameras and lenses that can detect biological information as well as your mood when shooting a photo. The patent (JP2017-143581), first discovered and and covered by New Camera, describes sensors that are built into the sides of lenses and the front and backs of DSLRs — sensors that can read your thumb and fingers on both hands when shooting. According to the filing, the sensors can detect things like heart rate, blood
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Light’s groundbreaking L16 camera generated a great deal of excitement over its 16-camera design, but early reviews have largely fallen short of the hype. The company is pushing full speed ahead, though, and will reportedly be unveiling a first-of-its-kind smartphone that has as many as 9 cameras on the back. Here’s what the existing Light L16 looks like (the image above is an illustrative mockup, by the way): The Washington Post reports that it has seen working prototypes of the Light smartphone that have between 5 and 9 lenses on the back. The upcoming smartphone reportedly captures 64-megapixel photos with
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A mechatronics engineering student has invented a “mobile airbag” that automatically deploys when you drop a device, protecting it from harm. Phillip Frenzel, a 25-year-old master’s student at Aalen University in Germany, came up with his idea after breaking his phone by throwing the jacket containing it over a banister. The impact caused the electronics inside the phone to break. So, Frenzel began looking into developing a system to prevent dropped phones from breaking. While big and bulky protective cases exist, Frenzel wanted something smaller and more advanced. After four years of tinkering, Frenzel created a “mobile airbag” that unfolds
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The SD Association has just announced the latest specifications for the widely used Secure Digital (SD) memory card format. The new Ultra Capacity (UC) designation will mean capacities of up to 128 terabytes and the “Express” designation will mean transfer speeds of up to 985 megabytes per second. SDUC follows in the footsteps of the original SD card, the SDHC (“High Capacity”), and the SDXC (“eXtended Capacity”), raising the maximum storage capacity level from 2TB with SDXC to 128TB, or a 64x increase. SD Express adds PCI Express and NVMe interfaces to the legacy SD interface, bringing the maximum data
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There’s a new photo recovery technique that may help humanity recover some of the world’s oldest photographs that were previously considered to be damaged beyond repair. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario in Canada led by Madalena Kozachuk synchrotron X-rays and fluorescence imaging to analyze old 19th-century daguerreotype plates, which used iodine-sensitized silver-coated copper plates that were developed using heated mercury vapor. Over time, the original photos on these plates faded away (sometimes completely) due to years of tarnish and grime building up on the surface. But even though the surfaces of the plates have been obscured, the mercury
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The rotors on camera drones can do serious damage to human flesh if the two come in contact. Researchers are working on a new flesh sensor that would stop a rotor so fast that an approaching finger can be spared from harm. If the concept of detecting flesh and stopping a spinning blade sounds familiar, it’s because similar technologies already exist. In the world of table saws, the company Saw Stop uses a sensor that puts the brakes on a spinning saw blade in less than 5 milliseconds. Even if you push your finger into the blade quickly, the most
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“Great photos! You must have a great camera!” If you take your craft seriously, the odds of having heard these words are quite high. Audiences associate good images with great cameras, and for the longest time this (almost) accusation has bothered photographers who felt their skills were downplayed. But the interesting bit is that we’re walking towards making the “great cameras = great photos” equation true! And they fit in your pocket. Before I started for real with photography and cinematography – more than ten years ago
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“Take it again, I blinked.” That’s something commonly said after pictures are snapped, but it may soon be a relic of the past if Facebook has its way. The company’s researchers have created an AI that can automatically replace closed eyes with open ones in your pictures. The scientists trained the AI with photos of people with their eyes open to learn what the subjects’ eyes normally look like. After learning what a person’s eye shape and features should be like, the AI can then work to replace closed eyes with artificially generated eyes in blinking photos. Adobe Photoshop
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It looks like electronic info displays are becoming a new norm for camera lenses. A new patent filed by Canon suggests that the company’s next 18-55mm kit lens will feature an LCD display. New Camera first spotted the new Canon patent (JP2018005130A) for aberration reduction in an interchangeable lens. Within the document is an illustration showing what appears to be the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS III kit lens, and one of the reference indicators is for a “lens information display.” The info display is found next to the AF/MF and IS ON/OFF toggle switches. Zeiss kicked off the
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Think medium format CMOS sensors are big? Check out what Canon’s largest sensor looks like when placed next to a DSLR camera (an EOS Rebel T3i/600D). The picture above is to scale. Canon first unveiled its humongous, ultra-sensitive, ultra-resolution CMOS sensor back in August 2010, saying that it would open new doors in various academic and industrial fields. “A certain level of light is required when shooting with a digital camera or camcorder, and without it, images cannot be captured due to insufficient sensitivity,” Canon writes. “In the pursuit of further improving the sensitivity of imaging elements, Canon has embraced
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As privacy concerns grow and as facial detection/recognition technologies improve, a new arms race is emerging. Researchers have created a new privacy photo filter that prevents facial recognition systems from detecting and recognizing faces. The researchers at the University of Toronto, led by Professor Parham Aarabi and graduate student Avishek Bose, created two neural network AI systems: one that constantly tries to detect faces and one that constantly works to disrupt the first AI. “The two are constantly battling and learning from each other, setting up an ongoing AI arms race,” UToronto writes. What resulted from the arms race was
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