Posts Tagged ‘camera’

Review: Leica X Vario Defies Naysayers with Impressive Optics

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How should I describe the Leica X Vario? It’s as if Leica engineers met at the cafeteria and decided Fuji wasn’t kicking their a** hard enough with the X100/X100s. “Hey, let’s challenge the Fuji XE-1 with a new camera. We will up the ante this time… let’s be double the price of Fuji, AND we will not have interchangeable lens!” Guffaws exploded across the cafeteria as the engineers outlined more specifications to make life living hell for the Leica sales team.
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Researchers Tweak Camera Sensors to Boost Smartphone Battery Life

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There’s no doubt about the fact that using the camera on your shiny smartphone is killing your battery life. But up until now, it seems like the only proposed solutions have been to work on the battery itself instead of looking at the camera.

Researchers at both Microsoft and Rice University think they’ve come up with a solution that will make your gadget’s camera far more energy efficient by focusing on the camera’s sensor and the power it uses.
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The Best Photo I Didn’t Take: Snapping a Photo with the Camera Between My Ears

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It was a day of typically brutal summer heat in Phoenix, and I had the air conditioner blasting as I raced down the freeway en route to some event I was obliged to cover in my role as a general-assignment newspaper reporter.

The scene came to me in pieces as I glanced to the other side of the roadway. A car on the shoulder, broken down and steam billowing from under the raised hood. Somebody, presumably the driver, sitting on the grass embankment nearby, head in his hands. Wearing a full-on clown outfit — wild hair, floppy shoes, pancake makeup, red nose, the whole package. And looking about as morose and defeated as a clown can get.
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Upcoming PS4 Game ‘Outlast’ Pits Digital Camera Against Zombies

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Here’s yet another reason why it’s a bad idea to think reporters outfitted with cameras can replace actual photojournalists — the reporters apparently are dumb enough to wander into an abandoned insane asylum full of zombies.

(The first thing a real photojournalist would do, of course is ask “Do I get paid mileage?” before refusing to take the gig.)
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Sony RX100 Successor Spotted in Leaked Manual Illustrations

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Rumors emerged earlier this week that Sony is planning to announce a followup to its popular RX100 large sensor compact camera by the end of this month. Those rumors got a huge boost in credibility today after pages from the camera’s Japanese instruction manual were leaked onto the web.
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Lomography Konstruktor is the World’s First Build-It-Yourself 35mm SLR

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You may have seen built-it-yourself 35mm pinhole cameras before, but have you ever seen a DIY SLR? Lomography today announced the Konstruktor, a camera it calls “the world’s first 35mm do-it-yourself” SLR camera. If you loved building model airplanes as a kid, this is one camera kit you’re going to love.
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Why the Camera Industry Clings Onto the Design of Early SLR Bodies

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Have you ever wondered why the professional photography industry is dominated by cameras that carry on the design tradition that was started by classic film SLRs?
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is Now Official: 16-Megapixel Camera, 10x Optical Zoom

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It is probably safe to say that the rumors of an alternate Samsung Galaxy S4 with an improved camera can be given the “true!” stamp of approval. The company has announced the Galaxy S4 Zoom, a smartphone sporting a high-resolution image sensor and optical zoom. Read more…

That’s No Way to Treat a Perfectly Good Viewfinder!

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Living in a tourist town like San Francisco, I have frequent opportunities to observe how people use their cameras. Inevitably, these lead to “Why, oh why?” moments in which advanced technology collides with general cluelessness.
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Leaked Photographs Purportedly Reveal Camera-Centric Nokia ‘EOS’ Phone

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Leaked images from GSM Arena and a Twitter user of what could very well be Nokia’s next flagship mobile phone reveal yet another camera-centric device with a high-capacity sensor.

That device, the Nokia EOS, is purportedly sporting a PureView image sensor, xenon flash unit, and Carl Zeiss optics.
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