Posts Tagged ‘imagestabilization’

Modern Editing Software Used to Improve Film Footage from the Early 1900s

Film footage from the early 1900’s, when hand-cranked cameras were all the technology available, aren’t exactly high-quality. Choppy, jumpy, and sped-up, the people in these films look anything but natural.

One YouTuber, however, has taken it upon himself to enhance some footage from this time period and, in the process, produced something much closer to today’s standards of clarity and stability. Read more…

Spinning Image Stabilization Gets Smooth High-Flying View from a Football Cam

Kris Kitani, a postdoctoral research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, has developed a unique type of image stabilization that can actually transform the footage from a camera attached to the side of a spinning football from nausea inducing, to smooth fly over.

The video at the top shows the footage he collected when he attached a GoPro to the side of a football. On the left you have the un-altered version, and on the right the version with his software applied. Read more…

Fujifilm Shows Off Chicken Head Image Stabilization in Commercial

Back in 2010, we humorously reported that chickens have image stabilized heads. Some people took the idea further, turning chickens into organic Steadicams and doing further research into the subject.

Now Fujifilm has gone and turned that funny property of chickens (and certain other animals as well) into a humorous TV spot. The ad above is meant to promote the image stabilization powers of the Fujifilm X-S1 bridge camera. We delved deeper into the science behind this (called the “vestibulo-ocular reflex”) last year in this post.


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Stabilized Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L On the Way, But May Be A Year Away

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After the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II was announced at the beginning of this year, many photographers were disappointed that it didn’t include Image Stabilization. When October rolled around, there were new rumors that Canon had an IS version of the 24-70mm up its sleeve. The company did, but it wasn’t what people were expecting. When the new IS lens was unveiled in November, it was an f/4 lens rather than an f/2.8.

If you’re one of the many people who wanted both the convenience of having IS and the benefits of having f/2.8, here’s some good news: there is indeed a 24-70mm f/2.8 IS on the way.
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Canon Unveils the Pricey but Stabilized 24-70mm f/4L IS and 35mm f/2 IS

The rumors were off but the leak was spot on: today Canon officially announced the not-so-secret 24-70mm f/4 IS and the 35mm f/2 IS, bringing image stabilization to two new focal length ranges.
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Canon 24-70mm f/4 IS and 35mm f/2 IS Leaked Before Announcement

Canon’s two soon-to-be-announced lenses were leaked today by Japanese website Digicam info. The first one is, as suspected, the 24-70mm f/4 IS. The second one was more a surprise: it’s not a new 50mm, but a 35mm f/2 IS. Canon is continuing its new trend of building image stabilization into wider-angle lenses — a bit strange for still photographers, but great news for people who record video with their DSLRs.
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Image-Stabilized Canon 24-70mm on the Way, But Will Be a f/4, Not f/2.8

An update to the image-stabilized Canon 24-70mm lens rumor that we shared yesterday: Canon Rumors is reporting with certainty that the lens is in fact on the way. However, the lens won’t be an IS version of the f/2.8, as previously reported, but an entirely new Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS. In other words, the lens will give up a stop in max aperture in exchange for IS.
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Image-Stabilized Version of the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L Rumored to be Floating Around

When Canon unveiled the followup lens to its popular Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L back in February, many photographers found it strange that the lens eschewed Image Stabilization even while two wide-angle prime lenses announced at the same time had IS. After all, a $2,300 lens that extends to 70mm on the telephoto end seems like it would benefit more from stabilization than 24mm and 28mm lenses. If you’ve been yearning for a “Brick” (as the 24-70mm used to be called) with IS, here’s some good news: the lens reportedly exists, and may already be floating around in the wild for initial tests.
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Yup, Nokia Faked the Still Photos In Its PureView Promo

Nokia has already confessed and apologized for faking the optical image stabilization sample footage in a new promo video for its Lumia 920 phone. In case you weren’t sure: yes, the sample still photographs in the video were faked as well.

Designer Youssef Sarhan did some investigative work after the story initially broke, and came to the conclusion that the images were almost certainly taken with a camera other than the Lumia 920.
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Make a DIY Bean Bag Stabilizer Using Old Jeans and Some Lentils

The bean bag is a tool that photographers sometimes use to stabilize their camera. Plop it down on a fixed platform, and the bag can do wonders for achieving sharper shots. Instead of buying a bean bag for a marked up price, you can easily create a do-it-yourself version at home. After all, it’s just some beans in a bag… Digital Camera World has a step-by-step tutorial on how you can create one using some lentils and a pair of unwanted jeans.

What’s great about using a pair of jeans, beside the fact that denim is a very durable material, is that you can cut out the crotch section — a bit strange, we know — in order to give your bean bag a built-in zipper. This makes filling the bag a breeze, and allows you to quickly change the number of beans inside to make the bag softer or firmer.

Reduce camera shake with a bag of lentils [Digital Camera World]