Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

New Lens Technology Could Bring Optical Zoom to Even the Thinnest Smartphones by 2016

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Smartphone cameras have improved exponentially since their introduction to the world, but one company still believes there’s plenty of room for improvement. That company is DynaOptics and their latest tech is promising to pack optical zoom into more smartphones without adding any bulk to the phones at all. Read more…

Alpha Dog: How Sony Created the Most Innovative Camera Brand in Under a Decade

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Using the bones of a dying giant and a healthy dose of innovation, Sony built one of the most forward thinking lines of high-end cameras available in recent memory.

When they entered the serious photography market following their acquisition of the struggling Konica Minolta camera business, Sony brought the coffers and clout of an international conglomerate as well as the fresh eyes of a newcomer. Using those tools, they’ve pushed the technological envelope in a way that few others were willing or capable of doing and, now, are setting the benchmark for where others ought to be aiming. Oh, and they did it all in just eight years. Read more…

Innovate or Die: What Camera Companies Could Learn from a Vacuum Manufacturer

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In a short appearance earlier today in Japan, inventor and Dyson founder Sir James Dyson dropped a line that is worthy of its own headline and should be forwarded to every head honcho at every camera company in the world. According to Engadget, he said, “A company that doesn’t double its R&D team every two years, I think, is in trouble.” Read more…

Disruption and Innovation

The disruptive innovations that change the landscape of photography are often overlooked. Or worse, feared.

Feb 11, 2014 · Roger Cicala

Crowd Sourcing Innovation: The Polaroid Socialmatic Story

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From a design concept to a crowd-funding campaign to a product backed by a major brand, the Polaroid Socialmatic represents an alternative to traditional product development methods. Is crowd-sourced innovation the shakeup that the photography industry needs? Read more…

The Camera of the Future Isn’t From the Past

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In an insightful essay about the “graying” of photography, Kirk Tuck opines about seeing 50-year old men proudly displaying their huge DSLRs while hanging out at the counters at the Photo Plus Expo in New York last month. The generation that obsessed over pristine primes, low noise and 16×20 prints has been supplanted by a gaggle of Snapchatting millennials for whom photography is no different than a text conversation. Read more…

Rumor: Sony to Launch ‘Extraordinary’ E-Mount Camera with a Moving Sensor

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No doubt there are both Sony fans and detractors reading this right now. But if there’s one thing even the detractors can’t say about Sony at the moment, it’s that the company isn’t innovating.

Sony’s upcoming lens cameras (SmartShots?) are so out there CNET didn’t even believe they were real, the rumored full-frame NEX camera has the mirrorless crowd abuzz, and now, it seems the company has yet another “extraordinary” invention on the way. Read more…

Sigma Drops Bombshell, Announces a 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens

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Wow. The rumor of a new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens we shared earlier today has just been confirmed by Sigma. The company has just officially announced the lens, which is the world’s first lens that offers a fixed f/1.8 aperture throughout its zoom range. That’s a pretty big deal.
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Rumor: Sony May Introduce Eye-Tracking Autofocus Next Year

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Want to focus your camera simply by looking at a particular area of the viewfinder? If you’re a Sony shooter, you might be enjoying that feature as early as next year. The company is reportedly working on building Eye Tracking autofocus into its cameras, with the initial version arriving in a flagship camera sometime in 2014.
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Peak Design Unveils Leash, the Optimus Prime of Camera Straps

If you’ve ever had to take traditional camera straps on and off your camera, you probably know how annoying the task is. Peak Design, makers of the Capture camera clip system, wants to change the way people think about and use straps. The company has unveiled a new strap called the Leash, a versatile accessory that can take on different configurations and be used for multiple purposes.
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