Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

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.

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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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MIT Develops a New Self-Cleaning, Fog-Resistant, Anti-Glare Glass

MIT researchers are at it again: the university’s latest research project to receive attention from tech blogs the world over is their new self-cleaning, anti-glare, fog-resistant glass. They’re calling it “multifunctional” glass, and by using a nano-textured surface it eliminates glare and fogging entirely, essentially making it invisible.

As an added bonus, water droplets “bounce” off of this type of glass like little bouncy ball. As of right now the process involved in making the glass is complicated and would be too expensive to implement on a large scale, but the researchers have both hope and ideas for how to make this a reality. When that happens, photographers can cross their fingers that we’ll start seeing lenses made of this special glass. We certainly hope it happens: no dust, no fog, no glare… yes please!

(via MIT via Engadget)

Flickr Launches Android App and Cool Photo Sessions Feature

If you’re a Flickr loyalist that hasn’t jumped ship for competing services, Flickr is rewarding you with a couple new tools for sharing your photos. Today the company announced an official app for Android and a new photo-sharing feature called Photo Sessions.
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