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Apple Developed a Super Resolution Mode for iPhone Cameras Using Image Shifting

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One of the technologies that’s emerging in the camera world is using sensor-shifting to capture high-resolution photos. It involves shooting a sequence of shots with the sensor slightly shifted for each one, and then combining the photos into a high-res image. The new Olympus OM-D E-M5 II uses it to create 40MP photos using its 16MP sensor.

It turns out Apple has also been dabbling in the technology as well for its cameras, except with optical shifting instead of sensor shifting.
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A Look at the Upcoming LG G4 Phone’s ‘Pro’ Camera, f/1.8 Lens, and Manual Controls

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On April 28th, 2015, LG will be unveiling its new flagship smartphone, the G4. From the teasers that have been released by the company so far, it’s clear that one of the primary focuses of the new phone is its camera. LG says it will have an f/1.8 lens, excellent color accuracy, and full manual controls for advanced shooting.
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Coming Soon: 52-Megapixel Cameras in Smartphones

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There’s a stealthy startup in Silicon Valley that’s working to revolutionize photography. It’s called Light, and one of its goals is putting 52-megapixel cameras in smartphones by next year.
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This Self-Powered Camera Can Shoot Forever Using Only the Light It Captures

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Scientists have created a self-powered camera that can take pictures indefinitely without any external power. Instead, it generates its own power using the light it captures with the sensor.
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Apple Acquires LinX, A Camera Maker That Promises DSLR Performance in Phones

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Apple has acquired LinX, an Israeli camera module company that is trying to revolutionize the mobile photography industry with state-of-the-art cameras that are extremely small yet powerful enough to lead “the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets.”
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word.camera Turns Your Photo Into Paragraphs

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word.camera is a curious new website that can magically transform a photograph into words, sentences, and paragraphs that describe what’s seen in your image.
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Aluminum Batteries May One Day Help You Recharge Your Camera in Minutes

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Tired of waiting hours for your camera battery to recharge? A newly developed aluminum battery could one day replace lithium-ion batteries and allow you to charge from empty to full in a matter of minutes.
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Live Portrait Wants to Bring Boring School Pictures to Life with Augmented Reality

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Live Portrait is a new service that’s trying to breathe new life into the standard school portrait. Instead of simply static photographs, the company’s idea is to use augmented reality through a smartphone camera to add a video element to every photograph in a yearbook.
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This is What Olympus’ Sensor-Shift Stabilization Looks Like in Action

In 2012, Olympus launched a new 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system in the retro OM-D E-M5 mirrorless camera. If you’d like a better idea of how the system works, check out the video above, which shows the technology in action.

Micro 4/3rds Photography made the video by strapping a Panasonic Lumix GH4 with a Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye lens to the front of an Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and pointing it straight into the camera. They then started recording video with both cameras and waved the E-M5 II around to see how the sensor reacts to the movement. As you can see, it shifts around quite a bit to try and stabilize what it sees.

(via Micro 4/3rds Photography via 43 Rumors)

Microsoft’s New Office Lens App Can Transform Your Phone Into a Simple Photo Scanner

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Today Microsoft announced that it has released its Office Lens app for iOS and Android. If you’ve never heard of it before, Office Lens is an advanced camera app that turns your phone into a scanner. Take a picture of a document or a whiteboard, and the app will automatically turn the image into a straight and clear scan.

What’s neat is that the app can also be used to quickly and neatly digitize a print instead of putting the photo through an actual scanner.
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