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The World’s Largest and Most Powerful Camera Gets Funding for 3.2-Gigapixel Sky Photos

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The world’s largest camera is now one step closer to becoming a reality. The 3.2-gigapixel camera being built for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) in Chile has secured the funding it needs to ensure it will go into operation according to schedule.
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Google’s Project Ara is a Modular Phone That Lets You Swap Cameras In and Out

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Project Ara is an ongoing effort by Google to create a modular smartphone for which you can swap critical components in and out, allowing users to build the perfect phone for their specific needs.

If its modular design takes over the consumer market in the future, we could be seeing a whole new approach to how smartphone cameras work.
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Google’s Translate App Can Now Use Your Camera to Translate the World in Real Time

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If you’re ever in a situation in which you need to understand some text in a foreign language, getting a translation is now as free and easy as loading up your phone’s camera app. Google has updated its Translate app to include real-time on-screen translations of text you point your camera at.
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external I Don’t Want a Zoom Lens on My Phone —The Verge

I wouldn’t blame you for disagreeing at first — on paper, a legitimate zoom lens sounds like an objective improvement to one of the most important things that the most important device in our lives performs. After all, digital zoom is nothing more than a quality-degrading crop. But it’s worth thinking about how and why we use our phone cameras.

 
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A Closer Look at Nikon’s New Phase Fresnel (PF) Lens Technology

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Weighing just 1.66 pounds, Nikon’s newly announced 300mm f/4 is the world’s lightest 300mm full frame prime autofocus lens. It’s also the first Nikon DSLR lens to feature the company’s new Phase Fresnel (PF) technology, which is the main reason the lens can be so small and lightweight.
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LAPD Tasers Will Double as Wireless Shutter Releases for Body Cameras When Fired

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At the end of 2014, we reported that Los Angeles will be the first major city in the US to equip every officer on the street with a body camera. Now the city is announcing that it’s going one step further towards making sure its cops are held accountable by the devices: newly issued Tasers will trigger the cameras when fired.
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Nikon May Be Working on a Modular Lens System with Mix and Match Pieces

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In the past several years, there have been quite a few mentions of modular camera designs that split sensors, screens, and bodies of cameras into separate, replaceable parts. Today is the first time we’ve heard of a completely modular lens system.

A recently published Nikon patent appears to show just that: a lens that is assembled by connecting a number of circular pieces to form a complete barrel.
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Here’s a Look at the VR Sport Stabilization in Nikon’s New $12,000 400mm f/2.8 Lens

The Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a new $12,000 lens for sports and wildlife photographers. One of the new features to appear in the lens is a vibration reduction mode called VR Sport. The video above offers a look at how VR Sport compares to VR Normal and no stabilization.
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Seagate Seven is the World’s Thinnest External Hard Drive for Storing Your Photos On the Go

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Want to cut down on the size and weight of your photo storage system when shooting on the go? You may want to check out the new Seagate Seven external hard drive. It’s the world’s thinnest — and arguably most beautiful — external hard drive.
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Projector Brought Into the Forest Turns Nature Into a Glowing Wonderland

3D projections are often used nowadays to create eye-popping visuals on flat surfaces such as the sides of buildings or on basketball courts, but could the same concept be done out in the wild where things aren’t flat and orderly? Photographer Tarek Mawad and animator Friedrich van Schoor recently decided to try it out.

What resulted is the video above, titled “Projections in the Forest”. The two artists spent six weeks illuminating various things in nature with a powerful projector and then capturing the results on camera.
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