innovation

Canon Patents Eye-Controlled AF and Wireless Charging for Cameras

Canon is one of the most prolific companies in the world when it comes to filing patents, making it hard to judge what's actually coming down the pike. But we really hope its two most recent patents—one for Eye-Controlled Autofocus and another for Wireless Charging—become a reality.

Dear Canon, What Happened To Your Innovation?

Dear Canon,

You and I have had a very, very long friendship that has lasted many years and many, many generations of cameras. Ever since my first camera purchase, you have been my brand of choice. I still have my original Canon IXUS 40 and multiple generations of full frame and APS-C SLRs going back as far as the 450D, which was released in March 2008.

Lomography Unveils the Neptune, A Modular Art Lens System

Lomography just announced what it suggests is its "most revolutionary optical innovation yet." It's called the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System, and as the name suggests, it's a modular lens set that lets you swap out various parts of the lens based on your needs.

Canon Patents Lens System with a Mount on Both Ends

One of the most affordable ways to dabble in macro photography is reverse lensing. But while this typically means buying an adapter, it looks like Canon is considering building that second front-facing mount onto some of their lenses in the future, creating two lenses in one.

See Stanley Kubrick’s Iconic NASA f/0.7 Lens & the FrankenCamera It Used

As iconic lenses go, perhaps no lens is quite as iconic as the famed NASA Zeiss f/0.7 glass Stanley Kubrick used to film a candle-lit scene using only natural light. In this video we get to see the lens, find out about the camera Kubrick modified to use it, and discover some of the tricks he employed to shoot that scene.

The $400 Prophix Toothbrush is Also a 10MP Camera for Your Mouth

The camera has found its way into all kinds of products over the past couple of decades, from the phone in your pocket to the car you drive around. One of the latest everyday products to adopt a camera is one you've probably never thought would have one: the toothbrush. The Prophix is a new $400 toothbrush that has a built-in camera for capturing images of your teeth and gums.

Flickr’d Out: The Rise and Fall of a Photo Sharing Service

In yet another example that maintaining dominance within a space cannot be taken for granted, Flickr announced earlier this month that they are only allowing auto-uploads from the desktop for paying customers. Wired declared “Time to Give up on Flickr, Everybody.”

Sat­lapse: Aerial Time-Lapses from a Bird’s Eye View

UK-based photographer Jamie Brightmore tells us that he has been working on a new style of filmmaking: a "a bird's-eye aerial timelapse cinematography technique" that he calls the Satlapse. The 1-minute video above shows some sample Satlapse clips.