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This AI Creates Detailed 3D Renderings from Thousands of Tourist Photos

A team of researchers at Google have come up with a technique that can combine thousands of tourist photos into detailed 3D renderings that take you inside a scene... even if the original photos used vary wildly in terms of lighting or include other problematic elements like people or cars.

This Video Explains Exactly How Lens IS and IBIS Work in Modern Cameras

Most photographers know the basics of lens-based image stabilization (Lens IS) and in-body image stabilization (IBIS), but if you've ever wanted a technical deep-dive that explains exactly how these systems work to generate 4, 5, or even 7 stops of stabilization, this video from Imaging Resource is here to answer that call.

Intel Unveils Thunderbolt 4 with Better Baseline Features, Same Top Speed

It's a good week for specifications. Yesterday, we got the new H.266/VVC video codec; today, Intel unveiled Thunderbolt 4: an updated spec that features the same 40Gb/s top speed, but increases the baseline spec so that users get a more consistent (and consistently fast) experience no matter what Thunderbolt-equipped computer or peripheral they're using.

H.266 Codec Unveiled: Same Quality, Half the File Size

Fraunhofer HHI, the company behind the H.264 and H.265 video codecs, has just unveiled its latest creation: the aptly-named H.266. Just as the world has finally gotten around to adopting HEVC/H.265, we get a newer version that will offer the same quality at about half the file size.

This Obstacle Avoiding Drone is So Fast it Can Play Dodgeball

Researchers at the University of Zurich have created a custom drone that's so good at obstacle avoidance it can play dodgeball. The drone uses a special camera that allows it to react to incoming objects in just 3.5 milliseconds, about 10x faster than anything on the market today.

These are the Highest Resolution Images Ever Taken of the Sun’s Surface

The National Solar Observatory has just released the highest resolution images and video ever taken of the sun's surface. The images, captured with the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, capture the sun in unprecedented detail, revealing features as small as 18 miles (30km) in size for the first time ever.

New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Could Quadruple Camera Battery Life

Researchers at Australia's Monash University have developed what they're calling "the world’s most efficient lithium-sulphur (Li-S) battery," an ultra-high-capacity design that could quadruple camera battery life and run a smartphone for 5 consecutive days without a charge.

NVIDIA AI Can Turn Your Pet Into Other Animals

NVIDIA researchers have been doing groundbreaking work at the intersection between photography and AI -- things like removing noise, transferring styles, photo reconstruction, turning doodles into photos, and creating realistic photos of imaginary people. The company's latest AI app, called GANimal, lets you instantly turn your pet into any other animal.

How Canon’s New Defocus Smoothing Gets You Ultra-Creamy Bokeh

Canon announced the new RF 85mm f/1.2L DS IS lens for its full-frame mirrorless cameras today, and the $3,000 lens is the very first Canon lens to feature a new technology called Defocus Smoothing (DS). If you're curious about the new lens tech, check out this 1.5-minute video by Canon that introduces it.