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Lytro Camera Goes DSLR-Style

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Lytro Camera Goes DSLR-Style

"Light field camera" maker Lytro releases a high-end version of the point-and-shoot camera sharing its name-- the Illum, a DSLR-style offering complete with oversized optics, larger sensor and faster CPU.

For readers not in the know, light field photography allows users to shoot first and focus later. Essentially a lens array and sensor combo captures the colour, intensity and vector direction of light rays, and special software uses that data to create 3D images with adjustable depth of field.

Unlike the first, rectangular Lytro the Illum features a design more akin to traditional DSLR cameras. It carries an 8X (30-250mm) zoom lens and has a constant f/2.0 aperture, 1/4000 shutter, 4-inch touchscreen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU.

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Samsung's Ultimate Selfie Camera

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Samsung's Ultimate Selfie Camera

Your more self-absorbed customers might have an easier way of taking self portraits with the Samsung NX mini, a camera with a flip-up 3-inch display and hands-free "wink shot" mode for the perfect selfie.

Once it detects a wink the camera shoots automatically after 2 seconds. The feature even handles multiple persons in-shot for "wefies," as well as a bevy of social connectivity options via wifi and NFC. Clever!

As well as selfie-taking capability Samsung says claims the NX mini is the slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera around, being 22.5mm fat and 158g heavy. The metal body carries a 1-inch 20.5MP BSI CMOS sensor, with shutter speeds of up to 1/6000 sec and a 6fps continuous shot mode.

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The Polaroids of CES 2014

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The Polaroids of CES 2014

Ailing photography pioneer Polaroid makes a comeback at CES 2014 with a pair of surprises-- the long awaited retro-styled Socialmatic camera and the C3, an wide-angle action camera inside a small cube.

The Socialmatic has been a long time coming. It started off as a 2012 concept for a modern take on classic instant-print cameras, before Polaroid actually took up the idea to make an actual camera. And like the concept, it still combines a 14MP digital camera with a Zero Ink (ZINK) printer inside a likeable square-shaped package.

It also features a rear-facing 2MP shooter, 4GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card) and connectivity via wifi and Bluetooth. Control comes through a square 4.5-inch touchscreen, with Android as OS.

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The First Tizen Device: A Smart Camera

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The First Tizen Device: A Smart Camera

Samsung reveals the first consumer device running on Tizen, the open source Linux-based mobile device OS, at the Tizen Developer Summit-- not a smartphone or a tablet but a camera, specifically NX300M smart camera.

The NX300M is a refresh of the Android-powered NX300 mirrorless camera. It features a 3.31-inch AMOLED rotatable touchscreen, 20.3MP APS-C sensor, dual-channel wifi and NFC support.

Technically the camera is not the first Tizen device available. That particular honour belongs to a developer-aimed 10.1-inch tablet from Japanese vendor Systena.

If you recall, Tizen is a standards-based cross-architecture software platform built on the bones of MeeGo, a now-dead Nokia-Intel Linux-based mobile device OS. The project was first announced on 2011 and devices running on the OS were supposed to be available by H2 2012-- but work hit a number of snags as chief backer Samsung bits on too many Tizen-related projects, including a Mobile Lite and smart TV versions, than it can apparently chew.

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Action Cameras: a European Hit

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Action Cameras: a European Hit

Action cameras are making a splash in European markets Futuresource Consulting reports, with 2013 sales worth €117 million set to grow to €361m by 2017 with a CAGR of 11%.

Such growth contrasts with camcorder shipments, whose 2013 revenues are down by -23% compared to 2012.

"Action camera customers fall into one of two categories: consumers accounting for around 85% of the market, and professionals who make up the rest," Futuresource says. "However, consumers can be further separated into two distinct categories-- extreme sports and evidential."

Driving sales is desire of sports enthusiasts to capture and share their experiences. Action cameras also find "evidential" use, meaning the capturing of accidents for insurance-related reasons. Meanwhile "professional" customers include media organisations wanting low-cost, quasi-disposable means of capturing interesting shots.

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GoPro Cameras Get Smaller, Lighter

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GoPro Cameras Get Smaller, Lighter

Action-camera maker GoPro launches a smaller and lighter Hero3 version-- the Hero3+ lineup promising improvements in both size and performance within a similar resistant package.

According to the company Hero3+ devices are 20% smaller, 20% lighter and offer 30% more battery life, even if it does fails to provide actual dimensions of the cameras in question.

Built-in wifi is supposedly 4X faster, while the aperture (F2.8) and focal length remain the same if paired with sharper optics.

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Sony Takes on Smartphone Camera Lenses

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Sony Takes on Smartphone Camera Lenses

Sony confirms rumours of odd "lens camera" smartphone accessories at IFA 2013, where it reveals the QX Smart Lens series-- a pair of lens-style cameras (DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10) one can clip to smartphones to improve their pet and lunch photos.

The Smart Lenses pack a Sony point-and-shoot camera minus viewfinder (zoom lens, image sensor, processor, battery, stereo microphones, memory card slots), and pair with a smartphone via wifi. Once connected, the mobile device becomesa real-time viewfinder through Sony PlayMemories app.

The lenses attach to most devices (54-75mm width, up to 13mm thickness), and can be remotely controlled for high-angle shots or selfies.

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Intel Details "Depth Sensing" Cameras

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Intel Details

Intel is working on "depth sensing" cameras to "bridge the gap between the real and virtual world," perceptual products and solutions director Anil Nanduri tells IDG News-- a technology to appear in ultrabooks and laptops by H2 2014.

According to the company such cameras will bring about a level of interaction far beyond keyboard, mouse or even touchscreen interfaces, being able to identify characteristics, contours and shapes of items in view.

"You'll add the ability to sense your excitement, emotion-- whether you are happy or smiling," Nanduri says. "The algorithms and technologies are there, but they are getting more refined, and as they get more robust, you'll see them."

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Garmin Takes on Action Cameras

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Garmin Takes on Action Cameras

GPS maker Garmin thinks there space in the action camera market for one more vendor as it launches the VIRB and VIRB Elite, a pair of cameras with rugged and waterproof (IPX-7 rating) housing.

The company claims VIRB cameras are the first with "true HD" (1920x1080 resolution at 30fps) recording. The cameras also shoot 16MP still photos with photo burst and time lapse options.

A 1.4-inch translective LCD allows for menus and footage previews, while a 2000mAh battery powers up to 3 hours of recording, at least according to Garmin. Storage comes through microSD card.

Both cameras are identical, spec-wise, but only the Elite version packs built-in wifi, data sensors and a GPS.

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Autographer Wearable Camera Ships

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Autographer Wearable Camera Ships

After over 6 months of beta testing OMG Life launches the Autographer-- the so-called "world's first intelligent wearable camera" for customers wanting to further document their lives.

The concept behind the Autographer is similar to other wearable cameras, such as the Memoto. Users wear the camera (via clip or lanyard) and it automatically snaps photos, using 5 sensors (colour, temperature, magnetometer, motion and acceleration) to determine when to best take a picture.

The device measures 37.4 x 90mm, weighs 58g and carries a 5MP sensor, 136-degree glass hybrid wide-angle lens and 8GB of internal storage allowing it to save up to 28000 images (or 2000 images per day for up to 12 days).

It is also truly hands-free, with no means of framing or timing shots. A notification link light simply lets one know when it takes a photo.

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JVC Takes on Action Cameras

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JVC Takes on Action Cameras

JVC follows the likes of GoPro and Contour in the action camera game with the JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION, a water-, shock-, dust- and freeze-proof (but not ridiculous-name-proof) sequel to the 2012 GC-XA2 ADIXXION.

The GCA-XA2 features recording at either 1920x1080 60p/50p and 1280x720 at 120/100fps for 4x slow-motion playback, a wider-angle optical lens (F2.4 with 137° angle at 1080p/720p/WVGA modes a Continue reading...

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