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Bloomberg: Nikon Eyes Smartphones

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Bloomberg: Nikon Eyes Smartphones

As point-and-shoot camera sales drop, so do Nikon earnings-- therefore there is no surprise when president Makoto Kimura admits to Bloomberg the company is looking into ways to tap into smartphone growth.

“The number of people taking snapshots is exploding by use of smartphones that sold 750 million or so last year and are still growing,” Kimura says. “We’ve centralized our ideas around cameras but can change our approach to offer products to that bigger market.”

According to Kimura camera sales "across the industry" for the April-May period are down by about -25% Y-o-Y basis, while Nikon results come "a little short" to "fairly low" estimates.

The Nikon imaging division expects expects the overall compact camera market to shrink by -12% during fiscal 2013, while high-end models might grow by 9%. In fact the company hopes high-end demand will compensate for slower compact sales "for several more years," even as the company looks for more growth drivers.

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Phone+10x Optical Zoom=Galaxy S4 Zoom

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Phone+10x Optical Zoom=Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung takes a second shot at the marriage of point-and-shoot camera and Android smartphone with the Galaxy S4 Zoom-- an Android 4.2 handset with a 16MP camera and 10x zoom lens grafted at the back.

The device should remind readers armed with longer memories of the Galaxy Camera, the 2012 Samsung take on the Android-powered digital camera. However customers can make calls with the Zoom, a functionality the Camera lacks.

Specs-wise the Zoom is similar to the recently announced Galaxy S4 mini-- a 4.3-inch device packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8GB storage (expandable via microSD slot), 2330mAh battery, LTE/3G connectivity and a slew of Samsung software additions.

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Measuring the Pulse via Camera

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Measuring the Pulse via Camera

Fujitsu Laboratories reveals a possibly easier means of reading one's pulse-- software able to measure heart rates by checking a face via either webcam or in-built cameras.

The technology takes advantage the green-absorbing properties of the hemoglobin in the blood. As it flows, blood subtly affects the brightness of the face. The software measures the peaks in brightness, providing a pulse reading Continue reading...

Further Additions to Light Field Photography

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Further Additions to Light Field Photography

The Lytro "light field camera" gets a pair of new features in the shape of a software update-- Perspective Shift and Living Filters.

If one recalls, the Lytro camera is a rectangular aluminium tube with an LCD touchscreen on one and an 8x zoom lens on the other. A light field sensor and a micro-lens array capture images as "11 megarays" of light before saving everything as files users can manipulate Continue reading...

Under the Hammer: Kodak Patent Portfolio

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Under the Hammer: Kodak Patent Portfolio

Once camera giant Kodak hopes to solve its financial woes with a sale-- or rather, a patent auction set to potentially raise over $2 billion, one the Wall Street Journal describes as "controversial."

The Kodak patent portfolio under the hammer covers 1100 digital imaging technology patents.

Controversy comes from Kodak's recent losing of a 30 month-long legal case against Apple and RIM, which was Continue reading...

Canon Reflects on Mirrorless Cameras

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Canon Reflects on Mirrorless Cameras

Canon announces the EOS M-- the first take on the fast-growing "mirrorless" camera segment from a company best known for bulkier single-lens-reflex (SLR) models.

"Mirrorless" cameras lack conventional mirror-based viewfinders (using a digital equivalent) allowing for lighter, more compact bodies with the capability for intechangeable lenses.

The EOS M has an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and uses lenses Continue reading...

Beyond Megapixels with Gigapixels

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Beyond Megapixels with Gigapixels

None of your customers' DSLRs are a match against what a team at Duke Unversity, Durham, has built using off-the-shelf electronics-- the AWARE-2, a camera able to shoot 1000-megapixel (or one gigapixel) pictures.

Described in scientific magazine Nature, the AWARE-2 consists of 98 identical 14-megapixel microcameras looking through a single large spherical lens. Each microcamera uses own optics and Continue reading...

Mirrorless Hopes for Cameras

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Mirrorless Hopes for Cameras

As customers buy smartphones instead digital cameras, Samsung and other Asian CE vendors hope to turn the business around with mirrorless high-end cameras.

"Our low-end compact camera offerings will gradually be reduced, as we are now concentrating on the mirrorless segment," Samsung head of Digital Imaging Han Myoung-sup tells the Wall Street Journal.

The company is also ending SLR production, following its failure to make a dent in a market the the Canon/Nikon duopoly dominates.

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A Real Life Instagram Camera

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A Real Life Instagram Camera

Sometimes an idea is crazy enough to might actually work-- like the Socialmatic, a concept for an Instagram-powered digital Polaroid camera from Antonio De Rosa.

For those of you not in the know, Instagram is a smartphone camera app for iPhones and Androids. It turns regular digital snaps into "artsy" vintage-style photos, with a number of filters emulating classic film cameras (chiefly Polaroid instant cameras).

The Socialmatic proposal looks fairly interesting-- it suggests the camera should have 2 main lenses (one for main capture, the other for 3D filters, webcam applications and QR code capturing), a touchscreen interface, 16GB of storage and wifi/Bluetooth connectivity.

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The End of the Kodak Era

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The End of the Kodak Era

It is the end of an era for Kodak-- the inventor of the digital camera stops production of digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames in the hopes to cut costs.

The company will instead concentrate on desktop inkjet printers while expanding its current brand licensing program. It will also continue the retail-based photo kiosk and dry lab system businesses.

Kodak film and photographic Continue reading...

Polaroid Gives Birth to the Smartcamera?

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Polaroid Gives Birth to the Smartcamera?

Is it an Android phone with a Polaroid camera module, or a Polaroid camera with an Android phone inside? CES 2012 attendees were left with that dilemma when Polaroid revealed the SC1630 Android HD Smart Camera.

In simple words, the SC1630 is the fusion of digital camera and Android smartphone-- a 16MP point-and-shooter carrying a micro SIM slot and 850/1900/2100MHz WCDMA and 850/900/1800/1900 GSM Continue reading...

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