1,000,000,000,000 Frames/Second Photography - Ramesh Raskar

Why you should listen to Ramesh Raskar: In 1964 MIT professor Harold Edgerton, pioneer of stop-action photography, famously took a photo of a bullet piercing an apple using exposures as short as a few nanoseconds. Inspired by his work, Ramesh Raskar and his team set out to create a camera that could capture not just a bullet (traveling at 850 meters per second) but light itself (nearly 300 million meters per second).

Canon successfully develops world's first APS-H-size CMOS image sensor to realize record-high resolution of 120 megapixels

Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed an APS-H-size*1 CMOS image sensor that delivers an image resolution of approximately 120 megapixels (13,280 x 9,184 pixels), the world's highest level*2 of resolution for its size.

Compared with Canon's highest-resolution commercial CMOS sensor of the same size, comprising approximately 16.1 million pixels, the newly developed sensor features a pixel count that, at approximately 120 million pixels, is nearly 7.5 times larger and offers a 2.4-fold improvement in resolution.*3

With CMOS sensors, while high-speed readout for high pixel counts is achieved through parallel processing, an increase in parallel-processing signal counts can result in such problems as signal delays and minor deviations in timing. By modifying the method employed to control the readout circuit timing, Canon successfully achieved the high-speed readout of sensor signals. As a result, the new CMOS sensor makes possible a maximum output speed of approximately 9.5 frames per second, supporting the continuous shooting of ultra-high-resolution images.

Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor also incorporates a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video output capability. The sensor can output Full HD video from any approximately one-sixtieth-sized section of its total surface area.

Images captured with Canon's newly developed approximately 120-megapixel CMOS image sensor, even when cropped or digitally magnified, maintain higher levels of definition and clarity than ever before. Additionally, the sensor enables image confirmation across a wide image area, with Full HD video viewing of a select portion of the overall frame.

Through the further development of CMOS image sensors, Canon will break new ground in the world of image expression, targeting new still images that largely surpass those made possible with film, and video movies that capitalize on the unique merits of SLR cameras, namely their high mobility and the expressive power offered through interchangeable lenses.


NEX-5 and NEX-3 ultra compact digital cameras by Sony

A video trailer of the new ultra compact digital cameras from Sony: the NEX-5 and NEX-3. The new digital cameras deliver DSLR performance within a sleek compact body, using a 14.2 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and interchangeable lenses. For the first time in an a camera, the practicality of an ultra compact digital camera is combined with AVCHD video recording for capturing high quality Full HD movies on the go.

With a simple user interface and intuitive controls, capturing DSLR quality pictures has never been easier or more stylish. Plus Sweep Panorama mode allows you to capture amazing wide-angle panoramas with ease (and even in 3D).

The NEX-5 and NEX-3 digital cameras will be available from summer 2010, and further information can be found at: http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/dslr/nex5-nex3

Amazing blue shipping container camera!

This huge camera has been made out of a shipping container and a wireless link to a nearby screen!

Understanding Depth of Field

Photography is probably the worlds most common past time in the world. Every second there is a new picture taken somewhere on the planet. Some by amateurs and some taken by pure professionals. Within movies and photography there is something called “Depth of Field” and it’s basically and simply put the way the photo is taken from a focused point of view. While amateurs usually just take a picture which portraits the whole image in focus, a professional picks an object within the frame and focuses the photo around that object, leaving everything else out of focus.

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Canon EOS 7D Digital Camera Specs

Canon has an important gesture among almost all the digital camera companies. Most camera of Canon has some uniqueness with outstanding features. This time they have launched Canon EOS 7D with some really enhanced features. It is completely a unique design which especially made by considering the demands of several photographers.Power packed with impressive technology it has capability to provide exceptional quality of images. This is the feature that attracts most camera lovers toward it self. Packed with APS – C CMOS technology, which is capable to perform outstanding in almost all kind of light conditions.

Design and Display

It has an impressive dimension which measures 148 x 111 x 74 mm and it weighs 820 g. According to weight and dimension the gadget is quite easy to hold. Canon EOS 7D is available in different colors and designs and one can choose according to their choice.

The metallic and glossy body of this gadget looks elegant while holding in hand. It has 3 inches of LCD screen which supports a resolution of 920,000 pixels. It is clear from the resolution that it provides exceptional image quality.

Connectivity and Other Features

It has N3 type remote used to share files with other device like computer or laptop. Apart from camera’s memory it has a space for external memory card and there is a micro memory card slot is located at the bottom of Canon EOS 7D. One can put any memory card according to their requirements.

The menu can be personalized in a total of 13 languages. It provides a burst buffer speed of 8 fps and this speed remain constant up to the clicking of 126 JPEG format images or 15 RAW format images. There are several types of shooting modes available which make it more interesting to capture images. It also offers different types of image sizes and image formats.


Canon EOS 7D DSLR review