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Sony just announced a groundbreaking development in the world of camera image sensors: it has created a 1.46-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor that has global shutter. This is the first-ever CMOS sensor of over 1MP that has both back-illumination and global shutter.
Backside illumination (BSI) is an image sensor design that uses its arrangement of imaging elements to increase the amount of light thats captured, leading to improved low-light performance. While this type of design was previously used for things like astro cameras and security cameras, it has become a prominent technology in consumer still photography cameras.
In 2015, Sonys a7R II became the worlds first back-illuminated 35mm full frame camera. Last year, Nikons D850 became the first 45+ megapixel BSI sensor.
Those BSI CMOS sensors are all rolling shutters, though, which means the pixels in a photo arent all captured at exactly the same time but are instead captured by scanning across the scene very rapidly row-by-row. While this can produce identical results in most cases, it does cause distortions when the camera or subjects are moving rapidly during exposure.A photo showing rolling shutter distortions in a rapidly spinning airplane propeller. Photo by Soren Ragsdale and licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Cinema camera maker RED and Foxconn (best known for manufacturing the iPhone) have announced that theyre teaming up to create affordable professional-grade cinema cameras for the general public.
Nikkei reports that the two companies are aiming to slash both price tags and the physical size of cameras.
We will make cameras that will shoot professional-quality films in 8K resolution but at only a third of current prices and a third of current camera sizes, says Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou. REDs cameras are popular in the filmmaking industry but cost upwards of $30,000.
Foxconn manufactured an estimated 40% of all consumer electronics sold worldwide in 2012, and in addition to the iPhone, it manufactures well-known products like the Kindle, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, PlayStation, and Xbox. Apples products account for over half of its sales, though, and Foxconn is working to reduce its dependence on Apple by branching out to new segments, Nikkei reports.
In addition to teaming up with RED, Foxconn is also expanding into the manufacturing of camera semiconductors, putting the company in competition with Sony and its market-leading core business.
Photographer Reuben Wu was at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona last week shooting photos for his gorgeous Lux Noctis project (landscapes at night illuminated by drone-mounted LEDs) when he captured something unexpected: the exhaust plume of SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that launched during the day.
I managed to capture the dissipating exhaust plume of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy as it left the Earths atmosphere, Wu tells PetaPixel. Had no idea it was launching that night so it was a tremendous surprise to see it fly into my shot.
The Falcon Heavy was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during the day, so you may be wondering how this exhaust plume sneaked into Wus shot at night.
This was the final burn which took place 6 hours after launch around 7:30 pm (I always wait until dark before I make these pictures), Wu says. The second stage had 3 separate burns: the first just after launch (about 8 mins in) then it shut down, coasted for an amount of time, re-lit and burned again for a short while to alter the orbit. Then it shut down and then, six hours later it re-lit a third time for solar orbital insertion.
I was puzzled by the same thing and had to ask a friend!
Heres the same solar orbit insertion burn as seen from the MMT Observatory on Mt. Hopkins, Arizona:
the #spacex solar orbit insertion burn as seen from...
This huge NASA mirror tele lens Jonel 100 (2540mm F/8 for 66 and more) is now on sale on eBay (Click here). This kind of lens is used by Space X to get the amazing rocket shots:
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After numerous reports of illegally flown drones interfering dangerously with airplanes and even denting a US Army helicopter rotor over the past few years, a drone may have just caused an aircraft crash for the first time the United States.
Bloomberg reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened an investigation into a helicopter crash that occurred on Daniel Island in South Carolina on Wednesday.
A student pilot and instructor were flying the Robinson Helicopter Co. R22 helicopter at around 2 pm when a white DJI Phantom quad-copter drone appeared and flew into their airspace, says a Charleston Police Department report. The instructor grabbed the controls and attempted to avoid the drone, but the tail of the helicopter clipped a tree, causing a crash landing on its side.
Both the student and the pilot escaped the incident without injuries, but the helicopters tail was significantly damaged and the aircraft was totaled, The Post and Courier reports.
The NTSB is aware of the pilots report that he was maneuvering to avoid a drone, but the NTSB has not yet been able to independently verify that information, says NTSB spokesman Chris ONeil.
DJI is trying to learn more about this incident and stands ready to assist investigators, DJI says in a statement. While we cannot comment on what may have happened here, DJI is the industry leader in developing educational and technological solutions to help drone pilots steer clear of traditional aircraft.
Authorities have not been able to locate the drone or identify its owner.
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In a break from the past, World Press Photo (WPP) released the short list of finalists in advance of naming the winners to their annual contest arguably the most prestigious in all of photojournalism. The photos are remarkable for their composition, exposure, and intimacy. But judging by the subject matter one might surmise that were living in a hellish dystopia, or that the jury believes pain and suffering is the most valid form of photojournalism.
A more nuanced look at all the finalists reveals a broader range of subject matter, but that doesnt alter the fact that the Photo of the Year candidates have an obvious and often despair-laden quality to them (as do many photojournalism contests).
The tendency to value these types of scenes and subject matter made the 2014 selection of John Stanmeyers photo all the more startling. In contrast to most years, Stanmeyers photo of migrants in Djibouti trying to catch cheaper cell signals from neighboring Somalia depicted an everyday struggle of strangers in a strange land without relying on bloodshed or violence.Photo by John Stanmeyer
This matters because awarding the industrys top prize to fire and brimstone images flies in the face of the actual trend of improving conditions around the world (if Bill Gates and Steven Pinker are to be believed).
Most contests provide very little guidance to their juries, which tend to rotate annually. Consistency or a longitudinal vision for a contests raison dtre are typically not a part of a jurys purview. Juries are ther...
This is awesome: Perfect_Tz flew a DJI Phantom 4 Pro camera drone through fireworks in Yunnan, China, reversed some of the footage, and set it to music. What resulted is this mesmerizing 3-minute short film titled, Fireworks From Above.
The film was made to celebrate the Chinese Near Year today is the first day of The Year of the Dog.
Do you use Eneloop Pro rechargeable batteries in your photo equipment? You may be able to get the same performance at a much lower cost. This interesting 7-minute video from Matthew Eargle of AirborneSurfer looks into whether these relatively expensive batteries ($20 per pack of 4) are actually identical to the much cheaper IKEA LADDA batteries that cost just $5 per pack of 4.
Noticing that all of these rechargeable batteries are made in Japan, Eargle guess that there must be some overlap in the supply chain. Theres probably not that many battery factories pumping out different batteries for all sorts of different companies, and instead it is more likely that there is one factory that white labels its batteries for companies to slap their names onto.
The original Eneloops were made in Takasaki, Japan. The factory and Eneloop were owned by Sanyo, but Panasonic later bought the brand in 2009. Fujitsu, on the other hand, currently owns the factory. This single factory is the only one capable of producing these low self-discharge nickel-metal hydride batteries, and it supplies many brands such as Amazon, Fujitsu, Panasonic, and IKEA.
Using his homemade battery tester, Eargle discharged both an Eneloop Pro battery and an IKEA LADDA battery. He found that they both had pretty identical discharge patterns, and when recharged things were even more similar. The IKEA LADDA had a capacity of 2301.56mAh, and the Eneloop Pro had a capacity of 2300.59mAh.
Overall, Eargle found a difference of less than 0.05% between the two batteries. Statistically speaking, they are extremely likely to be the same battery based on these tests, he concludes.
So when you find yourself needing more rechargeable batteries for your gear, keep in mind that spending more money might not actually get you a better product.
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A champion skier wiped out and slammed into a group of photographers during the womens giant slalom yesterday at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The scary incident was caught by both broadcast cameras and the photographers own cameras.
The 30-second clip above shows Switzerlands Lara Gut wiping out 17 seconds into her run. Gut hurtles off the course and directly into photographers capturing the event, sending a few of them to the ground.
Thankfully, no one involved in the collision was hurt. And as you can see in the video, several of the photographers immediately lifted their cameras up to continue photographing in the aftermath.
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No, Im OK, Im OK, the 26-year-old skier told reporters afterward, according to Reuters...
Want to be a White House news photographer for the New York Times? If thats your dream photojournalism job opportunity, heres some great news: theres a job opening right now just for you.
The Times has posted a job listing for a full-time Staff Photographer position based in Washington, DC.
The New York Times is seeking a staff photographer who will primarily cover the White House and Capitol Hill, the listing reads. The ideal candidate is an experienced photojournalist committed to visual storytelling of all kinds, and must possess a deep interest in and understanding of American politics and government.
In addition to covering news in the nations capital, the photographer will also be asked to travel, both within the US and internationally. Oh, and you may be asked to work some nights and weekends as well.
Heres what the Times is looking for in an ideal candidate:
The ideal candidate is a versatile visual journalist who is technically adept and open to working in a wide array of visual approaches and formats. This position requires diplomacy, ingenuity, and the ability to convey the world of Washington to our readers with images that go beyond press briefings and photo sprays. The ideal candidate will excel under deadline pressure and will also possess excellent reporting and writing skills, as he or she will be expected to provide not only imagery, but accurate and thorough captions and accompanying reporting.
The candidate should be an excellent collaborator and should be able to generate and execute story ideas and project proposals.
If youre interested in applying for this rare position, visit the job listing page and hit Apply.
Google has removed the View Image button from its Image Search results that had allowed anyone to quickly download the original image file while bypassing the host webpage. This is a step Google is taking to help protect photographers copyrights.
Last week, Getty Images announced a new licensing partnership with Google (which Google calls a settlement) that put an end to a lengthy legal battle between the two companies over allegations of anti-competitive practices Googles search made it easy to download high-resolution photos from Getty while bypassing the Getty website.
Google and Getty Images also worked together to address Gettys concerns, and the search giant agreed to remove the View Image button thats commonly used to directly access image files. That change has now gone live.BEFORE. What Image Search results looked like before the change, with the View Image button present. AFTER. What the Image Search results look like now, with the button removed.
Clicking the Visit button takes you directly to the webpage that the image is found on.
Google had also agreed to make the copyright notice on copyrighted photos more prominent for users, and thats part of the tweaked design as well the Images may be subject to copyright has been moved from being a tiny gray line of text under the buttons to a more noticeable line right beneath the photo preview.
Today we're launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the View Image bu...
Like pretty much all photographers, I rely very heavily on my eyesight, not only for shooting but also image processing. Being a professional photographer, my life quite literally depends on my ability to see. Therefore, the idea of having my eyes cut open, lasers pointed at them, and then have them stitched back together is sort of a terrifying thing to think about.
I contemplated for years whether I should get the surgery or not; part of me was tired of constantly having to shoot through my glasses, but the other part of me was terrified of damaging my vision. After years of contemplation, research, and broken glasses, I decided it was time to go for it.
In this review, I will not only speak about my personal experiences in getting LASIK, but I will also talk a bit about what LASIK is and how it works.
LASIK, commonly called laser eye surgery, is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. In LASIK, a thin flap in the cornea is created using either a microkeratome blade or a femtosecond laser.
The surgeon folds back the flap, then removes and reshapes the corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The flap is then laid back into place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. The end result is (hopefully) corrected vision that will no longer require you to wear glasses or contacts to correct your vision.
Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK; you will need to have a thorough eye exam before you will qualify for the procedure. Your doctor will need to ensure that your eyes are healthy enough for the operation. He or she will evaluate the shape and thickness of your cornea, pupil size, refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism), as well as any other eye conditions.
The moistness of your eyes will also need to be evaluated, and a precautionary treatment may be recommended to reduce your risk of developing dry eyes after LASIK. If you are not a candidate for LASIK, there are other procedures such as PRK that may be better suited for you.
Want to see how popular full-frame cameras from Sony, Nikon, and Canon stack up? Heres a 20-minute comparison video from Dan and Sally Watson that looks at the differences between the Sony a7R III, Nikon D850, and Canon 5D Mark IV.
The video runs through pretty much all questions you might have about the cameras, covering everything from ISO handling to video.
For usability, the LiveView showing up in the viewfinder of the Sony A7R III is a major plus point for Sally. Dan agrees, pointing out that the Nikon D850 is the weakest when it comes to LiveView usability.
For regular autofocus, though, Dan concluded that the Nikon D850 performs the best. It was the only camera that locked focus for every frame of the model running towards the camera.
Here are some images from the Sony a7R III:
Here are some images from the Nikon D850:
Finally, here are the images from the Canon 5D Mark IV:
Overall, the Nikon D850 probably performed the best, Dan says. In fact, he recommends it over all of the cam...
After Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic we will also get a new camera from Sony! On February 26 they will announce a new Alpha camera model. This should be finally the long awaited A7 mark III. Specs shouldnt be revolutionary. 24MP,
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