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Digital Photography/Video News (140)

Gmail Makes Sending Smartphone Photos Easier

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: April 15, 2014 09:20AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Starting today, users of Gmail on the web now have it a little bit easier when it comes to emailing photos that were taken using a smartphone. Gmail now has a dedicated icon for photo attachments, labeled as Insert Photo, which allows users of the email service to select photos that are located within Google Photos albums. Along with individual photos, full albums can be shared too, provided that they are located on Google Photos. After choosing a photo to send to email recipients, users can also resize their snapshots within the email composition window.

Users who would like to make use of the new features just have to make sure that Auto Backup is enabled and that Gmail on the web is utilized.

Source: Official Gmail Blog



Sesame Workshop Launches Sesame GO

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: April 9, 2014 06:39AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sesame Workshop, which is behind the popular Sesame Street television show, has launched a new video on demand service dubbed Sesame GO. The new subscription based service is ran off of an open source video platform known as Kaltura, which also powers the HTML5 player found on Wikipedia. Sesame GO provides classic and current episodes on demand through a web interface that is specifically optimized for Mac, PC, smartphones, and tablets. At this time, there is no information surrounding a dedicated application for Sesame GO, so those who want to watch the large catalog of available Sesame Street episodes will have to do so through a web browser.

Sesame GO is currently available in the United States only and will cost parents $3.99 per month, or $29.99 annually. International availability is expected sometime in the future, though no timeframe has been announced.

Source: The Next Web



Netflix Officially Offers 4K Streaming

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: April 8, 2014 10:46AM
Author: Brentt Moore

It was reported in December of last year that Netflix was actively engaged in incorporating HEVC compression that would enable it to stream 4K content. Netflix has made true on its claims, as it is now offering House of Cards and some nature documentaries in 4K. While the content is available immediately for viewing, users who want to view it will have to do so using a 2014 4K television that features a built-in H.265/HEVC decoder. Consumers who own any other 4K television, such as a model from 2013 that does not feature an H.265/HEVC decoder, will not be able to view the 4K content now being offered by Netflix.

Source: CNET



HBO GO Crashes Due to Game of Thrones Premiere

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: April 7, 2014 11:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

While some viewers were able to watch the Game of Thrones premiere that debuted last night, others were left angry and disappointed. Those who tuned into the premiere through HBO GO were unable to successfully complete the episode, with the HBO service crashing due to overwhelming demand that the service experienced. An HBO GO representative did confirm the issue that affected potentially millions of viewers of Game of Thrones, and stated that the service was available on several platforms shortly after the outage took place.

It is worth noting that HBO GO also experienced an outage last month when it aired the finale of True Detective.

Source: TechCrunch



Additional Streaming Apps Coming to Xbox One

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: March 26, 2014 03:13AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Users of the Xbox One console will soon have access to even more streaming applications, provided that they hold an active Xbox Live Gold subscription. One of the services that will makes its way to the Xbox One is MLB.TV Premium, which provides access to live and on-demand content with capabilities to pause and rewind content. Current MLB TV subscribers must upgrade to MLB.TV Premium, and at this time MLB.TV Premium will cost users $24.99 per month, or $129.99 annually. Another service that will be available to Xbox One users is Epix, which provides primarily movies through a subscription model.

MLB.TV Premium will be available to Xbox One users in time for opening day, while Epix is set to debut sometime in the near future.

Source: Xbox Wire



Qik to Shut Down

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: March 21, 2014 05:20AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Qik has announced that the mobile video sharing service will be shutting down on April 30, 2014. All Qik mobile phone applications will cease to exist once the shutdown occurs, and updates along with application store offerings will be unavailable. Since the service has been acquired and implemented by Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, users of Qik are expected to migrate over to Skype. Current Qik users will be able to use Skype for their audio and video calling, instant messaging, and video messaging after the Qik service service shuts down. Videos that are stored within Qik can be downloaded from the user dashboard and can then be backed up to any local or cloud storage device.

Those who have already paid for the premium version of Qik will receive a refund for any amounts that have already been paid after April 30, 2014.

Source: Qik Help and Support



Vimeo On Demand Turns One Year Old

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: March 10, 2014 01:43PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Vimeo On Demand, in celebrating its first birthday, has made some refinements to its service. A new program, known as the Audience Development Program, is being implemented which provides websites, subtitles, and marketing for titles that have been accepted to certain film festivals or raised over $10,000 on select crowdfunding platforms. Vimeo On Demand now also features collections, which sorts titles based on their genre and allows users of the service to find movies within specific categories. The service has incorporated a new user interface too, which not only looks more professional and appealing, but is supposed to mimic titles being available at brick and mortar stores.

Source: Vimeo Staff Blog



House of Cards Now Available to Comcast Customers

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: March 10, 2014 12:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While the first season of House of Cards has been available for purchase on other services such as Amazon Instant Video and VUDU, it remained largely unavailable through cable providers. Comcast is now changing the trend however, with a new pact between Sony, which handles home video and international distribution of House of Cards. The major cable provider has struck a deal with Sony Picture Home Entertainment, in which the latter allows the former to sell customers the popular television series through its newly launched Xfinity Store. Comcast customers who would like to watch the first season of House of Cards can purchase access to the television show without a Netflix subscription. 

Source: Variety



Web Version of Skype Available Worldwide

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: March 4, 2014 08:24AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Skype has announced that Skype for Outlook.com, which was rolled out to select markets last year, is now available worldwide. The video chatting service allows Outlook.com users to voice and video chat their contacts, along with the usual instant messaging function. Skype for Outlook.com does require a plugin in order to work properly, but with the latest version supporting PC users, along with Mac users that utilize the Safari web browser, compatibility should not be an issue. Outlook.com users that make use of the web version of Skype can even chat with their contacts in high-definition, provided that both parties have compatible messaging clients, high definition displays, webcams, and broadband Internet.

Source: Skype Blog



Google+ Introduces Additional Photo Editing Capabilities

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: February 27, 2014 10:34AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has announced that its social networking service, Google+, now has more photo editing features than ever before on Android devices. Taking technology from Snapseed, which is a smartphone application that allows for quick photo editing, Google+ users will be able to edit their photos in a more advanced manner than ever before. Users of the Google social networking service will notice new photo editing features, such as the ability to crop, rotate, and apply filters with one touch. A new cloud feature has also been integrated within the latest Google+ update, which provides the ability to edit a photo on one device and pick up the editing on another support device.

Source: Engadget



Facebook to Allow Editing of Look Back Videos

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: February 6, 2014 02:06PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Recently, as Facebook reached its ten year anniversary, it generated videos for users that recapped their experiences ever since they joined the social networking site. The videos, called Look Back videos, featured items such as statuses that were most liked, as well as pictures. Some Facebook users enjoyed their recap, while others felt that different pictures and statuses should have been included. Users will soon be able to edit the video and change the included elements, thanks to an editing feature that has been confirmed by a representative at Facebook. The editing feature is currently being worked on, though an availability date has not been revealed.

Source: TechCrunch



Google to Enable 4K YouTube Streaming This Year

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: January 2, 2014 05:42PM
Author: Brentt Moore

During CES that is to begin in less than a week, Google will display its new VP9 video codec, which enables high-resolution video such as 4K to be streamed using relatively little bandwidth. YouTube will be a major implementation for the VP9 video codec, and the video streaming service will see the integration of VP9 during this year. Multiple demonstration partners will be present at CES to help show off the new Google video codec and include LG, Panasonic, and Sony. A variety of hardware and software partners are already willing to commit to the VP9 video codec as well and include ARM, Broadcom, Marvell, Mozilla, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, SAMSUNG, and Toshiba.

Although H.265 which is being supported by entities such as Netflix, Francisco Varela, YouTube's platform partnership director, noted that it has not dismissed the technology. Both video codecs will allow for higher quality streaming while making use of much of the same bandwidth. Google noted that its VP9 video codec is royalty-free and will provide much benefit to schools, business startups, and programmers. Google is of course betting on its own video codec, and with the large amount of hardware and software supporters already present, may see VP9 used in other areas besides YouTube within the near future.

Source: CNET



Netflix Offers Cheaper Streaming Plan

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: December 31, 2013 03:12PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Currently, Netflix offers a streaming plan that costs $7.99 per month and allows high-definition content to be viewed on up to two screens at a time. Although most customers of Netflix subscribe to this plan, the company is now offering a $6.99 per month plan to new customers only. This new streaming plan only allows standard-definition content to be streamed and can only be viewed on one television at a time. Netflix has stated that the offer does not apply to existing customers and is only available now as a test. The company additionally stated that even though the plan is under a testing phase it may never be widely available, deepening on testing results of course. Netflix is hoping that by offering other plans that are competitively priced, customers will cease sharing their account passwords with others.

Source: DailyTech



Netflix to Incorporate HEVC Compression

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: December 19, 2013 08:24PM
Author: Brentt Moore

When the next season of the popular Netflix original show House of Cards begins, the company will start testing HEVC H.265 compression. This compression technology, which is about twice as efficient as AVC H.264, allows for higher quality content to be streamed while managing to conserve data. The main drive for the use of HEVC H.265 compression technology is 4K streaming content, which will be exclusively available on upcoming smart televisions. Netflix has partnered with unspecified manufacturers that will be announcing their new 4K smart televisions at CES. Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt stated that next generation consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One may be able to stream 4K content later down the road, but that it is not feasible at this point in time.

Hunt did mention that as HEVC decoders become a reality and the encoders become more efficient, all SD and HD content provided by Netflix will be able to be recoded for a better and faster viewing experience.  In terms of the data connection required to view upcoming 4K content, Hunt is estimating that the content will be delivered around 15Mbps.

Source: DailyTech


Roku 3 Now Supports YouTube

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: December 17, 2013 04:09PM
Author: Brentt Moore

YouTube has been unavailable on Roku systems for years now, even though the online video service has been available on many competitors' set-top steaming boxes. Today marks a new era in Roku content availability however, as Ed Lee, the vice president of content acquisition at Roku, announced YouTube availability for its new Roku 3 hardware via the company blog. The addition of YouTube on the set-top box brings HD streaming, access to channel subscriptions, and a feature dubbed “Send to TV”, which allows a smartphone and television to be synced together. The YouTube application can currently be downloaded through the Roku store for users residing within Canada, Republic of Ireland, the United States, and United Kingdom. Older Roku models are expected to receive the YouTube application sometime within the next year.

Source: Roku Blog



Scientists Develop Digital Camera Based on Insect Eyes

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: May 6, 2013 03:56AM
Author: EuroFight

Scientists at the University of Illinois have developed a digital camera that functions in a similar way to an insect's eye. The prototype camera has 180 small lenses embedded in a curved mount, which enables it to capture high resolution panoramic photos with a continuous depth-of-field. The camera is made by inflating a flat layer of lenses into a hemispherical eye-shape, similar to eyes found in insects. This technology has a wide variety of possible applications, and could eventually be used in anything from surveillance systems to UAVs.

Each lens focusses light onto a photosensitive silicon layer, which is then built up with images from the other lenses to form a representation of the objects around the camera. The viewing angle of the lens is around 160 degrees, however the prototype camera has a relatively low resolution. John Rogers, a material scientist at the university, says that with the basic designs his team have developed, they can now work on increasing the resolution by adding more and more lenses to the camera.

Source: NPG



Google+ Adds In-Browser Zooming

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: January 10, 2013 10:48AM
Author: EuroFight

Google's own social network, Google+, has added functionality that allows users to zoom into pictures from within their web browser. This follows Google+'s early success with photographers; its addition of the zoom function will increase the popularity further with this group. Currently, however, the maximum upload resolution is capped at 2048 pixels, which limits the effectiveness of this addition. This upload cap can be bypassed through using Picasa or the Android uploader to post images.

Unfortunately, at higher resolution, Google+ fails to retain image quality through numerous compression artifacts, however this is likely to be resolved in time. The addition of the high-resolution image uploader is not uncommon, with sites like Flickr and Facebook embracing high-resolution image before Google+. In-browser zooming is also not uncommon, and has existed in Google's Picasa Web Albums and Microsoft's SeaDragon technology.



Walmart Integrates Vudu

Category: Internet, Digital Photography/Video
Posted: July 26, 2011 05:40PM
Author: Brentt Moore

With the grocery store chain picking up Vudu a while back, it seems odd that the company is just now integrating the service into their website, but it is so. Customers that log onto the Walmart website can now stream videos to their computer, as well as other compatible devices such as Blu-ray players, and streaming media boxes as well. Rental prices are far and in between with price ranging from the lowly one dollar area, all the way up to six dollars. Purchases still remain about the same as they have always been however, with videos starting at just five dollars and going up from that price point. Vudu on the Walmart site compliments the physical media that the grocery store chain has, which is currently now at 20,000 different movies, though obviously the company is seeing the growing need for media distribution in other forms with this addition.



The Tokyo Girl Who Defies Gravity

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: June 26, 2011 11:38AM
Author: edwardquilo


Natsumi Hayashi works as a photographer's assistant and probably spends her day the same as the rest of us gravity-bound earthlings. But once an impromptu burst of inspiration strikes the 20-something Tokyo native, she can't seem to keep her feet on the ground. And so Hayashi takes pictures of herself as she travels around the city. Looking at her photographs, it's easy to see why her amusingly peculiar self-portraits have created a healthy stir of interest from all over the world. What makes all of Hayashi's outdoor pictures so remarkable is that she appears to levitate without warning. To be more specific, she manages this illusion by jumping. Many times. "Sometimes I need to jump more than 300 times to get the perfect shot," she says. 

Granted, levitating pictures aren't anything new, but Hayashi's flights of fancy have a ballet-like beauty to it, and she has a wonderful habit of including strangers into her shots with dramatic effect. Take, for example, a picture of a dead-pan Hayashi floating amidst a chaotic Tokyo train station rush hour: while people make their way along a crowded flight of stairs, she just takes a leap, not minding any of the bewildered looks from the commuters. You can almost imagine what these people must think of this strange jumping woman. There's even a surreal quality to some of her photographs where she's being deliberately ignored by passers-by, like they're used to seeing someone jump in public for no apparent reason. Drop by Hayashi's website and see for yourself why she doesn't need wings to fly. 




Sony Shows Off World's Smallest Interchangeable Lens Camera

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: June 8, 2011 10:22AM
Author: Tyrium

Sony has released information that it has made its already-tiny NEX camera line even smaller. Dubbing its creation the "world's smallest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sized sensor" the company has released the NEX-C3. The camera weighs six percent less than its predecessor at a miniscule eight ounces. Not only is the little camera small, but it packs a punch as well. It contains a 16.2 megapixel sensor and is capable of shooting 720p HD video. Along with this power the camera also has better battery life. The release date for the camera is mid-August, at which time it will be sold in silver, pink, and black, and will run $600 to $650 depending on which package is purchased.



Boxee Update Fixes Issues

Category: Software, Digital Photography/Video
Posted: May 18, 2011 07:42PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Many users that own the Boxee Box complained that their audio, concerning five speaker surround sound, was immensely broken once the 1.1 update was pushed. There has been a new fix however that has just been released which cures the surround sound issue, though the change of not internally decoding Dolby TrueHD to 5.1 channel PCM still remains, probably due to licensing problems. However another change that was made was involving the volume control, which can now be easily turned back on within the settings menu by a simple check box. Luckily the issue of surround sound did not occur for too long, as many consumers that own the Boxee Box were constantly complaining on many websites across the Internet and were contemplating other home media options.



Vudu Brings Television Content

Category: Internet, Digital Photography/Video
Posted: May 4, 2011 06:17AM
Author: Brentt Moore

With Vudu being a great on demand video selection service, offering full HD along with 5.1 HDX audio, it has decided that its time to add some television selection to its broad range of available titles. Though not the most robust selection as of yet, the new idea is panning out well, though value is something that is of question concerning the purchase of some titles. Most of the shows can be bought at a competitive price compared with Amazon and iTunes, but others are slightly overprices, especially when the physical copy in Blu-ray format from Amazon is cheaper. Also noted with these additions to the lineup is that some shows are played in HD, while some others are still feeling the standard definition love. Hopefully this gets changed in the near future, and as Vudu works its way onto more devices, the price for most shows, both purchase and rental, should see some kind of drop.



Halo Movie Buzz To Begin This Summer

Category: Gaming, Digital Photography/Video, General News
Posted: April 7, 2011 04:22PM
Author: IVIYTH0S

It has been long rumored that a movie based on the Halo universe was to be made, but now those rumors have been solidified. Starting off this summer, there is to be a short teaser trailer that is to build up momentum for the real deal. The movie is to be named Halo: Operation Chastity, and although the full film has not yet been started, they are slated to begin working on it following the trailer's release. Many of the props have been made and they are looking to be very detailed. Halo fans should be excited to see their favorite series being done justice and have much to look forward to later this year.



NVIDIA Announces Online Community for Sharing 3D Content

Category: Video Cards, Internet, Digital Photography/Video
Posted: January 4, 2011 08:53PM
Author: Dale Shuck

On the eve of CES 2011, NVIDIA has announced a Web community dedicated to 3D content where users with a 3D-capable computer can enjoy stereoscopic 3D videos and photographs. The site, 3DVisionLive.com, is designed to allow users of NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology to share and enjoy 3D content as well as stream 3D movie trailers, music videos, sport clips, and video shorts. Members can also post and view high-quality, high-resolution 3D photographs. Users can use the site to create custom photo galleries which they can share with friends and family or the 3DVisionLive.com community at large. Users can use NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, but NVIDIA has also provided the capability to view content in anaglyph (blue/red) mode.



Panasonic Announces Five New Cameras

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: July 21, 2010 04:57PM
Author: bp9801


Panasonic has announced five new digital cameras today which will all fall under its Lumix brand. The new cameras are the LX5, FZ40, FZ100, FX700, and TS10 and all are of the point-and-shoot variety. The LX5 is an update to the LX3 and features an F2.0 ultra-wide angle 24mm Leica lens with a 3.8x optical zoom to help you capture any shoot you wish with great results. The F2.0 lens is twice as bright as an F2.8 lens so the shots you take with it should look professionally done. The LX5 will be a 10.1 megapixel camera that uses a Venus Engine FHD image processor to help produce noise-free shots while hopefully enabling them to be taken in quick succession. You can also record HD videos in AVCHD Lite while making use of a few different shooting modes during the video taking. The LX5 will be available in black or white models.

The FZ40 and FZ100 both feature a 24x optical zoom and are 14.1 megapixel cameras while the FZ100 can record video in 1080p. The FZ40 features a 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica lens while the FZ100 packs in a MOS sensor to record videos in 1080p. Both cameras are nearly identical other than the higher quality video recording, as both the FZ40 and FZ100 make use of advanced image stabilization systems to help take stutter-free images and video. The FZ40 records videos in the AVCHD Lite format while the FZ100 records in the AVCHD format while also making use of an optional microphone to better capture memories.

The FX700 is another 14.1 megapixel camera that can also record in 1080p, though it only packs a 5x optical zoom. It uses a 24mm ultra-wide angle F2.2 Leica lens and can also record in the AVCHD format just like the FZ100. It seems to me that the FX700 is nearly identical to the FZ100 except for the smaller zoom. Either one would work out well for photo or video taking but perhaps the larger zoom of the FZ100 makes it the more attractive option.

The last camera announced today is the TS10 which is a waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof, and dustproof camera which makes ideal for world travelers. It is a 14.1 megapixel camera with a 4x optical zoom but it is the rugged features that make it worthy of your consideration. It is waterproof up to 10 feet, shockproof up to a 5 foot fall, and is dustproof and freezerpoof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit or -10 Celsius. The TS10 also comes with a silicone jacket to protect against scratches. It can also record videos in 720p though it uses the Motion JPG format instead of the AVCHD like the other ones announced today. The TS10 will be available in blue, red, black, and silver models.

The TS10 will be out in September for $249.95. The LX5, FZ40, FZ100, and FX700 will all be out in August for $499.95, $399.95, $499.95, and $399.95, respectively.




Sony Launches First Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: July 14, 2010 01:40PM
Author: bp9801


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sony Handycam name and Sony is certainly celebrating in style. The latest model from Sony, the NEX-VG10, is the world's first interchangeable lens HD camcorder as well as being the first to sport an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. That same sensor is found in Sony's interchangeable lens digital cameras, the NEX-3 and NEX-5, so it is good to see the same high quality shots can be had on either option. The NEX-VG10 camcorder can shoot in 1920x1080/60i at 24 Mbps so you are going to get some high quality HD video with it. For still photography, you will find it takes shots at 14.2 megapixels which should be more than adequate for anything you can think of. The camcorder comes with an 18-200 mm lens though you can use any E-mount or A-mount lens for any variety of angles or zooms you will need. The camcorder features a Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone, a 3 inch swivel display, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, BIONZ processor, and twin accessory shoes. There is no internal storage but the NEX-VG10 will take SDXC, SDHC, and Memory Stick Pro Duos.

The NEX-VG10 will be launching this September for about $2,000.



Panasonic Launches New Lumix FX75 Camera

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: June 1, 2010 03:05PM
Author: bp9801


Panasonic has shown off its new point and shoot camera today, the FX75, and it sounds like a very good option if you are in the market for a new camera. The camera packs a 14.1 megapixel sensor, a 24mm ultra wide-angle F2.2 lens with 5X optical zoom, and HD video recording capabilities. The HD video is recorded in the AVCHD Lite format though you also have the option to record in Motion JPEG, WVGA, and VGA. The FX75 also has intelligent picture processing options as well to help make the shots the best they can be. On the back you will find a 3 inch touchscreen that has a pretty nifty touch-to-focus function that I hope shows up on more cameras.

No word on pricing or availability was announced at this time but expect more information on that before long.



Samsung to Launch SSD Camcorder

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: May 26, 2010 06:14PM
Author: bp9801

Samsung is launching a new camcorder in South Korea today, one that records directly onto a solid state drive. Not only does it pack an SSD for storage but it can also stream video over WiFi so you do not need to plug it into your computer to watch your video. The camcorder will come in a 32 and a 64GB model but we will not have long to wait to get it here. It is out in South Korea today but for the U.S, the 64GB model will ship on May 28th and the 32GB model on June 4th. Each version has a 10 megapixel CMOS chip, 1080/60i recording capability, and a 3.5 inch LCD touchscreen.

The 64GB model, the HMX-S16, will cost you $1,200 while the 32GB model, the HMX-S15, will only be $1,000. The only difference between the two is the size of the SSD, so you are not losing any features. Just storage space.



Canon Launches New PowerShot SD4000 IS Camera

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: May 11, 2010 07:05PM
Author: bp9801

It is getting close to summer time, so you know that new gadgets and goodies are starting to roll out. Today, Canon has announced a new camera to its Digital ELPH line, the PowerShot SD4000 IS. The camera features a 10 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 image processing engine, and a 3.8x optical zoom. It also has an f/2.0 lens and Canon's own HS System to help produce better looking low-light shots. The camera also has an 8.4fps burst capture rate, an HD movie mode, HDMI output support, a Super Slow Motion movie mode that captures images at 240fps, and a 3-inch rear LCD. The SD4000 IS will work with the new SDXC memory cards and has support for Eye-Fi.

The camera will cost $349.99 and comes in a choice of red, black, silver, or a limited edition white. No word on a launch date was announced, but expect it soon.



GigaPan 45 Gigapixel Pic of Dubai Skyline is World's Largest

Category: Digital Photography/Video
Posted: May 10, 2010 02:52PM
Author: Ben Grantham

You may be familiar with GigaPan as being the company that produced the robotic photography platform that enabled the capture of President Obama's Inauguration in impressive detail. GigaPan has since released improved hardware in the shape of the GigaPan Epic Pro and decided to show off what it could by creating the world's largest stitched together image, picking the Dubai skyline as the subject. With a Canon 7D mounted to the robotic platform taking nearly 4,250 photos (27.5GB worth) in total the final image weighs in at just short of 45 Gigapixels (44,800 Megapixels) and is available to view on Gigapan.org. That means you should be able to accurately count all of the cranes dotted around what must be the world's largest building site (with the imposing structure of the Burj Kalifa at its center). There is also a (not all that interesting, truth be told) "making of" video below.



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