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Disposable quadcopters could democratize aerial panoramas

Disposable quadcopters could democratize aerial panoramas

High-quality aerial photos taken with sub-100g quadcopters and from cameras mustering less than a megapixel in resolution could make panoramic photography far more accessible, affordable, and flexible, one researcher has discovered. Whereas traditional approaches to aerial imagery have relied on heavy, high-resolution cameras which demand professional operation, Camille Goudeseune of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign went to the other extreme, using near-disposable quadcopters that are effectively toys and software cleverness to stitch together multiple frames from cheap video cameras around 640 x 360 in resolution.

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Apple Lytro-like camera system patent looks to iPhone for size

Apple Lytro-like camera system patent looks to iPhone for size

There's a system for shooting photos out there in the world of Apple patents, one that looks to take the light-field camera and make a version of it much, much smaller. Small enough to fit inside an iPhone, as it were. The patent for this system describes the likes of a plenoptic camera, better known as a light-field camera, going so far as to cite the Ren Ng "Lytro" camera as prior art.

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Narrative Clip life-logging camera hiccups again

Narrative Clip life-logging camera hiccups again

The path from Kickstarter to customers is seldom smooth, and life-logging camera company Narrative (née Memoto) knows that better than most, announcing another hardware issue today that will delay shipping for early backers. According to a message sent to early supporters on the crowdfunding site, issues with camera quality, PCBs, and some of the casing colors means that the production rate has been lower than expected given the initial aim to begin shipping from November 1st.

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Android camera API to give RAW results soon

Android camera API to give RAW results soon

A retracted bit of code in the newest version of Android (4.4 KitKat) has appeared this week with Google looking to boost the software-based camera functionality of mobile devices. One part of the equation in making a smartphone take high-quality photos is in the camera's lens itself, while another is in the image processing provided by the machine's system-on-chip, aka its processor. The final bit rests in the operating system, with Google looking here to provide Android devices of all kinds the ability to bring on much higher-quality output than ever before.

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Looxcie 3 lifelogging camera takes on Narrative clip with live streaming

Looxcie 3 lifelogging camera takes on Narrative clip with live streaming

Life-logging is getting to be big business, and camera company Looxcie is aiming to blend wearable recording with GoPro-style action camera technology, for the Looxcie 3. Capable both of streaming video (in 480p) to a companion iOS and Android app, streaming directly to Facebook, and recording footage locally (in 720p), the Looxcie 3 packs WiFi for wireless connections and comes with an optional waterproof case that can be used up to 60m under the waves.

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Lytro 3D joins visualizations roster for perspective-shift camera

Lytro 3D joins visualizations roster for perspective-shift camera

We appear to be in an age where the way we capture photos - followed by the way we display them - is in a state of evolution. Today's update from the folks at Lytro unveils a new way to view the photos taken with the Lytro camera - you'll soon be able to see these photos displayed in 3D. With the light field camera created by Lytro, users will be able to see the photos they've captured and processed for Perspective Shift in full 3D mode with a variety of devices.

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Panono throwable panoramic ball camera one step closer to launch

Panono throwable panoramic ball camera one step closer to launch

All the way back in 2011 we had our first look at the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera - well before it was ready to be manufactured as a consumer product. Here at the tail end of 2013, taking full advantage of the current craze that is crowd-funding, the same fellow who headed the project two years ago is taking a real stab at making the machine a reality. We had a chat with Jonas Pfeil, the creator of Panono, here on the day of the launch of this device's first Indiegogo push.

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Sony Music Video Recorder first-impressions [samples]

Sony Music Video Recorder first-impressions [samples]

Sony's Music Video Recorder may well be the camera sleeper hit of the holidays. Think of it as the ill-fated Flip Video - or, indeed, Sony's own Bloggie alternative - given a pro-audio upgrade, ostensibly targeted at bands and recording artists looking to make music videos and recordings simultaneously but, as we discovered when we spent some hands-on time with the shooter, certainly capable of more. Read on for our first-impressions.

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