Digital Camera

“NOT-A-CAMERA” digital shooter wears 2D cloak

“NOT-A-CAMERA” digital shooter wears 2D cloak

Ushering out the week this Friday evening is a homemade digital photography oddity, the NOT-A-CAMERA. Unlike what its name suggests, the NOT-A-CAMERA is, in fact, a digital camera, only one that hides within a 2D etched wood block that, we're guessing, would get you more than a couple side glances when out and about.

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Sony Alpha A77 II refreshes DSLR with speedy BIONZ X

Sony Alpha A77 II refreshes DSLR with speedy BIONZ X

Sony has revealed the new Alpha A77 II DSLR, updating the A77 and A700 with a new autofocus system, BIONZ X processing, and a claimed 20-percent bump in light sensitivity over its predecessor. The new camera now packs a 79-point phase detection AF system and supports up to f/2.8 aperture, while the sensor is 24.3-megapixels as per the old version, albeit with a new structure that Sony claims makes it considerably more precise than the outgoing camera.

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Lytro Illum: Is this the photographic revolution?

Lytro Illum: Is this the photographic revolution?

Lytro's second-generation light-field camera, the Illum, is already prompting controversy among photography fans, with the prospect of a new type of post-processing from what was originally dismissed as a toy. Promising four times the resolution of the first Lytro, the Illum also looks the part: a menacing stealth-black camera that looks like a Sony NEX turned evil. Still, is the world ready for light-field photography, and is it any good?

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Lytro Illum reboots light-field camera with prosumer appeal

Lytro Illum reboots light-field camera with prosumer appeal

Lytro has revealed a new light field camera, the Lytro Illum, ditching the odd, toy-like appearance of the original in favor of a prosumer design, improved specs, and a price to match. Still offering the ability to refocus images post-capture, using a new sensor technology that Lytro says has "40-megaray" resolution, the Illum's images can also be adjusted for tilt, perspective shift, and depth of field, even if they weren't taken with those factors in mind originally.

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Sony A7s low-light demo is the video photographers must see

Sony A7s low-light demo is the video photographers must see

Sony's new A7s camera may look a whole lot like its A7 and A7r predecessors, but it has a powerful trick up its sleeve: incredible low-light performance thanks to a sensor with a whopping 409,600 maximum ISO. Actually envisaging what that means in terms of visibility in poorly-lit situations is tough, however, which is why Sony has put together a comparison of what extra detail you can make out when you crank up the sensitivity.

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