Olympus has trotted out an interesting new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless digital camera that has some very interesting features. Olympus says that the new digital camera will provide the highest ever image quality offered in one of its cameras thanks to a new 16.3-megapixel LiveMOS sensor and a new TruePic VII image processor. The camera also offers high-speed Dual Fast AF.
Just about any modern smartphone can shoot a panoramic photo these days, and some even a 360-degree photo, but it's a time-consuming process; Ricoh wants to change all that with the Theta, capable of capturing a full spherical image in a single snap. Rather than the ponderous snap-and-stitch that builds up a 360 shot from individual frames, the Theta pairs two 5-megapixel sensors on either side of a slim bar that can collectively grab all the data simultaneously. We grabbed some hands-on time at IFA 2013; read on for our first impressions.
Panasonic's Lumix GX7 is the latest in a long line of interchangeable lens cameras, raising the game with features you might normally associate with full-sized DSLRs like an adjustable viewfinder. Announced last month, the GX7 takes Panasonic's camera design back to a more retro place, looking particularly good in the two-tone finish we spotted at IFA 2013 today. Beauty is more than skin-deep, however.
Ricoh has pulled the wraps off a very interesting and innovative new digital photography device at IFA 2013. The camera is called the Ricoh Theta and claims the title of world's first mass-produced imaging device for making fully spherical scenes in one shot. That means it takes round photographs.
Nikon unveiled its new compact Coolpix S02 digital camera today, which is the successor to the S01. The S01 was the smallest and lightest digital camera in Coolpix history. The new S02 continues to be a very small compact camera, but promises significantly enhanced functions and features as compared to the previous generation.
In a somewhat unexpectedly rapid timeline, the Sony QX10 and QX100 Lens Cameras for smartphones, which we saw leak again a few days ago, have silently been put up for pre-order on Amazon in the United States. Alongside both the cameras are also some carrying cases up for order, as well as the new AS30V action camera and the AX1 4K camcorder.
Kickstarter has proven successful for numerous gadgets -- quite a few of them being smartwatches -- and it would seem the indie funding site's users are also favorable towards small HD cameras. Such is the case for the ParaShoot 2.0 miniature HD camera, which has surpassed its goal of $30,000 more than three times with 28 days left to go.
Fresh details on Sony's so-called Cyber-shot Lens Cameras, which wirelessly add improved photographic abilities to smartphones and tablets, have emerged, including expected pricing for the unusual attachments. The Sony Cyber-shot QX10 will be around $250, Sony Alpha Rumors reports, while the more capable QX100 will supposedly come in at $450.
Once upon a time, mobile megapixels were the key. In fact, not so many years ago, many questioned whether there was any value whatsoever in having a camera built into your phone. Convergence for its own sake is undeniably a problem in today's crossover-soaked market, but it's now hard to argue that photography and the modern smartphone aren't a compelling match. As the technology - and the rivalry - has increased, though, so the simple megapixel has lost some of its clarity, and with the smartphone stakes never higher, there's a revolution of sorts underway to reframe mobile imagery.