photography

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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VSCO Cam Android release brings iOS-friendly editing

VSCO Cam Android release brings iOS-friendly editing

As soon as tomorrow the folks behind VSCO Cam will be pushing the app to Android, this after many moons in Beta and quite a few more months on the likes of iOS. This app will bring top-notch editing abilities for photos for those Android users that want to get the very most out of their single machine. At this very moment the pricing and exact timing for this app is not yet known.

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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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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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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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Everpix shuts down as smart photo organizer throws in towel

Everpix shuts down as smart photo organizer throws in towel

Intelligent photo filtering system Everpix has announced it will shut down, with no further uploads supported, and existing subscribers refunded after the company failed to secure investment to cover its sizable image hosting bills. Access to Everpix - in read-only mode - will be allowed until December 15th, the company says, with instructions promised to extract any photos uploaded in the two years the start-up was running. Everpix had attempted to corral and organize the huge quantity of digital images many photographers collect, using semantic analysis.

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Nikon DF details emerge amid leaked photos

Nikon DF details emerge amid leaked photos

The Nikon DF appearing in full sooner than later has been pushed in a series of press photos this morning, allowing the public to see the hardware before they know its abilities. What you've got here is the embodiment of what Nikon shared in teaser videos ramping up to this week in "Pure Photography" (also embedded below). It's suggested that these photos are arriving just 24 hours (or less) before the final full announcement about the camera itself from Nikon.

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