Photography

The former Pixel camera guru is now building something mysterious for Adobe

The former Pixel camera guru is now building something mysterious for Adobe

Google's former computational photography expert, who developed the cutting-edge camera software tech in the Pixel 4, has quietly joined Adobe, it's been confirmed today. Marc Levoy spent around six years at Google, driving the company's work on software solutions for faux-bokeh, low-light photography, and other clever software tricks.

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Google will ban face-altering photography in Android 11

Google will ban face-altering photography in Android 11

The next version of Android was discovered to have a small, but significant, change for photography. With the update, Camera API Behavior v.7.5.4, "CameraDevice" and Camera API may not alter the appearance of human faces. While there's little Google can do to stop the altering of human faces in photos after photos are already captured, this update makes it so an official Google Certified Android device cannot allow its camera's image processor to alter the appearance of a human face before or while it's being captured in a photograph.

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Sony a7s III camera release event set for late July

Sony a7s III camera release event set for late July

Today Sony Alpha revealed their next big camera event for the new Sony a7s III. This event will be virtual, as most events these days tend to be, and will take place near the end of July 2020. This event's tagline is Imagination in Motion, and the rumors are flying. This camera will be rather powerful, as all new cameras should be, with such features as a new 12MP sensor with fast readout and the ability to record 4K video at 120fps in both 10bit 4:2:2 and raw over HDMI.

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Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K is a resolution powerhouse

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K is a resolution powerhouse

Blackmagic Design has revealed its latest camera, and if you've been waiting for 12K to come within reach - or just about, anyway - then the URSA Mini Pro 12K could fit the bill. Latest of the company's high-end video cameras, it also promises up to 8K at 110 fps, or 4K at 220 fps, all for under $10,000.

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Researchers create a tiny wireless camera that can fit on an insect’s back

Researchers create a tiny wireless camera that can fit on an insect’s back

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a tiny wireless camera that is steerable and is small enough to fit on the back of an insect. The camera can stream video to a smartphone at between one and five frames per second and sits on a mechanical arm that can pivot 60 degrees. The pivoting design of the camera allows the viewer to capture high-resolution panoramic shots or track a moving object.

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Leica M10-R adds 40-megapixel color sensor

Leica M10-R adds 40-megapixel color sensor

Leica has unveiled its latest camera, with the Leica M10-R digital rangefinder packing a new full-frame 40-megapixel sensor. In this case the "R" stands for "resolution," with a significantly higher pixel count than the regular M10 which clocks in at 24-megapixels.

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Vivo X50 brings its unique Gimbal Camera System to global markets

Vivo X50 brings its unique Gimbal Camera System to global markets

Slowly but surely, Vivo has been expanding not just its reputation but also its reach beyond the usual markets it serves. The Vivo NEX and Vivo APEX concept phones have been turning heads with innovative features and daring designs and its Vivo V series has been meeting the needs of selfie lovers everywhere. Now the company is launching the Vivo X50 and Vivo X50 Pro in international markets, the first of its line to have global reach, with an important mandate: deliver industry-leading professional photography to mobile.

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Canon responds to EOS R5 video overheating controversy

Canon responds to EOS R5 video overheating controversy

Canon has responded reports that the newly-announced EOS R5 and R6 could overheat during video recording, after photographers voiced concerns that capture times could be limited. Revealed earlier this month, the new EOS R6 and R5 promise up to 8K resolution recording with a full-frame sensor. However some design decisions Canon made left potential buyers worried.

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Canon EOS R5 packs 8K into full-frame mirrorless camera

Canon EOS R5 packs 8K into full-frame mirrorless camera

Canon has unveiled its new full-frame mirrorless cameras, with the Canon EOS R5 and R6 promising up to 45-megapixel photos and uncropped 8K recording. Billed as the company's answer to years of photographer requests, the two new cameras target pro users with the EOS R5 and advanced amateurs with the EOS R6.

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Olympus details its updated M.Zuiko digital lens roadmap

Olympus details its updated M.Zuiko digital lens roadmap

Olympus has made an announcement that talks about its roadmap for new digital lenses in the future. The updated M.Zuiko Digital lens roadmap outlines plans to expand the lens lineup. The roadmap also includes an update on the anticipated availability for the previously announced M.Zukio Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO super-telephoto zoom lens with an integrated 1.25x tele-converter. The development of that lens was announced in January 2019 and is currently estimated to launch this winter.

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Fujifilm GFX firmware upgrade try to make old cameras feel new

Fujifilm GFX firmware upgrade try to make old cameras feel new

The smartphone market is notorious for a high "turnover" rate, where smartphones are quickly made obsolete by newer models or by the lack of software updates just after two years. In contrast, camera makers are trying to sell the image of a company that cares for your four-digit investment, pushing updates that bring new capabilities on models older than your smartphone. That's the message that Fujifilm is trying to convey with what it bills as the biggest firmware upgrade in the history of its three GFX cameras, the oldest of which is now more than three years old.

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The Sony a7S II replacement is coming and it’s going to be big

The Sony a7S II replacement is coming and it’s going to be big

Sony is starting from scratch with the Alpha 7S Mark II replacement, promising that the hotly-anticipated camera will be a ground-up reinvention. The a7S II was a hit among video professionals, among others, but the failure of a successor to arrive alongside the a7 III and a7R IV led some to fear that Sony had decided the series had run its course.

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