Photography

Sony IMX586 will cram 48 megapixels into smartphone cameras

Sony IMX586 will cram 48 megapixels into smartphone cameras

Once upon a time, smartphone cameras were judged by their megapixel counts. Over time, both marketing teams and users have learned to look beyond raw numbers. Sony, however, seems to be turning things around again with its new IMX586 image sensor for smartphones. While more megapixels doesn’t always mean better, it’s hard to deny the benefits of having 48 megapixels occupying the same space as a standard smartphone camera sensor, promising not just high-resolution images but also better low-light performance.

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Fujifilm’s 5 new lenses include a groundbreaking F1.0 prime

Fujifilm’s 5 new lenses include a groundbreaking F1.0 prime

Fujifilm has unveiled a new range of X Mount lenses, including teasing a groundbreaking prime lens that stands to be a world-first in mirrorless circles. Two new models and three on the X Mount lens roadmap have been detailed today, though of the five it may well be the Fujinon XF33mmF1 R WR that gets photographers' mouths watering.

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$121M says Light is the future of smartphone cameras

$121M says Light is the future of smartphone cameras

This week the folks at Light have some tech that'll make future mobile cameras more advanced than ever before. They've created a couple of devices so far - the first runs Android and sports 16 camera lenses, 10 of which fire at the same time. Light also has a more mobile smartphone device with 9 lenses currently in the making. Today Light shared news of a funding round led by Vision Fund to the tune of $121 million USD.

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Essential’s $200 camera now costs $19

Essential’s $200 camera now costs $19

Essential put its 4K 360 camera up for sale overnight on a massive discount - as if they were having a fire sale. OH MY GOD IT'S A FIRE... sale, if you know what I mean. This camera requires the assistance of the Essential Phone PH-1 to work, and does not do much of anything on its own. With the Essential Phone PH-1, this becomes one of the most interesting smartphone accessories on the market today.

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OnePlus 6 DxOMark verdict: not so bad

OnePlus 6 DxOMark verdict: not so bad

OnePlus has been challenging the status quo and the big players when it came to offering flagship specs for less. And while it has mostly delivered on its promise, the one thing it hasn’t exactly been good at was with the cameras. Naturally, it would boast about improved photography prowess, especially with software updates, but it hasn’t been particularly impressive. With the OnePlus 6, the company takes another stab at claiming a spot on DxOMark’s list and it may have just worked.

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Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

This week the folks at MARS Bioimaging revealed the first 3D color X-Ray of the insides of a human body. They've got a device called the MARS large bore spectral scanner, AKA the MARS spectral x-ray scanner - and we're crossing our fingers for a simpler name as the product is further developed, too. This scanner uses an adaptation of technology first used by CERN in the hunt for the God particle.

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NVIDIA AI scrubs noise and watermarks from digital images

NVIDIA AI scrubs noise and watermarks from digital images

NVIDIA researchers are back with yet another digital image technology that pushes the limits of traditional image manipulation. Unlike Adobe's recently disclosed project, which involved a neural network trained to spot digitally altered images, NVIDIA's newest creation can scrub digital sensor noise and watermarks from digital images. Thanks to the artificial intelligence powering it, the feature is far more effective than existing denoising tools.

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Nikon COOLPIX P1000 takes Superzoom to insane levels

Nikon COOLPIX P1000 takes Superzoom to insane levels

Smartphones may be nibbling away at camera makers’ bottom lines, but there are still a few things they can’t do. One of those is what photographers lovingly call “superzoom”. Only possible with a not so discreet lens, this remains one of the selling points of dedicated digital cameras. And when it comes to Superzoom, the new Nikon COOLPIX P1000 possibly takes the cake with is 125x optical zoom that will bring almost anything right up to your nose.

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AI-powered instant camera prints doodles, not photographs

AI-powered instant camera prints doodles, not photographs

Digital cameras are old news. Instant film cameras are back in vogue, but hardly inspiring. The market needs something fresh, and that something may be doodles. A newly detailed camera powered by artificial intelligence brings a twist to the photography industry, snapping "doodles" instead of actual images. The camera is a DIY project involving a Raspberry Pi and some Google magic.

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Kodak Pixpro AZ901 Astro Zoom 90x super-zoom camera now available

Kodak Pixpro AZ901 Astro Zoom 90x super-zoom camera now available

Kodak has launched a point-and-shoot superzoom camera that it first revealed back during CES 2016. Two years have passed since that unveiling, finally bringing the digital camera to retailer shelves. This camera, the Kodak Pixpro AZ901 Astro Zoom, boasts a massive telephoto lens that enables users to get detailed shots of distant objects, as well as dabble in astrophotography.

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16-lens camera maker Light developing 9-lens smartphone

16-lens camera maker Light developing 9-lens smartphone

It's been a few years since we've heard from Light, the camera company that made headlines with the L16, a point-and-shoot sized camera featuring a whopping 16 lenses, allowing it to capture DSLR-quality images. The L16 finally entered production over a year ago, but now there's word that Light is working on bringing its multi-lens tech to a smartphone.

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Japan found a cube rock in space [WATCH: LIVE FEED]

Japan found a cube rock in space [WATCH: LIVE FEED]

Japan's space mission Hayabusa2 just got real close to an asteroid whose shape becomes more interesting with each new view. On June 3rd, this spacecraft was 3100km away from this asteroid, and today Japan delivered a photo from just about 40km. The asteroid was code-named Ryugu by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and today we're seeing this die-shaped rock up as close as any human's ever gotten before.

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