Canon announced today the Cinema EOS System—an all new Hollywood-grade lineup of 4K EF cinema lenses, the EOS C300/C300 PL digital cinema camera, and a new 35mm full-frame sensor DSLR (pictured above) that’s still in development, which will shoot 4K video.
Remember the Lytro camera—the one that was announced before anyone had even seen the gear or formerly heard of the technology that the so-called “living pictures” camera would offer? The initial claim from the makers of Lytro were that it would turn the $30 billion consumer camera market on its head. Well, the Lytro has been launched into the marketplace at last.
Priced at $499.00 (16GB, 750 pictures) or $399.00 (8GB, 350 pictures) and slated to ship in early 2012, the Lytro lets you “capture living pictures.” Meaning, with one snap you will capture the complete light field data of a scene—color, intensity, and direction of all the light—without the shutter delay that a camera with auto focus might experience. This also allows you to focus the image after the fact. And being as it’s a “living picture,” focus is forever adaptable. There is also an interactive aspect to the camera, wherein your “living pictures” can be shared on various social networking sites, allowing your friends and family to manipulate the images as well using a computer, smart phone or tablet.
Visit Lytro.com for more information and to test out the living pictures technology.
The ShoeBox iPhone App allows you to quickly scan, store and share your old, paper photographs—which, according to ShoeBox’s commercial below, are likely gathering dust in a storage closet shoebox at the moment. Because the iPhone 4S features an 8-megapixel camera that takes images at 2448×3264 resolution, “Using Shoebox to scan a typical 4″x6″ photo produces a DPI of 550—the same high quality recommended by scanning experts like ScanCafe,” according to the app’s creators. The app, which is free to download, uses “edge detection and perspective correction [to] make sure that the paper photographs you scan turn out beautifully. After scanning, you can quickly crop, straighten, rotate your photo, as well as record the stories behind the photographs by adding captions, dates, and tags,” according to 1000memories.com—the site where your images will be backed up and preserved through a partnership with the Internet Archive.
You can download ShoeBox for free here, as well as read further about the storage and privacy rights of your archived images.
Canon announced today the EOS-1D X—the company’s new flagship DSLR, which they’re calling “a high-speed multimedia juggernaut.” The model will replace both the 1Ds Mark III and the 1D Mark IV in the EOS lineup. So what makes the 1D X worthy of being called a juggernaut? Maybe the fact that the new “completely revolutionized” camera features three image processors, including Dual DIGIC 5+ processors, which Canon says are “capable of delivering approximately 17 times more processing speed than DIGIC 4,” though it also features a DIGIC 4 for metering and AF control. And speaking of AF, the 1D X includes a new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, “the most sophisticated DSLR AF system Canon has ever released.” All AF functions can be accessed quickly via their own menu tabs, and you can create customized settings of tracking sensitivity with the new AF Configuration Tool. For those photographers who’d like input on AF settings, it comes with a built-in Feature Guide to recommend settings based on subject matter.
The 1D X features a brand new 18-megapixel full frame CMOS image sensor, which Canon says produces the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera so far. The sensor uses pixels that are “1.25 microns larger than those in the EOS-1D Mark IV sensor and .55 microns larger than those in the EOS 5D Mark II sensor”, in addition to gapless microlenses, to achieve high sensitivity for those clean captures. The camera’s ISO range is adjustable from ISO 100 to a whopping ISO 51,200 within standard range, and can be expanded to 102,400 and 204,800, which Canon says are “ideal for law enforcement, government or forensic field applications.” So, there’s that, if you’re in the habit of shooting in those conditions.
The 1D X is also Canon’s first EOS DSLR to feature Multiple Exposure capability, combining up to nine separate shots into a single image, in-camera—viewed in real time on the LCD monitor—speeding up your post-processing work, at least what’s usually required to remedy exposure problems. The 1D X records full HD video at 1080p, like its predecessors, but now notably features automatic splitting of movie files when a single file exceeds 4GB, allowing for continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files. This was an upgrade requested by documentary filmmakers who’ve previously worked with Canon DSLRs. Another request from Canon shooters was to include dual card slots for instant image back-up and more storage capacity, and the 1D X delivered.
The Canon EOS-1D X is scheduled to be available in March 2012 and will be sold body-only at an estimated price of $6,800.00. See the full press release below.
At the Adobe MAX event last week, Adobe presented an image deblurring feature that they are working on to possibly include in an upcoming version of Photoshop. The demo video below shows some pretty amazing results when a street scene photo is deblurred before the audience’s eyes. Those gasps don’t come easy in the photo world; Adobe earned them with this one. Here’s hoping that feature makes its way into new a version very soon.