When new camera technology appears first in smartphones instead of in cameras, it’s yet another sign that mobile computing is driving innovation. Development dollars tend to favor the most popular or most profitable products, and right now smartphones and tablets are getting beaucoups love.
Note: This column first appeared in the November issue of the magazine.
Let's be clear about something right off the bat. Highfalutin digital SLR cameras are very much relevant and will be for a long, long time to come. DSLRs have nothing to worry about from smartphones, not now, not tomorrow, and maybe not ever. But compact cameras and consumer point-n-shoots in general? Well, they're already feeling the squeeze from increasingly capable smartphones, and if Nokia's Lumia 1020 lives up to the hype, it could be the beginning of the end for budget digicams.
The Fujifilm X20 proves that compact digicams aren’t dead yet
Why buy a compact digital camera these days when every smartphone and tablet has a built-in camera? Amateurs and even some professionals are making impressive pictures with phonecams. Phones are almost always handy, and downloadable apps make them infinitely customizable. Just as digital cameras have all but killed film, now phonecams threaten to kill digital cameras—or at least the compact digicams, leaving DSLRs alive for those occasions when nothing but the best will do.
Today is a big day for Canon, which announced a few new cameras, including one the company claims is the lightest and smallest digital SLR (DSLR) on the planet, the EOS Rebel SL1. Canon's newest Rebel with a cause features a newly developed 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the combination of which is supposed to deliver high quality shots at a fast rate.
A $25 camera add-on will allow Raspberry Pi owners to shoot 1080p video at 30fps.
Is there anything you can't do with a Raspberry Pi? Well, yes actually, there are things you can't do, like shoot video and take pictures, at least not natively. That's going to change, perhaps as early as next month, though it could take longer. Regardless, the Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed a new 5MP camera add-on that will plug directly into the Raspberry Pi, which could lead to some interesting mods.
D-Link’s strategy to get you into its MyDlink IP cameras is quite insidious. First, you buy one of the company’s low-cost cams to look at the baby in the crib. Then, you buy one to point out the front door. Pretty soon, you have a 1,000-eyed beast that would make Orwell envious.
The Maximum PC editors share their personal holiday wish lists.
We here at Maximum PC like to think we're givers (see: our free, high quality editorial content *cough*), but we have needs too! Listed in the image gallery below are five items that each of the Maximum PC editors want for the Holidays. Because *spoiler warning* Santa isn't real, if you wanted to personally be the super fan that we know you are and gift us these things, we would totally give you a shout out! ;)
Improved camera optics are a staple of each new generation of smartphones, and at the current pace, its not hard to imagine a future in which point-n-shoot cameras are just a relic of how we used to take photos. Then again, there's nothing stopping camera makers from integrating smartphone-like capabilities into digital cameras, and that's precisely what Nikon has done with its new Android powered Coolpix S800c.
Canon's new EOS 60Da DSLR camera is the long-awaited successor to the EOS 20Da and just the thing for photographers who prefer to stare at space than at flowers and other earthly objects. According to Canon, the freshly minted 60Da is optimized for astrophotograhy and is ideally suited for astronomers and hobbyists who want to snap photos of the night sky.
Our minds go wild thinking of ways we could use Swann's new HD PenCam and regular PenCam, a pair of inconspicuous video surveillance devices that look and function like ordinary pens, but unlike your Bic ballpoint, there's a miniature camera and DVR hidden inside. That's pretty rad, and also a little creepy if you think about these devices falling into the wrong hands.