Around 430,000 Android users signed up to be notified the moment Instagram would invite them to what's been an exclusive iOS party. When the doors opened, more than twice as many Android users crashed the party on the first day, much to the chagrin of iOS users, but much to the delight of Facebook, which has agreed to buy the photo sharing app for a cool $1 billion.
Over 30 milion iOS device owners have registered accounts with Instagram, the free and popular photo sharing application that allows you to transform photos with a handful of digital filters and then upload the altered image to social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. It's enjoyed almost a cult-like following, and the fact that it's now available for Android isn't sitting well with a select group of silly iPhone users.
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.
It feels a bit surreal reporting on Kodak's decision to ditch its dedicated capture devices business, including digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames. In a weird sort of way, it's a bit like the death of Tony the Tiger's real life voice in 2005, only Kodak is still alive, albeit on life support after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a couple of weeks ago.
Don't adjust your browser, you haven't stumbled upon the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. Olympus was apparently bitten by the retro bug when conceiving its E-M5, but only in form, which resembles the original OM cameras from four decades ago. As for function, the E-M5 is the first of the new Olympus OM-D (OM Digital) Series of Micro Four Thirds cameras and it's brimming with an entirely new feature-set.
The long anticipated D800 from Nikon has arrived, and while it's not quite a D4 in a D700 body like many were hoping for, it does sport a humongous 36.3-megapixel full-frame (FX) sensor (15.4 megapixels in DX format). Nikon says it's the world's highest effective pixel count among interchangeable lens DSLR cameras equipped with image sensors conforming to the 35-mm film size, and we won't argue the claim.
Sony on Sunday announced the addition of three new digital camera models to its Cyber-shot family, including the DSC-TX200V from the ultra-thin Cyber-Shot T series, and the DSC-WX70 and DSC-WX50 models from the traditionally designed W series. Each of three new cameras feature a high resolution "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and improved BIONZ image processor that work together to produce better shots in low-light scenarios and enhance auto-focus speeds, Sony says.
Built-in webcams are everywhere these days, some of which are better than others. Whether it's for integrated webcams or standalone models, there's still room for innovation, and Logitech is at the forefront of pushing through new technologies. The latest fad in webcam technology is Full HD 1080p support, one of a handful of features Logitech is introducing to business users.
Prior to CES 2012, the world was without a handheld 4K camcorder. JVC took care of that in quick order by unveiling its new GY-HMQ10, a handheld camcorder that captures, records, and plays video images at four times the resolution of high definition televisions. The GY-HMQ10 has a 1/2-inch CMOS image sensor with 8.3 million active pixels. It delivers real-time 3840x2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or even 60p.
Smartphone cameras still have some ground to make up before they can truly replace dedicated point-and-shoot, and the divide only gets wider with the release of cameras like Samsung's DV300F. The newest addition to Samsung's DualView line, the DV300F sports a pair of LCDs, one of which is a front-facing 1.5-inch screen to make sure those narcissistic shots come out just right before you upload your mug to Facebook or Google+.