The Earth's moon isn't made of cheese after all. We know this because NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling the Moon at low altitude since around the middle of 2009, sending high resolution images back to our home planet. More recently, NASA posted a ginormous 24,000-pixel square mosaic of the Moon's nearside as never seen in this kind of photographic detail before. The TIF image is available for download, assuming your PC can handle a 549MB photo.
You don't necessarily need to rock a digital SLR camera to get the benefits of a CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor, in case you were wondering) image sensor. According to market research firm iSuppli, digital still cameras have started adopting CMOS senors in place of CCDs (charge-coupled devices) at a rapid rate. By 2013, iSuppli says there will be more CMOS point-n-shoot cameras than CCD equipped ones.
It's hard enough snapping pics with your smartphone on the down-low, and we imagine it would be near impossible to covertly take snapshots with Photojojo's iPhone telephoto lens. Turning you into a professional spy isn't really the goal, however, and as goofy as it looks, the telephoto lens adds an 8X telephoto zoom to your pic taking arsenal.
The thought of jamming a digital camera into the back our cranium doesn't strike us as a particularly pleasant experience, yet that's exactly what a New York City art professor decided to do. Wafaa Bilal, an assistant arts professor at New York University, had the camera 'installed' earlier this month as part of a controversial art project called "Third Eye." The project sparked a debate over campus privacy, but as it turns out, Bilal had a bigger roadblock to work through. Pain.
Just a few short years ago, we wouldn't even discussing smartphones versus digital cameras in the photography field. And in terms of professional photography, we still aren't. But for any Johnny-come-lately looking to snap a photo and upload it to Facebook, most modern smartphones suffice. It's because of this that smartphones have started to close the gap with digital cameras as the top device for taking pictures, but how far is the divide?
You'll have to excuse your Coolpix toting neighbor if he has a serious case of zoom envy when you proudly whip out your P500 digital camera. That's because Nikon outfitted the P500 with a 36x zoom, the longest zoom ever integrated into a Coolpix camera. Combined with the Nikkor ED glass lens, Nikon promises you'll be able to hone in on your subject with exceptional clarity, even in low-light conditions.
Sigma has gone and launched a high-end compact digital camera featuring a 14-megapixel FOVEON X3 direct image sensor, the DP2x. The new camera is the latest in the DP2 series and boasts an Analog Front End (AFE) and a faster autofocus, Sigma says. AFE is used in other Sigma cameras, like the DP1x compact and SD15 DSLR, in order to convert full color data.
Renowned lens maker Carl Zeiss has pledged support for the increasingly popular Micro Four Thirds System standard. It's a big win for the standard, which despite its growing popularity was still largely represented by just two major players: Olympus and Panasonic. Not anymore.
All is again well for Mirco Wilhelm, who earlier this week lost 4,000 images uploaded to Flickr over the course of five years when a Flickr employee inadvertently deleted his account, the LA Times reports. During an email exchange, Wilhelm was told that the staff member "mixed up the accounts and accidentally deleted" his. The staffer offered to restore his account, but said his photos were unrecoverable.
Three hours later, a followup email let Wilhelm know Flickr's IT team was working to bring his photos back from the digital grave, but Wilhelm's bigger concern was losing "5 years of community membership, contact, comments, internal and external links to my photos," all of which are hard to backup locally.
In the end, the Yahoo-owned photo sharing site managed to fully restore Wilhelm's account as it was before the accidental deletion and promised to "soon roll out functionality that will allow [Flickr] to restore deleted accounts more easily in the future."
Full HD recording is quickly becoming a standard feature in new point-n-shoot digital cameras, and this, along with several other features, are packed into Panasonic's new Lumix FX78 ultra-compact.
Despite its diminutive size, Panasonic equipped the FX78 with a 12.1 megapixel high-speed CCD sensor. It also boasts a new Smart Touch operation on its sizable 3.5-inch 16:9 LCD screen. One of the cooler bullet points is the ability to auto focus on a subject just by tapping it on the screen. Once touched, the FX78 tracks the subject, even if it/he/she moves about.
Other features include a Scene Selector mode, 24mm ultra-wide angle lens, 5x optical zoom, F2.5 aperture, image stabilization, face tracking, and more.
Panasonic will offer the Lumix F78 in gold and white models starting in March for an as-yet undetermined price.