Sony's video foray into prosumer 4K bears all the hallmarks of its 3D venture -- mismatching the desires of the potential buyers with its corporate needs. The new Handycam FDR-AX1 Ultra HD (aka Quad HD)-resolution camcorder seems to be designed to sell TVs to the few deep-pocketed consumers bemoaning the lack of high-resolution TV content and pros looking for cheap higher-resolution capture. But those are very different buyers and it seems to miss the boat on both. The $4,500 price tag and HDR-AX2000-based design of the Handycam FDR-AX1 are attractive to the latter group, but there … Read more
Gargantuan consumer tech show IFA is about to start in Berlin, and Sony has the honour of holding the first big press conference. You're going to want to follow along with this, so click this link, save it, and come back at 7 a.m. PT, 10 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. German time, or 3 p.m. UK time to see all of Sony's announcements as they happen.Follow CNET's live blog of Sony's press conference.
Sony traditionally uses IFA to show off new products across all the major sectors it operates in. Mobile … Read more
Time to get excited, tech fans: we're just days away from IFA 2013, the gadget extravaganza where the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will lead a torrent of new and exciting technology. With our heady mix of live blogs, thrilling video, and expert hands-on First Takes, you'll be right at the heart of the action.
IFA is an industry trade show held every year in Germany, bringing together the world's technology titans at an event considered to be the European CES. Around 240,000 gadget fans flock to Berlin each year to join the scarlet-tressed Miss … Read more
When you mail a package, where does it go? Who handles it? How many steps are there in the process of it leaving point A and arriving at point B? Anyone who has mailed a package may have at some point at least idly wondered what happens to it after the post office takes responsibility, but not many have done something about it.
Dutch industrial and interaction designer Ruben van der Vleuten has. When his curiosity was piqued, he decided to mail himself a hidden camera to find out.
For a project titled From A to B, he packed a small camera into a box with a battery pack and an Arduino-controlled timer circuit and motion sensor. The camera peeked out of a small, 2-millimetre hole concealed in large black letters van der Vleuten had written on one side of the box. … Read more
Have you ever seen Europe's magical architectural masterpieces? If you've never viewed any of these buildings, or maybe seen just a few, an amazing video called "Nightvision" gives you the visual tour of a lifetime. The short film bounces between astounding nighttime views of monuments such as the towering Colosseum in Rome and the Tower Bridge in London.
After raising nearly $20,000 on Kickstarter for "Nightvision," Director Luke Shepard and Assistant Director Henry Farrow Miller spent three months photographing 36 cities in 21 European countries. Their goal? Create an inspirational exploration of European buildings, monuments, and landmarks in a new and unique way.… Read more
How close would you want to get to a lion with your camera for that perfect shot? It turns out that one way to capture the terrifying beasts -- and produce spectacular images -- is with a mini roving robot.
National Geographic lensman Michael "Nick" Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson used a remote-controlled camera robot and a MikroKopter mini UAV to photograph a pride of lions in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
After they got used to the machines, the cats generally ignored them while Nichols and Williamson shot 242,000 images and 200 hours of video, mostly from a modified Land Rover. … Read more
The category of interchangeable-lens cameras subsumes a variety of capabilities and designs. You have the familiar dSLRs, large-bodied models that use a reflex mirror to enable the use of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder. Then there are Sony's SLT (Single-Lens Translucent) models, which incorporate the same phase-detection autofocus system as dSLRs, but with a fixed mirror that requires the use of an electronic viewfinder (EVF) rather than an optical one. And then there are the mirrorless models, which generally use contrast-detection autofocus and, if they have a viewfinder, it's an EVF. Though they're sometimes referred to as "compact system cameras," they're not all compact; in fact, only a handful could really be classified as such.… Read more
A lot of people still like having a AA-powered camera for the convenience, especially when traveling. Most camera manufacturers have abandoned them, though, which is really the only reason to pay attention to the Nikon Coolpix L620.
The L620 is an 18-megapixel compact megazoom with a 14x, f3.3-5.9, 25-350mm lens and 3-inch 460K-dot-resolution LCD. It's a fully automatic camera; lots of scene modes and filter effects and a solid scene-recognition Auto mode, but no manual or semimanual controls. It also records movie clips at resolutions up to 1080p at 30 frames per second.
In fact, it looks … Read more
Nikon made a couple of small but welcome announcements on Monday night for owners of its consumer dSLRs. First is a new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens, slipping into the lineup between the 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 and 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 lenses, and which will likely become a kit step-up staple. And second, the Speedlight SB-300 flash, which replaces and improves upon the entry-level SB-400.
Priced between its two siblings, the 18-140mm fits in the spot left unoccupied when Nikon discontinued the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 over three years ago. In addition to … Read more
Making 3D images is typically a bit of a production. One method is to use two lenses to create a stereoscopic image. Harvard researchers have come up with a way to create 3D images using a single lens without requiring new hardware.
The method works by taking two images with a camera or microscope. The camera doesn't move, but each image is focused at a different depth. Those images are then run through a computer that calculates the angle of light to each pixel. This allows the computer to determine what the image would look like if taken from a different position, the way the second lens on a 3D camera would see it.… Read more