Apple Can Disable Your Digital Camera, Hydraulic Pressing SLRs and Cameras In Syringes: RAWtalk 189
We are all back from our excursions. I got back from VidCon, Todd got back from Disney Land and Stephen…….
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Watch a Hydraulic Press Crush Vintage Nikon & Canon SLRs
YouTube channel, the Hydraulic Press Channel—who are known best for crushing random shit with a hydraulic press—took on vintage cameras in their latest video. The channel took some old-school Canon and Nikon SLRs along with an old lens and crushed them with the press. In the video below, factory owner Lauri Vuohensilta says, “In this process, we are going to find out, finally, which is better: Nikon or Canon.” Check it out below to see who “won.” (via PP)
Fuji Announces the X-T2 with 325 Autofocus Points
Fuji announced their successor to the X-T1 with the X-T2, which they’re calling the “ultimate mirrorless camera.” Spec wise, it has their latest 24MP X-Trans III sensor, an ISO range of 200-12800 (expandable up to 51200), a new hybrid 325 AF point system, and a joystick for selecting AF points. It also shoots 8fps, has dual UHS-II SD card slots, 1/32000th max electronic shutter, built-in WiFi, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen and more. Meanwhile, it has oversampled video in both 1080P and 4K recording. Fuji uses a 5,120 x 2,880px sample image for their 4k video which supplies 1.8x the necessary data for 4K video recording for a sharper image, while using a 3,000 x 1,687 sample image for 1080P. Framerate wise, it’ll shoot up to 60fps in full HD and up to 30fps in UHD at a 100mbps data rate. They also are introducing F-Log—their flat color gamma setting—for a better file to clean up in post. To go along with the new body, Fuji announced a new Power Booster grip which will allow the camera to shoot up to 11fps with shortened lag times, and it will also extend its 4K video record time to 30-min. Without the new grip, it’s only 10-min record time internally. The X-T2 is available for pre-order now for $1599 for the body only. Will you be upgrading?
Light Raises $30 Million in Additional Funding for their L16 Camera
Light’s L16 camera that has 16 different camera modules in it, has just raised $30 million in funding to bring its 52MP camera to market. In “light” of the funding, they’re making some changes to the camera before launch. They’re first widening their focal range coverage to 28-150mm, up from 35-150mm. Light is also upping the internal storage from 128GB of storage to 256GB. Light says, “We will put these funds to good use as we scale our global supply chain to meet overwhelming demand.” Check out a newly released behind-the-scenes video of their latest prototype being made in the meantime below:
This New Camera is so Small it Can Be Injected with a Syringe
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have created a new camera so small that it can be injected using a standard syringe. The camera itself is smaller than a grain of salt, which was 3D printed and features three lenses. The camera has since been tested by using an optical fibre the thickness of about two human hairs. Researchers claim it produced, “high optical performances and tremendous compactness,” and can be used to explore areas of the body that cameras previously couldn’t access, as well as surveillance devices and machines with “autonomous vision.” The camera lens has a minimum close-focus distance of just 3mm as well which they say is perfect for non-invasive exploration of bodily organs, even the brain! Check out their detailed report here. (via TV)
Apple Awarded Patent to Ban iPhone Camera Module at Remote Locations
Apple has been awarded a U.S. patent for a system that could disable your iPhone camera to ban photography at remote locations. In the patent, the phone’s camera would be disabled via infrared signals with encoded data which would temporarily prevent both still and video recording. Once locked onto your phone, the camera app will simply display a message that reads “recording disabled.” The patent lists concerts and classified sites as examples of where this new tech could be used—places where you most likely shouldn’t have your phone out at anyway. Check out the full patent here for all of the details. (via PP)
Huawei Receives Backlash After Posting “P9-Shot” Photo Taken with a DSLR
Speaking of mobile phones, Huawei—the mobile phone company that just announced their Leica-engineered dual-camera P9 smartphone—is getting some serious backlash on a photo they posted which they hinted was shot with the P9, but was actually shot with a DSLR. Posting the image on their Google+ page, the photograph features a sun-flared, shallow DOF portrait of a girl, which clearly doesn’t look like it was taken with a smartphone. Since Google + displays EXIF data in their images, and it wasn’t stripped from the image before posting, it read that a 5D Mark III was actually used to take the photo and not the P9 smartphone. Huawei didn’t outright say it was taken with the P9 either, but they surely made it seem like it was with the caption stating: “We managed to catch a beautiful sunrise with Deliciously Ella. The #HuaweiP9’s dual Leica cameras makes taking photos in low light conditions like this a pleasure. Reinvent smartphone photography and share your sunrise pictures with us.” They quickly removed the photo and released the following statement: “The photo, which was professionally taken while filming a Huawei P9 advert, was shared to inspire our community. We recognize though that we should have been clearer with the captions for this image. It was never our intention to mislead. We apologize for this and we have removed the image.” Hmm… (via AP)
Fuji Updates their Instax Printer With the Faster SP-2
Fuji has unveiled their second iteration of their mobile Instax printer with the SP-2. The major upgrade for the new printer is speed: it cut down from taking 16 seconds to print a photo, to now just 10. Other new features include faster WiFi support, new creative editing options like brightness, contrast, saturation and more. Users can also now make a collage featuring 2-4 images on a single print, or you could split an individual image into two separate prints. They also gave their SHARE app—the app used for the printer—a refresher. They gave it a new UI, new filters and easier navigation. The printer unit looks sleeker as well, now coming in two different colors, silver and gold. It’s available now for $200.
Beer Company Pokes Fun at Maternity Photos with New Beer-Gut Adverts
German beer company Bergedorfer Bier has a new ad campaign that’s poking fun at maternity photos. With the caption, “Brewed with love,” the new adverts feature a topless man holding his huge beer gut just as an expectant mother would hold hers. Check them all out here. (via Bokeh)
New “Anti-Paparazzi” Photo Scarves Coming to Market
There’s a new anti-paparazzi scarf coming to market called the Ishu, which makes flash photography nearly impossible in auto mode. The scarf itself is made of highly reflective fabric, which when hit with a flash, lights up to pure white, while darkening the rest of the image. Inventor Saif Siddiqui says he was inspired to create it all the way back in 2009 when a group photo of his was ruined by a bicycle reflector. The new product line, which also includes a reflective tie and phone case, will launch this August, with scarves ranging from $221 to $393. The tie on the other hand is a little more affordable at about $77. I wonder if celebrities will embrace this since most paparazzi shoot in auto.
New Crowdfunding Campaign Raising Funds to Develop 1200+ Rolls of Film from 1950’s
A new Indiegogo campaign is trying to raise funds to develop over a thousand rolls of film from the 1950s. Levi Bettweiser, founder of the Rescued Film Project, won several auctions last year, which earned him 1200 rolls of undeveloped film from a single photographer named Paul in the 1950s. The rolls of film came packaged in a total of 66 bundles, which had the original handwriting engraved, the date marked, details about the photo and even equipment used. After receiving the film, it took 10 volunteers and six hours to unpack and organize just 22 of the 66 bundles. He’s now turning to crowd funding to raise money to unpack, document, process, and share the images with the world. Bettweiser notes that, “This film was shot in the 1950s, and every day it goes unprocessed, it deteriorates a little more.” However, each roll was well protected, wrapped in tinfoil and athletic tape, and then placed in a cigar box which was also wrapped in tinfoil, athletic tape and then layered with newspaper—aliens can’t event penetrate them! With about two months to go, he’s already raised over 99% of the money needed. His goal of $15,000 has reached $14,960 at the time of writing this article. You can find his Indiegogo promo video below and head to his crowdfunding page here if you want to help fund this project. Good luck Levi! (via PP)