Category Archives: IMAGING

Digital and analog cameras, video cameras, film making equipment, lenses and basically anything that captures or help to capture images.

Amazon Echo Look: Echo With Eyes To Take Pictures And Rate Your Outfits

When you find yourself wishing for an artificial intelligence to tell you how you look in a particular outfit, then I believe you are ahead of us in the future and the good news is, Amazon is with you. The online retailer giant’s new Echo Look is the device that will do exactly that. Amazon is calling it a handsfree camera and style assistant, which simply put, is an Echo with eyes. It can take full-height picture or video of your showing off the outfits and based on “machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists,” it will compare your outfits so you can look the best for the day. I don’t know, folks. Can we trust machine to tell us what looks good on us? I guess it is subjective. Perhaps it is good for those who are often in a fix as to what to wear. Continue reading Amazon Echo Look: Echo With Eyes To Take Pictures And Rate Your Outfits

Sony’s New Made-For-Pro Camera, the a9, Cost A Healthy $4,500

If you are just another photography enthusiast, you probably don’t need the new Sony a9 (ILCE-9) Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera. However, if you are pro photographer who make a living out of capturing beautiful images, then the a9 is what you want in your arsenal. Billed as the world’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, this 24.2MP resolution digital camera promised unmatched speed, versatility and usability. Sony claims that the a9 offers capabilities not possible even a modern DSLR and that, it said, includes high-speed, blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps, a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second, and 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second. Continue reading Sony’s New Made-For-Pro Camera, the a9, Cost A Healthy $4,500

WeChat Maker, Tencent, Has A Drone That Lets You Live Stream From The Sky

In case you haven’t heard, Tencent, the Chinese investment giant behind WeChat, actually has a drone, or more specifically, an imaging drone design with the sole intent of letting WeChat users stream video. Called Ying, which loosely translates to sky video, has 4K videoing capability, but will only live stream at 720p. If you are wondering why a messaging app wants its user to do live stream with an eye in the sky, well, you have to understand that WeChat is not merely a Whatsapp equivalent; it is an entire social media platform. It is a Craigslist, a Twitter/Facebook of sort, and a messaging app (and borderline Tinder, if we may add) – all rolled into one. Continue reading WeChat Maker, Tencent, Has A Drone That Lets You Live Stream From The Sky

How To Sell A $20K Camera: By Selling It With A $20K Drone

You must be wondering who in the world would do that? Well, apparently, Canon Japan is doing just that. But no, Canon Japan did not actually made the drone. According to a report, the drone is developed by a Japanese drone maker called ProDrone which Canon has invested back in 2016. ProDrone, if your recall, is the same company that makes the creepy robotic arm-equipped drone and the wall-clinging drone, and so, there should be no question about the flying rig’s track records. However, unlike specialty maker like DJI, the Japanese imaging equipment company has other target in mind. The company’s first imaging drone (technically, it is not the company’s), PD6E2000-AW-CJ1, is an industrial application drone designed to carry out search and rescue operations. Continue reading How To Sell A $20K Camera: By Selling It With A $20K Drone

Nikon Outs Special Models, Including Crystal Nikon Model I For 100th Years

Come July 25, it will be 100th years since the establishment of Nikon, then known as Nippon Kogaku K.K. That’s a freaking century old and naturally, Nikon wants to mark this centennial milestone and what better way then to roll out a bunch of 100th anniversary products? Well, that’s exactly what the Japanese camera maker is doing. Differentiating the commemorative models from the run-of-the-mill models are the 100th anniversary logo and “special finishes and features that give them an even more elegant look and feel,” said Nikon. Continue reading Nikon Outs Special Models, Including Crystal Nikon Model I For 100th Years

Samsung’s New Gear 360 Boasts True 4K Videoing And Also, A Handle

The Samsung Gear 360 is cute, functional, but it has one ‘flaw’: it is a freaking ball which, frankly speaking, makes handling it a tad awkward. It does have a tripod which you can close up the leg to use it as a handle, but you don’t have to settle for less. Apparently, Samsung realized this and has, on its new Gear 360, incorporate a handle which makes the device looks like Eve from Wall-E on diet and also with no limbs, obviously. Samsung made little effort to introduce the new Gear 360 at March 29’s event, but all you really need to know is, it is now more awesome. Continue reading Samsung’s New Gear 360 Boasts True 4K Videoing And Also, A Handle

Google Granted Patent For Video Camera-equipped Hat. Wait, What?!

It makes sense to want to integrate Augmented Reality on glasses, but a video camera on the bill of an otherwise ordinary hat? Now, that sounds kind of goofy, but that doesn’t stop Internet search giant, Google, from going ahead and hat it patented. And guess what? They actually got it (the patent) and why the hell not? Because, who in the world would patent a hat with a video camera stuck to the bill? I don’t know. Maybe, Google? According to a report, Google managed to secure the patent on Tuesday (February 28, 2017) for a removable hat-mounted camera (officially “Wearable camera systems”). What the camera can do needs no further elaboration. Continue reading Google Granted Patent For Video Camera-equipped Hat. Wait, What?!

This Affordable Flying Phone Case Camera Will Lay Selfie Sticks To Rest

Selfie is a social phenomena that’s not going to go away anytime soon. In fact, the term ‘selfie’ may have been coined in recent years, the act of selfie, which is basically a photograph taken by oneself with an imaging device, has been around for decades. Come on, tell me you did not do it using a then-advanced 3.2MP Sony Cybershot or equivalent camera. Anyways, this post is not about the history of selfie. It is about the future of the selfie. Selfie stick? What, no. It’s a selfie drone, folks, and it is a gadget that will be responsible for burying selfie stick six-feet under. And it is called SELFLY, presumably a portmanteau of ‘selfie’ and ‘flying’, which is what it really is. Continue reading This Affordable Flying Phone Case Camera Will Lay Selfie Sticks To Rest

Beoncam Is A Wrist Watch That’s Also A Removable 360-degree Camera

GoPro is a household name for action cam, but lets be honest, we all know it is designed with sports in mind and so, when it comes to everyday folks who do not do sports, it will be kind of silly to be wearing a GoPro on your head. Besides, a front-only field-of-view can hardly capture your daily adventure, isn’t it? Well, that being said, if you are up for recording your moments outside of sporting activities and have the desire to see the surrounding, then the Beoncam Removable 360 Wrist Camera is the wearable tech you have been waiting for. Continue reading Beoncam Is A Wrist Watch That’s Also A Removable 360-degree Camera

Ricoh R Development Kit 24-Hour Spherical Live Streaming Camera Opens For Pre-order

If you think live video stream is limited to what our eyes can see (AKA field of view), well, think again. Ricoh, the ancient imaging equipment maker who managed to adapt and survive in this brutal digital world, has a camera with the technology that is totally capable of delivering up to 24 hours of fully spherical, 360-degree live video streams. To be honest, I see no reasons to be able to live stream in 360, except perhaps for events which is probably what it was intended for anyways. Ricoh has announced that the company is taking pre-orders for the Ricoh R Development Kit that enables this what-could-be-the-new-age streaming format of choice. Continue reading Ricoh R Development Kit 24-Hour Spherical Live Streaming Camera Opens For Pre-order