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Kodak selling its film business

Kodak will be selling off the film business that gave the company its start, in addition to auctioning off the patents that the company holds. The patent auction remains stalled by ongoing litigation between Kodak and Apple. It is doing so in order to raise funds to move out of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection that it filed for at the beginning of this year, though Kodak apparently has designs...[Read More]

Sony annouces new cameraphone sensor

Sony, which supplies components for most handsets, has announced a new stacked CMOS cameraphone sensor called the Exmor RS. A stacked CMOS sensor is just that, the pixel section and circuit section of a sensor stacked on top of each other without using a substrate. There are three new sensors coming from Sony under the Exmor RS label, two 8-megapixel units and a 13-megapixel version. The company i...[Read More]

Nikon recalls D800 and D7000 DSLR battery packs. Again

Nikon started a recall on battery packs used in the D800 and D7000 DSLR cameras back in April this year but it seems as though nobody got the message. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) has restated the call for the battery packs, saying that they constitute a burn hazard. The affected battery packs can apparently short-circuit, first overheating and then melting. For once the pr...[Read More]

World’s fastest camera being used to detect cancer cells

UCLA engineers have developed the world’s fastest camera and they are using it to detect isolated cancer cells. The optical microscope (a microscope with a digital camera fitted) is being used to hunt for circulating cancer tumor cells, of which “…there are only a handful…among a billion healthy cells”, among other rare cell types. UCLA’s Bahram Jalali explains:...[Read More]

From megapixel to gigapixel cameras

If you’re a photographer then megapixels are your form of measurement but researchers at Duke University have stepped a camera up into the gigapixel range. Duke’s camera is called the Aware-2 and uses 96 14-megapixel sensors in a configuration that allows the camera to capture a much wider field of view than other existing gigapixel cameras. It takes 18 seconds to snap an image with th...[Read More]

Kodak patent invalid – judge

A judge at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that a Kodak patent being used in a complaint against Apple and Research in Motion (RIM) is invalid, according to a statement from Kodak. The ITC judge’s ruling is preliminary but found that while both Apple’s iPhone 3G and some Blackberry devices infringe on the patent in question, the patent itself is invalid. The infri...[Read More]

Pentax (officially) outs the K-30 DSLR

Pentax have unveiled their new mid-range Digital SLR, the K-30, with the company touting its weather-resistant features. The lightweight body of the camera is dust, weather and cold resistant and it features “…a glass prism optical finder with 100% field of view, state-of-the-art autofocusing, and full HD video recording capabilities.” According to Pentax this model is one of the...[Read More]

Kodak used to have its own nuclear reactor

Kodak is perhaps the only camera company that has had a fully-functional nuclear reactor on their premises, a fact that was recently uncovered. The situation may not be unique but if any other company has access to one they’re not telling anyone about it. The nuclear reactor which was until 2006 concealed in a basement at Kodak’s Rochester, New York facility was revealed by the Democra...[Read More]

Introducing the Olympus TG-1 iHS

Olympus has added a new camera to their Tough line-up in the form of the TG-1 iHS. But how tough is Tough? The TG-1 iHS is supposed to be waterproof up to twelve meters, freeze-proof up to -10 degrees Celcius, able to withstand weights of up to 100 kilograms and drops from a height of two meters. The lens is supposed to be scratch-proof and the whole unit is housed in a dust-proof casing. On the m...[Read More]

Instagram releasing the Instagram Snap

According to a video, originally revealed by an episode of On The Verge, Instagram have taken some of that $1 billion payout from Facebook’s purchase and used it to develop a camera called the Instagram Snap. The camera, which looks a lot like the Instagram logo in three dimensions, will have all of the functionality of the original app but will function like an old-school Polaroid camera by...[Read More]

A camera with a (major) difference

Traditional cameras replicate, either on film or in a digital format, whatever was in front of the viewfinder when the photo is snapped. The ‘Descriptive Camera’, the brainchild of photographer and programmer Matt Richardson, takes a slightly different approach. The ‘Descriptive Camera’ doesn’t take photographs in the conventional sense. It returns a description of wh...[Read More]

A vintage Nikon lens for the price of an expensive car

If you’re serious about your photography and have somewhere in the region of R1.2 million to burn on a lens then Grays of Westminster might have just what you are looking for. The London camera store only deals in Nikon products and store co-founder Gray Levett recently uncovered a Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lens which has a viewing angle of 220º and a price tag of R1,260,000 (£100,000). Not b...[Read More]

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