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Nikon D850 Specifications | First Leaks.

Nikon confirmed the new Nikon D850, the successor of the fantastic Nikon D810 on its 100th birthday, this year. There had been many rumors and speculations about the camera’s specifications uptill now but none confirmed. Nikon till now has not officially announced anything.

This might be the best bet we have had till now. Some leaked Nikon D850 slides seems to have surfaced. The slides although in Chinese have much more details than we know right now.

Quick List:

  • 45.7 Megapixel Sensor.
  • 3.2 inch touchscreen LCD display (tiltable, vari-angle).
  • Continuous shooting rate of 9 fps (when using a battery pack plus battery EN-EL18a) otherwise 7fps.
  • Could continuously shoot 51 frames 14 bit non-compressed RAW photos at one time.
  • Support 8K timelapse capture.
  • ISO range of 64 to 25,600.
  • 153 point Auto Focus System.
  • 180,000 RGB Sensor.
  • 4K Video Capture.
  • Illuminated back buttons (hurray!).
  • SD and XQD dual card slots.
  • Low light focus -3EV, greater possibility to take photo under dark situation (same as D5)
  • No low pass filter.

Here are a some slides that Nikon Rumors decoded:

Nikon D850 leaked chinese slides

– 45.75M
– 9 fps * MB-D18 + EN-EN18a
– 8K timelapse
– 4K movie
– ISO 64-25600
– 3.2″ 2.36M vari-angle touch screen
– 153 AF system
– 45M quiet shooting mode
– 0.75x OVF magnification
– 180,000 RGB sensor

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Nikon D850 leaked chinese slides

45M pixel gives you clear and sharp high definition image, could satisfy big outdoor advertisement which requires 8K resolution
– No low pass filter
– Standard ISO: 64-25600, boost: ISO: 32 to 108,400
– Using Eexpeed 5 (same as D5) processor, high ISO together with good noise reduction engine, could give you high quality of color reproduction
Pictures: demonstration of with and without low pass filter.

Nikon D850 leaked chinese slides

Using “spot area AF” to AF on very small area
– The size is 1/2 of “standard area AF”
– Suitable for shooting macro, focusing on a very small object

In the photo:

blue square: “standard area AF”
red square: “spot area AF”.

Here are all the slided translated in English by YouTuber Jeff Curtner.

Looking at all these preparations Nikon is taking, it is very plausible that very soon Nikon will make an official announcement to the general market and then soon after that unveil the D850. In any case we will keep you posted.

Nikon Confirms Making A “Serious” Mirrorless Camera System.

Nikon’s President Kazuo Ushida recently in an interview with Yahoo Japan again mentioned the possibility of Nikon coming up with a “serious” mirrorless camera system. In the last few months speculations have been very high about Nikon’s motive about mirrorless systems. Ushida himself has mentioned such plans in quite some interviews now.

Every move Nikon is making now is being closely observed. Recently Nikon applied for a new patent for a 35mm, f/2 lens supposedly for a curved full frame sensor. Although it could not be conclusively proven if this was for a mirrorless camera but the technical information do suggest that it is certainly designed to work with a curved full frame sensor.

curved sensor lens

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In July Ushida was quoted,

“With generations grew up on smart phones I will give out a “Nikonashii” mirrorless camera that made a difference to other companies in terms of performance. I want to overwhelm the performance of the lens by making use of industrial lens technology, but also need playfulness.”

Canon and Nikon, the predominant giants of the imaging world for the last few decades, till now have primarily focused on DSLRs as their mainstay product. Somehow both these companies have been a little reluctant to shift and develop mirrorless systems. This however have given Sony quite a jump start. Initially Sony did face quite some criticism but it has to be said that the company has not only made developments to rectify their mistakes but actually built upon it to make even better cameras. The latest Sony A9 is a living example of this.

It is just a drag race from now on. Sony, devoid of any serious competition till this point, has quite an advantage in the mirrorless game now. However it has to be taken into consideration that both Canon and Nikon have substantially large consumer base and versatile lens lineups. Something Sony is trying to catch up on.

When will Nikon or Canon bring in such cameras that could potentially compete with the likes of Sony A9s? Only time will tell. However being an ardent fan of Nikon cameras, I hope when finally they decide to, they make it worth this wait.

John G. Morris, Legendary Photo Editor Passed Away. He Was 100.

Legendary photo editor John. G Morris passed away yesterday at a hospital in Paris. He was 100. His long time friend and colleague Robert Pledge, founder of the Contact Press Images confirmed the death.

From the World War II through to Vietnam War, Morris had always been in the thick of things. In his lifetime, he worked for The Washington Post, National Geographic, Magnum Photos (he was the first executive editor), LIFE and The New York Times. He closely worked with the likes of Robert Capa and W.Eugene Smith.

John Morris was also the person who edited Robert Capa’s historic photographs of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944. Of the four rolls of film Capa sent Morris from the war front, three and a half were destroyed due to an accident with the film dryer being set too high. Only 11 of the 106 pictures survived.

“I said, ‘I can’t believe it.’ So I ran to look at them with him, and I held up the rolls one at a time. And the first three were just soup. You couldn’t see anything. But on the fourth roll of film, the last one, there were 11 images that were discernible. And those pictures saved us, and those were the pictures that have come to symbolize D-Day ever since.,” Morris told NPR in 2002.

As a matter of fact, one of the most iconic image of the Vietnam War; Eddie Adam’s photograph of a Saigon police chief shooting a suspected Vietcong insurgent in the head was published as the lead picture on Feb.2,1968 in The Times because of Morris’s vehement argument. In a very small space that picture summarized the entire story of the Vietnam War.

Morris edited photos, Napalm naked girl.

Eddie Adam’s Police Chief Execution of the suspected Vietcong (left); The naked girl running from the napalm bombing raid by Nick Ut (right) .

In yet another instance Morris fought very hard to run the image of the naked Vietnamese girl running from the Napalm bombing raid. Times then had a very strict policy against nudity. The editors at last did give in and publish that photograph at the bottom of the front page. Later that photograph and the one by Eddie Adams both won Pulitzer Prizes.

On June 5, 1968 Morris witnessed the assassination of Robert F.Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. “The most terrible event I think I ever witnessed up close,’’ he said later.

“For five minutes, the throng in the Embassy Room was thrown into a state of panic. The cries of admiration changed to hysterical screams as the shots — muffled by the crowd noise — penetrated the consciousness of the bystanders,” Morris reported.

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Morris was married twice but unfortunately was widowed both times. His first wife Mary Adele Crosby, with whom he had four children, died in 1964. His second wife Marjourie Smith passed away in 1981, she was a school headmistress and a mother of two sons.

Morris was awarded the Legion of Honor, the highest order of merit given by France in 2009. He also received an Infinity Award for lifetime achievement by the International Center of Photography in New York in 2010.

In an interview in 2006, Morris spoke about what he thought of as a photojournalist’s truly essential qualities.

Timing is all important in photography. Not just the timing of the shutter itself, but knowing when to work and when not to work. When to photograph and when not to photograph.

 

Great photographers have to have three things. They have to have heart if they’re going to photograph people. They have to have an eye, obviously, to be able to compose. And they have to have a brain to think about what they’re shooting. Too many photographers have two of the three attributes, but not the third.

Morris is survived by his partner Patricia Trocmé, his four sons from two marriages and four grand children.

Nikon D850 | Nikon 100th Anniversary Special Camera May Have A Hybrid Viewfinder.

After the recent 35mm f/2 curved full frame sensor episode, Nikon has been perpetually under the microscope. As you already know, Nikon on its 100th birthday announced the much awaited successor of the Nikon D810, the Nikon D850. (Nikon doesn’t seem to like the number ‘2’ very much).

Nikon Rumors released the first press photographs of the newly announced Nikon D850 a few days ago. Everything in the photograph looked as Nikon as anything, however there seem to be one thing that caught everyone’s eye.

The differently shaped top of the camera and an unusual switch near the diopter which suggests that there is something cooking under that hot shoe. Now no one knows this for sure, but the prevailing opinion is that the switch near the diopter is for switching between an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) and an OVF (Optical Viewfinder).

nikon d850

To add more smoke to the possible fire, there are two holes near the viewfinder eyepiece. Mirrorless cameras generally have these kinds of holes to house the eye detection sensor which triggers the EVF on and off. Are these holes on the D850 for the same reason?

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Just for your information, the Nikon D810 did not have any holes near the viewfinder. Is this what Ushida was talking about when he said “engineered with a range of new technologies.” Who could tell?

d850

The new Nikon D850 will be now updated after nearly four years. It is not completely unrealistic to think that the camera may ultimately have a hybrid viewfinder considering that Nikon has patented a few hybrid viewfinders in the last couple of years.

hybrid autofocus

 

Nikon has officially not come out and shared any specifications of the camera yet. As of now it is anybody’s guess. The Nikon D2, D3 and D4 all had those distinctive screw holes near the eyepiece, so it may ultimately turn out to be nothing but there is no harm in being a little optimistic I believe.

screw holes

Feel free to use the comment section to share your own speculations.

Update (28th July):

  • The Nikon D850 has no hybrid viewfinder. It is a ‘regular’ DSLR camera.
  • Though the exact fps number is not confirmed, it would be in excess of 8fps.

Nikon Patents A 35mm, f/2 Lens For A Curved Full Frame Sensor | Is Nikon Going Mirrorless?

‘What is Nikon up to these days?’ is the question that many people in the imaging business have been speculating hard for the last few months. Well this may be a little something for all of us to speculate about.

Recently, Nikon patented a new 35mm f/2 lens for a full-frame curved sensor. A few weeks ago, Nikon president Kazuo Ushida had mildly hinted that Nikon was indeed working on a mirrorless camera in an interview with Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.

There is every possibility in structural reform. On the product side, we should compete in the mid-range and high-end DSLR. We aim to be the top in a genre, and earn profits even if sales are down. For a smartphone generation, we put out a very Nikon-ish mirrorless camera which is superior to rivals in quality. Making the best use of industrial lens technology, we would like to overwhelm them in lens quality. On the other hand, we need fun.Ushida

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As Nikon Rumor points out, ‘the patent does not provide sufficient technical information to determine if this is a mirrorless or a DSLR lens,’ however it is certain that this lens is designed to work with a full frame curved sensor.

Nikon curved sensor

At this point of time, it cannot be said with certainty if this lens is indeed for a new mirrorless camera. The patent P2017-125904A  does not have enough technical details to rule out a DSLR lens either. Also, Nikon have in the past patented curved sensors.

There is nothing much for us to do other than wait and watch how this mystery shrouded story ultimately unveils. But one thing is for sure that Nikon has to come up with something in the mirrorless category and that too soon. Sony, Fuji and Canon are all lining up their products now.

What do you reckon this patent is all about? Feel free to comment below.

Photographer Killed At The Twin Peaks In San Francisco | Camera and Equipment Missing

71-year old photographer Edward French was shot and killed on 16th July, Sunday at around 7:30 am at the scenic Twin Peaks viewpoint in San Francisco. The apparent motive behind the murder seems to be robbery.

French’s camera and equipment were reported missing. The robbers were later identified as a young man in his early 20s weighing 170 pounds with shoulder length dreadlocks and a woman, about 5 foot 3 inches in her late teens, weighing 120 pounds. They drove away in a dark grey Honda Accord, which had a rear end damage.

An early morning jogger who was nearby during the incident was the first to hear the gunfire and reach the spot where he found French lying in a pool of blood in the parking lot. The jogger performed CPR but to no avail. French was then taken to San Francisco General Hospital by the paramedics where he breathed his last.

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French worked as a location scout for films and it was also probably why he was there that morning. He was taking pictures just after sunrise when he was fatally wounded.

“This killing is really tragic,…..It’s obviously not safe at Twin Peaks. This was at 8 a.m. on Sunday. I’m very concerned about it.” said San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, representative of District Eight which includes the Twin Peaks.

Not very long ago on July 1, three Bay Area residents (two men and a woman) who were taking pictures at the Twin Peaks were robbed of their cameras and phones at gunpoint reported SFGate.

Canon 5D Mark IV Now To Come With Canon Log Pre-Installed

Canon finally seems to be hearing the voice of its consumers and making amends in the process. Recently, Canon announced that the Canon 5D Mark IV will now come with Canon Log pre-installed. This goes without saying that this step from Canon will help many Canon users and filmmakers to be more capable of advanced editing and have professional-level video recording options to achieve the perfect look that they are looking for. The 5D Mark IV with all its 4K capabilities would have been really deprived of a lot, had Canon not decided to include Canon Log in the package.

The Canon Log Gamma would not only maximize the dynamic range of the footage up to 800% or 12 stops; it would also allow video editors to color grade their footage even better so that the final film looks seamless when shot on many cameras at once.

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Keeping in mind that the footage appears very flat when capturing this dynamic range; Canon has even offered a ‘View Assist’ function to make monitoring footage during shooting easy and painless. The camera now uses one of the two installed LUTs (look up tables); which would help recreate the footage on the rear screen or on an external display as accurately as possible.

The two options include Canon Log 10 to Wide DR and Canon Log 10 to ITU-R BT .709; these convert the footage to the Wide Dynamic Range Gamma or a more conventional Rec. 709 color space, respectively.

What do you think about this step from Canon?

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Coming Soon Sometime Next Year.

Canon is lately all buzzing with new news everyday. After the major $ 2.9 billion fine by the EU two days ago, Canon has some better news now. The latest news is that Canon is planning to launch the EOS 7D Mark III sometime early next year (2018). People disappointed with the EOS 6D Mark II because of the lack of 4K may now have a genuine chance of redressal with this crop sensor camera nevertheless.

We do not know anything about the other specifications of this camera as of now, but if it ends up having 4K video recording it would be the first APS-C Canon camera to have this feature.

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The EOS 7D Mark II was first announced ahead of Photokina in 2014, and this may also be the case with this camera in 2018.

“My gut says we’ll see an EOS 90D announced before the EOS 7D Mark III, so the ‘first half of 2018’ could mean late Q2.”- reported Canon rumours.

We will let you know as the story unfolds.

Resource Credit: Canonrumours. 

 

This Is Literally Out Of This World | Scientists Use A Galaxy As A ‘Lens’

Astronomers from NASA had a great idea of pairing a gravitational lens with the legendary Hubble Space Telescope to give it a boost and what they have found is simply amazing.

It is a new distant galaxy that contradicts existing theories about early star formation. Scientist were able to capture images 10 times sharper than the space telescope could on its own. The resulting images reveal star-forming knots of newborn stars only 200 to 300 light years across in a galaxy that formed only 2.7 billion years after the Big Bang.

“When we saw the reconstructed image, we said, ‘Wow, it looks like fireworks are going off everywhere,'” said Jane Rigby, an astronomer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the third paper.

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Gravitational lenses can be any type of object, ranging from a single massive galaxy to an entire cluster. As light from the more distant galaxy passes the massive object, it is bent and distorted into an arc. This newfound cluster was magnified almost 30 times using the same process. Scientists then had to develop a special code to remove the distortions and reveal the galaxy as it would normally appear.

Hubble telescope finds a new galaxy

Gravitational lenses occur when the light from a more distant galaxy or quasar is warped by the gravity of a nearer object in the line of sight from Earth, as shown in this diagram.
Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA

“There are star-forming knots as far down in size as we can see,” Traci Johnson, a doctoral student in astronomy at the University of Michigan, said in a statement. Johnson is the lead author of two of the three research papers describing Hubble’s new results, which were published on July 6 in the The Astrophysical Journal and also in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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These fascinating images would simply be impossible without the aid of the gravitational lens. Without the lens, the disk galaxy would then have appeared smooth and unremarkable through the Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble Telescope finds a new galaxy

In this Hubble photograph of a distant galaxy cluster, a spotty blue arc stands out against a background of red galaxies. The arc consists of three separate images of a galaxy in the background called SGAS J111020.0+645950.8, which has been magnified and distorted through a process known as gravitational lensing.
Credit: T. Johnson/NASA/ESA

The newly found galaxy is only about 11 billion light years from the Sun which means because of the dynamics of time and distance, astronomers can see it as it looked 11 billion years ago, just a few billion years after the Big Bang phenomena from which the universe originated about 13.8 billion years ago.

NASA mentioned that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will be even more powerful and be able to reveal older, redder stars. It would also be able to peer through the dust around the galaxy.

“With the Webb Telescope, we’ll be able to tell you what happened in this galaxy in the past, and what we missed with Hubble because of dust,” Rigby said.

Resource Credit: Space.com

Canon May Face $2.9 Billion Fine Over Toshiba Merger Violation.

Canon has landed in murky waters and is now facing a fine of up to 10% of annual revenue from the European Commission over a Toshiba medical imaging business deal. If you are wondering how much is 10% of the annual revenue of a giant company like Canon….it is a lot. Canon reported $29.3 billion in sales during the fiscal year 2016, therefore the company is looking at a fine of about $2.9 billion.

According to the EC, Canon used what is known as “warehousing“, a two-step deal process to take over Toshiba Medical Systems before securing approval for the merger. The total value of transaction of this deal was somewhere around the ball-park of $6 billion.

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“In the first step, the EC said, an interim buyer picked up 95% of Toshiba Medical Systems shares, while Canon bought the remaining 5%. Canon also paid for options over the interim buyer’s stake. In the second step, Canon exercised its share options, thereby acquiring 100% of the shares.” – reported Fierce Biotech.

The European Commission has issued complaints to three other companies, namely Merck, KGaA and GE. These companies maybe fined up to 1% of global sales for failing to provide information or giving misleading information according to Bloomberg.

“We need companies to work with us to ensure fast and predictable merger control, to the benefit of both companies and consumers,” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in the statement. “But we can only do our job well if we can rely on cooperation from the companies concerned—they must obtain our approval before they implement their transactions and the information they supply us must be correct and complete.”

Source: FierceBiotech.

 

Lexar Soon To Be Just A ‘Memory’ And A Thing Of The Past

Attention avid and long-term users of Lexar memory cards. The time has come for you to bid goodbye. Lexar is soon to be discontinued by its parent company, Micron. And just for your information, not just the memory cards, the entire Lexar removable storage unit, including memory card readers, storage drives and USB flash drives will be discontinued.

“The decision was made as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to focus on its increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels,” –Micron

According to Petapixel the reason for discontinuing such a revered and highly trusted brand like Lexar is because Google and Amazon has become the major customer of the brand and the retail side of things do not seem to add up much for the company.

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“Apparently Amazon and Google have been buying so much flash memory from them that there is no need for push for the retail side of things” – Sources of Petapixel.

One of the major questions that follows this decision is “what would happen to the lifetime guarantee?”….well Micron has not clarified that to good effect but it did say that there is a good prospect that a part of the Lexar business will be sold and maybe the onus of honouring the guarantee will fall upon the buyer. Micron says it’s “exploring opportunities to sell all or part of the Lexar business”.

For now however, we do not know anything for sure. However if you want one now, Amazon has a load of them to sell.

Resource Credit: Petapixel.

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Shutter Count Version III | Now Keep Track Of Live View And Video Instances Too.

Buying an old Canon camera? Or simply interested in knowing your camera’s shutter actuations? Then ShutterCount Version 3.0 is just the product for you. ShutterCount has just revamped its software. It is now capable of reading not only the shutter actuations on all the recent Canon cameras but also keep track of the number of times live view and video instances take place.

We believe this is an absolute game changer as previously if the camera was used for mostly video purposes and not for taking photographs, it would be nearly impossible to tell how much the camera had been used and hence how much the resale value should be. This little extra information will change all of that.

 

 

Dire Studios who made this product says:

“Live view and videos.

The app displays the count for still photos by default — purchase the optional Live View Pack to get additional counters (and the Distribution Chart) that also cover videos. The Live View Pack is available as an in-app purchase on macOS and iOS for select Canon models.”

Dire Studios advised camera owners to update their camera’s firmware to the latest version before they start using ShutterCount. The following cameras are supported on macOS and Windows via USB connection.

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Here is the list, hope you find your camera here:

  •  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV*
  • Canon EOS-1D C*
  • Canon EOS-1D X*
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 5DS (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 5DS R (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 7D*
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 40D*
  • Canon EOS 50D*
  • Canon EOS 60D*
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 77D / 9000D (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 80D (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7
  • Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi / Kiss X2*
  • Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3*
  • Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4*

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  • Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5*
  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i*
  • Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i*
  • Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / Kiss X8i (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s / 8000D (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 800D / Rebel T7i / Kiss X9i (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F*
  • Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50*
  • Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / Kiss X70
  • Canon EOS 1300D / Rebel T6 / Kiss X80*

Note: Asterisk * Live view actuation counters are NOT available in the Live View Pack for this camera.

Resource Credit : CanonRumours, Giphy.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 In White And Silver | First Images

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is is all ready to be launched on June 29 alongside Canon 6D Mark II. Today Nokishita released a few more images of the SL2 in white and silver. The colors look quite good on the camera.

Have a look for yourself.

Here are a few specifications of the SL2 camera:

  • Color: Black · White · Silver
  • Number of pixels: 24.2 million pixels
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF
  • Continuous shooting performance: 5 frames / sec
  • Rear liquid crystal: 3.0 type Bali angle angle liquid crystal, touch panel
  • Battery: LP-E 17
  • Size: 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8 mm
  • Weight: 453 g

Canon SL2 Camera

 

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Canon SL2 Camera

Canon SL2 Camera

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Canon SL2 Camera

Resource Credit: Nokishita

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Google To Launch New Camera Line For 180 Degree VR Video

Google has since long been trying to push 360-degree video as much as possible, primarily through YouTube. It seems that now that the company is taking a step back to allow more time to creators and other industries around film making and video before taking the big jump.

Google is now all set to launch VR180, a collaboration between YouTube and Google’s Daydream VR division. Yes, it is exactly what the name suggests. The videos will now NOT stretch all around the viewer but only be at the front. Cameras from companies like Yi, LG and Lenovo will be used in making these new VR180 degree videos.

The basic idea behind this is to remove the divide between regular YouTube and VR videos. Without the aid of a VR set these videos will look like any other flat YouTube videos thereby doing away with the process of creating separate videos for different audiences. The user however can enjoy the same video on a VR headset and immerse in a truly 3D virtual reality experience. Google Cardboard, PlayStation VR and Daydream will all be compatible with the YouTube app on this project.

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For us 180-degree VR probably makes quite some sense:

  • It is less time consuming to edit.
  • Since time is money, it is also less expensive to make.
  • Easier to edit on popular video editing platforms like Adobe Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro as it wouldn’t require stitching.
  • Easier to shoot. Video makers can now use a man behind the camera and not run for cover as soon as they press record, as with the 360-degree version.
  • Videos file sizes would be significantly smaller, allowing viewers buffer-less smooth streaming.

YouTube creators would be able to shoot videos using any VR180 certified camera which would be approximately the same price as a point-and-shoot, when launched. Google Daydream team is working in conjunction with Lenovo, LG and Yi to design the VR180 cameras. The cameras would have two wide angle lenses and shoot beautiful stereoscopic videos. Google is looking to roll out the new cameras this winter.

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Meanwhile Adobe is also ramping up its resources to design additional products for Adobe Premier Pro that would allow creators to edit video of this caliber. Since the new cameras will now be quite some time away; Google has announced that creators can apply to loan a VR180 camera from one of its YouTube Spaces; till the new cameras are launched for general consumers.

Only time will tell how good this move is from Google. Let’s hope for the best.

Video Credit: TheVerge

 

EyeEm Selects App | Helps Find Hidden Gems From Your Camera Roll

If you think you are a good photographer and wish to earn a little something from you photographs, EyeEm is probably the answer. Recently EyeEm has launched a new update on its mobile app called EyeEm Selects. EyeEm Selects helps users find the “best” photographs they have on their phone using advanced computer vision technology.

After the app scans and finds the photographs that it thinks are the “best”; the user may choose to upload those photographs to EyeEm’s marketplace. About the scanning process, the Company claims that “the scanning happens right on your device, meaning that nobody sees your pictures until you decide to share them.” Photographs are rated according to their aesthetic values, composition, quality or the ones which have the highest chance of selling on EyeEm stock image market.

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All of these above processes occur locally on the user’s phone which means that photographs aren’t transferred to a server where they are analyzed. This saves bandwidth, data, and most importantly helps keep the privacy of the user; since the photograph doesn’t travel anywhere outside the user’s phone.

EyeEm says that this feature can also be used for finding long-forgotten good images on a user’s phone that have probably never been uploaded anywhere and are now are buried under a lot of new photos.

The Select feature is already available on Android. iOS users will, however, have to wait a few more weeks according to the Company’s website.

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Canon 6D Mark II | The First Images And Specification Leaks

Canon is all set to announce the new 6D Mark II camera on June 29. The camera has had its own share of leaked photos and here are some of them specially for you. All you Canon crazy fan boys, here is the first look:

Canon 6D Mark II

 

Canon 6D Mark II

The 6D Mark II has had a few hardware and cosmetic changes but overall, the camera seems to have a similar look to the previous 6D Mark I. The new camera is rumored to be a little larger but slightly lighter than its predecessor.

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Here are the dimensions for you to compare:

  • Canon 6D Mark I : 145 x 112 x 71 mm  Weight: 769.99g
  • Canon 6D Mark II : 145 x 110.5 x 74.8 mm  Weight: 765g

Canon 6D Mark II

 

Canon 6D Mark II

The specifications of the new camera are said to be something like these:

  • A new 26.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • 3 inches (probably) Canon’s first fully articulated screen on a full-frame DSLR.
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting
  • Full HD video recording with 5-axis electronic image stabilization.
  • 45 cross-type AF points
  • Dual Pixel Technology
  • Maximum ISO of 40,000 (expandable to 102400)
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • GPS (built-in)

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The Japanese website Nokishita Camera is where all the information about the camera was first published.

Images and resources from Nokishita and Canon Watch.