Sony has patented a contact lens that comes with an integrated miniature camera module and all its components, such as image sensor, lens, processor, storage and even a wireless module to transfer images to a smartphone or other connected device. The camera is triggered by a "conscious" eyelid aperture and closure. A sensor measures the pressure of your eyelid, and other settings such as aperture and zoom can be controlled via eyelid movement as well. A display unit allows you to view captured images directly on the lens. The patent document says the following about the camera module:
"The image pickup unit includes, for example, a lens system including the image pickup lens, an aperture stop, a zoom lens, a focus lens, and the like, a drive system that causes the lens system to perform focusing operation and zooming operation."
There is even a digital image stabilization system to counteract image blur caused by motion of the eyeball. Google and Samsung have filed for similar patents before but with its range of controls the Sony variant is, at least on paper, the most advanced so far. It's impossible to know if a product like this will ever hit the market but if it does, it's certain to raise even more privacy concerns than Google Glass at the time. You can read the full document here.
The enthusiast compact market has exploded over the last couple of years, with almost every manufacturer offering a product with a 1"-type sensors. Most of those cameras are small (and sometimes pocketable) and feature fast (but short) lenses. They also vary in terms of design, control points, video specs and whether they have an EVF, so you'll have some decisions to make. In this roundup, we'll try to help.
Here are the cameras that we'll be covering in this article:
As mentioned above, the majority of offerings in this category utilize 1"-type sensor, however two cameras offer even larger sensors. The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is built around the largest sensor of the bunch at 1.5", while the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 uses a slightly smaller Micro Four Thirds chip.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the two Fujifilm options use significantly smaller 2/3" sensors, which is important, because sensor size can be a major indicator of potential - particularly lowlight - image quality. Also, cameras with larger sensors will generally allow for much more control over depth of field.
To further help you pick the right camera in this class, we've also created the chart below, which breaks down the equivalent aperture for each camera, as you work your way through the zoom range. Our article here explains the concept of equivalence, but at a high level all you need to know is that the lower the line is on the graph below, the blurrier the backgrounds you'll be able to get and typically, though not always, the better the overall low-light performance.
This graph plots equivalent focal length against equivalent aperture - with both axes taking sensor size into account so that they can be compared on a common basis. Equivalent focal lengths offer the same field-of-view and equivalent apertures give the same depth-of-field and similar total light capture. For more information, click here.
On the following pages, you'll find what we liked and didn't like about each camera, links to our test scenes for image quality comparisons, and real-world galleries to give you a sense of how each performs outside the lab.
Adobe has released updates for ACR as well as standalone and CC versions of Lightroom, providing Raw support for the Pentax K-1 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III. Adobe Camera Raw 9.5.1, Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 and Lightroom 6.5.1 are all available for download and offer some minor bug fixes along with the new camera support. Updates are also available for Adobe DNG Converter for Windows and Mac.
Lightroom Mobile for iOS also gets an update. Version 2.3 brings improvements to editing workflow by making it easier to start editing a single photo from the device's camera roll. The latest version is available for iPhones and iPads at the App Store.
Bugs Fixed in Camera Raw 9.5.1
EXIF lens name not visible for some camera models.
Camera Raw would not launch under Mac OSX 10.7 and 10.8.
Errors when using Camera Raw to tone HDR images from Photoshop. This occurred when converting 32-bit files to 16 or 8-bit files.
Bugs Fixed in Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 / 6.5.1
Droplets not working as export actions
Issues with incorrect folder permissions. Please see instructions to help correct user permissions issues.
EXIF lens name not visible for some camera models. Please see instructions to reparse the Lens metadata after installing the update.
Focus lost in the keyword panel when navigating to the next image
Error when merging to HDR or Panorama from a collapsed stack
A few days ago we wrote about the Helium Core Kickstarter project which aims to turn your iPhone into a full-blown imaging rig with a large number of accessory ports and mounting options. The Padcaster VERSE is the subject of another Kickstarter project and presents a very similar concept. However, it differs from the Helium in some fundamental ways. The original Padcaster was designed a couple of years ago for the iPad Mini but thanks to a universal bracket that is compatible with any phone or tablet up to 5.31 inches, the VERSE is much more (you guessed it) versatile. It works with both Apple iOS and Android devices.
While the Helium Core is made from aluminum the Padcaster VERSE is polycarbonate plastic. It comes with twelve ¼-inch threads and five cold shoe mounts, allowing you to mount it to any type of camera support and attach an abundance of accessories such as lights, microphones or teleprompters. Like the Helium Core the Padcaster Verse is targeted at filmmakers, video bloggers, mobile journalists, photographers and other such creatives. Its adjustable mount makes it look like an ideal solution for those who use more than one device or want to be prepared for eventual upgrades. You can secure yourself an early-bird Padcaster VERSE by pledging $50 on the project's Kickstarter page where you'll also find additional information.
ON1, an Oregon-based photography software developer, has announced a combination non-destructive photo editor and Raw processor: ON1 Photo RAW. The application has been built from the ground up to work with modern computers and high-resolution camera systems. The software can open 50MP images 'in a fraction of a second on a standard PC or Mac' according to its maker and performs edits without lag.
ON1 has been developing Photo RAW for the past several years, doing so around its ON1 Browse photo browser to eliminate the need for cataloging and importing photos. Along with lag-free processing, it offers features like tagging, rating, adjustments and photo effects. The photo editor includes integrated masking tools, layers, and brushes; effects and adjustments are applied in a non-destructive manner, says ON1.
Several usage options are available with ON1 — it can be used as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Corel, as a host app for Google Nik Collection, and as an extension for Apple Photos. ON1 says Photo RAW will support PSD, PSB, PND, DNG, TIF, and JPEG file formats.
ON1 Photo RAW is available to pre-order now for ON1 Plus Pro Members; a membership costs $149.99/year, and provides a perpetual license for ON1 applications. Members will receive ON1 Photo RAW first when it launches this fall. A non-membership ON1 Photo RAW purchase option will also be available.
Announcing the First New RAW Processor in Years, ON1 Photo RAW
The Future of RAW Photo Editing – Coming this fall – Includes support for over 800 cameras
Portland, OR – April 26, 2016 – ON1, Inc. today announced ON1 Photo RAW, the first all-new RAW processor and non-destructive photo editor to be released in more than a decade. With modern code optimized for today’s super-megapixel cameras and high-performance computer graphics systems, Photo RAW will be the world’s fastest, most flexible, and easiest-to-use RAW processor and photo editor on the market when it is released this fall.
The current class of RAW-based photo editors all have their heritage from the early days of digital photography, when most digital cameras had less than 10 megapixels, and computer processing power was a fraction of that found in modern PCs. When used with today’s popular 42- and 50-megapixel cameras, existing programs can often take seconds to render small portions of a RAW image and perform adjustments. Several years in the making, Photo RAW, with its modern RAW processing engine, is tuned for today’s sensors and graphics chips. It will open 50-megapixel images in a fraction of a second on a standard PC or Mac, and perform edits in real-time, without slider lag or frustrating waits for redraw.
Developed over the last several years, ON1 Photo RAW is built around ON1 Browse, the company’s lightning-fast photo browser, and will not require photographers to import and catalog their photos; an often painful and time-consuming process required before editing can begin. ON1 Browse is an integral part of Photo RAW, offering quick and easy ways to tag, rate, make color and tone adjustments, or add effects to their photos. Without catalogs, professionals will be able to make adjustments to photos and fellow colleagues can access and edit where they left off. This combination of a fast photo browser with instantaneous RAW processing will deliver a fluid, streamlined workflow to process any amount of photos all at once. Select one or 101 photos, make a few develop adjustments and all of the photos update automatically in real time.
ON1 Photo RAW’s instruction-based, non-destructive workflow will also surpass today’s RAW processors in other key ways. In addition to customary re-editable adjustments such as exposure, contrast, color, shadows and highlights, Photo RAW will also offer non-destructive effects and portrait retouching, something not present in any photo editor on the market. The complex filters found in ON1 Effects and ON1 Portrait—including Lens Blur, Skin Retouching, Dynamic Contrast, HDR Look and many more—are all available in Photo RAW’s non-destructive workflow. The controls found throughout ON1 Photo RAW will also respond in real-time by leveraging modern video cards, using the latest versions of OpenGL and OpenCL.
ON1 Photo RAW will include built-in layers, brushes, and advanced masking tools, making it a full RAW processor and complete photo editor in a single app. And, unlike any other photo app, Photo RAW will work the way you want, and where you want. For photographers with established workflows, Photo RAW will work seamlessly as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom®, Photoshop®, and Corel®; a standalone host app for Google® Nik Collection and other photo editors; or as an extension to Apple® Photos. Common file formats—including JPEG, TIF, PSD, PSB, PND, and DNG—will be supported and will benefit from the speed and performance of the app.
Price and Availability
ON1 Photo RAW will be available this fall. You can pre-order ON1 Photo RAW today by becoming an ON1 Plus Pro Member at $149.99/yr. Plus Pro members receive a perpetual license for all ON1 apps (not a subscription) and will be the first to receive the app once it becomes available. If you want to purchase ON1 Photo RAW without becoming an ON1 Plus Pro Member, you can submit your email address on the ON1 Photo RAW web page to get the latest news, videos, beta, and pre-order announcements.
Owners of previous versions of ON1 Photo will have the option to upgrade to ON1 Photo RAW. The upgrade price will be determined at a later date. There will be special pricing for Photo 10 purchasers. Customers will be notified over the course of the next several months providing their upgrade information.
German camera manufacturer Leica has announced a new M digital rangefinder that has no LCD panel. The Leica M-D (Typ 262) will be almost exactly the same as the existing M (Typ 262) but without a rear screen for reviewing images and working the menu. The company says it has produced a camera with only the ‘essentials of photography’, or ‘Das Wescentliche’, and that it will help photographers concentrate on the important elements of image making rather than getting distracted with the camera functions.
This isn’t the first time Leica has produced a digital M with no rear screen, as the company launched the limited edition M Edition 60 to mark the sixtieth anniversary of its rangefinder camera system. Leica made only 600 of these models, and they sell for about $18,000/£12,000, but the M-D (Typ 262) will be the first full production model without a rear LCD.
This new model will feature the standard 24MP CMOS sensor, will have an ISO range of 200-6400, and will have brass base and top plates. The viewfinder has a magnification of 0.68x and offers bright-frame markings for 35/135mm, 28/90mm and 50/75mm lenses. The body has no traditional red dot as Leica says it wants the camera to be discrete, and the single frame mode uses a particularly quiet shutter cocking system.
Users will have control only of aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings, and the camera records in DNG Raw format only.
The Leica M-D (Typ 262) will go on sale in May with a price of $5995/£4650. The M (Typ 262), which does feature a rear screen, actually costs less, at $5195/£4050, but it doesn’t have the quiet shutter or brass top and bottom plates.
New digital Leica rangefinder focuses on the absolute essentials of photography, and excludes an LCD screen
Leica Camera has extended its iconic rangefinder camera series with a new model: the Leica M-D (Typ 262). The fifth product in the Leica M range, the Leica M-D joins the Leica M and M-P (Typ 240), the Leica M (Typ 262) and the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), offering a greater choice for photographers looking for specific functionality from their rangefinder camera.
The Leica M-D is the first serial production model of the digital M family to be made without an LCD monitor screen. The standard location of the screen on the back of the camera is taken by the ISO sensitivity setting dial – one of the few, but essential, features of the camera. Although the Leica M-D embodies the entire range of technical developments perfected over decades for the Leica rangefinder system, it intentionally omits all but the most vital features. Concentrating entirely on the key parameters required for photography: shutter speed, aperture, distance and ISO sensitivity, the Leica M-D focuses the user on the most essential aspect – the picture they are taking – and brings back the anticipation of discovering the results later in the process, as when shooting with film.
Jason Heward, managing director, Leica UK, said, “With the exclusion of the ubiquitous LCD screen, photographers must return to the principles of photography when shooting with the Leica M-D: accurate framing and composition, selecting the appropriate parameters and settings, and ensuring that they capture the decisive moment with the thought and consideration that has always been necessary in analogue photography. This unique rangefinder camera also brings back the fascination and expectation associated with film – returning photography to its origins during the capturing process, whilst maintaining the obvious convenience and benefits of digital technology.”
Principally, the technical features of the Leica M-D are based on those of the Leica M (Typ 262). As with all other digital Leica M cameras, the Leica M-D (Typ 262) features a high resolution CMOS full-frame sensor, which has been designed exclusively for rangefinder photography, and supports neither video recording nor Live View. Its 24 megapixel resolution delivers exceptional image quality and extreme sensitivity, making it perfect for available light situations. At the same time, the camera’s Maestro processor guarantees fast processing of image data. Exposures are captured exclusively as RAW data in DNG format, enabling photographers to apply the required adjustments in post-processing software.
Leica’s focus on ‘Das Wesentliche’ (the essentials of photography) is immediately recognisable in the design of this camera. The Leica M-D expresses purely functional, formal clarity, and features characteristics such as a brass top plate with a ‘step’ at the end, referencing the design of the Leica M9. The Leica ‘red dot’ logo has been omitted from the front of the camera for ultimate discretion.
Furthermore, the barely audible shutter of the Leica M-D ensures the camera is inconspicuous when shooting: an invaluable advantage in scenarios where the photographer wishes to remain unobtrusive. As an aid to this, the camera features a shutter cocking system that is particularly quiet in single exposure mode, and enables a shutter release frequency of up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the Leica M-D has the same sequential shooting speed as its sister model and shoots up to three frames per second.
The Leica M-D is available in a black paint finish, and includes a real leather carrying strap in full-grain cowhide.
It's really here. The wait for the D300's successor has been a long one, but the Nikon D500 has officially arrived. So what does the D500 bring to the freshly-revived flagship APS-C lineup? We break down just what's new and notable in our video overview.