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2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1000

02 Dec

More direct controls, better autofocus, and in many cases 4K video capture – they’re a step above ‘budget,’ but cameras in this category provide a whole lot of bang for your buck. Here are our top picks in the range.

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World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Stretches Over 1,000 Feet

04 Aug

[ By SA Rogers in Drawing & Digital. ]

Three hundred feet above the valley floor, a suspension bridge gently sways and bobs as pedestrians cross its 1,621-foot length through the Swiss Alps. These impressive stats have helped the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland break previous records, making it the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world.

Sure, the glass-floored bridge in China is higher and forces you to look down from your precarious position, but this bridge is almost as scary, considering that it’s not stationary and measures just two feet wide. That means you have to march down its length single-file, making it harder to clutch onto others for dear life.

The bridge was completed in 10 weeks by Swissrope and offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, including the Bernese Alps and Matterhorn (if you manage to look up and enjoy them instead of staring at your feet and trying not to hyperventilate.) It features a grated metal floor, runs between 5,000-7,000 feet above sea level, and takes ten minutes to walk cross. The pass through the mountains previously took four hours to navigate.

Photos taken from the air (provided by the Switzerland Tourism Board) give us the best idea of the bridge’s scale. The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge links two sections of the Europaweg hiking trail, a two-day link between the towns of Zermatt and Grächen, and replaces an older bridge that was damaged by falling rocks. It’s named for its primary sponsor.

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Sony 1000 fps sensor gives high-speed vision to industrial robots

23 Jul

Sony is the global market leader in the image sensor field, producing imager chips not only for cameras and smartphones but also for industrial applications. Now, one of the features that we first saw in a Sony smartphone camera has made its way into a newly announced sensor meant for use with robots in manufacturing.

The Sony 1/3.02″ IMX382 sensor allows industrial robots to detect and track objects at 1,000 frames per second, which could result in autonomous machines that can react to an object’s movements or other changes in their environment in real time.

The sensor not only captures images at high speed, it’s also capable of processing them and sending information to the machine it is attached—no computer or other additional processing unit is required. In the video below, you can see how the technology is used to identify different currencies at high speed, track several objects at the same time and visually inspect items without a need to slow-down a conveyor belt or production line.

The Sony IMX382 will be available to potential customers very soon, with sample shipping envisaged for October 2017.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Sony releases machine vision sensor capable of 1000 fps object tracking

17 May

Sony has released a new machine vision CMOS sensor, and though it’s destined for assembly lines and robots, it’s still interesting to us. Like the chip in the RX100 V, the IMX382 is a stacked, backside-illuminated chip capable of 1000 fps imaging. And, like that sensor, its stacked design includes signal processing circuitry in the chip. Unlike the RX100 V’s sensor, though, the 1.27MP IMX382 conducts video processing and subject recognition in parallel, so that it outputs both a ‘viewing’ stream and a ‘sensing’ stream simultaneously.

The sensing processing uses color and brightness information obtained from the sensor, enabling incredibly fast subject identification and tracking at 1000 fps. You can see what that looks like in the video below:

At a little over 1 megapixel this sensor is not destined for a smartphone or camera. And of course those applications get more complicated since they also have to re-focus a lens to keep up with a moving subject, but it’s interesting to see what levels of recognition and tracking possible when you bring signal processing to the chip itself.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 expected to come with 1000 fps video mode

18 Mar

The launch of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 is only a couple of weeks away and if the rumors are to be believed the new device’s 12MP camera will offer a 1000 fps video mode that would allow for a 33x super-slow-motion mode. 

That is more than four times slower than the 240 fps slow-motion mode in the current Galaxy S7. According to a report by SamMobile, Samsung is integrating an additional DRAM layer into the image sensor which acts as a buffer. This sounds like very similar technology to what Sony is using in the recently announced Xperia XZs and XZ Premium devices which offer a 960 fps slow-motion mode at 720p resolution. However, SamMobile’s sources claim Samsung is not using the Sony sensor in the S8. Unfortunately at this point there is no information about resolution or maximum recording duration of the mode. 

Other camera-related information includes an 8MP front camera with AF and 3.7MP additional image sensor that is used just for iris scanning. It appears Samsung will not follow the dual-cam trend with its upcoming models but the super-slow-motion mode, if well-executed, could definitely make up for a lack of dual-cam features.

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EHang uses 1000 GhostDrone 2.0 drones for massive light show in China

25 Feb

Just a few days after Intel wowed audiences with a 300-drone aerial light show at the Super Bowl, Chinese drone company EHang raised the bar with a 1000-drone light show for audiences in China.

EHang performed its ‘Meteor Sky’ show in the city of Guangzhou in celebration of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival on February 11. To create the spectacle, the company used 1000 of its GhostDrone 2.0 drones configured with color changing lights.

A long exposure captures the drone show near Guangzhou’s Canton Tower.

Putting on a show of this scale requires some impressive logistics. Just arranging the drones prior to flight required an area 290m long by 19m wide, and over 30 EHang engineers and staff put in thousands of hours to develop, choreograph and test the show. The company also developed an advanced communication network and safety system which maintained a minimum 1.5m distance between drones during flight. Despite the complexity, the entire show was controlled by a single computer on the ground.

EHang staff arrange drones in preparation for its ‘Meteor Sky’ light show. The entire staging area was 290m x 19m in size.

EHang notes that the show also served as a trial to see if drones could provide an environmentally friendly alternative to fireworks.

What do you think about drone light shows? Tell us in the comments!

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Sony shows off 3-layer stacked smartphone image sensor that can shoot 1000 fps at 1080p

08 Feb

Sony has today announced the development of a 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM for smartphones, making it possible to capture video at 1000 fps. The new chip comes with a DRAM layer in addition to the conventional 2-layer stacked CMOS structure with a back-illuminated layer of photo-sites and a circuit layer for signal processing. The DRAM acts as a temporary buffer for image data that is recorded at very high speeds, before it is put out at normal speed to a conventional image signal processor.

The new design results in very fast readout speeds of 1/120sec for a 19.3 MP image which is approximately 4x faster than conventional chips. Due to the reduction of time it takes to read each line of pixels, the so-called Jello-effect, which occurs when shooting fast-moving subjects on cameras without mechanical shutter, has been greatly reduced.  

The sensor has also been designed to keep noise generated between the circuits on each of the three layers at a minimum. Given the technology is currently still in development stage, there is no way of knowing when it will appear in any production devices. That said, looking at the quite impressive slow-motion footage in the sample video reel below, we sincerely hope it won’t be too long. 

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Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan

08 Nov
Senior Nikon Executives at CP+ 2016

Nikkei Asian Review reports that Nikon is cutting 1000 jobs, or 10% of its domestic workforce, over the next two to three years. The cuts are expected to have the highest impact on the under-performing semiconductor and digital camera business. Nikon’s camera sales have dropped 30% in the last three years, and the company will miss its ¥30 billion ($ 287 million) net profit forecast when this fiscal year wraps up in March.

Nikon isn’t alone in being affected by the declining camera industry: Canon’s imaging division is expecting a 25% drop in get group profit for 2016. But while most camera companies have shouldered plenty of setbacks recently, earthquake-induced and otherwise, Nikon’s consumer business seems to have had it particularly tough lately. Its enthusiast-friendly DL compacts have failed to materialize almost a year after their announcement, and the KeyMission series of rugged action cameras haven’t been well received since their launch last month. 

Will the workforce reduction help stabilize Nikon? Is it a sign of more bad news to come? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Attach a 1000 Watt LED panel to a drone and magic happens

20 Oct

Drone photography has become hugely popular in the past few years and people are finding new, creative ways to utilize drones. Photographer Daniel Riley attached a 1000 Watt LED light panel to his Freefly Alta-8 Drone and filmed the entire process. The results have us impressed – take a look for yourself.

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The Winner of $1000 from our 101 Landscape Lightroom Presets Competition is….

19 Jun

Recently we launched 101 Landscape Lightroom Presets product. As part of the launch we put everyone who purchased a copy into the draw to win $ 1000 in camera gear. Those who purchased the bundle (101 Lightroom Presets and 101 Landscape Lightroom Presets) received 2 entries.

The winner of this competition is Terrence Jones

Congratulations – we’ve just emailed you with details of how we’ll get you your prize and can’t wait to see what you buy!

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Thanks everyone else for picking up a copy of the the presets packs – we’ve received some amazing feedback and appreciate you supporting dPS with your purchase.

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