ARGO-IS, a drone with a 1.8 Gigapixel camera consisting of 368 5MP cellphone cameras.

The impressive spec list goes on:Whith its 368 cameras in a grid layout, the ARGO-IS can scan an area 100 times greater (25 square miles) than that of a Predator drone, and can spot objects as small as 6 inches, from as high as 17,500 feet above the ground. The drone can process up to 1,000,000 terabytes per day, that's an exabyte. More info and mouthwatering scary details at the new PBS Nova documentary, the 'Rise of the Drones'. . . . read more

Master the skies with your own UAV, Lehman Aviation presents the LA100, a fully automated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that acts like a boomerang and is capable of carrying a GoPro Hero camera.

Nota bene: Lehmann Aviation ships its products worldwide, UAV price includes shipping.

(Press Release)  LA100 - WORLD’S 1st FULLY AUTOMATIC UAV AT 990€. Launch it. Wait 5 minutes. Enjoy your aerial images.

BLOIS, FRANCE - Lehmann Aviation Ltd, the manufacturer of professional micro civil UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), announced today launch of a totally new product - LA100, a fully automatic UAV which works with GoPro camera and enables amateurs to capture professional quality aerial images and video. . . . read more

Philip Bloom reviews the amazing Metabones Speed Booster: Is it too good to be true? Apparently not. (Check out the fantastic video showcase he made with the Metabones Speed Booster)

"When I first understood what this did, it made no sense to my tiny brain. James has made it a hell of a lot clearer and from his tests and using it he was really impressed. James is not an expert on optics, he is a shooter…he is just way more clued up on the technical stuff than me…after all he did notoriously remove an OLPF from his brand new 5Dmk3…Crazy man! BUT, let me say this.

James is VERY HARD to please. He is always whinging about something he doesn’t like about a camera or something. So for him to say he wants one is a big deal. Should you go out and buy one because of this post? That’s up to you. I never recommend buying anything on one person’s say-so. I have it here with me in Dubai and will do some additional testing…I have my 85mm F1.2 with me, so that should be lovely lens to test it out . . . read more

Nikon Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 AIS lens on Ebay right now for $99.000: “No Fungas, No Bubbles, No Scratches. Glass is Clear and Beautiful!”

Fungas, heh. Before you bid, remember this is a manual focusing lens, and you'll also need an adapter for your modern Dslr. Also, this thing is bigger than whatever Dsrl you have, in every dimension.  Fun facts: it was released in 1970 and only built in a few hundred exemplars, comes with built in skylight (L1BC), medium yellow (Y 48), deep yellow (Y52); orange (056), and red (R60) filters, and consists of 93.7% Unobtanium:

"I am sure you can appreciate this True Gem! AMAZING! Very Bright at f2.8. Giant piece of glass. I have seen some . . . read more

Nokia pureview 808 reviewed at DPreview, the results may surprise you.

So, what do you get when you pair cutting edge imaging photography with an obsolete OS in a sleek format smartphone?  . . . read more

Nasa keeps so many Dslr cameras in the ISS, it sometimes jettisons some of them into make space for more.

This, and other interesting factoids about photography in the International Space Sattion:

"All the cameras are Nikons, you'll notice; it may be that he's just a Nikon guy, but NASA chose to buy and modify Nikon bodies years ago, so chances are at least some of the ones Pettit is using are from the . . . read more

SLAC labs designs a 3.2 Gigapixel camera with 189 sensors.

"The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will survey the entire visible sky every week, creating an unprecedented public archive of data – about 6 million gigabytes per year, the equivalent of shooting roughly 800,000 images with a regular eight-megapixel digital camera every night, but of much higher quality and scientific value. Its deep and frequent cosmic vistas will . . . read more

Captain Alan Poindexter writes about photography in space, at the Luminous Landscape

Nowadays this is mostly about austronauts using Nikon gear in the ISS:

"Using reflected light from Earth as an illumination source is a technique that not many have been able to experience.  Here the colors of the Mideast, eastern Mediterranean, and Red Sea are reflected in the payload bay and the wings.  This image was taken on Flight Day 2 during our inspection of the heat shield for any launch damage (this procedure was performed on all flights . . . read more

Lytro Light Field camera review at Digital Photography Review

This is a review about a camera. There are only 4 'pros' listed in the conclusion, 3 of them about design and one about the device being Facebook friendly. Being politically correct (and owned by a Fortune 500 company) the lads at DP Review really restrain themselves from writing things like "utter crap" and "rip off", instead they use more subtle ways to convey the message about what this ....thing? is all about: . . . read more

KeepLoop turns your mobile into a microscope, a real one.

This is not your average add-on lens gizmo, crapgadget, visual expander or whatever you may call those things that stuck to your phone's lens and turn it into a real 'camera'. No, this  device, transforms a regular mobile phone to a usable microscope. Some technical aspects: It attaches itself to the phone magnetically. The lens/sensor usable area of view becomes 2x3 millimeters. Surrounding leds allow illumination from different angles. The detail of the image produced ranges from 1/100 to 1/1000 of a millimeter, but accuracy suffers as the resolution increases.  . . . read more

Astrophotography, imaging sensors and machine vision, at RK Blog

"In planetary imaging there is always a need for more sensitive and/or less noisy sensors. There are already first users of Point Grey cameras with ICX674ALG, and e2v Ruby/Sapphire CMOS sensors should be tested in upcoming months. CMOSIS CMV4000 with a big diagonal is interesting for solar imaging using H-alpha scopes. Laptop-friendly GigE and USB3 cameras with those sensors are quite rare - Basler Ace or . . . read more

Study of the Human Eye Could Lead to More Accurate Auto Focus Technology

Via PopPhoto:

"As any photographer knows, no matter how advanced the camera, auto focus has its flaws, especially compared to the human eye. That’s . . . read more

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Hands-on @

Not Strictly photography related, but oh so fun:

"The original AR Drone is still incredibly fun to operate, but the first thing anyone does with one is crash it into something. Unfortunately, for some, that’s the last time your AR Drone 1.0 is intact. Parrot redesigned the hulls for the Drone 2.0 to handle much more stress. . . . read more

Perceptive Pixel introduces 82" Led interactive screen at CES


Oh man, imagine running Lightroom on this! Or even better 3 of them! Another mortgage holds nothing against this cornucopia of multi-touch monkey Gorilla® enforced glass!
Perceptive Pixel Press release
Corning Gorilla Glass Now a Standard Feature on the World’s Largest Optically Bonded Multi-Touch Display

Hummingbird robo-drone gets 1.8-gigapixel camera @ Cnet

"The Hummingbirds will be equipped with DARPA's Argus-IS sensor system, which features a 1.8-gigapixel color camera--gear that the Army a year ago described as "the largest video sensor ever used to conduct tactical missions." The Army said at the time that Argus can track people and vehicles . . . read more

Teledyne DALSA-manufactured Sensors to Guide NASA Rover on Current Mission to Mars

While there are a lot of photographers right here on Earth that would kill for love a dedicated black & white sensor equipped camera, Dalsa prefers sending them to Mars instead. From the PR:

"WATERLOO, Ontario - December 12, 2011 - Teledyne DALSA is pleased to announce the . . . read more

Speed of Light Lingers in Face of New Camera @ NYT

A Kid would say 'ZOMG fastest camera EVAH!?!' but we keep a more somber tone: "

The streak tube scans and captures light in much the same way a cathode ray tube emits and paints an image on the inside of a computer monitor. Each horizontal line is exposed for just 1.71 picoseconds, or trillionths of a second, Dr. Raskar said — enough time for the laser beam to travel less than half a millimeter through the fluid . . . read more

Worlds fastest image processor

5, 8, even 12 fps? Hah! Maybe fast enough for some lame action shots, but not for the REAL action.  And where's the real action you might ask? Wel duh, in collisions ofcourse.  Keep your hats on indy 500 fans,  we're talking proton particle collisions.

Hack your Epson printer!

Why is this article about a printer utility in the Extreme-Imaging section?  Well, this is not your everyday shareware proggie. For once, what this program does borders to the illegal in some countries, because it enables you to override several settings in your printer, and poking around stuff Epson would not want you to go. SSC service utility in action   The name of the application is SSC Service Utility, developed in Russia, and supports over a hundred different Epson printers. Among the other things this freeware program can do is to reset protection counters for individual cartridges, ability to clean the nozzles in individual cartridges, and acess to the special "power clean" mode that's normally reserved to Epson technicians. SSC's site is, and the program can be downloaded from here. And the usual disclaimer, as posted on SSC's site too: "You can lose Epson lifetime guarantee on print head by refilling ink cartridges!" So, proceed with extreme care. Kudos to our Russians friends for this one, i hope we'll be seing a similar product for Canon printers :)                                        

Scientists invent lens five times thinner than a sheet of paper

Scientists from Universit? Laval?s Faculty of Sciences and Engineering have invented a lens five times thinner than a sheet of paper that is able to zoom in and out without mechanical parts. Tigran Galstian and Vladimir Presnyakov present this amazing piece of optical instrumentation in the latest issue of the Journal of Applied Physics. ?There are several possible applications for such a lens. We believe one of its most promising developments could be in camera-embedded cell phones,? says Galstian. ?Our opto-electrical zoom lens would be of much higher quality than the ones that currently equip these phones.?

Ultra-Sharp Mars-Bound Camera Delivered

The camera that will take thousands of the sharpest, most detailed pictures of Mars ever produced from an orbiting spacecraft was delivered today for installation on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will be launched on Aug. 10, 2005, carrying a payload of six science instruments and a communications relay package to boost the ongoing exploration of the red planet. The largest science instrument on the spacecraft will be the University of Arizona's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), a 65 kilogram (145 pound) camera with a half-meter (20-inch) diameter primary mirror.
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