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Posts Tagged ‘LowLight’

postheadericon AIST shows off full-color night vision camera, well lit Bullwinkle figurine (video)

You might know them for seemingly ridiculous innovations like Segway shoes or the HRP-4C pop star robot, but the folks at AIST have put away the gimmicks for their latest invention — a full-color night vision camera. Produced by Nanolux, an arm of AIST, the camera uses a series of algorithms to read and process wavelengths reflected by objects lit with infrareds, allowing it to successfully reproduce reds, blues, and greens in the darkest of conditions. The company hopes to make the device available by the end of 2011 at a price point lower than conventional night vision cameras, and says they will work with different lenses to improve long-range photography for the device. Such an invention could have serious implications for fields like surveillance and wildlife observation, but fear not, AIST hasn’t lost its sense of humor — the company used a Bullwinkle figurine rotating on a Lazy Susan to demo its latest invention at Printable Electronics 2011. Check out the video after the jump.

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AIST shows off full-color night vision camera, well lit Bullwinkle figurine (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Nikon D7000 firmware update released, cools down ‘hot pixels’

Hot on the heels of its P7000 firmware update, Nikon has just released one for its D7000 DSLR as well. The update was created for the sole purpose of fixing the hot pixel issue that pops up when taking videos in low light. While this doesn’t completely eliminate the problem, the “bright spots” effect has been “reduced” according to Nikon USA. Unfortunately, this means you no longer have an excuse to not record your child’s rendition of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Hit up the source link for the download.

Nikon D7000 firmware update released, cools down ‘hot pixels’ originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Dec 2010 21:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Canon develops world’s largest CMOS sensor, shoots 60fps video in moonlight

Did you ever think that you’d see a CMOS sensor measuring 202 x 205 mm? That’s 7.95 x 8.07 inches to our fine imperial friends. Its impressive size — about 40 times larger than Canon’s largest commercial CMOS sensor — translates to staggering light-gathering capabilities, capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional DSLR. Better yet, the sensor is matched by new circuitry allowing for video capture at 60fps in just 0.3 lux of illumination (think full moon on a clear night). Unfortunately, the press release is more concerned with promoting Canon’s engineering prowess than with product launch. Nevertheless, we’re impressed.

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Canon develops world’s largest CMOS sensor, shoots 60fps video in moonlight originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Aug 2010 05:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Shooting around with the Nikon D3S: the field review

Nikon’s D3S didn’t exactly emerge out of nowhere, but the DSLR’s boosted ISO ceiling of over 100,000 (102,400, if we’re being precise) has certainly shaken up the industry. Nikon claims that it’s set a new bar for low-light performance and raw speed in the crowded DSLR arena, and we were tickled pink when given the chance to see if this thing was worth its weight in gold. Now, the master photogs over at DP Review have already broken down the nitty-gritty details in an exhaustive 34 page critique, but for those just looking for a little insight — and perhaps a short answer to “should I buy this?” — we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. Head on past the break for two distinct takes on Nikon’s most capable shooter yet — and some thoughts on how Nikon’s latest monster professional cam will radically change the consumer camera as well.

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Shooting around with the Nikon D3S: the field review originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 16:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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