Weekend links

iCam prototype is camera that has a dock for an iPhone, similar to the Leica i9 concept:

With the iCam you can:

  • Use real lenses
  • Use the CCD or CMOS of new body instead of 5MP iPhone CMOS sensor
  • Use optical zoom
  • Save your photos directly to phone, to an ftp address, share or mail them (this will be faster than any SD card)
  • Record better HD videos or video call with better videos
  • Edit your photos with any app, use iCam app for camera setup.

This "Blind camera" has no optics:

"Buttons takes on this notion of the camera as a networked object. It is a camera that will capture a moment at the press of a button. However, unlike a conventional analog or digital camera, this one doesn't have any optical parts. It allows you to capture your moment but in doing so, it effectively seperates it from the subject. Instead, as you will memorize the moment, the camera memorizes only the time and starts to continuously search on the net for other photos that have been taken in the very same moment."

This camera can shoot 1,000,000 fps:

"In order to crank the camera up to it's 1,000,000 FPS max, you have to drop the resolution down to 128 x 16, which is only okay if you're looking at your TV through a telescope. The camera has a 16 gigapixel/second limit, so you have to find the balancing point between the resolution you want and the speed you want. You can shoot 1280 x 720 HD at 18,100, which is still extremely fast, and if you are willing to settle for a standard-def shot at 640x480 you can crank it all the way up to 43,400 FPS"

Sony introduced a new “WhiteMagic” 3 inch VGA LTPS TFT LCD screen:

Researchers develop lens-free, pinhead-size camera:

"At the lab of Alyosha Molnar, Cornell assistant professor of electrical/computer engineering, researchers led by Patrick Gill, a postdoctoral associate have developed a lens-free, pinhead-size camera. Their working prototype  is 100th of a millimeter thick, and one-half millimeter on each side. The camera resolves images about 20 pixels across, not portrait studio quality, but enough to shed light on previously hard-to-see things."

And some more quick links:

Many companies released their financial results in the past few weeks. Here is a quick recap from JPEAI:
  • Canon MJ expects 3.6 bln yen net profit for current FY
  • Fujifilm to aim at record operating profit in FY2013
  • Tamron posts 34% gain in net profit for 1st half fiscal 2011
  • Olympus posts net loss of 2.1 billion yen for 1st quarter 2011
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