The idea of digital film, i.e. a film cartridge that sports a digital sensor, is as old as digital photography. Many attempts have been made at it, none were successful. Still, it seems there’s no giving up it seems, as there’s just been a new attempt at converting old film-based cameras to digital image recording machines. The latest one, dubbed ‘Nolab’, aims at converting Super 8 movie cameras to digital by creating a Super 8 cartridge that sports a digital camera. Sounds crazy, right? But this one actually looks like it could work.
So, why would a digital film cartridge work with Super 8? That’s easy. For one, the Super 8 format is much smaller than 35mm, which means that we don’t need to get a 35mm sensor to work within the confines of an old film camera. Then, Super 8 works with cartridges much bigger than 35mm, so there’s much more space to put all the components in. Finally, this particular concept makes use of a gound glass, from which a small digital camera records the images as a 720p H.264 video stream.
So far, the product is still in development. But that means something–it’s already more that just a concept. For a full breakdown of specs and development status, head over to the project’s website.
When Sakar first presented its Polaroid-branded Android-powered interchangeable lens camera, everyone’s first thought was, “haven’t I seen this somewhere before?” And indeed, it seemed as if the design team responsible for the camera’s styling had simply copied-and-pasted the design of Nikon’s 1 series camera–or, more precisely, the J1 model of that series. As was inevitable, Nikon eventually sued Sakar for copying the J1′s styling in October of this year.
On December 4th now, both parties agreed on an injunction before court, with the effect that Sakar may no longer “manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration.” Which, if we’re honest, doesn’t seem to be a huge loss. After all, the camera had little to offer that isn’t already available: a Nikon 1 J1-styled body, interchangeable lens+sensor modules à la Ricoh GXR, and an Android system just like the Samsung Galaxy NX.
Whether or not Sakar will reintroduce the camera with a different styling remains to be seen.
As of today, iPhoneographers have one more reason to be happy. Olloclip, maker of photographic lens attachments for the iPhone, has just introduced a new 3-in-1 macro lens featuring 7x, 14x and 21x magnification. Just like Olloclip’s previous products, the new macro lens attaches directly to the iPhone’s top corner where the camera is located, without taking up much space. The lens elements are made out of multi-coated ground glass, which promises high image quality.
Olloclip has had a macro option before, with the original 3-in-1 lens which consisted of a fisheye, wide-angle and a macro lens. The 3-in-1 lens, however, is limited to 10x magnification. Another, even more versatile option is Olloclip’s new 4-in-1 lens, which adds 15x magnification on top of the fisheye, wide-angle and 10x macro.
The 3-in-1 macro lens is available for the iPhone 5/5S and can be pre-ordered now for US-$ 69.99. More information is available on Olloclip’s website. Their products are also available from Amazon.com.
CMOSIS, Belgian imaging sensor manufacturer and creator of the 24 megapixel sensor inside the Leica M Typ 240, has come up with a new 4k sensor that is capable of recording 300 fps video at full resolution, according to Red Shark News. The sensor, which is labelled CMV-12000, outputs 4k video at a resolution of 4,096 x 3,072, and is said to be capable of even higher framerates at reduced resolutions, such as 1080 or 720.
As a comparison, the Red One camera is currently capable of 120 fps at 2k resolution, and if you want much more than that you’ll have to go for the almost unaffordable Phantom Flex. In that regard, this new sensor is definitely a huge step up, if not a game changer. There’s no word on availability yet, so we have no idea whether it’ll be implemented in actual cameras anytime soon.
Wow, is it December already? Another year went by so quickly, it’s almost unreal. In retrospective, 2013 was a great year for The Phoblographer. We saw a couple of great new additions to our staff, while unfortunately we had to let go of others. But first and foremost, we saw our visitor numbers on the site as well as our facebook following grow exponentially, and for that we’re super thankful to you, our readers. Because without you, this site wouldn’t be what it is. And without you, what we do here at The Phoblographer wouldn’t have any meaning. So let’s take a look back at our ten most popular posts of 2013, which were in part responsible for our great visitor numbers this year. And if you haven’t already read them all, then we recommend you grab a cup of coffe, lean back, and enjoy!
The EOS M2, successor to the EOS M, Canon’s not very successful first attempt at its own mirrorless camera system, has been officially announced in Japan. However, the big revolution that many have hoped for isn’t coming. Yet. Rather, it seems the M2 is a slightly updated M, with quicker AF (up to 2.3 times faster) and added Wi-Fi connectivity in virtually the same body as the previous model. The camera will be available in Japan this month, with prices starting at JPY 64,800 (~ US-$ 630) for the body only. Full specs and more images after the break.