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Felix Esser

Canon Multi Lens Camera Patent

When companies patent an idea for a product, it’s not always necessarily something that will later make it into production. Some patents are merely sketches of crazy ideas that the company wants to make sure nobody else ever realizes without paying them royalties. This latest patent from Canon may just be such a crazy idea.

The patent, which was filed in late 2012 and was published only a couple of days ago, depicts a camera sporting a circular array of smaller lenses instead of one larger lens. According to the somewhat quirky Google translation of the Japanese original, the camera can do light field photography, angle of view changes, perspective changes, HDR and distance estimation (which we assume is something similar to what the depth camera in the new HTC One does,) among other things.

In addition to the strange lens array, the patent also shows a vertical grip at the bottom of the camera body, which according to the description can be used to dial in various settings. Could we be seeing a new concept for camera operation here? Besides the grip, the lens array itself can apparently also be turned, and from the translation it appears that this will somehow change the lens characteristics.

Overall, this is one of the weirdest patents we’ve seen in a long time, and we’re not exactly sure as to what it shows, nor whether this camera or aspects of it will ever make it into an actual product. From what it looks like, though, it seems to be some kind of all-in-one product that can do a lot of awesome things you’d normally need different specialized cameras for–such as a Lytro and a DSLR. If that should be the case, this could be a truly revolutionary product.

Via Canon Rumors

Sony A7s sensor

Yes! It’s one of those days again where our friends from DxOMark release another sensor test, and this time it’s the one of the new Sony A7S. Just yesterday, we reported on Michael Reichmann’s first impressions review of the A7S, and he was so bold as to claim that the camera exhibits medium format-like image quality. Well, according to DxOMark, things aren’t quite as shiny. Head past the break for more.

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Sony A7s sensor

We knew that Sony’s new A7S would be a low-light monster. We knew it would provide outstanding image quality due to its super large pixels. We knew that it would put pretty much any other full-frame camera to shame. What we didn’t know is that it would even rival medium format systems in terms of pure image quality. Or at least, that is what Michael Reichmann with The Luminous Landscape claims.

Reichmann has just posted his first-impressions review of Sony’s new 4K-capable full-frame mirrorless camera, and he seems to be quite smitten with the product. Thanks to its large pixels, which are twice the size as those of the A7, and three times the size as those of the A7R, the camera produces not only super clean high ISO images, but also renders a certain look that Reichmann likens to that of medium format cameras.

Compared to the 36MP A7R, Reichmann finds that the A7S produces superior images at ISO settings beyond 1,600. And while the A7R’s output becomes pretty much unusable (in his opinion) at ISO 12,800, the A7S holds up well until ISO 51,200 “with some moderate noise reduction.” As for dynamic range, Reichmann claims he does not see a difference between the A7S and A7R, but admits that this may need further testing.

Another aspects that he likes about the camera, apart from the possibility to record 4K video, is its electronic front curtain shutter, which helps make the camera virtually silent during exposure. This is something that wedding photographers, among others, might find to be a great benefit, as it helps take pictures more stealthily.

After reading Reichmann’s first impressions over at The Luminous Landscape, we can hardly wait until our own review unit comes in and we can put it through its paces.

Via Sony Alpha Rumors

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 35mm product images (3 of 6)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.5

We have just shared our first impressions of the new Nikon 35mm f1.8 G, Nikon’s latest wide-angle lens for full-frame (FX format) cameras. Being only 2/3rds of a stop slower than the 35mm f1.4 G, the lens is a viable alternative for those with slightly slimmer wallets. What we’re most curious about, then, is how the more affordable full-frame 35mm in Nikon’s lens stable performs compared to its proven f1.4 sibling.

DxOMark has just put the lens under scrutiny, and thanks to the comparison tool available on their website, we get a pretty good impression of how it performs compared to the 35mm f1.4. With both lenses mounted to a Nikon D800 (we would’ve preferred to see the results with a D800E, but the 35mm f1.4 was not tested on that camera,) it becomes apparent that despite the huge difference in price, the difference in performance is only marginal.

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What happens inside a dishwasher stays inside a dishwasher. Or does it? Presumably, exactly as many people as are using a dishwasher have an idea what goes on inside said machine when it is doing its job. This is about to change, though, thanks to one of the crazier GoPro videos we’ve seen recently.

Curious about what exactly is going on in his dishwasher when it’s wahsing the dishes, YouTube user Bito decided to take the risk of exposing their GoPro camera plus two light sources to whatever happens inside–quite possibly a dimension portal opening up and sucking in all of the dirt that sticks to the dishes. His bravery paid out big time, as now, for the first time, humankind gets a chance to experience what it feels like to be a fork that’s being cleaned by a dishwasher.

Before you head past the break and click the play button on the video, we have to warn you, though. Some parts of the video have the appearance of a man sausage being … well, rather happy and excited. So if you’re sensitive to these kinds of imagery, better let what happens inside this guy’s dishwasher stay inside. For everyone else: congratulations, you have just experienced 0ne of the most groundbreaking revelations of the 21st century.

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You Did Not Eat That Instagram blog

In the world of advertising, it is customary to show ridiculously good looking models with your products, in order to convince customers to buy them. This is true for the fashion industry just as it is for the food industry. The latter, however, often advertises for fodd that contains large amounts of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients–and as a matter of fact, most ridiculously good looking models don’t consume such food.

A new Instagram blog called “You Did Not Eat That” calls out images depicting healthy looking people consuming unhealthy looking food–be it advertising images, pictures of fashion bloggers or simply private snaps. The idea for this blog developed, when its curator–who prefers to stay anonymous–witnessed people in the fashion industry posing with unhealthy food, without actually consuming it.

As much fun as it is seeing those who merely pose with fast food, ice cream, chocolate and other things being called out, the habit of the ad and fashion industry to pose healthy models with unhealthy food items is deeply concerning, as it propagates that you can eat anything and still look as good as the people depicted. In the worst case, viewers of these ads might even be led to believe that ice cream, burgers and fries lead to a healthy physique.

You can follow “You Did Not Eat That” via the Instagram app on your mobile device, or via their web-based Instagram feed. After the break, you’ll find some more examples of the pictures the blog regularly shares.

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