I’m a sucker for elaborate contraptions—especially ones that involve themes that are near and dear to my heart.
I’ve been keeping my eye on plenoptic lenses since I saw this Stanford Research paper on the topic back in 2005. In layman’s terms: with a Plenoptic Camera, you’ll never take an out-of-focus image again. Using a special lens composed of an array of micro-lenses, more information is captured than your usual camera setup (see image below from Laptop Magazine):
Special software takes the above image and resolves it into a traditional photo. The kicker is, though, the user can choose where the focal point is during this post-processing step. It’s pretty amazing and will revolutionize photography as we know it. Here’s a video demo:
Andrew McDonald keeps a set of photos on his camera just in case it is ever misplaced.
Canon has a new digital camera aimed at water sport enthusiasts and dolphins with opposable thumbs.
- Waterproof (to 10m), shockproof (1.22m), freeze-proof (-10°C), dust-proof digital camera
- 12.1 Megapixels
- 3.0x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer
- Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology
- DIGIC 4 processor for ultra-fast response and superb image quality
- Exceptionally bright 2.5” PureColor LCD II with 2mm protective shield
- Combats blur with IS and Motion Detection Technology
- People shots made easy with Face Detection Technology, Face Select & Track and Blink Detection – plus FaceSelf-Timer and Auto Red-Eye Correction technologies
- 30fps VGA movies