Category: Cameras

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ITRI shows OLED Lighting, Chess playing robot “Turk”

Posted by Charbax – July 2, 2017

ITRI is the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan which is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. ITRI shows their solution for controlling Flexible OLED lighting. OLED Lighting offers more natural and more vibrant lighting than conventional lighting. ITRI also shows their sensors which are for example used in shoe pads which generate electricity. ITRI's Intelligent Vision Robot plays chess seeing all the chess pieces on the board and moving them around. I play a quick game of chess against the robot which sadly I had to concede to the Chess Playing Robot Turk because I didn't have enough battery in my camera (I think).

Synology NAS at Computex 2017

Posted by juliusaugustus – June 7, 2017

Synology shows their newest NAS, networking, security and backup products at Computex 2017:
- Diskstation DS418j is a 4 bay network attached storage solution featuring a 1,4ghz realtek 64 bit Dual Core ARM A53 Processor, 1gb of ram, gigabit ethernet, support for 40tb of storage and 16 ip cameras.
- Diskstation DS1817 is an 8 bay network storage solution featuring a Annapurna Al-314 Quad Core 1.7ghz processor, 4 or 8gb of ram, and dual 10 gigabit ethernet ports. There is an expansion unit for an additional 10 drives.
- Diskstation DS718+ is a dual bay network attached storage with gigabit ethernet and a Intel Celeron processor.
- Diskstation DS918+ is a nine bay network attached storage with gigabit ethernet, dual M.2 drives for ssd cache, and an Intel Celeron processor.
- Diskstation DS3018xs is an 6 bay network attached storage solution with a quad core Intel Pentium processor, dual M.2 sdd cache, gigabit ethernet, and 8gb - 32gb of ECC memory.
- Flashstation FS1018 is 12 2.5" bay all-flash NAS solution, with expansion up to 36 drives. The FS1018 features a Dual Core Pentium, gigabit and 10 gigabit ethernet, and ECC memory ranging from 8 - 32gb.
- Network Video Recorder NVR1218 can support point of sale systems as well as up to 12 cameras and records surveillance footage on up to 7 drives.
- Visualstation V960HD is a Surveillance Station with Live View Companion of 96-Channel 720p HD up to 960FPS.
Security Gateway SG1000 is a security gateway for small companies, which is similar to router. The SG1000 features four RJ45 sockets, SD card slot and a USB port for memory extensions.
Synology also had routers which are capable of controlling and waking up their network attached storage solutions.
- Synology provides a lot of software for controlling their NAS solutions and security gateways over their network as well as backing up and recovering data.
- Synology NAS solutions can run Windows Virtual Machines on Intel based NAS devices.
- Synology Mailplus is a private email solution for enterprise to control their email.

You can read more about these and other NAS solutions at http://www.NASCompares.com and watch the videos at http://youtube.com/SPANdotCOM

Inkwell Smart Doorbell using HiSilicon Hi3518E

Posted by juliusaugustus – May 8, 2017

The Inkwell Doorbell is a wireless doorbell that will call you with a video call when the doorbell is wrung. You can answer or reject the call or take a picture of the people ringing the doorbell. The battery last 6 months. The doorbell connects via wifi. The camera of the doorbell is a 720p camera. Inkwell also makes a motion sensing camera that can substitute doorbell.

Leica 12-60mm on Panasonic GH5 (4K50p sample)

Posted by Charbax – May 6, 2017

Here's a new sample I filmed using the Panasonic GH5 ($1998 body-only) with the 12-60 Leica Lens ($998) with Kevin Walker of Panasonic UK featuring some of the top lenses that are available for the Panasonic GH5 among many other lens choices that are available for the micro four thirds standard. These include the new 8-18mm wide angle lens ($1099) that I also filmed a sample and Interview with here, the 42.5mm Leica f1.2 Nocticron lens ($1398) which features advanced sharpness and bokeh for amazing photography, portraits or no-so-wide film making, the Leica 12-60mm (which is the one I film this sample with) and the Lumix 12-35 mark2 lens ($998 http://amzn.to/2pSLxbQ), the last two are ones that feature Panasonic's Dual IS 2 image stabilization where the sensor and the lens work together for maximum stability for video and photography. The 42.5mm does feature Dual IS 1 which is perhaps not as advanced as the new Dual IS 2, lacking some certain chip or hardware features that enables Dual IS 2. You can download the original 150mbit/s 4K50p camera video file on Google Drive: (I'll add the Google Drive link here within a few hours as I get the 5GB file uploaded, check back)

Leica 8-18mm on Panasonic GH5 (4K50p sample)

Posted by Charbax – May 6, 2017

Sample video at 4K50p filmed using the new Panasonic GH5 ($1998 body-only) with the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH wide-angle lens ($1099), capturing the sound using my new Saramonic UWMIC9 dual UHF wireless lavs to single receiver (first time I use it, hopefully the sound levels are ok) ($399). Using Panasonic GH5's intelligent auto mode, I am trying to show off some of the quality of this wide angle lens for my style of handheld video-blogging, filming at the Wex Photographic London Lens Show with Kevin Walker of Panasonic UK. Last month, I also filmed with him using the GH5 and the Leica 12-60mm at the Photography Show and I also just filmed a new video with him using the 12-60 Leica lens which I will upload and publish later today, check back for that. This 8-18mm lens doesn't have Dual IS 2 in-lens image stabilization but the Panasonic GH5 has such good in-sensor stabilization that it can stabilize any lens that you put on it and this angle being so wide, it might need in-lens stabilization to look stable when used for video. The wide angle is useful for wide angle photography for architecture, landscapes, streets, groups of people and more. According to Panasonic, the Leica 8-18mm lens uses a series of low dispersion and aspherical elements to realize sharp and clear imagery with controlled fringing and aberrations, and a Nano Surface Coating also helps to minimize flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color accuracy. The durable metal lens body is splash, dust, and freezeproof and it has their fast 240fps autofocus drive for a hopefully good auto-focus performance. You can download the original 150mbit/s 4K50p camera video file on Google Drive: (I'll add the Google Drive link here within a few hours as I get the 13.9GB file uploaded, check back)

HOMMPRO VR Headsets and 360 Camera

Posted by juliusaugustus – May 2, 2017

HOMMPRO makes several virtual reality headsets such as the Hellopro smartphone virtual reality headset for $30. HOMMPRO also has all in one VR headsets with Rockchip or Allwinner processors which sell for $80 and up in bulk. HOMMPRO also makes 360 camera addons for smartphone with USB Type C.

Loitor vision sensing Inertia Camera open-source project

Posted by juliusaugustus – April 8, 2017

Lode presents Loitor Inertia camera project, an Intel Realsense competitor where the price can be less than $72 for the whole module. Loitor is a 3d camera system opensource that can be packaged to run with an allwinner A83 processor, the motherboard also has a Cypress CY68013 and an STMicroelectronics STM-32 system on board. The camera can recognize 3D space for indoor and outdoor mapping.

Project developers can contact Loitor here:
kang791208@aliyun.com
skype: kang791208@gmail.com
Mobile: +86 13582312223

Idealoeye 4K 360 cameras and Dual 4K VR Headset

Posted by juliusaugustus – April 8, 2017

Idealoeye makes a 360 Degree 4k Camera for creating 360 degree videos and pictures. Idealoeye 360 contend can used in a special virtual reality headset which has dual 4k screens. The Idealens K2 is an all in one VR 2.5k resolution huge VR headset with built in processor selling for 500€. They also do a huge Dual 4K VR headset.

ezTalks Onion 1080p video conferencing

Posted by juliusaugustus – April 8, 2017

ezTalks Onion is a 1080p all-in-one device with hdmi, ethernet, with a 1080p camera with 120° wide angle lens, dual microphone and a loudspeaker. It can be put on the top of any TV or PC monitor, users can quickly start or join a video conference. Selling at about $1299 retail, distributors can contact for discounted prices depending on quantity. The cameras can be remotely controlled for surveillance.

Distributors can contact ezTalks here:
sales@eztalks.com
+1 (888) 567-8889

Sony 100 megapixel IMX211 sensor in $50K Phase One XF 100MP

Posted by Charbax – March 31, 2017

Sony shows their 100 megapixel front illuminated CMOS image sensor, the Sony imx211 sensor, enables 100MP super high resolution photography, such that they have enabled in the $50'000 Phase One XF 100MP camera as well as in the $33'000 Hasselblad H6D