3.2 Gigapixel Camera Has 189 Image Sensors

LSST Camera Lens

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has designed a 3.2 BILLION pixel camera that it hopes to build in order to “capture the widest, fastest and deepest view of the night sky ever observed.”  The above rendering of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) shows just how big this 3 ton camera will be next to a person. [Read more…]


Cloud Fly-Through Video from 3D Composite of 4 Photos

Planet5D picked up the below video (crafted by Jeff Farmer) in Apple Motion using a 3D composite of 4 still images of clouds captured with a Canon Rebel T2i.

This is a great little technique that’s doable with basic 3D compositing skills in Motion or After Effects, or any other editor that gives you access to z-space adjustments.  The great thing about working with still images in 3D composites is the ability to reframe the massive images for delivery at 1920 x 1080 resolution.  The T2i delivers a 5K still image, so there’s a lot of room to work with or only to use a portion of the image for no loss of quality in an HD video.

If you are interested to learn more about this kind of work, there’s a great tutorial on some very basic 3D compositing at VideoCopilot.net.

SanDisk 64GB SDXC Class 10 Card for $48.95 – Deal Alert

SanDisk 64GB SDXC Card Deal

B&H has a solid deal on a SanDisk 64GB SDXC Class 10 card right now for just $48.95.  The email I received said it was a “weekend” deal, but I’m not sure of the exact expiration.  Check it out here at B&H.

Class 10 cards deliver on speed for HD video capture, which goes along with the size advantage of the SDXC spec.  For more details on what all the classes and card specs mean, check out my resource article Demystifying SD Cards.

Sony NEX-F3 Pic Leaked, Due for Launch in May

Sony NEX-F3

Sony Alpha Rumors just published the above image of the upcoming Sony NEX-F3, which is due to replace the excellent Sony NEX-C3.

The new Sony NEX-F3 will sport a 16.1MP image sensor and is rumored to include a 180-degree tilting LCD, along with a built-in flash.  The presence of the AVCHD logo on the above image also suggest 1080p capture (hopefully, it will be AVCHD 2.0 for 60p like the NEX-5N).

The naming scheme is curious given the Sony PMW-F3, which is a PL mount cinema camera and commonly referred to as simply the “F3″.  Likewise, the potential spec-sheet further suggests that the NEX-F3 may outshine the (also excellent) NEX-5N, in which case we can probably expect a summer 2012 replacement for it as well.

For now, the Sony NEX-F3 is rumored to launch in May 2012, alongside the Sony A37, an entry-level DSLR-ish camera with Sony’s translucent mirror technology.

You can expect to hear a lot more about this camera in the coming weeks.  So, stay tuned.