Google Glass Coming Soon in Beta for $1500

Google Glass

Google has opened up applications for what it is calling Glass Explorers. A select few “bold, creative individuals” will be invited by Google to become a Glass Explorer and given the opportunity to pre-order Glass Explorer Edition for $1500. You will also have to pick them up in person in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

You can get a closer look at how Google Glass works in the demo video below. [Read more...]

Camera+ App Update Pokes at Instagram Terms Debacle

Camera+ received an update a couple of days ago for bug fixes and included a little Christmas poem that takes a stab or two at Instagram’s rather poor attempt to update its terms of service and take advantage of its user base.

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the App Store,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a Spore.

Some crash bugs were fixed with the greatest of care,

So that you, our beloved Camera+ user, could take photos with flair!

We’ll never do shady things with your shared pics because it just isn’t right.

And on that note… Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Camera+ runs $0.99 and is available in the iTunes App Store.

The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer – New Book

The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer is a new book from photographer NK Guy.  The Lens “is a momentous handbook that demystifies optical technology, decodes arcane terminology, and provides practical tips for both amateur and professional photographers to help them make smart purchasing decisions and build the perfect lens collection.”

The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer retails for $44.95; however, it is currently available for $23.96 on Amazon.com.

Canon EOS M Specs Leaked

Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera

Specs for the new Canon EOS M mirrorless camera appear to have leaked out a day ahead of launch.  Canon Rumors posted the following specs on the EOS M.

Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera Specs

  • 18mp APS-C
  • DIGIC V
  • Phase & Contrast AF
  • Video Servo AF
  • 3″ Touchscreen 1.04million pixels
  • ISO 100-12800 (25,600 Expansion)
  • SD Card
  • 1920×1080 Video 30p/25p/24p
  • 1280×720 Video 60p/50p
  • MPEG-4, AVC/H.264
  • Adaptor at launch for EF lenses

Additionally, it looks like Canon will be employing the same 18MP sensor from the Rebel T4i with pixel-level phase detection AF sensors in place as I speculated a few weeks back.  These specs make the Canon EOS M look like a killer mirrorless model.

If all this is legit, it’s going to be fun watching Canon and Sony go toe-to-toe with their mirrorless models over the next couple of years.  It’s also a great thing for consumers to have two camera makers trying to one-up each other.

Does anyone see any glaring omissions that turns you off from this new mirrorless model?

 

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...]