Microsoft has added panorama support to SkyDrive. Users of Windows 8.1 Preview can use Panorama button in the Camera app to create a panorama and save it as a .pano file in the camera roll.
If the option to automatically upload to SkyDrive isn’t enabled, the .pano file will need to be manually uploaded to SkyDrive. The panorama can then be viewed on the SkyDrive website.
Researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Oku Lab have created a camera that can track fast-moving balls and keep them in the centre of the view. They have also managed to project an image on the ball while it is moving.
This technology could be used in replays of games with fast-moving balls to get a better sense of the action or to make line calls. Interested in learning more? See the article here.
(Warning: Video may cause motion sickness in some people.)
Samsung has announced Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom, the first smartphone with 10X optical zoom. From the front, it looks like a regular Samsung GALAXY S4 smartphone and from the back it looks like a camera.
The smartphone has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch qHD sAMOLED (960×540) screen with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) installed. The rear camera has a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor, Xenon Flash and built-in Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS). There is also a 1.9-megapixel front camera.
Interested in learning more? See the Samsung press release here.
Google has updated the camera software on Google Glass to improve the quality of photos. The updated software detects low-light conditions and automatically captures a brighter and sharper image.
The updated software will also automatically take HDR images in bright scenes and make adjustments to improve photos with moving subjects. It is also able to rapidly take multiple photos and combine them into a single high-resolution photo.
When taking a photo after the update, Google Glass will prompt the user to add a caption to the photo using their voice. For more information and a photo album of example photos taken with and without the software update, see the Google blog post here.
360Heros has created a camera stand that holds multiple GoPro cameras to create photo and video panoramas that are 360° horizontally and 180° vertically. This makes it possible to fully capture everything around the camera.
See some example video panoramas here and photo panoramas here and help support the project on the Kickstarter page here.
Canon has announced its SL1, the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR camera. It is 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the Canon Rebel T4i and has a new 18-megapixel APS-C sensor.
The camera has a 9-point AF system with a brand new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor that has a wider focus area and is faster at tracking moving subjects. It can also shoot continuously at up to four frames per second. On the back is a 3-inch touchscreen display with multitouch support.
There is a new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens with a smoother, quieter onboard AF motor designed specifically to work well for video.
Interested in buying the Canon SL1? Buy the body only on Amazon here or the body and lens here.
Nokia has made its Cinemagraph and Camera Extra apps available for Lumias running Windows Phone 7.5 and 7.8. Nokia Cinemagraph allows animated loops to be created from a video. Nokia Camera Extras adds Smart Shoot, Panorama, Action Shot and Self Timer options to the camera settings.
Smart Shoot takes multiple photos and allows the best parts of each photo to be combined into a single photo. This makes it easier to get a photo of everyone smiling or remove someone who was passing through the photo.
Panorama will automatically take photos as the camera is moved around in a circle and then stitch them together to create a panorama. Action Shot makes it possible to hold down the camera button to continuously take photos to reduce the chance of missing a fast-moving object. Self Timer will count down from 10 seconds to make it easier to take a self photo.
Got a Nokia Lumia 900, 800, 710, 610 or 510? Download Cinemagraph on the Windows Phone Store here and Camera Extras here.