July 20, 2010

Video: Canon Wonder Camera Concept

There’s some interesting food for thought here (the merging of video & still imaging, terabytes becoming the new megabytes, etc.). Skip forward 3 minutes or so if you’re short on time.

For more on research Adobe’s been doing around infinite-focus imaging, see previous. [Via Tom Hogarty]

Posted by John Nack at 10:49 AM on July 20, 2010


  • Rich MacDonald — 12:08 PM on July 20, 2010

    Really don’t buy much of what is said in this documentation. The camera of the future is going to capture full pose information and allow for the estimation of a space’s light field and interpolation therein.

    In this video we only see the ability to post-crop into a high resolution video feed. We’re doing this already with photos on the web being much smaller than a 1080 video taken from a DSLR. The notion that interchangeable lenses will suddenly be replaced by one more capable zoom – consumer level at that – is also not realistic.

    The calligraphy analogy seemed pretty weak. This works better: still photography is to video what twitter is to long essays. There is a great art in distilling something down to a very concise, limited form. While you could claim to be able to grab dozens of tweets from substrings within a long essay, for the most part they wouldn’t be as well considered this way.

  • Developer — 12:42 PM on July 20, 2010

    Much of this has been in development by at least one other manufacturer for several years. Believe and be scared when this gets into the hands of some governments. The paparazzi will have nothing on this.

  • Brian Maffitt — 1:03 PM on July 20, 2010

    Hmm. Some of this seems plausible, some of it seems to violate laws of physics. There’s a reason that spy telescopes in space are the size of a bus… you just can’t jam enough photons through a 3″-wide lens to capture extreme resolution at extreme distance. Even assuming they are correcting for atmospheric distortion and fade, which they will have to do for the “bird” demo to work.

    What they are demonstrating is the equivalent of the “enhance” scene in Blade Runner… but the device that captures THAT image won’t look like a conventional camera, even a shiny white one.

  • PPaul — 1:51 AM on July 21, 2010

    More interested in this

  • Bob — 3:36 AM on July 21, 2010

    Notice the hard drop shadow on the feather? That featehr must be superimposed on the image, not a naturally placed object.

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