Category Archives: Digital Photography

Keeping track of the latest digital snap happy technology.

Amazing Videos by Timo Arnall, the Internet Machine Trailer and the Immaterials…

Our world may look much the same as it did 30 years ago but behind the scenes there have been some incredible invisible revolutions. The internet revolution carries on in hidden server rooms around the world while wireless technology helps the internet weave an invisible web.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are three of the most visually stunning tech videos seen in quite a while. Join Timo Arnmall and the gang as they make the invisible incredible. Sit back, relax and prepare to be stunned by the invisible world.

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OTTO, The Fully Hackable Camera That’s Just Too Cool…

Photography like all forms of expression is not a static art form. Helping to keep things evolving is a brand new camera designed to be taken to bits, the OTTO.

Electronics can be added, code modified, hack the OTTO into almost anything you can imagine a camera to be. It can even be non-camera things. Developed by Next Thing Co the Otto is powered by the Raspberry Pi and the first device to use the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module, a smaller standardized Pi for embedding in devices.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the camera adding unlimited creativity to the pictures we post. Here at Highpants we can’t help but notice the world just got a little bit cooler. Sit back, relax and let the creative juices flow.

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The GoPro Hero 4: Release Date, Price, Specs and the 3 Best GoPro Action Videos…

The greatest device for living vicariously is about to receive an upgrade, the new little camera that can go anywhere is the Hero 4, the smoothest Hero yet.

The midyear refresh should introduce full 4K 30fps shooting and extreme 240fps HD slow-motion options to the new Hero. Keeping it under 100grams in weight the Hero 4 keeps the good stuff the same while improving the rest, mainly the shooting options.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are details of the new Hero 4 along with three of the most spectacular video’s produced using the little action camera. Presented in celebration of the talented individuals taking this little wonder camera to some mind blowing places. Sit back, relax and let the action begin.

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Femto Photography, Capturing Individual Photons in Motion…

Photography is an art form reliant on capturing the effects of photons, now Femto photography hopes to capture individual photons in action.

MIT’s Media Labs have developed the World’s fastest camera, the Femto Camera. Able to capture images at a trillion frames per second MIT’s Femto Camera is able to see photons in motion, capturing light itself.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the slowest slow motion in history, a billion times slow motion. Seemingly able to operate faster than the speed of light the Femto videos will blow your mind. The second video sees Ramesh Raskar present his Femto technology to TED’s conference. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the life of photons.

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DARPA demonstrates ARGUS IS, the 1.8 Gigapixel Camera with Wide Area Persistent Stare…

The ancient art form of discreet surveillance has evolved alongside the technology we use for such purposes. DARPA has this week given us a glimpse of what is now possible, demonstrating ARGUS IS, the latest revolution in surveillance technology.

ARGUS is unlike any other high altitude camera that came before it.  Designed and constructed by DARPA funded engineer Yiannis Antoniades ARGUS also represents a new surveillance strategy, Wide Area Persistent Stare. WAPS signifies the new ability to capture a live high resolution video stream of a huge swath of landscape, over long periods of time.  Not only is ARGUS capable of 1.8 gigapixel images but it captures them at 15 frames per second.

The first example of ARGUS’s work was also released to the public recently. The incredibly detailed image captures 10 square miles of Virginia, with Quantico City front and centre in the image. Visit the DARPA site see the original ultra high resolution image (8400×6300).

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Toshiba’s Unlimited Focus Light Field Camera Module, the All Seeing Eye…

The Japanese mega-manufacturer Toshiba are planning a photographic revolution as a part of their push to grab more digital camera market. Deep in the bowels of the Toshiba R&D labs is a new kind of sensor module, the all seeing eye.

The new miniature module, 1cm cube, allows any camera to become a Light Field Camera (LFC), a camera that captures the entire scene, allowing for unlimited adjustment to a photo after it is taken.

Unlike Lytro Toshiba will be making the new sensor technology available to other manufacturers, allowing any next generation Smartphone or tablet to include the new all seeing eye module and initiating the next revolution in digital cameras.

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The Polaroid IM1836, the First Android Interchangeable Lens Camera…

The road to CES, a journey full of anticipation and excitement for the gadget and electronics lovers of the world. In the build up to the big show website Imaging Resource has scooped up a nugget of news, Polaroid it seems will have a leading edge product up its sleeve, an Android camera with interchangeable lenses.

Imaging Resource received confirmation this week from Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy that his company will indeed be displaying their brand new Android Camera front and centre at CES in January. Joining the Samsung Galaxy Camera and the Nikon SC800 the IM1836 is part of the latest camera revolution, common open operating system based cameras.

The Polaroid is compact thanks to the mirrorless design, similar in many ways to the current generation micro four-third interchangeable lens camera’s (ILC), competition not to be taken lightly. Competing against the Sony NEX family, Olympus OMD, Canon EOS G and Panasonic GX1 will require aggressive pricing and a complete feature list.

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GlacierWorks and the 2 Gigapixel Mt Everest, the most incredible interactive picture….

Perched upon the roof of the world the GlacierWorks team have recently completed a photographic project of gigantic proportions, gigapixel proportions to be precise. Having spent 5 years with cold feet the team compiled 400 hi-res images to produce the most detailed digital record of Mt Everest in history.

Stitching together the source material has produced a single 2 gigapixel image that contains enough detail to allow hours of exploration. Zooming and panning, finding base camps and other points of relativity that give an impressive impression of scale.

The final image captures Mount Everest and the Khumbu glacier in spectacular beauty, showing the Himalayan peak and its surroundings in extraordinary detail.

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Next Generation Alpha. The Sony Full Frame Mirrorless DLSR and the Evolution of the Pro-shooter…

The march of technology continues relentlessly like the beat of a military drummer, affecting every aspect of our electric lives. Photographic equipment is no exception especially when a company such as Sony is pushing hard to capture market share.

The rumour mill is churning with speculation of Sony’s next generation full frame cameras, pro-shooters that are pushing camera technology past its current limitations. Pushing the sensor resolution to 50 megapixels while trying a number of radical design changes should ensure Sony’s new pro-shooters captures everyone’s attention at the very least.

The upcoming CES (Consumer Electronics Show) should see Sony demonstrating some of the new models; the more radical designs may not make the cut. None the less Sony should have some very interesting new hardware on show in Las Vegas (January 8-11 2013)

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera, the other Android compact camera…

Capturing much attention this week Samsung announced the release date for their game changing Galaxy Camera. Samsung’s brand new Android compact camera is set for release on November the 8th, in the UK.

Android seems to be reinvigorating the compact class of cameras, bringing together convenience and image quality.  Is Android like Tobasco sauce, simply adding it to anything makes it better or was the compact class of camera well overdue for a service and overhaul?

For those times when both convenience and image quality are a priority there are now Android compact cameras, a new class of compact.

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