GoPro Helmet Camera Probed In Michael Schumacher’s Ski Accident

Tue October 14, 2014

GoPro shares tanked more than 10% in early trading today after French F1 commentator Jean-Louis Moncet told radio station Europe 1 that the problem for Schumacher was not his fall but the GoPro camera he had mounted to his helmet.

A report in The Telegraph back in February revealed that ski and climbing academy ENSA is conducting tests to determine whether the GoPro camera worn on Michael Schumacher’s helmet may have weakened it. In the ski accident he suffered in the French Alps on Dec. 29, the helmet he was wearing (which sported a GoPro camera) split in two while the camera remained intact. Schumacher suffered severe head injuries, emerging from a medically induced coma in June.

According to the report, experts were exploring whether “a solid object between a helmet colliding with a rock would weaken the structure.”

It’s strange that the camera should get the blame instead of the helmet. Maybe ski helmets should be made of whatever material the rugged GoPro camera is made of. Of course, the problem was his fall on a rock. But it does raise the question as to how best to safely mount a camera onto a helmet so as not to weaken the latter structurally or the camera becoming a danger to the wearer. In any instance, this applies to any helmet camera, not just GoPro cameras.

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HTC Introduces the RE: Small Handheld, Waterproof Camera has Built-in Instant-on Grip Detection, High-resolution 16MP CMOS Sensor, Full HD(1080p) Video Recording

Fri October 10, 2014

HTC RE Camera, orange

HTC RE Camera, orange

This video pesents RE by HTC – Double Exposure Event.

HTC RE Camera, white

HTC RE Camera, white

“Back in 1997, we allowed people to leave their laptops at home in favour of powerful, pocket-sized smartphone computing,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “Today we are taking a similar leap forward. Combining incredible hardware with unrivalled software, HTC is reinventing the way we think about imaging. We are taking you out from behind the viewfinder and putting you back where you belong, at the heart of the action.”

RE is HTC’s newest photography innovation. RE is a small handheld camera that allows you to capture and fully experience every moment, through video and photography, without the hassle and awkwardness of grabbing your phone or camera and missing the moment because you were too busy capturing it.

Make everyday moments unforgettable: attach your RE to your bike’s handlebars or your kids’ scooter. Strap it to your backpack on a hike, or clip it on your window sill for a time-lapse video of your neighborhood.

Here are the key features of RE.

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Mars Rover Curiosity’s Cameras Captured Selfies, Broken Sidewalk, Small Ball, Pyramid, Bird Sculpture & Laser Shots

Mon October 6, 2014

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft (launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Nov. 26, 2011) set down on Mars a large, mobile laboratory — the rover Curiosity — at Gale Crater on the floor of Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012 Universal Time (evening of Aug. 5, Pacific Time).

  • The rover studies the geology and environment of selected areas in the crater and analyzes samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground.
  • Within the first eight months of a planned 23-month primary mission, Curiosity met its major objective of finding evidence of a past environment well suited to supporting microbial life.
    • Images from the rover showed an area where “water once coursed vigorously over the surface.”
    • The evidence for stream flow was in rounded pebbles (spheres up to a few centimeters) mixed with hardened sand in conglomerate rocks at and near the landing site.
    • This indicates sustained abrasion of rock fragments within water flows that crossed Gale Crater.
  • The touchdown site, Bradbury Landing, is near the foot of a layered mountain, Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons).
  • Please note: a Martian day for rover Curiosity is one Sol (in the satellite of our sun).

Curiosity’s 17 cameras consist of both engineering and science cameras.

There are four types of engineering cameras.

Like the Mars Exploration Rovers, Curiosity has a stereo Navigation Camera on its mast and low-slung, stereo Hazard-Avoidance cameras. The wide view of the Navigation Camera is also used to aid targeting of other instruments and to survey the sky for clouds and dust.

  • Front Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Front Hazcams)
Front Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Front Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Front Hazcam: Left B (FHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 762 (2014-09-28 03:17:13 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Front Hazcam: Left B (FHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 762 (2014-09-28 03:17:13 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

  • Rear Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Rear Hazcams)
Rear Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Rear Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Rear Hazcam: Left B (RHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 758 (2014-09-23 20:53:00 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Rear Hazcam: Left B (RHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 758 (2014-09-23 20:53:00 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

  • Left Navigation Camera (Navcams)
Left Navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Left Navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

The drive by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the mission's 43rd Martian day, or sol, (Sept. 19, 2012) ended with this rock about 8 feet (2.5 meters) in front of the rover. The pyramid-shaped rock is about 10 inches (25 centimeters) tall and 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide. The image was taken by the left Navigation camera (Navcam) at the end of the drive. The rock has been named "Jake Matijevic." Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

The drive by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity during the mission’s 43rd Martian day, or sol, (Sept. 19, 2012) ended with this rock about 8 feet (2.5 meters) in front of the rover. The pyramid-shaped rock is about 10 inches (25 centimeters) tall and 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide. The image was taken by the left Navigation camera (Navcam) at the end of the drive. The rock has been named “Jake Matijevic.” Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

  • Right Navigation Cameras (Navcams)
right navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Right Navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

MSL payload on Curisoity. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

MSL payload on Curisoity. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

There are four types of science cameras.

Mars Descent Imager (MARDI)

MARDI. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

MARDI. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

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Nova Scotian Photographers Age 50 or Older: Exhibit Your Work in the Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery in Halifax

Fri October 3, 2014

Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery
Art and photography can be a pleasant and rewarding hobby. Nova Scotian Seniors, 50 and over, are invited to become exhibitors in the Gallery. The Gallery is open to beginning and experienced photographers and artists. No fees are charged and the works are not judged. Artists price their own art and receive the full amount of sale. When a piece is sold, the artist is contacted and may replace it with another. Individuals who register with the gallery will be given an opportunity to participate in future exhibitions. Prior to an exhibit, information will be sent to each artist/photographer. Included will be an application form, framing guidelines and the history of the Gallery.

The art and photos on display are a lasting legacy that mirrors the interests, diversity and creative talents within the 50 plus age group. The Department of Seniors is pleased to sponsor the Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery, which encourages creativity and participation of older Nova Scotians in society.

Department of Seniors
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery provides artists and photographers 50 years of age and older, a FREE, central location to display and sell their works of art.

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Stylish Camera Bags (Pour Homme) by POMPIDOO

Thu September 25, 2014

POMPIDOO Homme (PH) Amsterdam

POMPIDOO Homme (PH) Amsterdam

POMPIDOO, producer of stylish camera bags for women, recently launched a new line specially designed for men – POMPIDOO Homme (PH).

PH Amsterdam is durable, stylish and fully functional. Featuring premium distressed leather and equipped to handle all photography needs, this camera bag will keep photo gear protected and organised.

Special and innovative material XRD® Extreme Impact Protection foam is used in the walls of the bag and throughout the compartments to ensure phenomenal level of safety and protection.

PH Amsterdam features an easy access front pocket organizer with hook closure and can hold a DSLR camera with lens attached and 1 or 2 additional lenses/flashes, a tablet or small laptop, mobile phone, wallet, memory cards and will even have leftover space for some personal items.


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Protection: Pompidoo’s Amsterdam Camera Bag with XRD® Impact – Quite simply your super hero

Pompidoo’s NEW Amsterdam Camera Bag for men sports a quality, stylish exterior yet beneath its quintessential, classical good looks delivers a functional, high impact resistant interior constructed from high end XRD® Technology. XRD® Impact Protection makes it its business to provide a phenomenal level of impact protection that belies its slim, flexible appearance. The result: a good-looking, high quality bag made with luxurious butter-soft leather that offers leading edge protection for your camera and accessories thanks to the unique attributes of XRD® Technology.

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Canon to develop new Large Sensor Zoom Camera

Mon September 22, 2014

Canon has posted an interesting aside on its Hong Kong press release:

New PowerShot Digital Compact Camera Under Development
Featuring large image sensor, high zoom capability and compact body

Canon is developing a new premium digital compact camera that combines the merits of both large image sensor and high-magnification optical zoom lens in response to the demands from users looking for high quality high zoom performance. Offering both convenience from a compact body and excellent super telephoto performance, this camera is perfect for everyday or travel shooting in high quality.

The question is, what qualifies as “large image sensor” when talking about travel zoom cameras (as seem to be implied in the press release)? Anything less than 1-in. image sensor will not cut it. Any aperture less than F2.8 will fall short of its competition. That said, we welcome any “high quality” development in this segment of the market.

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Olympus Update September 17, 2014: The OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 Upgrade (Pre-Installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Silver Body) is Now Live

Wed September 17, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, Olympus OM-D E-M1 now in Silver with Firmware 2.0 that adds Tethered Shooting Capabilities.

Following the recent OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 upgrade announcement, Olympus has made an update to the firmware upgrade availability.

The release originally stated that the Firmware Version 2.0 upgrade would be available on September 24th at 10:00pm EST.

Please note the following update: as of today, September 17th, the OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 upgrade (pre-installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver body) is now live.

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5 Camera: Product Video

Mon September 15, 2014

This video presents [NEW] Introducing Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5.

Panasonic is proud to introduce the new LUMIX DMC-GM5.


Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 Camera: Product Video

Mon September 15, 2014

This video presents [NEW] Introducing Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100.

Panasonic is proud to introduce DMC-LX100 with 4/3-inch large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor for the 6th generation model of Panasonic’s world-renowned LX high-end compact camera series. The new DMC-LX100 is not just a successor to the DMC-LX7 but a jump-up mode that even inherits the DNA of DMC-LC1 – the Panasonic’s first full manual compact camera released in 2004.


Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1: Product Videos

Mon September 15, 2014

This video presents [Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1] Official Commercial.

Equipped with Samsung’s very own DRIMe V Image Processor, the NX1 gives you the latest in speed, quality and functionality to take your photography to the next level. Bring time to a standstill and focus on what’s important as you capture 15fps while continuously tracking your subject. Let the 28MP APS-C Sensor with BSI – Back Side Illumination and the camera’s Adaptive Noise Reduction Technology create superbly natural-looking images regardless of the conditions around you. Play your video footage on a UHD screen and be amazed by the remarkable detail captured by the NX 1’s 4K recording power.

The following video presents [Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1 4K/UHD Video] Madagascar in Detail:

It takes a special kind of camera to pick up on the finer details in the world around us. The NX1’s 4K UHD recording power brilliantly captures the sweeping vista of this African country’s remarkable landscape, the incredible colors of a chameleon, down to the tiniest sparkle in the gloriously spectacular night sky. The NX1 is all you need to capture it all.


National Gallery of Canada and Imperial War Museums Ask You to Share Online Family Photos of World War 1

Tue September 9, 2014

This video presents  “Lives of the First World War” from Imperial War Museums (IWM) on Vimeo.

  • “To mark the First World War Centenary, IWM is creating Lives of the First World War.
  • This innovative, interactive platform will inspire people across the world to explore, research and share the life stories of those who served in uniform and worked on the home front.
  • By the end of the centenary this will build into a permanent digital memorial to more than 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth, saving their stories for future generations.”

In May 2014, Imperial War Museums (IWM) in the UK launched Lives of the First World War. IWM is asking the public to help it attain these three objectives.

  • Tell the “story of the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today.”
  • Create a record of the toil and sacrifice of those who had served in uniform or worked on the home front.
    • It would be so complete that every individual, man or woman, soldier, sailor, airman and civilian from across Britain and the Commonwealth would find a record of their contribution.
  • Build the permanent digital memorial to the Lives of the First World War.
    • Piece together more than 8 million life stories, share them, and enable IWM to save them for future generations.

You can:

  • Link together evidence relating to the same person, using records from museums, libraries and archives across the world.
    • Many of these have been brought together in one place for the first time by Lives of the First World War.
  • Add references to sources you have discovered elsewhere.
  • Upload digital images of your own precious family mementoes.
  • Include family stories and personal knowledge.
  • Group together individuals you are interested in by creating your own Community page.

“As more and more people connect facts to Life Stories, we can begin to piece together each individual’s life story.”

Over the course of the next five years, Lives of the First World War, delivered in partnership with DC Thomson Family History, will become the permanent digital memorial to over 8 million men and women. IWM is urging everyone to discover their First World War connections and remember and share these with the rest of the world online at

However, many of those on Lives of the First World War are currently only names. We need the public to help identify them, piece together their stories and remember each and every one of them.

Over the coming months, millions of additional new records will be added to Lives of the First World War – from the Royal Flying Corp/Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy, the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Forces along with the records of almost 17,000 conscientious objectors. IWM is also seeking to include the Indian Army, Home Front workers and all others who made a contribution from across the British Empire.

Lives of the First World War will continue to evolve over the First World War Centenary and new functionality will be added so that people can easily share and discuss who they are remembering online.

Today, IWM is asking people everywhere ‘who will you remember?’

The following video presents The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography:

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Nokia New Smartphone Lumia 830: 10MP PureView Camera with ZEISS Optics and OIS

Fri September 5, 2014

This video presents Nokia Lumia 830 – Live it. Sync it. Share it.

  • “Introducing the Nokia Lumia 830 – take amazing pictures with the PureView camera, sync your digital life with OneDrive and share special moments on your favourite social network.”

Nokia announced their high-end style, thinnest, lightest and affordable flagship: the Lumia 830.

Key Features:

  • 10MP PureView camera
    • Main camera PureView 10 MP with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
    • Improved Nokia Camera
    • LED flash, ZEISS optics
  • Front facing camera (Secondary camera) 1 MP , 720p video
  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update
  • 2200mAh battery with integrated Qi wireless charging
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Processor
  • Slim and lightweight premium design
    • Display size: 5”

Photography Features:

Main camera

  • Main camera sensor: 10 MP, PureView
  • Main camera focus type: Auto focus with two-stage capture key
  • Camera digital zoom: 4 x
  • ZEISS optics: Yes
  • Sensor size: 1/3.4 inch
  • Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.2
  • Camera focal length: 26 mm
  • Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm
  • Camera image formats: JPEG/Exif
  • Flash type: LED flash
  • Flash operating range: 2.0 m
  • Flash modes: Off, Automatic, On

Main camera features

  • Main camera – other features: 6-lens optics, Backside-illuminated image sensor, Optical image stabilization, PureView, True 16:9 sensor
  • Digital camera add-ons: Panorama lens, Nokia Refocus, Bing vision, Cinemagraph lens, Nokia Camera, Nokia Glam Me

Image capturing

  • Capture modes: Video, Still
  • Scene modes: Automatic, Sports, Night
  • White balance modes: Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight, Automatic
  • Light sensitivity: Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200
  • Photos viewed by: Month, Photo editor, Album, Timeline, Camera Roll, Favorites, Nokia Storyteller, Photos from social networks

Secondary camera

  • Secondary camera: HD 0.9 MP wide angle
  • Secondary camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
  • Secondary camera – other features: Video recording, Still image capture, Video call
Nokia Lumia 830: Main camera PureView 10 MP with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

Nokia Lumia 830: Main camera PureView 10 MP with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

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