Shadowed by the main attraction of this month, the new Speedlite from Canon isn’t getting the attention they deserve:
The Speedlite 600EX-RT represents the next generation in wireless flash systems. In addition to traditional optical wireless transmission, the Speedlite 600EX-RT facilitates radio controlled, two-way wireless transmission up to 98.4 feet, among up to 5 groups with a total of 15 individual Speedlites. Communicating on 2.4 GHz frequencies, the Speedlite 600EX-RT does not have the same directional limitations of traditional wireless optical transmitters. Where other wireless signals can be interrupted by physical obstacles, radio controlled systems excel. 15 transmission channels are available, selectable manually or automatically, and radio transmission IDs can be set to prevent misfiring in the event of signal interference on the same channel.
Canon’s Speedlite line was in dire need of a revamp. The IR-based wireless solution doesn’t work well outdoor and controlling them requires a rocket science degree. This looks like a viable answer to the users’ cry for help.
It is very likely that Apple has recycled the 5 Mp back illuminated CMOS image sensor from the iPhone 4. [sic] That unit was the Omnivision OV5650. The OV5650 is the second generation back illumination (BSI) technology from OmniVision. This 5 Mp camera features 1.75 µm pixels, and is designed to deliver DSC quality in a mobile phone application.
Follow the link for close-up photos and die image for the object(s) in question. (via iFixit)
On August 2009, I wrote:
The iPhone has changed the rule of the game, uplift the whole thing altogether and turn the game into some mature play, they move the industry with real inventions, they put some smiles in a lot of people’s faces. The broken voicemail? Fixed. The unnecessary buttons & clumsy interface? Changed forever. Technology that we can touch? Done. Copy & Paste? Piece of cake! And not to mention how millions of developers joined up the ride and develop 3-rd party Apps, helping the wheel of innovation move faster.
The truth is, the race is not going away. New products introduced by Nikon will soon get a respond from Canon, while others will follow, this will happen again next year, and the year after that. The cycle that moves the industry are being driven by market demand & competition, no longer by pure science. Hopefully, someone will make the effort to bring innovation back to that cycle; fresh ideas on the world wide web and how the images came to life will certainly bring new paradigms in the coming year, some new players will emerge and are already doing creative things on the marketing side for their upcoming surprises, one could only hope that they do something right this time.
The proper place for ethics and codes is in ensuring that a reasonable number of people go to the source instead of just reading your rehash.
Codifying “via” links with confusing symbols is solving the wrong problem.
He’s debating against Maria Popova’s creation of the Curator’s code, where she suggests the following:
The Curator’s Code will use a symbol resembling a sideways S to express that a piece of content came directly from another source, and a different figure — a curved arrowlike symbol — to signal what is commonly known as a “hat tip,” or nod to a source that inspired a further thought. The Curator’s Code supplies the appropriate symbol and then the blogger or writer simply puts in a hyperlink behind it as they normally would.
Beside hybrid articles-and-links posts, I do a third kind of post here at the Journal: a portfolio/image gallery link — like this one, in which three (or more) layers of attributions are enforced:
Present the image at the highest possible quality with the least amount of distraction, and avoid wording the post at all cost. For some gallery/portfolio which has some unique or less obvious appeal, I word them as little as possible.
The ‘alt’ HTML tag must be filled with the caption of the original image (when available), or a brief description of the content. (For the observant ones, I also name the files with the name of the shooter and I host them on my own server to handle the bandwidth cost.)
Always display the © copyright information immediately at the bottom of the image to ensure proper recognition. Include a link to the photographer’s main portfolio homepage when available.
Behind this page is an RSS publishing engine where I codify my posts accordingly (you see different post styling here). Since I post more links than original articles, only the full-length article posts are codified (¶) in the RSS, rendering links as regular posts with the link to the external page embedded directly at the title field. Hat tip to DF and Tumblr.
Wonderful things must be shared, and sharing such greatness is wonderful. But selflessly sharing with proper recognition and attribution to its creator is simply divine.
It’s not just sharp; the display also shows great bright colors without any saturation-gimmickry like you get with OLED displays. Photographs look amazingly good, but also amazingly true-to-life. It’s no coincidence that iPhoto was chosen as the app to demo on stage and debut alongside the device. Photos don’t just look sharp when zoomed out — they look sharp when zoomed in. The iPhone 4/4S can show print-quality photos at small sizes, but the new iPad can show print quality photos at hang-it-on-the-wall sizes.
This is what I’m talking about when I criticized Lytro for its over-done simplicity.
Any product, not just camera, must be usable the first time a not-so-curious soul picked it up. Most of us today struggle even just to turn on many of today’s digital camera.
The linked video depicts a first time user uses a Mac OS X desktop computer, but I would love to see one where somebody who never used a camera before attempts to capture their first ever photograph with the most popular point-and-shoot, or even a digital SLR camera.
Speaking of updates, Camera+ is now on version 3.0, a sweet revision that not only brings new app icon, but also a redesigned sharing UI and workflow.
Enables deleting Photo Stream photos.
Simplicity is not the absence of clutter. Get it right, and you become closer and more focused on the object.