Among all the noise of 5G, foldable phones, 8K monitors, a gazillion smart this or smart that devices (from smart cooking to smart toilets), and the oh so smart this and the not so smart move from CES, here are six imaging-related announcements that jumped out at me:
(more imaging announcements are at our friends from the Dead Pixel Society)
What, my phone case flies and shoots video? For $99? Seeing is believing, I saw it with my own eyes … + the product is shipping now, so I believe. This 68-gram (2.4-oz.), 9.8 mm (.38”) drone can be folded inside a phone case.
Selfly captures 720p video and uses face tracking for near autonomous flying to keep your beautiful face in the center of your video. Call it a selfie stick in the air.
Viewing 3D content on your phone without a VR headset? For $169? Reminiscent of lenticular printing, the ROKiT IO 3D phone simulates depth right on its screen!
Besides the fact that content needs to be created in ROKiT’s ROK Flix app, there are many reasons why this phone won’t conquer the world anytime soon, but this newly announced phone company certainly has the wildest phone lineup at CES, as I agree with PC Magazine.
Yah, an official developer program! Canon announced its developer program, which includes access to Canon’s SDKs and other development tools, as well as the new Camera Control API (CCAPI).
Developers highlighted at Canon’s booth included Brizi, which showcased their BriziCam kisscam-like attendee-controlled solution for sports events (type in your seat number and the BriziCam swivels to take a picture of you) and CloudSpotter’s SpotMyPhotos, a solution that enables events photographers to securely share branded photos with the people featured in their photos.
Who said the camcorder market was dead? Similar to DJI’s Osmo Pocket, which I recently covered, the Obsbot Tail camera from Chinese startup Remo-AI.com has a 3-axis gimbal and captures 4K video at 60 FPS.
The Obsbot Tail’s sophisticated tracking features enable the camera to stay focused on objects even under challenging conditions, such as low light, twisted postures, tricky angles and colorful backgrounds.
And if the conditions are too challenging and the target is temporarily out of sight, its Shar-lock technology can automatically re-track the target as soon as the conditions allow.
Kodak – nostalgia keeps on going. While Kodak Alaris has rebranded its Personalized Imaging Business as Kodak Moments last year, Kodak licensee C+A Global introduced the Kodak Smile brand for its new instant print cameras that shine with their newly designed look and feel.
The Kodak Smile Classic features a pop-up viewfinder, an automatic single strobe flash, a MicroSD card slot and a 10-second timer. It prints 3.51 x 4.25-inch photos on KODAK ZINK Sticky-Backed Photo Paper both from the camera as well as from one’s smartphone, which in effect turns the device into a printer.
C&A also introduced the Kodak Smile Instant print digital camera, which prints 2 x 3-inch photos from that camera, and the Smile instant digital printer, which prints photos from one’s smartphone.
From $129 to $14,999 – if anyone had any doubts about Insta360’s ambition to be the industry’s leading professional and consumer 360 camera vendor, doubt no more: the Titan is upon us.
This beast caters to VR cinema professionals and features eight lenses with Four Thirds sensors. It supports 10-bit color and in video mode can shoot 11K at 30 FPS, 10K 3D at 30 fps, 8K at 60 fps or 5.3K at 120 fps. In still mode it can capture 11K 360-degree images in 3D as well as monoscopic. The small print about this Titan: it costs $14,999.
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