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Wi Fi Camera Wireless Wi Fi SD Card

admin : September 22, 2014 10:33 am : Camera Gear, Cameras, Computers

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Back in 2008 we posted a review of the 2gb Eye-Fi card after running it through the paces on a trip to NY: http://www.foto-tech.com/eye-fi-wireless-sd-card/. Today there are many very affordable ($30) options for Wi Fi Cards and devices that attach to cameras.  A few cameras also have built in Wi Fi transmitters and we expect most cameras will have built in Wi Fi in the coming years. Transend and Mono Price make systems in addition to Eye-Fi and card sizes range from 8gb-128gb. It’s really a miracle of micro tech that these companies can fit all that into an SD card.

Why are Wi Fi Camera solution of such interest to the editors of Foto-Tech?
We believe that the future of Camera Technology is the camera with GPS & Transmitter included.  The GPS helps journalist and documentarians of all types with what, WHERE, when, why and how and the transmitter is essential for utilizing the imagery.

Professionally, these Wi-Fi cards are very useful if the camera you use has two card slots.  We record raw files to a CF card and transmit Jpeg files using a Wi Fi SD card in the other slot.  The Jpegs are for quick previews and a Non tethered workflow.  Our camera transmits Jpeg files to a folder that Lightroom is watching.  Any adjustment we make to these jpg files in Lightroom are later synced to the RAW files.  For our studio, it’s an efficient system  that brakes the tether cord and streamlines our workflow.

Personally, We use the same system for all our point and shoot cameras that the family uses.  When the camera comes in contact with a Wi Fi hotspot after taking pictures, the card transmits the images to our distribution system.  The system starts with Adobe Lightoom and usually ends with Facebook and SmugMug family galleries.

Mono Price Wi-Fi® microSD™ Adapter

Add Wi-Fi® file transfer ability to your existing SDHC™ compatible digital camera using this Wi-Fi microSD™ Adapter from Monoprice!

This adapter is in the form of the popular full-sized SD™ card and features a built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi radio. The radio is powered by the camera (or other device it is inserted into), has a maximum indoor range from 16 ~ 55 feet, and has a maximum outdoor range from about 82 ~ 164 feet. The adapter is a stand-alone wireless hotspot and requires no other networking or applications to function.

This adapter requires an SDHC compatible full-sized SD card slot on your camera. It uses any microSD card up to 32GB capacity (not included), though class 10 cards are recommended if video is to be captured. Connecting to the adapter is as simple as selecting the adapter for your wireless network, then opening up a browser. Up to 5 users can simultaneously access the card to browse or download the contents.

This adapter was reviewed by c|net on June 19, 2014. You can read what they had to say about by clicking on this link.

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Groundbreaking High Speed Camera System

admin : December 14, 2011 12:09 pm : Cameras, Technology

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MIT Media Lab researchers have created a high speed  camera system that can capture images at a rate of one trillion frames per second.  This high speed camera system can capture  light traveling through objects. There are a multitude of scientific and artistic uses for a system such as this. For more on the MIT Media Lab visit their site http://www.media.mit.edu/.

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Nikon Announces Easy to Use 3D Measuring Device – July 1st

admin : May 21, 2014 2:10 pm : Technology

The Portable 3D Measuring System – P3D NC-2323S will be available to consumers on July 1st, 2014.pic_140521_1

The P3D NC-2323S is extremely user friendly. It’s light weight and easy to carry, weighing approximately 1.9 kg. This small package includes a sensor, operator, and can be powered by an AC adapter or battery, convenient for when on site and power sources are not always available.

This easy to use measuring system requires no prior experience wish such devices. “3D measuring data are captured by moving the lens over an object and pressing the shutter button,” placing it ahead of other measuring systems currently on the market.

For more information, visit Nikon New’s Article

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HDR Video for Canon DSLR Cameras

admin : December 23, 2011 10:37 am : Digital Video, HD DSLR, HDR-High Dynamic Range Imaging, Technology

high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods.

Magic Lantern  has developed  firmware fad-on that will enable HDR video on Canon T2i (550D)  T3i (600D) and 60D HD DSLR Cameras an it’s FREE!  We’ve been expecting HDR Video Cameras  to become the norm for years and this is a big leap in that direction.  So much effort is going into 3D camera development that HDR isn’t getting it’s fair due.  This firmware ad-on solution will likely turn a lot of heads and start a movement in the industry toward HDR video cameras development & design.

The firmware ad-on does not overwrite Canons camera firmware, it ads on to it.  The Free firmware ad-on can be downloaded here  http://magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/Release_2011Dec22

HDR imaging is a technique that combines images with a range of exposures to provide higher range of detail from shadow to highlight. Photographers were doing this manually long before digital imaging, but digital solutions make it much easier and feasible, even for video.  HDR Video has been accomplished by using multiple cameras in the past, but I’m not aware of any mainstream solutions like Magic Lantern’s firmware will provide.  The firmware switches exposure between frames and creates two videos which can later be edited  back together to to create a single High Dynamic Range Video.  Many advanced still photographers are accomplished HDR technicians.  The thought of combining 30FPS Video is mind boggling but today’s computational imaging hardware and software is capable of such mind boggling feats.

Magic Lantern’s first firmware add-on enhanced the sound and video capabilities of the Canon 5D Mark II.  Sadly, the HDR Video firmware ad-on will not support the 5D Mark II or the 7D.   Below is a video outlining the capabilities of the Canon 5D Firmware add-on. This video explains how the firmware ad-on works.

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