Monthly Archive: May 2013

Report suggests camera sales may have peaked

CIPA report on 2012 sales in Japan: Fewer Mirrorless cameras produced. | 43 Rumors. The main finding is that actual camera sales in Japan in 2012 were significantly less than had been originally forecast for 2012. From a comment, compact camera sales are down about 30% from 2011 to 2012. And “so far this year mirrorless sales are 81.5% of last  year and DSLR sales are 76.8% of last year”. Related articles...

3D video of Lilac Festival Parade

An experimental 3D video of selected scenes from the 2013 Spokane Lilac Festival and Armed Forces Day Parade. Photographed using dual Canon HF M301 camcorders, edited in Sony Vegas Movie Studio 12, and uploaded to YouTube in the side-by-side half resolution format.

Olympus leaving the low end camera business

Makes sense: Olympus quits low end compact camera business. Focus on mirrorless and high end compact. | 43 Rumors. Many of the camera makers have what seems like dozens of similar low end cameras up through super zooms. I have never understood why they felt they needed to subdivide the market into so many tiny niches. Seemed better to concentrate on a few products and make them great. Perhaps this is a...

3D photography: Is there still hope for 3D TV’s stillborn cousin?

This is neat: Researchers at Brigham Young University, Utah, working with Adobe, have created a 3D version of content-aware fill. The first step is to produce a depth map of every pixel in the image, which is achieved by analyzing the stereo images with a clever computer vision algorithm, divining the depth of most non-occluded objects. Once you have a depth map, you can perform most normal Photoshop functions, including content-aware fill...