Google has made an interesting announcement for action camera and virtual reality fans at the I/O 2015 event. The announcement consists of the Google Array virtual reality rig. It has been developed alongside GoPro and it consists of a 16-camera array created for capturing 3D videos at high-resolution for virtual reality enthusiasts.
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Canon was previously rumored to be working on a unique macro lens. Eventually, it was revealed that the optic could be a tilt-shift model. However, there is more where that comes from: built-in image stabilization technology. The Canon tilt-shift IS lens has just been patented and it might come to a store near you in the future.
Lomography is back on Kickstarter with another interesting project. It is a new Petzval lens and it is unique. The Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art lens features a special ring that allows photographers to control the bokeh levels in their photos. The optic is available through Kickstarter and it will begin shipping later this year.
The long-awaited Sony A7RII mirrorless camera will be unveiled sometime in mid-June. Before the device’s official announcement event, a trusted source has come forth to reiterate the fact that the A7R replacement will not be a major improvement over its predecessor and that the new features will be few in numbers.
Canon is allegedly developing a new competitor for one of Nikon’s cameras. This time, the device in question is special. According to the rumor mill, the EOS maker is working on a Nikon D810a rival. The Canon full-frame astrophotography DSLR is said to be in the works and to take on its Nikon counterpart sometime in 2016.
Tamron has patented another lens in Japan. This time, the lens may have already been announced. The patent is describing a Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC lens, which is similar to the Zeiss Batis Sonnar T* 85mm f/1.8 lens. This short-telephoto prime was introduced in April 2015 and it is currently available for pre-order.
The CEO of GoPro, Nick Woodman, has taken the stage at the Code Conference in order to talk about the company’s future plans. The goodies have been delivered immediately, as the CEO has announced a GoPro quadcopter as well as a special Six-Camera Spherical Array with implications in the virtual reality business.
Leica is back with another official announcement. After introducing a black-and-white rangefinder camera in late April, the German maker has revealed its first 28mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4. The high-end Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH lens is now official and will be released on the market by the end of June 2015.
Sigma is rumored to get new rivals in the distant future as Canon has been spotted experimenting with multi-layered sensors. However, Sigma has other digital imaging players to fear. Sources in Japan have discovered an Olympus multi-layered sensor patent and it could lead to Olympus sensors with multiple pixel sheets.
Panasonic was supposed to reveal the Lumix GX7 successor in the first half of 2015. However, several trusted sources have debunked the claims and have said that the Micro Four Thirds camera is coming in August or September. Now, more reliable sources have confirmed that the Panasonic GX8 launch date is Q3 2015.
As you may have noticed during the past few months, Canon has chosen to delay both the 5D Mark IV and 1D X Mark II DSLR cameras. An insider is claiming to know the main reason why these shooters have been postponed. It seems like the culprit is the Canon E-TTL III flash metering technology, which is coming out in 2016.
Fujifilm has been rumored to be working on a special lens in recent times. An insider has said that the product in question will have an ultra-bright maximum aperture and a focal length of around the 30mm mark. Now, the leakster is back with more information and it appears that the optic will consist of a Fujifilm XF 33mm f/1 lens.
After taking care of the wide-angle department, Canon will turn its attention to the super-telephoto realm. According to a highly-reliable source, a new Canon super-telephoto lens is in the works. The optic is rumored to come packed with a maximum aperture that is slower than f/4 and to be released on the market sometime in 2016.
Sony’s long-expected product launch event will take place sometime in mid-June 2015. The show will mark the introduction of the Sony NEX-7 replacement and will become the flagship E-mount mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor. Among others, the shooter is rumored to employ the world’s quickest autofocus technology.
The rumor mill has started talking about the next lens that will be released by Sigma. According to inside sources, the company’s next product will consist of the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS Art lens for DSLRs with full-frame sensors. This lens has been mentioned in gossips before and it seems like it is finally on its way.