The Solarcan is a unique camera shaped like a can of soda that allows anyone to easily capture ultra-long-exposure photos showing the path of the Sun over a span of days, weeks, months, or even years. The camera has been used to shoot everything from solargraphy timelapses to solargraphs from Antarctica.
The new Solarcan Colours cameras build upon the success of the original bring new looks to the game.
“We’ve redesigned the look of Solarcan for a more colorful appearance and made some adjustments inside, with each one producing a different result,” Cornwell says.
Here are the three new cameras and examples of the looks they create (in 6-month exposures):
Atlantis: Produces a cool blue finish.
Eldorado: A warm, golden appearance with solarised halos.
Nebula: A striking, duotone picture of the Sun and landscape.
Inside each can is a sheet of 5×7-inch photographic paper. Once you pull away the black tab, exposure through the pinhole lens begins. Due to the machine-sealed nature of the camera, only light passes through the opening — water is kept out.
When you’re done exposing your photo, perhaps months or years later, you simply remove the photographic paper inside to reveal the negative image on it. Finally, digitize it however you’d like (i.e. by taking a picture or by scanning it) and then invert the digital negative to see your final photo.
Cornwell is launching Solarcan Colours through a Kickstarter campaign, where a contribution of £39 (~$52) will earn you the trio of new cameras when they’re released.
If the company delivers on its promises, backers will receive their new cameras in January 2021.
Google has unveiled the new Pixel 5 and 4a (5G) smartphones. Among other things, the new phones feature a new ultrawide lens as well as the ability to shoot Night Sight photos in Portrait mode.
New Ultrawide Camera
While the Pixel 4 featured a 16MP telephoto camera alongside the 12.2-megapixel standard camera, the Pixel 5 and 4a (5G) go the opposite direction, packing a 16MP ultrawide camera with a 107˚ field of view.
Instead of 2x optical zoom, the phone will continue to offer zoom capabilities through high-tech digital zoom.
“With a new ultrawide lens alongside the standard rear camera, you’ll be able to capture the whole scene,” Google says. “And thanks to Google’s software magic, the latest Pixels still get our Super Res Zoom. So whether you’re zooming in or zooming out, you get sharp details and breathtaking images.”
Night Sight in Portrait Mode
Google Night Sight, which uses computational photography to let users shoot photos in near darkness, is teaming up with Portrait Mode, which uses computational photography to create a shallow depth-of-field in portraits.
“[T]hese phones bring the power of Night Sight into Portrait Mode to capture beautifully blurred backgrounds in Portraits even in extremely low light,” Google says.
When shooting Portrait Mode portraits, you can use the new Portrait Light feature to drop in extra light to illuminate your subjects with the help of AI. The feature is also found baked into the updated Google Photos app.
The new Cinematic Pan feature “gives your videos a professional look with ultrasmooth panning that’s inspired by the equipment Hollywood directors use.”
Other Features and Specs
The Google Pixel 5 features a 6-inch 432ppi Smooth Display of up to 90Hz, a >1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, Gorilla Glass 6 cover glass, 100% recycled aluminum back enclosure, water resistance, wireless charging, a 4080 mAh “all-day” battery, fast wireless charging, 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage.
The Google Pixel 4a (5G) features a 6.2-inch 413ppi display, a >100,000:1 contrast ratio, 3885 mAh battery (up from 3140 mAh in the Pixel 4), 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage.
The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) both also boast 8MP front cameras, Android 11, HDR support, Snapdragon 765G with Octa-Core and Adreno 620 processors, full 24-bit depth for 16 million colors, 5G speeds for downloading and streaming, and Google’s Titan security chip for keeping data safe (with 3 years of updates).
The Google Pixel 5 will be available in the US on October 29th with a price tag of $699 and the Pixel 4a (5G) will be available in November with a price tag of $499.
“With our Trioplan 100 II and our Lydith 30 II, we have already been able to successfully revive two absolute Meyer-Optik-classics despite the current difficult situation,” says OPC Optics Managing Director Timo Heinze. “The customer feedback on these two lenses is very positive so far and we are very pleased to release the third lens, the Trioplan 50 f2.8 II, today.”
The Trioplan 50mm f/2.8 II features a new mechanical construction and a “significantly optimized” optical design that makes this new lens “considerably” sharper than its predecessor. The speed of the lens has also been slightly increased from f/2.9 in the original to f/2.8.
“The Trioplan 50 f2.8 II offers an extreme center sharpness as well as a beautiful bokeh,” OPC Optics says. “In appropriate shooting situations the Trioplan 50 f2.8 II draws the famous bubble bokeh and at the same time a rotating background (swirl).
“Of course, depending on the situation, both effects also occur separately and thus the Trioplan 50 f2.8 II offers many creative possibilities for your own image compositions.”
Here are some sample photos captured with the new Trioplan 50mm f/2.8 II:
OPC Optics says the next two classic Meyer Optik Görlitz lenses to be reborn will be the Primoplan 75mm f/1.9 II and the Primoplan 58mm f/1.9, noting that they’re “almost ready and will be released shortly.”
Moment has announced its new CineBloom Diffusion Filters. The lens filters are designed for both cameras and phones and help you capture “dreamy, film-like vibes” straight out of a camera.
“The CineBloom Diffusion Filter takes the edge off your digital sensor,” Moment says. “It not only catches and blooms light, but softens hard edges and has a smoothing effect on skin tones, making wrinkles less noticeable. Escape the clinical, ultra-sharp look of digital with this specialty glass.”
Made of premium Japanese optical glass surrounded by aerospace-grade aluminum, the rugged and lightweight filter boasts superior image clarity and resistance against scratches and dirt.
Here are some sample photos captured with the filter:
Here’s a 2-minute video introducing the new CineBloom line (with sample footage showing what the filters do for video):
The Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filters are available in thread sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm in 10% and 20% densities for varying effect strengths. They’re available starting today from the Moment website with price tags ranging from $50 for the 37mm size to $80 for the 82mm size.
With the compact camera market decimated by smartphones, Canon is getting creative with its latest product. Called the PowerShot Zoom, it’s an unusual-looking pocket-sized camera that resembles a monocular.
The PowerShot Zoom is designed to be operated with just one hand and weighs 5.1 ounces (145g). Inside is a 12.1-megapixel 1/3-inch CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 8 processor that can capture 1080p Full HD.
On the front of the camera is a powerful 100-400mm equivalent (in 35mm terms) optical lens. If you need even more reach, there’s an extra 2x to 800mm thanks to the camera’s digital zoom.
Photos captured with the camera can be reviewed by pairing it to a smartphone through a dedicated app.
The physical interface of the camera is simple, with Zoom, Power, and Menu buttons near the front of the camera and Photo and Video shutter buttons near the back.
Other features and specs of the camera include a maximum ISO of 3200, built-in image stabilization, Face AF, a microSDXC card slot, and a USB-C port.
Here’s a 2-minute promo video showing the PowerShot Zoom in action:
Canon has launched the PowerShot Zoom exclusively in Japan (for now) through a crowdfunding campaign on Makuake. The campaign sold out and raised over $280,000 in less than 24 hours, and backers who got in were able to secure one of the first units for a contribution of around $300. It’s unclear if or when the PowerShot Zoom will hit the United States and other international markets, but given the success of the camera, we’re guessing there’s a pretty good chance it’s on the near horizon.