February 2017

EI2017 talk: Future challenges in measuring image quality

New technologies like multiple-sensor cameras, multi-frame noise reduction techniques, and new platforms like drones mean that we'll need to totally-overhaul the way we assess the quality of a camera for its intended purpose. I was privileged to be invited to give a talk on the topic – sharing my perspective as a professional photographer, tech journalist, and camera reviewer with a room full of interested imaging scientists that will need to be creating the needed solutions. For those curious about where we’re heading, you can follow along with my presentation:

Sigma rocks four new high-end DSLR lenses

While the overall DSLR market isn’t super-healthy, and any number of vendors have been slowing down their rate of product introductions, Sigma Photo has been able to churn out impressive new lenses on a regular basis. This month brought four more – three in its high-end Art series, and one super telephoto in its Contemporary series. The Art lenses are a 14mm f/1.8 HSM, a 24-70mm f/2.8 HSM with OS, and a 135mm f/1.8 HSM. In the Contemporary line there is a 100-400mm super-zoom f/5-6.3 HSM with OS. All of the lenses are “DG,” so they will work on both full-frame and APS-C sensors.

Nikon admits defeat in high-end compact cameras: Cancels its DL series

DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8It’s no secret that the market for compact cameras has been imploding. Their market share has been taken over almost entirely by smartphones. The shining light among them, however, has been the very high-end of the market – typified by cameras like the , and the . Nikon was poised to cash in on those buyers with its DL series of premium point-and-shoots. However, after a series of delays, and apparently increased costs, Nikon has decided to cut its losses and

Don't like your face? Google's new photo trick might give you a better one:-)

As photographers, we’re all familiar with needing to pull the most detail we can out of an image. Now, Google’s Brain team has come up with a way not just to extract detail, but to add it based on comparing the blurry version with a reference library of potentially-similar images. Since they’ve trained the system with a library of popular media stars, you might like the results even more than the original. Of course, it can’t really be called a photograph when it’s finished. More like an impressionist painting. You can read more about how it works in .