Nikon Introduces The 1 J5, a Mirrorless camera that takes 4K Video

Nikon just introduced a new addition to its 1 series of mirrorless cameras, the J5.  The J5 has a new 20.8MP VFI CMOS sensor, an XPSA image processor, an ISO range of 160 to 12,800, NFC, and WiFi.

The brand new camera also has a 3″ high res tilting LCD that can flip up and be used from the front for selfies.  The camera can take 1080p video at 30 or 60 frames per second, and there is also an option for 720p video that records at 120fps.  While Nikon did see fit to allow it to capture 4K video it can only record it at 15 frames per second.  The camera is also great at taking still shots in continuous-shooting mode, up to 20 fps with focus enabled and 30 or 60 fps when locked.  The camera will be released soon and will start at $500.

Vivo To Release A Nikon Rotating Camera Smartphone

BBK is a Chinese company that made itself known by producing thin terminals, having a 5.75 mm model in its portofolio. Recently, a model from its smartphone brand Vivo was rumored to be released with a Nikon camera. Well, here are images of the device itself.

Notice from the images that it has a Nikin rotating camera with LED dual-flash, and the camera casing is mounted on the top of the handset. In this case we are dealing with a CMOS camera having a 1/1.7 inch diameter. It takes photos ar a whopping 20-megapixels resolution with the help of the F2.0 lens. We are told that Nikon will provide a SRL chip “EXPEED E1-158 1051 200 M” for this device.

It is very likely that this handset will only be available in China, but it is a good start for the cameraphone evolution line, which tend to make themselves known by their thickness or sacrifices made for big sensors. Let’s just hope that the camera rotating mechanism won’t break too easily.

Thank you Mobilissimo for providing us with this information.

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Graphene Could Make Camara Sensors 1000x More Sensitive


Digital Cameras have proven them selves more than worth as the successor to more traditional film cameras, but while there have been many steady advances with both pixel density, lens technology and processing technology over the years, every once in a while something really big comes along, something that can really change the game and push the technology into a new generation.

According to a report on Engadget, researchers at the Nanyang Technological University have developed a revolutionary image sensor made out of the wonder material known as Graphene, a material which in its self has earned a few amazing headlines over the last couple of years. This new graphene sensor is 1000 times more sensitive at capturing light than traditional CMOS and CCD sensors, with the added benefit of simultaneously using 10 times less energy, which is incredible to say the least.

The high sensitivity makes these ideal for surveillance and satellite equipment, not to many there is no doubt many research and scientific applications for something this sensitive.

So 1000 times more sensitive and ten times lower power requirement, surely that’s impressive enough right? Well how about the face that should they end up in consumer tech you can expect them to cost 5 times less to manufacturer! Smartphone cameras just won’t be the same again if this tech makes it to a consumer level, personally I’m constantly amazed at the cool uses for Graphene.

Image courtesy of Engadget