"End-to-end" design of computational cameras
A team from MIT Media Lab has posted a new arXiv preprint titled "Physics vs. Learned Priors: Rethinking Camera and Algorithm Design for Task-Specific Imaging".Abstract: Cameras were originally designed using physics-based heuristics to capture aesthetic images.
Photonics magazine article on Pi Imaging SPAD array
Photonics magazine has a new article about Pi Imaging Technology's high resolution SPAD sensor array; some excerpts below.
Best lens for a vintage DSLR?
Join me as I track down an ideal lens for Nikon's first DSLR, the D1! I narrowed my choices to a pair of older 35mm models and in this article and video I compare them head-to-head!…
Lightweight object detection on the edge
Edge Impulse announced its new object detection algorithm, dubbed Faster Objects, More Objects (FOMO), targeting extremely power and memory constrained computer vision applications.
Extreme depth-of-field light field camera
An article titled "Trilobite-inspired neural nanophotonic light-field camera with extreme depth-of-field" by Q. Fan et al. proposes a metalens design inspired by the bi-focal vision system of an extinct marine arthropod.
Color sensing for nano-vision-sensors
Ningxin Li et al. from Georgia State University have published a new article titled "Van der Waals Semiconductor Empowered Vertical Color Sensor" in ACS Nano.
Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM II review
The Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 G Master II is a high-end standard zoom aimed at event and wedding photographers, or anyone who wants the best quality general-purpose lens for their Alpha mirrorless camera.
Perspective article on solar-blind UV photodetectors
A research group from the Indian Institute of Science has published a perspective article titled "The road ahead for ultrawide bandgap solar-blind UV photodetectors" in the Journal of Applied Physics.
PhD Thesis on Analog Signal Processing for CMOS Image Sensors
The very first PhD thesis that came out of Albert Theuwissen's group at TU Delft is now freely available as a pdf. This seems like a great educational resource for people interested in image sensors.Direct download link: https://repository.tudelft.
Fujifilm XF 23mm f1.4 R LM WR review
The Fujifilm XF 23mm f1.4 R LM WR is a wide-angle prime lens for X-mount mirrorless cameras. It delivers mild wide coverage equivalent to 35mm, while the bright f1.4 focal ratio allows shallow depth of field effects.
Harvest Imaging Forum 2022 is open for registration!
After the Harvest Imaging forums during the last 7 years, an eighth one will be organized on June 23 & 24, 2022 in Delft, the Netherlands.
Fujifilm XF 33mm f1.4 R LM WR review
The Fujifilm XF 33mm f1.4 R LM WR is a bright standard prime lens for X-mount mirrorless cameras with plenty of opportunity for shallow depth of field effects.
OMNIVISION’s New 3-megapixel Image Sensor
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Hamamatsu videos
Hamamatsu has published new videos on their latest products and technologies.ORCA-Quest quantitative CMOS (qCMOS) scientific camera: With ultra-low read noise of 0.27 electrons (rms), a high pixel count of 9.
Product Videos: STMicro and Airy3D
Low power, low noise 3D iToF 0.5 Mpix sensorThe VD55H1 is a low-noise, low-power, 672 x 804 pixel (0.54 Mpix), indirect Time-of-Flight (iToF) sensor die manufactured on advanced backside-illuminated, stacked wafer technology.
Hamamatsu Develops World's First THz Image Intensifier
Hamamatsu Photonics has developed the world’s first terahertz image intensifier (THz image intensifier or simply THz-I.I.) by leveraging its imaging technology fostered over many years. This THz-I.I.
Lensless Imaging with Fresnel Zone Plates
Although the idea of Fresnel zone plates is not new and can be traced back several decades to X-ray imaging and perhaps to Fresnel's original paper from 1818*, there is renewed interest in this idea for visible light imaging due to the need for compact form-factor cameras.
Advanced Navigation Acquires Vai Photonics
Advanced Navigation, one of the world’s most ambitious innovators in AI robotics, and navigation technology has today announced the acquisition of Vai Photonics, a spin-out from The Australian National University (ANU) developing patented photonic sensors for precision navigation.
Newsight CMOS ToF sensor release
NESS ZIONA, Israel, Feb. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Newsight Imaging - a leading semiconductor innovator developing machine vision sensors, spectral vision chips, and systems - announced today the upcoming release of the NSI9000 one-chip (non-stacked) CMOS image sensor solution for depth imaging.
Dotphoton and Hamamatsu partnering on raw image compression
From Novus Light news:Dotphoton, an industry-leading raw image compression company and Hamamatsu Photonics, a world leader in optical systems and photonics manufacturing, are pleased to announce their new partnership.
Low Light Video Denoising
A team from UC Berkeley and Intel Labs has posted a new pre-print titled "Dancing under the stars: video denoising in starlight". They present a new method for denoising videos captured in extremely low illumination of fractions of a lux.
"Photon counting cameras for quantum imaging applications" Prof. Edoardo Charbon
"Photon counting cameras for quantum imaging applications" Prof. Edoardo Charbon, Full Professor, Advanced Quantum Architecture LabAbstract:Photon counting has entered the realm of image sensing with the creation of deep-submicron CMOS SPAD technology.
Samsung making a new larger ISOCELL camera sensor?
Samsung is the world’s second-biggest mobile camera sensor maker, and its sensors are used by almost every smartphone brand. Over the past couple of years, the South Korean firm has launched various big-sized camera sensors, including the ISOCELL GN1 and the ISOCELL GN2.
Embedded Vision Summit 2022
The Edge AI and Vision Alliance, a 118-company worldwide industry partnership is organizing the 2022 Embedded Vision Summit, May 16-19 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California.
Videos du jour - CICC, PhotonicsNXT and EPIC
IEEE CICC 2022 best paper candidates present their workSolid-State dToF LiDAR System Using an Eight-Channel Addressable, 20W/Ch Transmitter, and a 128x128 SPAD Receiver with SNR-Based Pixel Binning and Resolution UpscalingShenglong Zhuo, Lei Zhao,Tao Xia, Lei Wang, Shi Shi, Yifan Wu, Chang Liu, et a...
Google AI Blog article on Lidar-Camera Fusion
A team from Google Research has a new blog article on fusing Lidar and camera data for 3D object detection. The motivating problem here seems to be the issue of misalignment between 3D LiDAR data and 2D camera data.Full article: https://ai.googleblog.com/2022/04/lidar-camera-deep-fusion-for-multi.
PreAct Technologies and ESPROS Photonics Collaborate on Next-Generation Sensing Solutions
PreAct Technologies, an Oregon-based developer of near-field flash LiDAR technology  and ESPROS Photonics, a Swiss company leader in the design and production of time-of flight chips and 3D cameras, recently announced a collaboration agreement to develop  new flash LiDAR technologies for s...
Gigajot Announces the World's Highest Resolution Photon Counting Sensor
PASADENA, Calif., April 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Gigajot Technology, inventors and developers of Quanta Image Sensors (QIS), today announced the expansion of its groundbreaking QIS product portfolio with the GJ04122 sensor and associated QIS41 camera.
Yole report on 3D imaging technologies
Full article here: https://www.i-micronews.com/will-3d-depth-cameras-return-to-android-phones/Some excerpts:Apple started using structured light for facial recognition technology in the iPhone X in 2017, ushering in an era of 3D depth imaging in the mobile field.
Nikon Z 800mm f6.3 VR S review
The Z 800mm f6.3 VR S is Nikon's longest telephoto prime for Z-mount so far. It has a large f6.3 focal ratio and is aimed at pro sports and wildlife photographers. Here's my review.
Better Piezoelectric Light Modulators for AMCW Time-of-Flight Cameras
A team from Stanford University's Laboratory for Integrated Nano-Quantum Systems (LINQS) and ArbabianLab present a new method that can potentially convert any conventional CMOS image sensor into an amplitude-modulated continuous-wave time-of-flight camera.
Black Phosphorus-based Intelligent Image Sensor
Seokhyeong Lee, Ruoming Peng, Changming Wu & Mo Li from U-Dub have published an article in Nature Communications titled "Programmable black phosphorus image sensor for broadband optoelectronic edge computing".
Lensless camera for in vivo microscopy
A team comprised of researchers from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX has published a Nature Biomedical Engineering article titled "In vivo lensless microscopy via a phase mask generating diffraction patterns with high-contrast contours.
[Updated] 2022 International SPAD Sensor Workshop Final Program Available
About ISSW 2022Devices | Architectures | ApplicationsThe International SPAD Sensor Workshop focuses on the study, modeling, design, fabrication, and characterization of SPAD sensors.
Prof. Eric Fossum's interview at LDV vision summit 2018
Eric Fossum & Evan Nisselson Discussing The Evolution, Present & Future of Image Sensors Eric Fossum is the inventor of the CMOS image sensor “camera-on-a-chip” used in billions of cameras, from smartphones to web cameras to pill cameras and many other applications.
Apple iPhone LiDAR applications
Polycam makes apps that leverage the new lidar sensor on Apple's latest iPhone and iPad models.Their website presents a gallery of objects scanned with their app: https://poly.
Will event-cameras dominate computer vision?
Dr. Ryad Benosman, a professor at University of Pittsburgh believes a huge shift is coming to how we capture and process images in computer vision applications. He predicts that event-based (or, more broadly, neuromorphic) vision sensors are going to dominate in the future.Dr.
Nintendo GameBoy Camera retro review
This retro review is dedicated to arguably the weirdest digital camera of the 90s, and certainly the most fun: it’s time to take a look at the Nintendo GameBoy Camera, 24 years later!…
Color sensing for nano-vision-sensors
Ningxin Li et al. from Georgia State University have published a new article titled "Van der Waals Semiconductor Empowered Vertical Color Sensor" in ACS Nano.
90-min Tutorial on Single Photon Detectors
Krister Shalm of National Institute of Standards and Technologies presented a tutorial: Single-photon detectors at the 2013 QCrypt Conference in August. http://2013.qcrypt.
Sony VPL-XW5000ES 4k projector review so far
The Sony VPL-XW5000ES is a native 4k home theatre projector with a laser light source and 2000 lumen output. In my hands-on preview, I’ll give you my first impressions, what’s new and what’s changed.
Wide field-of-view imaging with a metalens
A research group from Nanjing University has published a new paper titled "Planar wide-angle-imaging camera enabled by metalens array" in the recent issue of Optica.
Quantum Dot Photodiodes for SWIR Cameras
A research team from Ghent University in Belgium  has published an article titled "Colloidal III–V Quantum Dot Photodiodes for Short-Wave Infrared Photodetection".
New Videos from IEEE Sensors Council
Ultra-Thin Image Sensor Chip Embeded FoilAuthor: Shuo Wang{2}, Björn Albrecht{1}, Christine Harendt{1}, Jan Dirk Schulze Spüntrup{1}, Joachim Burghartz{1}Affiliation: {1}Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart, Germany; {2}Institut für Nano- und Mikroelektronische Systeme, GermanyAbstract: Hybrid...
MojoVision Announces New Contact Lens Prototype
From TechCrunch News and MojoVision Blog:The Bay Area-based firm [MojoVision] announced a new prototype of its augmented reality contact lens technology. The system is based around what Mojo calls “Invisible Computing,” its heads up display technology that overlays information onto the lens.
Microsoft Surface Hub 2 Camera
The Verge has a new article titled "How Microsoft built its smart Surface camera" about the new Surface Hub 2 camera. It required huge effort on the entire computational photography pipeline: the optics, the image sensor and on-board machine learning-based processing algorithms.
Accsoon M1 HDMI recorder review
The Accsoon M1 is an adapter that lets you use an Android phone as an HDMI monitor, recorder, or streamer.
Two new papers on 55 nm Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS SPADs
The AQUA research group at EPFL together with Global Foundries have published two new articles on 55 nm Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) SPAD technology in the upcoming issues of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.
Sony Cyber-shot P1 retro review
In the Year 2000, Sony launched the Cyber-shot P1, an impressively compact camera with 3.3 Megapixels and a 3x zoom that neatly folded into the candy-bar-styled body.
Nikon Z9 review so far
The Z9 is Nikon’s flagship camera, engineered to delight pro sports and wildlife photographers, high-end videographers and pretty much everyone inbetween.

 

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