A motion picture technical database: Shotonwhat.com

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A fledgling website, shotonwhat.com, aims to be your new destination for movie tech info. The twist? The site needs you to fill in its blanks

It's  one thing to manually specify which points and objects a system should track, but quite another for a visual system to find its own points - and for your life to depend on it.  In a strange and convoluted way, self-driving cars may point to the future of cameras

A new way to think about cameras and lenses

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I always try to take existing trends and push them to their limits. It doesn’t always point to the way things ultimately turn out, but it does at least show up a few possibilities.

You wouldn’t expect the video business to take lessons in innovation from a company that makes low-cost mixing consoles. But, in the case of the Mackie DL1608, it probably should.

Does this mean we’ll be buying cameras in Six Packs next?

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You can now buy six of Amazon’s new colour Kindles (i.e. a fully-fledged tablet) for $250. It was eye popping enough to see the price for individual tablets, which is $50, but if you buy five, you get an additional one free. Is this degree of commoditisation about to happen to cameras?

In our article How should we test cameras? we asked what was better: unblinking scientific testing or judging on the perceived quality of the image, and we discussed some of the issues surrounding camera evaluations. But we thought it was only right to get the perspective from the people on the front-end doing the reviews themselves. Here, Phil Rhodes talks about objectivity vs subjectivity.

ARRI’s Amira - First user review

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 The ARRI Alexa has become hugely popular due to the intelligent processing and the delicious image it creates.The company’s latest camera, the Amira, thus has an exceptional pedigree and, in this review of the first Amira in Australasia by Kiwi cinematographer Donny Duncan, proves to be a pretty exceptional camera too.

Recently, I had to buy a new toaster. You would think this was a simple process: it’s not. And the problems I encountered along the way tell us a lot about what is wrong with buying technology today.

How do you choose a camera? In this article, we use examples from everyday consumer life; smartphones, cars, computers, etc, to put the latest camera developmens into perspective. And we ask: are we reaching the point where you don't always need the latest and greatest?

Why cameras are designed the way they are

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A close look at the complex process of camera development and the way that manufacturers decide what cameras to make and what niches to fill.

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