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  • Canon sensor records video in very low light, sees movie stars of a different sort

    Canon sensor records video in very low light, captures movie stars of a different sort video

    Although there’s undoubtedly been improvements to low light videography, it’s still difficult or impossible for most cameras to record in near-total darkness. Canon has the solution with a video-only, 35mm CMOS sensor that can keep recording even when there’s virtually no visible light at all. The prototype’s pixels are about 7.5 times larger than in already light-sensitive DSLRs like the EOS-1D X, letting it get focus with as little as 0.03lux of illumination. The result is more than just the perfect camera for a horror movie — the sensor can capture the Geminid meteor shower and other astronomical phenomena without special tricks. Canon hasn’t said when it might ship a video camera toting the new imaging technology, but it’s planning to show the sensor at a security expo this week; we may well see the sensor in the field, even if most of its work happens beyond the public eye.

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    Via: Impress Watch (translated)

    Source: Canon (translated)

  • Fujitsu’s German-made Lifebook AH562 turns up at CeBIT, we go hands-on


    Dressed in black and white, bearing the national flag and the legend “Made in Germany,” we weren’t sure if this was Michael Ballack or Fujitsu’s AH562 laptop. After weighing up the pros and cons if it transpired we tried to review the footballer, we decided it was only right that we dove in to take a look at this freshly minted budget notebook. Grab your number 13 shirt, glare derisively at that picture of Philipp Lahm and join us after the break.

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  • Intel launches Atom CE5300-based storage platform with multiple streams, smart scaling

    Intel launches Atom CE5300based storage platform with multiple streams, smart scaling

    There’s been more than a few Atom-based storage servers. Most of them either have to lean on the same Atom processors you’d usually get with nettops, though, which makes them less than ideal for media tasks than a chip dedicated to the job. Intel has just launched a new platform that might be a better fit for home network storage. New NAS arrays from Asustor, Synology, Thecus and others (none yet pictured here) all revolve around a dual-core Atom CE5300 system-on-chip that’s better-optimized for media processing duties: it can stream video across the network to multiple devices at once, and can automatically downscale video to accommodate smaller screens. The small chip contributes to a relatively small price at the same time, with NAS boxes starting around $299. Not everyone can suddenly justify a dedicated media server in the home just because the CE5300 is an option, but those that do may at least get more for their money.

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    Source: Intel

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