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Above are the before and after shots of a fire near Camarillo, CA which started May 2nd and burned more than 24,000 acres.
The images above are falsely colored, to reflect the multiple spectrums of information being captured:
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the newest Landsat satellite, passed over the Springs Fire on May 4, 2013. In the false-color images above from LDCM’s Operational Land Imager (OLI), unburned vegetation appears dark green. Burned areas are red, and the most severely burned areas are generally the darkest. Actively growing farmland is light green; plowed fields are brown. Buildings and roads are gray. Note that the image is rotated so that north is to the right.
Can’t wait for such augmented vision technologies to trickle down into consumer cameras and smartphones. (Via NASA)
Why the Camera Market is the Most Exciting Market to Watch Today
When you plonk on the viewfinder and a zoom lens, petite mirror less cameras approach SLR sizes. Can someone explain why one would buy this for $1450 rather than picking up a low end Canon or Nikon DLSR, with a significantly larger sensor and selection of lenses? And if you remove the viewfinder and drop in a fixed focus lens to keep the size down, why not an truly pocketable Sony RX100 for $600?
Many remark that mirrorless feels like the future; it’s a nascent category that doesn’t fit cleanly between increasingly capable point and shoots and comically capable cheap DSLRs. But it’s not truly disruptive. Rather than rendering an entire product category obsolete it sits more like a wedge between point and shoots and DSLRs attempting to squeeze out either. It’s not an iPad. It’s not an iPhone. At some point it will mature, and some of the bets the line is assuming are smart: at some point we won’t have mechanical mirrors flipping up and down in cameras and sensors will be large, cheap, and sensitive enough to put large performance in smaller bodies.
But while I agree with these bets, I don’t think mirrorless is going to win. In the last few months point and shoot cameras have been presenting an alternate future. The Sony RX100 puts an one inch sensor in a actually pocket size body and retails for about $600. The Ricoh GR sports an DSLR equivalent sensor in an even smaller frame (albeit with a fixed lens) for $800. In two to three years these capabilities will trickle below the $500 line and start ending up in casual shooters’ hands (the one’s not satisfied by smartphones, which will not be a majority).
Between smartphones which challenge point and shoots, point and shoots which challenge DSLRs, and mirrorless cameras challenging everyone in the room, the camera space is my new favorite consumer tech sector to watch. It resembles the pre-iPhone smartphone/featurephone market. The boundaries are unclear and the underlying technology is barely being used to it’s consumer potential. The interfaces are ugly, the exterior design is just starting to be considered, and ubiquitous connectivity is starting to become a given. The market is ripe for disruption and there’s no shortage of entrants.
(Photo via Digital Photography Review)
“ Adobe says it plans to focus all of its software development efforts on its Creative Cloud product from here on out. The Creative Suite (CS) is being rebranded to Creative Cloud (CC) as part of this shift. In other words, the Creative Suite line is coming to an end, and Creative Suite 6 will be the last in the series. Gone are the days in which you purchase a boxed copy of Adobe software.”
Quite a big change: Boxed Software → Owned Software → Subscription Software.
And $20 a month is a great price point.