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Article Abstract #4 and #5

My first article is from Engadget and is titled “Mamiya’s DM22 is a medium format digital camera for the Walmart type at sub-$10k pricepoint.”


The title of the article grabbed my attention for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, the article itself goes into very little detail about medium format digital cameras (though this is somewhat to be expected; Engadget is written to a niche of extreme technophiles) so I did some digging on Wikipedia:

Medium format has traditionally referred to a film format in still photography and the related cameras and equipment that use this film. Generally, the term applies to film and cameras used to produce images larger than the 24 by 36 mm of 135 film, but smaller than the 4”×5” size, which is considered to be large format.”


Digital photography came to the medium format world with the development of digital camera backs, which can be fitted to many system cameras. Digital backs are a type of camera back that have electronic sensors in them, effectively converting a camera into a digital camera. These backs are used predominantly by professional photographers. As with film, due to the increased size of the imaging chip (up to twice that of a 35 mm film frame, and thus as much as 40 times the size of the chip in a typical pocket point-and-shoot camera) they deliver more pixels than consumer-grade cameras, and have lower noise. Features like fan cooling also improve the image quality of studio models.”

My second article, called “Russian Billionaire Installs Anti-Photo Shield on Giant Yacht” is from Wired.com.


Aparrently, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich commissioned the construction of a multi-billion dollar yacht, complete with two helicopter pads, its own miniature submarine and missile-proof windows to protect against piracy. It also features some state-of-the-art “anti-paparazzi” technology; specifically, a laser system that can identify CCDs (a sensor that converts images into digital data, found on most digital cameras). After targeting the CCD, the laser system shoots a bolt of light at the camera, destroying whatever image it was trying to take. Needless to say, the legality of this technology is being hotly disputed and could have major implications for the field of photo-journalism in the future.

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