A Texas tourist recently learned the hard way that you can’t fly a drone just anywhere. He crashed his DJI Air 2S into a skyscraper in New York City’s World Trade Center complex. It caused an immediate response from authorities, resulting in an arrest.
It was bound to happen, really. In a city that size, an image that covers that much of it, with a resolution so high, finding a naked person was as inevitable as Thanos believed himself to be. And now, the Reddit detectives have found one. Some guy, sitting naked in a chair by his window.
The image was created using EarthCam’s new GigapixelCam X80 80-Gigapixel camera, although this particular image is actually 120-gigapixels. From its vantage point atop the Empire State Building, it points primarily towards lower Manhattan (the rear behind is mostly blocked by the Empire State Building itself) and shows some incredible detail.
Huge resolution images have become all the rage the last few years, with a number of cameras now featuring the ability to create “super high resolution” images in-camera without any external software. But EarthCam’s new camera, the GigapixelCam X80 really takes the cake, producing whopping 80-gigapixel images. To celebrate the launch of the camera, the company made the largest and most detailed image ever created of New York City.
The camera is perched atop the Empire State Building, pointing towards lower Manhattan, and it holds a pretty insane amount of detail. Inside it, is a 61-megapixel Sony A7R IV driven by Sony’s SDK, to capture thousands of images in a full 360 degrees of rotation with full pan, tilt and zoom control over IP, 4G LTE and 5G networks.
Even if you don’t live in New York, even in the USA, you’ve seen the iconic “I ❤ NY” logo on various objects. And if you take a photo of it and want to sell it, beware – the state of New York might sue you.
A consumer by the name of John Guerriero has filed a class-action suit against Sony Electronics Inc. in the Southern District of New York over claims that the shutter in the Sony A7 III is not fit for purpose, resulting in much-shortened life expectancies than expected. The reported life expectancy of the shutter in the Sony A7 III is 200,000 actuations, although he claims “numerous users report shutter failures … between 10,000 and 50,000 for most of the users who experienced this”.
If those failures happen outside of the one-year warranty, customers are required to pay $500-650 for repair or basically be stuck with a useless brick for the rest of time. And while a shutter life expectancy in any camera isn’t a guarantee, he alleges that it happens often enough that it’s kinda suspicious.
It appears that October isn’t far enough away to reliably hold a show, at least not in New York. We’ve been told by a source close to NAB Show New York that organisers have begun sending out emails informing people that the NAB Show New York, which was scheduled to take place on October 21st & 22nd at the Javits Convention Center in New York, has been cancelled.
During Sunday’s protests in New York city, luxury stores were ransacked, and Leica Store SoHo was among them. The store had its windows smashed and a lot of gear was stolen. According to witnesses, this looting could have been organized, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the protests that have been happening across the US.
Sharing photos of your exotic vacation on social networks can be a double-edged sword, especially during the pandemic. For a 23-year-old tourist from New York, posting photos from his trip to Hawaii had him arrested. He reportedly broke the mandatory quarantine, and it was his Instagram photos that gave him away.
The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, invited the citizens last week to report anyone who breaks social distancing. He encouraged people to snap a photo and text it to a hotline open specifically for this purpose. However, people reportedly sent in so many memes and obscene photos, that NYC was forced to temporarily disable the hotline.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in New York City is alarming. Because of this, there have reportedly been more mass burials on Hart Island than ever. Photographer George Steinmetz was recently documenting a burial ditch on Hart Island with his drone, which put him in legal trouble. His drone was confiscated by the police and he was issued a Desk Appearance Ticket.