Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New CCD Eye

Screen within a screen
The Big Brain can now look farther and deeper in the Universe depths with this new big color camera eye. On June 13th, 2012, the Big Brain gained a powerful new CCD eye, purposed for imaging great gains to ISO 27,000.

Features The electronic lensing eye employs a CCD element sensor which saves data to a 16 GB High Speed SD Ultra Card by Sandisk at a high speed data transfer rate of 30MBPS. The sensing element is a 10.0 Megapixel 1.1.7-inch Charge Coupled Device with a fast pre image forming F/2.0 to F/4.9 wide angle (28mm to 105mm) lens capable of zoom at 3.8 optical x 4 digital (15.2 combined). It contains a full size 3-inch bright LCD monitor with 461,000 pixels. The eye can time expose a quarter of a minute (15 seconds) for astronomical and dark area imaging and reaches a fast high end exposure of 1/1600s. Vision is as close as 2-inches or out to infinity and includes a timer. One great feature is the programmable function ring which can be assigned various modes.

Battery pack and recording media
The eye handles continuous imaging at 1.9 views a second and will also record video and stereo audio. The digital zoom is silent on the recording audio. The eye features the advanced Optical Image Stabilizer System. Capacity is 164,734 views per card fill. Resolution goes to 3648 x 2736 pixels. Data is saved in compressed or full JPG or high resolution RAW and is fully compatible with Apple OSX Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and iPhoto. The eye interfaces with High Speed USB 2.0, NTSC, PAL, and records in Stereo. The Vid can handle 5-hour stints and has an active optical zoom. (Capture 720p HD 24 FPS video in stereo sound; playback on an HDTV via the HDMI output.) Weight is only 6 ounces (170g) and approximate housing dimensions are 3.93 x 2.3 x 1.16 inches (99.8 x 58.4 x 29.5mm), ideal for both Brain and telescope mounting. Framing is selected from 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 4:5. The battery used is NB-6L. The image camera can serve as an advanced robot eye, a Big Brain image center, the imaging device for the Ultra Space Program, a satellite imaging unit for launches into space, etc. The interior Canon S95 electronics is similar to the Canon G12 at half the price. (the G12 is larger, heavier, slower, with a smaller LCD display but has more external controls, a flip out LCD and a closer focus macro.) For more information refer to Canon PowerShot S95 information at

Monetary Investment What does this system cost when exported to overseas markets like Taiwan? The camera lists for US$399.99. A package with camera, one extra original manufacture's battery, LCD protect screen covering, a SanDisk 16GB 30MB/s Ultra Media SDHC1 Card (note: this is currently the fastest, class 10, data transfer card of this type offered by SanDisk), a Digital Cleaning Kit and the dealer service plan was $380.00. Separately added by Humanoido Labs is a specialized sides-reinforced black zippered bag that holds: the camera, one extra battery and the download USB cable plus notes. Note, the hard leather camera case recommended by the seller was not purchased as it had a bolt which did not line up with the camera and could not hold any accessories. currently sells the camera for US$392.00 without any accessories.

Improvements Over the Previous Eye The new Canon S95 eye represents a great improvement and major upgrade over the previous Big Brain SONY T10 eye. T10 ratings: CCD, Sliding Lens Cover, F3.5 to F4.3, 38mm Lens, 7.2 Megapixel, 2.5” LCD 230,000 Pixels, 3X Optical 6X Digital Zoom (18 combined), 90x55x21mm size, 165 Grams weight, JPG Format, 30FPS Video, Shutter ¼ Sec. to 1/1000 Sec., Movie can zoom, ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, Macro 1cm, 7.4 Million Photodetectors, Tripod Mount, Lithium Battery, 2Gb Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo, SONY Cyber-shot InfoLithium battery NP-FT1.

SONY T Series Announcement
NOTE: According to internet sources, all known SONY T series cameras, such as T10, T20 etc. have a manufacturing defect. Apparently, new or old cameras can develop a lens vibration anomaly rendering the camera useless. A stabilizing lens gyro internally with glue mounts fails. SONY offered a free recall fix in 2011 that has now ended. Camera owners are now left with a very expensive fix, in which in some cases has failed again, or the route to purchase another brand camera.

Summary In summary, the new S95 eye has a faster lens, a more sensitive ISO rating, can take longer time exposures and faster exposures, is about the same small weight, size and has a similar timer, has a 2" macro instead of .75", has a larger brighter display, a larger megapixel CCD imager, adds stereo sound, and has a card with eight times the storage capacity.

SanDisk Data Card
Information and quotes from the SanDisk Web Site
SDHC (16 & 32GB), SDXC (64GB) form factor, Class 10 performance for Full HD† video (1080p), Read speeds up to 30MB/s* Capacities up to 64GB** Writeable label for easy identification and organization. Lifetime limited warranty*** Water-proof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, shock proof‡ Form factor: SDHC (16GB and 32GB), SDXC (64 GB) Available capacities: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB Performance/speed: Up to 30MB/s* read speed; write speed lower. SDHC card dimension: 0.94" x 1.25" x 0.08" (24 mm x 32 mm x 2.1 mm) Operating temperature: -13ºF to 185ºF (-25ºC to 85 ºC). Storage temperature: -40ºF to 185ºF (-40ºC to 85ºC) Compatibility: Compatible with all SDHC or SDXC supporting host devices. Security: Built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss. Support: Lifetime limited warranty*** Jewel case included . Not all devices support SDHC and/or SDXC memory card formats. Check with your device manufacturer for more details. * Up to 30MB/sec read speed; write speed lower. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes. ** 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. Some capacity not available for data storage. *** 10 year warranty in Germany, Canada, and regions not recognizing "lifetime" warranty. † Full HD video(1920x1080x30fps) and HD (1280x720x30fps) video support may vary based upon host device, file size, resolution, compression, bit rate, content and other factors. See ‡ SD, SDHC and SDXC card formats up to 64 GB only. See for additional information. SanDisk Ultra® Class 10 SDHC™/ SDXC™ UHS-I Card 30MB/s. Get the highest video recording performance with Class 10 rating for Full HD† video (1080p), plus more speed to catch the shot with your point and shoot camera. With SanDisk Ultra UHS-I cards you'll benefit from faster downloads, higher capacity, and better performance to capture and store more Full HD video. Take advantage of ultra-fast read speeds of up to 30 MB/s* to save time when moving images from the card to your computer. SanDisk Ultra UHS-I cards are water-proof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, shock proof‡, compatible with all SD/SDHC digital devices, and come with world-class customer support. 16 GB Item# SDSDU-016G-A11 SanDisk Ultra SDHC UHS-I cards are for point-and-shoot cameras and camcorders to capture Full HD† Video (1080p) and pictures. Featuring speed class 10 for the highest video recording performance available and more speed to take better pictures instantly.