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Phase One Camera

Nikon's 36.3-megapixel D810 might be enough for most photographers, both amateurs and professionals alike, but for those who need a camera for extreme situations, there's the Phase One x Alpa A lineup. Priced from $47000, these compact mirrorless cameras use 50, 60, or 80-megapixel full-frame CCD sensors that are calibrated for 70mm, 35mm, or 23mm Alpa lenses. Optionally, a mobile device running the company's app on an iPhone or iPad enables photographers to review their photos from their handheld devices. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Samsung Artists Camera Selfies

Samsung's NX Mini has the tagline: "For Self-Portraits. Not Selfies." So it's only fitting that ad agency Leo Burnett Switzerland throw in some tongue-in-cheek humor for their latest campaign showcasing the camera. These posters show three iconic artists - Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and Albrecht Durer - snapping selfies of themselves using the camera, and watching all of the action on its flip-up LCD display. For those more interested in the NX Mini, DP Review says this: "The Samsung NX mini is an impressive camera purely because of the amount of technology that Samsung has managed to place inside such a tiny body. The [...] lenses currently available for the mini are of a high quality, and the camera is capable of excellent results from its 1in sensor." More information. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a fascinating viral video of how lasers are used to remove rust from a piece of metal.

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Lytro's Illum 40 is no ordinary digital camera, it lets you refocus images you've shot after capturing them. Its 40 Megaray customized sensor, paired with Lytro's patented microlens array technology, lets you capture the color, intensity and direction of the light rays flowing into the camera. That's not all, the incredibly versatile 8x optical zoom 30-250mm equivalent focal length with a constant f/2.0 aperture and 1:3 macro lets you take a wide range of shots without ever having to change your lens. Product page. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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GoPro Stabilizer

Feiyu's G3 Ultra 3-axis FPV Steadycam is designed to work with GoPro cameras and will keep all of your shots steady no matter how much movement there is, just like the rigs that big Hollywood production studios use, but for a fraction of the price. This Handheld Gimbal works whether you're skateboarding, playing with your pets, running on the beach, or even snowboarding down a mountain. The demo video above shows that it's great for filming a faux first person video game. Product page. Continue reading for another test video, more pictures and additional information.

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Socialmatic Camera

Polaroid's Socialmatic Instant Camera has been rumored for quite some time, but it's finally hitting stores on January 1, 2015. The 544g Android OS-powered production model looks a little bit different from the concept, but still packs a 4.5-inch color touchscreen, 14-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2-megapixel selfie rear camera, with prints measuring 2 x 3 in (5.1 x 7.6 cm). On the inside, you'll find GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, photo-geotagging and remote printing. There's 4GB of built-in storage, but also a microSD expansion slot that's good for 32GB of additional memory. Product page. Continue reading for more product images and a hands-on video.

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Olympus XZ-2

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Olympus XZ-2 Digital Camera is currently being offered for just $179 shipped, today only, originally priced at $599. The i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens is a compact version of the Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL interchangeable lenses and is designed specifically for compact cameras like the XZ-2 3.0 Swivel Touch Screen LCD Display. Product page. Continue reading for a first look video and more information.

Notable features:
  • Super fast, bright i.ZUIKO f1.8 to f2.5 lens that uses high quality ZUIKO digital lenses.

  • Pairs a powerful TruePic VI sensor with an SLR-quality image processor to dramatically improve image quality with spectacular low-light performance and blazing autofocus speed.

  • 3.0", 920K dot super high resolution Tilting Touch screen with FAST Touch Autofocus and shutter release just by touching the screen.

  • Built in Accessory Port, Hybrid Control Ring and Function button and level for ultimate control.

  • Special effects for your photos & HD Videos with Olympus' 11 in-camera Art Filters and Art Effects.


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Billion Frames Per Second

Washington University researchers have built the world's fastest 2D receive-only camera, capable of capturing images at a staggering rate of up to 100-billion FPS. This is possible with a technique called Compressed Ultrafast Photography (CUP), which captures high-speed images frame-by-frame as it passes the lens. Professor Lihong Wang, the research team leader, says: "For the first time, humans can see light pulses on the fly. Because this technique advances the imaging frame rate by orders of magnitude, we now enter a new regime to open up new visions. Each new technique, especially one of a quantum leap forward, is always followed a number of new discoveries." Brian Pogue, an engineer at Darthmouth, adds: "It might be possible to improve the investigation into approaches to optical cloaking, in which light bends or is deformed around an object, instead of going through it." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone skating on a crystal clear lake.

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Nikon D7000

Nikon's D7000 DSLR (Body Only) is currently being offered for only $549.95 shipped, today only, originally priced at $899.95. Experience stunning images with sharp resolution and smooth tonal gradation, thanks to the 16-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor and a powerful EXPEED 2 image processing engine. Product page. Continue reading for a video review, more images and additional information.

Notable features:
  • High Resolution 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor.

  • Body only; lenses sold separately.

  • High Speed 6 frames per second continuous shooting up to 100 shots.

  • Breathtaking Full 1080p HD Movies with Full Time Autofocus.

  • Dynamic ISO range from 100 to 6400.


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Smartphone Instant Camera

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Instant film cameras are nothing new, but Prynt puts a new twist on the idea. Think of it as a phone case meets portable printer. Simply put, the photos are sent to the case via Bluetooth, which then prints them in a similar way to how traditional Polaroid cameras work, by mixing a film material with chemicals in layers to form the final image. Available next year, priced from $99. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a super fun sport that combines the best of football, soccer and inflatable bouncy things that you wear over your head.

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Nixie Camera Drone

We covered Nixie not too long ago, but here's yet another look at the world's first wearable camera drone. This portable gadget folds up and attaches to a wrist strap, and when the wearer wants it to start filming, they just have to press a button. The drone then unfolds and flies overhead, tracking their movements using motion sensors. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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