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Lily Camera

Think of Lily Camera as basically a self-flying camera for people who don't want to pilot a quadcopter while attempting to record video footage. Measuring a svelte 3" high and roughly 10" square, this 2.8 pound gadget can easily be pulled from a backpack and then tossed in the air. Its motors will start working automatically as the drone takes flight. Thanks to a sealed body, rain or snow won't be a problem for this drone. Since there's no radio controller, users just wear a puck-shaped tracking device on their body. It uses a combination of GPS and visual subject tracking to let Lily know your position, distance and speed. Once locked, Lily can be set to maneuver to keep you in frame or be set to follow your every move via a mobile app. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Canon 1200mm Lens

Canon's Super Telephoto 1200mm f/5.6L EF Autofocus Lens may look like a bazooka at first, but it's just a $180,000 camera accessory you can pick up today from B&H. Unfortunately, you'll have to settle for a used specimen, but on the bright side, it does have a 9+ rating, which means it's almost in new condition. This is the longest prime lens ever made by Canon, with a minimum focusing distance of just 49.5-feet. Product page. Continue reading for a video, one more picture and additional information.

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Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO Explained

Just got a fancy DSLR or point-and-shoot and have no idea how the manual settings on your camera work? This handy infographic by Daniel Peters at Fotoblog Hamburg show how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work. Basically, ISO refers to the camera sensor's sensitivity to light. The aperture works much like the iris in our eyes, opening and closing to let in more or less light, also changing the depth of field. Lastly, shutter speed controls how much time the camera's shutter remains open when taking a photo. Continue reading for a video explaining everything. Click here for the full-sized image.

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Spider Holster

The Spider Holster SCS is aimed at both professional and amateur photographers alike who want an easier way to carry their DSLR (or point-and-shoot). A padded belt and two-position metal lock ensures security and freedom of movement / quickdraw action when needed. Once set up, your camera is ready to hang securely at your hip, freeing up your hands and removing the nuisance of a dangling DSLR or video camera bouncing to and fro on your neck, chest or shoulders. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Lytro Light Field

Lytro's Light Field Camera may not be worth picking up at over $500, but you can snag one now for just $59.99 shipped, today only. The Light Field is different because it's the first consumer camera that records the entire light field instead of a 2D image, allowing you to refocus pictures you've taken, after you've taken them. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Panasonic Lumix CM1

Panasonic's Lumix CM1 is no ordinary camera or phone, it's touted as the "world's slimmest communication camera". Early reviewers have been calling it the best camera phone yet, thanks to a 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and f/2.8 28mm equivalent Leica lens. If those numbers mean nothing to you, think of it as a ultra slim phone that would rival some of your favorite point-and-shoots, blowing the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S6's cameras out of the water. Speaking of smartphone functionality, it runs Android and is powered by a Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Podo Camera

Not just any camera, the Bluetooth-connected Podo is touted as the world's first stick and shoot camera that's supposed to be used as a mobile photo booth. Rather than shooting pictures of yourself at arms length with a selfie stick, just stick Podo onto most flat surfaces and start shooting away with your smartphone. It doesn't use any tape or glue, but rather a special pad covered with thousands of microscopic suction cups. Interested? You can check out the Kickstarter page for more information on how to snag one. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the UMD chapel playing the Star Wars Imperial March.

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Samsung NX300

Samsung's NX300 is no ordinary Smart Camera because it features a 20.3-megapixel sensor that captures incredible color rendition and detail, while an interchangeable lens mount offers versatility. It also offers 3D technology for both still shots and video and built-in Wi-Fi, making it easy for you to get the shots you want and share them with all your friends. Product page. Continue reading for a two-part video review and more information.

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Beastgrip Pro

Always wanted a DSLR-like experience with your smartphone? Then look no further than the BeastGrip Pro. To start things off, the video above was shot with an iPhone 6, BeastGrip Pro, Beastgrip DOF adapter, and a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens. This accessory is essentially a universal lens adapter and camera rig for smartphones. You can set it up however you want, whether it be a basic tripod mount or a full-featured professional. Its patent-pending design has an adjustable lens mount and clamps that adapt to just about any phone, thanks to the redesigned lens mount assembly being built on a three-way axis. That's not all, the company has also unveiled new BeastGrip conversion lenses as well as a DOF (Depth of Field) adapter for use with SLR lenses to capture shallow depth of field images using manual focus. Continue reading for a video, more information and the Kickstarter page.

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Catstacam

If you'd rather your cat take their own Instagram photos, there's now a wearable camera being developed to do exactly that. Introducing Catstacam, a wearable collar camera that will automatically take photos and then post them to any Instagram account you have set up for them. It's being made by Whiskas - best known for their cat food - and according to them, the camera works by automatically snapping 6 photographs each minute and sharing them on Instagram when the device has internet connectivity. The company is currently beta testing the camera with a few cats owned by celebrities. There's no word yet on pricing or availability. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including one that explains what really happens when you crack your knuckles.

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