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Explorer Camera Ball

Bounce Imaging unveils Explorer, softball-sized, tactical camera ball with six different lenses surrounded by LED lights that takes several photos per second out of each lens at the same time. The raw images it takes are then stitched together by an integrated processor within a fraction of a second to provide 360° images, before being transmitted straight to the user's smartphone. IB Times says it's designed to help police, "who often face entering potentially dangerous situations where armed gunmen might be waiting, as well as emergency responders, who routinely need to enter collapsed or burning buildings to rescue people, as well as locations with chemical leaks." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the first full-length Steve Jobs movie trailer, starring Michael Fassbender.

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Nikon P900 Zoom

Nikon's Coolpix P900 isn't a high-end DSLR, but this compact camera has one crazy feature...83x optical zoom as well as 166x dynamic fine zoom. As you can see in the video above, this device doubles as a telescope for moon watching (craters and all), literally, and it can record video too, 1080p at 60fps to boot. Other features include a 16.0-megapixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, integrated Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, a high-performance AF system with 7fps burst shooting and a Vari-angle 3-inch LCD display. More information on the camera. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including an insane coin trick by a young magician.

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DxO ONE iPhone

DxO Labs has just unveiled DxO ONE, compact 2.65-inch accessory that transforms your iPhone into 20.2-megapixel camera with DSLR-quality images. The company managed to cram a 1-inch CMOS BSI sensor, also used in Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras into the device, and the front sports a 2mm-equivalent f/1.8 lens with a 6-blade iris. There's no display on the device because it's designed to connect to your iPhone or iPad via Lightning connector, enabling you to swivel the camera in each direction 60°. Photographers can use a free iOS app to control the settings, like aperture, shutter speed as well as the ISO, of the DxO camera. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of a good samaritan restoring faith in humanity

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Leica X3 DSLR

The Leica X3 may look like a simple lens, but it's actually a fully-functional camera in disguise. Designed by Vincent Sall, this compact camera not only easily slides into your pocket, but enables users to transfer photos instantly to any smart device via Bluetooth. Simply flipping out the lens powers on the device, and it functions like any other camera when snapping photos. Sall says: "This project is about filling the gap between big cameras with great image quality and smartphone cameras with limited quality/control." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Squito Throwable Camera

At first glance, Squito appears to be just a toy, but upon closer inspection, you'll realize it's a 360° throwable panoramic camera. It's equipped with three separate cameras, a microcontroller, image processor and an inertial measurement unit. The sphere can transmit all video and images captured directly to a smartphone, tablet or computer. That's not all, the camera is capable of capturing, re-orienting, and then stitching together those images into a panorama, thanks to spin stabilization technology. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a first look at "The Martian" starring Matt Damon.

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Phase One XF Camera System

Phase One, a Copenhagen-based company specializing in medium-format digital photography, unveiled its XF camera technology Tuesday, and it brings faster electronics, an overhauled autofocus, two new lenses, along with a new 80-megapixel sensor to an ultra-high-end family of professional photography products. The sensor is capable of capturing more detail than Canon's 50-megapixel EOS 5DS or Nikon's 36-megapixel D810, and offers a wide 13.5-stop dynamic range, which lets the sensor capture details in both shadowy and bright areas, and of faithful capture of a scene's true colors. The new XF camera body, paired with an 80-megapixel IQ3 digital back will set you back $48,990. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Money Maker Multi-Camera Holster

HoldFast Gear's Money Maker Multi-Camera Strap is perfect for the photographer who always finds themselves out with 2 DSLR camera. It's crafted from high-quality leather and comes equipped with anchored metal d-rings to hold two DSLR-sized cameras near your hips. This accessory was designed to be worn in an "X" pattern, turning you into a photography cowboy. That's not all, the harness sports an innovative Speed Clutch system, enabling users to easily slide the camera up and down the harness. Get it here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates roundup. Continue reading for a viral video of Polish pro drifter Bartosz driving with his feet.

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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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