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Nikon P900 Zoom Moon

The Nikon P900 may not be the most expensive digital camera on the block, but it does come equipped with an 83x optical zoom, 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom super telephoto lens, capable of capturing up-close moon shots you never thought possible. At the long end of the zoom the image stabilization works very well, and a handy 'zoom out' button lets you locate a subject that's moved out of the frame and then zoom right back in. This person decided to zoom in on the moon, and the results were spectacular as the video shows. Get one here now. Continue reading for another P900 optical zoom test video.

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Lightdow LD4000 GoPro

Lightdow's LD4000 Sports Action Camera is a great starter model for anyone who wants to get into vlogging, or just filming special events, and it's being offered for only $42.98 shipped, today only, originally $99.99. It can capture 12-megapixel footage at speeds of up to 30 fps (1080p/30 and 720p/30), while boasting an immersive 170° wide-angle lens. All the mounts you need are included inside the box. Product page. Continue reading for a video test and more information.

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Light L16 Camera

Unlike other digital cameras, the Light L16 is essentially a "multi-aperture computational camera", or in other words, it uses 10 small cameras out of 16 simultaneously. That's right, it comes equipped with a powerful processor and proprietary algorithms to stitch together the results into a single high-quality 52 megapixel image in real-time, allowing you to choose your focus and depth of field after you've taken your photo. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Hasselbad X1D

Handmade in Sweden, the Hasselblad X1D is the world's first mirrorless digital medium format camera. It manages to cram a 50-megapixel, 1.7 x 1.3-inch CMOS sensor into a compact body that weighs less than half that of a normal medium format camera. Featuring a 3" 920K-dot display, 2.4-megapixel electronic viewfinder, HD video recording, Wi-Fi connectivity, and integrated GPS. Photographers will also get to experience new AF lenses designed specifically to work with both the closer sensor and smaller body, while keeping flash sync up to 1/2000th of a second. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1

The Olympus OM-D EM10 (body) is normally priced at $599, but it's being offered for only $299 shipped, today only. It boasts a powerful TruePic VII image processor, a large, interactive electronic viewfinder, built-in flash and Wi-Fi, a warp-speed AF system that allows sequential shooting at 8fps (yes, eight!), and much more. The sensor, image processor and lens technology are the core of any digital camera. The E-M10 ups the ante by pairing a 16MP Live MOS sensor with our most powerful TruePic VII image processor for extraordinary resolution and accurate color rendition. Product page. Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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Lightning 7000 FPS

Professor Ningyu Liu of the Florida Institute of Technology's Geospace Physics Laboratory used a high-speed camera to capture lightning strikes over Melbourne, Florida at 7,000 frames per second. About 70% of lightning occurs over land in the tropics where atmospheric convection is the greatest. This occurs from both the mixture of warmer and colder air masses, as well as differences in moisture concentrations, and it generally happens at the boundaries between them. Continue reading for another video showing amazing upwards lightning.

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Pictar iPhone DSLR

Camera cases are nothing new, but Pictar is basically a grip that aims to make adjusting zoom, ISO, shutter speed, and focus a breeze. Featuring a dual-stage shutter release for that SLR-look, manual wheels for exposure compensation / zoom / ISO / shutter speed, a toggle for the front-facing camera, a strap, a cold shoe for external accessories (mics/flashes), and even a standard tripod mount. Continue reading for a hands-on video preview, more information and the Kickstarter page.

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Flexible Sheet Camera

Researchers at Columbia University's Engineering department, lead by professor Shree K. Nayar, have developed a flexible sheet camera that enables one to change the field of view by just bending it. "Cameras today capture the world from essentially a single point in space. While the camera industry has made remarkable progress in shrinking the camera to a tiny device with ever increasing imaging quality, we are exploring a radically different approach to imaging. We believe there are numerous applications for cameras that are large in format but very thin and highly flexible," said Nayar. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to make a water balloon cannon.

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Samsung Contact Lens Camera

Samsung's new patent reveals that it could be working on a contact lens-like camera that is triggered by simply blinking. This contact lens would include a camera, small display an antenna, and several sensors. After snapping the image, it will need to be paired with a smartphone, tablet or computer for processing the data. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone juggling a flaming soccer ball.

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Canon Selfie Camera

Thanks to smartphones, selfies, or self portraits, have become more popular than ever, but for those who prefer to use a device that can't answer calls, this Canon camera is the perfect solution. Featuring a flexible roll-up display and a secondary curved Corning Gorilla Glass display with its controls integrated directly below. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus funny and interesting photography images.

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