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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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iPhone 7 Dual Camera

H/T: PetaPixel

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus will most likely have two rear cameras, thanks to the company's acquisition of LinX - an Israel-based startup that was developing DSLR-quality, multi-camera modules - back in April 2015. The standard iPhone 7 will boast a one iSight camera, while the larger iPhone 7 Plus is going to be offered in 2 versions: single camera and dual-camera. These cameras will sport 12-megapixel sensors, with one dedicated to a wide-angle view, and the other, being a 2x-3x telephoto lens. Continue reading for more pictures of the sensors and information.

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Bokeh Tutorial

Photo credit: Laya Gerlock via Peta Pixel / Bored Panda

For those who have never heard of the term "bokeh", it's basically the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens, and defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light". Some would say that to achieve this effect, a quality lens and / or studio is required, but Laya Gerlock shows us why aluminum foil is all you need. Other supplies required include: a camera w/large aperture lens, speedlights, a wireless trigger, gels, aluminum foil or silver wrapping paper, and scissors / tape. Continue reading for the full tutorial.

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Luna Camera

Unlike other 360-degree cameras, Luna boasts two 190° fish-eye lenses for full high-definition wraparound video and 5.0-megapixel still images. That's not all, gyro-stabilization tech was added for increased stability. To send content to your devices, simply use its built-in WiFi. It's waterproof, and can stick to a docking station, a monopod, or even a keychain, thanks to its magnetic surface. You can pick one up for $349. Click here to view more pictures. Continue reading for two more demo videos and the Indiegogo page.

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Nokia Ozo VR Camera

More than just a camera, the Nokia Ozo is the world's first commercially available VR camera. That's right, this device enables content creators to use products like the Oculus Rift seamlessly with Ozo. It comes equipped with 8 synchronized global shutter sensors working in conjunction with 8 integrated microphones to capture stereoscopic 3D video, as well as truly immersive audio for an unrivaled virtual experience. The included software allows for real-time viewing. Continue reading for more.

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Slingshot Camera

There are compact cameras, DSLRs, action cams, and then this SlingShot Camera, which ditches the traditional shutter button in favor of an elastic band. That's right, users will need to pull back on the elastic band to take photos, and possibly launch something at a co-worker / friend / etc. while they're at it. A flash is built into one of the arms and to download the images, simply plug it directly into your computer via USB. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Canon Snap

Don't want to lug around a pocket camera, and don't have a smartphone handy? The Canon Snap aims to fill that gap, by putting a functional 12-megapixel camera on your finger. It's made from a flexible gel to ensure a comfortable and secure fit, while still having enough room to pack a touchscreen display, memory card slot, and a shutter button to make life easier. Continue reading for more pictures.

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