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DSLR Battery Flames

Photo credit: Vidar A. Bøen via Peta Pixel

Lithium-ion batteries are found in everything from portable game consoles to smartphones and tablets, but they shouldn't be loaded into the cargo hold of planes. "FAA battery fire testing has highlighted the potential risk of a catastrophic aircraft loss due to damage resulting from a lithium battery fire or explosion. Current cargo fire suppression systems cannot effectively control a lithium battery fire," said an FAA representative. Photographer Vidar A. Bøen learned why when he plugged in his Hahnel HLX-EL15HP battery and charger at home. After an hour, the battery just burst into flames out of nowhere. Continue reading for two full-sized images of the battery and aftermath.

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Falcon 9 Launch

Photo credit: Bill Ingalls via Peta Pixel

NASA photographer Bill Ingalls set up a remote DSLR camera pointed at the launch pad of the Falcon 9 rocket yesterday during the launch, and when he went to retrieve it, he found the melted mess you see above. Unfortunately, both the $3,500 Canon 5DS DSLR and L were both destroyed. "Well, one remote cam outside the pad perimeter was found to be a bit toast(y). Sigh. And yes, it made pix until its demise," said Ingalls. Continue reading to see the final shots the DSLR camera took.

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Sony A16 Camera

The problem with many point-and-shoot cameras today is that they are jam-packed with features, so much so, that you can't just pick it up and use all of its functions, without reading the instruction manual. Sony's Alpha 16 is the complete opposite, as there are no buttons, just a large touchscreen display on the back that can be used to access any of the camera's functions. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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KanDao Obsidian VR Camera

Not just an 360° camera, the KanDao Obsidian can shoot in 3D, thanks to an innovative algorithm that processes both left / right channels, and then stitching together the videos and images captured, in real-time. That's not all, it can also capture 8K footage at 30fps. One caveat: it'll set you back a hefty $6,999. Continue reading for a hands-on video, more pictures and information.

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Old Lens Red Camera

Photographer / filmmaker Mathieu Stern wanted to see what would happen when you mount a 140-year-old lens with a 5K RED camera, and thus this project ensued. "It's been a dream for me to adapt a century-old lens on the highest technology available and see how the image would look. After some tests, I found the best way to adapt the lens on the camera, and the first image that appeared on the screen was mind-blowing," said Stern. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus video.

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Dragon Touch 4K Action Camera

Dragon Touch's Vision 3 4K Action Camera comes bundled with all the accessories you'll need, and it's being offered for just $44.99 shipped (after clipping the $5 off coupon), today only, originally $79.99. Featuring 4K/30FPS, 2.7K/30fps, 1080P/60FPS video recording and 16MP photo resolution, thanks to its Sony EXMOR Sensor, complete with a zoom range from 1.0X to 4.0X. Wear the remote control on your wrist while installing the sports camera on your helmet to record moments in places you can't reach. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review, more pictures and information.

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YI 1080p Dash Cam

YI's Compact 1080p Dash Cam not only comes with a 2.7" display and night vision, but many more features, all for $28 shipped with coupon code: ILVGZV3N, today only, originally $49.99. It delivers 1080p/30fps resolution and features a 3-axis adjustable gravity sensor for accurate emergency recordings. The high sensitivity image sensor and infrared filters ensures detailed videos even at night. Equipped with Emergency Recording, the YI Compact Dash Camera will automatically record, save and lock a collision and the moments leading up to it. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: ILVGZV3N during final checkout to receive the additional discount. continue reading for another video review, more pictures and information.

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Canon 120MP Sensor

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We have seen the future of Canon's point-and-shoot as well as DSLR cameras, and it includes this 120-megapixel CMOS sensor, which made its debut at a photography expo in May 2016. It's officially called the "120MXS," and boasts an ultra-high-resolution of 13280 x 9184. The sensor itself, an APS-H senso, slots between a full frame (36 x 24 mm) and APS-C crop (22.5 x 15mm). "Ultra-high-resolution is made possible by parallel signal processing, which reads signals at high speed from multiple pixels. All pixel progressive reading of 9.4fps is made possible by 28 digital signal output channels. It is available in RGB or with twice the sensitivity, in monochrome," said a Canon representative. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one explaining how you know you're a genius.

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Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei's all-new P20 Pro just might be the best smartphone for photographers, since it's the world's first to feature a Leica triple camera system. This means the main camera features a 40MP, 1/1.73" RGB sensor behind a 27mm f/1.8 (35mm equiv.) lens, while a secondary camera sports a 20MP, 1/2.78" monochrome sensor behind a 27mm f/1.6 (35mm equiv.) lens, and last, but not least, the telephoto camera lens offers an 8MP, 1/4.4" RGB sensor behind an 80mm f/2.4 (35mm equiv.) lens, complete with optical image stabilization. That's not all, the device also uses a Master AI system that includes AI stabilization, AI-Assisted Composition (suggestions for framing group and landscape photos), and scene recognition, which identifies over 500 scenarios across 19 categories to automatically select camera setting for the best shot. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information.

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First GoPro Camera

The GoPro Fusion is capable of capturing spherical video, but long before this innovation, there was this camera, first released on April 13, 2005. It measured in at 2.5" x 3", weighed 0.45-pounds, and included a quick release clear case, camera strap and ski glove adapter lash. The camera could also pivot "on the fly" and is functional at a maximum water depth of about 15-feet. The device was marketed as a "reusable wrist camera" and included a roll of 24 exposure Kodak 400 film. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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