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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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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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