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Olympus Air Pistol Grip

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The Olympus Air looks like a simple camera lens, but it's actually an all-in-one camera that works in conjunction with smart devices via a companion app. One fan has created the Open Platform Grip, a 3D printed pistol-style grip that lets you shoot to take pictures, literally. It's more than just looks, as the aim of this project is to help photographers aim and frame shots without having to look at any display when using the viewfinder-less Olympus Air. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Canon 250-Megapixel

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Say goodbye to low-resolution cameras, and hello to Canon's new insane 250-megapixel CMOS sensor. When a photographer mounts an 800mm lens on a compatible DSLR, you're able to make out signs on skyscrapers located over 9-miles away. That's not all, pair the 250MP sensor with a super-telephoto lens as well as Turbulence Removal technology, and you'll be able to clearly see a woman waving on the Eiffel Tower from approximately 1.9-miles away. Continue reading for more fascinating images.

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Sony RX1R II

First came the RX1R, now Sony has followed it up with the 42.2-megapixel RX1R II. This model delivers the highest picture quality of any Sony compact camera ever made, thanks to its large aperture, fixed focal length ZEISS Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens, paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processing engine. What really sets it apart is its optical variable low pass filter, enabling hat shooters to manually adjust the balance of image resolution and presence of moire or color artifacts to match the subject. Continue reading for a hands-on video, more pictures and additional information.

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TinyMOS Camera

Forget paying thousands for expensive astrography cameras, and say hello to TinyMOS's Tiny1 Astronomy Camera, which pairs an exceptional low-light sensor with advanced image processing to create striking images of space. That's right, you'll easily be able to capture stars, whole constellations, and even entire planets far quicker than with a traditional DSLR. Users can also take time-lapse videos in 2.5K resolution, complete with up-to-date star charts in live preview mode. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Most instant cameras do not have ways to save images, but the Polaroid Snap has a built-in SD card (up to 32GB) slot that does just that. This 10-megapixel shooter creates 2x3-inch prints in under a minute, thanks to Zero Ink (ZINK) technology, which uses special heat-activated dye crystals. It features a photo booth mode for shooting 6 photos in 10 seconds, and the option to remove Polaroid's classic border logo on your instant prints. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Camera Aperture Ring Box

Photo credit: Matt Chalker

At first glance, this appears to be a camera shutter, but twist it open, and you'll find a diamond ring, or any other surprise you'd like. Matt Chalker spent 50-60 hours making the geeky creation above, which opens / closes like the aperture on a camera, to propose to his photographer girlfriend. "All of the wood is Ipe, the sleeve is machinable brass, the leaves are bronze shim stock, the pins (invisible when assembled) are 0.060" brass and the cushion is made from some sliced up nerf darts covered in velvet. It works by twisting the sleeve and the bottom wood base," said Chalker. Continue reading to see the build process from start to finish.

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Modulo Camera

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Say goodbye to overexposed photos, and hello to the Modulo Camera. Developed by MIT researchers, this camera captures a high dynamic range photo with every exposure. "No more will photographers or even ordinary people have to fumble with aperture size and exposure length. The algorithm would enable people simply to click the camera button and let the computer deal with exposure problems. The modulo camera can potentially transform the way everyday photography works," writes lead scientist Hang Zhao. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the 24-hours of endless sun those stationed in Antarctica get to experience every summer October - February.

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First Version Everyday Things

Steven Sasson as an engineer at Eastman Kodak invented and built the first electronic camera using a charge-coupled device image sensor in 1975. Earlier ones used a camera tube; later ones digitized the signal. Early uses were mainly military and scientific; followed by medical and news applications. However, the history of the digital camera dates back to 1961 with Eugene F. Lally of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who when he wasn't coming up with ways to create artificial gravity was thinking about how to use a mosaic photosensor to capture digital images. His idea was to take pictures of the planets and stars while travelling through space to give information about the astronauts' position. Unfortunately, as with Texas Instrument employee Willis Adcock's filmless camera (US patent 4,057,830) in 1972, the technology had yet to catch up with the concept. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a working V6 engine made entirely from paper.

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Canon ME20F-SH 4-Million ISO Camera

Canon reveals their all-new Canon ME20F-SH, a multi-purpose, full-frame 35mm camera that has a maximum ISO of 4,000,000, making it perfect for shots in near darkness. Its specialized sensor enables users to shoot Full HD video while subjects are illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux - full moon on a clear night is 0.27-1.0 lux. The company says that practical uses include: cinematic production, reality television, nature documentaries, and security as well as surveillance. Expect to shell out $30,000 for this camera when it hits stores in December 2015. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing Google Translate taking on "La Bamba".

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Z E1 4K Camera

Why bother with a GoPro, when you could have a movie-quality camera in your pocket? Introducing the Z E1, a pocket-sized camera with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount, Wi-Fi 802.11N, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and a 16-megapixel camera sensor capable of shooting 4K (4096 x 2160) video at 24 fps. That's not all, it's great for low-light situations, thanks to an advanced 3D noise filtration system using motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF) technology. Continue reading for a video and more information on how to get your own for under $600.

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