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Always wanted a dedicated Apple digital camera? If you were around in 1994, there was the first-generation Apple QuickTake. The company released various models over the span of three years before discontinued the line in 1997 due to increasing competition as well as the return of Steve Jobs. A total of three models were released to the public, including the 100 / 150, both built by Kodak, along with Fujifilm’s 200. All of these had a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels maximum, or 0.3-megapixels, which was ahead of its time. Designer Cha Hee Lim shows us what a modern version might look like. Read more for additional pictures.
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Ever wonder what the first detonation of a nuclear device looked like? If so, the test codenamed “Trinity” and conducted by the United States Army at 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. It happened in the Jornada del Muerto desert approximately 35-miles southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on the former USAAF Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range, now part of White Sands Missile Range. Read more for a video and additional information.
DJI’s OSMO Action Camera bundle comes with a 128GB microSD card as well as Care Refresh 2-year warranty, all for $288 shipped, today only, originally $499.99. Featuring the ability to record 4K videos at 60 frames per second as well as advanced, reliable stabilization technology for professional and amateur filmmakers alike. It also has a dual-screen camera for vlogging or selfies. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review that pits it against the GoPro Hero 8 Black and additional information.
The Sony ZV-1 is a new point-and-shoot digital camera designed for content creators and vloggers. Unlike other models in the RX100-series of cameras, this one boasts a side flip-out 3.0″ touchscreen for front-facing recording, along with a directional 3-capsule microphone and a Multi Interface Shoe for attaching a variety of accessories. Pre-order page here. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Sony announced today that its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia 1 II, ships in the US starting July 24th, priced at $1,199. This handset is designed for mobile photographers, as it comes equipped with a newly developed 12-megapixel triple ZEISS camera array with focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm and 70mm calibrated specifically for Xperia 1 II, as well as ZEISS T coating, which reduces reflections. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on look, and additional information.
Set to be launched on June 1st in China, the Vivo X50 Pro not only features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 768 5G SoC, but also Samsung’s latest 50MP camera sensor. The new ISOCELL GN1 sensor can take 12MP images under low light conditions using Tetracell (4:1) pixel binning instead of Nonacell (9:1) for sharper images as well as gimbal-like stabilization. Read more for two videos and additional information.
NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is designed to conduct unprecedented large surveys of the infrared universe to explore everything from our solar system to the edge of the observable universe, including planets throughout our galaxy as well as the nature of dark energy. It will also search for planets outside our solar system toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, where most stars are. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Sure, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 120 Hz fluid display, is 5G capable, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, but its coolest feature is a secret. It has a hidden Photochrom mode that can not only see through plastics, but also some fabrics. How does it work? Well, normal cameras have an infrared filter that blocks light outside the visible spectrum, but some allow a small amount in. Read more for a video showing how it works and additional information.
A research team led by Lihong Wang at Caltech’s Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering have developed an ultra fast camera that is capable of taking as many as 70 trillion frames per second. In other words, it’s fast enough to see waves of light traveling and the fluorescent decay of molecules. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Researchers used the Gemini North telescope on Hawaii’s Maunakea to capture a stunning infrared image of Jupiter using a technique known as “lucky imaging”. These Gemini images, when combined with NASA’s Hubble as well as Juno observations, reveal that lightning strikes, and some of the largest storm systems that create them, are formed around large convective cells over deep clouds of water ice and liquid. Read more for two videos and additional information.