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Canon’s EOS R5 DSLR camera has no issues snapping photos, but when you want to record footage in 8K RAW for longer than 20-minutes, you’ll need to let it cool down for 2-hours before being able to capture footage again. Photographer and gadgets modder Matthew Perks might have the solution for anyone interested: watercooling. After tearing down the camera, he found that the R5’s main processor generates copious amounts of heat during recording and its thermal pads aren’t optimally located. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Have you ever wanted to use your iPhone’s rear cameras to snap selfies, but wanted a screen to preview the image? The Ulanzi ST-09 Tripod Mount should do the trick. It basically consists of a grip for the iPhone with a rear section for placing the Apple Watch that turns it into a small viewfinder to ensure the perfect shot every time. The ST-09 can be attached to just about any handheld tripod, and a cold shoe up top allows you to attach other accessories (external microphones, etc.). Read more for a video and additional information.
The astronauts named the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience to highlight the dedication that teams involved with the mission have displayed and to demonstrate that when everyone works together, there is no limit to what they can achieve. NASA astronaut Victor Glover shared his first video from aboard the International Space Station, and it was of Earth captured through a window on the Crew Dragon. Read more for the video and additional informatoin.
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In alternate universes, you may actually see stormtroopers in front of the Eiffel Tower, but in this reality, French photographer Benoit Lapray shows us exactly how this would look in his new Monuments series. This idea of combining pop culture with Parisian sights came about when he was strolling the streets back in 2015. The original locations were shot with a medium format camera on à l’ancienne’ film and then the negatives were digitized before being retouched with CGI elements. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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During World War 2 (1939-1945), photographers used the massive K-17 Army Air Force aerial cameras to capture images from above. They came equipped with a 6″ focal length Metrogon lens and was considered the standard for mapping cameras of its day as well as long after the war. The 20th Air Force used it for some reconnaissance photography with the K-17 and 12″ lens late in the war. However, they were most commonly used for mapping with the 6″ Metrogon lens. Read more for another picture and additional information.
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This year has been tough for just about everyone, especially photographers. One man from Japan had to sell all of his year to make ends meet, but came up with a clever idea to build a functional 4×5 camera using LEGO. The main advantage of this large format camera is a higher resolution at the same pixel pitch, or the same resolution with larger pixels or grains. In other words, a 4×5 inch image has about 15 times the area, and thus 15× the total resolution, of a 35 mm frame. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Astrophotographer Jean-Luc Dauvergne spent 6-nights at the Pic-du-Midi observatory in the French Pyrenees capturing the best global map of Mars yet from Earth. His team used the observatory’s 1-meter telescope and its native 17000mm focal length. The telescope was originally built to help NASA researchers prepare for the Apollo missions in the early 1960s, and to this day, it’s still one of the best in the world to study planetary surfaces in the visible part of the spectrum. Read more for a video and additional information.
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China-based Lens Technology (Changsha) Co. Ltd may be working on a smartphone with an octa rear camera setup. The company registered a design patent that was approved on October 2, 2020 and also included in the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) database for worldwide protection of the design. A full-screen screen smartphone with a notchless display is seen in the patent sketches, along with a physical bottom at the bottom. Read more for another picture and additional information.
When you demand exceptionally clear underwater footage, and don’t have a submersible, the Geneinno T1 Pro just might be the next best thing. Propulsion comes from four vertical thrusters and two horizontal thrusters, while LEDs generating g 3,000 lumens of light ensure that you capture aquatic life in extreme clarity. On the camera side, it comes equipped with a 12-megapixel, 1/2.3″ Sony-sourced sensor with electronic image stabilization and 4K / 30fps recording. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy from Sacramento, California managed to capture two amazing images of the International Space Station crossing the Moon and Sun from his backyard as well as some other local areas. For those who don’t know, the space station orbits Earth approximately every 90-minutes, or in other words, each 24-hours, it comes into view about 16-times. With that said, it’s still quite tricky to get the perfect weather conditions to capture clear images of the ISS. Read more for additional pictures and information.