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GoPro action cameras have been around in 2004, and since that time, many rumors have been circulating about Apple acquiring the company, but none have come to fruition. If the iPhone maker did make their own action camera, it might look something like the AirCam, which sports an Apple Watch-like display up front for taking selfies. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
No, this isn’t a joke, but a real smartphone with a camera that has a functional lens cap. The Japan-exclusive Leica Leitz Phone 1 is the camera maker’s first smartphone, offering a 6.6-inch IGZO OLED screen (2730 x 1260 resolution) with a 240Hz variable refresh rate, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, a rear 1-inch 20MP f/1.9 main camera and a front-facing 12.6MP selfie camera. Read more for a short hands-on video and additional information.
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It’s not uncommon to capture birds or other explainable aerial phenomena when filming with a drone, but photographer James Cawley might have captured two anomalies when he was in Moab, Utah. These two objects in question were filmed with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro and were flying far too fast to be another drone or animal. He says that there was no audible noise coming from these objects and if it was bullets, there would have been a gunshot echo. Read more for the video and additional information.
No longer a concept, the Sony Airpeak S1 professional drone has just been announced. It’s now the world’s smallest drone that can be equipped with a full-size mirrorless interchangeable-lens Alpha camera, opening up a new world of possibilities for creatives. The S1 utilizes a proprietary motor, propeller, control system and sensing technology to enable it to fly at extremely high speeds (55 mph maximum) with extremely stable wind resistance. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Photo credit: Baber Afzal
Photographer Baber Afzal recently shot a series, titled “Reflections of Passion,” for Porsche Middle East, and it involved drones. That’s right, his team took a few Porsche Panamera vehicles to the desert and then used light-equipped drones to create some incredible shots to say the least. He wanted to create a sense of order in natural chaos, while reflecting the stunning lines of the Porsche Panamera as well. Read more for a video and additional information.
DJI’s FPV drone isn’t something you want to fly over an erupting volcano, but that’s exactly what photographer Joey Helms did recently. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out for the best, or at least for the drone. What sets this first-person view drone apart from the others is that the recordings are also stored in the goggles, which meant that the footage was salvageable despite the drone perishing. Read more for the footage and additional information.
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Photographers Bill Chiles and his wife, Kelly, spent $7,000 for a high-end Sony camera off of Amazon to invest in their business. What they received? Just a bunch of empty boxes allegedly. The order was placed back in March, but due to the microchip shortage, the latest shipment just came in, but when the package arrived, Bill Chiles opened the shipment to find two empty camera boxes inside. Read more for a video and additional information.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope managed to capture this stunning image of emission nebula NGC 2313. What sets this nebulae apart from others? Emission nebulae are bright and diffuse clouds of ionized gas that emit their own light. The bright star V565 that you see in the center showcases a silvery, fan-shaped veil of gas and dust, while the right half is obscured by a dense cloud of dust. Read more for a video explaining emission nebula and additional information.
Designed by Ping-Hsun ‘penk’ Chen and Ruha Cheng, the open source RUHAcam digital camera is powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero W computer connected to a Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera module, which boasts a 12.3MP Sony IMX477 sensor. Other features include a 2.2-inch TFT display that functions as a viewfinder, a 2,000mAg Li-Pi battery, and a 3D-printed case inspired by retro-style SLR cameras. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Minneapolis-based Rally Studios is so masterful with their drone footage that the footage has even caught the eye of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Their most recent clip of the Bryant Lake Bowl bowling alley went viral a few weeks ago, and this time, the team visited Minnesota’s Mall of America for a cinematic short. It begins at the Kaleidoscope public art installation before making it over to Nickelodeon Universe. Read more for the video and additional information.