The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 is no ordinary digital camera, as it’s the powerhouse of superzooms, with an incredible 125X optical zoom (24-3000mm equivalent) powered by high performance NIKKOR optics. It’s the ideal companion camera for birding, sports, wildlife and yes, even celestial-photographers seeking superior performance from extreme distances. The 16-megapixel COOLPIX P1000 also captures 4K UHD video and offers a host of manual controls, as well as user-friendly functions including built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, making it easy for photographers of all levels to explore and share their creativity. Product page. Read more for two more videos and additional information.
Photo credit: Orbitz | OpenSF History | Niall David via Peta Pixel
Travel booking website Orbitz recently scoured the historical photo archives of OpenSF History and the San Francisco Public Library to create their “The City by the Bay” series. Simply put, they compared photographs captured in the past with present-day photos shot in October 2018 by San Francisco-based photographer Niall David. First up, we have the Golden Gate Bridge as seen during its construction in 1935. Though the idea of a bridge spanning the Golden Gate was not new, the proposal that eventually took hold was made in a 1916 San Francisco Bulletin article by former engineering student James Wilkins. San Francisco’s City Engineer estimated the cost at $100 million, which equates to $2.12 billion today, and impractical for the time. Read more to see additional then and now photo comparisons of famous San Francisco sights.
DJI’s Osmo Pocket is now the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera that the company has ever designed, and quite possibly the smallest mechanical gimbal available on the market. At 4.8″ tall and weighing 0.25 lb,it includes a 1/2.3-inch sensor, 80-degree FOV, and f/2.0 aperture – the same sensor size used in the Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, and Mavic 2 Zoom. The device can shoot stabilized 4K video at up to 60 fps and captures 12MP stills, while offering 100 Mb/s transfer speeds as well as an HDR photo mode. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review, additional pictures and information.
NASA’s latest spacecraft, the InSight Lander, is comfortably settling into life on Mars by recharging its batteries and taking stunning photos. This robotic mining device will eventually dig into the surface of the red planet, and to begin the process, it opened its solar panels on schedule Monday night. It’s scheduled to begin operations on the Martian surface and start deploying instruments over the next few days, while its mechanical arm continues to take pictures of the surface so JPL engineers can use to decide where to place the instruments. Read more for another video and additional information.
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LG recently filed a patent that shows the company may be working on a smartphone with 16-lens camera module, so if the five-camera system found on its flagship LG V40 ThinQ isn’t enough, this should do the trick. Apparently, the lenses, arranged in a 4 x 4 matrix layout, are intended to capture multiple perspectives in a single shot, enabling you to move the 3D-like pictures around afterwards. Read more for additional pictures of the patent.
Photo credit: Pierre T. Lambert via Peta Pixel
The Sony a7R III Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera ($3,200 for body alone) is best in its class, and photographer Pierre T. Lambert wanted to see just how the Google Pixel 3’s ($799) AI-powered Night Sight stacks up to it in low-light conditions. To match the Pixel 3’s white balance, Pierre used the RAW shooting setting on the a7R III, while the shutter speed is the exposure time of each of the 6 shots captured and combined by the Night Sight mode.
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The original Hover drone by Zero Zero Robotics, also known as the “selfie drone,” is getting a successor, thanks to Kickstarter. Set to ship in April 2019, this updated model features improved obstacle avoidance (Optical Radar), visual tracking and upgraded internal components, including a new Snapdragon CPU. It uses a two-axis gimbal with electronic image stabilization to keep the 4K video and 12-megapixel photos silky smooth, while movie-inspired filters and music keep things interesting. and a battery that’s capable of going 23 minutes on a charge. Early bird backers can snag one for just $399. Read more for a selection of fascinating images from around the web.
The US Air Force conducted its first “elephant walk” drill using a host of F-35 fighter jets on Monday. This batch of high-tech aircraft from the active-duty 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Reserve unit were launched to conduct a “combat power exercise” at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. They were intended to demonstrate the Air Force’s ability to “launch any number of aircraft to support the national defense mission at a moment’s notice.” Read more for the full video and additional information.
Sleek and stylish, the M24.004 is touted as the world’s slimmest instant camera. Unlike other instant cameras, the lens of this one is located in the upper half so the battery can sit snugly behind it to form a cylindrical shape, while the printer, basic PCB, and the rest of the flat frame, occupies the lower portion. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Peter Jackson may be known for bringing JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings to the big screen, but he decided to leave fantasy behind for his latest project, titled “They Shall Not Grow Old”. It’s a World War I documentary, complete with color and digitally enhanced sound. The filmmaker sourced archival footage from The Imperial War Museum, used the original audio from BBC and the voices of war veterans. “Many hours of dramatic footage were filmed on the battlefields, capturing the realities of the conflict in remarkable and unprecedented detail. This footage provided the public at home with astonishing access to the frontline: The Battle of the Somme, a documentary film produced with the cooperation of the War Office, was seen by an estimated 20 million Britons in its first six weeks of release,” said The Imperial War Museum. Read more for another trailer and additional information.