Just when you thought 4K drones couldn’t get any smaller, the DJI Mini 2 is unveiled. Successor to DJI’s original Mavic Mini, this upgraded model offers improved imaging capabilities, powerful flight performance, and significantly enhanced transmission technology for a longer as well as more reliable connection. One such features are new pre-programmed modes that have been optimized to capture amazing footage at the push of a button. OcuSync 2.0, DJI’s famed transmission technology responsible for ensuring stable, long distance, and reliable connection between the remote controller and the drone, has now been integrated. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review, additional pictures and information.
The Slow Mo Guys are back at it again, and this time, they show us how a Willy Wonka pinball machine works in ultra slow motion. These used to be found at video arcades, pizza parlors, and shopping malls worldwide, but now, are limited to restaurant / entertainment venues, like Dave & Buster’s. Many modern machines include a “storyline” where the player must complete certain objectives in a certain fashion to complete the story, usually earning high scores for different methods of completing tasks, including bonus games. Read more for the video and additional information.
Photo credit: Matt Harbison via PetaPixel
Astrophotographer Matt Harbison spent 5-years capturing an amazing 2.5 gigapixel image of the Orion Constellation, which required shooting thousands of individual photos. One piece of specialized equipment that made his dream a reality is the $4,800 QHY 16200 CCD APS-H camera with an integrated 7-position filter wheel capable of capturing a 1.6-pixel scale of the constellation Orion. After all of the photos were captured, it still required over 500-hours of integration. Read more for a video and additional information.
Canon's PowerShot G7X Mark II Digital Camera is perfect for vloggers or just anyone interested in photography, and you can get it for just $499 shipped, today only, originally $629. Featuring Canon’s DIGIC 7 Image Processor, a bright f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T), 4.2x (24–100mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-angle 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD, WiFi, NFC, in-camera RAW conversion, and a time-lapse movie mode. Product Page Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Photo credit: Simone Giertz
Inventor Simone Giertz is known for her wacky robotic creations, and her latest project is no exception. This selfie booth for dogs was made using a LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor Building Kit and several other parts. When a dog presses a pedal, a GoPro camera is triggered to take the selfie. Afterwards a treat is dispensed to ensure the perfect shot. This was accomplished by linking several different linked modules and works like a charm as you’re about to see. Read more for a video demonstration.
Let’s face it, carrying a DSLR with several telephoto lenses around just isn’t practical for most people, and that’s where the new Canon PowerShot ZOOM, the company’s first telephoto monocular, comes in. Featuring one-touch 100mm, 400mm and 800mm telephoto viewing capability, complete with an instant zoom function to help users view distant subjects, whether it be bird watching or a sporting event. Not just a pocket telescope, it can also capture images and videos to a microSD card. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA’s Juno mission has captured countless images of Jupiter, and what better way to make use of them than by creating a breathtaking time-lapse video? To accomplish this, scientist Kevin M. Gill used data from the spacecraft’s JunoCam instrument as it performed its 27th close flyby of Jupiter on June 2, 2020. Juno officially entered a polar orbit of Jupiter on July 5, 2016 to begin a scientific investigation of the planet, and once complete, the spacecraft will be intentionally deorbited into the planet’s atmosphere. Read more for the video and additional information.
Let’s face it, even the best consumer drones equipped with cameras aren’t quite up to Hollywood standards. How can one improve upon this? Strap a RED cinema camera onto a 100MPH FPV (First-Person View) racing drone of course. That’s exactly what the guys over at Potato Jet did, and the results are crazy to say the least. However, these racing drones are far more difficult to master than standard ones, mainly due to their power to weight ratio. Read more to see the chaos that ensued.
Most will not get the chance to see a rocket from space in their lifetime, but thankfully, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have captured the phenomenon for all to enjoy. This amazing time-lapse video reveals the Russian Soyuz-FG rocket rising to Earth orbit, carrying a Progress MS-10 (also 71P) module to bring needed supplies to the ISS. Some highlights include city lights, clouds visible on the Earth on the lower left, blue / gold bands of atmospheric airglow running diagonally across the center, and distant stars on the upper right that set behind the Earth. Read more for the video and additional information.
Photo credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Riess (STScI/JHU) and the SH0ES team; acknowledgment: M. Zamani (ESA/Hubble)
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured an incredible photo of a fading supernova, or in scientific terms, the self-detonation of a star. What you’re looking at is the spiral galaxy NGC 2525, located 70 million light-years away. The time-lapse sequence that you’re about to see spans nearly a year, and the supernova first appears as a blazing star located on the galaxy’s outer edge, outshining the brightest stars in the galaxy before fading out of sight. Read more for a video and additional information.