The HP Sprocket Select Portable 2.3×3.4″ Instant Photo Printer is great when traveling or just parties, and you can get one for $74.99 shipped, today only, $99.99. When paired with the free HP Sprocket app, you’ll be able to edit or customize your photos with doodles before printing, and even unlock content in augmented reality. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Why bother with a telescope, when you have a Nikon Coolpix P1000 camera? It’s touted as the current greatest-zooming bridge camera yet, with a 125× optical zoom, and a focal range going from 24 mm to 3000 mm 35 mm equivalent focal length. The one downside is its 16MP sensor, which mean the camera isn’t able to capture the level of fine detail of others in a similar price range. Read more for to see what happens when you use it to zoom in on Jupiter and Saturn.
Nintendo’s Game Boy Camera (GBC), also known as the Pocket Camera in Japan, was released on February 21, 1998, in Japan, and was ahead of its time to say the least. This accessory is capable of shooting grayscale photographs and gave users the ability to edit or create original drawings from them. Read more to see what happens when you pair one with modern DSLR lenses.
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Photographer Andrew McCarthy captured 150,000 photos of the Sun using a modified telescope with extreme magnification and when all of them were combined, he ended up with this amazing composite image. More specifically, this is a 300-megapixel image that shows exactly how the star looked on November 29th at 2pm from the vantage point of his backyard in Florence, Arizona. Read more for some close-up images.
Princeton University and the University of Washington researchers have developed an ultracompact camera that is just slightly larger than a coarse grain of salt, thanks to a technology called a metasurface. The latter is essentially studded with 1.6 million cylindrical posts and can be manufactured just like a computer chip. Despite its size, this camera is still capable of producing full-color images that match conventional compound camera lenses 500,000 times larger in volume. Read more for another picture and a bonus.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has successfully made its annual grand tour of the outer Solar System, including Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Even though the spacecraft has flown by these giants may times in the past five decades, their dynamic atmospheres are constantly changing, which means every visit offers new surprises, whether it be of their wild weather or other natural phenomenon. Read more for the video and additional information.
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed an innovative holographic camera that can see through just about anything including people and around corners, all with high-precision. Officially called synthetic wavelength holography, this new method functions by indirectly scattering coherent light onto hidden objects, which then scatters again and travels back to a camera. An algorithm is then used to reconstruct the scattered light signal to reveal the hidden objects. Read more for another picture and additional information.
The Canon PowerShot PX, a small, smart and friendly camera, may look normal at first, but it doesn’t quite function as you’d expect. Why? It uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition to automatically captures high-quality 11.7MP images and 60p Full HD video. This camera not only follows the action, but it also frames subjects intelligently to capture natural expressions and reactions. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope never ceases to amaze, and one of their more recent images provides an edge-on view of the glimmering spiral galaxy UGC 11537. Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 was used to capture this star system and the tightly wound spiral arms swirling around its center at infrared as well as visible wavelengths. Why both? To show the illuminated bands of stars and the dark clouds of dust threading throughout the galaxy. Read more for a zoomed out image and a bonus.
The Hubble Space Telescope may be sidelined right now due to some possible hardware issues, but this festive image that it captured of the Snowman Nebula is just in time for the holidays. This emission nebula is located in the constellation Puppis, approximately 6,000 light-years away from Earth. What causes the nebula’s glass to glow? It’s due to the nebulae diffusing clouds of gas that have become so charged by the energy of nearby massive stars that they glow with their own light. Read more for another picture and additional information.