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Category Archives: Digital Cameras

These Plush Lens Pillows Are Awesome, Ask Any DLSR Owner

If you’re anything thing like me, you might be an amateur photographer who loves to show off their DSLR whenever possible. For that reason, you can’t let people forget that you can totally get better shots than their phone, simply because your camera is tucked away in a bag somewhere.

Well with this pillow, stuffed and shaped like a prime lens, you don’t have to worry about your friends and family being oblivious to your expensive hobby. Just set it out on the couch whenever you have company and everyone will know why your Facebook photos of Uncle Joe’s barbecues always get the most likes.

In all seriousness, these pillows are handmade and would make a perfect gift for anyone who’s into amateur photography. I know I’d love it as a gift. You can even pick between models of either a Nikon or Canon lens.

They’re $45 each, just keep in mind that if you buy one as a gift, you make sure to get the right model. Take it from me, you do not want to buy a Canon lens pillow for a friend who is on Team Nikon, that’s how you lose friends.

[ Photojojo ]

Capture Your Entire Vacation with Our Top 3 Waterproof Cameras

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These days we demand that our digital cameras do things that our smartphones can’t – which makes sense, considering how similar some of their features remain. And one thing that digital cameras can do better is survive: Specifically, they can survive in situations and environments where you really wouldn’t want to risk a smartphone – like in the water. So if you love snorkeling, snow sports, poolside antics, or the beauty of underwater shots, we’ve got some of the top waterproof camera picks for you to take a look at.

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Our Top 2: Best DSLR

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Choose the right DSLR camera and get the features and price that you’re looking for.

There are times when an ordinary camera just won’t do – and whether you are an experienced amateur, a professional, or just want an exciting new camera, nothing combines portability and exceptional image quality like a DSLR. DSLR stands for “digital single-lens reflex”, which combines high-quality interchangeable lenses with digital tricks to make operation easier.

Today’s top DSLR cameras come loaded with features that combine cutting edge digital technology with the highest quality lenses and operation. These cameras come loaded with customization options that allow you to tweak every setting as much as you want. If you don’t know how to use a burst mode, what ISO means, or when to use the RAW format, then you have no business with this type of camera.

However, if you do have experience and are willing to pony up for a new digital camera (DSLRs are, unfortunately, still very expensive), there are some truly amazing photography devices out there. Let’s take a look at a couple of the best yet.

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Lytro Immerge Can Take VR To A Whole New Level

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We’re big fans of everything Lytro makes, because they bring true innovation to the field of digital photography. Where most progress comes in the form of more megapixels, slimmer designs and other marginal improvements, Lytro brings “Ray Field Technology” that lets them capture more information per image than normal cameras. Now with the Immerge, they’re hoping to do the same to the field of VR. It’s a 360 degree camera that captures the world around it in a way that’s never been done, giving the VR viewer six degrees of freedom. So, whereas a VR user can now look both ways horizontally and vertically, with Immerge you’ll be adding up/down and left/right freedom, for a true immersive experience. It’s a complex system aimed a professional storytellers who want to create a complex virtual environment, and it’s still under development so there’s no price or availability information. If you’re in the creative game, you can apply to test a prototype.

Lytro Immerge from Lytro on Vimeo.

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Podo Is A Stick-Anywhere Selfie Camera

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Cashing in on people’s unrelenting desire to take pictures of themselves, the Podo wireless camera features a special microsuction pad that sticks to pretty much any surface (cement, metal, drywall, etc.), and simply needs to be washed now and then to preserve its sticking powers. Podo then connects to your phone via Bluetooth and lets you frame your shot, enable or disable flash, set a timer and eventually take your picture. The 8MP sensor is able to also shoot 720p video at 30fps, and an accelerometer ensures your photos are always oriented the right way. The front pivots out so you can adjust the angle and have it pointed where you want it. It’s really small at 2X2X1 inches and can easily be carried in a pocket.

This is a really cool product because you won’t have to use a darn selfie stick, nor will you have to be asking strangers to take pictures of your group. Costing a small $89 pledge, the camera could be yours by August.

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You Might Be Able To Buy A Slow-Motion Camera For Almost Not A Lot Of Money

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Slow motion footage, at least the very slow kind, can be expensive to capture. Cameras that shoot at such high frame rates aren’t sold in your local Walmart, and it’s rare for anyone but the most motivated of individuals to purchase one. But if Edgertronic has its way, you could get your hands on one such device for roughly $5,000. Yeah, that’s still a lot of cash, but it’s about 10% of what a Phantom Flex would cost. What does the money get you? Up to 17,791 frames per second is what. Granted, that’s at a 192 X 96 resolution, but you can still get 494 fps at 1280 X 1024, and quite a few other combinations in between. Better yet, resolutions are adjustable axis-independently in multiples of 16, meaning you can get 4,130 possible combinations, for the exact kind of shot you want. There’s also a rolling 8 second buffer so you can capture shots even after they occur, which is pretty nifty when you’re trying to film things that happen quickly. The camera ships with a 50mm F1.8D Nikon lens, but will accept any Nikon F-mount optics.

If you’ve been itching to get into super slow-mo but just couldn’t think of a way to do it, now may be your chance.

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Ricoh Theta Lets You Take 360 Degree Shots With One Click

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Your phone is likely able to take a panoramic shot. Sweet, right? Well, really, it’s just sort of ok. For one, you have to learn how to take that shot, slowly panning and keeping your hand stable. Secondly, if anything is moving across your field of view as you take it, you end up with headless bodies and other hilarious artifacts. Not to mention, you’ll be lucky to get 160-180 degrees in one picture. Ricoh does away with all that noise with the Theta. It features two back-to-back lenses which capture 360 degrees at the single press of a button. Software on your smartphone or PC/Mac then lets you view and explore the pictures you take. It’s a pretty interesting innovation, even if it’s not one for every occasion. If you expect to be out, exploring scenic settings, you may want to have Theta around. If you’re just going to the club, carrying a second digital device might not be worth it. Granted this creates a smaller niche market, and at $399, might be a tough sell for many. Still, it’s nice to know this exists and if it’s your cup of tea, it’ll be available later this month.

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Sony To Launch Innovative Lens-Cameras

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Another camera? Yawn, right? Well, not quite. We’re actually really intrigued by the rumored DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 from Sony. These are not cameras, at least not complete ones. They’re meant to be attached to a smartphone (iOS or Android), and operated through the on-screen buttons, but the “cameras” lack a display, even a shutter. What they do have is “a sensor, processor, zoom lens, WiFi connectivity and an SD card slot.” Not just any sensor and lens, mind you, but the vaunted 1 inch RX100 Mark II sensor and Carl Zeiss lens in the DSC-QX10. The QX100 will get a “larger 10x focal range and a 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel CMOS sensor.” So yeah, you might be able to squeeze some pretty high quality shots from your phone… but really it’s not your phone anymore, now is it? Granted it’s not a full fledged dSLR either, so an argument could be made for portability. But these are crossover products and these can be hit or miss. The DSC-QX10 and QX100 are expected to be officially announced on September 4, for an as-yet-unknown price.

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Big Shot Digicam Comes In Assemble-Yourself Kit

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Watching hordes of American children fail at knowing that chips came from potatoes and that eggs came from chicken while watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was shocking and eye opening. Granted the kids were young and would eventually learn (hopefully), but it made you realize that you do have to put some effort into getting people to figure out that stuff can be made from… other stuff. The Big Shot digital camera you see above is the brainchild of Shree Naya who believes that the best way to get children and adults of all ages to learn how it works is to get them to assemble it before they can use it. It’s a fully functioning digicam, with a “3-megapixel sensor, a 1.4-inch LCD screen, plus three lenses for different shooting modes (normal, 3D and panorama).” We’re not convinced you’ll produce prize worthy captures with it, but you will at least be relatively smarter than you were before you got started. It’s $89.

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