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Graava Edits Your Life’s Footage, Because Editing Is Hard, Yo


There are those who like to slap an action cam on their body and simply go around recording everything. While it’s a nice thought, this idea of recording your life, it’s also one that requires a lot of work if you wish to make the final footage even remotely interesting. You have to edit this stuff, cut out the boring parts! Well… if Graava works as advertised, you may not have to. Using data from an accelerometer, an optional heart rate monitor, a light sensor, and a sophisticated algorithm, Graava will select the “best” scenes and edit them together automatically; you just have to tell it how long the final footage should be. The companion apps do give you the ability to select scenes the algorithm might have missed, as well as the option to control and fine tune all the camera’s settings. The device is waterproof to the IP67 rating, and the battery will last about 3 hours. If you want yours, it’ll be a $249 pre-order now, instead of the $399 retail price that becomes active on September 1st. Shipping is expected for Q1 2016.


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Spivo Camera Pole Pivots 180 Degrees At The Touch Of A Button


Ok, so everyone is sort of tired of seeing selfie sticks, but Spivo is a little different. First off it’s not quite a selfie stick, since it has no trigger; it’s a camera pole meant to carry something like a GoPro. But unlike similar devices currently on the market, Spivo features a button that rotates the camera 180 degrees back and forth in a split-second. If you’re a fan of action footage, you’ll know that sometimes the action isn’t entered around you; it’s nice to have to option to point forwards as easily as backwards. They come in 3 lengths: 12″, 18″, and 26″, and cost $49 at any of them.


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Lily The Drone Hits The Sweetspot Between Approachability And Professionalism


The world of drones is generally populated with two types: the cheap drones with either no camera or cheap cameras, which are more akin to toys and would never be considered by a professional photographer. And the fancy rigs that cost thousands and require you to attach your own expensive cameras on them. Lily falls somewhere in between. It’s a self-flying drone that comes with its own camera capable of shooting 1080p video at 60FPS, and 720p slow motion at 120FPS. But the real magic happens in how hands-off Lily is: you simply attach a wrist-worn wireless tracking beacon which the drone then just follows, or leads, or circles, depending on your wishes. Capturing cinematic shots, or exciting action shots has never been easier. Lily is waterproof, so even if it lands in a lake, you haven’t just fried it. Lily starts by being tossed up in the air, and will keep going for up to 20 minutes on a 2h charge. Lily is awesome, just watch the video below if you aren’t convinced.

It’s very similar to the Airdog we wrote about last year, only Lily is a $499 pledge at the moment, with full retail expected to be twice that. This is considerably less than AirDog, and to be honest, Lily is much, much cuter.

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Take Narcissism To A Whole New Level With The Do It YourSelfie 360° Selfie Rig


Historians will look back on our times as the inflection point in which the human race acquired some duck-like genes; surely your ability to mate and pass your genes on today depends at least in part in your ability to make a duck-face, doesn’t it? And if that’s true, then you’ll surely be crowned King of the World if you buy this: The Do It YourSelfie 360° Selfie Rig.

– Do It YourSelfie 360° Selfie Rig
– Torso mountable rig holds 12 cameras (not included) to create the perfect 360° selfie
– Free app syncs the cameras, triggers them to take a picture, and stitches the pictures into an easy-to-share format
– Easily uploads to: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Instagram, Vine, FarmersOnly, Flickr, Google+, and more!

Your friends will congratulate you for being considerate enough to include an image of your face from every conceivable angle. And it’ll only cost you $199.95 to do so… plus the cost of 12 cameras, of course.


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Aeryon HDZoom30 Camera Can Be Mounted On A Drone, Spots Faces From 1,000 ft. Away!


Privacy will soon become a concept taught in history class, considering we’re constantly developing better technology at least partly designed to take it away from us. The Aeryon HDZoom30 Camera is a 620g camera with 30X optical zoom and up to 60X digital zoom on a 20MP sensor, which means it can focus on objects as far at 1,000 ft. away with enough sharpness to recognize a face. It’s mounted on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal which makes the video pretty smooth even from that far away, and since it weighs barely more than 1 lb., it can easily be mounted on a drone. The image below, for instance, pictures the HDZoom30 on Aeryon’s Skyranger drone. And if you want to get an idea of just how mind bending the zooming abilities are, we recommend watching the video.

We’re not sure how much it costs but it’s probably not cheap. Then again, it’s probably incredibly less expensive than the traditional stabilized telephoto lenses mounted on helicopters that law enforcement have been using for years. And that means that soon enough you’ll probably be able to buy one at your local Best Buy.


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Samsung: Take A Self-Portrait, Not A Selfie


With a little bit of imagination and creativity, advertising agencies can often take a dull message (“Hey! New point-and-shoot camera!”) and come up with an angle that makes the product stand out. Take the above Van Gogh self-portrait… It’s an ad by the agency Leo Burnett Switzerland for Samsung’s new “NX mini [camera] with a 3-inch flip-up display and interchangeable wide-aperture lens”, and features three iconic self-portraits, re-imagined as if they’d been made by taking a selfie. It thus tries to elevate the banal act of taking a selfie into something more grandiose, implying that this camera will somehow make them more special. Yeah… nice try. A selfie is a selfie and the ad won’t make us want to buy a dedicated point-and-shoot that doesn’t do much more than what our phones can do. But… it’s still a nice try. Gotta give credit where it’s due. So hit the jump for two more of these ads.

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Deal Of The Day: A Canon EOS Rebel Giveaway!


Enter this giveaway to run the chance of winning a DSRL!

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera delivers beautiful photos and video with speed, simplicity and fun. It features a 12.2 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor for richly detailed images and quick camera response so you never miss a beat.

With the Fantastic Photography Bundle included, you will learn to shoot in all kinds of different styles, letting you develop and master the awesome camera you will receive.

Along with the camera and photography bundle, you’ll also receive a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Zoom Lens, so you’ll be ready to shoot from the moment you open to packaging.

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360cam Takes To GoPro’s Turf With 360 Degree Action Video


The action-camera market is crowded, but is largely dominated by GoPro, and for good reason. They’re great cameras with amazing video quality and tons of features. One thing they don’t have, however, is the ability to shoot in 360 degrees. That, the 360cam does by cramming three cameras with 185 degrees of lateral vision together in one package. The overlapping views are then stitched together on the device before being output to h.264 at 30fps in FullHD, geotagged with the included GPS chip. Gyroscopic image stabilization takes care of the shakes, while a WiFi chip allows you to stream your footage directly to a smartphone or tablet. A lightbulb socket adaptor lets you stick the camera on your ceiling somewhere and serve as a security camera. And it takes 8MP stills at 3fps, in case you’re not in the mood for moving images. Oh, and it’s waterproof!

It’s really a full featured camera, and the company understandably blew past its Kickstarter goals in a matter of hours. You can still get yours for $329 right now, which is a good deal cheaper than the expected $529 retail price.


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“Shoot Now, Focus Later” Camera Maker Lytro Releases Illum, A New Model With Fancy Lens

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Lytro made a huge splash two years ago with the introduction of their “light field photography” camera, which captured images that could be refocused after the fact. It was groundbreaking innovation, although its functionality has since then been replicated in smartphones with software trickery. The Illum being released now, however, raises the bar again. Aside from it’s slick futuristic looks, it packs a new 30 to 250 mm lens with a f/2 aperture across the range which contains only 13 pieces of glass, in contrast with an equivalent lens from Canon that contains 22. The result is a lighter, smaller lens that captures equally splendid pictures thanks to the complexity of its sensor and advanced algorithms.

It’s a futuristic camera that opens up a world of possibilities not previous available to photographers. Owning one will obviously cost a pretty penny, and in this case it’s $1,599. That’s a lot of dollars, but you’re also getting a lot of camera.


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