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Bird Photo Booth Lets You Take Up Close Pics Of Flying Feathered Friends

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If you’re going to go to the trouble of getting a bird feeder, you’re probably the type of individual who wouldn’t hate having a couple of high quality pictures of the animals you feed. That’s not always easy to do, since birds are easily spooked, but the Bird Photo Booth can help you out. It’s basically just a bird feeder with space for an iPhone or GoPro. Yeah, you have to provide your own camera, but at least it’ll be protected from the elements inside the feeder. And once it’s in there, you can access it remotely either through Wifi or Bluetooth, and use something like this wireless camera application to watch in real-time, and snap pictures when you want. Ok, $150 is a lot of money to ask for a watertight bird feeder that doesn’t even come with its own camera, but hey, it’s not like there are a ton of other alternatives like this out there. At least they’ll throw in a macro and a polarizing lens to help you take better shots.

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Control Your dSLR Remotely With Your Smartphone

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Getting that perfect shot sometimes means putting the camera in an angle that doesn’t leave any room for your big head. It’s for situations like that that the Weye Feye adapter was created. It connects to most Canon and Nikon dSLRs through the USB port, and allows you to sync up with your iPhone or Android handset running the associated app. Once connected, you have much more than a remote trigger.

It’ll transmit the live view straight to your phone, allowing you to control most of the major camera settings at the same time. ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and more can all be adjusted remotely, as you trigger your camera from up to 262ft (80 meters) away. You can also browse and download the photos you’ve already taken within the app’s gallery.

Chances of missing that perfect shot are also diminished because of the 0.2 second latency, which the company claims is the lowest on the market. That, combined with an 8h-14h (depending on operation mode) battery life, and you have an indispensable accessory for any serious photographer. It’s roughly $332, with a September release in the UK. No word on stateside availability.

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OhGizmo! Review: The DR500GW-HD Dashboard Camera

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If you’ve spent any time on the Internet lately, you will have probably noticed the increase in dramatic video footage from in-car dashboard cameras depicting everything from road rage incidents to asteroids breaking up in the sky. Most of these come from Russia, where owning such a device is common in light of the frequent insurance fraud attempts. But it’s a good idea to own one anywhere, because you never know when having video proof of what happened in front of you will come in handy. With that in mind, we set out to look for the “best” dashboard camera and kept coming across the Blackvue DR500GW-HD camera from Korean company Pittasoft. So we reached out to them for a review unit and the following article will look at how it performs. Hit the jump for details. Out here we’ll tell you this: it’s an outstanding product of superior build quality, with a few relatively minor flaws. Whether that’s enough to justify its high price is up to you.

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Super Strong Dual Suction Cup Mount For Exciting Driving Shots

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The casual driver probably feels no compulsion to record his morning commute. But there are those with the need to push things to the limit (hopefully legally), are not content with recording their feats through a windshield with a GoPro, but don’t quite dare stick a fancy camera out the window for fear that it fall to the pavement and shatter in a thousand little pieces. The Dual Suction Cup Camera mount pictured above is rated at 130kg (286lbs.) in a vertical position and 150kg (330lbs.) horizontally, which should be more than enough to support even the heftiest of recording devices. We’re trying to get more information on the type of mount but are having a bit of trouble with the Japanese on the page. We can however tell you that it’s $250, which is a small price to pay to secure a camera that can cost upwards of ten times that amount.

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The Soloshot Keeps You In The Frame, No Matter Where You Are

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Some of you may harbor the desire to create videos of yourselves in the process of committing shenanigans of various sorts, and this always implies a certain amount of logistics. For one, whether these are acts of skillful sporting display, or simply running around while flailing your arms, you’ll usually need a second person to pan the camera to keep you in the shot. The Soloshot removes the need for that friend. It’s a robotic camera base on which you can mount any recording device with a tripod mount, and which then follows your movements thanks to a wireless transmitter armband. “It can rotate at speeds of up to 40º per second all the way around, and can track subjects up to 2000 feet away moving at speeds up to 140 mph.”

Replacing your friends with a robotic device doesn’t come cheap. The Soloshot is $480, but has the extra advantage of not judging you every single time you fail that jump.

Keep reading for a video of it in action, as well as links.

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3rd Person View Arm Lets You Star In Your Vids GTA-style

With the roaring popularity of the GoPro and other rugged action cameras, it’s becoming increasingly common to see videos of people getting into all kinds of sports-y situations. More often than not, what you’ll see is a shot from someone’s helmet, which lets you see roughly what they’re seeing, but doesn’t feature the person in question in the frame at all. The 3rd Person View is a system that lets you mount your camera on an articulated boom arm, and allows you to include your upper body in the shot. It’s a little bit like you’re playing Grand Theft Auto, or any other game with a 3rd person view, only you’re the star.

Created by Dutch film producer Thijs Vrij, the device consists of three parts – a waterproof adjustable waistband with a carbon sandwich backplate; an alloy adjustable camera pole; and, a locking/release mechanism. The whole thing reportedly weighs less than 950 grams (2 lbs) and fits inside a backpack when disassembled.

The boom arm is adjustable, so you don’t have to place the camera directly behind you, which does give you even more viewing angles. However, we’re not sure just how sturdy the waistband is. It would have to be pretty tight if you want to avoid ridiculous amounts of sway and vibration in the shot; just the kind of thing that’s likely to happen in heavy action footage. Still, if you want to give it a go, it’s £135 (US$214) on Kickstarter to get your own.

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The Hipster Is Strong With This One: The dSLR Wheel Of Filters

Filters… we’re starting to really hate them. Popularized by Instagram, they’ve spilled out of the hipster bandwagon and onto the mainstream, where everybody’s breakfast now looks like it was shot in 1969. Why is this cool? Are we just… old? Old fashioned? In any case, these kind of pictures have mostly originated from smartphone cameras, with the dSLR crop so far retaining a modicum of class and elegance. This won’t be the case for long if the dSLR Wheel Of Filters takes off. You’ll be able to take crappy, “artsy” pictures with your $1,000 camera that look just the same as those coming from that $30 plastic Holga from Urban Outfitters. And that, that, my friends, is what the hipster spirit is all about. We feel the same about paying $100 for a T-Shirt that looks like a $5 thrift store reject that we do about taking lo-fi pics with professional level photography equipment. But maybe it’s just us.

Of course our cynicism is going to fall on deaf ears. When something is trendy, it’s trendy. So for those of you that (gasp) are contemplating this purchase, know that the device will fit onto your Nikon or Canon camera, and features a 10-color wheel, and a prism and macro wheel.

For pictures of it, and pictures taken with it, hit the jump.

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FlyVIZ: Is The Ability To See 360 Degrees Worth Going Outside Looking Like This?

The FlyVIZ is an interesting visor whose sole purpose is to project a 360 degree panorama right on your eyes. A camera mounted at the top is able to see all around, and the resulting video feed is pumped to a pair of LCD screens that allow the wearer to see all around him. If he turns his head, so does the view, meaning that after an average of 15 minutes of initial nausea and disorientation, most wearers are eventually able to start navigating the world “normally.”

Presented at INRIA in Paris, the FlyVIZ is an exploration in “sensorial augmentation”, with some practical applications in mind:

In safety and security applications, soldiers, policemen or firemen could benefit from omnidirectional vision to avoid potential dangers or locate targets more rapidly. In less critical situations, some surveillance applications with a high visual workload, in all directions of space for instance, could also be concerned, such as for traffic regulation. Considering the novel perceptual experience proposed, FlyViz could also be transformed into entertaining applications and devices, as well as experimental materials for new perception and neuroscience studies.

This is clearly not a commercial application at the moment, but it’s interesting to know it exists.

Wanna know what it looks like from the wearer’s perspective? Hit the jump for a video, in French, as well as links.

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Cheetahs Filmed In Super Slow Motion

Phantom makes a pretty awesome line of high-speed cameras. The details these reveal about movements that are usually too quick for the eye to see are just incredible, and when the subjects are creatures as majestic as cheetahs, the resulting footage is simply jaw dropping. National Geographic recently went to the Cincinnati Zoo to capture the feline doing what it does best: run. The production ended up being one of the most sophisticated the crew had worked on, including several cameras rolling on a track-mounted dolly capable of reaching 60mph. A rotating cast of 5 cats were coaxed into short sprints by what looks like a ball of yarn on s string. Cute. They were shooting at 1,200 frames per second, and the video, included below, is simply a masterpiece. Totally worth checking out.

If you’re curious about how it was done, hit the jump for a video of that.

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