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Deal Of The Day: 59% Off On First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera


The First Generation Lytro Camera was ahead of its time. Back in 2011 we wrote about it excitedly, since it promised you to be able to “Shoot now, focus later”, allowing you to click on an image to choose the focal point, even after the image was shot. It was a novel, interesting approach to photography, but unfortunately the camera was expensive. Well, it no longer is!

Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing your average static 2D image. The Lytro dares to be different. Its cutting-edge technology records the direction of these rays, generating images you can later refocus, change perspective within, or view in 3D. You can essentially revisit the scene of the photo—meaning you’ll never miss snapping the perfect shot again.

– Take “living pictures” you can adjust afterwards
– Refocus your shots, change their perspective & view them in 3D
– Record 11-million light rays in each scene
– Store up to 750 photos at one time
– Easily carry it anywhere: design is compact, durable & lightweight
– Shoot photos at an optimal resolution for sharing online
– Access an array of tools including photo filters & uploading software
– Includes a sleek, durable carrying and storage sleeve to protect against lens scuffs and scratches

It’s a brilliant product, but not necessarily one that you’d want to pay $200 to try out. At $79.99 as it is in today’s deal, however, it’s a different story.


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Podo Is A Stick-Anywhere Selfie Camera


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


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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Project Your Flash Up To 8 Times Further With This Horseshoe Attachment


Yes, it’s better to take pictures without the flash, or at the very least, without the basic pop-up flash. But if you’re in no position to adjust your ISO settings, and stabilize the camera for a longer exposure, you really have to. Thing is, there’s a very limited range to flashes, seeing as the light goes off in all directions. The Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-up Flash Booster uses a special Fresnel lens to focus the light from the existing flash, and project it outwards up to 8 times as far as normal. Used in conjunction with 100mm+ lenses, you should be able to catch a decent shot of the raccoons stealing your trash without even having to leave your front porch.

It’s not compatible with ever model of camera, but if your device is a Canon or Nikon in APS-C or DX format DSLR built in the past five years, you should be good to go. It’s $35.

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Ricoh Theta Lets You Take 360 Degree Shots With One Click


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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How Does 41 Megapixels On Your Wrist Grab Ya?


Nokia made a lot of waves a while ago when they announced a 41 megapixel camera phone. The shots it takes are indeed stunning, even if everyone agrees that “it’s not all about how many pixels you have.” But aside from being crammed to the brim with sensor pixels, the Lumia 1020 has another problem: it has an entire phone attached to the camera! Swiss watchmaker Hyetis wants to give you the pixels, while freeing you from the phone. The Crossbow smartwatch features a 41 megapixel sensor (with Carl Zeiss optics, to boot) as well as WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone. “Oh, but you still need a phone!” you’ll say, and we’ll reply “yes, but you can pick which phone that is!” Crossbow works with iOS, Android and Windows 8 devices, which means that you won’t have to sport a Finnish handset in order to capture images with 41 million pixels.

Better yet, you don’t actually need a smartphone to operate it since its face is touch sensitive and we think you should be able to take shots without having to take your phone out. We’re not sure on that last part however, since details on the watch are scarce. The only thing we know is that aside from all those pixels, “an altimeter, microphone, thermometer and biometric sensors in the band – which can measure your physical condition – are all included.” The asking price? A hefty $1,200, with the first batch being limited to 500. Yeah… we’ll stick with the $50 Holga we got at Urban Outfitters, and that’s not because we’re hipsters (we really, really aren’t).

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Sony To Launch Innovative Lens-Cameras


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


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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