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Deal of the Day: 62% Off On First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera


The Lytro Camera created quite a stir when it came out, since it featured an innovative “Shoot now, focus later” approach to photography. But of course, like all new tech, it was pretty expensive back then. Forward to now, and prices are dropping dramatically.

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

Normally, you’d have had to pay $200 for this cool device, but with today’s deal it’s just $74.99. With free shipping, as usual.


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One Sensor Cameras Are On The Way Out: Meet the L16, A Camera With 16 Lenses and Sensors


A few years ago we told you about the Lytro camera, an innovative new type of camera that let you shoot first, and focus on your subject later. Now we’re finding out about L16, a 16 sensor and lens device that represents yet another advance in the field of photography. It does all that the Lytro does, and more.

Using a new approach to folded optics design, the Light L16 Camera packs DSLR quality into a slim and streamlined camera body. It’s like having a camera body, zoom, and 3 fast prime lenses right in your pocket. With 16 individual cameras, 10 of them firing simultaneously, the L16 captures the detail of your shot at multiple fixed focal lengths. Then the images are computationally fused to create an incredible high-quality final image with up to 52 megapixel resolution.

Using sophisticated depth-mapping technology, Light lets you adjust focus and depth of field even after a photo is taken, all the way to f/1.2. With built-in, 35-150mm true optical zoom, you get right into the scene without fuzziness or pixelation. Low-light conditions bring out the best in Light’s imaging engine. You get beautifully-lit photos, even as the day’s light starts to fade.

It’s a fascinating product, in a small enough form factor that you could carry it around with you in your pocket. But like any new technology, you’ll have to pay for the privilege of being among the first to own it: it’s $1,299 as a pre-order, and $1,699 full retail. And you’ll have to wait until Summer 2016 to get one.


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Because Why Not: General Mills Is Giving Away A Selfie Spoon


Who hasn’t had a hearty bowl of cereal and thought “Gee, I sure wish I could take a selfie with this spoon, right now.”? Someone at General Mills has, this much we’re sure of, because it seems the company is giving away a selfie stick spoon as a promotional item for their Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereals. It’s a legit selfie stick that extends to 30 inches, and uses Bluetooth to trigger your camera… only at the other end of it there’s a spoon. The idea, we imagine, is to make it easier to take pictures of yourself while gobbling down some of their delicious cinnamon-y cereal. They even suggest a hashtag: #selfiespoon.

The spoon itself is free to US residents (you only have to pay for shipping) but it’s currently out of stock. We’re not sure if that’s because they’re understocked, or because there’s an actual market for this. However we suspect the folks at General Mills are aware of how ridiculous this is, since one of the items on their descriptions is “Really a Thing!”. Yes… it’s really a thing.


[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Canon Develops a 250-megapixel Sensor


Still shooting with an 8MP sensor? Pff, that’s for kids. Canon just announced that they’ve developed an APS-H-sized CMOS sensor with an astounding 250-megapixel resolution. That’s enough pixels to read the lettering on an airliner flying as far as 18 km (11 miles) away! And despite having to tranmit data from a ridiculous number of pixels, advances in miniaturization and signal processing mean that this sensor is able to process 1.25 billion pixels per second, allowing you to shoot at up to 5 frames per second.

The sensor can also be used to record video footage at a resolution 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), and 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), though only at five frames per second. This would let users crop and magnify video images while retaining Full HD or 4K resolution.

The sensor was tested on a prototype camera, which means we’re not about to see cameras sporting it anytime soon. But knowing it exists does mean you can eventually expect to see it pop-up, although initially “in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.” Give it enough time though, and we’re sure it’ll end up in a dSLR for an astronomical price.

Prototype camera

Prototype camera

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Kira Clip-On Ring Light Will Help You Capture Angelic Selfies


Ring lights make subjects’ eyes have that ethereal glow sought after in many cosmetics advertisements. Or many advertisements, period. It’s an easy gimmick to add a little flair to any photograph, and the Kira Clip-On attachment for your phone wants to help you get that effect with your selfies. Created by Japanese photographer Julie Watai, the Kira Ring Light will be powered by AAA batteries, so it won’t drain your phone’s. The light’s intensity will also be adjustable. It currently seems to be at the prototype stage, and we have no word on pricing or availability, though the idea is that it’ll go up for crowdfunding soon.


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The Lumenati Cinematic Smartcase Turns Your Phone Into A Videography Powerhouse


Combining the modern convenience of an iPhone 6’s touchscreen, high-density optical sensor, and sharing capabilities with the old-school cachet, ergonomic form factor, and coolness of a retro lo-fi camera, the Lumenati Smartcase could quickly become the hipster’s favourite method of capturing video.

Cinematographers simply pop their device into the Lumenati CS1 just as grandpa would load an 8mm film cartridge. The lightweight, portable unit allows anyone to frame and film a steady, stable shot with the pull of an intuitive trigger. A cold shoe allows filmmakers to attach lights, microphones and extra handles for sport shooting. The real-time viewfinder allows WYSIWYG capabilities even in bright light, a feature that is elusive to modern mobile devices. Lenses can be swapped to shoot in wide angle, fisheye and telephoto.

The Lumenati CS1 uses an optical-quality glass lensing system. Our lenses range from wide angle to telephoto and deliver crisp stunning images. The lenses are designed for high resolution HD cameras and when paired with the CS1 create the perfect look for any occasion. Standard 58mm interchangeable lensing provides even more versatility with available super wide and fish eye lenses.

If it works as advertised, the Lumenati could be a fun way to capture footage. It’s a $200 to get your own, which comes with a wide-angle lens.


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This Restaurant Encourages And Teaches Proper Instagramming Of Your Food


If you’re like any normal North American, you’ve snapped pics of your food and posted them on Instagram. Good on you, although we hope this trend dies soon. Regardless of how we feel about it, it’s interesting to note at least one restaurant is embracing the practice wholeheartedly. Israeli restaurant Catit, in partnership with Carmel Winery, have launched a project called Foodography that provides the restaurant’s patrons with special plates designed for Instagram photography. One plate is called The Limbo, and features a slot for your smartphone on one end, and a curved backdrop on the other. Another plate is called The 360 and has a rotating plate as well as a smartphone slot, to allow you to shoot short video clips. If these accessories are not enough to create the perfect shot, the restaurant occasionally invites top food photographer Dan Perez to teach some workshops on the art. The entire experience costs $155 an hour, and should run through June. Of course you’ll have to add airfare if you’re not, you know, in Israel, although Carmel Winery does have plans to expand the experience to many of its international locations.


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Foldio 2 Lets You Take Studio-Quality Pics on the Go

Foldio 2 Pop-Up Studio

These days, the image quality that you can get with some smartphones can rival those of images taken with an actual camera. That said, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that people use smartphones to take pictures of stuff they’re featuring on their blog or selling online. The Orange Monkie team knows this, which prompted them to come up with the Foldio last year.

This time, they’re back with Foldio 2– an upgraded version of the mobile studio that’s twice the size of its predecessor. It comes with three backdrops and is lit by dual LED strips which provide more-than-adequate lighting for your shoot.

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This Is What The Metal Extracted From A Single Mine Looks Like

West O'okiep Mine, Okiep (1862 to the early 1970s) Over 500m deep, 284,000 tonnes of copper extracted

West O’okiep Mine, Okiep (1862 to the early 1970s)
Over 500m deep, 284,000 tonnes of copper extracted

Ever since we realized we could exploit our planet for its resources, we’ve been digging holes and just taking stuff. But of course, the holes are always much bigger than the total volume of stuff extracted from them. Ever wonder what it would look like if you put all the metal from one mine in one pile? Dillon Marsh did, and created the following series of images to illustrate this. This reminds us of this image from 2012, depicting the total volume of water on Earth in one spot.

Dillon’s project is called “For What It’s Worth”, and this is his description of it:

Whether they are active or long dormant, mines speak of a combination of sacrifice and gain. Their features are crude, unsightly scars on the landscape – unlikely feats of hard labour and specialised engineering, constructed to extract value from the earth but also exacting a price.

These images combine photography and computer generated elements in an effort to visualise the output of a mine. The CGI objects represent a scale model of the materials removed from each mine, a solid mass occupying a scene showing the ground from which it was extracted.

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