One of the products that Snapchat owner Snap Inc. is developing as “a modern-day camera company” is a drone, reports the New York Times today.
Sources for this bold claim are “three people briefed on the project who asked to remain anonymous because the details are confidential.”
The drone would help users take videos and photographs from overhead, then share that visual data with Snap, and presumably, other users of the service.
Snap is scheduled to go public later this week in a long-anticipated IPO.
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Remember the Lily Drone
that automatically follows you while filming? After generating almost $50 million in funding and pre-sales, Lily is shutting down
in wake of litigation that concluded their too-good-to-be-true demo video was not shot on the Lily. Read the rest
I have a Fuji Instax
instant camera and it's a lot of fun to be able to spit out and share prints in the age of Instagram. But it's also an ugly soulless blob of a gadget that seems optimized to be the least carryable or volume-efficient possible. The Polaroid Snap series
seems to fix that problem, but the prints look like wafer-thin inkjet slips rather than the meaty, OG polaroid slabs I want. Lomography has its own model out, the Lomo Instant camera
: it uses the Instax system and I'm furiously curious about how convincing the retro styling is outside of the product photography studio.
Advanced Lens System: One built-in wide angle lens included, plus additional Fisheye, Portrait and Close-Up lens attachments available
Three Stunning Editions: Choose from three different stylish editions of the Lomo’Instant!
3 Shooting Modes: Shoot photos with auto-flash on for immediate great results, or take direct control with the creative shooting modes (with flash and without flash)
Unlimited Multiple Exposures: Combine multiple shots on one frame for amazing experimental instants
Infinite Long Exposures: Perfect for low light, dawn/dusk and nighttime shooting. Get artistic with light painting and create beautiful light streaked instants!
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The Camera Collector tells the story of a vintage camera collector who fell in love with cameras in the 1960s, against the wishes of his father. After saving all summer for his first Leica, his father was waiting when he returned home. "When he saw it was a camera, he started punching me."
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I like center-pinch lens caps as they try to hold themselves on. I don't bother with the leashes, they get in my way. I just buy more caps when I lose them.
I lose a lot of them. Sometimes I wonder if there is a section of the Pacific gyre dedicated to my missing lens caps.
The link is for 52mm caps, but you can adjust the size on the Amazon page and buy whichever you're currently losing. The only lens cap I've held on to (thus far) is the weirdly unique one for my Nikon 14-24 F2.8
5 Center Pinch Lens Cap (52mm) and 5 Cap Keeper Leash"5 Center Pinch Lens Cap (52mm) and 5 Cap Keeper Leash via Amazon Read the rest
Dino Everett of USC's Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive shows off a nifty little gadget: a working 3mm movie camera developed by Eric Berndt in 1960 for NASA's Mercury missions. Read the rest
University of Stuttgart researchers used 3D printing to fabricate a tiny three-lens camera that fits on the end of an optical fiber no wider than two human hairs. Eventually, the technology could lead to a new kind of very thin endoscope for looking inside the human body. According to the researchers, the camera delivered "high optical performances and tremendous compactness." From Phys.org:
(The camera) can focus on images from a distance of 3.0 mm, and relay them over the length of a 1.7-metre (5.6-foot) optical fibre to which it is attached.
The "imaging system" fits comfortably inside a standard syringe needle, said the team, allowing for delivery into a human organ, or even the brain.
"Endoscopic applications will allow for non-invasive and non-destructive examination of small objects in the medical as well as the industrial sector," they wrote (in their scientific paper).
Below, the lens (blue) was fabricated directly on the optical fiber (red). The fiber and camera are emerging from a hollow, 27 gauge syringe needle:
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If you've gone to great lengths, spending big bucks to get a new digital camera that looks like an old film slr, you might as well have the ugly camera strap to match!
This $6 strap from Meco is perfect. These are sturdy, but gaudy, masterpieces of a certainly-not-forgotten-age. That age was documented in Kodak Gold by your Mom or Dad, with a Nikon FMNT or Nikkormat that dangled from a Joseph and the Technicolor Coat-styled camera strap just like this one!
Heck they even call it a "neck belt."
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Infrared photography (see Fortherock's hummingbird above) is beautiful. Read the rest
The low-light footage above
is about 400,000 ISO
. Imagine 4 million ISO, and you'll have a good idea of the newly-announced Canon ME20F-SH
that indie filmmakers, wildlife documentarians, and investigative journalists are all discussing this week. Read the rest
Cooperative of Photography
released a great video with 8 DIY tips to improve your smartphone shots
, ranging from super-simple and cheap to fairly simple and maybe cheap. Read the rest
Over the past decade I've been annoyed with traditional camera straps that go around your neck or diagonally across the body. I've tried retro looking 70s camera straps, sling straps, and eventually just carried my camera in a bag and didn't use anything to secure the camera. I found this to be a surprisingly good solution, but I still wanted some safety measure in case the camera got knocked out of my hand.
I got the Gordy Lug-Mount Wrist Strap for Christmas as a gift along with the optional wrist pad, and it's proven extremely secure, non-restrictive, and also doesn't look like a disposable nylon cargo strap. This camera strap is guaranteed to increase sexual potency by 7%. Also it will most likely keep your camera on your wrist and off the ground.
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The Slow Mo Guys pointed their Phantom at a Canon DSLR to demonstrate how a single lens reflex camera works. At 10,000 frames per second, you can see the the mirror and rolling shutter mechanism in action in several demos. Read the rest
Looking at the world in Predator-vision will get easier later this year thanks to consumer-grade forward-looking infrared (FLIR). The same tech used to find the Boston bombing suspect can be used to find a lost dog at night or to check your house for thermal leaks. Read the rest
Ontario-based photographer Stephen Orlando of MotionExposure.com creates languid nighttime shots of athletes in motion with LED lights attached to their gear or bodies. The result is ghostly, mathematical, and mesmerizing. Read the rest
BNSFME put a GoPro camera on a train tack. If you can't handle the suspense, forward to 1:00. (via Laughing Squid) Read the rest
Matt Richardson's "Descriptive Camera" sends your pictures to Amazon's Mechanical Turk and jobs out the task of writing a brief description of each image, then outputs the text on a thermal printer. It's a camera that captures descriptions, not pictures.
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The technology at the core of the Descriptive Camera is Amazon's Mechanical Turk API. It allows a developer to submit Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) for workers on the internet to complete. The developer sets the guidelines for each task and designs the interface for the worker to submit their results. The developer also sets the price they're willing to pay for the successful completion of each task. An approval and reputation system ensures that workers are incented to deliver acceptable results. For faster and cheaper results, the camera can also be put into "accomplice mode," where it will send an instant message to any other person. That IM will contain a link to the picture and a form where they can input the description of the image.
The camera itself is powered by the BeagleBone, an embedded Linux platform from Texas Instruments. Attached to the BeagleBone is a USB webcam, a thermal printer from Adafruit, a trio of status LEDs and a shutter button. A series of Python scripts define the interface and bring together all the different parts from capture, processing, error handling, and the printed output. My mrBBIO module is used for GPIO control (the LEDs and the shutter button), and I used open-source command line utilities to communicate with Mechanical Turk.