Tim Moynihan: "The most incredible super-slow-motion videos you’ve ever seen were probably shot with one of Vision Research’s Phantom cameras. They’re as high-speed as they are high-priced; past models have cost more than $100,000 and shot video at frame rates up to 22,000 frames per second at 1,280 x 800 resolution and a million frames per second at a teeny tiny 128x32 resolution." Read the rest
Thinkgeek's Security Camera Birdfeeder ($15.99) is a bit of gallows humor for the post-Snowden age. Feed animals in your yard while they perch unwittingly into an icon of the corporate-government surveillance apparatus, and try not to think about the CCTVs -- metaphorical and literal -- watching you as you watch them. Then ask yourself: "Who's the birdbrain around here?" Read the rest
Blackmagic's trick is to make cameras with great cinematic image quality at a relatively inexpensive price. The tradeoff is gear that is Satan's gift to ergonomics, with low-end audio inputs, terrible battery life and a limited set of features. Enter the Blackmagic Studio Camera, which includes a big 10" monitor, 4 hours on a charge, XLR inputs, and broadcast-friendly features lacking in the earlier models. With the offered grip accessory, one may even hold it with a human hand! The game-changing prices remain: it's just under $2k, with a 4K version for $3k. You'll still need to bring your own lenses and SSDs.
Also announced is the Blackmagic URSA, a higher-end model with a super35-size 4k sensor aimed at professional feature use. At $6k, it isn't as affordable to students and consumers as the other models (especially the $990 pocket cinema camera), but it compares well on paper to the five-figure price tags hanging off similar gear from Canon, Sony and others. Read the rest
In 1972, Polaroid introduced its iconic SX-70 camera. It was an evolutionary leap from the groundbreaking "Land Camera" invented in 1947 by Polaroid co-founder Edwin H. Land (image right). LIFE has posted a gorgeous gallery of SX-70 photos from a time when instant photography was still in the realm of magic. The shots were taken by LIFE photographer Co Rentmeester who had a chance to put the SX-70 through its paces before it was available for purchase. #nofilter Read the rest
After a hit kickstarter and more than a year of development, the Digital Bolex is ready for lights, camera, and action. With RAW recording, interchangeable lenses, a Super 16-size sensor and built-in storage, it's got a similar pitch to Blackmagic's Cinema Camera: much more cinematic footage than consumer camcorders can produce, but much less expensive than standard pro-grade gear. While the Blackmagic needs to be accessorized to be useful, though, the Digital Bolex's old-school pistol-grip form, built-in SSD and XLR mic inputs make it easier to just head out and shoot great footage. Read the rest
Panasonic's Lumix GX7, released last month, stuffed high-end features (including in-body stabilization, WiFi and 24fps video, a rarity in Micro Four Thirds models) into a body rather lighter than other high-end models. I didn't go for it, though, because it's still just a bit too chunky for my lazy tastes. I want something barely a smidgen larger than a point-and-shoot, that I can screw all my MFT lenses into, and which has the same rangefindery good looks as Fujifilm's X-series models.
Sony's built a reputation for making small camera with great image quality, with large-sensor models like the RX1 and RX100 leaving the competition–and our wallets–in pain. The latest models? A superzoom, and the full-frame interchangeable-lens compact that fans have been waiting for. Read the rest