Category Archives: IMAGING

Digital and analog cameras, video cameras, film making equipment, lenses and basically anything that captures or help to capture images.

This Camera Has Drinking Straws For Lenses And It Actually Works!

Now, we all know that pinhole camera is perfectly capable of capturing image. After all, that was the basis behind how a camera works, but do you know that a bunch of straws can also do the same too? Yup. Straws. The thing that you use to suck beverage contained inside a drinkware. I never knew it could be done, but the fact is, it did, as proven by the late artist/photographers Michael (Mick) Farrell and Cliff Haynes’ ‘Straw Camera’. Originally created in 2007, a whopping 32,000 10-inch black drinking straws packed densely into a wooden frame served as the “lenses” of this ‘Straw Camera’, guiding light to a photosensitive paper found behind the straws. Continue reading This Camera Has Drinking Straws For Lenses And It Actually Works!

Umbrella Drone Shelters, Because Nobody Likes Carrying An Umbrella

Drone is probably one of the greatest invention of our time. It has a variety of uses, including imaging, land surveying, building inspection, taking down errand drones, and tracking crooks. It can even be used in entertainment where it could potentially displace traditional fireworks. Now, you can add umbrella on the list too. Wait, what? Yes. Brolly and and we are not even in April. It appears that this umbrella-equipped DJI Phantom 4 isn’t a joke; it is a real deal from UK drone seller, DronesDirect. DronesDirect, if you recall, is the same folks who brought you the 24k gold-plated DJI and so, I am guessing if these guys can dished out a gold-coated example, a DJI with umbrella shouldn’t be all that ridiculous, right? Ok, maybe it is a little out-of-this-world. Just a little. Continue reading Umbrella Drone Shelters, Because Nobody Likes Carrying An Umbrella

Polaroid Steps Up Its Game In The Camera Drone With 1080p Capability

Ok, maybe the current Polaroid drone is a tad too toyish for your taste, but if you hold out a little longer, there’s a trio of new camera drones from the famed instant camera maker destined for US market offered by its authorized licensee, Abrim Enterprises, Inc. The three drones, namely, PL2500, PL2300, and PL1000, boasts features including HD cameras, 6-axis gyroscope flight stabilization system, multiple flight speeds, altitude hold, headless mode, dedicated 2.4GHz remote controller, live stream video, up to 200 feet ceiling, up to 15 minutes of flight time, auto return home, and 360-degree flip capable – all in a ready-to-fly package. Continue reading Polaroid Steps Up Its Game In The Camera Drone With 1080p Capability

DJI Gives Phantom 4 An Oriental Makeover For Chinese New Year

If you recall, we made a post about Apple’s Chinese New Year (CNY in short) event. In it, Apple offered a handful of CNY-themed products, along with some products in CNY-appropriate colorways, namely, red and gold. Though it is worthy to note that Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it is commonly known in modern times, is not about gifting, but still, it provides businesses an opportunity to dish out something special and in the case of China-based drone maker, DJI, it has prepared a special limited edition version of the Phantom 4, aptly named Phantom 4 Chinese New Year Edition, which was also featured on Apple’s Gifts inspired by this festive season. Continue reading DJI Gives Phantom 4 An Oriental Makeover For Chinese New Year

Polaroid Pop Shoots, Print In 3×4” Format, Print For Other Devices Too

Polaroid has a new instant digital camera and it is called Pop. So what’s makes Pop pops? First and obviously, it makes instant print, courtesy of an integrated printer that uses ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology and second, it prints in the iconic 3×4” format with the Polaroid Classic Border Logo, giving you the familiar 3.5×4.25” print. Now, that’s freaking awesome! Unfortunately, it does not get the classic look; instead, it gets a contemporary form factor in a fun two tone color with a contrasting iconic red shutter button (designed with renowned design studio Ammunition). Continue reading Polaroid Pop Shoots, Print In 3×4” Format, Print For Other Devices Too

This Lens Will Turn Any DSLR Into One That Captures 360-Degree Video

When it comes to 360-degree videoing, you will have to ditch your beloved DSLR for something a lot more dedicated, but a startup called Sphere Optics Company is here to change that. With the company’s (sphere) 360-degree Lens, you can turn your trusty DSLR into one that captures breathtaking 360-degree video with 180-degree field of view vertically. Billed as the first and only single camera full-spherical video capture solution for VR, (sphere) (it’s ‘sphere’ stylized with brackets) negates the need for multi-camera setups and more delightfully, dispense with the need for stitching software when recording 360-degree footages. Continue reading This Lens Will Turn Any DSLR Into One That Captures 360-Degree Video

Sony Announces Compact 50x Zoom Cyber-Shot HX350 Outside Of U.S.

If you ever wanted to capture images or videos from a very far off distance and thought only full-fledged DSLR could do it, well, think again. These days, many compact shooters, or the so-called prosumer cameras, are more than capable of going to length and the recently announced Sony Compact 50x Super Zoom Cyber-shot HX350 Digital Camera is one such camera. The HX350 was announced for the European and Asia Pacific market and as the model name implies, it is indeed a successor to the HX300. Having said that, it does share some features with the HX300, most notably, the 20.4MP BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor and of course, the insane 50x zoom lens. Continue reading Sony Announces Compact 50x Zoom Cyber-Shot HX350 Outside Of U.S.

Relonch Is The Marriage Of Lo-fi And Digital Imaging, Less The Intricacies

If the science behind photography stops you from picking up a proper camera and kneel in submission before a smartphone, then a new service called Relonch is here to help. First, it wants you take the bold step in using an actual camera without you actually owning one. How’s that going work, you ask? Well, the Palo Alto-based company will loan you camera and to ensure you won’t get dizzy and/or distracted by all the buttons on a typical shooter, the camera, which in this case is a Samsung NX, is all wrapped up in leather and leaving you with just two buttons for power and shutter. That’s it. You need to be bothered by how to set exposure, ISO or whatnot. Continue reading Relonch Is The Marriage Of Lo-fi And Digital Imaging, Less The Intricacies

Look, Another Underwater Drone, But This One Is The First To Record In 4K

Claiming itself as a professional-grade Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), CCROV is indeed the first of its kind to offer 4K videoing capability. Unlike iBubble we saw earlier, this thing appears to be ready to get into the ocean and also, offered a much deeper depth of dive, going as deep down as 100 meters (328 feet). Six thrusters affords the ROV pretty much all the freedom of movement necessary while a removable and replaceable battery pack, located in the Tether Deployment System, provides up to an hour of operation in between charges. Continue reading Look, Another Underwater Drone, But This One Is The First To Record In 4K

This Is iBubble, The Underwater Equivalent Of An Aerial Imaging Drone

Sporting action footages on land and on the surface of a waterbody are covered by imaging drones, but what about underwater? Well, it is covered too, by this little guy called iBubble Autonomous Underwater Camera – the underwater equivalent of a personal aerial imaging drone. iBubble is propelled by no less than eight brushless motors, each rated at 1,300 kV, allowing it full freedom of movement underwater and at a briskly speed of one meter per second (3 ft/s). Continue reading This Is iBubble, The Underwater Equivalent Of An Aerial Imaging Drone