Category Archives: IMAGING

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

Cary Norton created this 4×5 camera out of LEGO bricks

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(credit: Cary Norton)

Cary Norton created this 4×5 camera entirely with LEGO bricks, except for, of course, the lens and the ground glass. if those two items were available from LEGO, i bet he would use them too. the project started way back 2009 and after a long hiatus, it is finally completed now. Cary’s LEGO 4×5 camera measures about 7 x 6.5 x 7 inches and has a 127mm F4.7 lens which he grab off the eBay. Cary called this current 4×5 the Legotron Mark I and envision to be creating a Mark II in future.

check out more images of Cary’s Legotron after the break.

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Cary Norton via DVICE

FUUVI Pick is a digital camera and a USB Flash Drive

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(credit: FUUVI) FUUVI Pick Digital Camera | ¥4,830.00 | www.fuuvi.com

with so many novelty USB in the market, you will be forgiven to think that FUUVI Pick is yet another fancy novel USB Flash Drive. well, not entirely true. it is a real working digital camera that’s good for both videoing and still images. measuring just 70 x 15 x 35 millimeters and weighs just a mere 24 grams, this camera can capture stills with a resolution of 1290 x 1024 (in JPG) with its 1.3MP sensor. video resolution is a modest 720 x 480 at 30 frames per second (fps) (in AVI). storage is via MicroSD card (max up to 16 GB) and downloading of data is as simply as popping off the end cap and insert its USB to your PC. essentially, this handy camera also doubles as a USB flash drive too. the FUUVI Pick has a price tag of ¥4,830 (about US$57).

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via Technabob

this is a real working DIY Hasselblad pinhole camera

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if you think there’s something odd about the camera featured here, you are right. what you see here is a real working 120-mm film pinhole camera made out of screen-printed corrugated cardboard – in a Hasselblad design. pretty sleek, eh? check out a couple of photos taken by this Hasselblad pinhole camera after the break. want one? this is the part where i get to say “there are something money can’t buy and this is one of them” but if you are patience enough, designer Kelly Angood will be putting a downloadable version that can printed on any home printer and made one using the print-out plus a few household items. the good thing is this downloadable version will take 35 mm film instead of the pricier 120 mm film. the download should be available at Kelly Angood website in a few weeks time.

Kelly Angood via Gizmodo / Red Ferret

MAME-CAM DX is a micro-size camera capable of HD videoing

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(credit: Thanko) Thanko MAME-CAM DX | ¥7,890.00 | www.thanko.jp

so you think the MAME-CAM‘s 640 x 480 resolution is kinda of lame? probably Thanko is reading your mind cos’ it has announced yet another micro size digital camera weighing just 14 grams. this time round, this 8MP device is capable of HD video recording in 1280 x 960 resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) and capture still images at 3,264 x 2,448 resolution. pretty incredible for something that measures just 45 x 29 x 10 millimeters. as a bonus, this nifty device can also be used as a voice recorder. storage is via micro SD/SDHC card (up to 32 GB) and data can be downloaded to PC or Mac via the included USB cable. the MAME-CAM DX is available via Thanko webstore for ¥7,890 (about US$97) a pop.

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Thanko [JP] via CrunchGear

RED EPIC-M is compact and capable of 5K resolution

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RED EPIC-M | US$58,000.00 | www.red.com

movie-goers hardly gave a thought to what equipment the filmmaker uses. unless, of course, you are an avid videographer or a videographer by trade. what you see in the above image is the latest professional grade and yet compact digital still and motion camera from RED, dubbed the EPIC-M. RED is no newcomer to the film industry equipment. in fact, many award winning movies were shot using their equipment which includes the likes of The Social Network, Winter’s Bone, The Lincoln Lawyer, among the many others. so its no coincidence that the RED EPIC-M is also director Peter Jackson’s weapon of choice for his upcoming movie The Hobbit. Continue reading RED EPIC-M is compact and capable of 5K resolution

breakaway from the traditional metal tripods with this wood item

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(image credit: Photojojo) The Expedition Wooden Tripod | US$290.00 | photojojo.com

there is the tripod that holds up your lovely camera and then there is those that not only holds up your camera but looks stylish. let’s face it, camera tripods are all ‘lookalike’ regardless of their makes or brands, and if you come to a point that you needed a single tripod that lets you stand out from the crowd of photographers, The Expedition Wooden Tripod would be one of the worthy candidates.

made out of “sustainably” harvested ash wood, this 6.2 lbs tripod will feel equally at home in the urban jungle and the Mojave Desert. the Expedition Wooden Tripod touted to have “precision fittings” that keep your camera “boulder-steady” and as it turns out, wood happens to absorb vibration better than traditional tripod materials such as steel, carbon, or aluminum. an aluminum core enables it to extend from two to six feet.

overall, it looks like something we would buy, simply because it differs from the rest of the lookalike tripods of aluminum and metal construction. however, one thing to note is that the tripod head is not rotatable. what a bummer, isn’t it? well, if rotating is a must, you will have to source for a ball tripod attachment to go with it. i’m sure this little short fall isn’t going to turn you away from such a beautiful tripod, right?

The Expedition Wooden Tripod cost $290 a pop and is on sale now over at Photojojo Store. not exactly your everyday price but you know how it goes. being stylish comes at a price and if you are not convinced yet, check out more images of The Expedition Wooden Tripod after the break. tell us you’re not tempted.

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Olympus SZ-30MR takes still images and video simultaneously

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(image credit: Olympus) Olympus SZ-30MR Digital Camera | US$399.00 | www.olympus-global.com

thanks to the dual image processor in the new Olympus SZ-30MR digital camera, you can now shoot 16 megapixel still images while recording a full HD 1080p video at the same time. indeed a good news to avid videographers, as there will be no more of disjointed video footages or fumbling for another digital camera just to capture a still image for that particular moment, which you could have missed entirely, while in the process of fumbling to grab another camera.

Olympus has managed to incorporate the same high-powered super-telephoto capability that normally makes SLR cameras bulk and heavy into this 106.3 x 68.7 x 39.5 mm slim form factor camera. the TruePic III+ dual image processing engines give the camera the ability to record full HD movies and capture full resolution images simultaneously, and that’s not all, it also allows user to record a wide shot and a close-ups simultaneously.

the SZ-30MR features a 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor which enables super image quality even in low light situations. this CMOS sensors are also suited for high speed image processing which also gives it the ability to carry out High-Speed Continuous Shooting. full HD movies of 1920 x 1080 pixels are encoded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format which also comes with high quality stereo sound.

another feature is the 3D photo shooting function that enables user to capture dynamic 3D photos in any mode, ranging from macro to landscape. while shooting 3D images, both 3D file and regular JPEG files will be recorded. there’s even a ‘Pet Mode’ that will put a smile on any pet lover. in this mode, the camera automatically detects the dogs’ and cats’ faces, and focus on it before the shooting of the photo. this mode will work great with its Auto Release function, where it will automatically shoot the photo only when the subject turns to face the camera. pet owners will be certain to appreciate this feature immensely.

the SZ-30MR offers an optical zoom of 24X, and incorporates a generous 3-inch High Definition TFT-LCD display with 460,000 dots. storage of the captured images or videos is thru SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and it is also Eye-Fi compatible. on the connectivity front, the SZ-30MR features a HDMI out for viewing of video and images on your TV and the USB battery charging enables the camera battery to be recharged from a PC while connected to a PC for downloading of data.

priced at $399, the Olympus SZ-30MR Digital Camera is scheduled to go on sale from late April, 2011.

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Olympus via Gizmag

The Ring Flash Adapter gives your DSLR the halo

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(image credit: Photojojo) The Ring Flash Adapter | US$40.00 | photojojo.com

this oddly nice looking contraption, dubbed The Ring Flash Adapter, is a reflective circle that attaches to your external flash and directs the light from your external flash to front surrounding of your lens, giving a even (hopefully) and soft lighting which your flash cannot achieve. this one goes straight into our cheap and functional solution category. it could saves us the headache when we face taking macro pictures but wait… we don’t have a DSLR! duh! one reason to get this: even it doesn’t work, it gets people talking.

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this micro camera takes real images and records videos

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(image credit: Thanko) Thanko MAME-CAM | ¥7,980.00 | www.thanko.jp

this is probably the smallest real-working camera we have ever seen. measuring just 30 x 27 x 27 mm and weighing only 11 grams, the micro-size camera is capable of capturing images of 1,600 x 1,200 resolution with its 2.0 megapixels sensor, and record video in 640 x 480 resolution @ 30 fps (AVI). audio is in mono, though.

storage is via microSD card (not included, supports up to 32 GB). the camera has a battery life of 36 minutes (continuous video recording) and charges via USB (USB 1.1/2.0 compatible), which takes about an hour. in case your ran out juice outdoor, it does come with a handy battery-operated external battery charger for charging on the go.

the camera comes package with lens cap, USB cable, key chain and strap for your hang around your neck. you can trust the Japanese to come with wacky ideas and still pay the closet attention to details. the MAME-CAM retails for ¥7,980 on Thanko web store.

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Thanko via CrunchGear

iPhone Telephoto Lens gives your iPhone 8X zoom

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(image credit: Photojojo) The iPhone Telephoto Lens | US$35.00 | photojojo.com

with The iPhone Telephoto Lens, you can pretend your iPhone is a mini DSLR – the keyword here is ‘pretend‘. i will put this under the ‘not the real thing but novel item’ category. in fact, the physical item looks so nice that i thought its a fun thing to have for your iPhone. don’t get me wrong, of course the zoom will work just fine but don’t expect superb DSLR-like quality. yeah, who am i kidding? iPhone camera will always remains as an ‘iPhonegraphy’, not less, not more. the iPhone Telephoto Lens package comes with a matte black iPhone case, the telephoto lens, a collapsible table tripod and a cleaning cloth.

to get the lens working, all you have to do is slip on the accompanied iPhone 4 case and twist the lens onto the case. the use of the tripod is entirely up to your discretion. The iPhone Telephoto Lens is available for both iPhone 3/3GS and iPhone 4. both models retail for $35.00 and is available via Photojojo web store.

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