today’s smartphone would be a perfect gadget for photography, if not for its less-than-ideal image equality. just imagine what the smartphone of today possesses: WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, powerful processor, OS-driven interface with add-on apps et cetera. now imagine all these qualities and perhaps more, are thrown into tomorrow’s DSLR. awesome? definitely. that’s what Seattle-based Artefact Group has envisioned with its concept camera, dubbed the Camera Futura. Continue reading Camera Futura concept DSLR inspired by today’s smartphone→
finally, two giant in their respective field has come together to create the ultimate in smartphone case and digital camera. well, not really. it is however, a concept product conceived by design house Black Design Associates to effort to “combine two great products”. dubbed the LEICA for iPhone 4, it is a conceptual camera case for iPhone that not only protects the iPhone but also enhances the photography experience. Continue reading concept case turns your smartphone into a luxury camera→
(image credit: FASTEC) FASTEC TS3Cine | from US$29,900.00 | ts3cine.com
if are an aspiring videographer, you are probably going to dig this. the FASTEC TS3Cine is a high speed video camera in a compact form factor. even in its compact form, it still sports a generous 7-inch LCD display, negating the need to hook up external monitor for shot framing. at its maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024, the TS3Cine can capture videos at up to 500 frames per second (fps). however, it can record at 720 frames per second (fps) if recording at 720p resolution and as high as 20,000 frames per second (fps) when recording at its lowest resolution. though, no mention of what is the lowest resolution. Continue reading Fastec TS3Cine – the most compact hi-speed camera→
(credit: ThinkGeek) Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision Camera | US$139.99 | www.thinkgeek.com
the most common problem we face with digital camera today is shooting in complete darkness. no matter how advanced today’s digital cameras are, they will still need some form of low light condition to give a decent image. not anymore, if you have the Midnight Shot NV-1 Night Vision Camera. Continue reading Midnight Shot NV-1 takes real night vision images→
you gotta give it to Lomography for the ability to refresh their products so regularly. last year we featured the Lomography Sprocket Rocket panorama camera and today, Lomography announced yet another sprocket, this time in all white body. some may sneer at this lame ‘refreshment’ but avid analog panorama photography fans will be glad that they have yet another color option. the truth is, black isn’t for everyone. the Lomography Sprocket Rocket White Edition is released in honor of the Lomography Exhibition at the Times Square Hong Kong, effectively, making this the “HK Times Square Edition”. Continue reading Lomography Sprocket Rocket now comes in white→
(credit: Hammacher) The Desktop Photograph to Digital Picture Converter | US$99.95 | www.hammacher.com
before the popularization of digital photography that nearly kill off analog photography, we captured our memories on film and developed them in prints. these days, i hardly print any photos. everything i captured are either on my computer or external storages. so it will be cool to convert those old time prints into digital copies before they turned into dust. scanning is not new but scanning the prints piece by piece is a mammoth task and could take ages especially for a person who has decades of memories in prints.
now there’s a faster way to capture your printed photographs into digital copies with the Desktop Photograph to Digital Picture Converter. quite a mouthful, but its speed in capturing is nothing near mouthful. using a 5 MP CMOS sensor as found in digital cameras, this nifty gadget instantly records the image in either JPEG or TIF format to your computer via the included USB cable. it can capture up to 600 dpi resolution (3,600 x 2,400 pixels), and has automatic exposure control and color balance.
the Desktop Photograph to Digital Picture Converter comes with software to help you in editing, cropping, and resizing pictures. it will work with both Mac and PC, and can accept a variety of print sizes. the Desktop Photograph to Digital Picture Converter retails for $99.95 which is not much more expensive than a conventional scanner but offers a dedicated quick solution to an otherwise dreadful task. the Desktop Photograph to Digital Picture Converter is available on Hammacher Schlemmer online store.
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.
(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).
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.