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Polaroid Socialmatic camera is now up for pre-order

Polaroid Socialmatic camera is now up for pre-order

Consumers haven't entirely abandoned printed photographs, even if Instagram and similar services are now the preferred way to share and view images. Things like ZenCam have caught attention for offering physical prints of digital media, and so it isn't surprising that Polaroid has been looking at resurrecting its own instant film offerings. We've seen the Polaroid Socialmatic camera before, and now there is finally a launch date to which we can look forward: January.

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iPhone 6 Plus used by White House Christmas photographer

iPhone 6 Plus used by White House Christmas photographer

This year, a professional photographer opted to forgo using a big DSLR camera and fancy lens to capture the White House's Christmas decorations, and instead used an iPhone 6 Plus. As Apple loves to mention at each year's unveiling of a new iPhone, the company's smartphone has become the most popular camera in use today, even finding use in situations where professionals previously would never consider using a mobile device.

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Researchers create 100 billion fps 2D camera

Researchers create 100 billion fps 2D camera

Researchers have created a camera capable of imaging pulses of light. Using a technology called Compressed Ultrafast Photography, Washington University in St. Louis researchers have created a 2D receive-only camera capable of taking images at up to 100 billion frames-per-second -- something that far eclipses the 10 million or so frames-per-second presently available receive-only cameras are capable of. The researchers hope the camera will lead to new scientific discoveries, with the study's leader Lihong Wang saying, "For the first time, humans can see light pulses on the fly."

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Obama calls for 50,000 police body cameras

Obama calls for 50,000 police body cameras

President Obama has called for the use of body cameras by police officers across the nation, doing so with a request for $263m in funding. This funding will go towards 50,000 body cameras, as well as improvements to law enforcement training. The announcement follows the tragedy and protests that have rocked Ferguson, Missouri and other regions in recent time, though the issue itself has been brewing for much longer. "This is not a problem just of Ferguson, Missouri," said President Obama. "This is a national problem. But it's a solvable problem."

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Prynt case prints instant photos from smartphones

Prynt case prints instant photos from smartphones

We've seen a resurgence in interest for printed photographs, with different services ranging from ZenCam to Polaroid's Socialmatic offering printed images as part of their features. Adding itself to the list is the Prynt Case, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a smartphone case that prints photographs, only with a unique twist. Using the app, one can hold the printed photograph in front of their phone's camera to see it turn into an animation, giving it the Harry Potter universe's living portrait feel.

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Pico time lapse button merges your smartphone and DSLR

Pico time lapse button merges your smartphone and DSLR

You can make time lapse videos on your smartphone easily enough using various apps, but moving on to a higher-end camera makes the task a bit more difficult. Here to simplify it is Mindarin, which has again taken to Kickstarter, this time to fund its latest project: Pico. Pico looks somewhat like a small deflated balloon and is a bit bigger around than your thumb, operating as a button that brings time lapse functionality to your DSLR or similar camera.

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ZenCam app brings retro twist to smartphone photos, sends you prints

ZenCam app brings retro twist to smartphone photos, sends you prints

With smartphones, taking a picture is as easy as tapping a screen, and for that reason we often have hundreds of digital photos floating around that aren't terribly meaningful, and that are bound to get lost in the archives of some cloud storage service. The folks behind ZenCam want to change this by introducing a nostalgic twist to your smartphones: a digital roll of film that limits shots and, later on, arrives in your mailbox as physical prints.

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Kids react to old cameras: “Such hard work”

Kids react to old cameras: “Such hard work”

It's time for another adorable "Kids React" video in which the younger generation reacts to now-obsolete gadgets and other old tech, simultaneously making us laugh and reminding us that we're getting old. In this newest video, kids are reacting to an average point-and-shoot film camera, trying to figure out how to operate it and, their most troublesome issue, how to put the film in place. They all prove successful in the end, but not before pleas for help and comments like "There's no photo fluid in this thing!" are made.

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Joby targets action cams with new bendable suction cup mounts

Joby targets action cams with new bendable suction cup mounts

We've seen many products from Joby over the years, such as the MPod and GPod Mini tripods last year and the magnetic Gorillapod from 2010. The company is back again, this time with a flexible mount designed specifically for action cameras: the Suction Cup & Locking Arm, and the Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm. Unlike magnet-based tripods and mounts, the suction cup varieties can be stuck to just about any surface, whether it is made of metal, plastic, glass, or polished wood.

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Lytro cuts deals with NASA and DoD for camera dev kit

Lytro cuts deals with NASA and DoD for camera dev kit

Innovative light field camera specialist Lytro has inked new deals with NASA and the US Department of Defense, among others, launching its Lytro Platform and companion development kit for pushing new ways of implementing the technology. The Lytro Development Kit will consist not only of software but of key parts of the Lytro hardware, like a 41-megapixel camera sensor with C-mount f/2.0 lens, and a dedicated prototyping board, giving third-party developers and hardware manufacturers hitherto-unavailable access to the light field processing engine.

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