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Sony trained an aquarium octopus to take pictures of visitors

Sony trained an aquarium octopus to take pictures of visitors

People taking pictures of animals is a common sight at any zoo or aquarium, but what if things were reversed? No, not animals visiting humans in cages, but allowing them to be the ones to take pictures. Well, that's exactly what you can experience at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, where an octopus has been trained to use a camera and photos of people who visit. Now known as "The Octographer," the female octopus, whose name is Rambo, was taught by an animal trainer as part of a collaboration project with Sony.

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Nikon gives in, outs a selfie stick for cameras

Nikon gives in, outs a selfie stick for cameras

Selfies are a living oxymoron. Their popularity seems to thrive despite the general disapproval of society. Selfie sticks, those pronged and telescopic instruments of selfie promulgation, have been discouraged or even banned from certain places of serious business, like museums. Despite that, camera and smartphone makers have increasingly catered to this sub-culture with features. One of those is Nikon, who has seemingly swallowed the whole thing, hook, line, and sinker, and has now come out with a selfie stick, not for smartphones, but for its own point and stick COOLPIX cameras.

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Nikon Coolpix AW130, S33 rugged cameras launch in March

Nikon Coolpix AW130, S33 rugged cameras launch in March

Among Nikon's new cameras this week are a pair of rugged compacts, the Coolpix AW130 and the S33. The latter of the two is bid as a family-friendly option, while the AW130 is targeted at the more adventurous outdoorsy types with more demanding needs. Both are able to withstand shocks, cold temps, water exposure and more, and the AW130 includes a couple different wireless connectivity options for easy pairing and image transfer. Both cameras will be arriving in March at different price points with a few color options.

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Nikon Coolpix P610, L840 mid-range cameras bring ultra zoom

Nikon Coolpix P610, L840 mid-range cameras bring ultra zoom

Nikon has introduced a trio of new compact high-zoom cameras in its S-Series, and rounding out its new ultra-zoom lineup are a couple additional Coolpix cameras: the P610 and the L840. These cameras are more robust than compact shooters but smaller than a DSLR, both offering features relatively similar to the new S-Series compacts with the addition of ultra-zoom ratings. The P610 is the higher end of the two models, though both are substantial offerings; both models arrive in March.

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Nikon Coolpix S-Series: new compact super-zoom cameras

Nikon Coolpix S-Series: new compact super-zoom cameras

Compact cameras can swing to both extremes: some are cheap and barely functional, while others pack a lot of features into a slim body. Nikon's new trio of S-Series compact cameras fall into the latter group, each of them featuring thin and compact bodies coupled with high zoom rates, both WiFi and NFC, large displays, and an array of other features. The S6900 model is the lowest end of the bunch, while the S7000 falls into the mid-range (as far as compacts go), and the S9900 is the highest of the bunch.

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Nikon COOLPIX S3700, L32 offer budget-friendly photography

Nikon COOLPIX S3700, L32 offer budget-friendly photography

Many who want to take photos better than what their smartphones can produce may not need a rather bulky and complicated digital camera. That, or they might not have the budget for one. Luckily, Nikon is coming to their rescue with this latest batch of price-conscious digital cameras. The COOLPIX S3700 and the COOLPIX L32 both offer a high 20.1 megapixel sensor but the S3700 steps up the game even more. For a rather minor price bump, this model comes with WiFi connectivity for remote control and easy sharing over the Internet.

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Ricoh WG-5 rugged camera sports high res and GPS

Ricoh WG-5 rugged camera sports high res and GPS

Earlier this week, Ricoh undisclosed its newest edition to the WG outdoor, adventure series of shock proof, enhanced underwater compact cameras. This latest design has focussed on simple, compact body however includes all the features and upgrades expected from an active, on-the-go camera. The contours of the non-slip body combined with the pocket-size chassis enable the user to utilize it in extreme conditions.

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Canon unveils 2015 camera lineup: 5DS, Rebel T6s, ELPH, SX410

Canon unveils 2015 camera lineup: 5DS, Rebel T6s, ELPH, SX410

This week we've got one whole heck of a lot of Canon photography equipment being revealed, with cameras popping up from the very inexpensive to the top of the line in personal shooters. The SX410 IS comes as the successor to the SX400 HS, the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS comes as the successor to the ELPH 340 HS, and the EOS Rebel T6i comes as the latest edition of the "classic" Rebel. Then there's the EOS Rebel T6s, designed to deliver the best possible photos with an EOS APS-C format sensor, and the Canon 5DS SR, delivering the world's highest resolution among 35mm-format Digital SLRs.

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Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i head up the new Rebel line

Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i head up the new Rebel line

The 2015 Canon EOS Rebel lineup has a new flagship - the Canon EOS Rebel T6s. Canon has also announced the EOS Rebel T6i, the latest edition of the classic Rebel. The EOS Rebel T5i, SL1, and T5 will remain in Canon's market lineup as well. Both the T6s and the T6i work with 24.2-megapixel Canon CMOS (APS-C) image sensors, the highest resolution for Canon cameras amongst EOS models with APS-C format sensors. Both models also make use of the DiGiC 6, the newest in Canon image processors.

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