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Flexible sheet cameras may one day allow any surface to capture images

Flexible sheet cameras may one day allow any surface to capture images

Researchers at Columbia University are working on a very different approach to imaging that could one day usher in a new era for capturing visual information. The researchers are working on flexible sheet cameras with elastic optics that can be bent and twisted. Ideally this sort of camera system would be made like a roll of plastic sheeting and could be used to image in ways that conventional cameras are unable to do.

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SpaceX shares stunning photos of CRS-8 rocket droneship landing

SpaceX shares stunning photos of CRS-8 rocket droneship landing

Last week, SpaceX made history when it successfully landed its CRS-8 first stage on a droneship in the ocean, ushering in a future of reusable -- and thusly more economical -- rockets. The company had previously launched a Flickr account where it shares public domain images of some of its takeoffs and landings, and this time is no exception. SpaceX has uploaded a batch of images of the historic event, several of which are stunning.

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Lensbaby Twist 60 is a modern Petzval lens

Lensbaby Twist 60 is a modern Petzval lens

One of the hardest parts about photography is affording all of the lenses that you need. Okay, if you're a great photographer, you're going to end up with great shots, regardless of your lens. However, having the perfect lens can certainly do wonders for a photograph. And if you love the swirling bokeh in the picture above, then Lensbaby has the perfect one for you.

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At long last, HTC 10 reaches the top in DxOMark camera tests

At long last, HTC 10 reaches the top in DxOMark camera tests

It seems that HTC has finally come across a winning formula. The HTC 10 that was just revealed definitely had a lot to show off. While some might take issue with parts of the design, that probably doesn't matter to digital photography site DxOMark. Putting the HTC 10's new "UltraPixel 2" main camera to the test, DxOMark discovers what is probably one of the best smartphone cameras in the market, tying with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge at the very top of the list.

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Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Another day, another massively expensive 360 (spherical) camera rig you'll never be able to afford as a common citizen. Facebook suggests that this system can be built from camera parts you can buy yourselves, the total cost for the rig reaching somewhere around $30,000. If that's something you're going to be able to toss cash at, you'll be in luck - once you've got the whole system together, you'll be able to use the company's own software to stitch the resulting media you capture together into a single, seamless 3D-360 video. That video will - of course - be easily upload friendly for Facebook immediately after processing.

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I-1 Instant Camera revives the Polaroid spirit in digital form

I-1 Instant Camera revives the Polaroid spirit in digital form

The Impossible Project has taken the wraps off its I-1 instant Camera, a Polaroid-like camera combining the best of past and present technology to form a simple digital camera that produces instant prints. In this case, the cameras uses the maker’s own type 600 film, which was created as a replica of Polaroid’s now-discontinued 600-type product — the camera is compatible with that, as well, in case you still have some lying around in a dusty box.

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Hasselblad H6D medium-format cameras top out at 100MP

Hasselblad H6D medium-format cameras top out at 100MP

Hasselblad has launched a new pair of medium-format digital cameras, the H6D-50c and the H6D-100c. Both feature a CMOS sensor, the 100c being the 100-megapixel option and the 50c being the 50-megapixel option. Says Hasselblad, its H6D cameras were “completely rebuilt” using new hardware and a new electronic platform, a decision it made over consideration about improving existing H-series medium-format cameras.

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Huawei P9 debuts with dual Leica-certified cameras

Huawei P9 debuts with dual Leica-certified cameras

Huawei has announced its new pair of flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus, in London today, and just as was predicted a few weeks ago, they feature cameras developed in collaboration with Leica. Both devices feature a dual camera setup, taking the unique approach of using one for color photos and the second for monochrome. However, while the Leica branding is featured on the phones, that doesn't mean the cameras were manufactured by the renowned German company — instead they "co-engineered" the lenses.

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Sony UMC-S3C compact high-sensitivity 4K camera arrives in August

Sony UMC-S3C compact high-sensitivity 4K camera arrives in August

Sony has introduced its new UMC-S3C, a compact 4K camera promised to offer high-sensitivity in a lightweight body. According to the company, the UMC-S3C has the highest sensitivity of any camera in its class, and enables users to record Ultra HD video in dim and dark conditions. In addition to recording 4k video, the camera can also snap 12-megapixel still images. Sony plans to launch the camera this upcoming August, but has given all the details on it today.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 has a host of stabilizers for a steady shot

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 has a host of stabilizers for a steady shot

July last year, Panasonic unveiled the Lumix GX8, boasting of a new Dual Image Stabilizer, the first in a single lens mirrorless camera. Carrying on that tradition, the Lumix DMC-GX85 host the same stabilizers, combining the dual I.S. with the usual Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and even a Body Image Stabilizer (BIS) to deliver the steadiest shot, no matter the situation or lens used. Boasting of the same Contrast type AF and Venus processing engine, the GX85 crams all those latest features in a compact body and a price tag that won't scare off enthusiasts and hobbyists.

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LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

This past weekend my family and I traveled to Mt Rushmore - I brought the LG G5 along for the trip to shoot some photos. What you're about to see is a set of photos captured with the LG G5's primary camera as well as its wide-angle-lens camera, both using the LG G5's standard camera app. Note that these photos were not captured with any LG Friends accessories, just the basic camera. Also keep an eye out for the photos captured not by me, but by a 4-year-old, inexperienced photographer. You'll find the results interesting, I assure you.

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Forget selfie sticks, have a ROAM-e selfie drone instead

Forget selfie sticks, have a ROAM-e selfie drone instead

Just like selifes, selfie sticks have become a fact of life, despite being ridiculed, banned, or even branded as very lethal contraptions. Since selfies are probably never going away now, we might as well try to make taking them a whole lot safer. And what can be safer than having a robot take the selfie for you. And by robot, we mean a fully automated, unmanned, flying robot. In other words, a drone. ROAM-e just happens to be one of the latest in a new fleet of drones whose purpose in life is nothing more than to recognize and follow your face everywhere.

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