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New Pokemon Snap star ratings checklist at the start

New Pokemon Snap star ratings checklist at the start

Four star ratings in New Pokemon Snap can be captured by following a simple set of rules. If you're playing New Pokemon Snap here at launch, in May of 2021, you'll have a relatively simple time of finding good snaps and ranking up with 4-star ratings. You'll need to start by finding rare Pokemon moments - basically anything strange!

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Video shows the Sony Airpeak drone operating in 44 mph winds

Video shows the Sony Airpeak drone operating in 44 mph winds

When it comes to any flying aircraft, be it a drone or piloted machine, high winds are a significant challenge. Late last year, Sony announced its Airpeak drone, and we've heard little since then. Sony has now shared a video showing its Airpeak drone operating comfortably and flying in sustained 44 mph winds inside a wind tunnel.

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Fujifilm’s Pikachu-themed Nintendo Switch printer is Instax-adorable

Fujifilm’s Pikachu-themed Nintendo Switch printer is Instax-adorable

Fujifilm has a new special-edition smartphone printer for the Nintendo Switch, complete with a Pikachu case, designed to make physical prints from Nintendo Switch titles like "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" and the upcoming "New Pokémon Snap" game. Thanks to a new Instax mini Link for Nintendo Switch app, the portable printer can be used to make Polaroid-style captures of screenshots from the games.

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Google Photos makes documents easy to find – so you can delete them

Google Photos makes documents easy to find – so you can delete them

A Google Photos update this week added a Documents tab to assist in the process of finding documents in one's photo collection. This might not seem all that important if you believe you've never used your smartphone or smart device camera to "scan" a document before. Why would you? As some users are finding out, they've captured far more personal, private, or otherwise important information via casual smartphone snap than they initially believed.

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Researchers investigate some of the first color photographs ever produced

Researchers investigate some of the first color photographs ever produced

A group of researchers from the EPFL Audiovisual Communications Laboratory were allowed to study some of the very first color photographs ever produced. The photos are typically locked in the vaults of museums around the world and are the original photographic plates and images from scientist and inventor Gabriel Lippmann.

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Canon EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera to get eye control AF

Canon EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera to get eye control AF

Despite predictions and analyses, the camera market has survived the onslaught of smartphones and, in some areas, continues to thrive even. DSLRs and mirrorless ILCs (Interchangeable Lens Cameras) still have their place, especially among professionals and enthusiasts who prefer a dedicated tool to get the job done right. It is to the latter crowd that Canon is revealing the EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera, promising "high-level basic functionality", at least when it does finally come to market.

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Galaxy S22 might sport sensor-shift camera stabilization

Galaxy S22 might sport sensor-shift camera stabilization

Samsung's premium flagships have always been up there when it comes to camera performance but there are areas that could still use some improvement. Last year's Galaxy S20 Ultra was criticized for its autofocus problems and stabilization in smartphones is still undergoing constant evolution. The latest trend, started by Apple's iPhone 12 no less, seems to be shifting away from the once highly-popular OIS towards a sensor shifting strategy, a technology that Samsung is now rumored to be planning for its Galaxy S22 flagship next year.

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Researchers identify genesis of the real Spiders from (on) Mars

Researchers identify genesis of the real Spiders from (on) Mars

A set of researchers published a paper this week identifying their work in exploring the once mysterious spider-like terrain on Mars. We've spoken of the surface of the red planet before - even after humanity landed rovers on Mars, mysteries remain. The Martian surface, as these researchers wrote, is "host to a variety of features which have no Earth analogs and are all active in some capacity today."

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Fujifilm instax mini 40 is a retro camera that prints physical photos

Fujifilm instax mini 40 is a retro camera that prints physical photos

Fujifilm has announced the launch of a new instant camera that produces photos on physical film. The camera is called the instax mini 40, and it has a decisively retro style. Fujifilm says the camera supports mini-format film and will launch on April 21, 2021.

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iPhone 13 camera leak has good news and bad

iPhone 13 camera leak has good news and bad

Don't expect a big camera changes to the iPhone 13, at least when it comes to lenses, one well-respected Apple analyst has warned, with company tipped to stick with tried-and-true tech for its upcoming smartphones. The current iPhone 12 range varies with the offer of two to three cameras - in addition to the LIDAR Camera on the iPhone 12 Pro Max - with all models getting a wide-angle lens and an ultra-wide angle lens.

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Ricoh Pentax K-3 Mark III brings a touch screen and AI to the family

Ricoh Pentax K-3 Mark III brings a touch screen and AI to the family

Ricoh has been making some rather interesting cameras recently that are aimed at a new generation of tech-savvy users, particularly the 360-degree Theta camera series. Its main business, however, is still in making and selling dedicated cameras to all levels of photographers, from hobbyists to pros. It is the latter that the company is aiming for with the third iteration of the Pentax K-3 series, bringing a few new technologies to the compact DSLR camera.

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is DxOMark’s new king

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is DxOMark’s new king

Xiaomi had a rather big day to day, announcing a handful of new devices, not all of them smartphones. The Mi 11 Ultra, of course, is the highlight of its night and it's not really that surprising given all the specs and features it carries inside its unsurprisingly expensive package. As expected, the camera system, which is housed in what may be the largest bump we've laid eyes on a phone, is one of the core pillars of the Mi 11 Ultra and it may have paid off if DxOMark's early evaluation is anything to go by.

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