cameras
The Gigantic 8X Zoom Lens on Sony’s RX100 VI Does What Your Smartphone Can’t

It’s no secret that camera sales are down, thanks mostly to the convenience and capabilities of smartphone shooters. Who wants to carry another device just to take pictures? That’s the question camera makers are currently facing, but with the Rx100 Mark VI, Sony has a solid answer in the form of a gigantic 24-200-millimetre zoom lens that disappears into the camera. Read More >>

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Genius Photography Hacker Makes Adapter to Attach Giant Zoom Lenses to the Game Boy Camera

When it was released 20 years ago, it didn’t matter that the Game Boy Camera took terrible, low-res, black and white images. It was a digital camera kids could buy if they saved up enough pocket money, and the fun factor far outweighed the device’s technical limitations. Even today there’s still a rabid fanbase for it, including designer Bastiaan Ekeler, who managed to hack together a Canon EF lens mount adapter for the toy. Read More >>

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Here’s What A SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Does To A Very Expensive Camera

When photographer Bill Ingalls set up his Canon 5DS to capture some remote shots of the May 22 launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, he was probably hoping to snap a few amazing shots. And he did... but his poor DLSR had to take one for the team for it to happen. Read More >>

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This Guy Built a Gorgeous Camera From Scratch

Ever find yourself in the position where you need something but can’t afford it? Lucus Landers did, when he needed a large-format camera for class so he found a laser-cutter and built a pretty janky-looking one out of wood. Now, the Louisiana, US native has just finished building another camera from scratch. It is a beauty. Read More >>

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Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

There are typically two approaches to taking usable photos in low-light conditions. You can either use a slow shutter, which requires a tripod to eliminate blur, or electronically increase the sensitivity of a camera’s sensor, which introduces ugly noise artefacts. But there’s now a third approach that takes advantage of machine learning to artificially boost the brightness of a dark photo afterwards—with stunning results. Read More >>

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This Handy iPhone X Lens Kit Gets You Even Closer to a Real Camera

Let’s face it, when you shell out upwards of £700 for a flagship phone, a huge chunk of that money is going towards its camera. Some people might say that’s nuts, but for others, who don’t don’t want the hassle or added expense of owning a real camera, it’s really not that ridiculous. However, even for fancy handsets with double or even triple camera setups, phones still lack the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. Read More >>

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This Guy Hacked a Polaroid Camera to Print on Cheap Receipt Paper Instead of Pricey Film

Shooting on film continues to get more and more expensive, especially for fans of instant cameras like the reborn Polaroid. Sixteen bucks (£11) for just eight shots was far too pricey for Tim Alex Jacobs, so he hacked an old Polaroid camera to instead spit out images on cheap thermal paper, the same kind used in tills to print out your receipt. Read More >>

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US Court of Appeals Rules Monkeys Can’t Sue for Copyright, Because This is an Argument That Still Needs to be Had

It's been about seven years since Ella, an Indonesian macaque monkey, snapped a picture of herself with a camera belonging to David Slater. And since then Slater has had to spend a very large chunk of his time in court, because PETA decided it would be a great idea to sue and fight on behalf of the monkey so it will own the copyright. Because PETA clearly don't have better things to do in their crusade for 'animal rights'. But PETA suffered another blow because the US Court of Appeals has affirmed a 2016 ruling that said monkeys aren't allowed to sue for copyright. Read More >>

history
Turns Out They Invented That ‘How You Think You Look Vs. How You Really Look’ Meme Back in 1921

Comedy is hard, and the past was no better. Just look at, say, what 19th-century jerks considered acceptable territory for an April Fools’ Day prank. Read More >>

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All the Ways Smartphone Cameras Have Improved Over the Years

Year after year, smartphone cameras have become more capable, more versatile, and more of a reason to leave your DSLR at home. So what are the tech innovations that have made the Pixel 2, the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9 and others such good photo takers compared to that old iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5? Read More >>

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My Brain Refuses to Believe This Short Film Wasn’t Computer-Generated

Camille Boyer and cinematographer Nik Mirus worked with a Montreal-based agency called Caravane to create a surreal short film called Club Palace. It looks like a computer animation student’s final-year project, but in reality it was all filmed using real-life miniatures and clever practical effects. Read More >>

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This Optical Illusion of Multiplying Dogs Is a Crash Course In How Digital Image Editing Works

Slice up a photo of a dog and reassemble it, and you’ll be left with two images of the same pup. Slice those photos up again, and somehow you’ll then have four images of that doggo. It seems like an impossible optical illusion, but this neat trick is actually a very basic demonstration of how image editing apps work. Read More >>

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Viral Photo of Stephen Hawking at a Vietnam War Protest Is a Lie

Have you seen this photo of Stephen Hawking protesting the Vietnam War in 1968? It’s a powerful image, but it’s not actually Hawking. Gizmodo has confirmed with the National Portrait Gallery in London that it doesn’t actually know who the bespectacled man with canes might be. Read More >>

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Gratuitous Fruit-on-Fruit Violence in Slow Motion Is Like an Edible Fireworks Show

A real fireworks show requires trained professionals to handle the explosive materials, and a location that’s safe for fiery debris to rain down onto. But as The Slow Mo Guys discovered, you can get a similarly satisfying explosive experience with a high-speed camera and a couple of fruit-blasting cannons. Read More >>

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A Shaolin Monk Piercing a Pane of Glass With a Needle Is Why You Need Slow-Mo

There’s a lot of mythology around what a martial arts master is capable of, from leaping between buildings to turning invisible. But The Slow Mo Guys and their slow-mo camera spent some time with three Shaolin monks who demonstrated an amazing ability to throw a needle through a sheet of glass. Read More >>