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Canon integrates ring flash into new macro lens

Canon has announced the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM, the first macro lens for the EOS M camera system. Another clever first is the integration of two Macro Lite flash units into the front of the lens itself to help freeze close-up subjects.
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Bug-eyed camera streams real-time 3D video

By now, just about everyone is familiar with video cameras that record in 3D, or that transmit traditional 2D footage. Vairdo's new EYSE actioncam, however, is actually capable of live-streaming high-definition 3D video. This means that one person can wear the camera while performing activities such as skiing, allowing someone else to view their immersive first-person footage as it's being shot.Read More

Sony files patent for contact lens that records what you see

Although electronic devices are shrinking all the time, the idea of a smart contact lens still seems wildly ambitious. Now Sony has reached even further into the realm of the hypothetical and yanked out something that trumps all the efforts we have seen before. A patent filing by the Japanese company reveals its vision for a contact lens that not only records video and images with a simple blink, but manages to store them right there and then on the user's eyeballs.Read More

GoPro's six-camera, 360-degree VR rig up for preorder

The day before it revealed its 16-camera Odyssey rig at Google I/O last year, GoPro announced it was working on a drone as well a six-camera spherical array that was later named the Omni. We may still be waiting for the drone, but at NAB this week the company opened up preorders for the Omni and launched a dedicated platform for sharing and viewing VR content via the web or a new app for iOS and Android devices.Read More

Pictar makes your iPhone more like a camera

Given the popularity of smartphone photography, many people no longer even own a stand-alone camera. That said, there is something to be said for the physical buttons and ergonomic design of cameras, that a phone just can't match. As a result, we've seen several docking devices that essentially turn smartphones into cameras. The Pictar is the latest, offering some handy features.Read More

Portable camera parachute elevates aerial GoPro photography

A change in perspective generally leads to fresh composition and context, which is essential for anyone looking to develop their photography game. It's easy enough to crouch down low behind a lens, but the latest aerodynamic accessory assists with an avian view. Birdie is designed to be hand-tossed into the air, allowing GoPro cameras to take continuous photos or video safely on the way down.Read More

Flexible sheet camera bends to give a new field of view

Researchers have developed a sheet camera with a flexible lens array which could be wrapped around everyday objects, turning them into cameras. The project, which uses elastic optics, could also see the development of credit card-thin cameras which a photographer simply bends to change the field of view.Read More

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