Father and Son at the First and Last Shuttle Launches

This image went viral overnight, it’s an image of a father and a son on the first shuttle launch on April 12, 1981 and the last shuttle launch on July 8, 2011. I don’t think they were planning on being the Internet’s sensation 30 years after their first shot. But, it happened and it’s actually really cool. You can see how much things have changed, the camera in the 1981 picture has been replaced by a more advanced, and more compact digital camera, while the binoculars, have gotten smaller and probably more powerful too.

Via Flickr

Bullet HD Action Camera

When I first saw the name and the picture to the right the first thing that came to my mind was, “wow, they actually managed to put a camera inside of a bullet?” and then common sense kicked in. I was picturing gun fights with real “bullet time” and stuff. But, even though my imagination was crushed after the description, and seeing the size of the camera, the Rollei’s Bullet HD Action Camera is still very cool. Check out the video at the bottom to see the quality of video you can take with this camera.

It’s not as small as a real bullet, I don’t think that would be possible right now, specially not on HD. But it’s still small enough. The camera is about the size of your hand, but it works like a charm.  The Rollei Bullet HD is actually equipped with a 12 megapixel CMOS Sensor and has the ability to take 170 degree wide angle video and pictures.It records in 720p and has a small microSD car slot for added memory space when you are on the run.

 The pack comes bundled with a 4 GB microSD card and will be shipping out later this month with a reasonable price of $350. Via: Technabob

Sony Releases Two New Ultra Zoom Camcorders

As some of you guys may know, I’m a Private Investigators outside of the blog world. One of the main things that come in handy is having a good camera that is both compact and easy to use. I’ve had amazing luck with the Sony cameras, their optical zoom is amazing. They may not have the best “Network” per say, but Camera wise, they rock!

One of the main problems while I’m out in the field is parking distance between my self and the subject under investigation. If I park to close, I get amazing video of the subject when they come into view, the only problem, they get suspicious of that strange car with windows darker than than anything they’ve seen before.

But, if I park to far out so I don’t stand out as much,  I can only make out blurs of the subject when he comes out to do what ever they do…

But, thanks to Sony’s new Handycam  DCR-SX21E or the DCR-SR21E we will now have the ability to have ultra-zoom with 57x optical zoom and digital zoom bringing the total to 67x. That’s more than enough to clearly make out the subject from 2 blocks away.

Both of the cameras have the same specs with a 2.7-inch LCD, Steadyshot stabilization, and lots of other features. Like any other Sony Camera the only two differences between them is that the SX21E only records to Memory cards, while the SR21E has the ability to store the video on the card, or an 80GB HDD. The cameras will ship in early September all over Europe at an unknown price. The US release date is still not announced, but I’ll let you know when I get a hold of one of these cameras!

The iPhone SLR Mount

When Cellphone cameras came out with their astonishing 1.0 mp picture taking ability, everyone went head over heals over the technology. The Motorola Razor re-revolutionized the camera with their amazing added features like adding figures, of hearts or balloons floating around a person. Eventually, cellphone cameras became a thing of the past. Every cellphone now days has some sort of camera, from cameras that record in 720p to cameras that take 10.0 mp pictures. But, after all the bells and whistles are out of the way, you are still left with a device that takes “picture facebook updates.” What happened the night before? who was wearing what? what were Jim and Pam doing in the back ground? etc. etc.  For the most part, a 10.0 mp cellphone camera will never be as good as a real 10.0 mega pixel camera… for obvious reasons… one is a phone, the other is a camera.

The iPhone’s Camera is just the same thing as any other camera, the only difference, is that the iPhone has been dying to become things that really… it will never be. The iPhone has different applications that help your phone move forward in the quality of pictures, but at the end, the picture can only be digital-ized so much. One added advantage that the iPhone DOES have over any other phone, is the number of people who make and develop gadgets that will make the phone do amazing things. Thanks to those gadget-makers, we can now enjoy taking high MP pictures using an SLR Mount. For $250 bucks, the mount will allow you to take photos that can compete against “real” pictures… no filters added!

The way this works, is by placing a lens adapter case around your entire phone. The adapter case has a double functionality. One, it will protect your phone when you drop it, and two, it allows you to mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to the phone.  Once added, the phone will give you the ability to take powerful depth of field wide angle “CellaPhotos” that will make any camera jealous.

The iPhone has already become the #1 camera of choice for Flickr, and other photo services like Picasa. The mount developers are hoping to jump into the popular train before it slows down. There are two loopholes on each end of the case let you tie on a camera strap, so you can hang it around your neck just like your real DSLR. The only problem I see with this design is… I don’t want to be carrying a camera all day. The reason cell phone cameras are so popular is because they can fit into your pockets, or purse. Adding a lens that is that is 10 times bigger than your phone, completely defeats the purpose of compact-ability. So yes, this is an awesome addition to the camera phone, but not very practical…

I guess if you are a photographer, and constantly have to be on the run, you could use this as a back up when your camera’s batteries run low. You will have the adapter on your cell phone, at the ready to switch your SLR lenses from your Nikon to your iPhone in a matter of seconds, and continue to take those awesome pictures we all love to see.

Buy the The iPhone SLR Mount at the Photojojo Store!

Monkey Steals Camera and Takes Photos of Himself

So what do you think? Photoshopped?I’m a bit skeptical about the whole deal. According to a British photographer named David Slater, he was taking pictures of a couple of Indonesian Macaques, when one of them took his camera and began to photograph him itself… allegedly. I mean, how believable is that story? the monkey in the photos looks like he came out of a Pixar Film.

But Slater, like any real photographer, is sticking to his guns. He tells The Telegraph that the little guy was probably captivated by its own image, reflected in the camera’s lens, which is believable. He said that “They [the monkeys] were quite mischievous jumping all over my equipment, and it looked like they were already posing for the camera when one hit the button.” and then the whole posing for the camera took off, allegedly, “The sound got his attention and he kept pressing it. At first it scared the rest of them away but they soon came back—it was amazing to watch.”

So apparently there was about a hundred shots of the monkey, but most of them were to blurry, and were not worthy of putting them up on display. However, these two images were perfect… If they are real, then this is an awesome photo to rekindle that Zoologist dream you had growing up. However, if they are fake, well, that dream is just getting tainted by having to create fake monkey’s to attract your interest.

Via:  Telegraph

Lytro Camera System Allows You to Take Pictures Now and Focus Later

We’ve all been there, one of those moment’s where you take a picture of a person, only to find out that something extremely awesome is happening in the back ground. When that happens, you keep on face palming your self because the image is way too blurry and not even Facebook’s self proclaimed photo critics let you forget about it.

That’s Where Lytro comes into the “picture” … when you take a photo using the Lytro camera, the picture actually focuses on the entire scene. After you upload the image to your computer, you can click on different parts of the image to focus on that area, whats even better is that after you share your images with the world, they too can click on the images to control what part of the photo you want to focus on. Test it out on the image below: Touch the image once to focus on that part of the picture, touch it twice to zoom in.

Video-OTD: How Visual Image Stabilization Works on a Canon

I’m sure you’ve taking a picture using your high tech camera at one point or another in your life. But have you ever taken a picture with a Canon DSLR with an 18-55mm lens? Probably not. Much less opened the lens to figure out how it works. In the video located at the bottom of the post, Camera Technica did the dirty work for you so you know exactly what’s going on inside your expensive camera.

Thanks to today’s advancements in technology, we now have cameras with amazing Visual Image Stabilization. This stabilization allows you to take clearer pictures on the go. You may think that you have a steady hand, even I thought I did, I’m a PI and taking video or pictures is something that I have to do on the regular basis. The worst thing that can happen, aside from not having video, is taking a shaky video. But sometimes not even tripods help you get a steady image if you have the Image Stabilization feature turned off. But how do they work?

The whole secret to stabilizing an image is a floating lens element that is allowed to float inside of the lens. When your camera moves, tiny gyroscopes and accelerometers detect the movements of the lens, they in turn trigger circuits that move the lens in opposite directions to counteract the movement.

Normally, you don’t see what’s going on inside the lens, but the video below shows you exactly what it would look like, if you opened up your camera to see the lens in action.

Image Stabilization Revealed from Camera Technica on Vimeo.

Magellan’s Wireless Back-Up Camera

For the most part, we all get by, by checking our rear view mirror or twisting our heads over our shoulders. But what happens when you have big vehicle? something like a suburban, or a big truck?

Well, Magellan has developed a new type of bumper camera that sends a wireless signal to your 7-inch LCD screen on your Road Mate 1700 or 9055.  For a mere $150 bucks, this new addition avoids the whole clutter that normally comes with the rear view bumper projects.

The waterproof and dustproof camera attaches to your license plate makes your camera work on all terrains. Once the camera is connected, a transmitter in your trunk, sends out the wireless signal to your receiver attached to your GPS Unit. The backup system automatically activates when you put your vehicle in reverse. An awesome addition to your car when you don’t want to spend a lot of money, or you don’t want to deal with the whole clutter or cables.

Via: Slash Gear