Thanks to the movie The Matrix, bullet time special effects are now old hat, but one group of commercial producers dug a little deeper to see what the technique might yield if taken to the extreme.
Beginners and casual picture takers use cheap point-and-shoot cameras. Professional photographers use DSLRs that run in the thousands with lenses that cost more than used BMWs. So what about the people in-between? You know, the people who want DSLR-quality pics, in a body that's only a little larger and slightly heavier than a point-and-shoot — the people who also want to have the freedom to attach different lenses to take artistic photos without having to drop $3,000 for a full-frame Canon 5D Mark II. There are cameras for the intermediate-level photographer or even the pro-photographer who wants to travel lightly, but still get great pics: a mirrorless camera. Cameras that won't drain your savings. Here's the newest and best of what's out there.
Somebody tell the retro-tastic Olympus E-P3 to step aside, because there's a new speed king ready to take the mirrorless camera throne: Nikon's J1 and V1. Nikon's quite possibly the second to last major camera maker to release a mirrorless camera system (Canon has yet to show any interest). The J1 and V1 are a pair of cameras with interchangeable lenses that sit between a high-end point and shoot and a heftier DSLR. Both are built like a tank and fire off shots so fast that you'll never have to double check to see if you captured your desired snap or not.
Dumping photos from your camera to your computer can be a pain, which is why wireless SD cards are pretty great. No cables! But Toshiba's new wireless SD card is the first that can also have your computer wirelessly send files to it as well.
No, that's not a handheld matter transmuter, but if that was your guess you wouldn't be far off. In fact, that very mysterious looking box contains what may be the fastest camera on the planet.
Proof that good ideas are expensive, the Japanese "creatives" known simply as Party rounded up 250 Canon 60D DSLR cameras with flashes, hooked them all up to arduino circuit boards and used a computer to synchronize them — all just to create a music video for a Japanese rock band.
In this video, a guy sticks his iPhone inside his guitar while its recording and then starts to play. And then the strings go crazy.
Saving up for your first high-end DSLR camera can be a Herculean test of will, especially when there are so many other, cheaper photo options available out there. But not anymore!
In 2013, the European Space Agency will launch the Gaia spacecraft. Its billion-pixel imaging sensor will be among the largest digital cameras ever to exist, and over the course of its mission, it's estimated that Gaia will detect 15,000 new alien planets.
There's something to be said about super small digital cameras such as this CLAP camera. On the one hand, their insanely small size is quite adorable. On the other hand, the picture quality taken from such a small digital camera is sure to be worse than those taken with a modern day smartphone.