Polaroid’s Secret Weapon: A Photographic Creation No Bigger Than 35mm

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2014 is looking to be a big year for Polaroid. The company, who has taken a bullet ever since digital cameras swarmed their territory, is back with a punch as they introduced their new line of products at this year’s CES gathering.

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As part of an upcoming line of action cameras, Polaroid’s super-adorable cube camera, the C3, makes capturing outdoor and underwater adventures in motion-action exactness effortless. Don’t underestimate this little 35-mm camera because it is given all the right camera features as any bad-boy DSLR.

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Macro-shots of Snowflakes Taken With a DIY Camera

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I can’t think of anything better than cozying up by the fireplace and gazing out of my snow-frosted windows. But unfortunately, I’m spending this holiday season on the beaches of Bali, replacing egg-nog with coconuts and Douglas firs with palm trees.

I’m not worried about not having any Christmas spirit, because through the lenses of Russian photographer Alexey Kijatov, a world of translucent, icy crystals awaits both you and me. Pushing his creativity to the max, Kijatov captured snowflakes in their prickly and delicate state. Unlike anything you have seen, this beautiful collection of photography displays snowflakes against different backgrounds and in stunning HD quality.

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If you are expecting to find a pricey, high-end camera behind these images then you are madly mistaken. Using materials found around the house, Kljatov strapped an old and inexpensive 44M-5 Helios lens to his Canon Powershot A650 to create the “fancy” equipment. When I say materials around the house, I mean a piece of plywood, a sheet of glass, a few nails and some stock adhesive – that’s it!

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The World’s First Instant Instagram Analog Camera

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What’s in a name, anyways? A lot if the name is Polaroid. Yes, that old name – the name that conjures up all sorts of nostalgic feelings for those of us that can remember going into a drugstore to buy a ten-dollar cartridge of film. It’s a name that has become synonymous with the great death of analog. But now it’s back – on a new camera called the Socialmatic, which is the world’s first instant Instagram analog camera.

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Not involved in any partnership with Facebook or Instagram – the Socialmatic started as a joke on the Internet by ADR Studio and Shishakin Consulting, but people started to take it seriously. Soon they realized they had a potential million-dollar idea on their hands. So ADR Studio bought the license to use the Polaroid name from C&A Licensing and the Socialmatic was born. Note: Polaroid does not exist as a company per se, but only as a name.

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170 Degrees of Separation: The World’s First Digital Lomo-Fisheye

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Our fascination with tiny cameras seems to never end. Perhaps it’s the novelty aspect or maybe it’s because anything miniaturized is uncontrollably adorable. Introducing the world’s first pocket size digital lomo-fisheye camera.

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Brought to us by a team of camera aficionados based in the UK, this tiny camera is jam packed with fun. Fisheye lenses offer totally different, artistic experience to photography, but you usually have to buy a separate, often expensive, lens. Moreover, there aren’t really any digital snapshot cameras on the market that have a fisheye lens either, because the practice is relatively niche. However, this camera has all that and more, all in a bite size package that you can fit in the palm of your hands; perfect for parties, travel and showing off to your friends.

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The Smartphone Campanion: Canon Unveils the PowerShot N

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Next up on the list of digital camera makers trying to keep up with smartphones and their nifty capture and share capabilities, is Canon, who just unveiled the new PowerShot N which they deem is “the perfect smartphone companion.”

The N, which stands for “new” – duh – has a whole host of new, experimental applications to try and woo you away from your dumb smartphone, like the Hybrid Auto mode which records four seconds before every shot in 720p resolution and automatically merges them into one to present you with a little behind the scenes movie.  And if you are lacking any semblance of creativity, when on Creative Shot mode the camera will analyze the surroundings to see which creative elements might enhance the photograph.

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Samsung’s New All-in-One Galaxy: The Only Camera You’ll Ever Need?

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You can’t call your mom with Samsung’s new Galaxy Camera, but it will let you upload images to Facebook and let you play solitaire while your waiting. Yes, the Galaxy is Samsung’s new digital camera with an Android smartphone… ahem “media device,” built into it.

Samsung promises the new all-in-one camera/phone device will be “the only camera you’ll ever need.”

The Galaxy, which has Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, is a new hybrid that is more parts camera than smart device, but has almost all the options of both. Powered by Android’s Jelly Bean operating system and presented on a slick, wide 4.8” inch LCD screen, perhaps the Galaxy is Samsung’s way of adapting to a withering demand of simple point and shoot digital cameras that stop at just taking pictures.

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Match Boxed Size Projector, Projects Your Instagram Photos

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Most of us pre-millennials pine for the days when you can wind real film in camera, watch it develop, and put it in a photo album or project it on a wall. But many post-millienials pine too for the same tangibility – that demographic that considers the early 90s retro and that gives a blank stare when you ask them if they remember VHS and the note video stores put on the clunky black boxes that read, “Be Kind Rewind.” There is a new trend in gimmickry and gadgetry and all sorts of products are popping up that make your digital something tangible. This is the case with Projecteo – a tiny Instagram projector that can bring your Instagram pictures to real life and splash them on a wall.

Projecteo, which is currently raking in the crowd funding cash on Kickstarter, will most likely become just another forgettable product that seems nostalgic and exciting now, but will be one day be something you accidently discover in your junk drawer and wonder where it came from.

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Print Your Photographs Directly On Wood

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With a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, it’s easy to be reminded how short life really is. It’s easy to realize that the only thing we have in life is the people in our lives and our experiences. All else is ephemeral. What better to capture our memories and the people we love than with photographs? Thanks to Southern, California based company Woodsnap, you can now print your memories beautifully, directly on a wood canvas.

Using high quality wood and sustainable methods, Woodsnap is shy to disclose their process (for good reason), but says, “a team of little magical elves that use their mystical mind powers to print directly on your wood canvas.” You can imagine it’s a mix of chemical and digital processes to create the exposure on a sheet of wood – as it is totally possible to print on surfaces other than photo paper, like t-shirts, mugs, and even metal. However, there is something about wood and the grain that shows behind the photographs that give it a much more personable and nostalgic quality.

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At Last: Lytro Unveils the Newly Updated Plenoptic Camera

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Lytro, the world’s first commercially available plenoptic or light field camera that allows you to endlessly refocus the image after you’ve clicked the shutter, is now available to consumers after a limited release last Spring.

Announced only a couple of days ago, the Lytro finally hits stores around the world with a brand new set of features to allow for more manual control. A new firmware update to the camera will allow users to control the shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, and auto exposure.

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Monochrome Revolution

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Is monochrome technology a trend or just a romanticization of the beauty of black and white photography? Two new digital cameras – one for moving images and one for still – the Red Epic-M Monochrome by Red and the Leica M Monochrom (Leica decided it was best to lop off the E) – that were released within the past few months, are challenging the obsoleteness of an art form and negating the very definition of technological progress.

When tools were invented to capture images from real life – whether still or moving – amazement abounded, much the same way it did when people were able to hear their own voice, but alas the image remained faithfully monochrome. It continued this way for the better half a century; save for a few hand dyed photographs and the painted films of perhaps Georges Méliès. There is certainly something je ne sais quoi about the graininess of old photographs, the sepia tones of antique landscapes, and the celluloid shades of a classic Hollywood movie. As cameras improved so did the picture quality, but monochrome remained and it seemed people began to fall in love with seeing their own world in black and white. It seemed the focus was on improving the depth and the tonality – and the art form of black and white image making was born. And people could become “photographers” and “cinematographers.”

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