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Frame Rate Insane with World’s Fastest Camera

Using ultrafast laser pulses, a new camera system can shoot at up to 70 trillion frames per second
Using ultrafast laser pulses, a new camera system can shoot at up to 70 trillion frames per second

The best phone cameras can record slow motion with under 1,000 frames per second. Commercial rigs generally shoot with several thousand. But that all absolutely pales in comparison to the new record holder for the world’s fastest camera, boasting a mind-boggling rate of 70 trillion frames per second. That’s fast enough to capture light waves in movement. read more

A New Polaroid Camera?

Instant photography gets another reboot with the Polaroid Now
Instant photography gets another reboot with the Polaroid Now
Polaroid

In an age where instant photography means whipping out a smartphone and immediately sharing the digital image with friends online, a boxy camera that produces self-developing prints seems like a huge backward step. But that’s exactly what instant film cameras provide, and a revamped Polaroid has announced a new model called the Now. read more

T-Rex’s Biological Air Conditioner

A thermal image of a T. rex with its dorsotemporal fenestra glowing on the skull
A graphic thermal image of a T. rex with its dorsotemporal fenestra glowing on the skull
Brian Engh

Thermal images of alligators taken by a team of scientists led by Casey Holliday, a professor of anatomy at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, suggest that the Tyrannosaurus rex may have had blood vessels in its skull that helped the giant predator to regulate its body temperature – in other words, a biological air conditioner. read more

Digit-Sized Steady Cam Weighs only 18 Grams

The new Go takes Insta360's excellent FlowState image stabilization gear and uses it to create an absolutely tiny camera, complete with a smart ecosystem to manage your footage
The new Go takes Insta360’s excellent FlowState image stabilization gear and uses it to create an absolutely tiny camera, complete with a smart ecosystem to manage your footage

Best known for its affordable 360-degree cameras, Insta360 has taken its excellent FlowState image stabilization technology and used it to build a unique and remarkable new class of action camera. The new Insta360 Go is tiny, looking like a flash drive with a dome lens on it. It weighs next to nothing, and attaches to your clothing with magnets to capture beautifully stabilized 1080p footage from an oversized sensor. read more

Aerial Artwork

Frozen infinity, a glacier pattern from above. This aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a...
Frozen infinity, a glacier pattern from above. This aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small Cessna(Credit: Stas Bartnikas)

Stas Bartnikas has only been practicing the art of aerial photography for about five years but in a remarkably short time this Moscow-based former journalist has produced an incredible collection of images highlighting glorious and surreal sights of over 15 countries from above. read more

First Annual Drone Photography Awards

Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category
Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category(Credit: Gabriel Scanu)

The Drone Awards is a new photography competition dedicated to the emerging art of aerial photography. This year’s inaugural competition has just revealed its winning snaps, a spectacular assortment of photographs ranging from gorgeously abstract images to profoundly unique portraits of urban life. read more

New AI can Enhance Pixelated Images

Researchers have unveiled a Blade Runner-style AI that can enhance pixelated images.

Dubbed EnhanceNet, the system relies on neural networks to boost the image quality, creating high-resolution images from a low-resolution input.

Stunning results shared in the study reveal how the new method can create sharper, more detailed results than traditional approaches, leading to photos that are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.

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Dubbed EnhanceNet, the system relies on neural networks to boost the image quality, creating high-resolution images from a low-resolution input read more

MiniRig Stabilizes Smartphone Pics

The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories
The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories

Last year, the Smoovie stabilizer launched on Kickstarter promising smartphone and GoPro users the ability to shoot super-smooth video thanks to its magnetic gimbal. Now, after shipping that product to backers, the team behind it is back with the MiniRig, which adds lighting and audio features, along with improved stabilization. read more

Take Better Photos

Christmas is a time to remember – the family are together, the festivity is high, and having an embarrassing image of your sibling asleep in a party hat is always going to come in handy.

With smartphones having replaced traditional cameras though, we’re all becoming a bunch of lazy photographers.

Instead of waiting until the middle of February to develop Christmas photos only to find out your thumb covered the lens in half of them, we can now snap, see, share, repeat in a matter of seconds.

According to professional photographer and creator of some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, however, 'everyone is now a photographer in their own right' (stock image) 

HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS ACCORDING TO A PRO

Professional photographer and brains behind some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, has shared his advice on taking pictures with MailOnline.

These are the tips you should follow to ensure you capture super shots this Christmas.

1. Learn what all the setting and features on your phone’s camera do.

2. Try and frame your photo, using the background to enhance the main point of focus.

3. Download photography apps to enhance your camera’s core features.

4. Think outside the box and use feature in ways they weren’t designed for.

5. Don’t just point and shoot, work unusual angles to get a unique perspective.

6. Just because you have dozens of filters at your disposal doesn’t mean you have to use them all at once.

7. When sharing your photos, don’t overdo it. This will make them all feel less special.

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