If you’ve ever had to deal with a clogged drain or dryer vent, you know it’s tricky to figure out where the problem is. This nifty gadget has a tiny camera and LED lighting on its tip, so you can snake your way up to 10 feet into pipes, conduit, vents, and more to see what’s up.
THE BEST Cameras
A clever gadget for photographers which offers easy access to lenses. The hip-mounted holster hangs onto lenses securely using their mounts, and spins into position for quick lens swaps. It also provides storage for lens caps. Available for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony E lenses.
At the heart of this mirrorless camera is an insanely precise APS-H Foveon X3 CMOS image sensor which produces an image equivalent to a 51mp traditional sensor. Its RAW DNG files offer a level of detail not seen in cameras at this price. Sample photos on DPReview.
The Neptune Art Lens System consists of three fixed focal length lenses – 3.5/35, 2.8/50 and 4.0/80 – a lens base and six drop-in plates. Their size and weight makes it easy to switch lenses on the go, while the handcrafted optics offer a myriad of creative options.
A remote-controlled underwater drone which allows you to capture full HD video (4K model also available) and 16 MP stills using its waterproof camera and LED lighting. It comes with a 30m (~98 ft.) tether, but can be upgraded to operate at depths up to 100m (~328 ft.).
The incredible new α9 sports a 35mm full-frame sensor stacked with memory, allowing for 20fps continuous shooting at 24.2 MP, 4K video, crazy fast exposure and focus tracking, a silent, distortion-free shutter, and an OLED viewfinder which doesn’t black out between shots.
Autel Robotics‘ top-rated X-Star drone matches the DJI Phantom 4 spec for spec, but for much less money. It packs a 4K/30 camera, a 3-axis gimbal, a 25m flight time, dual GPS/GLONASS navigation, and the ability to control and view flight from up to 1.2 miles away.
Lomography’s latest camera has a wide-angle 38mm (21mm equiv) f/4.5 glass lens. It’s designed to offer the sharpest pics you can get with an instant, and can focus down to about a foot. It does multiple exposures, and comes with a remote shutter release and color gels.
Artists Cliff Haynes and the late Michael Farrell built a camera comprised of 32,000 drinking straws which act as light paths in front of a sheet of film. When exposed, they result in an ethereal pointillist image. The project is documented in the book Straw Camera.
A set of portable accessories for smartphones, GoPros and small digital cameras which lets you capture pro-quality motion shots. Includes a remote-controlled 8-speed motorized slider that works horizontally or vertically, or as a 360º head for time-lapse and panoramic shots.
Panasonic’s beast can shoot 4K video at 60fps or 1080p at 180fps, has 20.4 mp resolution, a 2.36m dot OLED viewfinder, 5-axis stabilization, 9fps continuous shooting with autofocus, dual SD slots, and a full-size HDMI port among other upgrades over its predecessor, the GH4.
Looking for an interchangeable lens camera that won’t break the bank? YI’s digital camera has a Micro-4/3rds Sony sensor that shoots 20MP stills, and 4K video, has built-in Wi-Fi, and can currently be had with two lenses for just about 550 bucks. Available in black or silver.
Shooting starlight photos can be a challenge. Even if you get the timing and exposure right, you can still get artifacts from light pollution. Lonely Speck’s filter cuts reflections and yellow and orange wavelengths, resulting in awesome shots straight from your camera.
The 8-Bit Guy shares four relics from the dawn of consumer digital photography. Sony’s Mavica line and Panasonic’s competing PalmCam used either floppy disks or mini discs for storage. They were slow and bulky, but already had the defining features of digital cameras.
The biggest challenge with most reasonably priced drones is that they’re hard to fly. Yuneec’s Breeze a 4K video quadcopter offers five automated flight modes to help you get the aerial shot you want without being an expert pilot. For a limited time save $100 at BestBuy.
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