The 8-Bit Guy dusts off his Connectix QuickCam to show us how quickly time flies. The first commercially available webcam, this bad boy shoots in black and white at a resolution of 0.08 megapixels at up to 15fps, requires connection to two different ports and originally cost $100.
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While it’s not likely to produce the kind of smooth and controlled video of a pricy drone, the AER looks like a fun way to capture short snippets of aerial footage and overhead stills on the cheap. It’s made from sturdy foam, and protects your camera from impact and water.
Lomography’s newest instant camera is named after its user-friendly mode that automatically adjusts its shutter speed, aperture and flash timing for optimal lighting. It also has a long exposure mode and multiple exposure mode, and can be fitted with a wide angle lens.
A simple but much-needed accessory for GoPro cameras. The Switchback has a quick-release mechanism that stays attached to your camera, while its base is compatible with practically all GoPro mounts. It also lets you rotate the camera in 90º increments while it’s mounted.
The Tiny1 is a compact camera designed to take pictures and videos of the night sky. It has a backside illuminated 4MP CMOS sensor, a removable IR-cut filter and proprietary noise reduction. It can also be used as a normal point-and-shoot and has optional lens adapters.
Restrap’s Sling uses magnets to secure the connectors with the strap itself, making it easy to transfer the strap between multiple cameras. It also has a magnetic lens cap holder and a pivot and quick release system to make it easy to bring the camera up to your face.
Waterproof, crushproof, shockproof, dustproof, and freezeproof, this action camera is ready to take on whatever you throw at it, shooting 4K video via a wide-angle F2.0 lens, with 5-axis image stabilization, and built in GPS, compass, altitude sensor, and accelerometers.
Zero Zero Robotics’ Hover Camera is a light, small and safe camera drone. Its propellers are housed in carbon fiber cages, it can shoot at 4K, and its app and follow-me controls make it easy to use. The catch? It only offers electronic image stabilization, and will cost around $600.
PRracer’s headband-mounted action camera for runners. It has a 12MP sensor and shoots videos at 1440p/30fps, 1080p/60fps, or 720p/100fps. It also has time-lapse and burst shooting modes. The headband also houses a 400 lumen flashlight and a retractable skullcap.
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