Turns out you can make a camera from just about anything. Even a cardboard box with a hole in it. Because the process is so simple (as long as you're not expecting to compete with Hasselblad), it gives creative people a lot of leeway to experiment with the photo-capturing process. Like, say, replacing your lens with thousands upon thousands of straws.
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GoPro hasn't had the best of times recently. First, there was the recall of its malfunctioning Karma drone, which it only just started selling again. Now it appears the company lost a chunk of money last year, to the tune of $US373 ($485) million.
Leica has a new camera in its inimitable M-Series line-up. You'd be hard-pressed to tell it from the M before it, or the M before that, but that's exactly the point. The $10,000 Leica M10 makes some big improvements and major modernisations, but they're all hidden away inside a body that could well be built fifty years ago.
There's a bit of crossover when it comes to the lexicons of cameras and weapons (aiming, shooting, etc.) so it's no surprise that someone would be inspired to find a way to combine them. Photographer and artist Jason Siegel decided his take would be a literal fusion of familiar camera components to create fake guns, explosive and other wartime paraphernalia as part of his "Shoot Portraits, Not People" exhibit.
Typically only found in the toolkits of law enforcement and the military, the FLIR ONE smartphone camera gave thermal vision to any consumer with several hundred bucks. But yesterday FLIR revealed a professional version for those who want to use the thermal camera for more than just running around pretending to be a Schwarzenegger-hunting Predator.
After successfully launching a GoPro through the air using a bow and arrow, YouTube's Sam and Niko have taken that experiment to new heights, and new speeds, by instead blasting the tiny action camera out of a compressed air cannon.
If you're going to take a photo of something as majestic as Italy's Dolomites, you'll want a camera good enough to capture it in all its beauty. A big one too. Like, a massive one. Unsatisfied with the options available, photographer Kurt Moser decided to build a big-arse camera of his own... into the back of a 4.5-tonne Ural truck.
Conceptually, a camera lens isn't a complicated piece of kit. Still, the quality of images photographer Mathieu Stern managed to take with his 3D-printed lens, featuring a single front element and mounted on his Sony Alpha 7ii, is still surprising. Only the blur and distortion in the corners gives the game away.
Making cameras look like guns appears to have been quite the fad in bygone days. The 1930s were no exception, with a number of rifle-shaped camera "guns" manufactured by E Leitz (now Leica). A couple of units have popped up for auction and as you might expect, they're not cheap.