Coolest Gadgets » Photography Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:00:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Selfie Drone captures your best look on its own Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:00:13 +0000

Hammacher Schlemmer has been well known to produce some rather stunning devices and put them up for sale, and this particular model is something which not everyone would have thought of. Since drones ended up being all the rage some time ago, and the selfie phenomena continues to grow as many smartphones now feature a front-facing camera that have an equal or higher megapixel count compared to the back camera. Why not merge the two together and you would end up with what is known as the $299.95 Selfie Drone?

The Selfie Drone is deemed to be an easy-to-fly camera which will enable one to share “dronies” instantly to a social network of your choice. Just how large is it? Well, it is roughly the size of a Belgian waffle, where the novice flyer will be able to enjoy a 12MP shooter with an accompanying flash just in case there are some low light conditions that need to be looked into. This Selfie Drone is more than capable of capturing Full HD video (1080p resolution) without missing a beat, and it delivers smooth operation with mechanical stabilization. The best part is, all of its intricate parts can be controlled from a smartphone.

You are now able to take a group photo with family or friends in an easier manner than ever before, and the best part is this: no longer do you need to learn how to master the selfie stick — as you have now upgraded to that of the selfie drone. The Selfie Drone is capable of taking off or landing from your hand, in addition to having a working range of 98′ which should be far enough to capture even the largest group selfies ever. IT even comes with obstacle avoidance to create a stable flight path for this flying tripod.

There is a microSD card slot to stash all of the recorded photos and videos, and it features a free iOS/Android app to work with.
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The SHOTBOX – light boxes don’t have to be terrible Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:30:38 +0000 ShotBox

If you have ever used a light box to take photos, you’ve either created your own out of paper and PVC, or bought a very flimsy fabric and plastic framework. That’s only one fraction of the setup though, since you also have to get lights, bulbs that are the same color/power, and find a spot to put everything. They get the job done, but are usually stationary setups, and aren’t easy to quickly break down.

If you’re always on the move and need to be as streamlined as possible, then the SHOTBOX is going to be a lifesaver. This is a collapsible light box made of durable plastic which makes for a quick setup, and has super-bright LEDs that will last for 20,000 hours of use. There are holes in the top of the box to get top-down shots, and it comes with white, black, blue, and green backgrounds for whatever you might need to shoot for.

This measures 17 x 15 x 4″ when folded down, and it’s not going to take up too much more space when it’s fully up. This isn’t cheap at $169, but considering it’s portable, seems a bit more stable than your average box, and has everything you need, it’s not completely far-fetched. It’s likely a more ideal purchase for roving photographers who need every option available in their arsenal without having to drive a semi around.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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This SD Card Protector Case will keep years of memories safe Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:30:29 +0000 SD Card Protector Case

Being a photographer allows the world to see from your perspective. It’s impossible to know what little things catch your eye, how you interpret beauty, or what you view as worthy to freeze and preserve in a momentary snapshot. Thanks to cameras being just about everywhere through smartphones and digital cameras, we can now shoot and share imagery whenever we want.

The big factor with keeping those memories is being able to store their data somewhere. Since we don’t use film anymore, most cameras use an SD card, and if you don’t have one that has 128 gigs, you likely have a fair number of them. To keep them safe regardless of where your travels take you, it might be wise to keep them in something like this Memory Card Case Protector. It can hold 12 SD cards, 12 Micro SD cards, is water resistant, and anti-shock.

This is a $10 purchase that is likely only going to appeal to avid photographers who have one too many SD cards. The case is air tight with a snap to make sure no dirt, water, or scratches can be found on your cards. There is also a rubber lining to prevent water damage, and a metal carabiner so it can be clipped on your bag, though chances are you’ll want to put it in your bag just in case the carabiner breaks on you.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The AUKEY Ora Smartphone Lens makes sure you see the tiniest detail Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:30:01 +0000 aukey-ora-clip-iphone-lens

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Of course, once you get to your destination, you are bound to take some photos of the scenery to commemorate your accomplishment of getting there on your beloved smartphone. That being said, not having the right lighting or getting a blurry photo can be a pretty big letdown for all the hassle of trekking to just the right spot to take the picture in the first place.

While you don’t need to buy a nice DSLR just to take a selfie on a mountain or in the forest, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a bit of help getting a clearer picture. There are all sorts of options for lighting accessories on a smartphone, but that won’t improve the focus of your smartphone’s camera like the AUKEY Ora 2-in-1 Lens will. This has a 140 degree wide angle lens as well as a macro lens capable of 10X magnification. Made of aluminum and multi-element coated glass, this will make sure you don’t have to deal with much in the way of ghosting, reflections, lens flare, or any other artifacts.

The clip is made of rubber, and will help to prevent this accessory from leaving any marks behind if you want to take this off of your phone. It’s not super cheap at $24.99, but if it cost any less we would all doubt its abilities. There are always higher ticket items like this for better smartphone photos, but if they cost much more, you may as well start saving up for that DSLR.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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This LED Ring Light will make your photos look flawless Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:30:01 +0000 limo-studio-led-ring-light

If you like photography, then you know there will always be more ways to up your game. Better lenses, camera bodies, and reflectors can make it so you don’t even need Photoshop at the end of the day. That doesn’t mean you won’t still use it to tweak this and that before posting it for the world to see, but it’s better to have a quality image to start off with.

Should you already have the camera of your dreams and want to start venturing into the world of lighting, a good flash can do wonders for outdoors, but when it comes to indoors, all of the lighting is setup by you. If you you don’t have much in your arsenal yet, this LimoStudio LED Ring Light should be able to help you out whether you’re doing portraits or product photography. It’s an LED circle light that will distribute the glow evenly so that every aspect of the subject matter is well illuminated. Faces appear flawless, products don’t have troubling shadows, and you can even dim the light if it’s a bit overkill.

This is an 18” ring that comes with a hot shoe mount so you can use the light stand as your tripod while you shoot. There are 240 LEDs, and thanks to the bulb type you won’t have to worry about it overheating or melting your model. You won’t want to invest in this $179.99 light unless you plan on getting your money’s worth out of it, but if money is burning a hole in you pocket, you can pull it out for family photos a few times a year or for the occasional vlog and it will definitely improve the quality ten-fold.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The SMOVE is a smartphone stabilizer and power bank Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:30:37 +0000 smove-stabilizer

Since YouTube can now be a viable job for just about anyone, it makes sense that we would invest more in our smartphone accessories. The higher quality of videos you put out, the more people will be interested in watching. There is that whole aspect of having content people will actually want to watch as well, but you do want to take into account the caliber of the content you’re putting out there.

For those that like to do daily vlogging and want to use their smartphone to capture their lives, the SMOVE might be something that peaks your interest. This is a combination of a stabilizer and a power bank that will let you get bump and jolt-free footage while simultaneously charging your phone for those long days of shooting. Of course, this would also be useful for people who just like taking videos or photos in general too.

This has a 5200mAh power bank, Bluetooth 4.0, works with iOS and Android, and has a variety of modes to sit at a fixed angle, angle follow, detect and follow faces, panorama shots and more. There’s a joystick for stationary movement, and a button for taking photos and video. These are currently available for pre-order on a successfully funded Indiegogo campaign, and you’ll be looking at $119 if you’re interested in taking it out for a spin. There are many other versions of this sort of thing on the market, so be sure to do your homework before taking the plunge.

Available for crowdfunding on indiegogo
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The Beastgrip Universal Smartphone Rig System is perfect for mobile phone photographers Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:30:11 +0000 Beastgrip Mount

While it’s nice to snap pictures of this and that with your phone, some people take this form of photography very seriously. Nowadays there are professional photographers who only use smartphones and made a booming business out of it. While a good deal of that has to do with having the proper lighting setup, there are TONS of accessories that can boost your phones’ capabilities for shooting photos or videos alike.

If you are one such person and are starting to have a hard time getting all of your gear to stay on safely while you’re running around snapping and shooting, then this Beastgrip Universal Lens Adapter is sure to help you out. This is a rig system for smartphones that uses a modular design so you can use it as a lens mount or tripod, and it will fit any phone that is presently on the market. Not only that, but you can also use it with or without a protective phone case, meaning you don’t have to constantly put your phone in and out of its case just to use this device.

This has 5 standard 1/4” 20-threaded mounts for attaching all sorts of gear, and comes with the beast grip, a spare thumb screw, a hex key, 2 spare screws, 2 extender tubes, and a lens remover wrench. It’s not a cheap setup as this will set you back $139.99, but considering this is meant for some serious lens and microphone setups, it’s not too shabby. Its body is made of glass-filled nylon, and the mounting rails have aluminum, stainless steel, and brass, making it seem like it might just be durable enough for the crazy shoots it will be taken on.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The CASE Air – Your Instagram game is about to be amazing Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:30:43 +0000 Case Air DSLR

Photographers cried out all at once when phones started coming with cameras. While there’s always a need for someone to take photos professionally, smartphones have certainly lessened the demand, and that’s because you can take some great pictures with your phone and have them on Facebook before the event you’re at is over. I recently spent 6 weeks in Japan, and while I took over 2,000 photos with my DSLR, most of the photos that made it to social media came from my phone because there wasn’t enough time to get them onto a computer, edited, and uploaded fast enough.

Imagine my delight in finding the CASE Air, as it will plug into your DSLR, give your camera a hotspot, and allow you to transfer images, even RAW files, onto your computer or tablet. Before anyone asks questions, no, this WIFI hot spot doesn’t need to be close to civilization to work. Not only will you be able to transfer photos quickly and efficiently, but you can also live-view your photos from your iPad, get touch focus through your device even if your camera doesn’t have that functionality, and set parameters.

Not only can you mess with shutter speed, ISO, white balance, AF, and metering, but you can go into video mode at a moment’s notice, use focus stacking, do HDR, and time lapse photos without having to hold down a button. This even lets you see the histogram, photo info, and more! You’ll only need a hot shoe, 1/4” screw hole and clip for this to set up shop. Thanks to its cable, it can even hook into older camera models to give them brand new functionality. Its battery will last around 6 hours before needing to be recharged, and it’ll cost you $84-385 if you’re quick to action.

Available for crowdfunding on Indiegogo
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The Tiny1 will renew your interest in space Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:30:06 +0000 Tiny1

If you’ve ever laid down and looked up at night, you’ve likely seen a myriad of twinkling dots littered across the sky. They’re beautiful and terrifying, mainly because you know there’s more out there than what the naked eye can take in. If you really take an interest, you might have looked up some photos online and come across images from NASA, or from enthusiasts who have tons of money to pour into high-quality equipment.

If you wish you could see what those people see in real time and take pictures and videos yourself, then the Tiny1 is about to pique your interest. This is an astronomy camera that can fit in your pocket and capture what’s going to feel like the entire universe in a single shot. Not only can it take wonderful pictures, but it has an interactive star map that uses augmented reality to help you find celestial objects in real time. You can also pair the Tiny1 with your smartphone over WiFi to share your endless stream of photos.

There are lens adapters that can be attached to this little device easily so you can use everything from DSLR and mirrorless to telescopes. It only has 4MP, but that is to the benefit as it means better images for this specific type of photography. When you’re not wanting to shoot the night sky, you can turn off astronomy mode and use it like a normal camera. There’s a time lapse mode, it can stand temperatures of -10-55 degrees Celcius, there’s an audio in for mics, an audio out for live monitoring, and it can shoot in .DNG and .RAW. This is a crowdfunding campaign that has more than met its goal, and if you’d like to get your own Tiny1 it’ll cost you $399.

Available for crowdfunding on Indiegogo
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I-1 Analog Instant Camera – Take Your Indie Hipster Cred to a Whole New Level Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:30:28 +0000 I1 ANalog Instant Camera

We generally tend to use whatever camera is available at the cheapest price for the best quality. Those who can afford to get the higher ticket items that have better lenses and features usually get things that are for specific projects that are more technologically advanced. There are those who appreciate vintage machinery though, making art by polishing up old relics that produce as beautiful of an end result as the carefully cared for product from which it came.

While Polaroid cameras were all the rage a few decades ago, they resurfaced as a hot item that was difficult to get your hands on. The I-1 Analog Instant Camera has taken that Polaroid craze and created a product that will suit the advanced yet retro aesthetic. This takes the point and shoot that we loved from Polaroid and adds in a ring light that will give you diffused light for portraits.

Since this is working with the modern world, you can also connect it to your iPhone and add in light painting, double exposure, and other goodies. If you would prefer the aperature and shutter speed to be in your complete control, you only need to switch over to manual mode. While it’s going to be an initial sticker shock at $349.99, it does at least come with three packs of film. It can work with I-type and 600 type film, which of course will take more money to get it developed. Happy shooting!

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