Fujifilm’s Instax Printer: The Closest Thing To Polaroids For Your iPhone.

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Fujifilm has announced the Instax SP–1 mobile printer at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. It’s a wireless, battery powered number that spits out 3×2 prints, and is controlled by an app on your iPhone (or Android device).

And while it looks pretty neat, if you can do without the battery power then I have a much better recommendation.

 The printer actually works like a camera, using LEDs to print the image onto the same instant film/paper used by the Instax cameras. It’s powered by a couple of removable (and not cheap) lithium batteries (AC power is optional) and the paper comes in packs of ten. You can also add extras to the images before you print – colored frames and caption make them look like little printed Facebook pages. It’ll cost $200.

Or you could buy Canon’s Selphy printer, a dye-sub printer that uses CMYK sheets of ink to print great images onto 6×4 sheets of photo paper. I have one and it really is great. I print pictures to go on the fridge, to send as postcards or just to give to people when they say “Email me that picture you just took.” It’s also around $100 (or less), and works wirelessly with a crappy iOS app.

You decide. The Instax is great for slinging into a bag and taking to parties, but also looks like a novelty whose appeal will quickly wear off.

Source: Cult of Mac.

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$7,800 Camera Stabilizer Might Be Overkill For Your iPhone.

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Would you pay $7,800 for a suitcase full of carbon fiber and aluminum tubes? No, me neither, but clearly somebody will, or Shadowcam wouldn’t be hawking its crazily-priced S–5 camera stabilizer, a three-axis gimbal rig that would keep your shots steady even if you stood on a vibrating table with a bowl of jello on your head.

This video shows a three-axis gimbal in action. Note. It’s not the Shadowcam, but it shows the amazing things these devices are capable of:

Amazing, huh? And that amazingness achieved through a combination of clever engineering, sensors and electric motors. It’s like a cross between a Steadicam and the optical lens stabilizer in your camera.

The S–5 can also be converted for use as a shoulder mount, although it won’t look nearly as impressive if used that way.

I don’t know about you, but if I saw someone shooting with one of these I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from shoving them or tickling them, just to see what happened. Available in the UK February.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Digital Super 8 Cartridge Brings Old Movie Cameras Back To Life.

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Back before there was home video, there was Super 8, Kodak’s home movie system which used film cartridges to record sound and moving images, ready to be played back onto a giant projector screen at home. So pervasive is the aesthetic of Super 8 that even today, fake home movie footage in TV shows and movies is usually degraded to look more filmic.

But this isn;t a post about nostalgia. It’s a post about a sweet new digital cartridge – the Nolab – that brings old Super 8 Cameras back to life.

There’s a lot to love about Super 8, but film isn’t one of those things. Now you can stick a Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge into that old camera and shoot 5MP movies onto a cellphone-style sensor. And don;t worry: because the Nolab has a ground-glass screen instead of a lens, and that screen is jammed in behind the film gate, you will get the shallow depth-of-field possible when user a lens made for a relatively large “sensor.”

The Nolab will – when available – shoot 720p video onto an SD card, and can apply faux film effects in-camera. And it’ll work with your old cameras thanks to a special sensor design that will sync with the shutter in a Super 8 camera at up to 60fps.

I’d love to see this actually in production, if only so I would have a reason to buy one of those gorgeous old Super 8 cameras I see sitting useless and unloved (and very cheap) at flea markets.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Optrix, The Rugged, Underwater iPhone 5 Case For Photographers.

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I hope you’re ready for yet another case that adds extra lenses to the iPhone’s amazing camera. This one has a twist. Well, I guess they all do, but this one has a different twist. It’s also ruggedized and waterproof.

I tested a waterproof iPhone case over the summer and it was fantastic, letting me get great images underwater in the pool (what’s the bikini version of “up-skirt” shots?), but also meant I didn’t have to worry about my iPhone when we went canoeing. The problem was the lens. Or specifically the plastic covering the lens, which was a little blurry and spoiled a lot of the shots.

The Optrix, then, would seem ideal. It’s a tough waterproof housing which lets you swap in lenses – a fisheye (useful underwater amirite?), a wideangle and a “flat” lens for straight-through shooting – plus take the iPhone down to33 feet or ten meters under the surface.

It’s also tough (there’s a video on the site of the iPhone meeting a truck, and surviving).

Interested? I’m actually considering it not for the swimming and outdoorsiness, but for its ability to help my iPhone survive the harsh East German winter which I have foolishly decided to subject myself to this year. On a bike.

The Optrix PhotoProX will cost $150, with four lenses (all the above plus a telephoto). Available now.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Photojojo’s Lightning SD Card Reader For iPads Mini and 4.

I consider Apple’s Lightning SD card adapter to be a step backwards – the original camera connection kit not only included an SD dongle and a USB port, but it also provided them in convenient, pocketable, non-be-cabled form.

Thanks to the fine folks at Photojojo, though, you can now relive the excitement of not using a cable to plug in your SD card with the Lightning SD Reader.

There are a couple of connectors, all of which sport the sleek new Lightning connector for plugging straight into your iPad Mini’s or iPad 4’s slimline data hole. There’s also a USB port and a microSD slot so you can hook up pretty much anything (even the card from your Android phone!)

Available right now, for $40.

Source: Cult of Mac.