Thursday, September 13, 2012

Seagull Steals Camera, Films Itself Flying Off Into the Sunset

Be careful not to leave your camera unattended when animals are nearby — you never know what might happen. We’ve shared a number of videos in the past of animals such as monkeys, octopi, sharks, and seagulls “borrowing” cameras for their own purposes. French tourist Nathalie Rollandin came across a camera-happy seagull recently. She was visiting the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, when she set her GoPro camera down while its was recording. Before she knew it, the camera was being carried away in the mouth of an artsy gull. Once the bird was a safe distance away, it set the camera down and recorded some beautiful footage of itself flying away into the sunset. Moments later, Rollandin ran up to the camera and was happy to discover that it hadn’t been damaged. She writes, On my way running after the seagull I met a woman and desperately asked “Have you seen a seagull flying with a camera in his mouth?”..she looked at me like I was totally crazy haha Even better was the fact that she had 20 new seconds of footage that certainly became one of the highlights of her trip. “A San Francisco sunset I will hardly forget,” she says.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Check Out These Full-Res Sample Photos Shot Using the New iPhone 5

Earlier today, Apple announced its new iPhone 5, which features a camera that’s nearly identical to the one found in the 4S. Soon after the announcement, Apple put up the official product pagefor the phone, which includes a gallery of sample photographs shot using the iPhone 5. Unfortunately, none of the shots show low-light environments, which would have allowed us to gawk at the power of the camera’s new and improved noise-killing processor. For now, we’ll just have to settle for these generic shots showing what the 3264×2448 images look like when they pop out of the camera.

We have to say, the photographs are quite nice — much better than the 7 megapixel photographs that were being created by my point-and-shoot camera 5 years ago. Quite nice will soon not be enough, though, as other smartphone makers are working intently on making their camera the best in the industry. Apple is going to need to step it up in areas such as low-light performance and image stabilization if it wants to stay competitive in this game.