New “Submariner Camera” is ready to get up close and personal with your pet fish

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RocketNews 24 (by Krista Rogers):

On April 28, CCP, a subsidiary of Bandai, will release an underwater recording device dubbed the “Submariner Camera” which can take up-close pictures and videos of your fish like never before. Designed in the guise of a miniature submarine, the gadget is controlled via an infrared remote control and is capable of underwater navigation, surfacing, and left-right rotation.

▼ The Submariner Camera

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▼ The infrared remote control

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▼ It even comes with headlights on each side for some nocturnal navigation!

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▼ Use the bait-holding extendable arm to lure unsuspecting fish into the camera’s field of view.

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The camera (VGA: 640×480 pixels, 30 FPS) is able to record videos for approximately five minutes and can store approximately 800 photos (Quad-VGA: 1280×960 pixels) in its built-in 256MB internal memory. Use the accompanying USB cable to upload the best shots onto your computer and share them with friends.

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The submarine is safe for use in any water 50°C (122°F) or below, meaning it could also be a fun little party trick at your next pool party, or even a way to keep your little ones entertained long enough to give them a bath.

About the only downside to this nifty little gadget is its hefty 10,778 yen (US$100) price tag (tax included).

Dogs photograph their owners with beautiful, heartwarming results

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RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):

These owners were in for a happy surprise when they discovered their dogs were their photographers in this professional studio photo shoot.

But what if our pets could photograph us? That’s the topic of a new ad from Mars Japan, who produces some of the country’s most well-known pet foods and pet care products. Enter the “Phodographer”, pups taking photos by pressing the shutter button of a specially modified camera.

 

Leaked: The new Fujifilm X-Pro2

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First released back in 2012, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 has since become a fan favorite revered for its mirrorless functionality. Fast forward to today and the Japanese camera imprint looks like it is set to release an update on its highly-acclaimed flagship unit.

Based on images released by Fuji Rumors, we get a first look at the new model that sports slightly more rounded edges although the camera, in general, still retains clear aesthetic cues from the original. Despite details still being sparse regarding changes with the internal makeup, distinct alterations have been made with the viewfinder and control system. In particular, a joystick seems to have been added.

According to Engadget, Fujifilm is set to launch the X-Pro2 on January 15, 2016. Until then, we hope to receive more information on specification details.

Canon releases a video camera that goes to 4,000,000 ISO

Japanese photographic giant Canon has released a multi-purpose camera that goes all the way to 4,000,000 ISO. With an image sensor restricted to 2.26 megapixels, a price-tag of $30,000 USD and no internal storage, the camera is undoubtedly only to be used by specialists in very specific situations. Ideal for capturing full color in extreme low light, for nature photography or surveillance, the new ME20F-SH is explained in more detail in the video above.

Fujifilm unveils the X-T10 camera

Ricoh’s new Pentax K-3 II includes a Pixel Shift Mode

Ricoh has just unveiled its Pentax K-3 II, a semi-pro DSLR that boasts improved image stabilization system that implements a Pixel Shift Resolution feature, minimizing false color. In terms of specs, the camera mimics its predecessor’s 24 megapixel sensor, 27-point AF system and durable construction. However, updates include a sensor-shift IS and 4.5 stops of shake reduction to complement the built-in GPS and gyro-sensor based panning detection and automatic horizon correction. Unfortunately, this iteration no longer includes a built-in flash.

The camera will be available in May for a retail price of $1,100 USD.

Sony’s new Cyber-shot compact cameras will include a Superzoom Lens