You knew there had to be a catch. So here it is: yes, this camera only costs $1, but that’s because it’s made out of a one-dollar bill. I suppose you could make it out of a ten, or a twenty, but why would you do that? Check out Won Park‘s 42-step PDF and three-part video tutorials on how to fold an origami camera out of a dollar bill. You may not be able to capture images with it, but it’s sure to keep you busy while you wait for the lighting to be just right outside for an actual photo shoot.
Last week, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” became the most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction when it was sold at Sotheby’s for $119.9 million. Yesterday, we were exposed (photography pun alert!) to the world’s most expensive camera. Purchased by an anonymous European buyer, the above pictured 1923 0-series Leica (one of the first 31 cameras ever produced by Leica) went for a whopping $2.8 million. And we thought the Leica Hermés camera was pricey!
“Today, it all seems too late. The iPhone is the most popular camera on Flickr, but the feeling isn’t mutual. Flickr isn’t even among the top 50 free photography apps in iTunes. It’s just below an Instagram clone in 64th place. By way of comparison, an app that adds cats with laser eyes to your photos is 23rd.” – Mat Honan, Gizmodo
Read the entire, excellent, essay about the ways in which Honan says “Yahoo killed Flickr and lost the internet” here.
During the Salone del Mobile furniture design fair in Milan, IKEA introduced one new PS product that requires no Flatpack and no sheet of adorably-illustrated instructions. Because it’s a camera—a cardboard camera. Designed by Jesper Kouthoofd the Knäppa camera is about as low-tech a product announcement as we’ve seen in a decade. IKEA gets that; their promotional video (see below) is both instructional and tongue-in-cheek in tone. “It’s very easy to use,” says Kouthoofd, with a sly smile.
What about features? Well, the camera comes with a zoom function that works like this:
As the designer said, it’s easy to use. Be sure to check out the “advanced image stabilization feature” in the promo video.
Of course, the point of the Knäppa is not so that IKEA can compete with Canon, Nikon, and the like. (See above zoom feature for reassurance.) “I think design belongs in real homes,” says Kouthoofd, “and to prove this we made a camera [as] a link between the PS design and you.” You see, the whole point of the camera is to use it to shoot pictures of your (preferably IKEA’d-out) home. You are then encouraged to upload those shots to the PS AT HOME website, where others have also shared images of their IKEA PS furniture. Rumor has it, the Knäppa will be given away to customers who buy new PS products or available for sale only at select stores.
The camera being developed for the new Blackberry 10, which was introduced at last week’s Blackberry World conference, will feature a Lytro-like “living pictures” element. In the same way that Lytro’s light field camera flipped the idea of what a photograph is on its head, the Blackberry camera will also disprove the notion that a photograph is a documentation of a single moment in time. But it will go about this in a different way than Lytro does. With the Blackberry camera, a blunder in the capture (like, say, someone blinking) can be overridden by moving either backward or forward in time to a point at which that element of the shot is just how you want it.
Not following? That’s because time travel is complex. Check out this video of RIM’s Vivek Bhardwaj playing with the technology: