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    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Space Camera Shroud!

    This week's One Day Build is all about space cameras! Adam shows off a few of his favorite vintage cameras and camera replicas from NASA missions, and collaborates with fellow space obsessive Anthony Kovacs to make a shroud for the venerated Nikon F3. It's a day of cut and sew to make a beautiful replica camera thermal cover, just like the beta cloth ones used by Space Shuttle astronauts!

    Tested: iPhone 11 Pro vs OnePlus 7T Cameras

    The new iPhone 11 Pro adds an ultrawide camera to its back, complementing the standard wide-angle and telephoto cameras. Ultrawide lenses aren't new to smartphones, and we compare the camera systems on the iPhone 11 Pro to the three cameras on the new OnePlus 7T. The iPhone's ultrawide has a frustrating limitation, and the OnePlus 7T's cameras have a unique mode that's very impressive.

    Shooting and Editing VR 180 Video with the Z Cam K1 Pro

    We go behind-the-scenes of the production of our recently-released Tested VR series with a look at the shooting and editing workflow. Joey explains how we used the Z Cam K1 Pro to document the makers' workshops and builds, and how he processed and edited that video in Adobe Premiere. Making VR 180 video is an interesting production process!

    Tested: Insta360 EVO Convertible VR180 Camera

    We test the new Insta360 EVO, a camera that can switch between shooting in 360 video and 180-degree stereoscopic video for virtual reality headsets. Here's a quick primer on why 180-degree VR video is compelling, and how compact cameras like the Insta360 EVO will let you capture great-looking VR video without complicated post-processing.

    Creating Blast Effects in Toy Photography

    Toy photographer Johnny Wu stops by our studio to demonstrate another of his practical effects for miniature photos. This time, he shows how he uses sparklers to create fiery action behind his subjects, evoking battle scenes to dramatic effect! (Sparklers and fireworks are inherently dangerous and we do not recommend attempting this at home. Flour is also extremely flammable!)

    How To Create Snow Effects in Toy Photography

    We're back in the studio of Johnny Wu (aka SgtBananas) to learn about his process for creating convincing snow effects in his photos. It's a simple practical effect you can replicate at home! We also chat about figure posability and what Johnny looks out for when finding new toys to photograph.

    Tested: Tilta Wireless Follow Focus Lens Control System

    Joey tests the Tilta Nucleus-Nano, a wireless follow focus system for controlling the lens on his Panasonic GH5 camera. This lens control system was made to work with Tilta's handheld gimbal rig, and Joey explains how he would use this kind of lens control system in a professional production, and why the price for this wireless follow focus is noteworthy.

    Tested: Kessler Motorized Camera Slider!

    Joey gives an update to his use of camera sliders with this review of a motorized slider sysetm using the Kessler Second Shooter+ controller. Here's how Joey uses sliders for production of Tested videos, product coverage, timelapses, and other types of cinematography.

    Tested: Lenovo Daydream VR180 Camera Review

    We review the Lenovo Daydream VR180, a camera made for filming 180-degree stereoscopic photos and videos for viewing on virtual reality headsets. We go over the user experience, image quality, and lessons learned from filming 180-degree 3D video.

    Tested: Photographing a NASA Rocket Launch!

    While attending the NASA Insight rocket launch recently, we have our first opportunity to set up a remote camera to photograph the nighttime launch. Norm goes over his gear used for his setup and the excitement of leaving that gear so close to a rocket in hopes to capturing a photo of the blast off!

    Testing the Tilta Gravity G2 Handheld Camera Gimbal

    Tested's Joey Fameli tests the Tilta Gravity G2 camera stabilizer, made for DSLRs and other handheld cameras. Using it with his GH5, Joey shows how he's used it in studio and on location and what kind of interesting shots you can get with a gimbaled stabilizer.

    Panasonic GH5 vs. GH5S Camera Review

    Tested's senior producer Joey Fameli tests the Panasonic GH5 and GH5S cameras! Using both of these for various video productions, Joey shows how these micro four thirds cameras perform in studio and on location, operating handheld. Here's why Joey love using these cameras to shoot Tested videos!

    Tested: Insta360 One Camera with Stabilization and Tracking

    We're not convinced that 360-degree video shooting makes sense for people watching content on their phones, but the latest update for the Insta360 One camera has us giving it another chance. Their new stabilization algorithm is impressive, and subject tracking in the app makes this a viable alternative to a mechanical gimbal.

    PROJECTIONS, Episode 39: High-End Photogrammetry for VR

    Virtual reality environments can be built manually, like video game levels, but they can also be constructed using real-world imagery and scanning. We visit the offices of Cyark, an organization that travels around the world documenting historical sites using advanced scanning equipment, converting some of those scans to explore in VR.

    Hands-On with Skydio R1 Autonomous Drone!

    We go hands-on with the Skydio R1, a camera-equipped drone that not only flies autonomously, but can actually track you and avoid almost any obstacle in its flight path. And from our first test, it actually works--we couldn't get it to crash. Skydio CEO and co-founder Adam Bry walks us through the computer vision technology that makes the R1 work, and we share our impressions from the impressive test flight.