Second-generation Pentax K-3 gains astrophotography functions
Ricoh has launched an updated version of its Pentax K-3 digital SLR from late 2013, improving a few elements while keeping the rest the same. Just like the original, the Pentax K-3 II has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, but this time Ricoh has introduced a Pixel Shift Resolution system, which uses the camera's shake reduction mechanism to move the sensor in single-pixel increments and capturing four images, combinable into one higher resolution photograph.
Apply the filters before you take the picture
We've spoken before in this space about the importance of sweet filters when it comes to posting pictures on line. Generally, the user takes the picture, and then plays around with filters to see which one will make the image really pop. RetriCAM by Sergii Gerasimenko is here to cut out the middle-man. This app has a variety of "live" filters which are applied to the app's camera view before the picture is taken. So there's no fiddling around with the image -- the picture is already vintage or stylized as soon as it exists, and is ready to post immediately. While we're not sure this was a problem that really needed to be solved, RetriCam does have a couple of really sweet filters.
New Cyber-shots boast 30x optical zoom, flip-up rear display
Sony has unveiled a new collection of Cyber-shot digital cameras, with slimline bodies and a few Alpha-level functions. The HX90, HX90V, and WX500 are extremely similar compact cameras, using an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with a Bionz X image processor, with the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens providing a 30x optical zoom, a 35mm equivalent of 25mm to 750mm, and a digital zoom of up to 60x.
Latest Red camera capable of 8K video capture at 75fps
Red Camera has revealed its latest cinematography camera at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, with the potential for 8K video. The Weapon is the newest camera body to use the 6K-resolution Dragon sensor, though the company is giving customers the ability to upgrade the sensor to an even higher 8K-resolution version, when it ships at a later date.
Onboard sensor data can be added to Virb X, Virb XE videos
Garmin has added another two imaging devices to its Virb camera range. The Virb X and Virb XE are action cameras that are not only capable of shooting high-definition video in rugged environments, but can also monitor what is happening in the environment around it, overlaying various gauges and other extra information on top of the recorded video.
Indoor Flir FX security camera can be reused as sports camera
Flir, the producer of the Flir One thermal camera, has launched a multi-purpose network-enabled camera. The Flir FX is primarily a security camera that is similar to Dropcam, including remote storage of footage on its cloud service, but Flir has added a number of extra features that makes it useful for other video functions, such as a dashcam for a car or as an action camera.
Stylus SH-2 has same five-axis stabilization, 16MP sensor as SH-1
Olympus has launched an update to the Stylus SH-1 it revealed last year, with relatively few changes. The Stylus SH-2 compact camera has the same classic retro stylings as its predecessor, as well as a similar 16-megapixel sensor combined with the TruePic VII image processor and a 24x optical zoom providing a 35mm equivalent of 25mm to 600mm, but this time Olympus has added more functions related to night photography.
Action camera from Xiaomi records 1080p at 60fps
Not content with making mobile devices, Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi revealed a new action camera at Mobile World Congress. The Xiaomi Yi is a compact camera in a similar style to GoPro Hero devices, taking the form of a small unassuming white box, with the device offering a 16-megapixel camera sensor capable of 1080p H.264 video recording at 60 frames per second.
Standalone monitoring camera does not require Wi-Fi
Panasonic has introduced the Nubo, a new surveillance camera that is claimed to be the first with built-in LTE connectivity. Buyers can already choose from a wide range of cameras connected via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, however the Nubo taps into an unaddressed niche market for monitoring in places where a Wi-Fi connection is not available.
Three new apps exploit the power of IFTTT
If you use IFTTT, then not only do you know it's great but you also know what it stands for. If This Then That is an exceptional online service, that is now also a trio of apps: Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note. If IFTTT is still the tool of the same people who use RSS -- so not exactly geeks, but at least geek-inclined -- then these apps might be what brings it to everyone else.
Sleek camera app aims to replicate DSLR experience
Digital photography is becoming more accessible, especially with the availability of affordable, high-quality digital cameras to the average consumer. Even with this development, that doesn't always mean that everyone can afford a DSLR camera, or that it's always convenient to carry one around to every occasion. We took a look at ProShot by Edward Kezeli, a camera app that mimics the feel and features of a DSLR in a more portable device.
Initial camera components for modular smartphone have 2MP, 5MP, 13MP sensors
Project Ara, Google's quest to create a modular smartphone, has received two significant boosts. Toshiba has revealed a trio of camera modules that can be inserted into the back of the smartphone and exchanged for other modules, while smartphone manufacturer Yezz has confirmed it will be creating its own modules for the project, with its first modules set to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress.
Compact EOS M3 has 24.2MP sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity
Canon has launched a mirrorless Compact System Camera destined for markets in Europe and Asia. The EOS M3 packs in similar functionality and specifications as its full DSLR counterparts, including a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 6 image processor, but packed into a compact 44mm (1.7 inches) thick, 12-ounce body.
Nikon D810A DSLR has modified infrared cut filter, longer exposure settings
Nikon has unveiled a modified version of its D810 DSLR camera designed for use in astrophotography. The D810A has the same 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor as the standard version, along with most of its functionality, but its infrared cut filter has been adjusted to let through hydrogen alpha spectral line transmissions, making it four times as sensitive for 656nm-wavelength light.
New cameras intended for mid-range digital photography enthusiasts
Canon today announced the addition of two new DSLR cameras to its popular EOS Rebel lineup: the EOS Rebel T6s Digital SLR camera, and the EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR. Featuring a newly-developed 24.2-megapixel Canon CMOS imaging sensor, both cameras deliver the highest resolution available amongst EOS models with an APS-C format sensor. Additionally, the cameras feature built-in Wi-Fi and near-field communication (NFC) capabilities.
Air A01 accepts Micro Four Thirds lenses, connects to smartphones over Wi-Fi
Olympus is moving into providing smartphone photographers an alternative to Sony's QX Smart Lens line, by offering their own take on the concept. The Olympus Air A01 is a small cylindrical module that contains a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor which, similar to Sony's QX1, is able to attach to any Micro Four Thirds lens Olympus has created, giving it a wide range of imaging options.
Five-axis VCM image stabilization, pixel-shifting photography in upgraded E-M5
Olympus has revealed a revision to its OM-D E-M5 interchangeable lens camera. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a Micro Four Thirds shooter which combines a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor with the TruePic VII image processor, with its five-axis VCM image stabilization compensating for camera roll, horizontal and vertical shift, and can offer the equivalent of five shutter speed steps of compensation.
Flip-up Super AMOLED display, motion-based Auto Shot included in NX500
Samsung has launched a new camera that effectively upgrades the NX300 with some of the specifications from the NX1. The mid-range NX500 houses a 28-megapixel back-side illuminated APS-C sensor with the DRIMeV processor, allowing it to record 4K footage, but Samsung manages to pack it all inside a compact casing.
Defocusing, Slimming modes included in 16-megapixel Lumix GF7
Panasonic's latest addition to the GF Lumix line introduces more functions to help with self portraits. The Lumix GF7 mirrorless camera automatically turns on a Self Shot mode when its 3-inch 1040K-dot touchscreen is flipped 180 degrees, with it also offering selfie-friendly Soft Skin, Defocusing, and Slimming Mode shooting and editing options.
Partnership between GoPro, Vislink creates transmitter for live TV broadcast use
GoPro will soon be providing broadcasters a way to use its camera line during live television broadcasts, while consumers will gain some extra features on their own devices in a future firmware update. A partnership with Vislink has produced a compact transmitter that can be connected to GoPro cameras, providing a live HD video feed from the action cameras.
Fujifilm X-A2 has 175-degree flip-up display, 0.5-second start-up time
Fujifilm has revealed an upgraded version of its entry-level X-A1 mirrorless camera, along with a new compact snapper. The X-A2 has an improved flip-up display, with the screen able to move up 175 degrees vertically, while the XQ2 compact camera combines distinctively modern features with premium styling in a compact case.
Nikon adds a touchscreen for the first time
Every year, CES acts as a launching ground for a range of new products, and this year is no different. Nikon decided to use the event as an opportunity to officially unveil its new D5500 DSLR, which acts as an evolution of the existing D5300. While the newly-announced D5500 advances upon its predecessor in a number of ways, the most significant change is the introduction of a touchscreen. While the show floor isn't really an optimal ground for testing a new camera, we managed to get our hands on the new Nikon, and spent a little time checking out just what this new product has to offer.
Upgrade to D5300 gains touch capabilities on flip-out display
Nikon has introduced its consumer-grade follow-up to the D5300 DSLR camera, one which includes a touchscreen display on the back for the first time. The D5500's main upgrade compared to its predecessor, the rear 1037K-dot 3.2-inch display can be used to alter camera settings directly, with the screen still being able to flip out to the side and rotate around like in previous models.
Mirrored front of camera helps frame self portrait shot
Casio has launched another camera designed for taking selfies a few months after the Exilim TR50, one which features a hidden camera lens. The Exilim MR1, also known as the "Kawaii Selfie by Mirror Camera," hides a 14-megapixel sensor with a 21mm wide-angle lens behind a large curved mirror on the front of the device, allowing the user to accurately frame themselves for their self portrait shot.
Samsung NX1 with 28.2-megapixel sensor available to pre-order.
Samsung is finally releasing the NX1 mirrorless camera in the United States, one which is capable of recording 4K-resolution content. Launched in September, the NX1 has a 28.2-megapixel BSI APS-C sensor, with the updated NX AF System III's autofocus capabilities offering 205 phase-detection points and 209 contrast AF points, and a focusing speed of 0.055 of a second.
Improved image stabilization, autofocus speed touted in Sony A7 II
An updated version of the Sony Alpha 7 has been launched in Japan. The A7 II is a 24.3-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera and the first of its kind to have a five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system, one which is said to reduce shake by up to 4.5 CIPA-standard stops, and is capable of automatically combining it with the in-lens stabilization of an E-mount lens with OSS.
Camera to accompany Gear VR, captures and streams full high-resolution 3D video
To go along with a release date announcement of the Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality (VR) headset, Samsung teased a new ambitious camera project during its developer conference. Project Beyond is a 360-degree camera that captures a true 3D environment, using stereo cameras to mimic the type of view a human would have if they witnessed the scene themselves.
NASA, Department of Defense among first to access Lytro developer kit
Lytro, the producers of the light-field cameras of the same name and the Illum, is giving interested parties access to its technology. The company is releasing the Lytro Platform and its first Lytro Development Kit for enterprise users to try using the technology in other ways, with the first customers including NASA and the US Department of Defense.
Arlo Smart Home Security Kit records video clips to cloud servers
Netgear has unveiled a wireless security camera, one which dispenses with both network and power cables. Arlo is a battery-powered Wi-Fi-enabled camera system capable of transmitting video from the weatherproof camera at a distance of up to 150 feet away from the base station, with the camera also providing VueZone-style night vision capabilities.
Both have ring of six micro lights around lens, WG-30W adds Wi-Fi connectivity
Ricoh has added another pair of cameras to its ruggedized outdoor snapper range. The WG-30 and WG-30W are compact 16-megapixel cameras designed for use outdoors in extreme activities, with the pair able to survive submergence to a depth of 12 meters (39.3 feet), environments as cold as -10C (14F), withstand drops from a height of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet), and being crushed by up to 220 pounds in weight.
Improved frame rates across new GoPro collection, Hero4 Silver includes touchscreen
GoPro has launched its first new additions to its action camera line after filing its IPO. The Hero4 range follows on from the Hero3+ collection, with the Black and Silver editions offering functionality better suited towards professional applications, while a new entry-level Hero is a budget-priced version for those wanting a cheap waterproof camera.
Rumored HTC camera may have wide angle lens, slow-motion abilities
HTC has started to tease the launch of a new device at a New York "Double Exposure" event on October 8th, with the device likely to be an action camera in a similar style to the GoPro range. A video and a teaser site strongly hint at some form of camera, with each showing video shot from an action camera below water and mounted to a bicycle moving through traffic.
Outer frame of Casio TR50 camera swings out as handle for easier shot composition
Casio is joining the trend of producing cameras designed specifically for self portraits, with a new compact device. The TR50 in the Exilim range can rotate its lens, frame, and monitor to various angles, effectively turning the outside frame of the camera's body into a handle for easier "selfie" shots, as well as allowing it to be used for normal photographic purposes.
Canon plans PowerShot camera with large sensor, extended zoom
Canon is working on a new addition to the PowerShot compact camera range, one which may end up with a similar one-inch sensor to its recently-launched G7 X. A press release spotted by Ubergizmo mentions a camera which "combines the merits of both a large image sensor and a high-magnification optical zoom lens," packed into a "compact body." The release does not hint at when Canon will unveil the device.
Despite half the megapixels, iPhone 6's sensors and phase-detection win the day
The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler has had a chance to take the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy S5 on a test run from a photographic perspective, comparing the built-in cameras on each. On paper, the iPhone models were at a serious disadvantage: the photo modules are only 8MP, compared to the 16 megapixel units on Samsung's flagship smartphone. Nevertheless, Fowler's photos make clear that Apple's combination of lenses, camera, sensor and post-processing technologies create consistently better pictures.
OM-D E-M1 update adds USB tethering, extra shooting options
Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app.
Leica V-Lux, D-Lux rebranded versions of Panasonic FZ1000, Lumix LX100
Leica launched a number of other digital cameras at Photokina, alongside the M Edition 60. The Leica X and Leica X-E are high-end compact cameras, while the Leica V-Lux and Leica D-Lux are snappers best described as rebranded versions of Panasonic cameras, a process the manufacturer has undertaken a few times previously.
Anniversary version of Leica M removes electronic assistance in retro camera design
Leica has unveiled a new limited-edition M-series digital camera to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Leica M3. The Leica M Edition 60 is a classically-influenced M-P Type 240-style camera which possibly takes its retro design too far, using an old-fashioned viewfinder rather than an electronic version, and replaces the typical rear display with a single ISO selector dial.
Lumix GM5 has 16MP sensor, Snap Movie mode
Panasonic's third Photokina camera launch is another addition to the company's collection of compact mirrorless Micro Four Thirds devices. The Lumix GM5 is a small 16-megapixel interchangeable lens camera similar to the Lumix GM1 launched last year, except the biggest change is the introduction of a 1.16M-dot electronic viewfinder.
SX60 brings 64x optical zoom, small-format N2 appeals to creative photo sharing
Canon continues its release wave of new digital cameras at Photokina, bringing two additional cameras to the PowerShot SX and N series. The PowerShot SX60 HS brings a large built-in zoom lens featuring some of Canon's advanced technology. The pocket-sized PowerShot N2 looks to give consumers a camera an easy to use camera with creative features, photo sharing and a "selfie" mode.
Compact Lumix LX100 capable of creating photographs from 4K video recording
Panasonic has unveiled a compact camera which uses a Micro Four Thirds sensor, one that is physically five times larger than the sensor used in the Lumix LX7. The Lumix LX100 packs in a 12.8-megapixel MOS sensor combined with a new quad-core Venus Engine processor, which the company claims helps achieve a shallow depth of field and a dramatic reduction in noise at high ISO levels.
New generation comes more than five years after first model introduced in 2009
Canon had some big news at Photokina, as it brought out a new version of its elite model crop frame camera. The EOS 7D Mark II was announced today, bringing an update to the previous 7D model more than five years later. The new 7D Mark II brings a number of improvements over the first model that are aimed at the prosumer photography and video markets.
High number of AF points gives Samsung NX1 15fps continuous shooting capability
Samsung has launched its rumored mirrorless camera at Photokina. The NX1 extends the NX range with a 28.2-megapixel BSI APS-C sensor combined with an updated NX AF System III, an autofocus system using 205 phase-detection points and 209 contrast AF points, with the camera able to perform continuous shooting at up to 15fps while tracking focus.
Action camera allegedly being produced by HTC
HTC may be looking into producing a camera, as it attempts to fix its financial standing, a report claims. The smartphone manufacturer is said to be working on its own action camera, similar to those produced by GoPro, with the camera believed to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing it to work with both Android and iOS devices.
Coolpix S6900 includes glamor modes, front-facing shutter button
Nikon's second camera launch of the day is a new device in its Coolpix compact camera range aimed at "selfies." The Coolpix S6900 is a 16-megapixel shooter with a wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens, with Nikon pitching it as a camera for impromptu self portraits and sharing on social networks, thanks to its display, stand, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Similar 51-point autofocus system as D810 used in D750
Nikon has unveiled a new full-frame DSLR ahead of Photokina, one that effectively replaces the D700. The Nikon D750 has a 24.3-megapixel FX sensor combined with the Expeed 4 imaging engine, the same as the D810, though its weather-sealed carbon fiber thermoplastic and magnesium alloy body gives it a weight of just 750 grams (1.6 pounds), lighter than its stablemates.
X-T1 Graphite Silver includes Natural Live View mode, quieter electronic shutter
Fujifilm has launched a second retro-inspired camera, as a marginally-upgraded version of the X-T1 from January. The X-T1 Graphite Silver adds a triple-layer coating to the camera, giving it a graphite appearance to its weather-sealed magnesium body, with the external alterations also accompanied by a number of internal improvements on the original model.
Fujifilm X100T compact camera has unique viewfinder, retro appearance
Fujufilm has announced an update to the X100 compact camera, ahead of Photokina. The X100T is similar to its predecessor in being a premium compact camera with a fixed lens, though the shooter notably has a hybrid viewfinder with an electronic rangefinder, allowing the camera to add an overlay showing a small area to aid in keeping focus on the subject.
Unobtrusive camera documents daily life, but photo quality, return rate needs improvement
With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it an exciting event or a normal day, there is a need to share words or pictures with friends. When it comes to pictures, people don't always take the opportunity to snap a picture as things happen with a camera or smartphone. A possible solution is to always wear a camera to catch events as they happen, even those moment one didn't plan on happening. Once such device is called the Narrative Clip, a small camera that takes a photo every 30 seconds. Does it fit the need for sharing, or does it get in the way? Find out in our review.
Sony Action Cam Mini lighter than earlier models, connects to Ustream
Sony's latest camera designed for sports and action videography has been launched, claimed to be the company's smallest version yet. The splash-proof Action Cam Mini weighs just 63 grams (2.2 ounces) and is two thirds the size of earlier models, with Sony also introducing the ability to stream video live via Ustream and other services at the same time as recording footage to a memory card.