Cameras, tripods, storage, and more
Recording professional grade video footage used to mean spending thousands of dollars on cameras, lenses, and other accessories. As you might imagine, this made gift hunting for the videographer in your life both an exhausting and expensive affair. Times have changed though, making it far easier to find something for every film production fanatic on the planet. We have spent the last few weeks combing through a long list of popular videography equpiment and have compiled some of our favorite offerings below.
Entry level Leica M Typ 262 claimed to use quieter shutter than other models
Leica has introduced a new entry level device in its M rangefinder collection, one that retains the classic design of earlier versions, such as the M Typ 240 and the M-P. The Leica M Typ 262 offers a 24-megapixel sensor with a Maestro image processor, like others in the range, but in an effort to represent photography in its "purest form," Leica has stripped out common features like video recording, leaving just what the camera manufacturer believes are the "most essential features."
Pebble Time Round shipping November 8, heads to retail the same day
Pebble is shipping the circular-faced version of its smartwatch on the 8th of November, starting with those who preordered the wearable device when it was first announced in September. On the same day as shipments begin, the Pebble Time Round will be available at retail in the United States, with the smartwatch appearing in Target and BestBuy stores from Sunday onwards, priced at $250.
Translucent mirror helps give Sony Alpha A68 8fps burst with AF tracking
Sony has introduced a new Alpha DSLR camera aimed at the entry-level market, one that is said to have inherited many of the features from the Alpha A77 II. The Alpha A68 houses a 24-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor backed by a 4D Focus phase detection system employing 79 autofocus points, 15 cross points, a dedicated F2.8 AF sensor point for dark scenes, and translucent mirror technology to give it constant AF tracking while shooting at 8fps.
Mirrorless Leica camera shipping next month, has extensive 4K video modes
Leica has followed up the Leica Q it launched this summer with a compact full-frame mirrorless camera, one aimed at the professional market. The Leica SL boasts a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor paired with the Maestro II processor and 2GB of buffer memory, allowing it to have a maximum ISO of 50,000, a burst mode of 11 frames per second at full resolution, 30fps burst at a 4K resolution, and the ability to record 4K video.
Full frame compact camera has first optical variable low pass filter
Sony has updated its RX1R compact camera with a second generation, with the new model retaining the concept of a high-resolution sensor crammed into a small body. The RX1R II measures 2.57 inches tall and 4.46 inches wide, and with the fixed focal length 35mm Zeiss Sonnar T F2.0 lens on the front, a thickness of 2.83 inches, but it still manages to fit in the same full-frame 42.4-megapixel sensor used in the A7R II.
Trio of new Canon cameras headed up by mirrorless shooter
Canon has launched a trio of cameras, following after yesterday's quiet surfacing of the imaging devices on company websites. The EOS M10 is an entry-level mirrorless camera with self portrait modes and a lens that can shorten to make it easier to carry around, while the PowerShot G5 X includes a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, and the PowerShot G9 X is billed as a lightweight camera that can be and easily carried anywhere due to its size.
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Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's collection is themed around improving your photography, with offers to upgrade shots taken using your iPhone, as well as a Lytro imaging device and a camera-equipped drone to give you even more picture-taking options.
High-resolution AEE action camera has 2.5-hour battery life, 120fps 720p mode
AEE has launched a new action camera that the company says is clearer, faster, and smarter than its major competition, while still remaining an affordable option to consumers. The S71T Plus boasts the ability to record 4K video at 15fps, a well as 2.7K video at 30fps, 1080p video at up to 60fps, and 720p at 120fps, along with the option of taking 16-megapixel still images using its 150-degree wide-angle lens.
Battery allows Logi Circle to stream video over Wi-Fi for three hours
Logitech is taking on the Nest Cam and other home-monitoring cameras by releasing its own network-connected camera, but one with an unusual feature. The Logi Circle is able to stream video over the local network or Internet like its rivals, except it can also be disconnected from power and be moved around without a physical connection, allowing it to stream in a different location over Wi-Fi for up to three hours using its internal battery.
Voice activation, photo pre-recording stays local, not transmitted anywhere
Ahead of tonight's appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a number of appearances at Apple Stores around Manhattan, all of them unannounced, meeting customers and employees. In addition, he and the company have been doing some groundwork on promoting Apple's latest technologies, including clarifying the privacy situation regarding the optional "Hey Siri" always-on feature, or the camera recording in Live Photos, both new features coming with the latest iPhones.
High-resolution Canon camera aimed at 8K video production
Shortly after unveiling its work on a 250-megapixel camera sensor, Canon has confirmed it is working on another high-resolution digital SLR camera. The camera will house a 120-megapixel sensor, the same resolution as a sensor it showed off in 2010, and is more than double the sensors in its current high-resolution camera range, with Canon developing the imaging device specifically for professional use in creating 8K video content.
High-resolution 250MP sensor has surveillance, industrial applications
Canon has revealed it is continuing to work on higher resolution sensors, and has topped the 120-megapixel sensor it showed off in mid-2010 by unveiling a more recently developed unit with a 250-megapixel resolution. The APS-H sensor, capable of creating a photograph with a resolution of 19,580x12,600, is claimed to have the world's highest number of pixels in a CMOS sensor smaller than a 35mm full-frame sensor.
US launch of Canon EOS M3 takes place months after Europe, Asia
Canon has confirmed it will be bringing the EOS M3 mirrorless camera to the United States in the near future, following its launch in European and Asian markets earlier this year. The compact snapper, which houses a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with the DIGIC 6 image processor, will be arriving in the country in early October, with it keeping exactly the same list of specifications as its international counterparts.
OLED viewfinder included in OM-D E-M10 Mark II, shipping this September
Olympus has updated the OM-D E-M10 mirrorless camera it released last year by adding five-axis stabilization, among other new features. The new OM-D E-M10 Mark II has the same vintage styling as the original, but this time the 16.1-megapixel Micro Four Thirds shooter has a similar VCM image stabilization system to the E-M5 Mark II, allowing it to compensate for camera roll, vertical and horizontal shift by up to four steps.
Quirky rectangular camera allows you to refocus images on the fly
Photography is a fairly accessible hobby to get into in the digital age, in terms of both cost and starting skill level. With the advent of smartphones, more and more people are seriously looking into digital photography and don't take long to branch out and grab some specialized equipment. If this sounds like you, we're going to give you an option you may have never thought of: the Lytro light-field camera.
Small percentage of devices have component failure that results in blurry photos
Apple has posted a new repair program for owners of the iPhone 6 Plus that will replace the device's iSight (rear) camera free of charge for up to three years after the phone was purchased, regardless of warranty status. Apple said it had determined that "a small percentage" of iPhone 6 models sold primarily between September of 2014 and January of 2015 have a component in them that could fail, causing photos to look blurry.
Photography app features interesting polygonal filters to give your pictures a new look
We check out a lot of photography apps, from improved cameras to vintage filters and art filter apps. Every so often, we come across photography apps that sort of defy conventional categories. Today, we're adding another app to that list with Trimaginator, a quirky filter app centered around triangles.
New TV spot highlights iPhone's spot as top camera among all models
One seemingly little-known fact about the iPhone is that, across the various models, it is the top camera used to take pictures worldwide. Not the top smartphone camera -- the most used camera. In a new commercial from Apple that adds to its latest "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" campaign, the camera and its ability to get high-quality photos even in adverse conditions is highlighted.
Quickly make GIFs straight from your iPhone with this user-friendly app
The Internet is obsessed with GIFs, if you haven't noticed, but we're pretty sure you have: and for good reason -- they're small, they're animated, and usually contain some of the funniest bits of things you'll see all day. If you've ever wanted to make your own GIFs, we've got a just the app for you to check out: Gif Me! Camera.
Improves FaceTime compatibility with Boot Camp-based installs
In a seeming coincidence to being the day Microsoft has launched its latest version of Windows, on Wednesday Apple released a driver update for those running Windows 7 and Windows 8 on their 2015 series MacBook computers, including the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and the latest Retina MacBook. The update is a FaceTime Camera driver update that improves compatibility with Windows when using Boot Camp-based installations.
Professional-level Nokia Ozo offers live monitoring, rapid 360-degree video composites
Nokia has unveiled its first camera aimed at professional creators of 360-degree video content, for the production of footage viewable using virtual reality headsets and other imaging systems. The Ozo virtual reality camera is a spherical device that has a collection of eight imaging sensors and an equal number of microphones capable of recording stereoscopic video and audio that can be seen and heard at all angles.
Lumix GX8 has 20.3MP sensor, 0.07-second autofocus
Panasonic has unveiled a pair of digital cameras it will be bringing out in the coming months. The Lumix DMC-GX8 is a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera with a 20.3-megapixel sensor capable of recording 4K video, while the Lumix DMC-FZ330 is a superzoom packing a 12.1-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor behind a 35mm-equivalent lens offering 25mm to 600mm focal lengths, the equivalent of a 24x optical zoom.
Feature-packed filter app gives your photographs visual interest
There's something about black and white photography that we really dig. It's timeless. It's dramatic. It makes even simple pictures look so much more striking. If you're looking to elevate your pictures to the next level, we've got an app for you to take a look at: BlackCam.
App utilizes tilt-to-control mechanics to edit photos on the go
Sometimes less is more. This is often the case for people who are attempting to be more serious with their iPhone photography, so many of the apps we look at base their filter-set around wanting to create faux-vintage images -- which is fine for many, but not all, amateur photographers. Today we're taking a look at the more practical Polarr, an app that is designed to give you a professional-quality editing experience on the go.
PowerShot G3 X borrows menus from Canon EOS DSLRs
Canon has unveiled a new PowerShot compact camera with a large zoom and resolution. The PowerShot G3 X packs a one-inch, 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 6 image processor into a dust and water-resistant case, while on the front is an f/2.8-5.6, 25x optical power zoom lens, the equivalent of 24-600mm lens, which also benefits from an improved five-axis Intelligent Image Stabilization system for clearer images.
Nest Cam updates Dropcam hardware to 1080p resolution
Nest has made changes across the entirety of its product line, with updates to its existing products and the launch of a new item. The new version of Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat software update are joined by the Nest Cam, a network-connected camera stemming from its acquisition of Dropcam last year, and a new program that could help homeowners acquire a Nest Protect at a lower cost or potentially for free.
Wi-Fi camera from iLuv can automatically record video clips when sound or movement is detected
The first Wi-Fi camera from iLuv is said to be an easy to set up imaging device that can be used to increase security at a home or office. The mySight takes the form of a large circular camera on top of a thin-necked stand, and is capable of recording 720p video and uploading it to a cloud storage service for later retrieval or streaming by smartphones and tablets using the accompanying mobile app.
Create and order high quality photo books easily with PictYear
What if you had the ability to create beautiful photo albums right from your iPhone with your friends and family, that you could then have sent to your house in physical form? What if you had hard copy pictures of every family vacation? What you need is an app that seeks to bring people and memories together. On the surface, you might not be able to tell what PictYear does. It seems like a camera app, which it is, but it's a bit more than that.
Improvements to HealthKit, potential new FaceTime cameras, much more
Despite non-disclosure agreements signed by developers at WWDC, pirates and leakers are starting to make and reveal discoveries found in the first beta for iOS 9, which is expected to launch this fall to accompany the next round of iPhone and iPad hardware. Among the changes and improvements revealed in the code for the beta are hints of new higher-resolution FaceTime (front-facing) cameras, cellular-only Handoff, and notable women's health additions to HealthKit and the Health app.
Advanced model capable of 4k video, boasts wide ISO
Sony Electronics today introduced its new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the 42.4MP α7R II. The new α7R II interchangeable lens camera features a back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor1, sensitivity expandable up to ISO 102400, and high speed AF response which Sony claims is up to 40 percent faster than the original α7R thanks to 399 focal plane phase detection auto focus points.
Camera features Summilux optics, 24MP image sensor, 10 shots per second
Leica Camera has unveiled the first of a new line of digital compact cameras -- the Leica Q. The new model boasts a 24MP full-frame sensor and a high-speed, Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH lens all contained in a top enclosure machined from solid blocks of aluminium, with a magnesium alloy body.
An app that forces still and video images into a horizontal frame
We have captured video of many cool moments on our mobile devices over the year; unfortunately we were holding the device vertically at the time. This is very irritating when it happens; the video is tiny in the screen, and there are those annoying bars on either side. It makes for a disappointing viewing experience, and thus we don't want to share our footage. We don't tend to get very fancy when we take video, but we do want things to be framed nicely. Horizon Camera fixes that problem by forcing the view into a horizontal frame, no matter what position the device is being held at.
New ZenFone offers 13MP front and rear cameras
Asus has announced the official launch of its new ZenFone Selfie at this year's Computex in Taipei. As you might expect from the name, Asus' latest smartphone places a strong emphasis on the front-facing camera. While both of the handset's cameras offer 13-megapixel resolutions, the front f/2.2 aperture lens boasts an 88-degree field of view for capturing panoramic self-portraits of up to 140 degrees.
Hero+ LCD introduces built-in touchscreen
GoPro has announced the launch of a new entry to its lineup of action cameras, the Hero+ LCD. An expansion to the existing entry Hero series, GoPro's new offering builds upon the original camera with the introduction of a built-in LCD display. The new display has been integrated directly into the water-proof housing -- which claims protection for up to 131 feet -- and unlike the Hero3+ Silver that came before, cannot be removed from this protective housing.
Stills, video can be periodically taken by Lyve Cam, uploaded over Wi-Fi
A new camera intends to make it easier to take pictures at social gatherings, by automatically shooting high-resolution stills and video, and upload them to cloud servers shortly after they have been taken. The Lyve Cam from Lyve Minds is a cylindrical camera capable of 13-megapixel photographs and 4K-resolution video, that can be set to connect to a local Wi-Fi network and upload the content to Lyve's own cloud service, retrievable later via the company's mobile app.
Point-and-shoot HDR app makes stunning photographs easy
If you're a fan of photography, chances are you probably know what HDR photos are. If you're not, let us key you in. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range imaging, and it's been around for a while. It compiles three images, one over-exposed, one under-exposed, and one balance, to create images with bright, brilliant highlights and deep, rich shadows. Apple's release of iOS 8 brought about a burst mode to our favorite iOS devices, and we took a look at Fusion, a point-and-shoot camera app that allows you to take HDR images quickly and easily.
Successor to Lumix G7 includes Depth from Defocus autofocus system
Panasonic has launched an update to the two-year-old Lumix G6. The new Lumix G7 is a Micro Four Thirds camera that modernizes its predecessor, with its 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor now capable of recording 4K-resolution video at up to 30fps, with the captured footage also able to be used to create 8-megapixel images, by searching the video for ideal photographs and creating a screenshot of the frame.
Completely electronic shutter, OLED viewfinder used in Fujifilm X-T10
Fujifilm has unveiled a new retro-inspired camera that offers the styling of the X-T1 flagship but at a lower price point. The X-T10 interchangeable lens camera houses a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor combined with an EXR Processor II, with it claimed to have a fast autofocus of 0.06 seconds, a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds, and a shutter lag of 0.005 seconds.
Image sensor of some Rebel T6s, T6i cameras covered with white dots
Some Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i DSLR cameras are reportedly suffering from problems with their image sensors. A number of the cameras have been found to have unfixable issues with the sensor, with a coating of white dots across the surface of the sensor causing a dark circular pattern to appear in photographs taken by the snapper in certain conditions.
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.