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.
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.