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Apple buys LinX for DSLR-quality iPhone & iPad pics

Apple buys LinX for DSLR-quality iPhone & iPad pics

Apple’s iSight camera is already some of (if not the) best camera hardware on a smartphone or tablet. It’s one thing Apple routinely pays attention to, and improves at just about every hardware turn. Now, it seems Apple has purchased an Israeli startup named LinX to further enhance their stock camera hardware, and it could mean big things for your favorite camera or photo editing app. The deal is worth a reported $20 million, though Apple hasn’t exactly announced the deal.

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Sony touts new HX90V, WX500 as smallest 30x zoom shooters

Sony touts new HX90V, WX500 as smallest 30x zoom shooters

Smartphones have started to eat into the digital camera market because of their portability and growing photography competence. That is why camera makers are trying to keep up, some by hunkering down on their professional lineup, others by further empowering their compact camera portfolio. Sony's two new cameras, the HX90V and the WX500, belong to the last group. These two are compact cameras that can boast of a few features that that Sony's premium RX and α (Alpha) lines flaunt around, including a strong 30x optical zoom and an 18.2 MP sensor.

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Panasonic HX-A1 wearable action cam records your POV

Panasonic HX-A1 wearable action cam records your POV

Panasonic has introduced its new HX-A1 action camcorder, a small cylindrical wearable camera that records the wearer's POV while remaining resistance to the environmental conditions to which it might be subjected. The A1, as it is being called, is poised to compete with other action cams like the GoPro and Sony's Action Cam, but it comes with a few features we don't often see in the category, including support for recording in completely dark settings and the ability to send footage to another camcorder as a sub-video within the main video.

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Manfrotto Digital Director turns iPad Air into DSLR command center

Manfrotto Digital Director turns iPad Air into DSLR command center

At NAB this week, Manfrotto is announcing their new Digital Director system, which wants to bring your camera interface and shooting experience to a new level. In pairing your Canon or Nikon camera to your iPad Air, Manfrotto’s goal is to help you control the shot without squinting at the small screen on your camera. Digital Director controls key components of your camera, like exposure and focus point as well as aperture and shutter speed. It’s hardwired, too, so you won’t have to wait for (or have a camera with) Bluetooth.

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RED’s new weapon is WEAPON, a 6K (or 8K) shooter

RED’s new weapon is WEAPON, a 6K (or 8K) shooter

At the National Association of Broadcaster’s show in Las Vegas this week, RED is bringing out a new weapon for their arsenal. No, really, a weapon. The WEAPON is RED’s latest camera from the company that pioneered slightly-affordable, high-end cameras. According to RED, “WEAPON combines optimal color science and dynamic range of the 19 megapixel RED DRAGON® sensor with all new built-in functionality and intuitive design”. RED says WEAPON is their “smallest and most lightweight BRAIN ever.”

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Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

GoPro is not the only company that wants to let you capture footage from anywhere in the world. Garmin is also involved in the action camera segment, and today announces updates to their VIRB lineup. The VIRB X and VIRB XE cameras bring HD video and pixel-dense still image capture in a small form factor. They’re also waterproof to 50 meters, and have a “variety of built-in sensors” like GPS, an accelerometer, and gyroscope. The lineup starts at $299.99.

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Olympus Stylus 1s half a step up from its predecessor

Olympus Stylus 1s half a step up from its predecessor

Sometimes, a product can be so successful that it makes more sense to slightly tweak its design and improve on it rather than putting out a completely new generation product. That might just have been the line of thinking that Olympus employed when it revealed the Olympus Stylus 1s. As you can tell by the name, it has its feet planted firmly in the compact yet capable Stylus 1 that was launched last year. Of course, it has a few tricks up its sleeve to make it worth your while.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 is ready for your rough adventure

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 is ready for your rough adventure

We love to take our smartphones everywhere with us, not just for communication, but also for capturing moments. But there are just some situations where taking out your phone to get that once in a lifetime shot is not only impossible, it would also constitute cruelty to the device. Even the most rugged smartphone will not survive long in extreme temperatures or even underwater. Fortunately, Olympus has you covered with its line of Stylus Tough digital cameras, and the latest TG-4, the toughest one yet, has a few more tricks up its sleeves.

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