Camera

Sony announces an even smaller 30x zoom camera, the HX80

Sony announces an even smaller 30x zoom camera, the HX80

Everyone carries around a camera in their pocket these days. The latest smartphones all have pretty good cameras in them, but they're not great for every situation. Sometimes you want a camera that takes a bit higher quality shots, or maybe you want some serious zoom that a fixed lens just won't give you. Well, today Sony just announced a new point-and-shoot that should satisfy your need for extra zoom, without taking up too much space in your pocket.

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5 “Friends” the LG G5 is missing: Plug-in Accessory Madness!

5 “Friends” the LG G5 is missing: Plug-in Accessory Madness!

Last month LG revealed their new flagship smartphone, the LG G5, and a series of plug-and-play accessories they call "Friends of G5." Today we're having a brief run-down reminder of what those accessories are, then we're going through the five accessories we'd love LG to add to this family as soon as possible. LG gives us inspiration for oddity with their "Friends of G5" logo, which is a cat with glasses - so we're about to get weird with it.

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LG 360 CAM can upload directly to Google Street View

LG 360 CAM can upload directly to Google Street View

Google Street View might just get a bit more crowded. Which is probably a good thing considering how much the hype around it has more or less died over the past year or so. The emergence of 360-degree cameras could very mark a new phase in Street View's life, particularly with user-uploaded content. LG, however, has gotten an edge over those, having its newly unveiled 360 CAM certified by Google itself. This practically means that users will be able to upload Street View-like images directly, no pre-processing or editing required.

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DxO ONE cam can now work standalone, gets price cut

DxO ONE cam can now work standalone, gets price cut

DxO, the people behind the popular DxOMark benchmarking site, announced a major software update to their almost odd DxO ONE camera. Most software updates usually add minor features and bug fixes but, while that is partly true here, the update introduces a new feature that practically changes the way you can use the camera. Starting version 1.3 of the firmware, the DxO ONE can be used standalone, meaning you won't need to first connect it to an iPhone or iPad before taking a shot.

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DIY Centriphone whips iPhone around your head on a string

DIY Centriphone whips iPhone around your head on a string

Possibly the most insane iPhone accessory ever made for the accident-prone is this: the Centriphone. We saw the results of this contraption in action not too long ago - it creates a sort of bullet-time video using the slow-motion capabilities of the iPhone or GoPro camera being flung around in a circle. Super slow motion and movement of the camera create a fantastic result - and one that's now entirely DIY and open source. Today we have the making-of video and instructions.

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Ricoh Theta S Review: the true VR camera trailblazer

Ricoh Theta S Review: the true VR camera trailblazer

In a few years from now, cameras like the Ricoh Theta S will be standard. Maybe not even a few years. Maybe this year. Samsung just released their VR camera, the [Gear 360], and LG just released a VR camera called [LG 360 CAM] as well. LG's camera is, shall we say, very INSPIRED by Ricoh's design. But the Ricoh Theta was first. By a mile. By several years and a whole new iteration, in fact.

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HTC promises a “compelling” camera for next “One M10”

HTC promises a “compelling” camera for next “One M10”

MWC 2016 has all but wrapped up and HTC, once one of the biggest names in the smartphone world, didn't make a big splash as expected. Despite the disappointment of a no show, HTC assures fans that they will have something to look forward to in the next flagship, which almost everyone is calling the "One M10". That, according to CFO Chialin Chang, will come in the form of a smartphone camera that will finally be "compelling". Considering this year's first batch of flagships, HTC will have a lot of work to do.

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Huawei and Leica to partner up for smartphone cameras

Huawei and Leica to partner up for smartphone cameras

At the CP+ camera event in Japan this week, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei and German camera company Leica announced that they were forming a long-term partnership to work on mobile photography together. It's a bit of a unique pairing: a high-end luxury camera maker that's shown no interest in mobile working with China's dominant smartphone producer. Then again, maybe that lack of overlap is exactly why they're working together.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on [How to VR]

Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on [How to VR]

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is important to the VR-loving public for several reasons. First - it's a device that's made with VR in mind. The first wave is being released with a free Gear VR headset. Second - because it's ushering in a new age in the virtual reality market. An age in which virtual reality isn't just something that's on the horizon. An age when VR isn't only here, ready to experience - VR is here for you to capture and share, as well.

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Sigma sd Quattro cameras pack major features into a tiny body

Sigma sd Quattro cameras pack major features into a tiny body

Sigma has introduced two new compact cameras, the Sigma sd Quattro and sd Quattro H. Both models feature a Foveon X3 image sensor and are promised to offer high image quality, doing so while retaining a travel-friendly size (sans the lens, that is). These interchangeable lens cameras provide a bit of the best of both worlds, keeping the weight burden low while enabling photographers to switch lenses as situations demand.

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Nikon Long-Zoom COOLPIX cameras make short work of long shots

Nikon Long-Zoom COOLPIX cameras make short work of long shots

Taking regular shots, up close and personal, might be no problem even for smartphone cameras. But when it comes to looking afar, you'll definitely need a better shooter. That's were Nikon's COOLPIX line of compact digital cameras comes in. Its latest trio, under the heading of "long-zoom", are advertised to excel there quite nicely. With zoom levels of 35x, 40x, and 60x, the COOLPIX A900, B500, and B700 will bring any subject to life, near, far, or wherever they are. Plus, Nikon's SnapBridge also makes it easier to share those photos and videos with your smartphone and your friends.

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PENTAX K-3 II Silver Edition is latest commemorative camera

PENTAX K-3 II Silver Edition is latest commemorative camera

Ricoh has taken the wraps off another silver commemorative camera, this one being the Pentax K-3 II Silver Edition. The model is offered to commemorate the company’s 80th anniversary, and brings with it a magnesium-alloy camera body with the same silver finish as the Ricoh GR II announced in recent days. Ricoh plans to launch the camera later on this spring season.

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