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Nikon offers battery replacement for D500 owners

Nikon offers battery replacement for D500 owners

I dabble in photography, and occasionally shoot performances and events for friends. In addition to my camera, lenses, and tripod, there are some very important things that I pack in my bag. These are extra memory cards, and spare batteries. If I don't have the right lens, or a tripod, I can still shoot pictures. However, if my camera dies, or I run out of space on my memory card, there's nothing I can do. Well it turns out that Nikon D500 owners may run into issues with their batteries dying before they should.

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Leica says some of its cameras have faulty Li-ion batteries

Leica says some of its cameras have faulty Li-ion batteries

If you have a Leica camera and have been noticing something funny with how its charge level is displayed, you may have a faulty rechargeable battery. In a recent advisory, Leica said that some lithium-ion batteries made in late 2015 and through early 2016 have a “defective electronic component.” This faulty component could cause the camera to display an incorrect charge level and more.

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Nexus phones get unlimited “Original Quality” Google Photos storage soon

Nexus phones get unlimited “Original Quality” Google Photos storage soon

Original Quality Photos and Video uploads and backups to Google Photos may be the reason you want a Nexus smartphone in the near future. Google's latest APK for the app Google Photos has mention of a promotion which includes just that - a promo for Nexus smart devices specifically. "With Nexus, back up all you want," says the APK, "Unlimited free storage for original quality photos and videos uploaded from your Nexus device."

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Apple’s rumored Echo rival might be watching you, too

Apple’s rumored Echo rival might be watching you, too

Apple is rumored to be creating an Amazon Echo-like device that will go beyond recognizing your voice - it'll recognize your face, as well. The base device would not be unlike what Google just revealed at Google I/O this past week - save the ability to see you. It's been suggested by anonymous sources that Apple is testing this device's ability to recognize your face for a variety of functions - one of which would almost certainly be logging in to the system in the first place.

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Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker action cam crams 4K, sensors inside

Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker action cam crams 4K, sensors inside

The day has come and Olympus has indeed unleashed a new Tough "TG" action camera, barely six months after it announced the TG-870 back in January. The new Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker, however, is quite different from the brood, aside from not having a number in its name. For one, it boasts of the ability capture 4K video and has as much as seven, yes seven, sensors. But perhaps most unique of all, the TG-Tracker eschews the usual horizontal or square designs of most action cams and embraces a vertical form more reminiscent of handy cams.

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Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker leak: 4K, waterproof, and June launch

Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker leak: 4K, waterproof, and June launch

A new leak suggests Olympus’ anticipated Stylus TG-Tracker action camera will be officially launched next month, and that it will offer 4K video recording, waterproof construction, and more. The spec details follow a leak of several images purporting to show the upcoming action cam, which avoids the typical minimalist stylings of competing models and instead packs a lot of visible features into a relatively small body.

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DxOMark puts Moto G Plus at #9 in photography lineup

DxOMark puts Moto G Plus at #9 in photography lineup

In previous years, the only time you really get to hear about a smartphone's camera performance was in a review, sponsored or otherwise, days or weeks after the device goes to market. But with mobile photography taking on a more central role in smartphones today, you just can't get those reviews soon enough. That is why some OEMs like Lenovo have taken to DxOMark to provide that much needed "professional" verdict right on Day 1. And luckily for Lenovo and Motorola, the Moto G (or G4) Plus took away a rather glowing review that put it within the top 10 smartphones in DxOMark's list.

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Thin Blips macro and micro lenses fit all smartphones

Thin Blips macro and micro lenses fit all smartphones

The most common type of camera out there today is the smartphone camera. It’s the camera that we all have in our pockets and when a picture opportunity arises, the smartphone camera is right there to take the shot. People wanting to do macro and micro photography on their smartphone can now get some cool and easy to apply lenses that are very thin compared to what we normally see with add on smartphone lenses, these lenses are called Blips.

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Raspberry Pi Zero now comes with a camera connector

Raspberry Pi Zero now comes with a camera connector

Almost each and every new Raspberry Pi board has been met with blazing hot reception and quickly depleted stocks. Even so, the success of the Raspberry Pi Zero, their smallest board to date, still took its creators by surprise. Who would have thought that a compute board the size of a HDMI dongle would be so popular. Actually, everyone except perhaps the Raspberry Pi Foundation expected it to be so. But just because the RPi Zero is small doesn't mean it has to be less featured. Case in point: now it comes with a camera connector.

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Xiaomi Yi action cam gets a 4K upgrade

Xiaomi Yi action cam gets a 4K upgrade

Xiaomi, popular Chinese electronics maker, has released an updated version of its Yi action camera, but unlike the first one, it doesn't come with a budget-friendly price tag. The new model brings a nicer design and some updated features, namely 4K video recording and dual-band WiFi, but the new features will come at a much higher cost...one that makes the Yi a less attractive GoPro alternative.

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DxOMark tests show Xiaomi Mi 5 doesn’t live up to hype

DxOMark tests show Xiaomi Mi 5 doesn’t live up to hype

When Xiaomi revealed the Mi 5 at MWC 2016 last February, it tried to make a lot of noise. That was understandable, considering it was competing for attention against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. It even boldly pit the Xiaomi Mi 5 against the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, regarded to be two of the best smartphones when it comes to cameras. Sadly, based on DxOMark's usual battery of tests, the Mi 5's camera might not all that it was hyped to be.

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Can the $799 Vuze VR camera really compete with GoPro and OZO?

Can the $799 Vuze VR camera really compete with GoPro and OZO?

Virtual reality cameras have been increasing in number over the past year or so, as ways to consume VR content - whether smartphone based, like Gear VR or Google Cardboard, or more significant rigs like Oculus' Rift and HTC's Vive - have proliferated. Usually, though, the decision you have to make is whether you want the best quality, or to burn through the contents of your wallet.

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