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Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung has pushed consumer virtual reality hard with the Gear VR, and now it's looking to put VR creation into the hands of the public with its new 360-degree camera. The Samsung Gear 360 is aiming at the consumer VR sweet-spot, the company says, offering much better resolution than most low-cost 360-degree cameras but without the huge price tag of professional kit like Nokia's OZO.

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, SX720 HS won’t weigh you down

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, SX720 HS won’t weigh you down

In almost everything, there must be a balance between power and convenience. When it comes to digital cameras, that translates into a tug of war between features and portability. Straddling the fine line that divides those two sides, Canon is announcing the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and the PowerShot SX720 HS. While both cameras flaunt compact sizes and lightweight constructions, they don't skimp on the quality that would endear them to both amateur photographers as well as professionals who need a decent shooter with them all the time.

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Pentax K-1 DSLR brings full-frame sensor, a dozen lenses

Pentax K-1 DSLR brings full-frame sensor, a dozen lenses

As anticipated, Ricoh has announced its new full-frame and highly anticipated K-1 DSLR. The camera, which will be shipping in April, features a 36.4-megapixel full-frame AA-filterless CMOS sensor alongside a weather-sealed body and advanced features. Ricoh says the new Pentax model “is unique in the industry” and suitable for a variety of challenging shooting conditions. The camera body will launch alongside a dozen full-frame lenses.

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Silk Labs’ Sense wants the IoT to have some style

Silk Labs’ Sense wants the IoT to have some style

The smart home may be fashionable right now, but it's hardly attractive, something one startup created by a former Mozilla exec aims to change with Sense. Brainchild of Andreas Gal, who until 2015 was chief technical officer on the Firefox team, Silk Labs has visions of a connected camera that's pretty enough that you want to look at it while it's watching you.

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Sony Xperia M5 mid-ranger has a surprisingly decent camera

Sony Xperia M5 mid-ranger has a surprisingly decent camera

You know that smartphone cameras have come a long way when even a non-flagship model can stand proud along with not so recent flagships. That seems to be case with the Xperia M5, a mid-tier smartphone that Sony launched last year with the exact goal of putting a more affordable but competitive smartphone camera in users' hands. And based on the findings of digital photography authorities DxOMark, Sony has almost hit the mark. Sadly but not unexpected, the Xperia M5 still falls far from the top.

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Sony IMX318 Stacked CMOS EXMOR RS image sensor has integrated hybrid autofocus

Sony IMX318 Stacked CMOS EXMOR RS image sensor has integrated hybrid autofocus

Sony has announced a new Exmor RS image sensor that will find its way into smartphones and other devices that use integrated cameras. The sensor is called the IMX318 and it is a 1/2.6 stacked CMOS sensor with 22.5 effective megapixels. This image sensor is more compact and promises better image quality than its predecessors.

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Ricoh GR II Silver Edition to launch in limited quantities soon

Ricoh GR II Silver Edition to launch in limited quantities soon

Ricoh is commemorating its 80th anniversary with the launch of a Ricoh GR II Silver Edition. This camera model is, of course, silver in color, and it will be produced in limited quantities for global distribution. The GR II, which was launched last summer, will be the same as the regular model otherwise, including the same very svelte form factor coupled with the same high-end features and image quality.

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The next great smartphone isn’t a phone at all

The next great smartphone isn’t a phone at all

When Apple created the world's most popular smartphone, they made it basic. It took what the personal computer was and took out all the work. Android opened the doors to a much more complex system, allowing both simple and complicated phones to be made. Google expanded beyond smartphones to all manner of devices, large and small, content creator to content consumer. The next game-changer is both. Two devices. One experience. Just like the simultaneous rise of the video camera and the movie screens on which their content was shown.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 puts even more emphasis on selfies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 puts even more emphasis on selfies

A new Panasonic digital single lens mirrorless camera (DSLM) has arrived in town and the camera maker is unabashedly marketing it not just to selfie lovers but, curiously, primarily to women as well. The follow up to last year's GF7, the new Lumix GF8 takes after its predecessor in the selfie department. But it tries to do one better, not exactly upping the specs, which are mostly identical, but by introducing new features available in selfie mode that could delight that kind of avid digital photographer.

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HTC M10 “Perfume” might finally have competitive cameras

HTC M10 “Perfume” might finally have competitive cameras

There was a time not too long ago when HTC tried to make it big in the smartphone camera department with its UltraPixels spiel. The problem with that was it was a rather confusing new marketing buzzword that ended up with little to show for. It eventually ditched that term, save for the front camera, opting for a still underwhelming regular sensor. Now it seems that HTC is finally really stepping up, based on a few leaks that point to what could be an impressive camera pair, that will still be "UltraPixel".

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Andy Rubin plans Gmail model for AI-teaching dashcam

Andy Rubin plans Gmail model for AI-teaching dashcam

Android creator and former Google exec Andy Rubin wants to give you a dashboard camera, but you have to agree to help him build an Artificial Intelligence in return. Speculation about the serial inventor's current project have escalated in the months since he left Google and established Playground, a collaborative incubator for next-generation technologies, and now Rubin is giving a hint of what's to come.

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Sony’s dual-camera system being used by ‘major smartphone players’

Sony’s dual-camera system being used by ‘major smartphone players’

Amidst all the rumors about upcoming smartphones packing dual camera systems, Sony itself has added fuel to the fire. During its third quarter earnings call in the recent past, the company’s chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida answered an analyst’s question about dual camera adoption in the future, saying in part that “major smartphone players” will be using Sony’s dual camera platform.

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