Cameras accessories

This iPhone camera rig adds pro-audio to your mobile studio

This iPhone camera rig adds pro-audio to your mobile studio

Your smartphone's camera may be up to shooting a Hollywood-rivaling movie, but its microphones probably aren't, but a new camera rig promises to make the most portable studio broadcast-ready. IK Multimedia's iKlip A/V is not only a mount for your phone - or, for that matter, your DSLR camera - but has an integrated microphone preamp with phantom power to improve the sound in your videos.

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Rhino Slider & Motion review; a must-have movement in photography

Rhino Slider & Motion review; a must-have movement in photography

I have a confession: I love House of Cards. Part of the reason for my obsession is the opening sequence (and probably Kevin Spacey’s oddly passable/terrible accent). The time-lapse, gently rolling through various points of Washington D.C., is just magical. I’ve always wanted to do something like that, but it seemed like an investment beyond the scope of what I was willing to spend (HoC uses a RED Camera!). Rhino isn’t asking much of me, though. Motion pairs a slider with a simple motor for fine-tuned live motion time-lapse, and — spoiler alert — it’s awesome.

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Light & Motion’s Sidekick adds light to your GoPro

Light & Motion’s Sidekick adds light to your GoPro

GoPro makes some nifty little cameras, but their usefulness drops drastically when put up against a low-light situation. External lights are the solution, but if you're using a spotlight or some other secondary battery-powered unit, the odds are it is both inconvenient and less than effective. The folks at Light & Motion are addressing that issue with their new Sidekick light, a rectangular LED light that is design specifically for mounting next to a GoPro camera to function as a complementary flash.

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Lumu review: the light meter has gone mobile

Lumu review: the light meter has gone mobile

Avid photographers know lighting is important. Often times, those dedicated to getting the perfect picture have expensive meters meant to allow them insight on which is the best exposure and filter (among other camera controls) to use. Lumu, a new plug-in for your iPhone, wants to help lighten your camera bag by getting you to leave the meter at home. Along with a few apps for iOS, the aim is to get you plugging into your audio jack rather than carrying a bulky meter.

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Joby targets action cams with new bendable suction cup mounts

Joby targets action cams with new bendable suction cup mounts

We've seen many products from Joby over the years, such as the MPod and GPod Mini tripods last year and the magnetic Gorillapod from 2010. The company is back again, this time with a flexible mount designed specifically for action cameras: the Suction Cup & Locking Arm, and the Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm. Unlike magnet-based tripods and mounts, the suction cup varieties can be stuck to just about any surface, whether it is made of metal, plastic, glass, or polished wood.

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iStabilizer tabArm review: more than a tablet hinge

iStabilizer tabArm review: more than a tablet hinge

Even though we’re routinely trying to cram all we can into a single device, there are plenty of scenarios where two devices just makes more sense. With videography, using a tablet as a prompter, or to keep notes on what you’re talking about handy, is a popular decision. That’s also handy elsewhere, but most products don’t approach the desk/tripod attachment scheme in a unified way. The iStabilizer tabArm does, and might end up being the last tablet dock you ever need.

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Shutter HALO review: a selfie’s best friend

Shutter HALO review: a selfie’s best friend

Capturing the moment is something we all enjoy, and we’re turning to our smartphones more and more to do so. If you’d rather be in the shot than hidden behind the screen, Shutter Halo might be what you’ve been looking for. The small button links to your camera via Bluetooth, and lets you snap a picture remotely. Now you can be in the pic as well as the one taking it! Does a small button really stand up to your wants as a mobile photographer? We find out.

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Slide and Clutch Camera Straps by Peak Design Review

Slide and Clutch Camera Straps by Peak Design Review

Perfecting the camera strap is tough. Photographers are demanding: in an ideal world, they want a strap one that offers quick length adjustment, a fast and easy method of disconnecting from the camera, versatile design, and for it to be made from quality materials. Peak Design (PD) isn’t expected to ship its Slide camera strap until October of this year, but I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one and have been testing it over the past week. Already, I’m convinced it could be the last camera strap you’ll buy and the only one you’ll need for everyday shooting.

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Stabilizing camera mount targets silk-smooth shooting

Stabilizing camera mount targets silk-smooth shooting

Sending GoPro and other rugged cameras into unusual places isn't new, but if you want to dispatch your DSLR or even your RED EPIC up in the air then that requires something more unusual. That's just what the Canadian team from Aerial Photo Image has come up with, an electronically-stabilized 3-axis camera gimbal capable of ridiculously smooth footage whether it's mounted on an RC helicopter, on the front of your bike, or just in your hands.

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Joby MPod and GPod Mini tripods are designed for lightweight and flexible photography

Joby MPod and GPod Mini tripods are designed for lightweight and flexible photography

Joby, maker of the GorillaPod, has introduced the MPod Mini Stand and the GPod Mini Magnetic, two small and flexible tripods that are designed for compact digital cameras and smartphones. Both are now available in the US from Joby's website, with the smartphone-based MPod Mini and the Magnetic GPod being priced at $14.95 USD.

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JackPod mounts your smartphone on a tripod using headphone jack

JackPod mounts your smartphone on a tripod using headphone jack

There are no shortage of nifty accessories gaining traction on Kickstarter. However, only a few of them catch our eyes, the JackPod being one of them. The Kickstarter campaign for the smartphone accessory just recently launched, and it's looking to revolutionize smartphone tripod mounts with a nifty new way to mount your smartphone.

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Smart Tripod wins Microsoft Robotics @Home Competition

Smart Tripod wins Microsoft Robotics @Home Competition

Inventor / developer Arthur Wait of Silicon Valley took home $10,000 this week for winning Microsoft's most recent Robotics @Home Competition with his fabulous new Smart Tripod. This device takes several components such as the Eddie Robot Platform, a Kinect, and a Microsoft RDS 4, and creates a perfect companion for the at-home do it yourself aficionado. This tripod is a robot we would not mind keeping in the corner for daily use, that's for certain!

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