Cameras

Nikon nudges photographers toward DSLRs with new app

Nikon nudges photographers toward DSLRs with new app

Mobile photography has done many things: opened up a photography hobby to the masses, ushered in a glut of filtered images, and further divided the professionals (and aspiring professionals) from the amateurs. Many still turn to professional-grade cameras to meet their needs, DSLRs standing chief among them, but getting started is tricky -- there are numerous lenses and accessories available for digital SLR cameras, and pining down exactly what you need is hard. Nikon has taken a step, however, to simplify the process.

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Pentax K-3 II camera brings GPS, rugged design, and more

Pentax K-3 II camera brings GPS, rugged design, and more

Ricoh has introduced an update to the Pentax K-3, and most aptly it is called the Pentax K-3 II. There are some improvements that come along with it, including the addition of GPS to complement its rugged design. The shake-reduction technology has been improved, there’s integrated Astrotracer, and high-speed auto-focus, among other things. The camera won’t be launching until some time next month (a specific date wasn’t provided), and it’ll be priced at $1,099.95 USD when it does.

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StabCam is a GoPro stabilizer for the camera’s own mounts

StabCam is a GoPro stabilizer for the camera’s own mounts

GoPro’s little action cameras, like most other action cameras, are small and lightweight, which is convenient in many filming scenarios, but comes with a downside: keeping the camera steady while recording is difficult, and footage is often shaky. There are many stabilizers on the market that try to mitigate that, but some of them are too inconvenient for most action camera-users’ needs. StabCam differs from them, however, being designed specifically for the GoPro and any of the camera’s own mounts.

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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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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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Sony trained an aquarium octopus to take pictures of visitors

Sony trained an aquarium octopus to take pictures of visitors

People taking pictures of animals is a common sight at any zoo or aquarium, but what if things were reversed? No, not animals visiting humans in cages, but allowing them to be the ones to take pictures. Well, that's exactly what you can experience at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, where an octopus has been trained to use a camera and photos of people who visit. Now known as "The Octographer," the female octopus, whose name is Rambo, was taught by an animal trainer as part of a collaboration project with Sony.

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Canon XC10 ‘hybrid’ 4k camera features 1″ sensor

Canon XC10 ‘hybrid’ 4k camera features 1″ sensor

Canon has taken the wraps off its new Canon XC10, a hybrid-like camera that resembles a DSLR, but that is able to shoot high-quality 4k video footage akin to what you'd get with a dedicated camcorder with accessories to aid. This gives photographers with a videographer slant the best of both worlds, and does so in a relatively compact and sleek body. Best of all, the XC10 features a 1-inch sensor, providing better image quality than what you'd get from a comparable camera sporting a smaller image sensor.

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FLIR FX Wi-Fi security camera clips out relevant footage

FLIR FX Wi-Fi security camera clips out relevant footage

FLIR, the company behind the infrared camera that gives smartphones a new superpower, has introduced another camera -- this one not intended to find hot spots in the dark. It is called the FLIR FX Wi-Fi camera, and it is essentially a Dropcam competitor, but with a twist, something we've come to expect from the maker. Unlike most general monitoring/surveillance cameras on the market, the FX Wi-Fi camera includes a feature that pulls out all the instances of motion tracking it detected and compiles them into a single clip, eliminating the need to watch long reels of footage for instances of activity.

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Nikon gives in, outs a selfie stick for cameras

Nikon gives in, outs a selfie stick for cameras

Selfies are a living oxymoron. Their popularity seems to thrive despite the general disapproval of society. Selfie sticks, those pronged and telescopic instruments of selfie promulgation, have been discouraged or even banned from certain places of serious business, like museums. Despite that, camera and smartphone makers have increasingly catered to this sub-culture with features. One of those is Nikon, who has seemingly swallowed the whole thing, hook, line, and sinker, and has now come out with a selfie stick, not for smartphones, but for its own point and stick COOLPIX cameras.

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Caltech designs smartphone camera chip capable of 3D scanning

Caltech designs smartphone camera chip capable of 3D scanning

As one of the most popular new technologies, 3D printing is likely to continue its rapid growth in the consumer market over the next few years. With 3D printers becoming more common in homes, another possible growth might be in the use of 3D scanners. Users find something they'd like to make a replica of, and with a few quick photos they can go home and get to work. This could become even easier than expected, as a team of researchers at Caltech have designed a new camera chip that would allow your smartphone to take those 3D scans.

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