Cameras

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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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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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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Ricoh WG-M2 rugged action camera temps the elements

Ricoh WG-M2 rugged action camera temps the elements

Ricoh has yet another camera announcement this month, this time for the rugged WG-M2 action camera. Though small, this camera packs several notable features including 4K Ultra HD video recording and an ultra-wide-angle lens. Despite the improvements, the camera is 40-percent lighter and smaller than the previous WG models, says Ricoh.

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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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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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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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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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Narrative opens wearable camera to inventive devs

Narrative opens wearable camera to inventive devs

Wearable camera company Narrative is throwing open its platform to developers, inviting more interesting uses for the tiny life-logging gadget. Dubbed the Narrative Open Platform, it clears the way for both hardware and software customization, as the crowdfunding success attempts to make its wearable a must-have accessory rather than a niche geek trinket.

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What makes Olympus’ PEN-F worth $1,200

What makes Olympus’ PEN-F worth $1,200

Olympus' PEN-F gives street photographers, rangefinder fans, and devoted tinkerers with an aversion to Photoshop the camera of their dreams. Key to its appeal - and, frankly, to justifying its not-inconsiderable price - is the Creative Dial, a dedicated front-panel control (paired with a new spring-loaded lever on the back) which unlocks the PEN-F's secret weapon in the retro camera wars.

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Olympus PEN-F hands-on: Retro Reloaded

Olympus PEN-F hands-on: Retro Reloaded

It's the impeccable retro charm you see when you first hold the Olympus PEN-F, but it's the addictive creative potential locked inside that lingers. Latest in the company's PEN line of rangefinders, it arrives to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Olympus' first consumer camera but, thankfully, is more than just a special edition.

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