Cameras

Gekkopod is a flexible, wrappable camera and phone tripod

Gekkopod is a flexible, wrappable camera and phone tripod

Tripods are becoming increasingly flexible, and Gekkopod is perhaps the best example of that. The Gekkopod tripod can hold a smartphone and a regular camera (though not at the same time) and be positioned just about anywhere the user would like — wrapped around the end of a long stick to be used as a selfie stick, around a tree branch to record some event, or on a flat but angular surface. The idea is that you can use the Gekkopod in a variety of situations that would otherwise necessitate many mounting accessories.

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Ricoh GR II camera (allegedly) appears in leaked pic

Ricoh GR II camera (allegedly) appears in leaked pic

The next version of the Ricoh GR camera, the aptly named Ricoh GR II, has surfaced ahead of its official launch. An alleged picture of the camera has surfaced in a leak, and if it is the real deal it seems the maker will be offering a second model that looks very similar the first iteration (though there are some subtle differences). It is a PR image, and so assuming it is real, its existence likely points towards a nearing official announcement.

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Xiaomi launches night vision edition of its Yi camera

Xiaomi launches night vision edition of its Yi camera

In early march, Xiaomi introduced its GoPro competitor, the inexpensively priced Yi action camera. Recently the Chinese company launched a complement to the Yi, a new model that brings with it a more traditional webcam-like design alongside night vision capabilities. It is called the Xiaomi Yi Camera Night Vision Edition, and it will be going up for sale in certain regions starting tomorrow via the company's Mi.com online store. The original Yi camera was introduced at MWC 2015.

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GoPro announces new Hero camera with LCD touchscreen

GoPro announces new Hero camera with LCD touchscreen

GoPro, the makers of one of world's most popular rugged sports/action HD video cameras, has just announced a new model in its entry-level Hero lineup. Dubbed the GoPro Hero+LCD, the $299 camera features a LCD touchscreen, something sorely missing from the standard Hero model. Set to be released on June 6th in the US, the camera will also feature a handful of other nice upgrades, although nothing so big as to push the Hero out of the entry-level position.

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Google built this EPIC camera for Fast & Furious 6’s director

Google built this EPIC camera for Fast & Furious 6’s director

When Fast and Furious series director Justin Lin comes calling, wanting to film for your 360-degree revolution in movies, you build him a kick-ass camera. That is, assuming you're the Google ATAP team, flush with the success of the first few Google Spotlight Stories released, and keen to give the platform its debut live-action outing. Problem is, the practicalities of capturing all-around video with real actors are very different from the animations that Spotlight Stories has dealt with so far; that, ATAP lead Regina Dugan explained at I/O this week, meant some impressive new hardware.

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GoPro has set its sights on drones and virtual reality

GoPro has set its sights on drones and virtual reality

GoPro, maker of the ever-popular little action cameras by the same name, has expanded its horizons a bit, or at least its vision of those future horizons. The company is eyeing both virtual reality and drones, GoPro’s CEO Nick Woodman revealed earlier today. The virtual reality aspect would be facilitated with something dubbed the Six-Camera Spherical Array, which is an accessory designed to hold six of the maker’s Hero 4 action cameras. The other project is a quadcopter said to be in the works. Unfortunately, precious few details about that particular project were revealed, though we can imagine it’ll include a nifty camera.

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Samsung NX500 Review – the TARDIS of cameras

Samsung NX500 Review – the TARDIS of cameras

Is a bigger camera necessarily better? Or, put a different way, does a big sensor need to have a big body wrapped around it? Samsung would argue no, and the NX500 is its evidence. Distilling much of the NX1 into a form-factor only slightly larger than a point-and-shoot, it’s 28.2-megapixels of interchangeable lens camera with a 4K video recording bonus. Samsung can’t work miracles, mind, especially for $799 with a lens thrown in, and so there are some compromises to consider along the way.

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Canon warns EOS 5D DSLR main mirror could detach

Canon warns EOS 5D DSLR main mirror could detach

Canon has issued a service advisory warning EOS 5D users that a problem with adhesive could result in the main mirror detaching. The camera's available servicing period comes to an end this upcoming September, making it important that users get the problem fixed soon if it has occurred. The issue itself stems from the adhesive potentially deteriorating over time, causing the mirror to possibly come loose and obviously making the camera essentially useless (if you like to the use the viewfinder, that is). There are pics showing the potential issue after the jump.

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Leica M Monochrom Type 246 camera takes black-and-white photos

Leica M Monochrom Type 246 camera takes black-and-white photos

Leica has announced a new camera, the Leica M Monochrom camera for taking black-and-white photos. This is the followup to the first-ever digital camera specializing in black-and-white photography, and it includes the expected improvements over the last model. The camera won’t be available until May 7, but we’ve got all the details ahead of time, counted among them being the inclusion of a 24-megapixel sensor and three new color filters. To properly show it off, Leica has already revealed a gallery of sample photos.

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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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