Cameras

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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YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

Today Google activated 360-degree video on YouTube. This system works with a number of 360-degree or otherwise bubble-lens camera video media available to consumers now, and will be coming your way via SlashGear imminently. We've got a couple on hand, that is to say, and we'll be presenting large amounts of video from events, hands-on experiences, and much more in the near future. For now you're going to want to check out some of the most basic media uploaded to YouTube by a variety of artists.

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London’s National Gallery is latest to ban selfie sticks

London’s National Gallery is latest to ban selfie sticks

We've seen some instances of galleries banning the use of selfie sticks, and now the National Gallery in London has decided to join them, making the decision to ban camera monopods due to a variety of reasons, not the least being that you might accidentally jab someone (or something) with it. The gallery already banned the use of tripods, and though it was originally lax when it came to the use of "selfie sticks", it has decided to include them in the tripod ban.

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Camera that will take 1000-year exposure to debut tomorrow

Camera that will take 1000-year exposure to debut tomorrow

Out of all the odd ways one can get a world record, this probably isn't the oddest of them. Still, one photographer's plan to take the longest-ever photo exposure is unusual, and a lot can go wrong in a thousand years (invading aliens, an earthquake where the camera's located, etc). The camera will be debuting tomorrow at the Arizona State University Art Museum, which will be home for the camera. The final image won't be finished until the year 3,015, long after the photographer has passed on.

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