digital cameras

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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Flex Cam PIC: a bendy, flexible camera with personality

Flex Cam PIC: a bendy, flexible camera with personality

Sometimes it feels as if all cameras look alike, even if the makers go to an effort to stand out. Many of them are business-chic, and the most playful ones you’re likely to find are of the rugged outdoorsy sort with that typical “rugged” design scheme. It’s this common, nearly bland reality that makes the Flex Cam PIC camera stand out so drastically: it’s a long bendy camera with personality. Literally. There are a few different kinds, each with the camera serving as a single eye in what is perhaps best described as a troll-doll camera.

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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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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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Nikon Coolpix AW130, S33 rugged cameras launch in March

Nikon Coolpix AW130, S33 rugged cameras launch in March

Among Nikon's new cameras this week are a pair of rugged compacts, the Coolpix AW130 and the S33. The latter of the two is bid as a family-friendly option, while the AW130 is targeted at the more adventurous outdoorsy types with more demanding needs. Both are able to withstand shocks, cold temps, water exposure and more, and the AW130 includes a couple different wireless connectivity options for easy pairing and image transfer. Both cameras will be arriving in March at different price points with a few color options.

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Nikon Coolpix P610, L840 mid-range cameras bring ultra zoom

Nikon Coolpix P610, L840 mid-range cameras bring ultra zoom

Nikon has introduced a trio of new compact high-zoom cameras in its S-Series, and rounding out its new ultra-zoom lineup are a couple additional Coolpix cameras: the P610 and the L840. These cameras are more robust than compact shooters but smaller than a DSLR, both offering features relatively similar to the new S-Series compacts with the addition of ultra-zoom ratings. The P610 is the higher end of the two models, though both are substantial offerings; both models arrive in March.

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Nikon Coolpix S-Series: new compact super-zoom cameras

Nikon Coolpix S-Series: new compact super-zoom cameras

Compact cameras can swing to both extremes: some are cheap and barely functional, while others pack a lot of features into a slim body. Nikon's new trio of S-Series compact cameras fall into the latter group, each of them featuring thin and compact bodies coupled with high zoom rates, both WiFi and NFC, large displays, and an array of other features. The S6900 model is the lowest end of the bunch, while the S7000 falls into the mid-range (as far as compacts go), and the S9900 is the highest of the bunch.

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