digital cameras

Leica Q unveiled: a compact camera with full-frame sensor

Leica Q unveiled: a compact camera with full-frame sensor

Leica has announced its new Leica Q camera, a digital shooter that is hailed as offering the fastest lens in its class. The new Q is a hybrid of sorts, sporting a compact design and easy to use interface alongside the image quality you get with the maker’s “M” lineup, including a full-frame sensor and optical image stabilization. Joining this is a new feature called “digital frame selector”, which allows the photographer to display the focal lengths (35 and 50mm) by pressing a button. The camera was made in Germany.

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Sony RX10 II boasts support for long 4K video recording

Sony RX10 II boasts support for long 4K video recording

Sony has introduced a pair of new cameras, the RX100 IV and the RX10 II camera. The RX10 II is a high-zoom shooter with the same 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor as the other aforementioned model, though it has a larger, more robust body than the RX100 IV's compact design. Sony says this model includes both a DRAM memory chip and fast signal processing, the combination of which results in 5x faster image data readout and other pro-level features.

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MSI intros new cameras at Computex 2015

MSI intros new cameras at Computex 2015

MSI has a few new cameras to show off at Computex 2015, and while it's going easy on the details for now, we do have a look at the various devices and a general idea of what each one provides. There's the Cubecam, to start with, which looks like a distinct competitor to Polaroid's Cube camera. There's also a camera that brings with it a bunch of embedded infrared LEDs, allowing for use in dim and dark settings; and, finally, there's a high resolution IP camera with support for Android and iOS devices.

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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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Panasonic reveals Lumix G7 with focus on 4K video and photos

Panasonic reveals Lumix G7 with focus on 4K video and photos

Panasonic has just announced the latest in its lineup of Micro Four Thirds DSLRs, the Lumix G7. At its base, the G7 is a mid-range shooter with a 16-megapixel sensor, an ISO of up to 25,600, a top shutter speed of 1/16,000, with a touchscreen on the back that tilts and swivels. But what really makes the camera stand out is a renewed focus on 4K, both in capturing video and photos.

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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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Sigma announces new dp Quattro camera with fixed 14mm F4 lens

Sigma announces new dp Quattro camera with fixed 14mm F4 lens

Sigma Corporation has announced a new digital camera that fits into its dp Quattro line at the CP+ imaging show. The new camera is the Sigma dp0 Quattro and features a fixed 14mm F4 lens. Sigma says that the lens is equivalent to a 21mm lens on a 35mm DSLR camera. The lens is optimized for use with the Foveon sensor used inside the camera.

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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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