digital photography

New iOS app WhiteAlbum sends photos you’ve taken, but never seen

New iOS app WhiteAlbum sends photos you’ve taken, but never seen

Point, click, swipe, approve, and possibly repeat; that’s smartphone photography in a nutshell. You snap a picture, make sure it’s good enough, then move along unless you want to re-take it. It’s instant gratification, and oddly satisfying. Perhaps equally as satisfying is not knowing if your shot was good or not. We got a glimpse of that with the Polaroid Cube and HTC Re, where you shots weren’t immediately viewable. Taking that idea one step further is an app called WhiteAlbum, where you only see your shots once they’ve been mailed to you.

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Seek XR thermal smartphone camera brings optical zoom

Seek XR thermal smartphone camera brings optical zoom

This past September, Seek Thermal introduced its Seek camera for smartphones, which gives the handsets the ability to look at the world around them based on its heat levels. Keeping in step with its biggest competitor, FLIR ONE, Seek has now introduced a new updated thermal camera called the Seek XR, and with it comes a boost in functionality via the inclusion of optical zoom. This increases the camera's usefulness for those who, for example, use the camera for spotting wildlife at night rather than just scanning a wall for water pipes.

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Panasonic LUMIX GF7 gives selfie lovers another camera choice

Panasonic LUMIX GF7 gives selfie lovers another camera choice

Despite the growing sophistication of smartphone cameras, camera makers are relentless in coming up with ways to sell their wares to the crowd. They primarily do this by combining some professional quality features and hardware inside very portable bodies. Sometimes, however, they also advertise some niche features to appeal to a very specific group, like Panasonic's new LUMIX GF7 that has just enough features that will make selfie lovers and casual digital photographers want to reach for this camera instead of their smartphone.

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Fujifilm FinePix S9900W, S9800 zoom to where the action is

Fujifilm FinePix S9900W, S9800 zoom to where the action is

If you always see yourself in a situation where that perfect shot is simply just out of your reach, then one of Fujifilm's latest digital cameras might be the perfect tool for you. The FinePix S9900W and S9800 are fine cameras in themselves, but their real vocation is in taking you, or your eyes, to where the action is happening. With a 50x optical zoom, plus Fujifilm's digital zoom, these two new FinePix cameras ensure that no subject is too far, or too near, for you.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80 lets you shoot anytime, rain or shine

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 lets you shoot anytime, rain or shine

With the growing use of smartphone cameras, people are becoming more accustomed to shooting pics and recording videos anytime, anywhere. But not all smartphone cameras are designed to be used in all situations, especially those that involve the elements. For those, you'd either need a super rugged smartphone or, better yet, aim for an even more rugged and dedicated camera. The XP80, Fujifilm's latest entry to the FinePix line, is one such camera that has been designed with both quality and extreme activity in mind.

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Polaroid iZone camera: a companion for Android and iOS handsets

Polaroid iZone camera: a companion for Android and iOS handsets

Among Polaroid's CES 2015 wares is the iZone camera, a square-shaped compact point-and-shoot camera with optical zoom and the ability to work with your Android or iOS mobile device. The maker refers to iZone as a companion device for your smartphone or tablet, the latter of which works as a remote view finder and a storage base for taking/saving images with the Polaroid camera. The idea behind such a device is that the companion camera will (likely) be of a somewhat higher quality than your smartphone, but without the same sharing features and power as your handset.

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VSCO snaps up photo print house Artifact Uprising

VSCO snaps up photo print house Artifact Uprising

VSCO, the photography app that is turning into so much more, has acquired Artifact Uprising, which makes physical books and prints of your digital photos. It’s not yet clear just how the two would merge in a digital sense (or even if they really are), but the deal rounds out a nice niche for VSCO. Though we’ve ditched film by and large, many photographers still enjoy prints of their work. The two companies have worked together before, with VSCO calling the merger “obvious”.

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Nikon’s entry-level D5500 DSLR is ready to shoot and share

Nikon’s entry-level D5500 DSLR is ready to shoot and share

Digital cameras nowadays are a dime a dozen and sometimes they have to be that number in order to accommodate the growing number of digital photographers of all levels of experience. Nikon's latest DSLR offering is positioned to be the perfect companion for a budding photographer. Combining a blend of topnotch camera features and a small, lightweight body design, the DX-format D5500 DSLR to make everything quick and painless, from taking that once in a lifetime shot to immediately sharing it with the world.

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Panasonic ZS50, ZS45, and SZ10 are everyday compact cameras

Panasonic ZS50, ZS45, and SZ10 are everyday compact cameras

Panasonic has been busy introducing new products today, and among them are three new compact digital cameras: the ZS50, ZS45, and the SZ10, all of which are slim offerings designed to be used in a variety of situations -- essentially, they are everyday cameras. Despite their small sizes, the maker has made some big promises, and most notably has included some generally atypical features like a hinged LCD display for enhanced use, wireless connectivity (including NFC on certain models), and more.

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Lenovo VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash brightens up your smile

Lenovo VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash brightens up your smile

Even with the ever increasing megapixel counts of front-facing cameras, selfies are still hard to perfect, especially when lighting is concerned. To that end, Lenovo's latest accessory here at CES 2015 has you covered. The VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash gives you all the lighting support you will ever need for that perfect selfie or wefie, without overburdening the smartphone itself with it's own LED flash, which might be unnecessary most of the time except for those selfies. It'll be there in your pocket or bag when you need it and out of your way when you don't.

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