digital photography

Galaxy S6, S6 edge have the edge over iPhone 6 in DxOMark

Galaxy S6, S6 edge have the edge over iPhone 6 in DxOMark

Smartphone cameras are getting more capable and in each generation, there is a race to compete with more professional and dedicated digital shooters. For the past years, DxOMark's rankings have become the litmus test of the smartphone world when it comes to that particular feature set. For a while, Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus held the top scores in the photography benchmarking site's list. Now, however, the crown has been passed back to Samsung thanks to its latest twins, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge.

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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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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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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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Overam: a new Android photography app that uses geometric shapes

Overam:  a new Android photography app that uses geometric shapes

There's no shortage of mobile photography apps, but not all apps are created equal. Android users have some solid options, including the ever-wonderful VSCO Cam, but they all start to look the same after a while -- filters can only come in so many varieties, after all, and most users have seen tons of them by now. Enter Overam, a new mobile photography app for Android that launched on the Google Play Store today. With it comes photo filters, but of an entirely different sort: they revolve around geometric shapes, creating new types of photos.

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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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Sony touts new HX90V, WX500 as smallest 30x zoom shooters

Sony touts new HX90V, WX500 as smallest 30x zoom shooters

Smartphones have started to eat into the digital camera market because of their portability and growing photography competence. That is why camera makers are trying to keep up, some by hunkering down on their professional lineup, others by further empowering their compact camera portfolio. Sony's two new cameras, the HX90V and the WX500, belong to the last group. These two are compact cameras that can boast of a few features that that Sony's premium RX and α (Alpha) lines flaunt around, including a strong 30x optical zoom and an 18.2 MP sensor.

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Manfrotto Digital Director turns iPad Air into DSLR command center

Manfrotto Digital Director turns iPad Air into DSLR command center

At NAB this week, Manfrotto is announcing their new Digital Director system, which wants to bring your camera interface and shooting experience to a new level. In pairing your Canon or Nikon camera to your iPad Air, Manfrotto’s goal is to help you control the shot without squinting at the small screen on your camera. Digital Director controls key components of your camera, like exposure and focus point as well as aperture and shutter speed. It’s hardwired, too, so you won’t have to wait for (or have a camera with) Bluetooth.

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Olympus Stylus 1s half a step up from its predecessor

Olympus Stylus 1s half a step up from its predecessor

Sometimes, a product can be so successful that it makes more sense to slightly tweak its design and improve on it rather than putting out a completely new generation product. That might just have been the line of thinking that Olympus employed when it revealed the Olympus Stylus 1s. As you can tell by the name, it has its feet planted firmly in the compact yet capable Stylus 1 that was launched last year. Of course, it has a few tricks up its sleeve to make it worth your while.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 is ready for your rough adventure

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 is ready for your rough adventure

We love to take our smartphones everywhere with us, not just for communication, but also for capturing moments. But there are just some situations where taking out your phone to get that once in a lifetime shot is not only impossible, it would also constitute cruelty to the device. Even the most rugged smartphone will not survive long in extreme temperatures or even underwater. Fortunately, Olympus has you covered with its line of Stylus Tough digital cameras, and the latest TG-4, the toughest one yet, has a few more tricks up its sleeves.

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