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Sony Xperia X Performance climbs to #1 (or 3) in DxOMark

Sony Xperia X Performance climbs to #1 (or 3) in DxOMark

HTC and Sony seem to have some things in common as far as smartphones go. Both have put out strong looking 2016 flagships that, on paper, looked commendable. Both, however, seem to have problems backing that up with solid sales numbers. On a positive note, both also happen to be at the very top of DxOMark's smartphone camera list. The digital photography benchmark site has given the Xperia X Performance a glowing score of 88, so far the highest in the list, rubbing shoulders with the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

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Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 Printer Review

Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 Printer Review

Initial setup for the Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 printer is exceedingly user-friendly and simple. The entire process is laid out for the user piece-by-piece, cartridge-by-cartridge. There's a connectivity element as well, one in which you can connect to your PC or smartphone (if you happen to be in need of massive smartphone prints). We were provided several sets of Canon paper with which to test, while this device also works with 3rd-party papers from brands like Canson and Inkpress (with Canon-defined software profiles, that is to say).

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DxOMark shows how the Huawei P9 stepped up its camera game

DxOMark shows how the Huawei P9 stepped up its camera game

Huawei is quite proud of its Huawei P9 flagship. Proud enough to hire high profile actors Henry Cavill and Scarlett Johansson to, just for a few minutes, root for the smartphone. Of course, the highlight of the device is it camera. Or cameras rather, one in full color and one in monochrome, certified by famed German camera maker Leica. Fortunately for Huawei, its investment paid off. At least that's what DxOMark is showing with its side by side comparison of the Huawei P9 and its predecessor, the P8, demonstrating how far the Chinese OEM has come in taking digital photography seriously.

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Glif phone tripod mount redesigned with quick release lever

Glif phone tripod mount redesigned with quick release lever

Smartphone mounts come in two varieties: spring-loaded ones, which are easy to use but not very secure, and ones that have a screw to fix the phone in place but are slow to use. The newly rehashed Glif phone mount aims to offer the both of those worlds while eliminating their respective downsides. Its newest design feature a quick release lever that secures the phone in place and makes it easy to remove when you’re finished.

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Prisma for Android release this month plus video support “soon”

Prisma for Android release this month plus video support “soon”

Hit photo editing app Prisma will launch on Android later this month, with the developers of the iPhone art filter software confirming that video support is coming soon, too. Launched in the iOS App Store a month ago, Prisma built on an advanced artificial intelligence algorithm that could take a photo and then calculate a fine-art version of it, in a variety of styles.

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Moto Z Force Droid camera is second best, claims DxOMark

Moto Z Force Droid camera is second best, claims DxOMark

Cameras have become a critical aspect of smartphones for the past year or so, to the point that now almost every new flagship is waiting in line for a DxOMark verdict. While definitely not the only game in town, the name has become synonymous with digital camera benchmarks. Which is why Lenovo, Moto, and Verizon should count themselves fortunate that the site has just given the Moto Z Force Droid the second highest score so far, second only to the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and surpassing any of Apple's iPhones.

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LG Action Cam LTE to arrive in ‘key markets’ soon

LG Action Cam LTE to arrive in ‘key markets’ soon

If you feel like you've heard about the newly announced LG Action Cam LTE before, it's probably because you have. The company first took the wraps off its camera back in May, and today it has re-introduced it to coincide with the device's launch in South Korea. If you live elsewhere and aren't content with the action cameras already available, however, LG says it will be bringing the action camera to 'key markets' beyond Korea in the coming weeks.

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RED Helium 8K Super 35mm Sensor is part of Michael Bay’s custom camera

RED Helium 8K Super 35mm Sensor is part of Michael Bay’s custom camera

Love him or hate him, Michael Bay gets some of the coolest toys to use for making his movies. One of the cool custom cameras that RED has made specifically for Bay to use on Transformers: the Last Knight is very impressive. The cameras uses a RED Helium 8K Sensor in Super 35mm format. That sensor is known as Helium.

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Xiaomi Yi 4K Action Cam launches in the US

Xiaomi Yi 4K Action Cam launches in the US

Xiaomi has just officially brought another one of its products to the US market and, no, it's not a smartphone. Announced last May is an upgraded Yi action cam that, among other things, stepped up the video recording game with the capability to shoot 4K quality at 30 fps rates, a rare feat in the action camera market. Now Xiaomi's Yi sub-brand is making that camera widely available in the US, in time for Amazon Prime Day on July 12, and slapping on a relatively affordable $250 price tag.

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NASA spies Florida’s crazy algae bloom from space

NASA spies Florida’s crazy algae bloom from space

Florida’s having serious issues with algae blooms this year, and NASA has managed to take a stunning photo of the problem from space. In recent days, NASA released a high-resolution photo of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee and the algae bloom that covers more than 30 square miles of it. The photo was taken on July 2 by the Landsat 8 satellite, the same satellite responsible for much of the satellite imagery found in Google’s latest Maps refresh.

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Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera totes 4K 30fps recording

Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera totes 4K 30fps recording

Well, that was quick. Initially speculated to be coming in the "near future", it actually took less than a week for Fujifilm to put out the newest flagship in its X series of mirrorless cameras. The X-T2 continues the "central viewfinder style" of its predecessor and adds a few more muscle. To be exact, it boasts of the capability to record 4K video, the first in an X series digital camera. With a rugged and well balanced form, Fujifilm dubs the X-T2 as the "ultimate mirrorless camera".

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Alphabet drops $30m on Light camera with “magic” potential

Alphabet drops $30m on Light camera with “magic” potential

It would appear that the parent company of Google, Alphabet, has begun its consumer product investment focus in ernest. A cool $30 million USD has been raised for the company Light from Alphabet's venture capital business, that which used to be called Google Ventures, now just called GV. Light creates a product by the name of L16, a camera which works with 16 cameras inside a single small housing. And consider the possibilities once Google gets ahold of the tech - Tango, anyone?

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