photography

Google Photos shared albums get comment support

Google Photos shared albums get comment support

Google is updating Photos with a couple of new features, the most notable of which is the ability to leave comments on shared albums. Shared albums, of course, are photo albums that more than one person have access to; anyone with whom the album was shared can add their own photos to it, making the commenting feature a welcomed addition. As of now, users who are part of the album can leave a comment for the album itself or a specific photograph within it.

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Instagram has a colorful new icon and not everyone’s happy

Instagram has a colorful new icon and not everyone’s happy

Prepare your finger for "where's Instagram gone?" confusion, as the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing network dramatically changes its app icon and overall style. The refresh, revealed today, sees Instagram switch to a far cleaner, more colorful aesthetic, ditching the detailed - but aging - camera graphic of old, in favor of a pared-back version.

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Dear Instagram: can’t you just stick to photos?

Dear Instagram: can’t you just stick to photos?

When Instagram was launched, it was a simple app about photos. You were able to filter your photos in a variety of vintage-looking ways, and the app was on iPhone only. It was exclusive. It was pretty cool. Then they released the app on Android devices. Again, the app remained cool as functionality didn't change all that much, and the basic charm of the app remained. Here in 2016, Instagram is considering all sorts of new options. Is it time for a competitor to swoop in and stay simple?

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Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack Review

Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack Review

At this point in the relatively lengthy history of SlashGear reviewing backpacks, we've gotten to the point where we're fairly sure we've seen nearly every iteration. What caught my eye with the Manfrotto backpack (SKU MB MA-BP-R) "Advanced camera and laptop backpack w/ Rear Access" was its design - especially in its ability to conceal its contents with a back-facing bit of access. When I travel, I often end up going to heavily populated areas where pickpockets run rampant. This backpack, made for your camera, laptop, and tablet, has a feature that, by definition, blocks access to its contents.

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Leica M-D (Typ 262) digital rangefinder ditches LCD screen

Leica M-D (Typ 262) digital rangefinder ditches LCD screen

Majority of the mainstream camera makers have more or less conceded the battle to smartphones, obliging selfies and hi-tech composition on vari-angle LCD screens. Acclaimed German camera maker Leica, however, is going against the flow. It wants to bring back the simple pleasures and thrills of photography, especially during the age of film, even with one foot down in the digital age. And it is doing that by removing all but the essentials from the new M-D (Typ 262) digital rangefinder, including the now conventional LCD panel.

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Sony patents a contact lens that houses a camera

Sony patents a contact lens that houses a camera

OK, this is bound to raise some red flags among privacy advocates, even more than Google Glass ever did. It is also going to make sci-fi aficionados drool and wish they would still be alive, not to mention capable of wearing this smart contact lens, when it actually becomes a product. Smart contact lenses are nothing new to our ears, but what Sony has tried to patent is incredible in both senses of the word: a contact lens that crams enough camera hardware to make it both useful and dangerous.

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Helium Core adds lenses and accessories for photography to the iPhone

Helium Core adds lenses and accessories for photography to the iPhone

The most common cameras used in the US and many other places around the world are the cameras in smartphones. The most common smartphone in many locations is the iPhone. A new camera chassis for the iPhone has debuted called the Helium Core that is designed to make photography with the iPhone more comfortable and to allow the addition of accessories to make the iPhone camera perform better.

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Hack ditches Sony camera 30 minute video recording limit

Hack ditches Sony camera 30 minute video recording limit

One of the issues that people have with Sony digital cameras are seemingly arbitrary limits on things like video recording time and locks to the language menu. Limiting video recording to only 30 minutes means that you can't do things like record an entire birthday party in one go, you have to record it in 30-minute chunks. Sony may not do anything to remove that limit officially, but a new hack for Sony Alpha cameras has landed that will remove that time limit for you.

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Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook’s London-based ‘friend-sharing’ team is secretly working on a standalone camera app that would encourage users to share photos and videos on the social network, according to a pair of sources. The app will open directly to a camera, sort of like Snapchat, the sources say, and will involve Facebook’s Live Video by enabling direct video livestreaming. However, the sources caution that the standalone app may never be released.

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Nikon KeyMission 360 action cam and more delayed

Nikon KeyMission 360 action cam and more delayed

During CES 2016, Nikon took the wraps off its own action camera, the KeyMission 360. The model promises to be an exciting addition to the action camera market, and it was supposed to launch this spring just in time for your summer adventures. Unfortunately, earthquakes that happened recently in Japan have impacted Nikon pretty significantly, and as such it has had to delay several planned camera launches, including the KeyMission.

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Not so mini ZTE nubia Z11 mini promises camera chops

Not so mini ZTE nubia Z11 mini promises camera chops

ZTE might not be one of the top names that immediately come up when talking about smartphones, but it does have a sizable share in the mid-range market. It's nubia sub-brand, however, might be on a quest to raise the Chinese OEM's profile a wee bit. Recently unveiled is the nubia Z11 mini, which is mini in no aspect whatsoever. The 5-inch smartphone packs quite a punch but, as seems to be the trend these days, it puts focus on its cameras. No pun intended.

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Nextbit Robin “cloud phone” has a “nice” camera, says DxOMark

Nextbit Robin “cloud phone” has a “nice” camera, says DxOMark

Smartphone cameras have become so important these days that almost every notable flagship gets or awaits an appraisal from the likes of DxOMark. That said, not all new smartphones make a wave on the excitement scale, either because the device doesn't even have the hardware for a decent test or, sometimes, because the manufacturer has its focus elsewhere. The Nextbit Robin might be a prime example for the latter. Considering the novelty of the idea, Nextbit is spending its attention and resources on the smartphone's cloud spiel. So imagine the slight surprise in finding out its camera is quite capable as well.

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