Photography

Eye-Fi back tracks, has app to put old products on life support

Eye-Fi back tracks, has app to put old products on life support

At the start of July, Eye-Fi, makers of the popular Wi-Fi enabled SD cards, made a very unpopular announcement. One that could have ended in a lawsuit of some sort along the way. While it was technically just shutting down some old servers and services, it was, in effect, bricking "legacy" Eye-Fi cards as well. Unsurprisingly, there was such an uproar among its customers that Eye-Fi really had little choice but to give in and offer those customers an imperfect but probably acceptable solution, a software that will let them continue using those products long after the have been formally declared dead.

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GoPro’s Omni 360-degree camera ships next week

GoPro’s Omni 360-degree camera ships next week

GoPro has confirmed the shipping date for its Omni 360-degree camera, a rig of the company's compact action cameras that's capable of filming fully spherical video. Announced back in April, Omni mounts six HERO4 Black cameras - pointing in six different directions - in an aluminum frame, and comes with software to stitch the resulting footage together into a single video that's viewable with a VR headset.

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Casio EX-FR200 combines 360-degree camera with “split” design

Casio EX-FR200 combines 360-degree camera with “split” design

With the explosion of virtual reality into the consumer scene, 360-degree cameras have become en vogue of late. To the point that traditional camera makers are trying to also cash in on the fad. Casio, for example, has just released its own 360-degree shooter, but with a special twist. Or split, rather. As a member of its rather unconventional EXILIM family, the EX-FR200 comes in two modules that can be folded or split as needed, offering different modes of shooting and different ways to operate the camera.

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Moto Z camera mod leaked to be made by Hasselblad

Moto Z camera mod leaked to be made by Hasselblad

The Moto Z, actually the Moto Z Force Droid, was already rated to have one of the best smartphone cameras in town. But who's to say it can't be made better? Moto definitely doesn't think so. As leaked before, there is still one, or two, official Moto Mod missing from the first batch that Lenovo and Moto unveiled in June. That is the "Pro" camera mod, which is now leaked to be called the "True Zoom Camera" mod and is being made by famed camera and lens maker Hasselblad, adding not just physical controls to the already competitive setup.

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Povie puts a smartphone around your neck

Povie puts a smartphone around your neck

People like to take selfies and share videos with others on social media of what they are doing. The catch is that sometimes you need to have your hands free and a selfie stick doesn't do the job. This is where a new device called Povie comes in. Povie is made by a firm called Edelkrone and even if it looks really weird, it's sort of a cool idea.

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Canon sets up shop at Rio Olympics to assist photographers

Canon sets up shop at Rio Olympics to assist photographers

Having been at a large number of international events where photography was involved, I can tell you - when you need help, it's very, very nice to have help. Canon has announced that they've brought their service and support crew (Canon Professional Services) to Brazil to assist with photographers' professional imaging equipment. They'll be repairing equipment, providing technical support, and loaning out big professional camera and gigantic zoom lenses, as well.

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GoPro Hero 5 with touchscreen teased in video leak

GoPro Hero 5 with touchscreen teased in video leak

An announcement of the next flagship action-cam from GoPro, surely to be called the Hero 5, could be coming in the near future. A brief video has been posted to Vimeo and shared on Reddit, highlighting a new touchscreen-based interface on the rear of the camera that's completely different from GoPro's existing Hero models.

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Nikon COOLPIX W100 adds a bit of whimsy to a rugged camera

Nikon COOLPIX W100 adds a bit of whimsy to a rugged camera

Who said digital cameras need to be all about serious business? With smartphones eating at their profits, camera makers have been piling up serious features for their cameras. But cameras can be just as fun to use as smartphones. Maybe even more. Like the new COOLPIX W100 from Nikon, which has enough colors and features to make even the younger ones interested in taking photos. And, given its rugged nature, it'll survive to tell the tale, too!

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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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