photography

Instagram update brings three new filters, emoji in hashtags

Instagram update brings three new filters, emoji in hashtags

Just in time for Spring, Instagram is announcing three new filters “inspired by weekend adventures outdoors”. Lark, Reyes, and Juno offer Instragrammers the chance to enhance photos for use with the social medium in new ways, while still capturing a distinct style that makes Instagram attractive. These three join the Color and Fade tools introduced last month, and the five new filers Instagram launched in December: Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua. In addition to the new filters, Instagram is also letting users add emoji to hashtags.

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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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Adaptalux uses octopus-like LED arms to illuminate your photos

Adaptalux uses octopus-like LED arms to illuminate your photos

If you’re fond of macro photography, you know the troubles often encountered when trying to illuminate a subject without overpowering it. The task becomes even more difficult when attempting to use more than one color light, and that’s where Adaptalux comes in. Adaptalux is bid as a miniature portable lighting studio for those who do video work and macro photography, and it works using magnetically-connected “arms” with lights on the end. The lights are complemented with colored diffuser ends that diffuse the lights.

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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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RED’s new weapon is WEAPON, a 6K (or 8K) shooter

RED’s new weapon is WEAPON, a 6K (or 8K) shooter

At the National Association of Broadcaster’s show in Las Vegas this week, RED is bringing out a new weapon for their arsenal. No, really, a weapon. The WEAPON is RED’s latest camera from the company that pioneered slightly-affordable, high-end cameras. According to RED, “WEAPON combines optimal color science and dynamic range of the 19 megapixel RED DRAGON® sensor with all new built-in functionality and intuitive design”. RED says WEAPON is their “smallest and most lightweight BRAIN ever.”

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Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

GoPro is not the only company that wants to let you capture footage from anywhere in the world. Garmin is also involved in the action camera segment, and today announces updates to their VIRB lineup. The VIRB X and VIRB XE cameras bring HD video and pixel-dense still image capture in a small form factor. They’re also waterproof to 50 meters, and have a “variety of built-in sensors” like GPS, an accelerometer, and gyroscope. The lineup starts at $299.99.

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