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Ricoh Theta S Review: the true VR camera trailblazer

Ricoh Theta S Review: the true VR camera trailblazer

In a few years from now, cameras like the Ricoh Theta S will be standard. Maybe not even a few years. Maybe this year. Samsung just released their VR camera, the [Gear 360], and LG just released a VR camera called [LG 360 CAM] as well. LG's camera is, shall we say, very INSPIRED by Ricoh's design. But the Ricoh Theta was first. By a mile. By several years and a whole new iteration, in fact.

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Huawei and Leica to partner up for smartphone cameras

Huawei and Leica to partner up for smartphone cameras

At the CP+ camera event in Japan this week, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei and German camera company Leica announced that they were forming a long-term partnership to work on mobile photography together. It's a bit of a unique pairing: a high-end luxury camera maker that's shown no interest in mobile working with China's dominant smartphone producer. Then again, maybe that lack of overlap is exactly why they're working together.

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Xiaomi shows off the Mi 5’s 4-axis image stabilization

Xiaomi shows off the Mi 5’s 4-axis image stabilization

These days, cameras have become just as important in smartphones as CPUs and displays. Just look at the smartphone marketing materials from the past year or so and you'll see how smartphone camera descriptions have started too match those of digital compacts and DSLRs. Case in point is this year's MWC, where we're seeing too Chinese manufacturers boast about impressive Optical Image Stabilization features that you'd only find in dedicated cameras camera. Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi won't be caught dead in last, so it has a video showing just how smooth the Mi 5's camera is, even with the shakiest hand.

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OPPO SmartSensor: first sensor-based, smallest smartphone OIS

OPPO SmartSensor: first sensor-based, smallest smartphone OIS

Chinese OEM OPPO might not have a new smartphone to show off at MWC 2016 but it is definitely not lacking in things to boast about. For one, it just revealed its Super VOOC fast charging technology that, OPPO claims, can charge a smartphone in just 15 minutes. Now it is making a similarly huge claim but this time in the area of photography. Calling it the SmartSensor, it is claimed to be the world's first sensor-based stabilization technology for smartphones and also the smallest OIS for any device, smartphone or not.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on [How to VR]

Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on [How to VR]

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is important to the VR-loving public for several reasons. First - it's a device that's made with VR in mind. The first wave is being released with a free Gear VR headset. Second - because it's ushering in a new age in the virtual reality market. An age in which virtual reality isn't just something that's on the horizon. An age when VR isn't only here, ready to experience - VR is here for you to capture and share, as well.

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Sigma sd Quattro cameras pack major features into a tiny body

Sigma sd Quattro cameras pack major features into a tiny body

Sigma has introduced two new compact cameras, the Sigma sd Quattro and sd Quattro H. Both models feature a Foveon X3 image sensor and are promised to offer high image quality, doing so while retaining a travel-friendly size (sans the lens, that is). These interchangeable lens cameras provide a bit of the best of both worlds, keeping the weight burden low while enabling photographers to switch lenses as situations demand.

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Nikon Long-Zoom COOLPIX cameras make short work of long shots

Nikon Long-Zoom COOLPIX cameras make short work of long shots

Taking regular shots, up close and personal, might be no problem even for smartphone cameras. But when it comes to looking afar, you'll definitely need a better shooter. That's were Nikon's COOLPIX line of compact digital cameras comes in. Its latest trio, under the heading of "long-zoom", are advertised to excel there quite nicely. With zoom levels of 35x, 40x, and 60x, the COOLPIX A900, B500, and B700 will bring any subject to life, near, far, or wherever they are. Plus, Nikon's SnapBridge also makes it easier to share those photos and videos with your smartphone and your friends.

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PENTAX K-3 II Silver Edition is latest commemorative camera

PENTAX K-3 II Silver Edition is latest commemorative camera

Ricoh has taken the wraps off another silver commemorative camera, this one being the Pentax K-3 II Silver Edition. The model is offered to commemorate the company’s 80th anniversary, and brings with it a magnesium-alloy camera body with the same silver finish as the Ricoh GR II announced in recent days. Ricoh plans to launch the camera later on this spring season.

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Ricoh WG-M2 rugged action camera temps the elements

Ricoh WG-M2 rugged action camera temps the elements

Ricoh has yet another camera announcement this month, this time for the rugged WG-M2 action camera. Though small, this camera packs several notable features including 4K Ultra HD video recording and an ultra-wide-angle lens. Despite the improvements, the camera is 40-percent lighter and smaller than the previous WG models, says Ricoh.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 tiny facts: Camera Bump, Rubbery Gasket, Battery

Samsung Galaxy S7 tiny facts: Camera Bump, Rubbery Gasket, Battery

Three tiny facts have popped up in the last day for the Samsung Galaxy S7 which you should be aware of. You, the user, the person who may or may not be picking this device up when it's released early this year. These facts have to do with the hardware, primarily, centering in on the changes the company has made since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6. This version of the device has a smaller camera bump, for example - but not without its tradeoff.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6 specs battle (Official Details)

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6 specs battle (Official Details)

Time to compare the Samsung Galaxy S7 to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S6. This evening, Samsung revealed their newest smartphone lineup, including both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus. The looks of these devices aren't all that radically changed from their predecessors, but several key details have changed and improved. Here we'll run down the specifications for the lot, one by one. We'll be beginning where you've likely wondered about first and foremost - the camera.

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, SX720 HS won’t weigh you down

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, SX720 HS won’t weigh you down

In almost everything, there must be a balance between power and convenience. When it comes to digital cameras, that translates into a tug of war between features and portability. Straddling the fine line that divides those two sides, Canon is announcing the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and the PowerShot SX720 HS. While both cameras flaunt compact sizes and lightweight constructions, they don't skimp on the quality that would endear them to both amateur photographers as well as professionals who need a decent shooter with them all the time.

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