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Huawei P9’s Leica camera revealed to have no Leica in it [UPDATE]

Huawei P9’s Leica camera revealed to have no Leica in it  [UPDATE]

You might not be ready to put the Huawei P9 in the same arena as, say, the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the iPhone 6s, but the Chinese-made smartphone definitely grabbed a lot of headlines when it debuted early this month. While the smartphone's specs do speak for it, much of the interest was focused on its main camera, a dual 12 megapixel color and monochrome duo. From the beginning, Huawei has been associating Leica with it, claiming it to be co-engineered with the famed camera maker. Recent reports reveal, however, that the branding might actually be quite a stretch.

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3D Robotics’ new software puts drone on a leash

3D Robotics’ new software puts drone on a leash

This week the folks at 3D Robotics have revealed a new bit of software that'll make piloting a drone a much more pilot-conscious sort of situation. Instead of going wild, flying all nimbly-bimbly between trees and rocks and buildings, 3DR's software is going to make your experience smart. Four different elements allow this software to make your drone piloting experience top-notch. Augmented Reality, Custom Geofencing, Rewind, and Zipline. This software also includes a "Pano" camera shot feature and has an updated "leash" mode which has the drone follow its pilot as he or she walks.

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DJI Osmo RAW puts a micro 4/3 4K Zenmuse X5R in your hand

DJI Osmo RAW puts a micro 4/3 4K Zenmuse X5R in your hand

Last year, DJI, a name more known for its drones and gimbals, made an interesting proposition. It put its tried and tested cameras and gimbals on a stick to offer the same professional-level stabilization and photography in a more handy form, pun totally intended. That was the DJI Osmo. Now, DJI is taking that idea to the next level with the DJI Osmo RAW and Osmo Pro, two packages that put DJI's micro four-thirds 4K Zenmuse cameras, the X5R and the X5, almost in the palm of your hands.

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DJI Matrice 600 M600 drone offers muscles for pro filmmakers

DJI Matrice 600 M600 drone offers muscles for pro filmmakers

Drones are so common these days that almost anyone and everyone can have them, from tiny machines no bigger than your palm to hulking masses that sometimes provide a formidable target practice for birds. DJI, one of the biggest names in the drone market, has just released yet another drone. But don't let the Matrice 600's unassuming name fool you. This aerial platform easily dwarfs others in the market, not just in appearance but also in power and, of course, in price, making it a drone truly designed to help professionals showcase their creativity.

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Manfrotto showcases new Hybrid Video Kits, monopods, bags at NAB

Manfrotto showcases new Hybrid Video Kits, monopods, bags at NAB

Manfrotto has taken the wraps off its new line of Hybrid Video Kits. These new kits are designed to be used with 4K DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and are being introduced at NAB in Las Vegas. According to Manfrotto, this marks the first instance of it merging together its photo supports with its fluid video Bridging Technology resulting in devices for photographers who are getting into the world of videography.

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Flexible sheet cameras may one day allow any surface to capture images

Flexible sheet cameras may one day allow any surface to capture images

Researchers at Columbia University are working on a very different approach to imaging that could one day usher in a new era for capturing visual information. The researchers are working on flexible sheet cameras with elastic optics that can be bent and twisted. Ideally this sort of camera system would be made like a roll of plastic sheeting and could be used to image in ways that conventional cameras are unable to do.

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SpaceX shares stunning photos of CRS-8 rocket droneship landing

SpaceX shares stunning photos of CRS-8 rocket droneship landing

Last week, SpaceX made history when it successfully landed its CRS-8 first stage on a droneship in the ocean, ushering in a future of reusable -- and thusly more economical -- rockets. The company had previously launched a Flickr account where it shares public domain images of some of its takeoffs and landings, and this time is no exception. SpaceX has uploaded a batch of images of the historic event, several of which are stunning.

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Lensbaby Twist 60 is a modern Petzval lens

Lensbaby Twist 60 is a modern Petzval lens

One of the hardest parts about photography is affording all of the lenses that you need. Okay, if you're a great photographer, you're going to end up with great shots, regardless of your lens. However, having the perfect lens can certainly do wonders for a photograph. And if you love the swirling bokeh in the picture above, then Lensbaby has the perfect one for you.

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At long last, HTC 10 reaches the top in DxOMark camera tests

At long last, HTC 10 reaches the top in DxOMark camera tests

It seems that HTC has finally come across a winning formula. The HTC 10 that was just revealed definitely had a lot to show off. While some might take issue with parts of the design, that probably doesn't matter to digital photography site DxOMark. Putting the HTC 10's new "UltraPixel 2" main camera to the test, DxOMark discovers what is probably one of the best smartphone cameras in the market, tying with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge at the very top of the list.

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Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Another day, another massively expensive 360 (spherical) camera rig you'll never be able to afford as a common citizen. Facebook suggests that this system can be built from camera parts you can buy yourselves, the total cost for the rig reaching somewhere around $30,000. If that's something you're going to be able to toss cash at, you'll be in luck - once you've got the whole system together, you'll be able to use the company's own software to stitch the resulting media you capture together into a single, seamless 3D-360 video. That video will - of course - be easily upload friendly for Facebook immediately after processing.

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I-1 Instant Camera revives the Polaroid spirit in digital form

I-1 Instant Camera revives the Polaroid spirit in digital form

The Impossible Project has taken the wraps off its I-1 instant Camera, a Polaroid-like camera combining the best of past and present technology to form a simple digital camera that produces instant prints. In this case, the cameras uses the maker’s own type 600 film, which was created as a replica of Polaroid’s now-discontinued 600-type product — the camera is compatible with that, as well, in case you still have some lying around in a dusty box.

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Hasselblad H6D medium-format cameras top out at 100MP

Hasselblad H6D medium-format cameras top out at 100MP

Hasselblad has launched a new pair of medium-format digital cameras, the H6D-50c and the H6D-100c. Both feature a CMOS sensor, the 100c being the 100-megapixel option and the 50c being the 50-megapixel option. Says Hasselblad, its H6D cameras were “completely rebuilt” using new hardware and a new electronic platform, a decision it made over consideration about improving existing H-series medium-format cameras.

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