photography

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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Olympus Stylus 1s half a step up from its predecessor

Olympus Stylus 1s half a step up from its predecessor

Sometimes, a product can be so successful that it makes more sense to slightly tweak its design and improve on it rather than putting out a completely new generation product. That might just have been the line of thinking that Olympus employed when it revealed the Olympus Stylus 1s. As you can tell by the name, it has its feet planted firmly in the compact yet capable Stylus 1 that was launched last year. Of course, it has a few tricks up its sleeve to make it worth your while.

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Sony trained an aquarium octopus to take pictures of visitors

Sony trained an aquarium octopus to take pictures of visitors

People taking pictures of animals is a common sight at any zoo or aquarium, but what if things were reversed? No, not animals visiting humans in cages, but allowing them to be the ones to take pictures. Well, that's exactly what you can experience at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, where an octopus has been trained to use a camera and photos of people who visit. Now known as "The Octographer," the female octopus, whose name is Rambo, was taught by an animal trainer as part of a collaboration project with Sony.

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Snapseed update brings it up-to-date with other photo editors

Snapseed update brings it up-to-date with other photo editors

When Google bought Snapseed, the assumption was that they’s simply shutter the app and roll those features into Google+ Photos. Google instead let the app languish, largely untouched, while updating Google+ Photos several times. Today, Snapseed gets its first major update since 2012, when Google purchased the team behind it, Nik Software. With version 2.0, Snapseed gets a few standard photo editing features like lens blur and a non-destructive editing feature that copies edits to new images. The changes affect both Android and iOS, too.

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Canon XC10 ‘hybrid’ 4k camera features 1″ sensor

Canon XC10 ‘hybrid’ 4k camera features 1″ sensor

Canon has taken the wraps off its new Canon XC10, a hybrid-like camera that resembles a DSLR, but that is able to shoot high-quality 4k video footage akin to what you'd get with a dedicated camcorder with accessories to aid. This gives photographers with a videographer slant the best of both worlds, and does so in a relatively compact and sleek body. Best of all, the XC10 features a 1-inch sensor, providing better image quality than what you'd get from a comparable camera sporting a smaller image sensor.

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Canon EOS C300 Mark II revealed with 4K video

Canon EOS C300 Mark II revealed with 4K video

The successor to the original Canon EOS C300 has been revealed by the company with 4K video and dual DIGIC DV5 processors inside. The Canon C300 Mark II works with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, up to 410Mbps recording in 4K, and 10-bit 4:2:2 in 4K recording (UHD 3840 x 2160 & DCI cinematic (4096 x 2160 pixels) as well. Users will find this appearing in camera stores throughout the United States in and around September, while some retailers have begun taking pre-orders now. This camera will effectively replace the original C300 in Canon's video lineup.

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BeFunky review; your new go-anywhere photo editor

BeFunky review; your new go-anywhere photo editor

Editing photos has come a long way since Photoshop popped up on the scene. A nearly exhaustive list of services and apps dot the photo editing landscape, many offering to do one specific thing. Some offer more flexibility, and have hence become a platform instead of an app. BeFunky is the latter. Cross-platform, BeFunky wants to be your go-to editor for photos, no matter what you want to do. Is it too much, or just enough? We find out.

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Instagram intros new photo filters, notification option

Instagram intros new photo filters, notification option

Instagram is trying to branch out from its core service as a photo-centric social network. In December, Instagram brought forth several new filters for users. Now, they’re rolling out two new tools: Color and Fade. Though Instagram started the mobile photography snowball, others have sniped a bit of the energy from them, leaving Instagram to play catch-up. Think of these new tools as a continuation of that effort to catch up to the likes of VSCO Cam or Enlight. Like the rest of Instagram’s tools, Color and Fade are really simple to use.

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