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D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD adds Android support, new features

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD adds Android support, new features

When we reviewed a new security camera that surprisingly came from a networking equipment manufacturer, we were equally pleasantly surprised by its promising value. Unfortunately, it was marred by a few “day one” lapses, like support for Android devices and a few video handling quirks. Half a year later, D-Link has finally decided to give its young Omna 180 Cam HD a much needed software update, and in a snap it has suddenly become a lot more useful.

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iPhone 8 Plus is now DxOMark’s highest rated phone camera

iPhone 8 Plus is now DxOMark’s highest rated phone camera

Camera benchmark specialists DxO just recently revised their testing procedures and ratings to make room for modern smartphone camera features. And that update may have just given Apple the advantage to reclaim the title of King of Smartphone Cameras. The second new smartphone it tested after the update (the Xperia XZ Premium being the first), the iPhone 8 Plus now stands at the top of DxOMark's list, followed immediately by the smaller iPhone 8. This definitely puts a lot more pressure on former champion Google to do better with the Google Pixel 2 coming next week.

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Kodak Orbit360 is a 4K VR action camera for outdoor adventures

Kodak Orbit360 is a 4K VR action camera for outdoor adventures

Kodak aims to make on-the-go 360-degree video recording simple and available to anyone via its new Orbit360, a 4K camera under its PixPro product lineup. This camera is, like action cameras before it, durable enough to handle less-than-gentle outdoor usage, as well as compact enough to easily transport. Despite this, it creates fully spherical videos for use with VR.

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Nikon reveals it’s working on a full-frame mirrorless camera

Nikon reveals it’s working on a full-frame mirrorless camera

While camera makers like Sony, Fujifilm, and Olympus have found varying levels of success with the mirrorless camera format, Nikon has been more conservative, limiting its offerings to devices that are closer to the point-and-shoot market. It looks like that's going to change soon, as Nikon has said that going forward, all of their mirrorless cameras will be full-frame.

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GoPro Hero 6 Black discovered with 4K, 60fps recording

GoPro Hero 6 Black discovered with 4K, 60fps recording

The latest action camera from GoPro, the Hero 6 Black, has leaked ahead of its official reveal, but not in the typical way of specs and photos making their way online. Instead, the actual camera, complete with finalized retail packaging, has been discovered at a Best Buy store in Canada. This comes well before the expected announcement/release on September 28th, but it gives us an early look at the camera's details and specs.

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The Polaroid OneStep 2 just brought back the original …sort of

The Polaroid OneStep 2 just brought back the original …sort of

The Polaroid OneStep 2 i-Type Camera is a modern recreation - reboot, if you will, of the original Polaroid OneStep. The original Polaroid OneStop was made in 1977, and the subsequent line of OneStop Polaroid self-printing photo cameras made Polaroid a household name. In 2016, the company "The Impossible Project" created "The Impossible I-1", a self-printing photo camera that used self-printing photo film made in the last remaining Polaroid film-printing factory in the world.

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DxOMark updates its tests to catch up with the times

DxOMark updates its tests to catch up with the times

Smartphone photography is no longer just a “nice to have” feature anymore. In many instances, it is the driving force behind some of the latest innovations in both the mobile industry as well as the camera market. It has definitely come a long way, but DxOMak’s tests, which produce its well-regarded scores, are still stuck in the early days of the smartphone camera sensor. After having not a few smartphones beat its highest records, DxOMark finally decided to update its criteria for testing smartphones, which has caused a few phones to rise up or go down the ranks.

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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV superzoom is super fast

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV superzoom is super fast

Because of the limits of technology, we are sometimes forced to choose our battles and settle for compromises. That’s true for smartphones and it’s true for digital cameras as well. Super zoom? Yes, you can have that, but you’ll have to settle for less than speedy performance. Sony, however, is saying that you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. The latest addition to its Cyber-shot family, the RX10 IV, boasts of a few firsts. But its real claim to fame is combining a 24-600 mm lens with fast autofocus and fast tracking in a single camera.

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This is the iPhone 8 Plus camera

This is the iPhone 8 Plus camera

While Apple may have impressed users with the cameras on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, it obviously couldn't leave them untouched in the jump to the iPhone 8. The cameras on both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus have been granted a number of improvements, and all of them were detailed by Apple's Phil Schiller on stage in California today.

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Kodak Printomatic is another instant camera that uses ZINK

Kodak Printomatic is another instant camera that uses ZINK

Love them or hate them, instant cameras are back and now Kodak has gotten into the mix. These cameras are, like Polaroid models from days gone by, models that print instant photos. These images aren't very big and they aren't the best quality, but they're a fun way to make stickers, fill out a scrapbook, or entertain the kids.

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Fujifilm X-E3 woos smartphone users with touchscreen, Bluetooth

Fujifilm X-E3 woos smartphone users with touchscreen, Bluetooth

Canon and Nikon recently announced new digital cameras that were clearly aimed at the smartphone generation. Their spiel was to entice them with features that will help them graduate from their measly phone cameras. Fujifilm is following suit but is singing a different tune. it is, instead, bringing smartphone features to its mirrorless camera line, but, sadly, at the expense of some things that would otherwise make the X-E3 interesting to amateur photographers as well.

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HomeKit security device experiments with the D-Link Omna

HomeKit security device experiments with the D-Link Omna

If you want connected home security, Apple’s HomeKit framework is pretty sparse. It’s one of the weak-points of the platform. The only officially listed ‘security’ device for HomeKit is Honeywell’s Lyric Controller, but it’s not available yet. There are plenty of other options available for DIY home security, but they don’t work with HomeKit. It’s a conundrum, but there’s (sort of) a fix. Instead of a proper security system, you can patch one together using cameras and sensors. It works, too – maybe even better than bespoke systems.

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