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Comcast’s new Self Protection plan offers cameras and Xfinity integration

Comcast’s new Self Protection plan offers cameras and Xfinity integration

Comcast is offering its customers a new home security package that offers the hardware and software necessary to protect their homes. The new offering is only available for Xfinity Internet customers who have the xFi Gateway, according to the company, which bills its Self Protection as a high-quality offering for those who aren't interested in professionally installed and monitored alternatives.

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WANDRD Neck, Wrist, and Sling Straps keep your camera close for safety

WANDRD Neck, Wrist, and Sling Straps keep your camera close for safety

Despite initial fears and predictions that smartphones will eventually kill off at least the lower end of the camera market, dedicated shooters continue to thrive. Some might say that they have even grown thanks to smartphone photographers who want to graduate from amateur to pro. Digital cameras have definitely changed with the times but a few things have also remained constant like their heft and their price. There are definitely many ways to keep cameras safe but one of the simplest and also most flexible ways is a strap, such as one of the three new WANDRD straps designed to cover different camera sizes and weights.

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Xiaomi’s retractable lens promises huge phone camera improvement

Xiaomi’s retractable lens promises huge phone camera improvement

Xiaomi is working on a retractable lens for smartphones, promising a big increase in quality by borrowing strategies from traditional cameras that phones have in so many cases replaced. The Retractable Wide-aperture Lens Technology sees the lens normally collapsed inside the body of the phone, but when you need extra low-light performance it can unfurl to deliver a significantly larger aperture.

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Nikon Z and DSLR cameras can now be used as webcams

Nikon Z and DSLR cameras can now be used as webcams

It definitely took a while but the circle is finally complete. Canon started the train back in April when it announced new software that turned its EOS cameras into high-quality webcams. Soon, almost all camera makers jumped onboard from Panasonic to Olympus to Fujifilm to even Sony. Nikon announced its beta testing period back in August and, after three months in the oven, it is finally launching its Webcam Utility software in its stable and official form.

Why use a heavy, bulky, and fully-featured camera when your laptop or monitor may already have its own webcam built-in? That is often the question that will be asked and Nikon answer that in a dedicated landing page for the feature, something its peers seem to have skipped on. Long story short, it's all about attracting new audiences.

While a regular webcam might be enough for a video meeting, Nikon is positioning its mirrorless and DSLR cameras as a tool for live streamers, old and new alike. Beyond just high-quality optics, the cameras offer more options that webcams or even smartphones can't, like different focal lengths, shallow depth-of-field, and other knobs and buttons.

As before, not all Nikon cameras support this new model. The only ones listed include the Z 7II, Z 7, Z 6II, Z 6, Z 5, Z 50, D6, D5, D850, D810, D780, D750, D500, D7500, D7200, D5600, D5500, D5300, and D3500. Also unlike smartphones and webcams, people using this setup will be able to attach a variety of accessories to raise their production value, like mounts and tripods, LED light panels, and external microphones.

If you already have one of the compatible Nikon cameras, you're pretty much good to go even without those optional accessories. You do need a USB cable, of course, preferably the one that came with the camera, and compatible video conferencing software on both Windows 10 and, fortunately, macOS.

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Insta360 ONE X2: cramming a camera crew in your pocket

Insta360 ONE X2: cramming a camera crew in your pocket

You'd think that, with everything that's going on with this pandemic, there'd be fewer uses for action cameras and 360-degree shooters. On the contrary, there has instead been an uptick in interest in these devices as people discover and create new ways to create and record memories. From the sometimes drab video conferencing to live streaming at home to capturing footage of a somewhat different world, there is probably no better time than before to always have a camera at hand, ready to shoot at a moment's notice, without having to worry about perfect angles and staging. And for that, Insta360's new ONE X2 camera gives you everything you need, including the crew.

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Wyze Cam v3 arrives with weather-resistant design for outdoor use

Wyze Cam v3 arrives with weather-resistant design for outdoor use

Smart home company Wyze has released the third version of its cube-shaped Wyze Cam, keeping the same $20 price tag but adding some notable features to the mix, including a weather-resistant design that makes it suitable for outdoor use. The camera competes with some of the latest and greatest on the market, promising advanced features that make this a notable upgrade over the previous (and likewise $20) security camera.

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Halide Mark II gives iPhone camera app a must-see upgrade

Halide Mark II gives iPhone camera app a must-see upgrade

One of the most popular camera apps on iPhone is getting a huge upgrade alongside the iPhone 12 arrival, with Halide Mark II promising both greater pro-features as well as one-touch ways for everyday photographers to get better shots. The successor to Halide, the new app taps Apple's new ProRAW on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, as well as reworking the interface to better suit the new iPhone screen shape.

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Lomography’s latest film camera lets you inject liquid into the lens

Lomography’s latest film camera lets you inject liquid into the lens

Lomography has launched its HydroChrome Sutton, a 35mm film camera that features a unique liquid-injection lens for creating filter effects. Users are able to inject just about any liquid they'd like into the less, producing unique photos that can't be replicated a second time and that differ distinctly from digitally-applied image filters.

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DJI Pocket 2 gives stabilized mini-camera a big upgrade

DJI Pocket 2 gives stabilized mini-camera a big upgrade

DJI has revealed its newest compact stabilized camera, with the DJI Pocket 2 upgrading the Osmo Pocket with a bigger sensor atop its 3-axis gimbal. As with the original camera, it's an all-in-one mini-camera, with the Pocket 2 packing a 4-megapixel sensor with a new zoom feature this time around.

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Canon 250MP sensor makes sci-fi surveillance an “enhanced” reality

Canon 250MP sensor makes sci-fi surveillance an “enhanced” reality

Today Canon revealed a 250MP image sensor that'd make Along Game a Spider, Stargate, and Blade Runner feel vindicated at last. While this new sensor isn't quite able to see around corners, it's massive enough to allow users to zoom in, then in again, then in again - much like you'd see happen in a science fiction film or investigative drama TV show in the 1990's and early 2000s. This new Canon image sensor is made for archival and surveillance camera purposes.

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DJI Osmo Pocket 2 is coming on Tuesday and this is how it looks

DJI Osmo Pocket 2 is coming on Tuesday and this is how it looks

DJI just recently announced its new and rebranded Ronin gimbals designed for professional filmmakers and the famed drone maker might soon have something for more casual and whimsical uses. Launched in 2018, the DJI Osmo Pocket offered a tiny version of DJI's gimbal-powered photography equipment, and the little device that could is returning next week with new features that seem to say it's serious business despite its diminutive size.

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Sony releases Mac app to turn its cameras into webcams

Sony releases Mac app to turn its cameras into webcams

Sony has released its eminently-useful webcam app for macOS, turning the company's digital cameras into higher quality webcams for you Mac. The hotly-anticipated macOS release follows Sony's version of the Sony Imaging Edge Webcam app launched for Windows PCs back in August.

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