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Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L Review

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L Review

It's fair to say that Peak Design started something big with the Everyday Backpack. The company, already beloved for its Everyday Messenger bags among other camera accessories, set out to raise $500k on Kickstarter back in 2016; it ended up pulling in more than $6.5m, then nearly $700k more in a second preorder phase. Clearly, the Everyday Backpack tapped into something photographers in particular were looking for, but as I discovered myself there's more to the bag than just that.

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Cameo360 4K action camera offers dual-lens 360-degree video

Cameo360 4K action camera offers dual-lens 360-degree video

Flick Labs has taken the wraps off its new action camera, the Cameo360. As with many action cameras like it, the Cameo360 is small enough to put in a pocket or take on your adventures, and it works with a related mobile app for editing and sharing the content. Unlike many action cameras, though, the Cameo360 packs a pair of lenses into its small body to offer 360-degree 4K video recording.

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Moment 2.0 makes your iPhone, Pixel feel more like a camera

Moment 2.0 makes your iPhone, Pixel feel more like a camera

The Google Pixel and Apple iPhone are often touted as the best of the best when it comes to smartphone cameras but, true or not, they’re not exactly perfect yet. Some compromises have to be made for the sake of cost and portability, relying on after-market accessories to fill in the gaps. Wide-angle lenses, for example, are the most common ones. Moment 2.0 aims to do just that, but it’s not simply slapping on a lens. It is also slapping on a case on your phone to slap the lens onto.

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DxOMark says Huawei P10 has chops but not the best

DxOMark says Huawei P10 has chops but not the best

Gone are the days when only Apple, Samsung, and Sony were considered to have the best smartphone cameras in town. It might surprise some that Huawei is now among the top contenders in that area as well. It’s definitely taking photography seriously and that has seemingly paid off in the Huawei P10. Based on DxOMark’s extensive review, the 2017 flagship gets a score of 87, placing it in third behind the Google Pixel and HTC 10, but above the iPhone 7. It’s also a huge jump from the Huawei P9, which got a score of 80 only, which helped put Huawei on the global smartphone map.

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Insta360 Air now on sale to turn Android, PCs into 360 cameras

Insta360 Air now on sale to turn Android, PCs into 360 cameras

It wasn’t too long ago when 360-degree cameras were the hot thing in both mobile and photography spaces. You had the Samsung Gear 360, the LG 360 CAM, the Ricoh Theta, and, of course, the Insta360 Nano. That last one, however, was restricted to the iPhone 6 and latter only. So late last year, Insta360 went to Indiegogo to give Android users their due, the spherical Insta360 Air. After a successful run, the highly portable and, dare we say affordable, 360-degree camera is now available for purchase in the US and Europe, potentially turning anyone into 360-degree artist.

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Instagram Stories adds geostickers for NYC and Jakarta

Instagram Stories adds geostickers for NYC and Jakarta

Instagram has launched new geostickers for its Instagram Stories product, the company announced today, describing the products as an ‘early version’ of its geostickers. The first geostickers are for Jakarta and New York City, with each city getting more than 12 stickers each. The stickers, of course, can be used on content captured in the cities to add extra style.

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iPhone 7 and Pixel owners need this Lightroom Mobile HDR update

iPhone 7 and Pixel owners need this Lightroom Mobile HDR update

Adobe has given iPhone, Google Pixel, and Samsung Galaxy S7 photographers a must-have reason to get Lightroom, with a new HDR mode that promises DSLR-style results. The update to Lightroom Mobile - version 2.7 for iOS, and version 2.3 for Android - released today includes a raw HDR capture mode, for high-dynamic range photos that should far exceed what the native HDR feature in the default camera app can deliver. However, not everyone can enjoy it.

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Prisma will soon let anyone create their own photo filters

Prisma will soon let anyone create their own photo filters

Prisma, the photo app that enables users to turn images into works of art, is planning to give users one of their top requested features: the ability to create their own filters. This feature is only available online and to superusers at the moment, though it should eventually make its way to everyone. In addition, the app has been updated with a new filter store that, despite the name, provides free access to new filters.

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OPPO’s 5x optical zoom smartphone camera officially revealed

OPPO’s 5x optical zoom smartphone camera officially revealed

Shortly before MWC 2017 kicked off, OPPO said that it would be showing off new camera technology at the show. More specifically, this new tech would center around brining 5x optical zoom to smartphones, which is a pretty big deal. Sure enough, OPPO's MWC 2017 reveal has come and gone, and we now have promises of a 5x optical zoom smartphone camera to look forward to.

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Honor VR Camera is a custom-made Insta360 Air

Honor VR Camera is a custom-made Insta360 Air

It’s actually been a while since we’ve seen new equipment that tries to actually create VR-related content rather than just consuming them. Professional VR cameras still cost an arm and a leg and probably more, but there are always cheaper and more portable solutions around. Some of those come from Insta360, a company that specializes in smartphone-compatible 360-degree cameras. It has revealed that Huawei has chosen it to help create the Honor VR Camera for Android smartphones.

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Sony’s new SF-G memory cards claimed to be world’s fastest

Sony’s new SF-G memory cards claimed to be world’s fastest

We are living in a 4K age, with TVs, monitors, and even some smartphones capable of display such high-resolution content and cameras, and, yes, smartphones being able to create hi-res images and videos. The bottleneck, however, is the intermediate holding place for 4K content captured by cameras. In other words, memory cards. While handy and compact, SD cards aren’t exactly the fastest storage medium around, but they’re the only ones you can use with digital cameras. Well, worry no more, because Sony has just announced its new SF-G line of SDXC cards which it boasts is the world’s fastest memory card.

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Olympus ‘Capture the Action’ social contest seeks adventure shots

Olympus ‘Capture the Action’ social contest seeks adventure shots

Olympus has announced the launch of a new social contest called ‘Capture the Action,’ and it seeks action sports photography that, for a lucky person, will result in a three-day trip to Whistler, British Columbia. The contest is open to professional photographers and enthusiasts alike, and allows photographers to submit up to five images taken with Olympus gear. These images are to be uploaded to either Instagram or Facebook.

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