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DxOMark tests show Xiaomi Mi 5 doesn’t live up to hype

DxOMark tests show Xiaomi Mi 5 doesn’t live up to hype

When Xiaomi revealed the Mi 5 at MWC 2016 last February, it tried to make a lot of noise. That was understandable, considering it was competing for attention against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. It even boldly pit the Xiaomi Mi 5 against the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, regarded to be two of the best smartphones when it comes to cameras. Sadly, based on DxOMark's usual battery of tests, the Mi 5's camera might not all that it was hyped to be.

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Manfrotto’s made a smartphone clamp called TwistGrip

Manfrotto’s made a smartphone clamp called TwistGrip

Manfrotto have created a smartphone clamp that's able to grip any smartphone on the market, allowing all devices to be mounted to all manner of accessories. Tripods, for example, are able to screw in with this device's universal 1/4-inch thread. This accessory is tiny - compact enough to fit in your pocket beside your smartphone, twisting then into a heavy-duty grip for your smartphone when the need arises. Manfrotto suggests that the TwistGrip is made in Italy with high-quality aluminum.

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LG Action Cam LTE takes a bite out of GoPro’s pie

LG Action Cam LTE takes a bite out of GoPro’s pie

GoPro may be the household name for action cameras, but lately it has seen its territory besieged on all sides. Now even smartphone makers who previously had little business in action cams are trying to rain on GoPro's parade. LG, who already has a 360-degree CAM 360 camera by the way, is now jumping into the fray as well. But the imaginatively named LG Action Cam LTE might have an ace up its sleeve. It can carry its own weight, or rather, its own Internet connection, even without your smartphone.

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Google Photos shared albums get comment support

Google Photos shared albums get comment support

Google is updating Photos with a couple of new features, the most notable of which is the ability to leave comments on shared albums. Shared albums, of course, are photo albums that more than one person have access to; anyone with whom the album was shared can add their own photos to it, making the commenting feature a welcomed addition. As of now, users who are part of the album can leave a comment for the album itself or a specific photograph within it.

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Instagram has a colorful new icon and not everyone’s happy

Instagram has a colorful new icon and not everyone’s happy

Prepare your finger for "where's Instagram gone?" confusion, as the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing network dramatically changes its app icon and overall style. The refresh, revealed today, sees Instagram switch to a far cleaner, more colorful aesthetic, ditching the detailed - but aging - camera graphic of old, in favor of a pared-back version.

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Dear Instagram: can’t you just stick to photos?

Dear Instagram: can’t you just stick to photos?

When Instagram was launched, it was a simple app about photos. You were able to filter your photos in a variety of vintage-looking ways, and the app was on iPhone only. It was exclusive. It was pretty cool. Then they released the app on Android devices. Again, the app remained cool as functionality didn't change all that much, and the basic charm of the app remained. Here in 2016, Instagram is considering all sorts of new options. Is it time for a competitor to swoop in and stay simple?

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Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack Review

Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack Review

At this point in the relatively lengthy history of SlashGear reviewing backpacks, we've gotten to the point where we're fairly sure we've seen nearly every iteration. What caught my eye with the Manfrotto backpack (SKU MB MA-BP-R) "Advanced camera and laptop backpack w/ Rear Access" was its design - especially in its ability to conceal its contents with a back-facing bit of access. When I travel, I often end up going to heavily populated areas where pickpockets run rampant. This backpack, made for your camera, laptop, and tablet, has a feature that, by definition, blocks access to its contents.

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Leica M-D (Typ 262) digital rangefinder ditches LCD screen

Leica M-D (Typ 262) digital rangefinder ditches LCD screen

Majority of the mainstream camera makers have more or less conceded the battle to smartphones, obliging selfies and hi-tech composition on vari-angle LCD screens. Acclaimed German camera maker Leica, however, is going against the flow. It wants to bring back the simple pleasures and thrills of photography, especially during the age of film, even with one foot down in the digital age. And it is doing that by removing all but the essentials from the new M-D (Typ 262) digital rangefinder, including the now conventional LCD panel.

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Sony patents a contact lens that houses a camera

Sony patents a contact lens that houses a camera

OK, this is bound to raise some red flags among privacy advocates, even more than Google Glass ever did. It is also going to make sci-fi aficionados drool and wish they would still be alive, not to mention capable of wearing this smart contact lens, when it actually becomes a product. Smart contact lenses are nothing new to our ears, but what Sony has tried to patent is incredible in both senses of the word: a contact lens that crams enough camera hardware to make it both useful and dangerous.

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Helium Core adds lenses and accessories for photography to the iPhone

Helium Core adds lenses and accessories for photography to the iPhone

The most common cameras used in the US and many other places around the world are the cameras in smartphones. The most common smartphone in many locations is the iPhone. A new camera chassis for the iPhone has debuted called the Helium Core that is designed to make photography with the iPhone more comfortable and to allow the addition of accessories to make the iPhone camera perform better.

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Hack ditches Sony camera 30 minute video recording limit

Hack ditches Sony camera 30 minute video recording limit

One of the issues that people have with Sony digital cameras are seemingly arbitrary limits on things like video recording time and locks to the language menu. Limiting video recording to only 30 minutes means that you can't do things like record an entire birthday party in one go, you have to record it in 30-minute chunks. Sony may not do anything to remove that limit officially, but a new hack for Sony Alpha cameras has landed that will remove that time limit for you.

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Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook’s London-based ‘friend-sharing’ team is secretly working on a standalone camera app that would encourage users to share photos and videos on the social network, according to a pair of sources. The app will open directly to a camera, sort of like Snapchat, the sources say, and will involve Facebook’s Live Video by enabling direct video livestreaming. However, the sources caution that the standalone app may never be released.

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