Photography

Razer Kiyo Pro hands-on: Webcam extraordinaire

Razer Kiyo Pro hands-on: Webcam extraordinaire

Today we're taking a peek at a brand new camera from the folks at Razer. This is the Razer Kiyo Pro, a USB camera made for streamers of all sorts. The power of this camera is in its combination of simplicity and power. Right out the gate, you can plug this camera in, it'll be automatically detected by your computer, and it'll look significantly better than the camera that's built in to your laptop (if you're using a laptop, that is).

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Sony FX3 released with Alpha features and cinema line power

Sony FX3 released with Alpha features and cinema line power

The Sony FX3 (ILME-FX3) camera was revealed today as the "latest addition to Sony's Cinema Line." This device is what Sony suggests as a combination of the best features in the cinema line combined with the advanced imaging features from their Alpha brand mirrorless camera line.

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MIT metalens doesn’t need to move to shift focus

MIT metalens doesn’t need to move to shift focus

Cameras have been around for a very long time and have used polished glass for lenses for almost as long as they have been around. In a polished glass lens, a precise curvature allows the lens to focus light and deliver the photographer sharp images. To change focus typically requires the lens to move physically by tilting, sliding, or shifting via mechanical parts.

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Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN2 brings Dual Pixel Pro AF, staggered-HDR

Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN2 brings Dual Pixel Pro AF, staggered-HDR

When Samsung launched its first 100x Space Zoom camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra last year, it was criticized for neglecting one important aspect of digital photography, the autofocus performance. Since then, Samsung has been careful to improve AF in its flagship phones and its next one might take it to the next level, or so Samsung boasts. Going beyond its own Dual Pixel brand of PDAF, Samsung is announcing a new 1.4μm 50Mp ISOCELL GN2 sensor that carries a Dual Pixel Pro version of its AF tech, along with other tricks that improve the sensor's low-light performance.

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Matterport is now the newest iPhone and iPad’s most awesome 3D app

Matterport is now the newest iPhone and iPad’s most awesome 3D app

The folks at Matterport revealed a relatively major update this week, specifically for iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro 2020. This update adds improved dimensional accuracy with LiDAR for those two devices. This means that the 3D sensor at the back of the device - that sensor you're usually not thinking about more than once in a blue moon - will be used to capture and create some of the most awesome media you've ever had the opportunity to share.

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Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II to get a firmware update next week

Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II to get a firmware update next week

Once upon a time, cameras were products that you buy with a fixed set of features that never changed, forcing you to buy a new one once you've outgrown what your trusty partner offered. These days, however, camera makers have taken a page from smart devices to offer some new or improved features via a simple and free firmware update. Some even make it feel like you've bought a newer model. That might not be what Nikon will bring to its Z 7II and Z 6II mirrorless cameras next week but it's still a substantial firmware upgrade nonetheless.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera flops in DxOMark tests

ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera flops in DxOMark tests

Last year, ZTE boasted about having accomplished what even the likes of Samsung still failed to do. It brought the world's first commercially available under-display camera on a smartphone and explained how it pulled off this difficult trick. As much excitement as it generated, it also raised doubts on how it would work in practice. Early feedback was less than encouraging but perhaps the most damning comes from DxOMark's review that almost put the ZTE Axon 20 5G at the bottom of its selfie list.

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Nikon 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor boasts 1000 fps shooting

Nikon 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor boasts 1000 fps shooting

While smartphone makers are still playing the megapixel game, camera makers are looking into other aspects of digital photography that can still be improved. Nikon, for example, just boasted the development of a new stacked CMOS sensor that can shoot high-resolution images, up to 4K in fact, at a rate of 1,000 frames per second. While that a\lone might already be impressive, it isn't the only feat that this sensor is capable of.

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro adds ND filters, ports and a punchier screen

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro adds ND filters, ports and a punchier screen

Blackmagic Design has a new version of its 6K camera, with the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro promising more usability, inputs, and runtime on a charge. Flagship of the now three-strong Pocket Cinema Camera line-up, the new version keeps the larger Super 35 HDR sensor and EF lens mount, but throws in features like integrated 2, 4, and 6 stop ND filters.

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Sony FX3 leaked as dedicated Cinema Line camera

Sony FX3 leaked as dedicated Cinema Line camera

A series of leaks suggest a new Sony FX3 camera is ready for launch in the near future. This next-generation camera was tipped to come with a set of specifications that closely resemble those of the full-frame A7S III mirrorless camera - with a few key differences. This new device would be as powerful as the A7S III, but made as a Cinema Line camera.

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Canon Photo Culling app uses AI to look for your best shots

Canon Photo Culling app uses AI to look for your best shots

Humanity as a whole has taken a lot of photos in the past years, whether using our handy smartphones or using dedicated standalone cameras. Sometimes, we also press the shutter button repeatedly, worried we might miss a fleeting moment, and end up with multiple shots of the same thing. Going through dozens if not hundreds of photos to clear up space can be a very daunting prospect, especially if doing it one by one. Thankfully, Canon is launching a new Photo Culling app that utilizes AI to automate that process.

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OnePlus 9 Pro hands-on leak suggests an interesting new detail

OnePlus 9 Pro hands-on leak suggests an interesting new detail

Despite its general popularity, OnePlus hasn't really been known for doing well in one particular aspect. Of course, it has tried to play down its flaws through its marketing but even CEO Pete Lau eventually admitted that its cameras really need to step up to the competition. He promised to do so and not without some external help. Given how its cousins Vivo and OPPO have partnered with ZEISS and Leica, respectively, it was expected that OnePlus would do likewise. Few, however, probably expected that it would tie-up with one of the least likely optics experts, at least based on this still shady leak.

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