Photography

Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 V, bolsters autofocus speed and precision

Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 V, bolsters autofocus speed and precision

Sony Digital Imaging announced a new addition to the CyberShot RX family today, debuting the RX100 V. Sporting the same compact design as the rest of the RX100 family and inheriting their 1.0-type sensor, the RX100 V looks to make a number of improvements over its predecessors, especially when it comes to autofocus.

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Sony a6500 detailed: taking a6300 and APS-C to a new level

Sony a6500 detailed: taking a6300 and APS-C to a new level

This week Sony launched a new flagship camera for the powerful APS-C Sensor, one called a6500 (AKA model ILCE-6500). This machine is the next big push after the a6300, and uses the same "unrivaled" 4D FOCUS system as that camera. This camera works with an APS-C sized 24.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS camera sensor paired with Sony's own BIONZ X image processor as well as a brand new front-end LSI system for a massive ISO range of 100-51200.* This is also the newest in a line of Sony interchangeable lens cameras with internal 4K movie recording.

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How to turn on the Facebook app’s HD photos and video switch

How to turn on the Facebook app’s HD photos and video switch

Photos and videos uploaded to Facebook with mobile devices tend to lose some quality between the phone and the web. This is a default action put in place by Facebook. Lucky us, Facebook has included a few switches that can be flipped to allow far higher quality media to be uploaded from the iPhone and Android devices. This can be done with just a few taps, just so long as we know where the taps are.

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DxOMark gives iPhone 7 high scores, still at #3

DxOMark gives iPhone 7 high scores, still at #3

In contrast to some early reviews that panned the new iPhone 7’s photography chops, the seasoned testers at DxOMark still crowned Apple’s latest smartphone with high scores. The iPhone 7, in particular, was called Apple’s best yet. The one caveat, however, is that while the iPhone 7 did get an overall score of 86, beating out the iPhone 6s Plus’ 84, that still landed this year’s model only in 3rd place, behind 6 other smartphones in DxOMark’s growing list of smartphones with outstanding cameras.

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Mevo by Livestream camera review

Mevo by Livestream camera review

A year or so ago, live streaming events was more of a fad that only the very tech savvy or very social user would do. As we near the close of 2016, however, we look back at how the Internet has been flooded by this type of “democratized” broadcasting, ranging from sports and music events, to political debates, to witnessing crimes as they happen. But while live streaming has mostly been associated with smartphones, there is always a need for more professional, but still accessible, recording devices. That’s where the Mevo camera from Livestream comes in, developed by the company whose very name is synonymous to its purpose.

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Podo camera redux has larger pixels, wide-angle lens, two week battery

Podo camera redux has larger pixels, wide-angle lens, two week battery

Remember the Podo wireless camera? It’s back again, this time as an upgraded version that has, among other things, twice the pixel size as the original and a wide-angle lens. Despite the changes, Podo still offers its best features — you can stick it anywhere (just about, anyway) for quick on-the-fly recording. Stick it to a door, and it’ll record your visitors; to a wall, and it’ll record your pets; to the fridge, and it’ll see who is stealing your lunch.

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Laowa 24mm f/14 Relay 2x Macro Lens looks like a death machine

Laowa 24mm f/14 Relay 2x Macro Lens looks like a death machine

Laowa has unveiled a new macro lens that doesn't look like any macro lens for photography you have seen before. It looks like some not so subtle sniper rifle for an assassin to use in a terribly cheesy spy flick. I ran across this on April Fool's day I might think it was a joke, but it is a real product. The 24mm f/14 Relay 2x Macro lens is on display at Photokina and is due to land in stores next year.

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Why the iPhone 7 Plus camera is worth the upgrade

Why the iPhone 7 Plus camera is worth the upgrade

The improvements Apple has made to the iPhone 7's camera are hitting me where it hurts: in my pocket. Although on paper the new handset's 12-megapixels may look pretty much the same as the 12-megapixels the iPhone 6s offered before it, in reality it's all-change in the iPhone 7's top left corner. And, as I discovered while reviewing both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, that has an unexpectedly big impact on the photos you can capture, not to mention which version of Apple's smartphone that I'd recommend.

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Rollei Actioncam 430 is a small 4K adventure camera

Rollei Actioncam 430 is a small 4K adventure camera

A tiny action camera was recently shown off at Photokina, and though it doesn't have the same household name status as GoPro, it does come in a similar form factor. The Rollei Actioncam 430 is small and rectangular in shape with a small display, rugged body, and protruding lens. Like other action cameras, the Actioncam 430 is designed to record your various adventures, including ones involving water (thanks to a waterproof case).

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Amazon rolls out photo printing service for Prime and Drive customers

Amazon rolls out photo printing service for Prime and Drive customers

As if you needed another reason to use Amazon, the company has rolled out a brand new photo printing service for Amazon Prime and Drive customers. Dubbed Amazon Prints, this service was rolled out rather quietly last week, and it signals a move to tackle an industry dominated by services like Shutterfly. Amazon isn't pulling any punches either, pricing its prints rather low in an effort to undercut its competition.

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Michael Kors x Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 camera launches next month

Michael Kors x Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 camera launches next month

Fujifilm has teamed up with Michael Kors to offer a limited edition Instax Mini 70 camera. Instant cameras are a hot item right now — we’ve seen new ones announced this month from both Leica and Polaroid — and no doubt someone out there would like to get their hands on a classy model. This limited edition Mini 70 is designed to be stylish with a gold color and the Michael Kors signature printed on the camera’s back.

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Polaroid Snap Touch instant camera boasts touchscreen

Polaroid Snap Touch instant camera boasts touchscreen

Leica recently introduced its “Sofort” instant camera, an offering that in some ways pales in comparison to Polaroid’s new Snap Touch instant camera. Unlike most instant cameras, the Snap Touch features a large 3.5-inch touchscreen on the back, blending the best elements of instant and digital cameras to make the process of near-analog photography all the more fun and convenient. The camera also supports recording video, offers Bluetooth, and more.

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