Photography

Acer Holo 360 is an Android camera… but also a phone

Acer Holo 360 is an Android camera… but also a phone

The Acer Holo 360 camera was unveiled today at a special event held by Acer and broadcast around the world. This device works with Wi-Fi connectivity and can also connect to mobile data (LTE speed) with a SIM card. The device itself is not a phone, necessarily, but it does run Android and is able to make calls without being connected to a separate device - without being connected to a proper smartphone, that is to say.

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Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis

Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis

Google's Pixel smartphone is notable for several reasons, not the least of which is its incredible low-light camera performance. We've seen the camera put to the test multiple times, but few analyses compare to the one recently completed by Google Research itself. In the tests, the Pixel camera was able to capture stunning shots of space using only starlight, among other things. The Nexus 6P was also tested, and one shot rivaled a DSLR's photo of the same subject.

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Rigiet handheld stabilizer review

Rigiet handheld stabilizer review

Smartphone cameras have become much more than just tools of last resort. But, try as they might, there are still things they will not be able to do well because of the constraints of space and physics. Low-light performance is one, stabilization is another. While even a little OIS helps, you'll inevitably need some outside help. That is where Rigiet comes in. Dubbed as the most advanced stabilizer for phones and GoPros, this portable gimbal is an extension of your own hand and arm, moving, bending, and holding steady in ways your own biological limbs cannot.

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Intsta360 Pro adds 8K to the equation, now on pre-order

Intsta360 Pro adds 8K to the equation, now on pre-order

Pretty soon, there will be no excuse for anyone and everyone not to create 360-degree content. Of course, that doesn't mean that everyone will be able to enjoy those via VR headsets, but at least modern browsers can give them a foretaste of that. 360-degree cameras are becoming more and more accessible, with companies like Insta360 putting out portable and affordable cameras. The Insta360 Pro, however, isn't that. Looking more like a big ball and UFO, the Insta360 Pro, with its 8K capability, has "professional" written all over it. And it even has the price tag to prove it.

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DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer caters to pros with bigger rigs

DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer caters to pros with bigger rigs

DJI may be more known for its drones but it prefers to bill itself as a creative camera tech company. To that end, its portfolio includes not just camera drones but also camera gimbals and stabilizers as well. The commercialization of such products has given birth to a new breed of amateurs and aspiring professionals, but this time DJI is aiming for the higher end of the market. The DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer is choc full of features and has enough muscle to carry some of the heavier cameras that these pros use.

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Canon EOS C300 Mark II CFast card bug: here’s the workaround

Canon EOS C300 Mark II CFast card bug: here’s the workaround

Canon has detailed a new bug that is affecting its EOS C300 Mark II cinema camera: those who update to firmware 1.0.6.1.00 may discover the camera experiences a problem if a VPG130 CFast card is used at the same time as a different type of CFast card. According to Canon, the camera may end up freezing when this card combination is used, forcing the camera operator to take the battery out and/or unplug the power cable.

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Ricoh Theta 360-degree camera with 4K chops coming to 2017 NAB Show

Ricoh Theta 360-degree camera with 4K chops coming to 2017 NAB Show

Live streaming is the new hot fad in news and social media. Virtual reality and 360-degree videos are the new black in entertainment. Anyone who can bring these two together is bound to make a profit. At the annual National Association of Broadcasters, or NAB, Show, imaging and camera expert Ricoh will be doing exactly just that. Though still thin on the details, Ricoh is teasing fans that it will be unveiling a new 360-degree Theta camera that boasts of live streaming and 4K capabilities.

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Facebook Surround 360 cameras x6 and x24: traveling without moving

Facebook Surround 360 cameras x6 and x24: traveling without moving

Two new cameras have been announced by Facebook - two cameras that look very much like spherical ball cameras we've seen in the recent past. These devices are the Facebook Surround 360 x24 and the Surround 360 x6. The larger device is extremely similar to the camera Facebook showed at F8 in 2016 - save the shape, of course. The smaller device is brand new, made to be sold to the wider public, with a much smaller and more manageable industrial design.

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New Sony A9 camera revealed [with sample photos]

New Sony A9 camera revealed [with sample photos]

This morning Sony showed off a new flagship 24-megapixel camera in the Sony A9, able to shoot photos very, very fast. This camera is able to shoot up to 20 frames per second with no blackout - that's intense. It's also able to capture at 1/32,000 of a second with vibration-free shooting using "Silent Shooting." This is also the first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with integral Memory "for 20x faster data readout speed" according to Sony.

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Fujifilm instax SQUARE SQ10 hybrid delivers your Instagram fix

Fujifilm instax SQUARE SQ10 hybrid delivers your Instagram fix

Despite the ubiquity of smartphones with competitive cameras, instant cameras have come back in fashion. That said, its users still wish they had the flexibility of digital as well. Pocket photo printers can deliver that but they just don't "feel" right. Sensing a potential market, Fujifilm is launching its new instax SQUARE SQ10 that hits two birds with one stone. It is the first instax camera with a digital sensor and image processor. At the same time, it is also the first instax to use Fujifilm's new square format film.

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Panasonic unveils Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH lens

Panasonic unveils Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH lens

Joining its newly unveiled Lumix camera is a new lens from Panasonic, its Leica-branded DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH. This lens offers a 16-36mm 35mm camera equivalent, and is the newest model in Panasonic's Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4.0 Series. The company says its latest lens is a great option for both video and photos, offering a focusing distance range that varies from 'ultra-wide angle to super telephoto.'

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Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 is a compact 20MP camera with 30x optical zoom

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 is a compact 20MP camera with 30x optical zoom

Panasonic has launched a new camera in its Travel Zoom ZS Series lineup: the Lumix DC-ZS70. Despite its compact size, this camera packs a bunch of features into its small body, including a 20.3-megapixel sensor and a large 30x optical zoom rate, the equivalent of 24-720mm. The camera is targeted at prosumers, those who are willing to spend more than average to get an above average device, but who don't need something as big or pricey as a full-blown DSLR.

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