Defocusing, Slimming modes included in 16-megapixel Lumix GF7
Panasonic's latest addition to the GF Lumix line introduces more functions to help with self portraits. The Lumix GF7 mirrorless camera automatically turns on a Self Shot mode when its 3-inch 1040K-dot touchscreen is flipped 180 degrees, with it also offering selfie-friendly Soft Skin, Defocusing, and Slimming Mode shooting and editing options.
Partnership between GoPro, Vislink creates transmitter for live TV broadcast use
GoPro will soon be providing broadcasters a way to use its camera line during live television broadcasts, while consumers will gain some extra features on their own devices in a future firmware update. A partnership with Vislink has produced a compact transmitter that can be connected to GoPro cameras, providing a live HD video feed from the action cameras.
Fujifilm X-A2 has 175-degree flip-up display, 0.5-second start-up time
Fujifilm has revealed an upgraded version of its entry-level X-A1 mirrorless camera, along with a new compact snapper. The X-A2 has an improved flip-up display, with the screen able to move up 175 degrees vertically, while the XQ2 compact camera combines distinctively modern features with premium styling in a compact case.
Nikon adds a touchscreen for the first time
Every year, CES acts as a launching ground for a range of new products, and this year is no different. Nikon decided to use the event as an opportunity to officially unveil its new D5500 DSLR, which acts as an evolution of the existing D5300. While the newly-announced D5500 advances upon its predecessor in a number of ways, the most significant change is the introduction of a touchscreen. While the show floor isn't really an optimal ground for testing a new camera, we managed to get our hands on the new Nikon, and spent a little time checking out just what this new product has to offer.
Upgrade to D5300 gains touch capabilities on flip-out display
Nikon has introduced its consumer-grade follow-up to the D5300 DSLR camera, one which includes a touchscreen display on the back for the first time. The D5500's main upgrade compared to its predecessor, the rear 1037K-dot 3.2-inch display can be used to alter camera settings directly, with the screen still being able to flip out to the side and rotate around like in previous models.
Mirrored front of camera helps frame self portrait shot
Casio has launched another camera designed for taking selfies a few months after the Exilim TR50, one which features a hidden camera lens. The Exilim MR1, also known as the "Kawaii Selfie by Mirror Camera," hides a 14-megapixel sensor with a 21mm wide-angle lens behind a large curved mirror on the front of the device, allowing the user to accurately frame themselves for their self portrait shot.
Samsung NX1 with 28.2-megapixel sensor available to pre-order.
Samsung is finally releasing the NX1 mirrorless camera in the United States, one which is capable of recording 4K-resolution content. Launched in September, the NX1 has a 28.2-megapixel BSI APS-C sensor, with the updated NX AF System III's autofocus capabilities offering 205 phase-detection points and 209 contrast AF points, and a focusing speed of 0.055 of a second.
Improved image stabilization, autofocus speed touted in Sony A7 II
An updated version of the Sony Alpha 7 has been launched in Japan. The A7 II is a 24.3-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera and the first of its kind to have a five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system, one which is said to reduce shake by up to 4.5 CIPA-standard stops, and is capable of automatically combining it with the in-lens stabilization of an E-mount lens with OSS.
Camera to accompany Gear VR, captures and streams full high-resolution 3D video
To go along with a release date announcement of the Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality (VR) headset, Samsung teased a new ambitious camera project during its developer conference. Project Beyond is a 360-degree camera that captures a true 3D environment, using stereo cameras to mimic the type of view a human would have if they witnessed the scene themselves.
NASA, Department of Defense among first to access Lytro developer kit
Lytro, the producers of the light-field cameras of the same name and the Illum, is giving interested parties access to its technology. The company is releasing the Lytro Platform and its first Lytro Development Kit for enterprise users to try using the technology in other ways, with the first customers including NASA and the US Department of Defense.
Arlo Smart Home Security Kit records video clips to cloud servers
Netgear has unveiled a wireless security camera, one which dispenses with both network and power cables. Arlo is a battery-powered Wi-Fi-enabled camera system capable of transmitting video from the weatherproof camera at a distance of up to 150 feet away from the base station, with the camera also providing VueZone-style night vision capabilities.
Both have ring of six micro lights around lens, WG-30W adds Wi-Fi connectivity
Ricoh has added another pair of cameras to its ruggedized outdoor snapper range. The WG-30 and WG-30W are compact 16-megapixel cameras designed for use outdoors in extreme activities, with the pair able to survive submergence to a depth of 12 meters (39.3 feet), environments as cold as -10C (14F), withstand drops from a height of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet), and being crushed by up to 220 pounds in weight.
Improved frame rates across new GoPro collection, Hero4 Silver includes touchscreen
GoPro has launched its first new additions to its action camera line after filing its IPO. The Hero4 range follows on from the Hero3+ collection, with the Black and Silver editions offering functionality better suited towards professional applications, while a new entry-level Hero is a budget-priced version for those wanting a cheap waterproof camera.
Rumored HTC camera may have wide angle lens, slow-motion abilities
HTC has started to tease the launch of a new device at a New York "Double Exposure" event on October 8th, with the device likely to be an action camera in a similar style to the GoPro range. A video and a teaser site strongly hint at some form of camera, with each showing video shot from an action camera below water and mounted to a bicycle moving through traffic.
Outer frame of Casio TR50 camera swings out as handle for easier shot composition
Casio is joining the trend of producing cameras designed specifically for self portraits, with a new compact device. The TR50 in the Exilim range can rotate its lens, frame, and monitor to various angles, effectively turning the outside frame of the camera's body into a handle for easier "selfie" shots, as well as allowing it to be used for normal photographic purposes.
Canon plans PowerShot camera with large sensor, extended zoom
Canon is working on a new addition to the PowerShot compact camera range, one which may end up with a similar one-inch sensor to its recently-launched G7 X. A press release spotted by Ubergizmo mentions a camera which "combines the merits of both a large image sensor and a high-magnification optical zoom lens," packed into a "compact body." The release does not hint at when Canon will unveil the device.
Despite half the megapixels, iPhone 6's sensors and phase-detection win the day
The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler has had a chance to take the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy S5 on a test run from a photographic perspective, comparing the built-in cameras on each. On paper, the iPhone models were at a serious disadvantage: the photo modules are only 8MP, compared to the 16 megapixel units on Samsung's flagship smartphone. Nevertheless, Fowler's photos make clear that Apple's combination of lenses, camera, sensor and post-processing technologies create consistently better pictures.
OM-D E-M1 update adds USB tethering, extra shooting options
Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app.
Leica V-Lux, D-Lux rebranded versions of Panasonic FZ1000, Lumix LX100
Leica launched a number of other digital cameras at Photokina, alongside the M Edition 60. The Leica X and Leica X-E are high-end compact cameras, while the Leica V-Lux and Leica D-Lux are snappers best described as rebranded versions of Panasonic cameras, a process the manufacturer has undertaken a few times previously.
Anniversary version of Leica M removes electronic assistance in retro camera design
Leica has unveiled a new limited-edition M-series digital camera to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Leica M3. The Leica M Edition 60 is a classically-influenced M-P Type 240-style camera which possibly takes its retro design too far, using an old-fashioned viewfinder rather than an electronic version, and replaces the typical rear display with a single ISO selector dial.
Lumix GM5 has 16MP sensor, Snap Movie mode
Panasonic's third Photokina camera launch is another addition to the company's collection of compact mirrorless Micro Four Thirds devices. The Lumix GM5 is a small 16-megapixel interchangeable lens camera similar to the Lumix GM1 launched last year, except the biggest change is the introduction of a 1.16M-dot electronic viewfinder.
SX60 brings 64x optical zoom, small-format N2 appeals to creative photo sharing
Canon continues its release wave of new digital cameras at Photokina, bringing two additional cameras to the PowerShot SX and N series. The PowerShot SX60 HS brings a large built-in zoom lens featuring some of Canon's advanced technology. The pocket-sized PowerShot N2 looks to give consumers a camera an easy to use camera with creative features, photo sharing and a "selfie" mode.
Compact Lumix LX100 capable of creating photographs from 4K video recording
Panasonic has unveiled a compact camera which uses a Micro Four Thirds sensor, one that is physically five times larger than the sensor used in the Lumix LX7. The Lumix LX100 packs in a 12.8-megapixel MOS sensor combined with a new quad-core Venus Engine processor, which the company claims helps achieve a shallow depth of field and a dramatic reduction in noise at high ISO levels.
New generation comes more than five years after first model introduced in 2009
Canon had some big news at Photokina, as it brought out a new version of its elite model crop frame camera. The EOS 7D Mark II was announced today, bringing an update to the previous 7D model more than five years later. The new 7D Mark II brings a number of improvements over the first model that are aimed at the prosumer photography and video markets.
High number of AF points gives Samsung NX1 15fps continuous shooting capability
Samsung has launched its rumored mirrorless camera at Photokina. The NX1 extends the NX range with a 28.2-megapixel BSI APS-C sensor combined with an updated NX AF System III, an autofocus system using 205 phase-detection points and 209 contrast AF points, with the camera able to perform continuous shooting at up to 15fps while tracking focus.
Action camera allegedly being produced by HTC
HTC may be looking into producing a camera, as it attempts to fix its financial standing, a report claims. The smartphone manufacturer is said to be working on its own action camera, similar to those produced by GoPro, with the camera believed to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing it to work with both Android and iOS devices.
Coolpix S6900 includes glamor modes, front-facing shutter button
Nikon's second camera launch of the day is a new device in its Coolpix compact camera range aimed at "selfies." The Coolpix S6900 is a 16-megapixel shooter with a wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens, with Nikon pitching it as a camera for impromptu self portraits and sharing on social networks, thanks to its display, stand, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Similar 51-point autofocus system as D810 used in D750
Nikon has unveiled a new full-frame DSLR ahead of Photokina, one that effectively replaces the D700. The Nikon D750 has a 24.3-megapixel FX sensor combined with the Expeed 4 imaging engine, the same as the D810, though its weather-sealed carbon fiber thermoplastic and magnesium alloy body gives it a weight of just 750 grams (1.6 pounds), lighter than its stablemates.
X-T1 Graphite Silver includes Natural Live View mode, quieter electronic shutter
Fujifilm has launched a second retro-inspired camera, as a marginally-upgraded version of the X-T1 from January. The X-T1 Graphite Silver adds a triple-layer coating to the camera, giving it a graphite appearance to its weather-sealed magnesium body, with the external alterations also accompanied by a number of internal improvements on the original model.
Fujifilm X100T compact camera has unique viewfinder, retro appearance
Fujufilm has announced an update to the X100 compact camera, ahead of Photokina. The X100T is similar to its predecessor in being a premium compact camera with a fixed lens, though the shooter notably has a hybrid viewfinder with an electronic rangefinder, allowing the camera to add an overlay showing a small area to aid in keeping focus on the subject.
Unobtrusive camera documents daily life, but photo quality, return rate needs improvement
With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it an exciting event or a normal day, there is a need to share words or pictures with friends. When it comes to pictures, people don't always take the opportunity to snap a picture as things happen with a camera or smartphone. A possible solution is to always wear a camera to catch events as they happen, even those moment one didn't plan on happening. Once such device is called the Narrative Clip, a small camera that takes a photo every 30 seconds. Does it fit the need for sharing, or does it get in the way? Find out in our review.
Sony Action Cam Mini lighter than earlier models, connects to Ustream
Sony's latest camera designed for sports and action videography has been launched, claimed to be the company's smallest version yet. The splash-proof Action Cam Mini weighs just 63 grams (2.2 ounces) and is two thirds the size of earlier models, with Sony also introducing the ability to stream video live via Ustream and other services at the same time as recording footage to a memory card.
Smartphone-controlled Sony QX1 can use existing E-Mount lens range
Sony's QX Smart Lens line of combined sensors and lenses controlled by smartphone may be joined by a third device. Leaked images show what is rumored to be called the QX1, a replacement camera for smartphones which allows for the use of E-Mount lenses, rather than the 3.6x and 10x optical lenses used in the QX10 and QX100.
Premiere invitation images allegedly show Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera
Samsung has started to tease a "Premiere" event Photokina later this month, one which could be for the launch of a new device in Samsung's NX camera range. The rumored Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera, shown in brief glimpses on the invitation, will allegedly include a 28-megapixel APS-C CMOS ISOCELL sensor combined with a DRIMe image signal processor.
Extra LEDs on Pentax K-S1 shows number of faces detected, timer shot countdown
Ricoh's Pentax K-camera collection has been joined by a new mid-class camera. The Pentax K-S1 is a DSLR with a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the Prime MII imaging engine, giving it a maximum sensitivity of ISO 51,200, a top shutter speed of 1/6000 of a second, and a continuous shooting rate of up to 5.4 frames per second.
Pen E-PL7 display flips 180 degrees, includes automatic selfie-optimized mode
The latest in the Olympus Pen Micro Four Thirds camera line has been revealed as a shooter that caters itself to selfie photography. The PEN E-PL7 features a 3-inch 1.04 million-dot touch-enabled display on the back capable of flipping 180 degrees downwards, an action which triggers a "Selfie Mode" that optimizes settings for self portraits.
Twistable section of Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 designed for selfie photographs
Sony has extended its Cyber-shot compact camera range with a snapper designed for self portraits. The Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 is unusually designed to look like a perfume bottle, with the main camera sensor housed in a transparent top section able to rotate 180 degrees, allowing it to be used for normal photographs as well as selfies.
Refined Leica M-P replaces front logo with top plate engraving
Premium camera producer Leica has revealed an upgraded version of its Leica M rangefinder. The Leica M-P houses a full-frame 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, accompanied by a 2-gigabyte memory buffer double the size of the Leica M version, allowing it to be not only twice as fast, but also capable of up to 24 images in a burst mode at a speed of 3 fps.
Tiltable touch display, 179-point phase detection points in new Sony Alpha camera
Sony has unveiled another mirrorless camera in its Alpha range, one which it calls the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera. The α5100, effectively replacing the NEX-5T and arriving seven months after the α5000 received an update, has the same 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor as used by the α6000, though it exchanges the electronic viewfinder for other additions.
High speed photos taken with help of smartphone app, compatible with many current cameras
Welcome to another Tuesday edition of the Crowdfunding Critic here at Electronista and MacNN. Every Tuesday and Thursday, we bring you a crowdfunding project that we like enough to share with our readers. As we note, this isn't an endorsement of the project or the campaign, but rather something the staff thought was interesting enough to mention. As with any crowdfunding project, we urge our readers to research the items they are considering pledging on, as all investments come with risk. The subject for today's post is the MIOPS smartphone controllable high-speed camera trigger.
Miniature Polaroid action cam measures 1.4-inches cubed, records 1080p video
A miniature Polaroid-branded life-logging action camera is now available for preorder globally. The Polaroid Cube, first shown at CES in January under the C3 name, measures just 35mm (1.4 inches) in each direction but has a shockproof, water-resistant rubber casing with a built-in magnet for quickly attaching it to metal surfaces.
Bokeh control, gyro sensor used in retro-styled Pentax Q-S1
Ricoh has launched another camera in its Q-range of Pentax compact snappers, which it claims is one of the world's smallest and lightest with interchangeable lenses. The Q-S1 has a 12.4-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, housed inside a retro-styled body which customers are able to heavily personalize, thanks to its wide selection of color combinations.
New PowerShot digital bridge cameras include up to 42x optical zoom
Canon has increased its range of versatile PowerShot digital cameras with two new additions. The new PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS are both bridge cameras with DSLR physical styling, with the two touting extended-range zoom lenses capable of providing wide focal ranges, and though they have similar image processors and sensors, they do offer different photographic experiences.
Optical zoom in Pentax XG-1 extends to 208-times magnification with digital assistance
Ricoh has launched a new bridge camera with a long optical zoom and similar physical styling to DSLR cameras. The Pentax XG-1 houses a 16-megapixel back-illuminated 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200, behind a 52-times optical zoom lens giving 35mm-equivalent focal lengths from a 24mm ultra-wide-angle to a 1,248mm super telephoto lens.
Internet camera looks good on paper, runs into problems in everyday use
Keeping an eye on the home while out and about these days is common practice. Internet cameras have become popular due to the ease of scanning for intruders or checking on the welfare of a child. Selecting the right model can be challenging, based on the number of cameras on the market. Brands like Dropcam and Foscam are generally trusted, but larger companies like Samsung offer alternative solutions. Attempting to bring a Dropcam competitor to consumers, Samsung released the SmartCam HD Pro. But does it offer the features a user needs without hiccups? Find out in our review.
Android Wear devices can take photos using paired smartphone camera
Google has updated its Camera app, allowing it to work in tandem with a smartwatch running Android Wear. Version 2.3 of the app, slowly rolling out on Google Play, adds the ability for Android Wear devices to remotely control the camera app's shutter function, though the update also introduces a few other new additions to the software at the same time.
Nikon D4S features appear in new D810
Nikon has launched a follow-up DSLR to its D800 digital camera. Having the same resolution as its predecessor, the 36.3-megapixel sensor in the new D810 is an FX-format version which leaves off the optical low pass filter and works with the Expeed 4 image processing engine found in the D4S, allowing it to improve image detail for both still shots and for video recording.
Nest co-founder says it is about products 'that keep us connected to our homes'
Nest, now owned by Google, has revealed that it is buying Dropcam, a smart home-monitoring camera. The deal for the company cost Nest $555 million in cash, and will see the Dropcam team moving to Nest's Palo Alto headquarters. Despite the fact that it is now owned by Google, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers says that the team behind Dropcam will be "indoctrinated" to Nest privacy policies, which -- currently -- are far more strict than those of Google. Critics, however, are skeptical.
Curved image sensor still in development, mimics human eye
Sony has shown off a new style of camera sensor for the first time, one that has a curved surface. The unnamed curved CMOS sensor is said to offer a number of benefits when compared to normal, flat sensors used in modern cameras, with engineers claiming it to be 1.4 times more sensitive to light than flat equivalents at the center of the sensor, and twice as sensitive at the edges.
Lumix FZ1000 able to take 8MP stills during 4K video capture
Panasonic has introduced a bridge camera that is capable of recording 4K video, as well as standard photographs. The Lumix FZ1000 uses a one-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor that can capture QFHD content, with the 20.1-megapixel sensor also capable of producing 8-megapixel photographs from the 4K video feed while the footage is being recorded.