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Simon Crisp

Simon Crisp
Simon is a journalist and photographer who has spent the last ten years working for national UK newspapers - but has never hacked a mobile phone - and specializes in writing about weird products and photography technology. When not writing for Gizmag, Simon is often found playing with LEGO and drinking far too much coffee.

Following hot on the heels of its LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens, Lomography is back with another decidedly quirky new lens. Launching on Kickstarter, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is a follow-up to the wonderfully bizarre New Petzval lens and this time offers a 58-mm focal length, along with the ability to control the level of the photographer-dividing swirly bokeh it creates.

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GekkoPod is a flexible mount for compact cameras, action-cams or smartphones, which can give them the support they need by clinging onto, gripping and wrapping around everyday objects. The five-legged mount, which was inspired by the feet of a gecko, is currently on Kickstarter where it's exceeded its funding target within a couple of days.

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The Radian 2 is a time-lapse motion-controller which improves on its predecessor with the addition of wireless Bluetooth programming from iOS or Android devices, and camera control via USB. Multiple devices can be used together for multi-axis motion shots, while brackets and adapter kits allow for tilting and linear movement. The Radian 2 is currently on Kickstarter, where it has already met its funding target with 14 days left.

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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G7 feels like it's as much a little brother to the 4K-toting GH4, as a follow-up to the G6. It's being billed as the mirrorless camera to bring the full benefits of 4K video to the rest of us, thanks to its ability to shoot 4K footage at 30 fps, and then extract 8-megapixel stills from it. While we've seen those features before, the G7 is arguably the first time they've been built into a mirrorless camera which is simultaneously powerful and accessible to the masses.

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The Fujifilm X-T10 is the latest addition to the X-series line-up, and a little sibling to the high-end Fujifilm X-T1. As such the new mirrorless camera has a lot in common with its bigger brother, including a 16.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a 2.36 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and the recently announced new autofocus modes. However, to reduce the intimidation factor for less experienced photographers, the camera is smaller and more accessible, with an Auto Mode Switch lever for accessing the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode.

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The Manfrotto Klyp+ for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the firm's latest photography-enhancing smartphone cases, and as the name would suggest, are designed specifically for the most recent Apple iPhones. In addition to protecting the iPhone for bumps and knocks, the new Klyp+ cases allow users to attach Manfrotto lenses to create different effects. They can also be used with a clip-on LED light, and easily mounted on a tripod.

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The Basis Peak is a wrist-worn fitness tracker which is jam-packed with sensors to monitor an array of information about your body and activity. It also automatically detects whether you're walking, running, cycling or sleeping, and can deliver smartphone notifications to your wrist. Gizmag recently spent a bit of time with the fitness tracker to see how well it performs, and how useful all of that information really is.

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Fujifilm has announced a new firmware update for its X-T1 mirrorless camera which offers significant enhancements, particularly when it comes to autofocus. New Zone and Wide/Tracking modes, which now use 77 points across a wider area, should make moving subjects easier to capture, while the camera also gains Eye Detection AF, a new Auto Marco mode and a number of other enhancements.

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QromaScan is a simple scanning setup which might mean you finally get around to digitizing and organizing those boxes of old photos you've got gathering dust in the attic. The system, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, combines the camera and voice recognition of an iPhone, with a green-screen lightbox to make it quick and easy to produce digital files of printed photos.

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Leica has announced the latest iteration of its undeniably niche but strangely compelling Leica M Monochrom, a US$7500 camera which only shoots in black-and-white. The new version (Typ 246) is said to significantly improve on the image quality of its predecessor by using a newly developed 24-megapixel black-and-white CMOS sensor, and the camera now also features Live View and Full HD video recording. Read More
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