Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Simon Crisp

The Joby MPod Mini Stand fits most popular smartphones

Joby has released its latest tripod designed for steadying your smartphone, the MPod Mini Stand. In addition to the typically bobbly flexible-jointed legs you'd expect from Joby, the MPod Mini features an expandable head mount with rubberized jaws which can clamp almost any smartphone in place, even something as big as the Samsung Galaxy Note II.  Read More

Gizmag's Full Frame DSLR Comparison Guide

Not long ago it was only professional photographers, and enthusiasts with very deep pockets, who could afford a full frame DSLR. But there are now more options on the market than ever before, and the price of entry to the full frame fun has come down considerably. That makes it a good time for Gizmag to take a closer look at how the various models stack up against each other.  Read More

The Sphero 2.0 can roll along at an impressive 7 ft (2 m) per second

With the launch of the original Sphero, Orbotix gave the humble ball a technological upgrade. It was a smartphone-controllable robotic toy which could be driven around like an RC car via Bluetooth, or even used to play augmented reality games. Now the Sphero 2.0 has been revealed, which is capable of rolling faster, shining brighter, and is generally said to be much smarter.  Read More

The Sigma lens mount conversion service means photographers can change their camera brand,...

If you've invested in a specific interchangeable lens camera system, but want to change your photographic allegiance to another brand, you're normally stuck with the prospect of selling your current lenses to fund replacements. Sigma hopes to make switching camera brands easier with the launch of a mount conversion service, which will adapt its lenses to work on your new camera of choice.  Read More

Nikon D7100 vs. Canon 70D

When the Canon EOS 70D was announced, it wasn't just as a replacement for the aging 60D, it was also as a direct response to Nikon's D7100. Both cameras use APS-C sensors and are aimed squarely at enthusiasts with better build quality and more features than entry-level models. Let's take a look at how the two cameras stack up against each other.  Read More

The Weye Feye can give many DSLRs a Wi-Fi boost, enabling remote shooting and sharing via ...

As more Wi-Fi-enabled cameras become available, it's easy to think yours is out of date if it doesn't have this ability. But the Weye Feye is a new device which aims to bring older DSLRs into the wireless age. Generating its own Wi-Fi network, the device can be accessed by Android and iOS devices for remote shooting, complete with manual controls and Live View.  Read More

The Hasselblad Stellar is a luxury compact camera modelled on the Sony RX100, pictured wit...

The Hasselblad Lunar mirrorless camera (essentially a pimped-out Sony Nex-7) arrived back in June to a somewhat mixed reception, but that hasn't stopped the Swedish firm rolling out a second luxury version of a Sony camera. This time it's the compact Sony RX100 which is getting the extravagant makeover. The resulting Hasselblad Stellar camera comes complete with exotic wooden hand-grips and a much higher price-tag.  Read More

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 boasts a 60x zoom lens with a 35-mm format focal length equiv...

Panasonic's Lumix FZ-series of bridge cameras have offered photographers the versatility of vast focal ranges, without the need to change lenses, for several years now. But its new Lumix DMC-FZ70 (FZ72) takes things even further by packing in a monstrous 60x zoom. This gives it a 35-mm format focal length equivalent of an almost ridiculous 20-1,200-mm.  Read More

The Manfrotto Pixi is a small and portable tripod which can also be used as a video grip

The latest mini tripod from Manfrotto is designed not only to keep your camera steady when taking photos, but also while shooting video. The Pixi, which is designed to be used with anything from a smartphone to an entry-level DSLR, can be deployed as a table-top tripod when its legs are splayed, or a video grip when they're collapsed.  Read More

With a maximum write speed of 240 MB/s the Toshiba Exceria Pro SD cards are the fastest ye...

There are a number of ways that new SD memory cards can grab some attention. Some offer larger-than-usual storage capacity, while others boast wireless connectivity. Toshiba hopes its Exceria Pro series cards will stand out because of their speed. With impressive data write speeds of up to 240 MB/s, the company is claiming they're the world's fastest.  Read More

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