Photokina 2014 highlights

Simon Crisp

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II boasts Wi-Fi with NFC, a tilting screen, and a more sensitive...

Sony rocked the compact camera world last year when it launched the RX100, a pocketable zoom camera with a larger than usual sensor. Now it's revealed the Cyber-shot RX100 II. The new device adds Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC, a tilting screen, and a more sensitive sensor. Sony also showed off the RX1R, which will be sold alongside the RX1 and removes the optical low-pass filter for sharper pictures.  Read More

The BubblePod can be used with most smartphones and works with a companion app for shootin...

The BubblePod is a clockwork motion control unit which spins your smartphone to help capture better quality panoramas. Currently vying for funding on Kickstarter, the clockwork turntable fits most smartphones and can be used on its own, mounted on a tripod, or even attached to the top of an open wine bottle.  Read More

The Lytro camera has been given a wireless boost with a new firmware update The Lytro camera has gained wireless capabilities and a new friend in the iPhone, thanks to a functionality-adding firmware update. Its new-found Wi-Fi capability means the light field camera can work with an equally new iPhone app, which allows users to share and view refocusing pictures while on the go.  Read More

The Samsung Galaxy NX is the world's first interchangeable lens camera to run on Android

The recently announced Samsung Galaxy NX is the world's first interchangeable lens mirrorless camera to run on Android. Unlike previous Android-powered shooters, the NX boasts some serious photographic credentials, including a 20.3-megapixel APS-C format sensor and a hybrid autofocus system. It also features 3G/4G LTE and Wi-Fi technology for instant sharing.  Read More

The Eye-Fi Mobi is designed to make it easier to transfer images from a non-smart camera t...

Eye-Fi has released its latest wireless SD card which has been designed to make it easier to get images wirelessly from a camera to iOS or Android smartphones and tablets. Designed for those moments when you want to quickly share or edit a photo you've taken on a non-smart camera, the Eye-Fi Mobi easily pairs with connected devices and creates its own Wi-Fi spot.  Read More

The Hasselblad Lunar had been designed as an 'ultimate luxury' mirrorless interchangeable ...

The Hasselblad Lunar has gone on sale, which could be good news if you think the mirrorless camera market has been sadly lacking in wood, carbon fiber, and jeweled buttons. Billed as an "ultimate luxury mirrorless interchangeable lens camera," the Lunar will sell for US$7,000, despite being based on, and having almost identical specs to, the Sony NEX-7.  Read More

The Leica X Vario features an APS-C format sensor and a zoom lens

After what feels like weeks of hype, Leica has finally unveiled its much-teased Mini M. Officially revealed as the Leica X Vario (Typ 107), the new camera is a 16.2-megapixel shooter with an APS-C format sensor and a 18-46-mm zoom lens. But, while it's obviously been designed to look like the iconic Leica M, this isn't the compact system alternative many Leica fans had hoped for.  Read More

The Spinpod motion control unit is currently vying for funding on Kickstarter

The continuous panorama function on digital cameras and smartphones can create stunning photographs in the right hands. But, to get that shot just right, those hands need to be steady. The Spinpod is a portable motion control unit which is designed to make creating panoramas easier, while removing the need for you to spin on the spot.  Read More

iHeart Locket is an iPad based diary for children which can be locked using an accompanyin...

Children used to hide their diaries from prying parental eyes by shutting them with a flimsy lock and stuffing them under a pillow. But, this being 2013, journals are more likely to be kept digitally, and good luck stuffing that iPad under your pillow. iHeart Locket is an iPad based diary for children which can be locked using an accompanying smart necklace pendant.  Read More

Gizmag spends a bit of time testing the Nikon Coolpix A

At first glance, the Nikon Coolpix A looks like a typical, if slightly retro, compact camera. But, it actually contains a large APS-C sensor, the same size found in most DSLRs. It also boasts a relatively speedy f/2.8 18.5-mm fixed lens, which should enable it to take photographs rivaling the quality of much bigger cameras. After getting a brief pre-release hands-on with the camera, we've now had the chance to spend some quality time with it, to see if it lives up to the potential.  Read More

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