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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.

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Olympus Air A01 turns your smartphone into a mirrorless camera

By - July 1, 2015 10 Pictures

Olympus has announced its Air A01 add-on camera for smartphones, which turns your Android or iOS device into a very capable mirrorless camera, will be getting a wider release and heading to the US. Previously only available in Japan, the Olympus Air A01 is a smartphone-controlled camera similar to the Sony QX1, but features a Micro Four Thirds lens mount with a matching 16-megapixel sensor and is an open platform for developers.

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JVC's latest camcorders can take a beating, survive harsh weather

By - June 25, 2015 9 Pictures

Last year JVC gave its Everio camcorders a rugged makeover, with the GZ-R10 and GZ-R70 models getting the same sort of protection as its ADIXXION actioncam. Now the firm has updated its tough camcorder offering with the new Quad Proof Everio GZ-R450 and GZ-R320, which boast improved battery life and performance, while still being dust-proof, water-proof, drop-proof and freeze-proof.

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Clip and Flipper aim to make changing lenses easier

By - June 25, 2015 13 Pictures

While most experienced photographers think nothing of changing the lens on their camera, others find it difficult to do on the fly while juggling their camera, lenses and lens caps. The Clip and Lens Flipper is a system which aims to take the stress out of changing lenses by making it easy to carry a second lens, and gives users a spare mount for the lens they are taking off the camera.

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Canon reveals the zoom-centric PowerShot G3 X

By - June 22, 2015 11 Pictures

Canon teased in February that it was working on developing a compact camera with a 25x optical zoom and a one-inch-type sensor to add to its G-series line-up alongside the G1 X II and G7 X. The firm has now revealed more details about the 20-megapixel PowerShot G3 X which will be released in July and offers a massive 24-600-mm equivalent lens. The camera will also boast a tilting LCD touchscreen and a hot shoe.

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Ricoh GR II adds Wi-Fi to the cult street shooter

By - June 18, 2015 7 Pictures

The last time Ricoh updated its GR-series of fixed focal length compact cameras, it made big improvements to the cult street shooter including the use of a large DSLR-like APS-C sensor and a slightly bigger body. The firm obviously thinks it got something right back then, because it's just announced its successor, the GR II, and other than the addition of built-in Wi-Fi and a bigger buffer, not a lot seems to have changed.

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iblazr 2 LED flash for iOS and Android adds Bluetooth syncing

By - June 18, 2015 11 Pictures

The iblazr external smartphone flash impressed us when it launched on Kickstarter two years ago, so much so it featured in our recent guide to the best smartphone camera accessories. Now the team behind the flash is back with the iblazr 2, a wireless version of the LED flash which uses Bluetooth, syncs with the native camera apps of iOS and Android devices, and lets users select a light color temperature.

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Eyefi Mobi apps and Cloud to cover Wi-Fi GoPro and Olympus cameras

By - June 16, 2015 6 Pictures

Eyefi has announced it's bringing its wireless sharing and Eyefi Cloud storage to Wi-Fi enabled GoPro and and Olympus cameras. Users of supported cameras will be able to instantly send images to an Eyefi app on their Android (and soon iOS) phone, without the need for a wireless memory card. Images can then be automatically synced with the cloud storage service, organized, and smart tagged.

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Sony announces flagship A7R II full frame mirrorless camera

By - June 11, 2015 5 Pictures

Not content with updating its RX cameras, Sony has also announced a new flagship full frame mirrorless camera with the A7R II. The new camera features a 42-megapixel back-illuminated full frame Exmor R CMOS sensor, internal 4K video recording and an improved autofocus system with 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points, which is said to be 40 percent faster than that of the original A7R.

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