Photokina 2014 highlights

Simon Crisp

Onni Smart Care is an enhanced baby monitoring system

Onni Smart Care is a new baby monitoring system which promises to do more than allow parents to see and listen to their (hopefully sleeping) little one. In addition to streaming HD video and audio to a smart device or computer, the Onni Baby Pro monitor features a room temperature sensor, a remote controlled nightlight, and the ability to play soothing MP3s to your child via a built-in speaker.  Read More

The LeapFrog LeapTV is a games console for 3-8 year-olds

Following on from its LeapPad tablets, LeapFrog is introducing the LeapTV games console specifically for younger kids. The new system is designed to encourage learning through active play, and will have access to a library of over 100 educational titles.  Read More

The Pentax XG-1 bridge camera boasts an impressive reach and speed

Ricoh Imaging has unveiled its latest DSLR-style mega-zoom bridge camera, the Pentax XG-1. The new 16-megapixel camera features an almost ridiculous 24-1,248-mm equivalent focal length range, and can knock out a speedy nine frames per second. This, combined with its entry-level price-tag, looks sure to make the XG-1 a hit with wildlife and sports shooters on a budget.  Read More

Chromville brings real-world coloring to 3D life with augmented reality

In good news for parents who don't like watching their little ones become tablet-clutching screen zombies, games are increasingly merging real-world play with digital experiences. Chromville is an app which brings children's coloring to 3D life with augmented reality, and lets them use their creations in on-screen games.  Read More

Gizmag compares the Nikon D810 with the Nikon D800/E

Nikon has updated its line of massively megapixeled full-frame DSLRs with the addition of the D810, but how does the new shooter stack up against its predecessors, the D800 and D800E? Let's compare the specifications and core features of the cameras to see which one is right for you.  Read More

Clutch is a quick-adjusting and low-profile hand strap (Photo: Peak Design)

Peak Design really doesn't want you to drop your camera. Following on from its Capture Camera Clips, and Leash and Cuff, the firm has now launched its fourth Kickstarter campaign. This time it's looking for funding for two more camera-carrying tools: Slide, a strap which can be worn on the shoulder, neck, or as a sling, and Clutch, a quick-adjusting hand strap.  Read More

The D810 is Nikon's latest big-megapixel full frame DSLR

Two years ago, when Nikon unleashed the D800 and D800E on the world, their 36.3-megapixel sensors shocked many photographers (and their hard drives). Now, Nikon has revealed its update to the megapixel-monsters in the form of the D810, an equally megapixeled beast with a wider ISO range, faster continuous shooting, and improved video functions.  Read More

The LeapPad 3 offers a significant upgrade over the LeapPad 2

It's a fact of modern parenting that the only way of getting to use your tablet computer is to wait until your child is asleep, or get them a tablet of their own. LeapFrog is hoping its new kid-friendly LeapPad 3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi tablets could be the devices you choose to pry your little ones away from your smart devices long enough for you to send that email.  Read More

The Fujinon XF 18-135-mm is the first weather-resistant XF lens from Fujifilm

Fujifilm has launched its first weather-resistant XF lens for the X-series lineup of interchangeable-lens cameras. The new lens, which would pair particularly well with the weather-tough Fujifilm X-T1, offers a versatile focal range and features an impressive five-stop image stabilization system which uses high precision gyro sensors.  Read More

Lego Fusion lets users play with their physical creations in virtual worlds

Lego has revealed a new line of play kits which are designed to combine its traditional brick-building and app-based gaming. The new Lego Fusion range will allow children to photograph their physical creations using a smartphone or tablet, and then see them brought to life in virtual worlds.  Read More

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