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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.
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.
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.
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.
The best camera is undoubtedly the one you have with you, and there's a good chance nowadays that's a smartphone. But, while your phone can almost certainly take good photographs, it might need a little help to be the best camera it can be. Here Gizmag looks at some of the best smartphone camera accessories available in 2015.
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.
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.
Sony has revealed the latest iterations of its impressive pocket-friendly and big-zoom RX cameras with the Cyber-shot RX100 IV and RX10 II. While the cameras each look a lot like their respective predecessors, the new models boast a new 1-inch-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor along with some nifty high-speed, slow-motion and 4K shooting skills.
After much speculation, Leica has finally announced its new full frame fixed lens camera. The drool-inducing Leica Q (Typ 116) is a high-end compact which pairs a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor with a Summilux 28-mm F1.7 lens. The stylish camera also features mod cons including a contrast-based autofocus system along with a high resolution electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch rear touchscreen.
As anyone who has ever used an action camera will know, they have a nasty tendency of chewing through batteries just when you're in the worst possible situation to recharge them, whether that's halfway up a mountain or at the beach. Polar Pro is attempting to address this issue with the launch of the PowerVault, a GoPro carrying case which can charge a GoPro battery five times thanks to its own built-in battery.