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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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— Digital Cameras

Ricoh reveals the Pentax K-3 II with Pixel Shift Resolution

By - April 23, 2015 10 Pictures
Ricoh has taken the wraps off its latest flagship Pentax DSLR, the K-3 II. As we've grown to expect from high-end Pentax K-series offerings, the new camera features a sturdy weather resistant body paired with some impressive specs. This time around that includes an enhanced shake reduction system, and the ability to shoot images with full RGB color information for each pixel using a new sensor-shifting Pixel Shift Resolution mode. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Garmin reveals the sensor-packed Virb X and Virb XE actioncams

By - April 16, 2015 8 Pictures
Garmin has announced two new action cameras which it hopes can de-throne GoPro with the addition of more action data. The new Virb X and Virb XE models boast a new more GoPro-like form-factor, and come in standard and high-end versions like the Hero4 Silver and Black cameras. However, the new cameras are waterproof without the need for an external case, and are packed with sensors which allow users to display data overlays on their action videos. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Panasonic wants you to wear its HX-A1 action camera

By - April 15, 2015 5 Pictures
Panasonic has revealed its latest action camera in the form of the compact and wearable HX-A1. Decidedly less quirky than the 4K-toting HX-A500 it launched last year, the new model does away with the cable-connected screen and recording unit in favor of a self-contained cylindrical device. The tough compact body houses everything it needs to record Full HD point-of-view footage. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Olympus reveals the rugged RAW-shooting Stylus Tough TG-4

By - April 13, 2015 15 Pictures
Olympus has announced the latest addition to its line of rugged compact cameras, with the Stylus Tough TG-4. Along with the usual tough credentials which can see the camera submerged in water, dropped, or used in freezing cold temperatures, the new shooter brings photographer-pleasing RAW file support for better image post-processing potential. Also announced by Olympus is the wider availability of the previously Japan-only Stylus 1s high-end compact camera. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Canon announces new 4K cameras with the C300 Mark II and XC10

By - April 9, 2015 11 Pictures
Canon has revealed two new professional 4K-toting cameras in the form of the C300 Mark II and the XC10. The EOS C300 M2 is designed for film makers and broadcast producers with its Super 35-mm CMOS sensor and internal 4K recording, while the XC10 is a smaller hybrid camera with a built-in 27-273-mm equivalent lens aimed at indie film makers and multimedia journalists. Read More
— Wearable Electronics Review

Review: Garmin Vivosmart fitness tracker band

By - April 9, 2015 39 Pictures
With the almost inevitable rise of smartwatches (which still hasn't quite hit the mainstream), the humble fitness tracker could soon have a hard time justifying its demands on your wrist real-estate. As such, they too are getter smarter. While tracking your fitness and activity, the Garmin Vivosmart can also show incoming emails on your wrist and control the music playback of your smartphone. But is a smart(er) fitness tracker a smart buy? Gizmag recently spent a bit of time with one on our wrist to find out. Read More
— Children

OmniO Rider stroller can be worn like a backpack

By - April 8, 2015 9 Pictures
OmniO Rider is a stroller which can be folded down and carried as a backpack, ready to be deployed when your tired toddler suddenly decides they can't walk any more (typically at the point you are farthest from home). The device, which recently won "British Invention of the Year Award" at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham, UK, is currently looking for funding on Indiegogo. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens promises ethereal portraits and macro images

By - April 8, 2015 7 Pictures
The Velvet 56 is a new lens from Lensbaby which promises to deliver dreamlike, glowing portrait images when shot wide open. The 56-mm F1.6 lens, which will come in a variety of mounts for DSLR and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, is said to feature the build and look of classic mid-20th century portrait lenses. With a minimum focusing distance of just 13 cm (5 in) the Velvet 56 can also be used to capture macro images. Read More
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