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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.
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.
Joby has introduced an action camera-focused jib kit to let you capture your extreme endeavors (or more mundane activities) from a new perspective. Part of the Action Series
line-up, the Action Jib Kit and Pole Pack is designed for action cameras including GoPro
and the Sony Action Cam
. It should make it easier to film that skateboard trick you've been practicing, with more cinematic-style camera movements.
Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras have, arguably and perhaps unfairly, not been given the respect they deserve, thanks to their smaller 1-inch-type sensors and all-too-often plastic compact-like appearance. However, that could change with the release of the new Nikon 1 J5 which combines high-end features including 4K video recording and continuous still shooting at 20 frames per second with stylish retro looks.
Adaptalux is a modular lighting system which features flexible spider-like LED arms to offer macro photographers and videographers adaptable and creative lighting options. The system consists of a control pod, LED arms, and a number of attachable effect components and is currently vying for funding on Kickstarter.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 was a game-changing camera which made many photographers sit up and take notice of mirrorless cameras for the first time. But can its successor, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
, have the same sort of impact? Gizmag recently spent a bit of time with the new camera at the UK Photography Show to see what it can do.
Time-lapse videos can be an interesting and intoxicating way of showing the passage of time, but sometimes a lack of camera movement can make them feel stale. The TurnsPro is the latest device which aims to address this issue by rotating your smartphone, action camera or interchangeable lens camera as it shoots a time-lapse or video. We recently had a look at the TurnsPro, which has just met its Kickstarter target.
There are plenty of smartphones out there which have good, if not great cameras, but even among the best the specs of the Panasonic Lumix CM1
stand out. It features a large 1-inch type 20-megapixel sensor which dwarfs those of most of its rivals, and boasts RAW shooting for more flexible processing. Gizmag recently got to spend a bit of time with the smartphone camera to see if it really is a viable high-end compact replacement.
The Tickr X is a chest-worn fitness tracker from Wahoo Fitness which can be used to track a wide variety of fitness information including heart rate and motion analytics data, whether you are into running, cycling or working out at the gym. We recently spent a bit of time with the tracker to see whether it's worth strapping around your chest.
Eyefi wireless SD cards have made it possible for cameras without built-in Wi-Fi to transfer images sans wires since 2007
. However, the firm's recent Mobi cards forwent more advanced features in the name of simplicity and smartphone connectivity. The new Mobi Pro card promises to be just as easy to use, but also boasts higher-end features in a bid to appeal to enthusiast and professional photographers. We spent a bit of time with the Eyefi Mobi Pro ahead of its release to check it out.