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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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— Wearable Electronics Review

Review: Basis Peak fitness and sleep tracker

By - May 12, 2015 33 Pictures

The Basis Peak is a wrist-worn fitness tracker which is jam-packed with sensors to monitor an array of information about your body and activity. It also automatically detects whether you're walking, running, cycling or sleeping, and can deliver smartphone notifications to your wrist. Gizmag recently spent a bit of time with the fitness tracker to see how well it performs, and how useful all of that information really is.

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— Digital Cameras

Fujifilm X-T1 gets substantial AF-boosting firmware update

By - May 12, 2015 3 Pictures

Fujifilm has announced a new firmware update for its X-T1 mirrorless camera which offers significant enhancements, particularly when it comes to autofocus. New Zone and Wide/Tracking modes, which now use 77 points across a wider area, should make moving subjects easier to capture, while the camera also gains Eye Detection AF, a new Auto Marco mode and a number of other enhancements.

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— Mobile Technology

QromaScan scans and tags photos with an iPhone and your voice

By - May 11, 2015 4 Pictures

QromaScan is a simple scanning setup which might mean you finally get around to digitizing and organizing those boxes of old photos you've got gathering dust in the attic. The system, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, combines the camera and voice recognition of an iPhone, with a green-screen lightbox to make it quick and easy to produce digital files of printed photos.

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— Digital Cameras

Leica's new M Monochrom ups the black-and-white ante

By - May 1, 2015 6 Pictures
Leica has announced the latest iteration of its undeniably niche but strangely compelling Leica M Monochrom, a US$7500 camera which only shoots in black-and-white. The new version (Typ 246) is said to significantly improve on the image quality of its predecessor by using a newly developed 24-megapixel black-and-white CMOS sensor, and the camera now also features Live View and Full HD video recording. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Lomography reveals the LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens

By - May 1, 2015 10 Pictures
Lomography has announced its latest Art-series lens which brings the original optics of the iconic Lomo LC-A camera to interchangeable lens cameras. The LC-A Minitar-1 Art is a 32-mm F2.8 lens which uses a Leica M mount, meaning it can be used by a wide array of analog and digital cameras with an adapter, and is said to deliver classic LC-A style images with vivid colors and signature vignetting. Read More
— Digital Cameras

TomTom wants you to "shake to edit" with its Bandit action camera

By - May 1, 2015 8 Pictures
Following hot-on-the-heels of the Garmin Virb X and XE, the TomTom Bandit is the latest action camera from a firm best-known for its GPS devices which aims to do something different to GoPro through the use of built-in sensors. In addition to recording data which can be presented visually in videos, the Bandit automatically tags action-packed moments and makes it easy to compile them in videos with an automatic "shake to edit" function. Read More
— 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
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