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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

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
— Digital Cameras

Joby's Action Jib Kit offers a new perspective on your stunts

By - April 7, 2015 4 Pictures
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, Contour 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. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Nikon's 1 J5 gets 4K video and a retro makeover

By - April 2, 2015 15 Pictures
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. Read More
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