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Competition is hotting up for the space under that quadcopter you've got your eye on. The E1 from Z Camera is a tiny drone-friendly Micro Four Thirds camera which can shoot 4K video and has far exceeded its funding target on Kickstarter. Like the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, the E1 aims to offer the benefits of a compact action camera form-factor with the quality and options you get from more traditionally-sized interchangeable lens cameras.
Though there are all manner of cool ways to fire the shutter of your camera with triggers like the Triggertrap and ioShutter, fashion shoots are traditionally still done with the old-fashioned finger and button combo. Not so at a recent shoot for an Australian retailer, in which 42 customized cameras were automatically triggered by frequencies in a live musical performance. Is it time to fire the photographer and hire a drummer?
The updates to the GoPro line-up so far in 2015 haven't been specification-beating flagship offerings, but with new models that are more affordable or smaller, they might still be the right cameras for you. Gizmag looks at the key specs and features of the new Hero4 Session and Hero+ LCD cameras to see how they compare to the Hero4 Black and Silver from last year.
Panasonic has updated its mirrorless camera line-up with the DMC-GX8, a follow-up to the GX7
which retains the retro styling of its predecessor, but adds mod-cons
like a higher megapixel count, 4K capabilities and dual image
stabilization technology. The camera is also due to gain a new Post
Focus feature – allowing users to select a focus point after taking an
image – in an upcoming firmware update.
Activity trackers are rarely just activity trackers nowadays, some include heart-rate monitors, while others deliver smart notifications to your wrist. Misfit, however, appears to see a different future for its trackers, doubling as wearable smart buttons which can be used as remote controls for things like taking a selfie, or controlling your music playback on Spotify.
There's no shortage of robot-based toys out there which are claimed to be both fun, and teach your budding young roboticist the basics of programming. Following in the digital footsteps of Play-i, Kibo and Hackaball, is Vortex, a friendly Arduino-based bot that can connect to iOS and Android devices, play games, and be programmed by children as young as six-years-old.
Olloclip's clip-on lenses have impressed smartphone photographers since they launched on Kickstarter four years ago, and they recently featured in our roundup of the best smartphone camera accessories. Now the firm behind them is returning to the crowd-funding site with a new product, the Olloclip Studio, a photography-enhancing iPhone 6 or 6 Plus case and accessory system.
In a bid to improve their lifestyles an increasing number of people are turning to sensor-toting wearables, but your environment can be just as important as your body. CubeSensors are sensor-packed devices which monitor external factors and give advice to improve your relaxation, productivity or, in conjunction with a Jawbone or Fitbit tracker, sleep quality. Never missing the chance to sleep in the name of work, we recently spent some quality time with the little cubes.
Olympus has announced its Air A01 add-on camera for smartphones, which turns your Android or iOS device into a very capable mirrorless camera, will be getting a wider release and heading to the US. Previously only available in Japan, the Olympus Air A01 is a smartphone-controlled camera similar to the Sony QX1, but features a Micro Four Thirds lens mount with a matching 16-megapixel sensor and is an open platform for developers.
Last year JVC gave its Everio camcorders a rugged makeover, with the GZ-R10 and GZ-R70 models getting the same sort of protection as its ADIXXION actioncam. Now the firm has updated its tough camcorder offering with the new Quad Proof Everio GZ-R450 and GZ-R320, which boast improved battery life and performance, while still being dust-proof, water-proof, drop-proof and freeze-proof.