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The Leica X Vario features an APS-C format sensor and a zoom lens

After what feels like weeks of hype, Leica has finally unveiled its much-teased Mini M. Officially revealed as the Leica X Vario (Typ 107), the new camera is a 16.2-megapixel shooter with an APS-C format sensor and a 18-46-mm zoom lens. But, while it's obviously been designed to look like the iconic Leica M, this isn't the compact system alternative many Leica fans had hoped for.  Read More

The Spinpod motion control unit is currently vying for funding on Kickstarter

The continuous panorama function on digital cameras and smartphones can create stunning photographs in the right hands. But, to get that shot just right, those hands need to be steady. The Spinpod is a portable motion control unit which is designed to make creating panoramas easier, while removing the need for you to spin on the spot.  Read More

iHeart Locket is an iPad based diary for children which can be locked using an accompanyin...

Children used to hide their diaries from prying parental eyes by shutting them with a flimsy lock and stuffing them under a pillow. But, this being 2013, journals are more likely to be kept digitally, and good luck stuffing that iPad under your pillow. iHeart Locket is an iPad based diary for children which can be locked using an accompanying smart necklace pendant.  Read More

Gizmag spends a bit of time testing the Nikon Coolpix A

At first glance, the Nikon Coolpix A looks like a typical, if slightly retro, compact camera. But, it actually contains a large APS-C sensor, the same size found in most DSLRs. It also boasts a relatively speedy f/2.8 18.5-mm fixed lens, which should enable it to take photographs rivaling the quality of much bigger cameras. After getting a brief pre-release hands-on with the camera, we've now had the chance to spend some quality time with it, to see if it lives up to the potential.  Read More

The Joby UltraPlate can be used with a both a tripod plate and a shoulder strap at the sam...

The Joby UltraPlate is a new universal quick-release plate which enables photographers to attach both a tripod and a shoulder strap to their camera. What makes this plate stand out from the rest of the field is that both accessories can be connected simultaneously, meaning no more unnecessary fiddling when moving between tripod and hand-holding a camera.  Read More

Flickr users can now get a terabyte of free storage space

Yahoo has just given Flickr its biggest makeover to date. Users of the photo-sharing behemoth now get a terabyte of free storage space, and the whole site has been given an updated image-centric look and feel. Other changes include the ability to upload larger images or videos, and new account options.  Read More

The Fusion Plate is designed for quick and easy switching between a tripod and shoulder st... Combining a quick-release plate made from aerospace grade aluminum and a sturdy flip-up accessory loop, the Fusion Plate is designed to allow photographers to quickly and easily switch between a shoulder strap and tripod.  Read More

Used on a Nikon 1 camera, the NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 gives a focal length equivalent of approxi...

Photographers using the Nikon 1 system will soon have another option when it comes to shooting portraits with a shallow depth-of-field, after Nikon announced the release of the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens. The new lens also boasts a string of enthusiast-friendly firsts for the 1 NIKKOR line-up, including Nano Crystal Coat, Silent Wave Motor and a manual focus ring.  Read More

The LeapFrog LeapReader id designed to help children learn how to read and write

LeapFrog has revealed its latest product aimed at improving the literacy of youngsters, the LeapReader. The pen-like device follows on from the Tag Reading System and works with a library of more than 150 reading, activity and audio-books, to teach children not only how to recognize and say letters or words, but also how to write them.  Read More

The design of the Olympus PEN E-P5 certainly does the job of paying homage to the original...

Olympus has decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its classic PEN F camera by launching its latest digital successor, the PEN E-P5. But, while the new Micro Four Thirds shooter bears more than a passing resemblance to the original PEN F, its retro good looks house modern features including a 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, 5-axis image stabilization and built-in WiFi capabilities.  Read More

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