We've already looked at some of the best full frame DSLRs available this year, and now it's time to turn our attention to some very capable cameras, but with slightly smaller sensors. Here Gizmag compares the key specs and features of some of the best mid-range and enthusiast DSLRs with APS-C sensors.
A piece of Cold War memorabilia is going on sale in Hong Kong as Bonhams auctions a rare spy camera disguised as a packet of Lucky Strike cigarettes. The high precision 16 mm stills camera was made by the Mast Development Corp in 1949 or 1950 for the US Signal Corps and is believed to be one of only two in existence.
Much has changed in camera design over the years, but snapping photos and shooting video still invariably requires a lens to capture light and focus on a subject. But if a camera could somehow replicate this process digitally, making relatively chunky lens attachments completely unnecessary, what would be left to look at? Well, going by new research underway at Rice University, not really much at all. Engineers have produced a functional camera that is thinner than a dime, raising the possibility of tiny, flexible versions that could one day be embedded in everything from your wallpaper to your credit card.
The original Lytro camera lets you capture everything in focus, and shift your perspective after you take a photo. It is still cutting-edge tech, and Gizmag Store currently has 64% off the 16GB model — take an extra 10% off with coupon code "EARLY10".
The Nikon Fisheye Nikkor F5.6 6.2-mm SAP is said to be one of the world's rarest camera lenses. The bulbous piece of glass, which is actually able to see behind itself, was never made available to the public, and only three examples are believed to have been produced. This month, one of those will go up for auction, where it's thought it could sell for up to US$50,000.
Pulse is a remote camera trigger for Canon and Nikon DSLRs which allows users to wirelessly control the shutter and adjust settings such as ISO, aperture and shutter speed from their smartphone. The device, which can also be used when shooting video or time-lapses, is currently on Kickstarter, where it exceeded its US$50,000 funding target in just three hours.
Due to launch on Kickstarter next month, Tikee is a camera system that's aimed at making it easier to shoot high-quality time-lapse videos. The camera features dual wide angle lenses to produce immersive footage, and is designed to be durable enough to remain in position longer than you’d probably be happy leaving your DSLR out for.
It was just last month that consumer drone manufacturer DJI extended its focus from the sky to the ground, by introducing the motor-stabilized Osmo action camera. Well, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that another quadcopter-maker has followed suit. Today, Yuneec announced its new Typhoon ActionCam, which sounds like it could give the Osmo a run for its money.
Slopes is a unique GoPro stand which aims to make it faster and easier to position your action camera. Currently on Indiegogo, the polyhedron stand has slots to attach it to a GoPro camera in various orientations, and can then be rested on different sides to shoot footage from 20 different positions.
When camera maker Lytro launched in 2011, it offered snappers something a little different – the ability to shift focus after a photo has been taken. If you wanted light field video, however, you were out of luck. The company has now rectified that with the Immerge system, a four component platform that's billed as the industry's first end-to end hardware, software and related services solution for the production of professional-grade cinematic VR content.