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Google Camera's new Lens Blur effect simulates bokeh

With the new Google Camera app, you can choose where your photo is focused after you shoot, and then dial in whatever amount of lens blur you like to separate the subject from the background. It's a very clever piece of software that simulates the 'bokeh' effect you get from using an expensive, large-sensor SLR camera and an expensive, wide aperture telephoto lens.  Read More

The Eyefi Cloud offers unlimited photo uploads at a cost of US$49 per year

In 2007, Mountain View's Eyefi (formerly Eye-Fi) was the first to release an SD memory card that gave compatible digital cameras the ability to transfer images wirelessly to computers over Wi-Fi. A few years later, the company included an "endless memory" feature that checked for successful upload and deleted the image on the card to free up space. Last year, saw the launch of Eye-Fi Mobi cards which made it easier to throw images over to mobile devices, and now a private online storage service has been announced, offering unlimited photo uploads and allowing users to instantly share captured moments with friends and family over multiple devices.  Read More

The Pentax 645Z is the latest medium-format camera to use a CMOS sensor

Just a few months ago, there were no medium-format cameras with CMOS sensors. Now, it feels like you can't turn around in a camera store without bumping into one. Following hot on the heels of the Hasselblad H5D-50c and Phase One IQ250 is the Pentax 645Z, from Ricoh Imaging. An update to the Pentax 645D, the new US$8,500 medium-format DSLR features a 51.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, a wide sensitivity range, and Full HD video recording.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on with the soon-to-be-released Olympus Stylus SH-1

The recently revealed Olympus Stylus SH-1 has the potential to be a great compact travel camera: it's stylish, pocketable and has a versatile long zoom lens. And while we haven't quite had the chance to put it through its paces on a nice holiday in Venice, we did get the opportunity to spend a bit of time with a pre-production model at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham, UK.  Read More

The Nikon 1 J4 will be bundled with a new 1 Nikkor VR 10–30mm F3.5–F5.6 kit lens which fea...

Nikon has added two new cameras to its 2014 line-up. The J4 is the new mid-range 1 Series camera, which inherits a lot of tech and features from its higher-end V3 sibling, while the Coolpix S810c is the company's latest attempt at an Android-powered compact camera and boasts an increased focal range and a bigger rear touchscreen than its predecessor.  Read More

Tiffen's Steadicam Curve gets put to the test

While there may now be a slew of compact camcorder stabilizing rigs on the market, it was Tiffen that offered the first such product three years ago, in the form of its Steadicam Smoothee. Late last year, the company began shipping its Steadicam Curve – a device that's similar to the Smoothee, but optimized for use with GoPro Hero actioncams. I recently had the chance to try the Curve out for myself, to see how good it really is at smoothin' out the shakes.  Read More

The new Sony α7S full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

Sony's pocket-friendly α7 and α7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are shortly to be joined by a 4K-capable sibling in the shape of the α7S. The camera features a brand new CMOS sensor that works with the company's BIONZ X image processor to deliver a reported stills and video sensitivity range of up to ISO409600 for impressive low-light, flash-free prowess, while also keeping noise to a minimum.  Read More

The Lensbaby LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens has been designed for use with the iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, an...

Lensbaby has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring its sweet-spot, selective focus photography to the iPhone. The LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens is a smartphone lens designed to produce images with the same classic Lensbaby look – a sweet-spot of focus surrounded by gradually increasing blur – as the firm's creative effects DSLR and mirrorless lenses.  Read More

Andra's motion focus system – a creative and sophisticated autofocus system for large sens...

Cinema Control Laboratories has come up with a system it calls Andra, which is like an incredibly advanced and configurable autofocus system for large sensor cameras with wide aperture lenses – and it’s already creating some beautiful footage that would be ridiculously hard to capture manually.  Read More

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 features 5-axis mechanical image stabilization

It's not just retro styling that's making its way from the Olympus flagship mirrorless line-up to its compact cameras. Some of the high-end tech is, too. The recently announced Stylus SH-1 is a 24x zoom camera which boasts built-in Wi-Fi, a TruePic VII image processor, and the 5-axis mechanical image stabilization which was originally developed for the Olympus OM-D E-M5.  Read More

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