Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Digital Cameras

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

The Panasonic HX-A500 is a 4K wearable camcorder

Panasonic has unveiled the world's first 4K 30/25p wearable camcorder, the HX-A500. Following in the dua-body footsteps of the HX-A100, the camera part of the new 4K-toting device can be worn on the head sans helmet thanks to head mount, while the main body – which now includes an LCD monitor for checking shots on the go – sits in an armband worn by the user.  Read More

The Luuv works with a number of smartphones and small camcorders, including the GoPro Hero...

With the number of video stabilizing rigs for GoPros and smartphones hitting the market lately, if one wants to stand out, it's gotta be different. Well, the Luuv is just that. Besides having a unique form factor, it can be flipped over and used upside-down.  Read More

The Sony A7 and A7R have each received a number of performance boosts thanks to new firmwa...

Sony has released firmware updates for it's flagship A7 and A7R mirrorless cameras, improving the performance of the already very capable duo. The main benefits of the update include faster start-up times, improved image quality and quicker autofocus with some lenses.  Read More

The 20 megapixel Smart Camera NX mini from Samsung

Samsung has revealed a pocket-friendly mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that's claimed to be the thinnest and lightest on the market. The 20 megapixel Smart Camera NX mini sports a flip up, touch-enabled display panel designed to take the guesswork out of self portraits, has built-in NFC and Wi-Fi with Smart Camera features, and is available with a new NX-M mount wide-angle lens for inclusive group shots.  Read More

The Nikon 1 V3, including optional EVF and grip

Nikon is adding a new member to its 1 system mirrorless camera range. The company is claiming the world's fastest continuous shooting frame rate (among interchangeable lens digital cameras) for the V3, which also brings a new image sensor, an impressive hybrid autofocus system, high ISO noise reduction prowess and built-in Wi-Fi. The new model is also a little more compact than 2012's V2, having had the built-in electronic viewfinder stripped away.  Read More

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