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HTC's pipe-like RE actioncam

Although HTC is best-known for its smartphones, today the company announced its venture into another product category – actioncams. The company has announced the RE, a viewfinder-less waterproof video camera that looks sort of like something you'd find in a plumbing store.  Read More

The FPS1000 captures slow motion video at up to 18,500 frames per second for the price of ...

Slow motion video is undeniably cool. It's not only visually intoxicating, it gives you a mind-bending perspective on the most fleeting of life's moments. Slow something down enough, and your brain can begin to catch up on the physics, dynamics and emotional content of events that transpire in the blink of an eye. The FPS1000 is a small, hand-held camera designed to capture slow motion video at up to 18,500 frames per second for the price of a decent compact instead of your typical US$100,000 slow-mo rig.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specifications and features of the GoPro Hero3+ and Hero4 actioncams

GoPro has recently updated its lineup of actioncams with new models that include improved 4K video recording or a built-in touchscreen. But which one is right for you to capture your extreme exploits, or even those of your dog? Gizmag compares the specs and features of the Black and Silver GoPro Hero3+ and Hero4 cameras.  Read More

The Relonch Camera works with the user's docked iPhone 5

Although there are already plenty of add-on lenses and apps that allow you to take better photos with your smartphone, they all ultimately still utilize the phone's existing lens and image sensor ... which typically aren't as good as those found on stand-alone cameras. The Relonch Camera, however, is designed to address that shortcoming. It's a proper camera that uses your docked iPhone as its brains.  Read More

The GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition will offer 4K recording at 30 FPS

GoPro has just announced three new models in its popular Hero actioncam line. The followup to the Hero 3, aptly named Hero 4, adds 4K recording at 30 frames per second. This should be a big improvement over the 4K/15fps seen on the previous model.  Read More

The newly-announced Contour Roam3

For a while there, the Contour actioncam company was in a state of hiatus, leaving many people wondering when and if it would resume making cameras. Well, now it's under new ownership, and today it announced its latest offering – the Contour Roam3. While the camera reportedly offers "the best video and sound quality of any Contour to date," it actually features less bells and whistles than the company's existing +2 model.  Read More

Gizmag looks back at a bustling Photokina 2014 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Every two years Cologne in Germany goes photo crazy. Photokina is the focal point for everyone who is passionate about taking photographs or recording video, or sitting back to enjoy looking at both. Over the past week, Gizmag has covered the big news coming out of Germany. Now we take a look at some new releases that didn't make the front page, and catch up with some show favorites.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Canon Powershot G7 X and Sony Cyber-shot RX1...

For the past few years, Sony's RX100 has been the go-to device if you want a pocketable compact camera with a zoom lens – that also offers a massive step up from your smartphone. But now the Cyber-shot RX100 III looks like it has some competition in the shape of the recently-announced Canon Powershot G7 X. Gizmag compares the specs and features of the would-be pocketable compact champions.  Read More

Inventor Mees Baayen demonstrates the Ultra Allround kit rig (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Camcorder and stills camera rigs can be complex, heavy and bulky affairs. Dutch inventor Mees Baayen has designed a modular camera rig system which breaks down into components that can be carried in the pockets of a user's shirt, trousers or jacket. The robust Ultra kit rigs are so versatile that Baayen says he's still discovering new ways to use them.  Read More

Jobo's LensTrue hardware on show at Photokina 2014 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Image manipulation software like Photoshop can be used to correct perspective distortion in photographs. But, says Germany's photo equipment veteran Jobo, the results can only ever be something similar to real proportions, and approximating perspective by sight and experience is time-consuming and cumbersome at best. The LensTrue system combines an electronic inclinometer that sits underneath the user's camera with advanced software that automatically deskews the captured RAW image to the correct perspective.  Read More

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