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Sena's 10C - action cam and Bluetooth headset in one compact unit (Photo: Nick Lavars/Gizm...

Sena's 10C is the first Bluetooth headset to hit the market with a built-in action camera. It takes the intercom and phone integration features of the SMH-10, and mashes them together with the video capabilities of the Sena Prism we reviewed last week, while adding the convenience of dashcam-style video tagging. And after just a few days' use, we're happy to pronounce it the best gadget in the Sena range – one of those rare moments when you find yourself thinking "how come nobody ever thought of this before?"  Read More

Housed in a 3D-printed body, the prototype device is of low resolution at present, but the...

By using the light reflected from the object being recorded, researchers claim to have created a prototype video camera that could potentially record indefinitely under its own power. By incorporating energy-harvesting photodiodes within the pixels of its image-capture array, the new camera produces self-sustaining electrical power while simultaneously capturing video footage.  Read More

The Virb X and XE are a pair of new action cameras from Garmin

Garmin has announced two new action cameras which it hopes can de-throne GoPro with the addition of more action data. The new Virb X and Virb XE models boast a new more GoPro-like form-factor, and come in standard and high-end versions like the Hero4 Silver and Black cameras. However, the new cameras are waterproof without the need for an external case, and are packed with sensors which allow users to display data overlays on their action videos.  Read More

Sena Prism mounted on a Nolan N104 flip-face helmet (Photo: Chris Blain/Gizmag.com)

Sena's excellent 20S Bluetooth headset is my daily driver these days, and now there's an action camera to go with it. The Prism is a 1080p/30 fps camera designed specifically for motorcycle use, and it links up with the 20S to take advantage of the headset's audio capabilities. While it's not yet perfect, it delivers good quality vision, outstanding audio and a motorcycle-focused mount kit that deserves a lot of praise.  Read More

The GoPro HeroCast is a professional micro transmitter for broadcasters that want to use a...

Footage from live events could soon become more immersive and extreme after GoPro announced the launch of its HeroCast micro transmitter. The new system will make it easier for broadcasters to incorporate GoPro footage into live productions, enabling them to offer viewers unique perspectives of that death-defying stunt or bone-crunching tackle as it happens.  Read More

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera - light enough to fly on a compact quadcopter, but with an ...

Blackmagic Design has just announced yet another disruptive pro video product – the US$995 Micro Cinema Camera. Weighing just 10 ounces (300 grams), the BMCC is designed to be a GoPro killer action camera that puts an unprecedented level of control into a package small enough to be carried by a compact quadcopter. Here's a drone camera that will let you mount your choice of micro 4/3rds lenses, and control everything from focus to iris and even zoom from your remote control. Plus it will record everything in uncompressed CinemaDNG raw video for extreme editability in post production. The world of drone videography just got a lot richer.  Read More

A prototype Jackie drone keeps vigil on a home while the owners are out

Jackie Wu and Ritwik Ummalaneni are aiming to give some tiny flying quadcopters a new job in home security. The idea is to have a Jackie drone linked to a home Wi-Fi network charged up and ready to patrol. Using a smartphone app, the home owner can remotely activate Jackie and fly it around the house to see what's going on with the help of video feeds from its onboard camera. It's still early days for the project, but a proof of concept prototype system has already clocked up some flight time and a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to bring the idea to life.  Read More

A tiny, cheap chip may soon bring 3D imaging to smartphones, robotics, and many other area...

As if smartphones can't already do enough, soon they may be able to scan three-dimensional objects and send the resultant high-resolution 3D images to a 3D printer that produces hyper-accurate replicas. This comes thanks to a small and inexpensive device called a nanophotonic coherent imager (NCI), which was developed by scientists at Caltech. The NCI could add 3D imaging to a variety of other devices and applications such as improving motion sensitivity in human machine interfaces and driverless cars.  Read More

The Panasonic Lumix CM1 is a high-end compact camera which is also an Android smartphone (...

There are plenty of smartphones out there which have good, if not great cameras, but even among the best the specs of the Panasonic Lumix CM1 stand out. It features a large 1-inch type 20-megapixel sensor which dwarfs those of most of its rivals, and boasts RAW shooting for more flexible processing. Gizmag recently got to spend a bit of time with the smartphone camera to see if it really is a viable high-end compact replacement.  Read More

HTC's peculiar-looking RE camera is designed to fit snugly in the palm of your hand (Photo...

High-end smartphones sure can snap a pretty picture these days. This fact alone means it won't be easy for HTC to win over mobile photographers with its pocket-size RE camera. Billed as an easy-to-grip device that shoots photos and video with a new level of convenience, HTC is looking to cater to those times when a memory is begging to be captured but your smartphone is out of arms reach or buried in your bag. We've spent the last month playing around with the RE, and though it won't be for everyone, its quirky design and well-rounded capabilities certainly offer a different kind of shooting experience.  Read More

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