Photokina 2014 highlights

Cameras

The Ricoh WG-M1 is a waterproof, shock-resistant, and cold-resistant actioncam

The newly announced Ricoh WG-M1 is the latest addition to the WG-series of rugged adventure cameras. But its quirky form-factor differs from the rest of the line-up, and the new 14-megapixel camera is clearly designed to compete in the action camera market. It features a wide-angle lens, built-in Wi-Fi and a 1.5-inch LCD screen.  Read More

The Nikon Coolpix S6900 can help you take more flattering selfies

The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is the latest camera to be marketed on its selfie-friendly credentials. Announced ahead of Photokina, the 16-megapixel shooter features a vari-angle touchscreen and a built-in camera stand to make the framing of self-portraits easier, and mean they don't all feature an out-stretched arm. There's also Wi-Fi and NFC so you can get those all-important selfies onto social media site posthaste.  Read More

Withings Home is designed to be discrete (Photo: Chris Wood/Gizmag)

Home camera systems from baby monitors to full-blown security systems are nothing new, but living with them can be about as comfortable as living in the novel 1984. Making its debut at this year’s IFA electronics show in Berlin, the Withings Home video and environmental monitoring device tries to dispel that vibe in a user-friendly package that blends into modern home decor.  Read More

The Pentax K-S1 features an illumination interface with LEDs built into the camera body

The Pentax K-S1 does not look like your typical DSLR. Not just because the 20 megapixel camera is available in the sort of variety of colors we've come to expect from Pentax. But because it also features an intriguing illumination interface with LEDs built into the camera body to indicate its current status of operation, count down for a self-timer or show the number of faces identified in a shot.  Read More

The Fujifilm X30 is a retro-styled enthusiast-focused compact zoom camera

Fujifilm has revealed its latest retro-styled X-series camera, the enthusiast-focused compact zoom X30. The new shooter improves on last year's X20 with the addition of features including a built-in EVF, a larger tilting LCD monitor, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Fujifilm is also promising a considerably better battery life from the new model.  Read More

The Sony KW1 looks like a perfume bottle, but acts like a camera

The newly announced Sony KW1 is about as quirky as cameras get. Not only is the selfie-centric shooter designed to look like a perfume bottle, but it also comes loaded with features to make its users look more attractive in their photographs. There's also a 180 degree rotating lens and built-in Wi-Fi for the instant sharing of those digitally enhanced selfies.  Read More

The Leica M-P a discreet variation of the M camera which lacks the iconic red dot

Leica has announced the launch of the M-P rangefinder camera. The new model improves on the original Leica M by featuring a bigger buffer, a sapphire glass display-cover, and a frame selection lever for subject framing. The German firm has also opted to make the M-P more discreet by omitting the iconic red dot.  Read More

Two collaborating Japanese universities have laid claim to creating the world’s fastest ca...

At a mind-boggling 4.4 trillion frames per second (FPS), the new STAMP (Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography) system developed by two Japanese universities is claimed to be the world’s fastest camera. Taking pictures at a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels, the new image-capturing device is purported to be so fast that it can be used to photograph the conduction of heat, which travels at a speed equivalent to one-sixth the velocity of light.  Read More

Gizmag helps you choose the best camera for your next vacation

What camera will you take on your next vacation? Maybe it needs to be small enough to carry as you trek to Machu Picchu, or survive underwater when you go scuba-diving in the Bahamas. It might need enough zoom to get up close with animals on a safari in the Maasai Mara, or the low-light image quality to capture the streets of Paris at night. Let Gizmag help you choose the best camera for your next vacation.  Read More

The camera uses diffused light instead of mirrors to see around corners

Peeking around a corner has long been a staple of spy films and TV, from Get Smart to 007. Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada have found a better way than poking a makeup mirror about, however: a camera system that can reconstruct the shape of objects using diffusely scattered laser light.  Read More

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