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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
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
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
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
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
Action cameras don't have to be mounted to the chest of a sky-diver, the back of a dog, or the helmet of someone mowing the lawn, to shoot interesting footage. The new Joby Action Grip and Pole are action-oriented accessories designed to help users shoot from different perspectives while retaining hand-held control over their camera. Gizmag recently spent a bit of time with the kit ahead of its release. Read More
The FlashQ Q20 is an interesting flash unit which doesn't have to be used on top of your camera. The flash is different from most others in that it features a detachable hot shoe radio transmitter which allows it to be used either on-camera, or wirelessly. Currently vying for funding on Indiegogo, the FlashQ Q20 also boasts a tilting flash head and an LED video/modeling light. Read More
If you've got the urge to take a selfie, then there's a number of ways you can go about it. While you could always just yank out your smartphone, options like the selfie stick and snap-happy drones promise to squeeze a little more in shot. Looking to fill another slot in the selfie aficionado's toolkit is the team behind Podo, a small wireless camera that can be slapped on any surface and controlled remotely with your smartphone. Read More
Following hot on the heels of the D5500, Nikon has revealed yet another DSLR upgrade, this time in the form of a higher-end APS-C DSLR. The D7200 is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary upgrade to the D7100, but the 24-megapixel shooter still boasts a number of key improvements such as improved low-light performance, a bigger buffer and the addition of built-in Wi-Fi. Read More
Ricoh has revealed the Pentax K-S2, a small weather-resistant DSLR which features a number of firsts for the K-series. The new 20-megapixel camera – said to be the world’s smallest dust-proof, weather-resistant DSLR – boasts built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and has a vari-angle LCD monitor. Also announced by Ricoh was the new rugged WG-5 GPS-packing camera. Read More
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