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— Digital Cameras

Joby's Action Jib Kit offers a new perspective on your stunts

By - April 7, 2015 4 Pictures
Joby has introduced an action camera-focused jib kit to let you capture your extreme endeavors (or more mundane activities) from a new perspective. Part of the Action Series line-up, the Action Jib Kit and Pole Pack is designed for action cameras including GoPro, Contour and the Sony Action Cam. It should make it easier to film that skateboard trick you've been practicing, with more cinematic-style camera movements. Read More
— Drones

Shift handles the camera work for drone pilots

By - February 25, 2015 6 Pictures
Although camera-equipped drones have opened up all sorts of film-making possibilities, trying to simultaneously control the aircraft and the camera movements can definitely be challenging. That's why Perceptiv Labs developed Shift. It's a system that allows a DJI or 3D Robotics quadcopter's motorized camera to automatically keep a tagged subject centered in the frame, letting the user concentrate on flying. Read More
— Aircraft

Skyshot Helikite provides a simpler alternative to aerial drone photography

By - January 29, 2015 5 Pictures
It's certainly no secret that consumer drones are proving to be extremely popular for shooting aerial videos. That said, the things still aren't perfect – you can't fly them for more than about 25 minutes per battery charge, pre-flight procedures such as calibrating their compass can be tricky, they're noisy, and they can fall out of the sky and hurt people. Allsopp's Action Cam Skyshot Helikite, however, is claimed to have none of these problems. It's basically just a GoPro-carrying kytoon – a kite/balloon hybrid. Read More
— Digital Cameras

SoloShot2 wants to be your robo-cameraperson

By - November 28, 2014 3 Pictures
A couple of years ago, we first heard about the SoloShot. It's a robotic device that sits between a video camera and a tripod, automatically panning the camera to keep the surfing, skiing, etc subject centered in the shot. The idea is that you can get video of yourself doin' your thing, without calling upon someone else to act as a videographer. The SoloShot2 takes things a step further, most notably by also tilting the camera. Read More
— Drones

Cirque du Soleil and ETH Zurich collaborate on human/drone performance

By - September 22, 2014 8 Pictures
Fans of the Disney classic Fantasia will no doubt remember the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment of that film, in which a hapless Mickey Mouse accidentally brings an army of mops to life. Well, Cirque du Soleil has teamed up with ETH Zurich and spinoff group Verity Studios to create a somewhat similar video entitled Sparked – instead of mops, however, it features a fleet of lampshade-clad quadcopters. Read More
— Drones

Iris+ is the first consumer drone to be able to follow its user

By - September 9, 2014 7 Pictures
Last year, 3D Robotics announced its Iris quadcopter drone. Like other similar products, it can either be flown manually using radio remote control, or it can use its onboard GPS to autonomously fly between a series of preprogrammed waypoints. Today, however, the company announced its successor, the Iris +. Its big feature is the Follow Me function, which allows it to automatically fly along above a moving ground-based GPS-enabled Android device. This means that when equipped with a GoPro actioncam, it can get tracking footage of you as you cycle, ski or surf. Read More
— Digital Cameras Review

Review: Knog's Qudos Action camera light for GoPro Hero

By - August 14, 2014 9 Pictures
We've seen a plethora of accessories for the GoPro Hero actioncam cropping up over the past few years, including everything from stabilizers to drones to helmet-mounted poles. Surprisingly, though, except for scuba-specific models, there's been almost nothing in the way of lights. Australian bike gadget manufacturer Knog recently set out to fill that void, by releasing its Qudos Action light earlier this month. I recently had a chance to get my hands on the thing, and liked what it had to offer. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Elephant Steady camera stabilizer uses iPhone gyro to stay on the level

By - July 17, 2014 6 Pictures
One of the neat things about smartphones is the fact that when gadgets are designed to be used with them, those devices can make use of the phone's sensors and other electronics instead of incorporating their own. This, of course, means that those devices can thus be smaller and cheaper than would otherwise be possible. The Elephant Steady is a new motorized iPhone camera-stabilizing rig, that takes this approach. Read More
— Digital Cameras

DJI releases Ronin camera-stabilizing rig

By - July 8, 2014 3 Pictures
DJI Innovations is a company that's best-known for its consumer and professional-grade multicopters, including the popular Phantom line of quadcopters. One of its products, the ZenMuse, is a motorized gimbal designed to keep cameras steady and level when mounted beneath such aircraft. Now, that same tech is available for hand-held video cameras, in the form of the Ronin stabilizing rig. Read More
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