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GekkoPod is a flexible mount for compact cameras, action-cams or smartphones, which can give them the support they need by clinging onto, gripping and wrapping around everyday objects. The five-legged mount, which was inspired by the feet of a gecko, is currently on Kickstarter where it's exceeded its funding target within a couple of days.

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The Radian 2 is a time-lapse motion-controller which improves on its predecessor with the addition of wireless Bluetooth programming from iOS or Android devices, and camera control via USB. Multiple devices can be used together for multi-axis motion shots, while brackets and adapter kits allow for tilting and linear movement. The Radian 2 is currently on Kickstarter, where it has already met its funding target with 14 days left.

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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G7 feels like it's as much a little brother to the 4K-toting GH4, as a follow-up to the G6. It's being billed as the mirrorless camera to bring the full benefits of 4K video to the rest of us, thanks to its ability to shoot 4K footage at 30 fps, and then extract 8-megapixel stills from it. While we've seen those features before, the G7 is arguably the first time they've been built into a mirrorless camera which is simultaneously powerful and accessible to the masses.

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A team of big picture-thinking researchers has developed a novel way of creating stable time-lapse videos by sewing together millions of public photos taken from the internet. The resulting sequences document everything from retreating glaciers to the construction of Las Vegas skyscrapers, without the team even needing to leave the lab.

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The Fujifilm X-T10 is the latest addition to the X-series line-up, and a little sibling to the high-end Fujifilm X-T1. As such the new mirrorless camera has a lot in common with its bigger brother, including a 16.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a 2.36 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and the recently announced new autofocus modes. However, to reduce the intimidation factor for less experienced photographers, the camera is smaller and more accessible, with an Auto Mode Switch lever for accessing the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode.

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The Manfrotto Klyp+ for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the firm's latest photography-enhancing smartphone cases, and as the name would suggest, are designed specifically for the most recent Apple iPhones. In addition to protecting the iPhone for bumps and knocks, the new Klyp+ cases allow users to attach Manfrotto lenses to create different effects. They can also be used with a clip-on LED light, and easily mounted on a tripod.

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Fujifilm has announced a new firmware update for its X-T1 mirrorless camera which offers significant enhancements, particularly when it comes to autofocus. New Zone and Wide/Tracking modes, which now use 77 points across a wider area, should make moving subjects easier to capture, while the camera also gains Eye Detection AF, a new Auto Marco mode and a number of other enhancements.

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QromaScan is a simple scanning setup which might mean you finally get around to digitizing and organizing those boxes of old photos you've got gathering dust in the attic. The system, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, combines the camera and voice recognition of an iPhone, with a green-screen lightbox to make it quick and easy to produce digital files of printed photos.

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Leica has announced the latest iteration of its undeniably niche but strangely compelling Leica M Monochrom, a US$7500 camera which only shoots in black-and-white. The new version (Typ 246) is said to significantly improve on the image quality of its predecessor by using a newly developed 24-megapixel black-and-white CMOS sensor, and the camera now also features Live View and Full HD video recording. Read More
Lomography has announced its latest Art-series lens which brings the original optics of the iconic Lomo LC-A camera to interchangeable lens cameras. The LC-A Minitar-1 Art is a 32-mm F2.8 lens which uses a Leica M mount, meaning it can be used by a wide array of analog and digital cameras with an adapter, and is said to deliver classic LC-A style images with vivid colors and signature vignetting. Read More
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