Photokina 2014 highlights

Photography

The Breffo Adventure Camera Kit can wrap around a tree branch

Breffo, the firm behind the eight-legged Spiderpodium gadget dock, has revealed another spidery product, the Adventure Camera Kit. The new device, which can hold any compact camera or action-cam with a typical tripod thread, is designed to be used in situations where a normal tripod couldn't cut it – such as hanging from railings, or attaching it to a tree branch or bike handlebars.  Read More

The Pop-Up Pinhole project enables a pinhole camera to be constructed entirely from thick ...

Pinhole cameras – that use a pin hole rather than a lens – have been around since the beginning of photography and could be, to coin a popular phrase, a form of "vintage" innovation. A recent Kickstarter project aims to bring this established photographic methodology back to today's users in the form of an assemble-it-yourself cardboard pinhole camera.  Read More

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6 is the first interchangeable lens camera to feature NFC

Panasonic has revealed its latest GF Series camera, the LUMIX DMC-GF6. With the addition of easier access to manual controls and a chunkier body, the new mirrorless digital camera looks set to take the series in a slightly more enthusiast direction. However, the standout feature of the GF6 is undoubtedly its wireless capabilities, which include Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC technology – meaning users can easily connect the camera to a smartphone/tablet with a simple touch.  Read More

The Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera, or MASC, is able to capture 3D photos of individual snow...

Falling snow can play havoc with radar systems, so the more that we know about the manner in which snow falls, the better that those systems can be equipped to compensate for it. That’s why for the past three years, researchers from the University of Utah have been developing a device known as the Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera – or MASC. Using three cameras and two motion sensors, it captures 3D photos of snowflakes in free-fall.  Read More

The Hama Wi-Fi Data Reader for Apple Devices means files can be wirelessly accessed by an ...

With the proliferation of smart-cameras, cameras with wireless capabilities and Wi-Fi memory cards, it's never been easier to get your images where you want without resorting to using cables. Adding to these options, Hama has just announced a wireless card reader which is designed to transfer photos and videos onto your iPad or iPhone sans wires. The Wi-Fi Data Reader for Apple Devices can also be used as a Wi-Fi repeater/router.  Read More

The NeroTrigger uses sensors to ensure you always capture the moment ... no matter how bri...

There's something undeniably cool about photos of high-speed blink-and-you-miss-it subjects like balloons mid-burst or flashes of lightning. But, unless you've got the reactions of an about-to-be-swatted fly, they can be tricky to take. Luckily, more and more remote triggers are cropping up which use sensors to ensure you always capture the moment, no matter how brief. The NeroTrigger is the latest such offering which incorporates light, sound and laser sensors, among other things.  Read More

Gizmag takes a hands-on look at Photojojo's Pocket Spotlight photographic light source

Never before have I so wished that I could use a device for taking photos of that device. That was certainly the case with Photojojo’s US$30 Pocket Spotlight, however. It’s simply a tiny battery-powered array of 32 LED bulbs, that provide a source of soft, even light as an alternative to the harsh light of a flash. While serious photographers will already have proper lighting systems of their own, it’s a nice tool for all the point-and-shooters out there.  Read More

The miniaturized Minox DCC 14.0 can fit in the palm of your hand

Minox has revealed the latest version of its miniaturized digital classic camera, the Minox DCC 14.0. The tiny camera – which is made to a scale of 1:3 and can fit in the palm of your hand – features a 14-megapixel sensor, a fixed lens and an optical viewfinder. But users shouldn't expect image quality to rival higher-end (and considerably larger) retro-shooters like the Fujifilm X100S.  Read More

The onboard battery of the Sun and Cloud camera from Superheadz can be charged via USB, a ...

Though the increasingly competent cameras in smartphones are making the digital compact all-but obsolete, there is still a healthy market for novelties like the Digi Cam and Digital Harinezumi 2++. Another decidedly lo-fi cutie from the same product stable is the Sun and Cloud "self-generating" pocket camera. Its battery can be juiced up via USB, but the palm-sized snapper offers users greener charging options in the shape of a PV panel on top and a hand crank on the side.  Read More

The Canon EOS 100D (Rebel SL1) is the world's smallest APS-C DSLR

Canon has revealed two new DSLRs – the EOS 100D and the EOS 700D (or Rebel SL1 and Rebel T5i depending on where you are in the world). Billed as the world’s smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR camera, the 100D still manages to pack in an 18 megapixel APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) sensor and a touchscreen on the rear. The 700D is a more advanced, and traditionally-sized, entry-level model which can shoot at 5 fps, and has a wide 9-point all cross type AF system and touchscreen LCD.  Read More

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