Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Photography

Gizmag spends a bit of time testing the Nikon Coolpix A

At first glance, the Nikon Coolpix A looks like a typical, if slightly retro, compact camera. But, it actually contains a large APS-C sensor, the same size found in most DSLRs. It also boasts a relatively speedy f/2.8 18.5-mm fixed lens, which should enable it to take photographs rivaling the quality of much bigger cameras. After getting a brief pre-release hands-on with the camera, we've now had the chance to spend some quality time with it, to see if it lives up to the potential.  Read More

The Joby UltraPlate can be used with a both a tripod plate and a shoulder strap at the sam...

The Joby UltraPlate is a new universal quick-release plate which enables photographers to attach both a tripod and a shoulder strap to their camera. What makes this plate stand out from the rest of the field is that both accessories can be connected simultaneously, meaning no more unnecessary fiddling when moving between tripod and hand-holding a camera.  Read More

Flickr users can now get a terabyte of free storage space

Yahoo has just given Flickr its biggest makeover to date. Users of the photo-sharing behemoth now get a terabyte of free storage space, and the whole site has been given an updated image-centric look and feel. Other changes include the ability to upload larger images or videos, and new account options.  Read More

The ONDU 135 Pocket Pinhole camera is the baby of the ONDU Pinhole Camera line

Slovenia-based designer and engineer Elvis Halilović (aka ONDU) is a pinhole photography enthusiast who felt there was a relative absence of appealing durable pinhole cameras on the market, and so set to work creating his own. This resulted in a range of six ONDU Pinhole Cameras, each of which differs in size, price, and film format.  Read More

The Fusion Plate is designed for quick and easy switching between a tripod and shoulder st...

Combining a quick-release plate made from aerospace grade aluminum and a sturdy flip-up accessory loop, the Fusion Plate is designed to allow photographers to quickly and easily switch between a shoulder strap and tripod.  Read More

Used on a Nikon 1 camera, the NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 gives a focal length equivalent of approxi...

Photographers using the Nikon 1 system will soon have another option when it comes to shooting portraits with a shallow depth-of-field, after Nikon announced the release of the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens. The new lens also boasts a string of enthusiast-friendly firsts for the 1 NIKKOR line-up, including Nano Crystal Coat, Silent Wave Motor and a manual focus ring.  Read More

The hole in the Conran camera is surrounded by an array of somewhere between 10 and 20 sma...

The Conran design firm was recently asked to re-imagine an everyday item by BBC Future. Its designers picked the digital camera, and the resulting concept certainly is different. The Conran camera does away with the typical protruding lens and instead features a large hole through the middle, surrounded by an array of small camera sensors. It also lacks an LCD monitor and is instead designed to wirelessly connect to a smartphone.  Read More

Image was taken by the PhoneSat-2 (Graham) nanosatellite (Image: NASA Ames)

When most people send images from their smartphones, they tend to be of what the photographer is having for dinner or someone doing something very silly in the pub [or cats – Ed]. NASA has raised the bar for phone snaps out of the atmosphere by using smartphones installed in "nanosatellites" in low Earth orbit to send back images of the Earth. The three satellites, called Alexander, Graham and Bell, flew in space between April 21 and 27 as part of a mission to show how satellites could be built cheaper using off-the-shelf components.  Read More

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 features a 16 megapixel sensor and boasts Wi-Fi and NFC connect...

Panasonic has added two new cameras to its 2013 line-up, the Lumix DMC-G6 and the Lumix DMC-LF1. The G6 is a DSLR-like mid-range mirrorless shooter with a 16 megapixel sensor, while the LF1 is a high-end compact with a built-in electronic viewfinder. Both cameras also boast the Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity which featured in the recent GF6.  Read More

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art is the world's first F1.8 constant aperture zoom lens

Third-party lenses are sometimes looked down upon by the sort of photographers who insist you can only take a good photo if your lens says Canon or Nikon on it. But, not only do some outperform their branded counterparts, others do something which mean they don't even have first-party rivals. The new Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art, for example, is the world's only zoom lens to achieve a maximum aperture F1.8 throughout the entire range.  Read More

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