Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Photography

The Relonch Camera works with the user's docked iPhone 5

Although there are already plenty of add-on lenses and apps that allow you to take better photos with your smartphone, they all ultimately still utilize the phone's existing lens and image sensor ... which typically aren't as good as those found on stand-alone cameras. The Relonch Camera, however, is designed to address that shortcoming. It's a proper camera that uses your docked iPhone as its brains.  Read More

Gizmag looks back at a bustling Photokina 2014 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Every two years Cologne in Germany goes photo crazy. Photokina is the focal point for everyone who is passionate about taking photographs or recording video, or sitting back to enjoy looking at both. Over the past week, Gizmag has covered the big news coming out of Germany. Now we take a look at some new releases that didn't make the front page, and catch up with some show favorites.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Canon Powershot G7 X and Sony Cyber-shot RX1...

For the past few years, Sony's RX100 has been the go-to device if you want a pocketable compact camera with a zoom lens – that also offers a massive step up from your smartphone. But now the Cyber-shot RX100 III looks like it has some competition in the shape of the recently-announced Canon Powershot G7 X. Gizmag compares the specs and features of the would-be pocketable compact champions.  Read More

Inventor Mees Baayen demonstrates the Ultra Allround kit rig (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Camcorder and stills camera rigs can be complex, heavy and bulky affairs. Dutch inventor Mees Baayen has designed a modular camera rig system which breaks down into components that can be carried in the pockets of a user's shirt, trousers or jacket. The robust Ultra kit rigs are so versatile that Baayen says he's still discovering new ways to use them.  Read More

Jobo's LensTrue hardware on show at Photokina 2014 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Image manipulation software like Photoshop can be used to correct perspective distortion in photographs. But, says Germany's photo equipment veteran Jobo, the results can only ever be something similar to real proportions, and approximating perspective by sight and experience is time-consuming and cumbersome at best. The LensTrue system combines an electronic inclinometer that sits underneath the user's camera with advanced software that automatically deskews the captured RAW image to the correct perspective.  Read More

The Hasselblad H5D-50c with Wi-Fi is, as the name suggests, a Wi-Fi enabled version of its...

Hasselblad is showing off a new Wi-Fi enabled version of its H5D-50c camera at Photokina. But don't worry if you've recently splashed out on the original, as the new medium format shooter will be offered to current H5D-50c owners for a €500 (or US$1,000 in the US) upgrade fee, for a limited time. It also boasts a number of additional non Wi-Fi feature enhancements which will be available to all H5D-50c cameras via a firmware upgrade.  Read More

The Leica S (Type 007) will be the new flagship S-series model (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Leica has used Photokina to reveal its new medium format line-up by announcing two new models. The new flagship Leica S (Type 007) brings the benefits of a CMOS sensor and features a wide ISO range, faster continuous shooting and 4K video recording, while the entry-level Leica S-E offers users a slightly more affordable way of getting into medium format Leica photography.  Read More

The Polaroid Socialmatic camera is scheduled for release in late 2014/early 2015

ADR Studio first revealed the Socialmatic concept design back in 2012. A year later Polaroid announced that the chunky photo sharing and printing camera would hit stores by the close of 2014. When Gizmag visited the company's booth at Photokina, that shipping target looks to have been refined again, with a possible "in time for the holidays" window being replaced by a probable Q1 2015 release.  Read More

Canon has finally revealed the EOS 7D Mark II (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

The Canon 7D Mark II has been a long time coming, but it looks like it could have been worth the wait. Aimed at photographers who have a need for speed, the new top-of-the-line APS-C format DSLR features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, a new sophisticated autofocus system with 65-point cross-type AF points, and is capable of capturing a blistering 10 frames per second.  Read More

Panasonic has revealed a trio of Lumix cameras with large sensors

Panasonic is running with the idea of small devices with big sensors at Photokina this year. The firm has revealed a trio of Lumix devices including the CM1, an Android smartphone/camera hybrid with a one-inch type camera sensor, and the smaller-than-average GM5 mirrorless shooter. Also outed was the compact LX100, which boasts a large 4/3-inch sensor.  Read More

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