Home security cameras can provide a sense of, well, security, but there's something Orwellian about having a lens staring at you like a prop out of an episode of The Prisoner. A more discreet solution is something that doesn't look like a camera and, better yet, combines some other functions to make it more welcome. One example is the Sentri home monitoring system that combines a motion-activated camera with the looks of a digital information center. We powered one up to see what it could do.
It was just last month that consumer drone manufacturer DJI extended its focus from the sky to the ground, by introducing the motor-stabilized Osmo action camera. Well, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that another quadcopter-maker has followed suit. Today, Yuneec announced its new Typhoon ActionCam, which sounds like it could give the Osmo a run for its money.
Whether it's for peace of mind while on holiday or to keep an eye on an elderly relative, security cameras are finding their way into more and more homes. Part of the reason for this increased popularity is the drop in price and ease of use and installation offered by an increasing number of systems. Looking to join this increasingly crowded marketplace is the new Ezviz Mini cloud-based, Wi-Fi camera that we recently got hold of and put on patrol.
If you want to spend less than US$300 on a GoPro actioncam, you're currently limited to the entry-level model known simply as the Hero. Although it shoots decent 1080p/30fps video, it lacks wireless functionality. Soon, however, potential buyers will have the option of choosing the $200 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth-equipped Hero+.
One of the things that's tricky about using an actioncam is the fact
that while you don't want to miss anything, you also don't want to
search through a ton of raw footage in editing. That's why the Graava
was created. It's a sensor-laden camera that reportedly notices when
interesting things are happening, and then automatically edits together a
video of those events.
Ever been poking around in low-light with your camera and thought, "you know what, I could really do with an extra few million ISO"? To be honest, neither have we because such a light-sensitivity would be ludicrous for most users. Well, that hasn't stopped the folks at Canon stepping things up in a big way with its full-frame ME20F-SH, a 4,000,000 ISO HD video camera that seems sure to bring the noise.
China’s DJI made a gutsy move with the release of the Phantom 3. The Phantom 2 Vision+ was still clearly the best all-in-one prosumer camera drone on the market, so the Phantom 3 could easily have been an incremental upgrade. Instead, it's a total overhaul, and an amazing piece of aerial camera gear that equals gear that costs twice as much (like DJI's own Inspire One) in many areas. But is it perfect? No - and not by a long way. There's some pretty clear areas for improvement, even if the Phantom 3 Professional is still miles ahead of the competition.
NASA will soon be uploading 6K video clips of the International Space Station (ISS) thanks to the delivery of a RED Epic Dragon super high resolution camera, the same model that was used to shoot Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. In the coming months, the Epic Dragon will bring viewers closer to the space station than ever before.
Ever wondered what it would be like to attach a GoPro to your fishing line to record all the underwater action on video? It would probably be cool to watch, yet dizzying as the camera freely spins however the water moves it. One of the latest, the GoFish Cam, tries to address this with a little inspiration from the very fish it will be filming.
Competition is hotting up for the space under that quadcopter you've got your eye on. The E1 from Z Camera is a tiny drone-friendly Micro Four Thirds camera which can shoot 4K video and has far exceeded its funding target on Kickstarter. Like the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, the E1 aims to offer the benefits of a compact action camera form-factor with the quality and options you get from more traditionally-sized interchangeable lens cameras.