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Cameras

  • GoPro to launch drone camera rig in 2016, dabble in virtual reality

    Late last year we heard whispers of GoPro's future plans and expansion into the drone space. The company has now officially revealed that it's working on a cube-like camera rig for drones with virtual reality support dubbed the "Six-Camera Spherical Array". Sounds very awkward, right? GoPro CEO Nick Woodman told Re/Code that it would be anything but. "It’s incredible to see our world from new perspectives," Wordman mentioned. "It’s a real ‘Oh my God’ moment. “We did that with our GoPro cameras, and we see a similar opportunity in the quadcopter market. It’s something that’s in our DNA, and we are excited...

  • Autonomous, flying selfies are here thanks to Lily Throw and Shoot camera

    Lily is a new start-up company that hails from Menlo Park, California. With its new and innovative throw-and-shoot flying drone camera (simply named “Lily” or “Lily Camera”) it aims to change the landscape of visual documentation. Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow co-founded their company, Lily, back in 2013 after they met while studying computer science and working together at the UC Berkeley Robotics Laboratory. The company is currently funded by both private and institutional investors such as SV Angel, High Line Venture Partners, and Upside Partnerships. The basic concept behind the Lily camera is that it will operate totally autonomously from the...

  • Canon EOS C300 Mark II devours 4K cinematic with 48kHz audio

    Canon has today launched its new cinematic-minded video camera, the Canon EOS C300 Mark II, which is geared towards the future of broadcast and cinematic resolutions. Both broadcast and cinematic 4K is compatible, with 3840x2160 and 4096x2160 resolution options offered. In addition to recording internally at high bit-rates, the camera can also spit RAW 4K content onto an external recorder, which makes the filming process more streamlined and the content once recorded easy to access. The camera is able to record "10-bit 4:2:2 files internally at up to 410Mbps in 4K, or 10/12-bit 4:4:4 files in 2K/Full HD," allowing film makers to...

  • Canon EOS 70D review: a DSLR with few faults

    The Canon EOS 70D is the younger sister of the 60D geared towards enthusiast users, and it definitely does well in that respect. There are obvious improvements over the Canon EOS 60D, including the live view/video optimized autofocus system that works across all lenses, WiFi support and a slimmer body. And then there are some indistinct differences, like the knob instead of the button that activates the lock. Speaking of buttons, there is also a slight change with the Canon EOS 70D in terms of the location of some. Canon places the menu button on the left and not the...

  • Canon PowerShot G7X review: badass snapper in a petite body

    Canon releases some pretty badass digital cameras, in my opinion at least. The Canon 5D, 7D and their variants are up there with the best digital cameras in the world, perfect for both personal and professional photography. These cameras can be out of reach for those with shallow pockets though or those not requiring high-end specs, and so Canon has been making some affordable digital cameras too. For weeks now, I have been getting acquainted with the sexy Canon PowerShot G7X, and I've loved every minute. Looking at all the cameras that Canon has produced, this is perhaps the company’s smallest range,...

  • GoPro drones are just a few months away, according to report

    GoPros are cool, aren't they? They harbour both street and extreme cred, giving the user some amazing footage too. But while there's a host of accessories for users to choose from, the GoPro itself never could really fly. According to the Wall Street Journal today and "people familiar with its plans," GoPro is creating an in-house breed of camera-equipped drones to rival products from the likes of Parrot. Details are scant at the moment, but chances are we'll be looking at prices between US$500 and US$1000 -- expect them to cost close to R20 000 in South Africa should they ever...

  • Isaw A3 Extreme camera review: an adequate, affordable GoPro competitor

    I am a recluse, and my most adventurous activity is running to catch the train. So testing out the Isaw Extreme Camera – sold as a camera for extreme sports – was challenging. One can't only shoot wine, books and movies. One ought to be out in the deep wilderness, climbing a mountain, riding a bike through a forest or walking on water. None of that happened, but I still put the Isaw Extreme Camera through its city slicker paces. The fact that it can be strapped to a helmet while jumping off cliffs or hurtling down hills doesn't mean it...

  • Canon PowerShot S200 review: cool camera with worthless WiFi transfer

    With smartphones and their apps taking over so many tasks previously managed by other methods and equipment, the question to ask is if we still need point-and-shoot cameras? Do they still have a space to fill that smartphones can’t? Everyone carries their cellphone with them and it has become the source of information via social media. This is the age of casual reporting, and it's within the reach of anyone. Since my first camera cellphone, I've always only considered the best on offer because of the work I did, and also because I usually have my cellphone with me when...

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 review: a neat but flawed lens

    The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 looks and sounds like something 007 might get in the next James Bond movie. However, the camera-in-a-lens might get Bond into some trouble, because what the device has in looks and design can not make up for some cumbersome performance issues. While Sony should be applauded for trying something new to bolster point-and-shoot camera sales, the device is unfortunately, found wanting. The QX10 is officially called a "lens-sensor module" by Sony -- an all-in-one camera in the form of a zoom lens. It literally has everything a standard camera has: its own sensor, processor, battery, and SD-slot....

  • GoPro-killer CENTR captures 4K panoramic video from a doughnut

    What happens when a few former Apple employees unleash their creative license? They build the ironically-named CENTR, a palm-sized panoramic video-camera that makes the GoPro seem rather ordinary. http://youtu.be/ZKAzyTB_-Kw The US$399, stately designed black and white digital doughnut houses a "4K resolution panoramic camera" able to capture surroundings in real time 360° detail. It should be noted that CENTR's "4K" is not the traditional 4K associated with current screens. The device cleverly employs four 5MP cameras, effectively 20MP in total, to shoot 6900x1080 and 4600x720 panoramic video, in 1080p and 720p modes, respectively. If panoramic mode isn't needed, CENTR's individual camera selection...