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Cameras

  • TomTom Bandit review: solid camera, marvellous app

    The TomTom Bandit is one of those disruptive devices, not largely because it's doing anything revolutionary in the smart camera space, but it provides an adequate alternative to the GoPro range. And that's a godsend for consumers. It's also something fresh, and different, and that's a good thing too, but perhaps that's not enough to defeat GoPro's immense marketing budget. TomTom at least acknowledges this, and arms its camera with a bevy of extremely useful tools, software wizardry and design decisions. Essentially, the TomTom Bandit tries to beat its competitors by rectifying others' shortcomings. I previously had a go with the Bandit...

  • GoPro goes budget with the $199 Hero+ action camera [update]

    Update: South African pricing figures have finally arrived, with the Hero coming in at R2250, and the Hero+ sitting at R3900. The Hero4 Session is now R5300. Have a look at the complete lineup with pricing details below: - Hero4 Black: R8500 - Hero4 Silver: R6900 - Hero4 Session: R5300 - Hero+ LCD: R5300 - Hero+: R3900 - Hero: R2250 The Hero+ will be available in South Africa from 5 October. GoPro isn't exactly a company known to craft budget devices, but even the big shots need to humble down a little to cover the entire market. With TomTom creeping down its neck, and the likes of Drift...

  • TomTom Bandit hands on: extremely different

    Ask a common consumer to name an action camera and they'll almost immediately say "GoPro." But that doesn't have to be the case. Although the American marque is there on merit launching some great devices at perfectly timed intervals, the world of action gadgetry is taking an interesting turn. More and more companies that haven't trudged this space before are finding that there's one massive market here, especially for South African weekend warriors, who enjoy getting their bikes dirty in the Cederberg. That's where the TomTom Bandit slots in. Although it launched the device in Amsterdam back in July, TomTom has only...

  • GoPro Hero4 Session launched: smaller, lighter, more extreme

    If you haven't strapped a GoPro to your head and proceeded to do something ridiculous, you're probably living too safe a life. Founder and CEO of the miniature camera giant, Nicholas Woodman, has built the company's current net worth to around US$2.4-billion in a decade. And with its new device, it looks like GoPro is keeping it even simpler, in the true nature of stripping away outside bits and pieces to gives us the beating heart and brain, to remake the beloved mini-cam. How mini? The new GoPro Hero4 Session is 50% smaller and 40% lighter, so extreme athletes will be...

  • 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...