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Cameras

  • 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...

  • GoPro Hero 3+ review: 8 reasons why it’s awesome

    Since I got my GoPro Hero in 2010, Nick Woodman, the founder of GoPro became a billionaire and the camera has had a few mild updates to keep it in tune with modern film requirements (most noticeably, 4K recording in some models). Yet recently I got to play around with the GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition (US$299), I even recorded a video of my expeditions. http://youtu.be/E3pRmbIO0go If you should decide to get one, there are eight questions you should ask yourself first: 1. Are you vain? The GoPro is designed to make you the hero of your own action movie. With the ultra...

  • Sigma’s dp Quattro: minimal be thy name

    Today, cameras are starting to look more like smartphones and smartphones are starting to look more like cameras. Japanese camera manufacturer Sigma Corporation recently revealed its Sigma dp Quattro series. Apart from being the company's second digital camera, one of the highlights of this series has to be its design. That, and Sigma's new Foveon X3 direct image sensor which is said to rock your socks off. The dp Quattro's design is said to be based on feedback from its predecessor, the dp Merril, and is meant to not only give you superior holding performance but also a balanced shape,...

  • Sony’s SPA-TA1 will let you stick a QX10, QX100 camera lens onto your tablet

    Are you one of "those people" who uses their tablets as a camera, awkwardly adjusting it at a rock concert and looking like a nut while doing so? Then this slice of technology was made for you. Remember Sony's QX10 and QX100 Bluetooth SLR-like lens attachments from last year? It's now coming to tablets in the form of an attachment called the Sony SPA-TA1. Take a gander yonder these words: That's the extremely handsome Xperia Tablet Z you're looking atSony Japan will launch the tablet attachment arm soon says Xperia Blog for US$36. The arm suits tablets from 85mm to 190mm in...

  • Bublcam is the first 360º camera you’ll want to own

    A 360-degree camera is an exciting concept that's been attempted before as both software and hardware, but the solution it seems, is a lot easier and more user-friendly than we ever expected it to be. This is Bublcam, a 360-degree video and imaging device the size of a baseball and it costs R4 000 (US$399), according to the Kickstarter campaign which is now fully funded. Bubl Technology Inc., based in Toronto, Canada has smashed past its US$100 000 Kickstarter goal and now aims to have the Bublcam in the hands of funders and customers as early as May...

  • Sony’s ‘world’s first’ full-frame mirrorless camera: the 36.4MP α7R

    Sony is most likely going to crush the competition with the release of its first-ever full-frame mirrorless cameras, the α7 and α7R. While a mirrorless camera may not mean much to you, perhaps the megapixel count will: the α7 is 23.4MP and the α7R is 36.4MP. Sony's not taking any chances and this is a camera that's going to be very happy in the hands of the professional photographer. The α7R camera has the "highest resolution sensor in the history of the Sony α line" said the exuberant press release. While the α7 may not be as lauded as the...