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Cameras

  • 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. 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 6900×1080 and 4600×720 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. 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...

  • Olloclip’s new four-in-one lens is going to beef up your iPhone’s camera

    When it comes to your smartphone, it’s all about the camera these days. Blame selfies. Olloclip’s new 4-in-1 quick-connect lens has been unveiled today and promises being a tool to create “great art”. For R700 (US$70) the olloclip 4-in-1 camera clip offers fish eye, wide-angle, and two macro lenses that fit in your pocket, oh and on your iPhone as well. That’s four lenses to take your Instagramming obsession to the next level. The company says its technology functions similarly to larger DSLR cameras, except for the fact that it’s small enough to easily fit inside your pocket and that...

  • GoPro’s Hero3+ cameras are tiny, powerful, and a little expensive

    “Smaller, lighter, mightier still” intones the GoPro website as it announces a new lineup of groovy action cameras, the Hero3+. There are four new cameras for action enthusiasts to select from, with the price starting from R2 000 (US$199). There’s the Hero3+ Black Edition, Black Edition Surf, Silver Edition and Hero3 White Edition (sadly no “+” is included). The image quality for such a small camera is incredible Let’s start with the R4 000 (US$399) Black Edition, the top-of-the-range GoPro. The camera is waterproof up to 40m, is 20% lighter than previous models, has a 30% longer battery life, “superview”...

  • Nikon’s 13MP Coolpix S02 is ultra tiny

    Nikon isn’t going to compete with Sony’s quick but effective show last night. Instead it’s released a few new imaging devices today — and one of them is this minuscule camera, the Coolpix S02. Nikon says it’s an “inexpensive ultra-mini compact” and for US$179 (R1800), they may be telling the truth. The most important specifications of this 13.2MB camera are its 3x zoom Nikkor lens, a 2.7″ touch screen and the chops to record in full 1080p video. Here’s the downside: the camera is so compact that the battery and storage is non-removable, therefore neither can be upgraded. Internal memory...

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