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All posts tagged "camera"

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Beyond selfies: the ultimate guide to making your Instagram photos suck less

    Before January this year I had absolutely no interest in photography. I was happy owning (and shooting on) a Canon 5DMKII with no other intention but to use it for filming beautiful footage and telling stories using motion. But then at the end of December 2011 I downloaded an app called Instagram and it all changed… What started off as a simple experimentation on a little iPhone app quickly developed into an addiction of always looking for the next shot. I found myself appreciating the wonders of telling a story through a single frame. Not to mention how the...

  • Samsung, Nikkei developing 13MP camera with insane image-stabilisation

    Samsung’s electronics and mechanical innovations department have developed a new 13MP camera with very generous auto-stablisation and anti-shake technology, said a release from Nikkei Japan. The anti-shake feature is the highlight of this package that we can expect to see in Samsung’s upcoming phones (say, the Galaxy S 5 for instance). The release says that Nikkei’s newly developed camera will have a 1.5-degree angular correction, while most phones only have a 0.7-degree of image rectification. Also, the new camera is said to improve low-light conditions and can output an image at eight times the levels of “standard” camera modules. Does this...

  • 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...

  • New Sony QX100, QX10 leaked images and pricing emerges

    Sony’s rumoured device that turns any iOS or Android device into a high-end camera is creeping closer to reality with these new leaked images. The expected price is a bit steep, but the functionality and specs seem pretty impressive whether you’re a casual photographer or not. The QX10 is a wireless camera attachment for your smartphone. This lens-camera hybrid will have a built-in battery, NFC, and Wi-Fi so that you can pair and mount with your Android or iOS device. This screen-less camera will use your smartphone for controls so a dedicated app is to be expected. As Sony Alpha Rumours...

  • Galaxy S4 Zoom review: great camera, average phone

    It’s amazing the type of gadgets they come up with. Samsung in particular is well-known for dropping devices on us that we don’t really need. Like this one, the very cumbersome Galaxy S4 Zoom, the world’s most obvious camera phone. So the S4 Zoom, what’s it all about? It’s like an S4 Mini strapped to a 16MP auto-focus camera. It almost seems a trifle rude of Samsung to add the word “S4″ to the Zoom, as the performance of this curiosity is well below-par. Whereas the S4 is a speed demon, the S4 Zoom is sluggish. While the S4 is...

  • Samsung NX300 review: great camera, but who’s it for?

    When our Gearburn ed handed me the Samsung NX300 for review my interest was more than a little piqued. We’ve all read about how smartphones have pretty much killed the “happy snapper” digital camera. At the same time though, they appear to have driven up interest in DSLR cameras. But what if your smartphone isn’t doing it for you any more? And what if you’re too afraid to play with the serious photo geeks? On the face of it, the DX300 is the perfect solution. Its body means that anyone used to a point and shoot won’t feel alienated (unless...

  • SnappyCam Pro review: a faster, better camera for iOS

    About three months ago, after years of waiting for the right time in our lives, my wife and I became the proud ‘parents’ of two Jack Russell puppies. Born on the same day and from a litter of three, Lily and Skipper are the most adorable little animals that I’ve ever seen, and this is immediately apparent if you look through camera roll on my iPhone.  Right now, out of the measly 16 gigs available to me on the device, just under 10 consists of pictures and videos of the little critters. If you’ve ever had the wonderful experience of...

  • Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy S4 Zoom with 16MP camera

    Samsung just unveiled the new S4-variant namely the S4 Galaxy Zoom. Samsung seems to be on a spin-off spree after releasing more and more models based on the original flagship S4. As you’d expect, the main feature of the S4 Zoom is its camera. This smartphone packs a massive 16-megapixels and a 10x optimal lens. On the aesthetic side of things, the Zoom looks like a fusion between the white S4 Mini and a small silver digital camera lens at the back. On top of the massive camera, the Zoom also hosts specs very similar to the Mini. The...