Space Jump Video

The best (and most terrifying) GoPro video of all time: What it’s like to fall from outer space, in HD

By on February 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

The best (and most terrifying) GoPro video of all time: What it’s like to fall from outer space, in HD

WARNING: The following video is as terrifying as it is amazing, and probably should not be watched by the faint of heart. With that out of the way, GoPro on Friday released what is without question the most amazing high-definition video of all time that was captured by a GoPro camera. Known for their durability and portability, GoPro cameras are often the tools of choice for capturing video in extreme conditions. Simply put, we’re not sure that there’s anything more extreme than leaping off of a space craft and free-falling from outer space. More →

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Stolen Camera Recovery

Brilliant website finds your stolen camera while you sit back and relax

By on January 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Brilliant website finds your stolen camera while you sit back and relax

Losing your gear or having it stolen is always a horrible experience, but one website is looking to take some of the sting out of the ordeal for people with missing cameras. In an age where sharing photos is just as important as capturing them in the first place, camera thieves are increasingly likely to let their guard down and post images they snap with stolen goods on Facebook, Flickr or elsewhere on the Web. What they often don’t realize, however, is that a camera’s serial number is stored in the metadata attached to each photo file. Unless a thief is savvy and knows to scrub that data from each image taken and shared, the website Stolen Camera Finder is going to hunt him or her down. More →

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Plane Crash Video

Video: Terrifying plane crash captured on GoPro camera from inside cabin

By on January 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

Video: Terrifying plane crash captured on GoPro camera from inside cabin

It’s every air traveller’s worst nightmare, and one passenger aboard a flight off the coast of Kalaupapa, Molokai in Hawaii recently gave the world a first-hand look at what it’s like to go down in a plane crash. Thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and other portable cameras like the GoPro, we now often see firsthand accounts of events that only a lucky few — or a very unlucky few, in this case — could experience in the past. The latest example comes from Ferdinand Puentes, who pulled out his GoPro camera and began filming recently when an airplane he was aboard abruptly fell out of the sky off the coast of Hawaii. More →

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iPhone Night Vision Camera

New gadget turns your iPhone into a night vision camera

By on January 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM.

New gadget turns your iPhone into a night vision camera

Apple’s iPhone can do a lot of things, but giving its owner night vision definitely isn’t one of them. In fact, most iPhone models can barely capture a decent photograph in low light, let alone see in a pitch black room. Enter the Flir One iPhone case, which is compatible with either the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s and features an integrated night vision camera. It isn’t traditional night vision of course, which would be very cost prohibitive. Instead, the Flir One “detects infrared energy (heat) and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image on your phone screen and perform temperature calculations,” according to Flir’s website. The case will launch this spring and will cost $350.

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Lumia 1020 Vs iPhone 5s

Lumia 1020 camera crushes iPhone 5s in expert review

Lumia 1020 camera crushes iPhone 5s in expert review

By on January 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM.

Apple’s iPhone 5s can certainly hold its own against most of the competition out there when it comes to camera quality, but Nokia’s Windows Phone-powered Lumia 1020 is the undisputed king of camera phones. We couldn’t believe how impressive the 1020′s camera was when we reviewed the handset last summer, especially in low light. It has now been nearly six months since we first tested the phone and there still isn’t anything else on the market that even approaches the Lumia 1020. One expert recently decided to pit the 1020 and Apple’s iPhone 5s against several DSLR cameras to see how far mobile cameras have come. In doing so, he also obviously compared the two devices themselves. More →

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Polaroid Socialmatic Camera Launch

Polaroid Socialmatic camera shares photos virtually and physically

By on January 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Polaroid Socialmatic camera shares photos virtually and physically

Not only does the Polaroid Socialmatic camera let users connect to their favorite social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Pinetrest to share pictures with friends, but it also lets them print 2 x 3 inch photos thanks to its built-in ZINK Zero Ink printing technology. Slated for a Q1 2014 launch, the Socialmatic Android camera has been pushed back to fall, Engadget reports, as the company announced at CES that it has finalized the paperwork to make the device a reality. The Socialmatic packs a 4.5-inch touchscreen display, two cameras including a 14-megapixel main shooter and a 2-megapixel secondary one on the back, 4GB of storage expandable via microSD, Wi-Fi connectivity and runs Android OS under the hood. Pricing details for the Socialmatic aren’t available at this time though. More →

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Review
Ona Bags Lima Presidio Review

Ona Bags Lima and Presidio camera strap review: Classy, sexy, useful

Ona Bags Lima and Presidio camera strap review: Classy, sexy, useful

By on December 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM.

For those who’ve been following my reviews over the years, you’ll likely be well aware of how fond I am of Ona Bags. It’s a small, service-focused outfit that has expanded from building some of the world’s greatest camera bags to building some of the world’s greatest accessories, too. The outfit’s DSLR bags, backpacks, and shoulder bags are constructed from some of the most durable, stately materials found anywhere, and I’ve long since sworn by them. Sure, they’re more expensive than anything mass-produced with ho-hum threads, but put simply, Ona’s stuff is unequivocally worth it for those willing to splurge. More →

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Sony QX100 Sales

People might actually be interested in Sony’s new ‘lens cameras’

By on September 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM.

People might actually be interested in Sony’s new ‘lens cameras’

We had a great time checking out Sony’s upcoming QX10 and QX100 Cyber-shot “lens cameras” but as interesting and unique as they are, we had trouble believing the public at large would shell out $500 or even $250 for these nifty smartphone accessories. As it turns out, we might have been way off. As pointed out by co-founder of Dubai-based WNDR Media, Narain Jashanmal, Sony’s new Cyber-shot accessories recently became available for preorder and as of this past Saturday, the more expensive QX100 was Amazon’s top-selling product in both the “Camera Lenses” and the “Point-and-shoot Digital Cameras” categories. At the time of this writing, the QX100 was still No.8 and No.19 in the two categories, respectively. The QX10, meanwhile, was No.11 in “Camera Lenses” and No.24 in “Point-and-shoot Digital Cameras,” which is still pretty respectable for devices no one thought would gain much traction. Both models will launch later this month and more details can be found in our hands-on preview. More →

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Ricoh Theta Review

Ricoh Theta 360-degree camera review: The coolest new gadget to debut at IFA

Ricoh Theta 360-degree camera review: The coolest new gadget to debut at IFA

By on September 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM.

Surprise, surprise. Most of the world is still focused on Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the Galaxy Note 3, Sony’s new lens cameras and the Xperia Z1 hero phone, so it would be easy to forget about some of the other companies showing off new gear at IFA 2013. As it turns out though, one of the coolest new gadgets to debut at IFA this year — if not the coolest — comes from an unexpected source: Ricoh. That’s right, the same company that makes the giant photocopier sitting in the back of your office. Ricoh makes plenty more than just copiers, of course, and I’ve spent the past week checking out the its new Theta 360-degree camera, which was just unveiled at IFA Thursday morning. More →

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Preview
Sony Cyber-shot QX10 Hands-on

Hands on: Sony’s new QX10 and QX100 turn any iPhone, Android phone into a Cyber-shot camera

Hands on: Sony’s new QX10 and QX100 turn any iPhone, Android phone into a Cyber-shot camera

By on September 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

The quality of images captured with smartphone cameras improves dramatically with each new generation of devices. In fact, we’re getting to the point where photos taken with top of the line smartphone cameras like the Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5, and pictures captured by basic dedicated point-and-shoot cameras are nearly indistinguishable. But right now there’s only so much that camera sensor and optics makers can do in the small amount of space available in today’s razor-thin smartphones. What if that limitation was somehow eliminated entirely, however, and almost any iPhone or Android smartphone currently on the market could be instantly transformed into a top-notch Cyber-shot camera? With Sony’s new QX10 and QX100 smartphone accessories, the company has achieved just that. More →

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Samsung Galaxy NX Preview

Hands-on with Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy NX camera

By on June 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM.

Hands-on with Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy NX camera

If you ever wondered what an Android-powered DSLR camera would be like, you’re in luck. Samsung on Thursday took the wraps off of its Galaxy NX, an Android-based camera with interchangeable lenses. The 20.3-megapixel camera feels similar to other high-end cameras. What makes it stand out, however, is Android. Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface runs without a hitch over Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean thanks to the NX’s 1.6GHz quad-core processor. The camera also includes a 4.8-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and 4G LTE connectivity. The NX also sports a 4,360 mAh battery to ensure that it can carry you through a day of shooting. Samsung did not reveal pricing or a release date for the Galaxy NX but while we wait for more info, out hands-on photo gallery follows below. More →

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Samsung Galaxy NX Specs

Samsung debuts Android-powered Galaxy NX camera with interchangeable lenses

By on June 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM.

Samsung debuts Android-powered Galaxy NX camera with interchangeable lenses

Samsung on Thursday unveiled a brand new take the modern camera: The Galaxy NX. Powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy NX is the first Android-based camera with support for interchangeable lenses. And unlike the NX’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Camera, this new model features impressive specs and is intended for serious photographers. More →

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