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GoPro Hero+ model offers great bang for buck at $200

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week ago

GoPro has launched its Hero+ camera, allowing adventurous types to record their most exciting moments in the first-person perspective, and at a relatively low price.




This model retails for $199.99, making it the second cheapest option of the bunch, just behind the Hero at $129.99. Upgrades over the Hero include 1080p 60FPS capture (instead of 1080p 30FPS), an 8-megapixel camera (instead of 5-megapixel), and the addition of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support (which in turn mean access to the GoPro App and Smart Remote).


60FPS is the way of the future, so for that alone, it's hard not to justify spending the extra $70, nevermind the rest.

Canon's new 250-megapixel sensor shoots 19,580 x 12,600 images

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 4:36 am

Canon has just hit a huge milestone, with its new 250-megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor that has set a new world record for resolution in its size. The new sensor is capable of shooting images at a mindblowing 19,580 x 12,600.




The 250-megapixel sensor is so powerful, that Canon says it can distinguish lettering on the side of a plane from 18km (11 miles) away. The new APS-H sensor is bigger than APS-C, but smaller than full frame, and is "primarily used on Canon's legacy EOS-1D line of DSLRs", reports The Verge.


Canon's new super-powered sensor has a quick signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, with the Japanese giant saying that it has good noise performance even with the immense pixel count. Not only can the 250-megapixel camera shoot those insane 19,580 x 12,600 images, but it can also shoot video that is around 30x sharper than 4K, albeit at 5FPS. Canon says that the technology can be used in "specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression".


So expect the NSA and various spy agencies to begin buying these things in bulk soon.

The Lytro Camera Lets You Refocus Photos After You Take Them

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 25, 2015 5:20 pm



Sometimes a smartphone camera just doesn't cut it when you want to take an amazing photo. And that's where the First Generation Lytro Camera comes in, creating a world of refocusing options out of your favorite shots. Get it for $79.99 at TweakTown Deals.


Rather than just capturing the position of light rays and creating a static 2D image, the Lytro uses cutting-edge technology to record the direction of rays and let you do more than you thought was possible with your photos. Take your shots-up to 750-and then refocus them, change the perspective within, or view them in 3D. And for everything it can do, the Lytro is amazingly compact and portable-and it comes with a lens cap, cleaner cloth, wrist strap, and camera sleeve so it's ready to go wherever you do.



Say 'cheese' and grab the first generation Lytro camera for $79.99 at TweakTown Deals.

The future of Intel's RealSense technology is exciting

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 24, 2015 4:25 am

Some of you may have seen this robot from IDF on our front page, a robot which not only looks like it's smart, but which can image the world around it in real-time in 3D. This ability comes from the RealSense camera, whose output is on the screen in the background. Intel's RealSense Technology offers 3D scanning and imaging with a wide variety of uses.




The technology is already present in many high-end products from manufacturers ranging from Creative to Dell. It uses a 2D camera and an infrared camera and wide range infrared emitter. It uses a specially designed Intel chip to capture and process the 2D image and infrared data about the image to provide depth to images. There are two main versions, the first is a front facing camera used in video conferencing which can omit anything past a certain depth, and the second is a "world-facing" camera which is capable of things such as producing 3D images. You can even have your picture taken and then printed in 3D, but there is even more the camera can do such as real-time tracking of objects and even things as small as fingers. It allows for effective tracking, even enough for proper gaming as was demonstrated.




Here an Intel employee uses a hacked nerf gun and puts himself in the gameplay with RealSense technology. He is able to move through the game and shoot using this custom rigged apparatus. There are many possibilities that 3D depth sensors can give to a game, just look at the X Box Kinect, but pairing one with a high-quality camera can produce many more possibilities. RealSense is not only excellent for putting yourself in the game, but it is also capable of adding objects into the game.

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Indiegogo GoPro stabilizer reaches $50k in 5 hours and $100K in 24

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 3:34 pm

SLICK stabilizer is a motorized GoPro 'steadicam' that aims to provide a waterproof solution to anyone looking at improving their GoPro footage in any capacity.



Available for a donation of $229, the 200 available $179 options sold out in a matter of hours, seeing this product raise over $100,000 in its first day of bidding - already doubling it's $50,000 asking price.


This device will fit to current GoPro mounts and accessories, meaning that users can attach it to themselves, their skateboards, or their cars and more easily and efficiently, whilst providing a better solution for the final cut. Weighing in at 0.66 lbs and with a two hour removable battery, there will be further software updates made available post-release and can be uploaded via a standard micro-USB connection.

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Garmin launches VIRB X and VIRB XE action cameras in Australia

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 7:12 pm

GPS manufacturer Garmin has launched the VIRB X and VIRB XE next-generation action cameras, available to consumers in Australia.




The VIRB XE is able to record HD video at 1440p/30fps or 1080p/60fps with super slow motion, image stabilization and various zoom levels. Meanwhile, the VIRB X records HD video at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps with slow motion and zoom.


Both cameras are waterproof up to 50 meters without an external case, and has the ability to capture crisp underwater shots. Both units support Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ANT+, G-Metrix, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope.

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GoPro likes the idea of live video footage from peloton, other sports

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 11:54 am

GoPro is enjoying a rather exciting 2015 Tour de France, and has provided some unique angles from cameras mounted on a handful of bikes each stage.



The company hopes to one day be able to live-stream footage from riders in the peloton, giving viewers a rare glimpse of race footage.


"I think already we have captured some amazing moments of the race, like the Orica-Greenedge piece," said Todd Ballard, director of lifestyle marketing at GoPro, in a statement to VeloNews. "No one has ever seen that before. Or the Tony Martin win from the perspective of all the other members on the team. For me, I got goosebumps watching it. I haven't ever seen stuff like that and not many other people have either."

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No selfie sticks at Coachella or Lollapalooza for you

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 1, 2015 4:25 am

Want to take your selfie stick before a concert or major event? You may want to think again... Two major concerts in the United States have banned selfie sticks, including the Coachella festival in April and Lollapalooza in late July-early August.




Ironically, the Coachella "Rules and Policies" says attendees are not welcome to bring "no selfie sticks/narcissistics" welcome inside.


There are more concerts, conferences, and other gatherings with large populations where selfie sticks are banned. It seems most likely they are not allowed because they are an obstruction and occasionally pose safety problems. Anyone attending tech conferences should check the rules before potentially being turned away at the gate.

UK surveillance chief: CCTVs are all over, and too many are useless

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 5:35 am

The UK may have anywhere from 4 million up to 5.9 million CCTV cameras in use, but many of the cameras are useless and there must be concern so the region doesn't 'sleepwalk' towards becoming a surveillance state, according to UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter.




"You can still maintain the balance of excellent surveillance but not have a propagation of surveillance that is actually useless," Porter recently said on BBC Radio 5. "Surveillance can be an extremely good thing and run well, it's a useful tool for society. But to quote a former information commissioner, 'we should not sleepwalk into a surveillance society.'"


Broken, damaged and older analog cameras aren't effective to enhance public safety and deter crime, Porter also added. In the future, Porter wants better interaction with the public, especially regarding regulation so cameras are not simply being added just for the sake of purchasing and installing new cameras - especially if there is no benefit to the public.

Seek unveils a new thermal camera for your phone, the Seek XR

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 2:21 am

Coming up on the heels of their first thermal camera we reviewed earlier last month, Seek Thermal is releasing their brand new Seek XR which features manual zoom capabilities. The new camera weights only half an ounce but can capture long-wave radiation from as far as 2000 feet.




Seek's patented sensor features a resolution of 206x156 for a total of over 32,000 thermal pixels, which is very high compared to other cameras in the sub $1000 range. Like the first Seek thermal camera, the Seek XR will come in a magnesium case, but feature a custom made chalcogenide lens.




Seek is looking to market their new camera to a more diversified range of users, many of which we depend on every day. Seek Thermal founder Bill Parrish on the Seek XR, "Last year we introduced the first consumer thermal camera, and this new, extended-range camera is based in part on the specific feedback we received from gun experts, law enforcement, boaters and other people excited about thermal imaging." The new Seek XR will come in at only $299 and will be available directly from Seek as well as from Amazon starting this month. The Seek XR will be available for both Android and iOS devices.


We had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the Seek XR during CES 2015. The build quality was very high, and you can manually turn the lens casing, which is something that should greatly improve the camera's usefulness. The Seek XR will also work with Seek's custom software, which you can check out in our review.

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