Polaroid Cube Review

Polaroid Cube Review

Review posted 1/26/2015 Quick Take Pros One button operation makes the camera incredibly easy to use. Video image quality is very good for an affordable action camera. Very simple to change camera settings.Tough and splashproofGreat selections of mounts for the cameraMSRP of $99.99Lightweight and compact size may make it good for use with drones / quadcopters ConsNo HDMI outputSome of the camera mounts are not very secure, the camera could be knocked from with a simple bumpStill image capture is sub-parNo wireless capabilitiesVery Difficult to compose shots Bottom Line The Polaroid Cube is an affordable action camera with good video quality. Its compact size makes it easy to carry at all times, just in case it would be needed. A great selection of camera mounts improves its versatility. With a MSRP of under $100, it’s a viable option for those who can’t afford a GoPro. Read more in our Full Conclusion. The Polaroid Cube is a compact and well built action video camera, allowing you to record any adventure that you go on. While the camera alone is shockproof and splashproof for most situations, Polaroid does offer several additional mounts to cover more difficult situations. One button operation lets anyone use the camera with ease. It comes in a variety of colors to fit anyone’s taste, including black,red, and turquoise. Features / Specifications:Video capture resolution: 1920 x 1080; 1280×720 (30FPS)Recording format: H.264Still image resolution: 6 megapixels; JPEG still imageLens: 124º wide angle lens (F 2.0, f=3.4mm)Viewing angel: 124º (wide angle)Weatherproof and splashproofExternal memory: Read More…

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This post was written by Emma on January 26, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 Preview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 Preview

Panasonic has announced a new GF-series Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera. The Lumix DMC-GF7 combines DSLR-spec performance with modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi and selfie optimization. Say that again?Yeah, the GF7 not only boasts a high resolution 3.0-inch tilting touchscreen display, but there’s also a Self Shot Mode with Face or Buddy Shutter activation. Wi-Fi connects the camera to any compatible iOS or Android device running the Panasonic Image App. This app, which does not require a password, allows users to back up and share images, or use your smartphone or tablet to remotely control the GF7.In addition to the modern conveniences, the GF7 promises to be a fast, high resolution mirrorless camera that performs well in lower lighting scenarios. The 16-megapixel Live-MOS image sensor and Venus Engine image processor make for a speedy paring, with a focus on noise free images precisely focused. Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) “works in two separate steps allowing even finer control over noise level.” ISO 100-25,600 keeps you shooting even in the darkest scenarios. High Speed Burst shooting captures stills at up to 5.8 frames-per-second at full resolution, or up to 40fps at a lower resolution. Light Speed AF (Auto Focus) is a Contrast AF system that works works by exchanging signals between lens and camera at up to 240fps. AF Functions include Face/Eye Detection AF, Low Light AF, Pinpoint AF and One-shot AF.Full 1080p HD Video recording is standard these days, but the GF7 offers numerous options here too, including multiple frame rates Read More…

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This post was written by Adrian on January 21, 2015

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Fujifilm XQ2 Preview

Fujifilm XQ2 Preview

The new Fujifilm XQ2 is a pocket-sized digicam with an F1.8 maximum aperture, 4x optical-zoom lens, Full 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound, and a 12-megapixel 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II image sensor that is “designed to control moiré and false color generation by using an original color filter array with highly randomized pixel arrangement.” Basically, Fujifilm’s new sensor doesn’t need an optical low pass filter, which can reduce apparent resolution. With a wide ISO range of 100 – 12800, and optical image stabilization, the XQ2 excels in lower lightning conditions.The XQ2 also boasts the new EXR Processor II, which doubles the processing speeds available in previous Fujifilm camera generations. The XQ2 starts up in about one second, and can Auto Focus in 0.06 seconds thanks to over 100,000 phase detection pixels built into this processor. Film Simulation Modes, like the new “Classic Chrome”, may be included to simulate those Fujifilm stocks of the good old days, but this is definitely a modern digicam. Wi-Fi enables users to, with a compatible iOS or Android device running the INSTAX Share App, to wirelessly transfer images to INSTAX Share Printers.Fujifilm XQ2 Features:12 MP 2/3″ X-Trans CMOS II image sensorEXR Processor II1.0 second start-up0.015 second shutter lag0.3 shooting interval0.06 second AF speed4x optical zoom lensF/1.8-4.925-100mm equivalentLens Modulation OptimizerOptical Image Stabilization3″ LCD display (920K dot)ISO100 – 12800Full 1080p HD video recordingstereo soundWi-Fi enabledcompatible with INSTAX Share App (for iOS and Android devices)Film Simulation Modesincludes the new “Classic Chrome”The Fujifilm XQ2 will be available Read More…

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This post was written by Tyler on January 15, 2015

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Fujifilm X-A2 Preview

Fujifilm X-A2 Preview

The Fujifilm X-A2 is an ultra-light, selfie-ready compact system camera (CSC) that boasts a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, the EXR Processor II, and a 3.0-inch LCD display that tilts up to 175°. It ships with the FUJINON XC16-50mm II (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens, but there is two lens kit that includes a FUJINON XC50-230mm II (76-350mm) F4.5-6.7 OIS lens as well. Thanks to the camera’s image processor, the X-A2 starts up in less than a second. The AutoFocus (AF) is also blazingly fast, at 0.3 seconds, with the option to engage Eye AF, Auto Macro AF, and Multi-Target AF depending on your shooting scenario. For lower-lighting conditions and long zoom telephoto shots, 3.5-stops of optical image stabilization are available too. Advanced users, or pros looking for a secondary camera, will enjoy the in-camera RAW image processing.The X-A2 also boasts a number of stylistic and convenience features. Built-in Wi-Fi allows the camera to, in conjunction with the INSTAX Share App installed on an iOS or Android device, wirelessly transfer images as well as wirelessly print stills on INSTAX Share Printers. Multiple Exposure Mode allows users to lay multiple images over one another. And Film Simulation Mode, which has just added “Classic Chrome”, aims to recreate classic Fujifilm stocks from the 1960s and 1970s.Fujifilm X-A2 Features:16.3 MP APS-C CMOS image sensorEXR Processor II0.5 seconds start-up0.3 seconds AF0.05 seconds shutter lag0.4 seconds shooting interval3″ LCD displaytilts to 175°920K dotFull 1080p HD video recordingEye AFAuto Macro AFMulti-Target AFISO100 – ISO25600Q Menu Read More…

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This post was written by Gavin on January 15, 2015

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80 Preview

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 Preview

The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is a rugged new XP-series camera that is waterproof to 50ft, shockproof from 5.8ft, freezeproof to 14°F, and dustproof. It boasts a 16.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of not only recording Full 1080p HD videos @60fps, but also 480fps slow motion (at a lower resolution). The 5x optical zoom lens offers a 28-140mm 35mm-equivalent, as well as optical image stabilization to reduce camera shake.Wi-Fi is a standard XP80 feature that allows users to remote control this digicam with, or simply backup photos to, any smartphone or tablet running the free Fujifilm Camera Remote app. There’s even a dedicated Wi-Fi button to make the process easier. 11 Advanced Filters, including the new “Sketch” function, are great for those who want to express his or her creativity. Built in HDR and Motion Panorama 360° are a must these days too.Lastly, the XP80 offers Action Camera Mode, which turns the XP80 into a GoPro-esque video recorder with a fixed 18mm lens, while turning the 3.0-inch rear LCD off to preserve battery life. In this mode, you can remotely control the camera with aforementioned Wi-Fi app, or simply mount it to your body, surfboard, bike, or whatever you like.FinePix XP80 Features16.4MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensorWaterproof to 50ftShockproof from 5.8ftFreezeproof to 14°FDustproof5x optical zoom28-140mm3.0″ LCD w anti-reflectio coatingOptical Image StabilizationFull 1080p HD Videos @ 60fps480fps slow motion11 Advanced Filtersincludes the new “Sketch” functionHDR (High-Dynamic Range) captureMotion Panorama 360°Wi-FiAction Camera ModeAvailable in blue,yellow, and graphite with green accents, the Fujifilm XP80 will Read More…

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This post was written by Adrian on January 15, 2015

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Fujifilm FinePix S9800 Preview

Fujifilm FinePix S9800 Preview

The Fujifilm FinePix S9800 is one of two new S-series cameras for early 2015. The S9800, featured here, boasts almost all of the same features as the S9900W, but costs about $20 less because it does not include built-in Wi-Fi. To transfer images off of the S9800, you will need to connect it to a PC via USB, or use an SD card reader.The S9800 features a 16.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor with a wide 100-12800 ISO range. The 50x optical zoom lens has a maximum aperture of F/2.9 in its widest angle, and F/6.5 at full telephoto. Intelligent Digital Zoom increases range to 100x zoom, while Super Macro mode can find focus as close as 1cm. 5-Axis Image Stabilization, a combination of 2-axis optical image stabilization and 3-axis electronic, will help keep your photos and Full 1080p HD videos shake-free, despite the long reaching zoom. The S9800 also offers quick performance, whether it be starting up in one second or 10 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting. Motion Panorama 360°, High-Dynamic Range capture, and 11 Advanced Filter effects round out the feature set, allowing you to experiment with all sorts of image combinations.Fujifilm FinePix S9800 Features:16.2MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor50x optical zoomF/2.9-6.524-1200mm100x Intelligent Digital Zoom1cm Super Macro Mode5-Axis Image Stabilization 2-axis optical stabilization + 3-axis electronic stabilization3.0″ LCD display (920K dot)200K dot Electronic ViewfinderISO 100 – 1280010fps Continuous Shooting1.0 second start-up0.15 second AF0.6 second shooting intervalFull 1080p HD video recording11 Advanced Filter effectsMotion Panorama 360°HDR (High-Dynamic Range) captureThe Fujifilm FinePix S9800 will be available in Read More…

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This post was written by Lydia on January 15, 2015

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Fujifilm FinePix S9900W Preview

Fujifilm FinePix S9900W Preview

Fujifilm has announced two S-series sibling cameras, the FinePix S9900W & S9800. These two digicams are identical save for one feature. The S9900W includes Wi-Fi, and therefor costs about $20 more than the S9800. Wi-Fi allows you to connect the S9900W to a smartphone or tablet running a free app. Once connected, you can transfer images to the phone for emailing, backing up, or sharing on your favorite social networking sites. You can also opt to remotely control the S9900W directly from your phone or tablet. Aside from wireless connectivity, the S9900W boasts a 16.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor with a wide 100-12800 ISO range. The 50x optical zoom lens has a maximum aperture of F/2.9 at its widest angle, and F/6.5 at full telephoto. Intelligent Digital Zoom increases range to 100x zoom, while Super Macro mode can find focus as close as 1cm. 5-Axis Image Stabilization, a combination of 2-axis optical image stabilization and 3-axis electronic, will help keep your Full 1080p HD videos shake-free despite the long reaching zoom. The S9900W also offers quick performance, whether it be starting up in one second or 10 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting. Motion Panorama 360°, High-Dynamic Range capture, and 11 Advanced Filter effects round out the feature set, allowing you to experiment with all sorts of image combinations.Fujifilm FinePix S9900W Features:16.2MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor50x optical zoomF/2.9-6.524-1200mm100x Intelligent Digital Zoom1cm Super Macro Mode5-Axis Image Stabilization 2-axis optical stabilization + 3-axis electronic stabilization3.0″ LCD display (920K dot)200K dot Electronic ViewfinderISO 100 – 1280010fps Continuous Shooting1.0 second start-up0.15 second Read More…

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This post was written by Tyler on January 15, 2015

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Nikon D5500 Camera Review

Nikon D5500 Camera Review

Hands-on: Budget DSLRs just got serious Read More…

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This post was written by Jasper on January 9, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix TZ70 Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 Camera Review

Hands-on: This compact has more zoom than an F1 car Read More…

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This post was written by Gavin on January 7, 2015

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Nikon D5500 DSLR Preview

Nikon D5500 DSLR Preview

The D5500 is Nikon’s newest DX-format DSLR and also its smallest. This entry-level DSLR boasts a 24.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) mated to the EXPEED 4 image processor capable of shooting in ultra low lighting conditions thanks to a native 100-25,600 ISO range.The D5500 not only wants to be a great still image camera, but also a miniature HD video recording studio. Moving images are captured at Full HD 1080p with full-time AF (Auto Focus) engaged. Changing focus (and easy access to settings and features) is a snap thanks to the 3.2-inch Vari-angle touchscreen LCD, a first for a Nikon DSLR.New for this year, Nikon has added new Effects Modes like Super Vivid, POP, and Photo Illustration to customize your images and videos. That’s on top of 16 Scene Modes to ensure the camera will accurately capture the world in various shooting conditions. Picture Controls have be updated as well with a new “Flat” option and the ability to adjust the controls in 0.25-step increments as well as an expanded +/-1.5 brightness range.Lastly, this D5500 boats built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to connect the D5500 to a smartphone or tablet. From there you can either back up or share your still photos and videos, or you can even use your phone to remotely control the DSLR.Nikon D5500 DSLR Features:24.2MP CMOS image sensorno low-pass filter (OLPF)EXPEED 4 image processorISO 100-25,6005fps Continuous ShootingFull 1080p HD video recordingFull-Time AFstereo sound3.2-inc Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD display (1,037K dot)Touch AFFn (Function) Read More…

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This post was written by Michael on January 6, 2015

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Sony Action Cam FDR-X100V Preview

Sony Action Cam FDR-X100V Preview

The Sony FDR-X100V is the company’s most powerful Action Cam to date. Tucked in behind a ZEISS Tessar lens with 170 degree field of view, you will find a BIONZ X image processor and 12.8MP back-illuminated Exmore R CMOS image sensor capable for recording “4K” Ultra HD video at up to 30p and 100Mbps (requires a certain kind of SD card) using either the MP4 or XAVC S codecs. In addition to 4K video, you can also record Full 1080p HD video at up to 120p or 720p HD video at up to 240p for ultra-slow motion shots. The X100V includes a clean HDMI output for recording video on an external hard drive or showing off your footage on a 4K display. Audio is recorded on a stereo microphone with built-in wind noise reduction. And your shots will be more stable than ever, thanks to improved SteayShot image stabilization that’s three times more efficient at reducing vibrations when the Action Cam is used in conjunction with a remote control aerial “drone”. Loop recording ensures that you never miss a shot while maximizing available memory card space.In addition to video recording, the FDR-X100V can also shoot still images at up to 5 frames-per-second, includes built-in GPS and Wi-Fi for geotagging and remotely controlling the Action Cam via the Sony PlayMemories mobile app (a new Action Cam app will be available in Spring 2015) or to connect the optional Live View Remote Control, a water-proof LCD display.The FDR-X100V also allows users to Read More…

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This post was written by Ella on January 6, 2015

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Sony Action Cam HDR-AS200V Preview

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS200V Preview

The Sony Action Cam HDR-AS200V is an HD video recording device in the vein of the GoPro and costs about $100 less than the FDR-X100V while sharing most of the same features; save for the ability to record 4K Ultra HD video.Otherwise, the AS200V has a lot going for it. A ZEISS Tessar lens with 170 degree field of view. BIONZ X image processor. 12.8MP back-illuminated Exmore R CMOS image sensor capable of recording Full 1080p HD video @ 60p (50Mbps), 720p HD video @ 120p, or WVGA video @ 240p for slow-motion shots.The AS200V boasts a clean HDMI output for recording video on an external hard drive. Audio is recorded on a stereo microphone with built-in wind noise reduction. And your shots will be more stable than ever, thanks to improved SteayShot image stabilization that’s three times more efficient at reducing vibrations when the Action Cam is used in conjunction with a remote control aerial “drone”. Loop recording ensures that you never miss a shot while maximizing available memory card space.The HDR-AS200V also includes built-in GPS and Wi-Fi for geotagging and remotely controlling the Action Cam via the Sony PlayMemories mobile app (a new Action Cam app will be available in Spring 2015) or to connect the optional Live View Remote Control, a water-proof LCD display.This Action Cam comes with built-in editing and streaming capabilities. You can make Highlight real videos for instant sharing, or edit together multiple clips to make your own movies. All in-camera. And, thanks to Read More…

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This post was written by William on January 6, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Preview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Preview

Panasonic’s new ZS-series flagship, the DMC-ZS50, is a premium compact camera with a 12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS image sensor and 30x optical zoom lens. If you need further reach, 60x Digital Zoom is available too (editor’s note: but reduces overall image quality).The ZS50 is capable of recording Full 1080p HD video at an ultra-smooth 60p (60 progressive frames-per-second) that takes full advantage of the camera’s advanced HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization Plus) 5-axis system. In other words, your videos are going to be a shake-free as possible, particularly important with such a long telephoto lens. And, there’s a great Level Shot function for ensuring accurate horizons.This camera features two displays, a traditional 3.0-inch LCD as well as a 0.2-inch Live View Finder with a 1,166K resolution. Along with RAW image capture, the ZS50 utilizes a 240fps Auto Focus (AF) sensor drive to focus in a split second so you never miss a vital shot.The ZS50 boasts NFC, QR Code, and Wi-Fi technologies, which allow you to connect it to a smartphone or tablet, effectively turning those devices into remote controls (access settings, take a picture, start recording, etc.) or remote viewfinders (see what your camera is shooting when it’s not even in your hand).Finally, the ZS50 offers 15 Filter Effects are available while using Creative Control (apply as a preview before taking a picture) or Creative Retouch (apply to an already-taken photo). Creative Panorama allows you to take ultra wide or ultra tall panoramas underwater and above. And Time Read More…

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This post was written by Dylan on January 5, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 Preview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 Preview

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-ZS45. While it’s not the ZS-series flagship, the ZS45 offers up a powerful 16MP High Sensitivity MOS image sensor and a long-reaching 20x optical zoom lens with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) for vibration-free shots. This camera also features an improved 3.0-inch monitor with added resolution and the ability to tilt, which will be a big help when shooting Full 1080p HD videos and/or selfies.Lastly, the ZS45 boasts NFC and Wi-Fi technologies, which allow you to connect it to a smartphone or tablet, effectively turning those devices into a remote control (access settings, take a picture, start recording, etc.) or a remote viewfinder (see what your camera is shooting when it’s not even in your hand).Panasonic LUMIX ZS45 Features20x Optical Zoom24mm wide-angle LEICA lens16MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor3.0-inch LCD display (1,040K dot)Tilts up 180°1,166k-dot LVF with eye-sensorSonic Speed AF (Auto Focus)Full 1080p HD VideoPOWER O.I.S.Wi-FiNFCQR CodePricing and availability for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 have yet to be announced. Read More…

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This post was written by Sadie on January 5, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 Preview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 Preview

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-TS6. The “tough series” is a rugged series of cameras built for those who enjoy outdoor adventures that would normally spell doom for your average point-and-shoot. Waterproof to 43ft, dustproof, shockproof to 6.6ft, and freeze-proof to 14°F, the TS6 sports a 16.1MP image sensor, 4.6x optical zoom lens, 3.0-inch LCD display, and Full HD 1080p video recording at up to 60 frames per second. For divers and snorkelers, Advanced Underwater mode offers a red color reproduction setting to accurately recreate colors underwater, and Torch Light to trade battery life for more light in darker underwater situations. The TS6 is also equipped with GLONASS-compliant GPS, a compass, altimeter, and barometer to aid in your adventuring.While the TS6 has numerous manual features, Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode is always there to ensure the cameras knows how to set itself up, even if you do not. 12 Filter Effects are available while using Creative Control (apply as a preview before taking a picture) or Creative Retouch (apply to an already-taken photo). Creative Panorama allows you to take ultra wide or ultra tall panoramas underwater and above. And Time Lapse Shot helps users compress minutes, hours, or even days… into seconds of breathtaking video.Lastly, the TS6 boasts NFC and Wi-Fi technologies, which allow you to connect the TS6 to a smartphone or tablet, affectingly turning those devices into remote controls (access settings, take a picture, start recording, etc.) or a remote viewfinder (see what your camera is shooting when it’s not Read More…

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This post was written by James on January 5, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 Preview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 Preview

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 is a “rugged” camera designed for campers, hikers, divers, surfers, or anyone who enjoys activities that would normally spell doom for your average point-n-shoot. Waterproof to 26ft, dustproof, shockproof to 5ft, and freeze-proof to 14°F, the TS30 sports a 16.1MP image sensor, 4.0x optical zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD display, and Full HD 1080p video recording..For divers and snorkelers, Advanced Underwater mode offers a red color reproduction setting to accurately recreate colors underwater, and Torch Light to trade battery life for more light in darker underwater situations.Intelligent Auto (iA) mode combines automatic image stabilization, ISO control, exposure settings, face detection, and scene selection (i.e., optimizing the camera for certain conditions). 12 Filter Effects are available while using Creative Control (apply as a preview before taking a picture) or Creative Retouch (apply to an already-taken photo). Creative Panorama allows you to take ultra wide or ultra tall panoramas underwater and above. And Time Lapse Shot helps users compress minutes, hours, or even days… into seconds of breathtaking video.Panasonic LUMIX TS30 FeaturesWaterproof to 26ft / 8mShockproof to 5ft / 1.5mFreezeproof to 14°F / -10°CDustproof4x optical zoom lens25mm ultra wide angle16.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor2.7-inch Intelligent LCDAdvanced UnderwaterRed Color ReproductionTorch LightiA(Intelligent Auto)Creative PanoramaCreative ControlCreative RetouchTime Lapse Shot12 Filter EffectsRetroExpressiveHigh KeyLow KeySepiaDynamic MonochromeImpressive ArtHigh DynamicToy EffectMiniature EffectCross ProcessOne Point ColorPricing and availability for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 have yet to be announced. Color selections will include black, blue, and red. Read More…

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This post was written by John on January 5, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 Preview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 Preview

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 is a budget-friendly point-and-shoot digicam that offers 16-megapixel still images and 720p HD video recording. As an entry-level camera, the focus here is on ease of use. Enter iA Mode, or Intelligent Auto mode, which combines automatic image stabilization, ISO control, exposure settings, face detection, and scene selection (i.e., optimizing the camera for certain conditions).Selfie-lovers will also enjoy the 2.7-inch LCD monitor, which tilts up 180 degrees for perfect framing, and also “beauty effects” that defocus the background, smooth out skin texture, or even slim you down. The SZ10 also offers 15 Filter Effects that can be applied in advance — using Creative Control — or after the face — using Creative Retouch.Finally, built-in Wi-Fi and QR Code technology allows the SZ10 to connect, using the Panasonic Image app, to a compatible smartphone or tablet. From there it’s easy to set up Instant Transfer for backing up your files, or to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote viewfinder (i.e., controlling your camera directly from your phone while using it as a remote display)Panasonic LUMIX SZ10 Features12x Optical Zoom24mm ultra wide angle lens16MP CCD image sensor720p HD video recording Intelligent Auto (iA) modeOptical Image StabilizerIntelligent ISO ControlIntelligent Scene SelectorIntelligent ExposureFace Detection2.7 inch large 460K-dot LCD monitor Beauty EffectsSoft SkinDefocusingSlimming15 Filter EffectsCreative ControlCreative RetouchWi-FiQR CodeInstant TransferExact pricing and availability for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 have yet to be announced. Read More…

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This post was written by Ella on January 5, 2015

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS Preview

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS Preview

The new PowerShot ELPH 170 IS adds to Canon’s series of budget friendly ELPH point-and-shoot cameras. It offers many great features — a nice, long 12x zoom (25-300mm), a 20MP CCD image sensor, and optical IS (image stabilization) — but at this price point, you do not get any wireless capabilities such as NFC or WiFi, the 2.7″ LCD is rather small, and video resolution tops out at 720p HD @ 25fps.The 170 also features Smart AUTO mode, which automatically optimizing camera settings for any shooting conditions; ECO mode, which extends battery life; and Creative Effects like Fisheye, Toy Camera, and Monochrome enhance your still image and video with artistic flair.Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS Features:12x zoom lens25-300mm20MP CCD image sensorDIGIC 4+ image processor720p HD video @ 25fps2.7-inch LCD displayIntelligent IS (image stabilization)Smart AUTOCreative Effects, includingFish EyeToy CameraMonochromeECO ModeThe Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS will ship in February (2015) with a $149.99 MSRP. Read More…

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This post was written by Max on January 5, 2015

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 IS Preview

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 IS Preview

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 IS is an affordable new point-and-shoot digicam with a sub $120 MSRP. It is replacing the 135 model from last year. While it features the same 20MP CCD image sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor from its pricier S170 sibling, it has a shorter 8x optical zoom lens (28-224mm) and only offers “digital” IS (image stabilization) rather than optical. The 160 also boasts 720p HD video recording with a dedicated movie recording button, and a 2.7-inch LCD display. Smart AUTO mode allows the camera to optimize itself for almost any shooting condition. And, finally, ECO mode helps extend batter life.Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 IS Features:8x optical zoom lens28-224mm20MP CCD image sensorDIGIC 4+ image processor720p HD video recording @ 25fps2.7″ LCD displayDigital IS (image stabilization)Smart AUTOECO ModeThe Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 IS will ship in February (2015) with a $119.99 MSRP. It will be offered in black, white, silver, and red. Read More…

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This post was written by Jasper on January 5, 2015

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Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Preview

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Preview

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS updates last year’s SX600 with the addition of active NFC (Near Field Communication), a new higher resolution LCD display, and a new 20.2 megapixel “High Sensitivity” image sensor that, when paired with the DIGIC 4+ image processor, excels at capturing vibrant images even in low-light shooting conditions. The 18x optical zoom lens remains, as do the 3.0-inch LCD display’s dimensions, but this is a pretty far-reaching telephoto lens for a pocket-sized camera. The SX610 also includes Auto Zoom mode, which automatically frames a subject by zooming in to produce a pleasing composition within a perfectly focused image.Lastly, like many of the new Canon models, the SX610 HS features NFC and, similar to last year’s model, built-in Wi-Fi to allow you to connect this camera to compatible smartphone and tablet devices to either back up images and videos, share them on social media, or to even remotely access certain camera menus.Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Features:20.2MP CMOS image sensorDIGIC 4+ image processor18x optical zoom lens25-450mmAuto-Zoom functionality3.0-inch LCD display (922K pixels)Built-in Wi-FiNFCThe Canon PowerShot SX610 HS will ship in February (2015) with a $249.99 MSRP. Read More…

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This post was written by Jack on January 5, 2015

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Canon PowerShot SX710 HS Preview

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS Preview

The newly announced Canon PowerShot SX710 HS is housed in the same body as last year’s SX700, but offers notable improvements in the image sensor, image processor, and wireless capabilities.The SX710 HS boasts a long reading 30x optical zoom lens coupled with a 20.3-megapixel “High Sensitivity” CMOS image sensor and the newer DIGIC 6 image processor that “create the Canon HS System allowing for excellent low-light performance” and Full 1080p HD video recording capabilities at up to 60 frames-per-second. Zoom Framing Assist and Intelligent IS tag team to keep moving subjects in focus and your images optimally stabilized.Hybrid AUTO is another nice feature, automatically adjusting camera settings for still images while creating a highlight reel of said images as a 720p HD video. You can also uses Creative Shot and Short Clip modes to spice up still images and videos visually, or perhaps you’d like to add special effects like Fast Motion or Slow Speed using Story Highlights Mode.Lastly, like many of the new Canon models, the SX710 HS includes NFC and built-in Wi-Fi to allow you to connect this camera to compatible smartphone and tablet devices to either back up images and videos, share them on social media, or to even remotely access certain camera menus.Canon PowerShot SX710 HS Features:30x optical zoom lens20.3MP CMOS image sensorDIGIC 6 image processorFull 1080p HD Video @ 60pDedicated Movie ButtonIntelligent Image Stabilization3.0″ LCD screenHybrid AUTOCreative Shot ModeShort Clip ModeStory Highlights ModeFast MotionSlow SpeedActive NFCBuilt-in Wi-FiThe Canon PowerShot SX710 HS will ship in February Read More…

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This post was written by Gabriel on January 5, 2015

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Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Preview

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Preview

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is a budget super-zoom that updates and improves upon the SX520, taking a 42x optical zoom lens all the way up to 50x. A camera designed for those who love to travel or take action shots, the SX530 HS boasts a 16MP “High Sensitivity” CMOS image sensor and the DIGIC 4+ image processor for optimal low-light shooting capability. With a 24-1200mm zoom equivalency, you’re going to love the optical image stabilization that Canon describes as Intelligent. In other words, the camera optimizes itself for blur-free photos and shake free videos. Speaking of which, the SX530 HS is capable of recording Full 1080p HD videos.This model also includes a number of built-in features to make an expert photographer out of a newbie. These include Smart and Hybrid AUTO to ensure the camera is always set up for the current shooting conditions, Zoom Framing Assist which identifies and can track the focus of the main subject in any shot, and a Creative Shot Mode for artistically enhancing still images and videos.Finally, the SX530 boasts built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technologies for wirelessly connecting this ultra-zoom camera to smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices.Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Features:50x optical zoom lens24-1200mm16MP High Sensitivity CMOS image sensorDIGIC 4+ image processorOptical Image StabilizationIntelligent Image Stabilization High Speed AFZoom Framing AssistCreative Shot ModeSmart AUTOHybrid AUTOFull 1080p HD Video Recording3.0-inch LCD display (416K pixels)Active NFCBuilt-in Wi-FiThe Canon PowerShot SX530 HS will ship in February (2015) with a $429.99 MSRP. Read More…

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This post was written by Alexander on January 5, 2015

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Ricoh Theta Preview

Ricoh Theta Preview

Ricoh Imaging has released the Theta (also called the Theta M15), a unique little digicam that captures 360° Spherical still images and videos up to 3 minutes in length. The camera works by syncing itself to a free smartphone or tablet app (available for Android and iOS). The app serves as an editor — allowing you to change the size, shape, or composition of individual images for videos — and as a portal to sharing your content on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Tumbler. Ricoh too has a free site where you can upload your Theta content — theta360.com — but there is a 5MB file size limit. Lastly, the Theta is SDK-equipped, which will allow tech-savvy users to develop their own apps.Ricoh Theta Features360° Spherical Images & Videosup to 3minsIn-app Video ToolWi-FiUpload Videos to theta360.com (5MB file size limit)FacebookTwitterTumblerSDK equipped3.3ozThe Ricoh Theta is available now in white, blue, pink, or yellow at a $299.95 MSRP. Read More…

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This post was written by Colin on December 20, 2014

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Pentax K-S1 Camera Review

Pentax K-S1 Camera Review

Beneath the rather odd exterior sits a solid DSLR Read More…

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This post was written by Anna on December 18, 2014

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Pentax Q-S1 Preview

Pentax Q-S1 Preview

The Pentax Q-S1 is a compact mirrorless camera system with a 12.4-megapixel image sensor. Mated to the Q Engine image processor, this camera can shoot up to 5fps still images or 30fps 1080p HD videos in the 100-12800 ISO range and with full-time continuous AF (Auto Focus) engaged. The camera’s Quick Dial offers access to all the shooting modes, camera settings, effects and filters, and access to the four different manual shooting modes (P, A, S, M).Or, if you prefer full Automatic, the Q-S1 can do that too, along with in-camera RAW image development (turn RAW images into JPEGS), built-in High-Dynamic Range (HDR) mode for capturing ultra-saturated high-contrast still images, a multi-exposure mode to overlay multiple images, and a digital level to ensure your frames are level and/or plumb.Pentax Q-S1 Features12.4MP Backlit CMOS image sensor Q Engine image processor5 fps high speed burs shootingISO 100-128003.0″ 460k-dot LCD displayFull 1080p HD video recordingup to 30 fpsfull-time continuous AF MPEG-4 AVC / H.264720p HD video recording built-in pop-up flashQuick DialSensor-shift shake reduction11 Custom Image Modes17 Effects11 applicable when shooting6 for in-camera editing9 Smart Effects ModesAuto Picture ModeScene ModesPortraitLandscapeMacroMoving ObjectNight Scene PortraitSunsetBlueSkyForestNight SceneNight Scene HDRNight SnapHDRQuick MacroFoodPetKidsSurf & SnowBacklight SilhouetteCandlelightStage LightingMuseumInterval shooting up to 999 images3-second to 24-hour intervalsP, A, S, M exposure modesA Dust Removal II (DRII) systemRAW image developmentBuilt-in HDRmulti-exposure modedigital levelFront & rear-facing remote control receptorsEye-Fi SD Card CompatibleThe Pentax Q-S1 is customizable in over 40 color combinations. It has a $499.95 MSRP. Read More…

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This post was written by Evan on December 13, 2014

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