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Faster Photo Transfers With CamFi Pro

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Faster Photo Transfers With CamFi Pro

CamFi promises faster wireless photo transfers between cameras and PCs with the Pro-- a camera controller using 802.11ac wifi to push photos 2-3x faster than the wifi found built-in most camera bodies.

According to the company, most wifi-enabled cameras use 802.11n, meaning photo transfers can take as long as 30 seconds. The Pro doubles the speed through a connection reaching up to 10MB/s, an improvement over the 2MB/s of many built-in connection systems. This allows users to transfer larger RAW files to other devices, as well as the sending of a JPEG of a file to a device for an almost instant view of a shot.

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Razer Intros Webcam, Mic for Streamers

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Razer Intros Webcam, Mic for Streamers

Accessory maker Razer announces a pair of "streamer certified" peripherals-- the Kiyo, a webcam with built-in ring lighting, and the Seiren X USB condenser microphone.

The Kiyo features an adjustable ring light with 12 white LEDs users can control to 12 levels of brightness. It has a 4MP camera able to record either 1080p video at 30fps or 720p video at 60fps, and is compatible with the XSplit and Open Broadcaster Software streaming tools. Connectivity comes through 1.5m braided USB 2.0 cable.

Meanwhile the Seiren X is the first microphone from Razer. It has 25mm condenser capsule, a tighter recording angle the company says is optimised for streaming and built-in shock mount to dampen vibrations. A desktop stand is included, and connectivity comes through USB and a zero-latency 3.5mm headphone monitoring jack.

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DxO One Camera Arrives on Android

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DxO One Camera Arrives on Android

Camera software developer DxO announces an Android-compatible version of the One, a detachable camera accessory customers plug into their smartphones via USB-C port.

First released back in June 2015, the original DxO One was iPhone-only, since it made use of the Lightning connector. The Android version should remain essentially identical. It features a 1-inch 20MP sensor (similar to the one found in the Sony RX100) paired with a f/1.8 maximum aperture lens and small mono OLED display, and can snap photos when used as a standalone device or paired with a smartphone and companion app.

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GoPro Intros Hero 6 Black, Fusion Cameras

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GoPro Intros Hero 6 Black, Fusion Cameras

GoPro continues to battle it out against both smartphones and the rest of the action camera competition as it presents the Hero 6 Black and the Fusion, the company's take on the 360-degree cameras.

As a refresh of both Hero and Black GoPro camera lines, the Hero 6 Black offers all the features expected from a high-end action camera. It shoots 4K video at 60fps, as well as slow motion at 2.7K at 120fps and super-slo-mo 240fps at 1080p resolution. Dynamic range should also be improved for better images in mixed lighting conditions, while digital image stabilisation promises to eliminate camera shake and vibrations.

Powering such improvements is the first GoPro custom processor, the GP1. Designed specifically for the company by Socionext, the GP1 gives the camera more control over image processing flow. Another improvement is in wifi, since the camera uses 5GHz connectivity for faster pairing with smartphones.

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Acer 360-Degree Cameras at IFA 2017

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Acer 360-Degree Cameras at IFA 2017

IFA 2017 has Acer launch a pair of 360-degree LTE-connected cameras-- the Holo360 and the Vision360, with the former aimed at general use and the latter being an in-car dash cam.

The Holo360 is the size and shape of a smartphone, and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor to stitch 4K resolution 360-degree videos. It features a 3-inch touchscreen and runs on Android 7.1, making it easy to share videos without need for connection to a smartphone or PC.

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Insta360 Presents Flexible 360 Camera

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Insta360 Presents Flexible 360 Camera

360-degree camera maker Insta360 presents another product ideal for customers wanting to take more immersive photography-- the Insta360 One, a camera able to shoot 24MP stills and 4K resolution video.

The One is a small device the size of a small sausage link. It features 2 cameras, and can either be plugged into the iPhone Lightning port or used remotely, with the phone acting as Bluetooth controller. Gyroscopic stabilisation promises more steady video recording, the main body has a built-in tripod mount and an included protective case doubles as a stand.

An interesting "FreeCapture" mode allows one to "shoot first, point later." This means one can take a 360-degree photo or video, then spin, pinch and zoom the image to frame a 16:9, 4:3 or 1:1 composition to create a 2D image. The camera can even edit out any selfie sticks for cleaner images.

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A "Lensless" Camera for Flat Phones?

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Caltech researchers claim to create a camera lacking one of the most basic components, the lens. Instead, the "lensless camera" uses what is dubbed an "ultra-thin optical phased array" (OPA).

According to the researchers, the OPA does what lenses do-- manipulate incoming light-- computationally instead of optically. Whereas lenses bend incoming light to focus it on a piece of film or an optical sensor, the OPA uses an array of light receivers to add a tightly controlled time delay (or phase shift) to the light. This allows the camera to selectively "look" in different directions, and focus on different objects.

The principle is actually similar to the way phased communication arrays focus and steer radio waves in a particular direction, only in reverse.

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The Garmin 360-Degree Camera

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The Garmin 360-Degree Camera

Garmin takes on 360-degree cameras with the VIRB 360-- a spherical camera inside rugged action camera casing complete with companion app for video editing, sharing and streaming.

The camera captures 30fps video at up to 5.7K resolution, takes 15MP spherical photos and captures 360-degree audio through x4 built-in microphones. It also automatically stabilises and stitches footage in-camera (instead of offloading processing to smartphone), while a (currently iOS-only) live-streaming feature is compatible with YouTube and Facebook Live.

Recorded videos and photos created by the VIRB 360 are also compatible with most VR headsets, and an augmented reality feature adds a variety of data overlays, including barometer, elevation and GPS, over videos. Voice control is included, with the statement "OK Garmin" waking up the camera to start/stop recording, switch capture modes and even remember specific moments during recording.

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Amazon Judges You With Echo Look

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Amazon Judges You With Echo Look

Amazon reveals its rumoured security camera product-- only it is not a security camera at all, since the Echo Look is actually an Alexa-powered "style assistant" camera.

The Echo Look consists of a depth-sensing camera with a built-in LED light, microphone and base mount. It acts as something of a smart mirror, allowing users to take full-length photos or short videos of their different outfits, before asking Alexa what it thinks of said outfit. No, really.

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How to Turn a Smartphone Into a Bike Rearview Mirror

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How to Turn a Smartphone Into a Bike Rearview Mirror

A startup named Smart Bike claims to have a rearview mirror solution for bicycles with the Hexagon-- a camera and companion app combo users pair with a handlebar-mounted smartphone.

The Hexagon attaches to the bike seat post, with a quick-release system allowing one to easily remove it for charging and the prevention fo theft. It also features red LED clusters acting as turn automatic turn and braking signals thanks to an accelerometer and gyroscope, and users get manual lighting control via handlebar ring.

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The Huawei 360-Degree Camera for Phones

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The Huawei 360-Degree Camera for Phones

Huawei teams up with camera maker Insta360 to launch the Honor VR Camera-- a 360-degree clip-on camera designed for use with the Chinese company's Honor smartphone range.

Not much in terms of details on the Honor VR Camera is known as yet, other than it featuring "3K photography" support and live-streaming capabilities. As one might imagine it works together with an Insta360-developed companion app for the saving and sharing of 360-degree videos and snaps.

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