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Drift Intros Wearable Compass Camera

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Drift Intros Wearable Compass Camera

Action camera maker Drift Innovation announces the Compass-- a small wearable camera the company says can record 1080p video, 8MP still photos and time lapse image sequences.

Slightly bigger in size than an Apple Watch, the Compass features an embedded sensor for touch tap recording, a 32GB microSD slot and wifi connectivity allowing for 10GB of free cloud storage and livestreaming via Drift Life companion app. A built-in battery allows the recording of up to 2 hours of 1080p video or 50 days of time lapse footage on a single charge.

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Olympus Presents Tough Action Camera

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Olympus Presents Tough Action Camera

Olympus takes on the action camera likes of GoPro and Ricoh with the Stylus TG-Tracker-- a Tough series number featuring a ruggedised design able to survive water, shocks, freezing and even crushing out of the box.

According to the company the camera can survive up to 100kg of force without being crushed and has an IPX8 rating for both dust and water proofing. To further suit tough environments it also features a bevy of sensors and radios, including GPS, barometric pressure sensor, temperature sensor, compass and accelerometer.

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LG's LTE-Capable Action Camera

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LG's LTE-Capable Action Camera

Customers want to stream footage from an action camera but do not want to connect to a smartphone? LG has a solution with the imaginatively named Action Cam LTE, a GoPro-style number with built-in LTE connectivity.

Launched as part of the "Friends" accessory line, the camera carries a 12MP sensor able to shoot 4K/UHD video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and even 720p at 120fps for extra slow-mo. However, users have to keep in mind 4G-based live streaming is restricted to 720p at 30fps.

Also included are built-in wifi and Bluetooth connectivity for traditional smartphone pairing, as well as support for memory cards with up to 2TB capacity. A rechargeable 1400 battery promises up to 4 hours of HD video recording, while GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope come built-in.

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Facebook Live Gets First Camera

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Facebook Live Gets First Camera

The annual F8 developer conference had Facebook release the API of the Live video streaming feature, an announcement accompanied by the reveal of a first compatible camera-- the Livestream Mevo.

Formerly known as the Movi back when it was announced at CES 2016, the Mevo is a small cylindrical camera. Armed with a wide angle lens, it shoots 4K video and features software allowing users to essentially split a 4K image into multiple separate 1080p video feeds acting as virtual camera angles.

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The Impossible App-Enabled Instant Camera

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The Impossible App-Enabled Instant Camera

Impossible Project breathes new life in the instant camera concept as it reveals the I-1-- a Polaroid-style camera offering customers the pleasures of instant analog photography with a connected twist.

The company behind the I-1 is best known for the production of reverse engineered Polaroid type 600-style instant film, as well as the refurbishing and resale of old Polaroid type 600 cameras. As such, the I-1 is the company's first foray into own photography hardware. It features a sleek matte black design, has an LED ring flash around the lens and handles type 600 film (in both discontinued Polaroid and Impossible Project flavours).

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VR Livestreaming via Orah 4i

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VR Livestreaming via Orah 4i

VideoStitch, developer of the 360-degree video software of the same name, presents a 360-degree camera solution-- the Orah 4i, a small device promising to make shooting and broadcasting VR-ready video easier.

A number of VR video recording solutions already exist on the market, but these tend to be either multi-camera rigs or lower-end devices unable to offer livestreaming. The Orah 4i, on the other hand, is a simpler webcam-style solution with broadcasting capabilities. It consists of 2 parts, a small camera unit featuring 4 stabilised fisheye lenses, 4 microphones (for "ambisoic" 3D audio) and sensors, and a "stitching box" handling all live footage stitching and processing duties.

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Fujifilm Finds Success With Analog Instax

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Fujifilm Finds Success With Analog Instax

Claims of film being dead are probably exaggerated, not when film actually drives Fuji camera sales, the Wall Street Journal reports-- the Japanese company estimates fiscal 2015 (ending 31 March 2016) Instax camera sales total 5 million.

Sales are forecast to continue to growing to 6.5m units on fiscal 2016. In comparison, Fuji digital camera sales for the same period total 1.4m, in line with a digital camera industry seeing 2015 sales declines reaching -20%.

Instax is the Fuji take on the Polaroid-style instant cameras. First released back in 1998, the camera line was a success until the advent of digital cameras and smartphones, leading to a 2004 shipment low of just 10000 units. At the time Fuji even considered shuttering the line in favour of more sophisticated digital offerings such as the high-end X-series mirrorless digital cameras.

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Ricoh Presents WG-M2 Action Cam

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Ricoh Presents WG-M2 Action Cam

Ricoh announces the WG-M2 action camera at MWC 2016-- an update on the rugged WG-M1 featuring a smaller and lighter design, 4K video capability and an ultra-wide 204-degree field of view.

The WG-M2 shoots 4K resolution video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps, all with 100Mbps bitrate and a video orientation feature ensuring video is recorded upright even if the camera is mounted sideways or upside down. It also shoots 8MP photos, making it comparable to mid-range action camera offerings from the likes of GoPro and Sony.

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Panasonic Intros Selfie-Focused Lumix GF8

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Panasonic Intros Selfie-Focused Lumix GF8

Panasonic launches the Lumix GF8-- a digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) sequel to the 2015 GF7 with a focus on users' more narcissistic side with the addition of more features to the selfie mode.

The GF8 has mostly identical specs to the GF7-- namely a 16MP Digital Live MOS sensor, 5.8fps shooting speed, 1080/60p video recording and built-in wifi smartphone connectivity. Likewise it features a 3-inch touchscreens users can tilt upward by 180-degrees to make the snapping of self portraits a, well, snap.

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Samsung Preps 360-Degree Camera?

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Samsung Preps 360-Degree Camera?

According to SamMobile Samsung might soon reveal a solution for the lack of content one can view through virtual reality headsets such as the Gear VR-- a 360-degree camera dubbed the Gear 360.

Supposedly set for launch at the 21 February Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event, the Gear 360 is "likely" an offshoot of "Project Beyond," a 2014 Samsung attempt at 360-degree cameras. Project Beyond never saw life outside a one prototype appearance, but SamMobile insists the Gear 360 "is real, and coming soon."

The news site describes as the Gear 360 as a spherical camera able to capture 360-degree images via two 180-degree fisheye lenses. It connects with smartphones (certainly the Galaxy S7, possibly other recent Galaxy flagship headsets) via Bluetooth and companion Gear 360 Connect app, carries a built-in battery and packs an unknown amount of onboard storage.

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The DJI Osmo Smartphone-Connected Steadicam

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The DJI Osmo Smartphone-Connected Steadicam

Chinese drone maker DJI enters the action camera market with the Osmo-- a steadicam featuring an integrated hand-held stabiliser customers can connect to smartphones for further control.

The camera uses 3-axis gimbal stabilisation technology (as found in the DJI Phantom drone lineup) to eliminate shaky footage and a 12-MP camera with a 1/2/3-inch sensor and 94-degree field-of-view lens to shoot 4K resolution video. The handle carries a number of controls, including different camera angles and switching between photo and video modes, as well as a built-in stereo microphone and a 3.5mm audio jack.

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