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GoPro Launches Hero+ Action Cam

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GoPro Launches Hero+ Action Cam

GoPro offers a budget-friendly action camera-- the Hero+, a model slotting between the GoPro Hero and Hero+ LCD with the inclusion of wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Hero+ captures 1080p and 720p video at 60fps, as well as 8MP still, time lapse and burst photos. Meanwhile wifi and Bluetoooth allow the live-streaming of footage to a mobile device.

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How to Stablise Video From (Most) Cameras

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How to Stablise Video From (Most) Cameras

A company named SteadXP claims to have a namesake device allowing users to eliminate jitters from video shot using almost any camera, be it a GoPro, DSLR or even pro-grade cinema equipment.

The SteadXP is essentially a small box containing a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, as well as 32-bit ARM processor, microSD card slot and USB connectivity. It records the motion data of the shot in question in order to build a smooth, steadicam-style version.

The device is available in 2 versions-- one compatible with GoPro (Hero 2 or higher) expansion ports and the slightly heavier SteadXP+ users can plug into the coldshoe flash mount of DSLR, mirrorless and professional equipment.

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Ricoh Updates Theta 360-Degree Cameras

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Ricoh Updates Theta 360-Degree Cameras

Ricoh adds to the lightweight Theta 360-degree camera lineup at IFA 2015-- the Theta S, a device promising "extra-high resolution, fully spherical photos and videos in one simple shot."

The Theta S captures either spherical 14MP photos or up to 25 minutes of 1920x1080 spherical video through a 24MP sensor, "fast" f2.0 lenses and a proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded-optical system. It carries 8GB of built-in storage and an improved wifi module for faster data transfers between PCs or mobile devices.

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Nokia VR Product is… A Camera

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Nokia VR Product is… A Camera

Nokia unveils the virtual reality product we reported on earlier last week-- the Ozo, a spherical camera for the filming of virtual reality video designed for professional, not consumer, applications.

A creation of the Nokia Technologies division, the Ozo looks a bit like a Star Wars prop. It captures 360-degree video through 8 synchronised shutter sensors, and carries 8 integrated audio for the recording of surround audio. Meanwhile built-in software allows real-time viewing of shot footage through regular VR headsets, bypassing the need to pre-assemble panoramic images.

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GoPro Hero4 Session Goes Smaller, Lighter

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GoPro Hero4 Session Goes Smaller, Lighter

GoPro launches the Hero4 Session-- the smallest and lightest action camera from the company, one featuring many features from its bigger siblings, including connectivity (via wifi or Bluetooth) with mobile devices.

The Hero4 Session comes in the shape of a small black box, and can shoot video at 1080p60, 720p100 or 1440p30, as well as take 8MP photos in single, burst or time-lapse modes. It also features Auto Low Light recording, SuperView wide angles and a stripped-down Protune video editor.

The casing remains ruggedised and waterproof to up to 10m, while dual-microphones promise to reduce wind noise during recording.

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GoPro Buys Into Virtual Reality

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GoPro Buys Into Virtual Reality

Action camera maker GoPro sets to tackle the emerging virtual reality market as it acquires Kolor, a French developer of software for the creation of immersive "spherical content," for an undisclosed sum.

Kolor software stitches multiple photographs or videos into high-resolution 360-degree panoramas. It is something of a pioneer in the field, having created the first interactive VR YouTube video with Intel. GoPro describes such content as an "essential building block" of VR, since it is best consumed through VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift.

One can also check out videos using smartphones and Kolor Eyes, the company's 360-degree video player.

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Garmin Presents Tougher Action Cameras

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Garmin Presents Tougher Action Cameras

Garmin launches a next generation of action cameras-- the VIRB X and VIRB XE, a pair of HD cameras featuring a more rugged form factor complete with waterproofing for underwater shooting without need for an external case.

The cameras include a "G-Metrix" feature to overlay sensor-collected data over shot footage (such as acceleration and top speeds on the racetrack), hydrophobic flat glass lenses for clear underwater photography and improved mounting via non-slip allen head tightening system.

Connectivity comes via Bluetooth and wifi. A VIRB Mobile app allows users to livestream video, control multiple cameras and keep track of cameras, while Bluetooth handles connection with headsets or microphones. Garmin also offers VIRB Edit, a free desktop editing app.

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Intel Shrinks RealSense Camera

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Intel Shrinks RealSense Camera

Intel presents a smaller version of its RealSense 3D camera technology at Intel Developer Forum, Shenzhen-- one fitting a 6-inch prototype smartphone to provide such devices with gesture control akin to the Microsoft Kinect.

As well as reduced dimensions, Intel says the latest version of RealSense offers longer detection range and lower thermal output. However the actual module was not shown in action at the event, suggesting Chipzilla is still not ready to go into manufacturing just yet.

Mind, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich still demoed the technology, if in its larger tablet form- specifically with a Windows 10 device (based on the Skylake development kit) one can unlock via face scan, and another designed to improve warehouse management, the result of a partnership with Chinese online retailer JD.

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An Apple Concept in Better Cameras

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An Apple Concept in Better Cameras

A recently published Apple patent application reveals the company's latest means for improving the image stabilisation capabilities offered by devices such as the iPhone-- "Mirror Tilt Actuation."

First spotted by AppleInsider, the concept builds on the hardware optical image stabilisation (OIS) found inside the iPhone 6 Plus. OIS uses "lens barrel shift" and "camera tilt" to compensate for user motions, two methods Apple says are actually not ideal for cameras and small "multifunction devices."

Instead the Apple solution features an image sensor and zoom lens with a movable lens element arranged independently from each other. A "folded optics arrangement" uses mirrors to redirect light from the lens to the zoom lens (and eventually the sensor) at the right angle, while an actuator tilts the mirror according to the movement of the iPhone.

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Olympus Presents Smartphone Camera Lens

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Olympus Presents Smartphone Camera Lens

Olympus takes on the "lens camera" concept seen in the Sony QX  product family-- the Olympus Air A01, an accessory users physically and wirelessly connect to their smartphones for "SLR-quality" photography.

The Air A01 features a 16MP Live MOS sensor and can snap up to 320 shots on a single charge. It pairs with a number of Olympus photography smartphone apps (including one that replicates a physical camera mode dial and any number of filters) and is compatible with all Micro Four Third lenses from the company.

Interestingly Olympus bills the Air A01 is an open-platform device, as it offers developers an SDK for the creation of compatible apps.

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GoPro to Launch Consumer Drones?

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GoPro to Launch Consumer Drones?

Action camera maker GoPro is working on a line of consumer drones, the Wall Street Journal reports, before adding the company plans launch "multirotor helicopters equipped with high-definition cameras" by end 2015.

Such drones will be priced at around $500-1000, a price range described as aggressive range for the nascent device category. However GoPro would face competition from the likes of Parrot and SZ DJI Technology, who already offer consumer drones with built-in cameras.

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