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Kodak Intros Action Camera

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Kodak Intros Action Camera

Kodak launches its take on the action camera category-- the PixPro SP360, a  palm-sized numbering featuring an ultra-wide dome-shaped F2.8 lens for extreme 360-degree videos and stills.

It carries a 16MP CMOS sensor allowing it to handle 10MP still photography with a 10fps burst mode, as well as video recording at either 1080p (at 30fps) or 720p (60fps), inside casing the company says resists drops of up to 2m, temperatures as low as -10°C, water and dust.

Shooting modes come in 4 flavours-- 360-degree panorama, front (212-degree), split with simultaneous 108-degree front and rear views, dome (214-degree) and ring/sphere (360-degree). For video editing and de-warping Kodak also includes Mac and PC software.

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HTC Intros RE Action Camera

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HTC Intros RE Action Camera

HTC launches what is probably the most unusual take on GoPro-style action cameras in recent memory-- the RE Camera, a device the size and shape of a small pipe designed to be an action camera for regular folks.

It features two buttons, one at the back and the other at the front and a pair of LED lights. Inside are 820mAh battery (HTC claims it powers up to 1hour 40 minutes of continuous 1080p video or 1200 photos), a 16MP sensor and an ultra-wide angle (146-degree) fixed-focus lens. Storage comes via microSD slot and included 8GB card, upgradeable to up to 128GB.

Interestingly it lacks a viewfinder, making it a literal point-and-shoot camera. Equally unusual-- at least for HTC-- is the fact the RE Camera is actually cross-platform, allowing customers to pair it with either Android or iOS devices over wifi or Bluetooth LE for either file transfer, use as a remote viewfinder or time-lapse videos.

Another cool feature is the lack power button. Instead, a grip sensor switches it on when picked up. Meanwhile the glossy casing is IPX7 water resistant, allowing the RE to operate under a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

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GoPro Hero Gets 4th Edition

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GoPro Hero Gets 4th Edition

GoPro announces its next generation of action cameras-- the Hero4, reportedly the highest performance camera lineup from the company, with three options to suit all price points.

The flagship camera is the Hero4 Black. It promises twice the performances of the previous generation Black camera, being able to capture 4K viedo at 30fps, 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at 120fps.

The 4K shooting mode also allows users to extract 8.3MP photos out of each frame. In still photography mode the camera shoots 12MP images at 30fps burst speeds.

GoPro also promises UI enhancements, as well as improvements on the wifi and Bluetooth front for better app performance and power management.

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Panasonic Launches Camera/Phone Hybrid

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Panasonic Launches Camera/Phone Hybrid

Panasonic might have stopped selling Eluga smartphones in Europe, but it is still to give up on the mobile device dream-- the Japanese company announces the DMC-CM1, a photography-focused handset.

Revealed at Photokina 2014, the CM1 is the first device of its hybrid ilk to carry a 1-inch 20MP CMOS sensor together with f/2.8 Leica optics, mechanical shutter and a manual control ring. It also looks unlike any other smartphone on the market, with retro-style silver metal and mate black casing similar to those of, well, cameras.

Being 21mm thick and 204g heavy, the CM1 also makes a rather sleek package.

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Olympus Goes for Selfies With PEN E-PLZ

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Olympus Goes for Selfies With PEN E-PLZ

Olympus makes the taking of selfies easier for your customers with the PEN E-PL7, a micro four thirds camera with a retro-style body and a 3-inch touchscreen one can flip downwards by 180 degrees.

To make the taking of self portraits even easier if the screen is flipped the camera automatically enters a special mode with a shutter button on the touchscreen and time-delayed (by 1 second) photo snapping.

Further making the E-PL7 more attractive to smartphone users is a selection of Instagram-style photo filters such as "Vintage" and "Old Film Effect" and wifi connectivity.

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Sony Debuts "Smallest" a5100 Camera

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Sony Debuts

Sony launches what it claims is the smallest interchangeable-lens digital camera around-- the a5100, a pocket-size number featuring a 24.3MP APS-C sensor, built-in flash and wifi.

It carries the same hybrid autofocus system (which Sony claims pairs 179 phase-detection points with 25 contrast-detection points) and BIONZ X image processing engine as the previous a6000, if within a smaller design. However it lacks an electronic viewfinder, and all physical control dials are replaced by tilting 3-inch touchscreen.

For customers wanting to shoot video the a5100 handles 1080p recording at 50Mbps, with file sharing handled by NFC and Wifi Direct.

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The Polaroid Cube Action Camera

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The Polaroid Cube Action Camera

Polaroid takes on the GoPro and its action camera ilk with the Cube-- a small (3.5mm) camera packing a 124° wide-angle lens and 1080p video recording capability inside water and shock resistant rubber casing.

First revealed back at CES 2014, the Cube also takes 6MP photos, with up to 32GB storage (via microSD card) and a built-in battery promising up to 90 minutes of recording time.

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A Wearable Camera for Smartphones

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A Wearable Camera for Smartphones

Ca7ch claims it has the "smallest live-streaming wearable camera" for smartphones yet with the Lightbox, a 4 x 4cm device able to live-stream photos and videos via wifi and Bluetooth.

It carries a low-light capable 8MP sensor and an f/2.4 lens with image stabilization inside a waterproof aluminum body, and shoots both stills and videos at up to 1080/30p. Image storage comes through 8GB of built-in memory, and can upload images straight to to the cloud.

A magnetic clip allows one to attach it to clothing and the like.

According to the company the battery has enough power to shoot either 1100 photos or 30 minutes of video, with control handled via either hardware button or iOS/Android app.

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The Animated Gif-Cranking Camera

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The Animated Gif-Cranking Camera

Digital photography is all well and good, but what if customers ask for an easy way to snap animated pictures? Next Thing suggests a solution with the Otto, an animated gif-taking camera.

Essentially a Raspberry Pi microcomputer and a lens inside a disposable camera-style case, the Otto features a rotating crank next to the regular shutter button. Capturing an animated picture simply involves rewinding the crank by one turn, before an app syncs the recording as an animated gif on smartphones.

As well as file transfer the app provides control of just about every camera feature, from image filters and overlays to what actually happens when one presses the shutter button or turns the crank. According to Next Thing the Otto can also provide time lapse photography or act as an impromptu photo booth.

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360-Degree Video, Via Donut Camera

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360-Degree Video, Via Donut Camera

A group of ex-Apple engineers launch a means for customers to shoot 4K resolution panoramic video-- the Centr, a donut-shaped device small enough to fit in the palm of one's hand.

Based on the team's earlier work in military and broadcast cameras, the Centre promises eliminate all the work panoramic video requires, namely the dealing with multiple SD cards and image alignment. It shoots using four independent HD image sensors, while built-in calibration ensures seamless real-time panoramic images. Once filming is done users can view video on PCs or mobile devices via interactive player.

It also carries 8GB storage (expandable via SD card), 3 microphones, USB 3.0 connector, wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Another Call-Making Samsung Camera

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Another Call-Making Samsung Camera

Samsung follows the Galaxy S 4 Zoom by grafting improved camera optics on a better smartphone-- resulting in the Galaxy K Zoom, essentially a Galaxy S5 variant with a 20.7MP sensor and 10x optical zoom.

The K Zoom carries a 4.8-inch 1280x720 resolution display, runs on Android 4.4 and features camera-focused software such as a "selfie alarm" and a Pro Suggest mode for optimised photo filters.

Oddly enough it is powered by two processors (one quad-core 1.3GHz, the other dual-core 1.7GHz) together with 2GB RAM and 8GB built-in storage. It also includes all familiar Samsung software additions, such as the S-Health suite.

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