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This Samsung camera takes selfies (and all your other photos) to a higher level

on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Why limit yourself to taking selfies in your bathroom?  With the Samsung NX Mini camera, you can photograph yourself anywhere in the world.  You can always see what you’re including in the shot, because the 3″ LCD touchscreen view screen can flip up and face forward.  The camera is slim (0.9″) and light (5.6 ounces),Read More…

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D-Link Outdoor HD Wireless Network Camera DCS-2330L review

on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

I’ve been looking into a security system for my home, but I keep running into the cost issue of a monthly service charge.  So, I took a different tack and decided to cobble together my own using off the shelf network cameras.  I had several cameras arrayed around the house, but I was missing aRead More…

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Ztylus Revolver Smartphone Camera Kit review

on Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Torn. Conflicted. Confused. Verklempt.  Ok, maybe not verklempt, but conflicted, yes.  I am one of those people who gave up the traditional digital camera and exclusively use my Samsung Galaxy S4 as my digital camera.  It’s with me all the time, right?  And like many of you I have struggled to take good pictures consistentlyRead More…

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MindShift Gear Ultralight Camera Cover: Your camera will thank you!

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

I love cameras but a nearly equal obsession of mine is finding better ways to carry them wherever I go.  This has seriously piqued my interest:  the MindShift Gear UltraLight Camera Cover.  Available in two colors (blue or black) and three sizes to accommodate different sized camera setups.  It comes with an integrated belt andRead More…

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Fujifilm X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Monday, March 10th, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews

I love a good bowl of cereal.  It gives me the opportunity to put my favorite beverage, milk, into it.  I also love my digital photography.  I’ve been shooting with a Canon 5D Mark III full-frame camera for the last year and a half and I have to tell you, it’s a beauty.  Takes shotsRead More…

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The Tamron SP 150-600mm might be the Great White Whale of lenses

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

Sigh.  There’s a bird out on that branch.  Boy, is it pretty.  Too bad all I’ve got here is a 70-200mm lens!  I’m gonna have to crop the heck out of this shot to get anything out of it.  SNAP!  Sigh. Sigh no longer, fellow photographers!  The preliminary reviews are in and the still-up-for-preorder TamronRead More…

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This is perhaps the simplest digital camera on the market today

on Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

The title statement isn’t going to make this camera appeal to everyone, but it may be just what a young child with a budding interest in photography needs.  The Superheadz Clap Digital Camera isn’t much bigger than a USB flash drive, and it even has a USB connector built-in, which eliminates the need to keepRead More…

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Turn your iPhone or iPod touch into an instant camera

on Monday, November 11th, 2013

With the Instant Lab from Impossible, you’ll print photos in seconds.  This microprocessor-controlled film processing unit has a four-element coated glass, wide-angle 35.6mm lens.  It’s compatible with the iPhone 4/4S/5/5S and iPod touch 4th/5th-gen models, and there’s a free iOS app for photo exposure.  You simply select an image then lay the Apple device onRead More…

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Image quality evaluation – how does your device score?

By: Leah Hallett
on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

These days everyone and their mother has a camera, be it cell phone, pocketable point-and-shoot, or expensive DSLR with interchangeable lenses. The more discerning (geeky) photographer who is on the prowl for a new device will want to find a credible independent source for image quality testing. I have found such a place, DxO Lab’s DxOMark.Read More…

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Genius Cam Mouse review

on Monday, October 14th, 2013

I like working in a mixed-media environment with my computer, paper notebook, and mobile phone all at my desk.  Sometimes I’ll jot down notes in my notebook with a pen, since it’s easier to do, as I take a phone call, or when someone is speaking.  After I write down a bunch of notes, sometimesRead More…

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Shed a little extra light on the subject with the Pocket Reflector

on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

Smart phones seem to be the camera most frequently used these days.  Many of them have weak flashes that don’t do as good a job illuminating your subject as you’d like.  The Pocket Reflector, available from Photojojo, is a portable light reflector that directs extra light onto your subject for a better photo.  It foldsRead More…

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IronX DXG 5G9VHD Camcorder review part 1

on Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Lets face it, at 40+ years of age (closer to 50 than to 30) my hardcore extreme action sport days are far behind me. That doesn’t mean I am an old stick in the mud, I still like to get out be active and I have even been known try new things. But now myRead More…

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Turn your smartphone into a 10X zoom Sony camera

on Friday, September 20th, 2013

What you see in the picture isn’t a couple of camera lenses.  It’s a couple of cameras!  The Sony CyberShot DSC-QX10 Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Camera is a fully-functional, fully-featured camera minus an LED viewscreen.  Sony says this is the “first-ever zoom lens and sensor combo that clips right to your smartphone”.  You can connect the cameraRead More…

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A $40 digital camera from AC Gears

on Monday, September 9th, 2013

My daughter always wanted a digital camera, but they were always too expensive to just hand over to a young child – and still are.  Of course, there were toy cameras, but they weren’t enough for the older child who wanted to actually have a picture to keep – and they were expensive, too.  NowRead More…

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Sony changes form and future of mirrorless cameras plus three new lenses

By: Leah Hallett
on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

A New Sony DSLR camera was announced today – but hold on, it only “looks” like a DSLR.  The Sony A3000 is actually an E-mount mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera cloaked as a DSLR.  If you want a mirrorless that has a wrap-your-fingers-around proper DSLR-type handgrip, this might be an interesting choice.  The specs look pretty good, but definitely shoutRead More…

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CapturePRO Camera Clip review

on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Though I am far from considering myself a “photographer,” I do like to take lots of photos with my DSLR.  And one thing I can tell you after bringing it with me to all sorts of places is that it is a bit of a pain to lug around.  That’s right.  I’ve tried the stockRead More…

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Olympus OMD E-M1 photos and hands-on video leaked

By: Leah Hallett
on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

A prominent gear-related site was recently hacked, and a link to a “hands-on” video by Olympus technical specialist Rick Sasserath was leaked. The video demonstrated the not yet released Olympus OMD E-M1.  It has since been removed, but stills from the video are easily found.  If you do a search, it’s still possible to evenRead More…

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MeCam HD body worn video camera review

on Sunday, August 11th, 2013

If you enjoy keeping a journal, scrapbooks, stats and info about your daily life, you might be a lifelogger and not even know it. According to Wikipedia the term lifelogging means: Lifeloggers (also known as lifebloggers or lifegloggers) typically wear computers in order to capture their entire lives, or large portions of their lives. If you think wearing aRead More…

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Get maximum effort from the Pixi Mini Tripod

on Monday, July 29th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

I consider myself an amateur photographer. As such, I have a mid-level digital camera. I also have a rather heavy and bulky tripod that I lug around from time to time, but what I really need is a small portable tabletop tripod that I can throw in my camera bag. The PIXI Mini Tripod fromRead More…

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Panasonic announces the Lumix DMC-FZ70

By: Leah Hallett
on Friday, July 19th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

Ever wish you could take a tighter shot of something, but you just couldn’t get close enough for a good quality picture?  Well, with its 20mm wide to 1200mm telephoto f/2.8-5.9 stabilized optical zoom lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 just might give you that chance.  It’s also notable how ultra wide it is; 20mm f/2.8Read More…

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Is the new Canon EOS 70D a home-run for Canon?

By: Leah Hallett
on Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Canon have put themselves back in the game with the release of their latest innovative 20.2 Megapixel APS-C DSLR, the EOS 70D.  Due to be released on or possibly before September 13.  The 70D features a new ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ sensor that is receiving very positive (pre-production) reviews.  The new ‘on-chip technology’ (new phase detection autofocus that utilizes theRead More…

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Samsung Galaxy Camera review

on Saturday, June 15th, 2013

If you own a smartphone, it’s likely that you no longer carry around a point and shoot camera too. Not only are p&s cameras just another item that will take up space in your gear bag, but they really aren’t needed for casual snapshots now that the cameras built into our smartphones have gotten soRead More…

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OP/TECH USA Utility Sling Strap review

on Monday, May 13th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews

If you think all camera straps are the same, then think again. Did you think about it? Well, then you know that the camera strap is basically connected to the camera and hangs around your neck. Pretty simple, right?  Well, it can get a little more complicated than you think. When you consider the comfort, theRead More…

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Chobi Cam Pro 3 – A micro night-vision camera for a micro spy

on Saturday, April 6th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

Barbie probably has a larger camera than this.  The Chobi Cam Pro 3 measures in at just under 2″ wide and under 1″ tall.  The is the third iteration in a line of Japanese mini cameras, and it adds “night vision” capability to an already impressive 11MP camera with 1080p video-capture capabilities.  The night vision isRead More…

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The instant camera goes digital with the Polaroid Socialmatic camera

By: Ryan Chapman
on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

Most people my age and older have heard of Polaroid instant cameras, although they went out of style once digital photography became mainstream. Recently, Socialmatic LLC announced that they have an agreement with Polaroid to market a new-age instant camera, the Polaroid Socialmatic camera. This camera brings the old style of printing out photos directly fromRead More…