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US Army Base Ditches Chinese-Made Surveillance Cameras Just So No One Gets the Wrong Idea

US Army officials say they replaced five Chinese-made surveillance cameras from Fort Leonard Wood, a base in the state of Missouri, in response to news stories about the company that manufactures them. The five cameras were made by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, which is 42 per cent owned by the Chinese government and is just one of several Chinese firms facing greater scrutiny by American officials. Read More >>

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I’m Sorry, Kodak Wants How Much For Its New Super 8 Camera?

The original Super 8 camera inspires nostalgia in every greying beardo with aspirations to make a film. The format was introduced back in 1965, and before VHS camcorders killed it in the 80s, it was the film stock of choice for budding filmmakers and family life chroniclers. A new Super 8 camera released 30-some years after Super 8 effectively died seems like a fun idea for people eager to relive the glory days or escape digital. Except in a blog last week Kodak claimed this thing will cost anywhere from $2500 to $3000 (£1,812 to £2,174; UK pricing and availability TBA). Read More >>

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CES 2018: Panasonic Cut the Lumix GH5S’ Resolution in Half to Get Even Better Low-Light Images

Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 is already one of the top picks for people who want mirrorless camera that captures high quality 4K video. So what could the company possibly do to make it even better? Apparently, it seems the answer is to slash its megapixels in half. Read More >>

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CES 2018: DJI’s Refreshed Smartphone Video Gimbal Is Now Way Cheaper and Whole Lot Better

Videos shot on smartphones have a very specific, very low-rent aesthetic. A whole host of stabilisers are available on the market that try to improve that aesthetic—eradicating the shaky cam look so you can actually see whatever the smartphone’s camera is looking at. DJI even has one! The original Osmo Mobile was a pricey handheld stabiliser with some good ideas and a whole lot of big flaws. The Osmo Mobile 2, announced today, looks like it improves on almost every point of contention, and even better, DJI has slashed the price. This thing costs just $130 (~£96). Read More >>

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Storm Chaser Captures Slo-Mo Lightning Footage Like You’ve Never Seen Before

There’s no denying that a massive bolt of electricity streaking hundreds of miles across the sky is one of Mother Nature’s most impressive demos. But when seen through the lens of Dustin Farrell’s high-speed camera, lightning becomes even more phenomenal as it slowly zig-zags its way from the clouds to the earth below. Read More >>

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Nest Cam IQ Indoor Has Facial Recognition To Tell Your Cat-Sitter From A Cat Burglar

The newly released Nest Cam IQ Indoor has out of the box person alerts to keep an eye on the comings and goings of your house. Throw in a subscription to the Nest Aware service and the home security camera will use facial recognition technology to tell friends and family from strangers. Read More >>

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The Past, and Future of Motion Capture: Where it Came From and What’s Coming Next

Over the past decade and a half, motion capture has become a staple part of any visual effects studio, whether they're working on films, TV, or video games. And with good reason, seeing as how recording real people can be invaluable in producing more natural and organic CGI. Read More >>

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Sony’s Crazy A7R Mark III is Way More Camera Than You Probably Need, But That’s What Makes it so Fun

When it comes to mirrorless cameras, especially pro-grade ones, Sony’s full-frame Alphas are king. Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 and Olympus’ OM-D E-M1 Mark II come close, but both of those have Micro Four Thirds sensors, which for a lot of picky people puts them out of the running. And when Sony released the A9 earlier this spring, we said said shooting with Sony’s £4,500 flagship felt like cheating. But the new A7R Mark III might be even better, because despite costing more than a thousand pounds less, it’s arguably a much more versatile camera overall. Read More >>

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4 Situations Where a Dedicated Camera Still Smokes a Smartphone

Smartphones have revolutionised the way we take pictures and record our lives—it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t always have a camera with us. For all their convenience though, and all the smartphone camera improvements we’ve seen in the last few years, the dedicated camera isn’t dead yet. Read More >>

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Polaroid’s New Instant Camera Takes Terrible Retro Photos Very Well

The night that Polaroid announced its first all-new instant camera since the mid-aughts, there was a party in the Bowery. A small gallery space was filled with sweaty art school types, and a row Polaroid cameras lined one wall showcasing a timeline of the company’s design. The famous Polaroid photographer Ryan McGinley announced the new camera: the OneStep 2, the heir apparent to the original OneStep camera that inspired the Instagram logo. Read More >>

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Polaroid Is Finally Making Proper Instant Film Cameras Again

Polaroid went bust in 2001, and the company formed from its ashes went bust again in 2008. The Polaroid Corporation that formed from that has had a shaky history, releasing digital 'instant' cameras and instant photo printers. But on the 80th anniversary of the original company's founding, Polaroid is back as Polaroid Originals — and it's making a new instant film camera called the OneType 2. Read More >>

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This Backpack Cured My Addiction to Gadget Bags

Every week a handful of emails hit my inbox about a new backpack on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, complete with a flashy video and promises of revolutionising how I carry all my toys. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been tempted to donate to quite a few of them. But it’s hard to be pulled away from the Lowepro camera bags I’ve owned over the years. If you’re a photographer, there’s a good chance that at some point you’ve carried a DSLR and a myriad of lenses in one of Lowepro’s packs. The company’s spent the past 45 years coming up with ways to protect and haul camera equipment. With its new Urbex bags, the company reinvents that camera-focused legacy with a line that’s focused on being the bag for all of your gadgets, and the clutter that comes with them. Read More >>

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Camera Lens Coasters Keep Coffee Rings Out of Your Photography Studio

If you’re a photography enthusiast who still hauls around a heavy DSLR and a bag full of glass, you’ve probably got one of those clever camera lens mugs sitting on your desk. But a photography studio is the last place you want to spill coffee, so these matching camera lens coasters will help keep stains off your sets. Read More >>

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Ricoh’s Theta V Is Sharper and More Powerful, But Let’s Talk About 360 Video

Ricoh has been in the 360-degree camera game for a long time—way before johnny-come-latelies like Samsung and Nikon. Things started back in 2013 with the original Ricoh Theta and now four years later, the company is back with the £400 Theta V. New features include 4K video and spatial audio capture; however, even with all those bells and whistles I’m having a hard getting excited about Ricoh’s new camera. Read More >>

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Canon’s EOS M100 Is Another Apathetic Attempt at a Mirrorless Camera

Interchangeable lens shooters like the Sony A9 are evidence that mirrorless cameras can not only compete at the highest levels of photography, but they’re probably also the eventual successors to DSLRs. So you’d assume that a company like Canon would have made strong inroads into the mirrorless market by now, but with cameras like the new EOS M100, the company is still treating the mirrorless market as an afterthought, not the future. Read More >>