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25
Sep
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HTC hints that it’s unveiling an action camera on October 8th


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Those claims that HTC is making an action camera just got much more concrete. The company has posted both a RECamera teaser site and a video (below) which not-so-subtly hint that the adventure-oriented shooter should launch on October 8th, the same day as HTC’s “Double Exposure” media event. While there aren’t many giveaways in the clip, it shows both a swimming pool dive and a wide-angle lens — this is undoubtedly a waterproof device meant to take on the likes of GoPro. There’s nothing here to confirm rumors that the camera will have a 16-megapixel sensor and wireless networking, but you’ll only have to wait a couple of weeks to get the full scoop.

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24
Sep
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Manual app brings DSLR-like control to your iPhone snapshots


Thanks to the expanded third-party integration in iOS 8, app developers are able to take advantage of things like extensions for that Photos library. It also allows access to the iPhone’s camera settings, and a new piece of software offers another option for sorting just that. Manual, a $1.99 add-on for Apple’s handsets, allows you to tweak variables in a similar fashion to how you would with a DSLR. There are options for controlling shutter, ISO, white balance, focus and exposure bracketing. On top of all that, a rule of thirds grid keeps compositions in order, a live monitor eyes exposure and a fill flash mode tackles lighting woes. All of that may sound complicated, but the interface is quite simple, so you should be easily making your tweaks in no time — as long as you have the latest version of iOS, of course. Other apps, like Camera+, tackle manual controls too, so you’ll be able to take your pick when it comes to fine-tuning those photos.

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22
Sep
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StackSocial Universal Lens Kit: 3 smartphone lenses for capturing impressive photos $24.99 [Deal of the Day]


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With the wide popularity of photosharing apps like Instagram, folks everywhere are looking for ways to take more artistic photos with their smartphones. While the megapixel counts keep improving, fixed lenses can limit one’s ability to capture a truly stunning image.

Enter the StackSocial Universal Lens Kit which unlocks new possibilities for composing shots thanks to three different focal options. Compatible with most Android devices, this set improves shot versatility in a lightweight and portable solution. Featuring a wide-angle, macro, and fisheye lens, you’ll be able to pull off almost any look you have in mind. Attaching easily via magnet, installation and removal are extremely simple.

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19
Sep
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Accessory of the Day: Motorola Wi-Fi home monitoring camera $99.99


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Whether you want to stay connected with your pets, keep an eye on your belongings, or be alerted of temperature/sound/motion variations in your home, the Motorola Focus S66 is the best bang for your buck. You’ll be able to enjoy two-way communication thanks to the built-in microphone. Stream and record in 720p straight to your device or to the cloud with Motorola’s free Hubble app. $99.99 (Prime eligible), with four-star customer feedback, is a true value considering the safety, security, and peace of mind this little unit comes with.

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17
Sep
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Fujifilm packs a ton of power in the X30 point-and-shoot


The highlight for Fujifilm at this year’s Photokina is undoubtedly the X100T and its brilliant hybrid viewfinder, but the X30 point-and-shoot is also not to be missed. Internally, the $599 compact is nearly identical to its predecessor, the X20, with the same 12-megapixel, 2/3-inch CMOS sensor and f/2.0-2.8, 28-112mm lens, but it features a few improvements that might make an upgrade worthwhile for at least a few select Fuji fans. The most significant boost is a new 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder, which provides a full 100-percent view, along with a new tilting 3-inch high-res LCD.

The X30 also includes dual control rings around the lens, letting you zoom with one and adjust settings, such as aperture or shutter speed, with the other. A new processor enables faster SD card write times while an improved battery gets you 470 shots on a full charge, compared to just 270 frames with the X20. You also get integrated WiFi, with full control of the camera via a smartphone app, including touch focusing, shutter speed, aperture, self timer, flash and white balance adjustments. The camera performed very well during our test, with speedy focus and a fast EVF response time. And it looks fantastic to boot. The Fujifilm X30 ships next month for $599.

Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.

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17
Sep
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Leica continues tradition of re-branding Panasonic cams with V-Lux, D-Lux


We’ve seen plenty of interesting rebrands in past years. Leica’s perhaps the most prolific manufacturer to redesign housings and jack up a camera’s price, but Hasselblad is also guilty of trying to pass off a competitor’s cam as its own, with the $10,000 Solar. Leica’s own recreations are hardly as egregious — select photographers certainly don’t mind paying a few hundred dollars more for what’s arguably a better-looking camera from a more premium brand, making this year’s V-Lux and D-Lux a reasonable purchase for some. That first model is based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, while the D-Lux is a deluxe version of the LX100, which squeezes a powerful Micro Four Thirds sensor into a surprisingly compact body.

The challenge, of course, comes down to pricing. If you opt for the generally identical Panasonic models, you’ll pay much less. Panasonic’s FZ1000 costs $899, for example, though Leica’s pricing its equivalent at €1,100 (about $1,425). The LX100, meanwhile, will also run you $899, compared to €995 (nearly $1,300) for the Leica D-Lux model. If you can afford to look past that discrepancy, you’ll end up with a great (perhaps better) looking alternative to two of the most powerful point-and-shoots on the market. The V-Lux hits shelves next month, while you’ll need to wait until November to pick up a D-Lux.

Photos by Edgar Alvarez.

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17
Sep
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Capture super-sharp shots with Leica’s X point-and-shoot


Leica cameras are not without their critics, especially when it comes to pricing (which admittedly can be absolutely absurd at times), but the company’s point-and-shoots are more affordable. Of course you’ll still pay a significant premium for the Leica name, but if you have the cash to spare, there are some very capable cameras to choose from, including the latest X model we met at Photokina today. Like its predecessor, the X sports a large 16.2-megapixel APS-C sensor (the same size you’ll find in most DSLRs), paired with a fixed 23mm f/1.7 lens, which provides a field of view equivalent to a 35mm lens on a full-frame camera.

The X is awfully sharp looking, and it’s very lightweight as well. You can shoot JPEG and RAW stills, along with 1080/30p video. There’s a crisp 3-inch LCD with a very wide viewing angle (helpful, considering it doesn’t pop out or tilt), and you can add on an EVF if you’d like. There’s a 5 frames-per-second consecutive shooting mode and a top sensitivity of ISO 12,500. The Leica X is shipping now for €1,850 in Europe or $2,295 in the US in brown with silver accents or with an all-black finish.

Photos by Edgar Alvarez.

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16
Sep
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Relonch camera case brings an APS-C sensor, f/2 lens to your iPhone


“It would be really hard to make a trashy photo.” That’s the actual tagline for a company called Relonch, which just launched (correct spelling) a camera case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 at Photokina today. Normally we’d dismiss such a product as vaporware, but this could end up being a pretty nifty gadget, if it ever makes it to market. Once you slide your iPhone into the $499 jacket, you’ll have access (via the Lightning port) to an APS-C sensor and a permanently affixed f/2 (or better) lens. The version above is just a mock-up — we did see a working prototype (it performed very well), which is simply a hodgepodge of “parts from different cameras.” The final version will also serve as an external battery for your smartphone, enabling more than four hours of use.

That all sounds great, but there are two major challenges here. First, the company is targeting “late 2015″ for orders to ship, which means your iPhone 6 will probably be a year old by the time you get this case. Given that each version is designed to fit only one phone, you’ll need to buy a new case whenever you upgrade your phone, unless the next iPhone has an identical footprint to the current model. Additionally, Relonch will charge your credit card for $499 as soon as you place an order, and given that you’re sending funds to a company with no track record of delivering products, handing over half a grand is risky at best.

Fortunately, there are other solutions on the market. Sony’s lens cameras, which, while not quite as seamless and elegant, work with just about any smartphone, and they’re available today. The QX1, which ships in November, even includes an APS-C sensor, which should get you comparable results depending on which lens you attach. You could also consider Panasonic’s CM1 smartphone, which includes an integrated one-inch sensor and an f/2.8 lens.

Photos by Edgar Alvarez.

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16
Sep
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Leica’s medium-format S shoots 4K video, 37.5-megapixel stills


Leica’s ready to jump on the professional video bandwagon, releasing its 4K-capable S here at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. The 37.5-megapixel camera sports a medium-format sensor that’s just a hair larger than full-frame, giving you a crop factor of 0.8x. It can snap 3.5 frames per second in a continuous-shooting mode, 1080/30p video and 4K clips at 24 fps. You can capture 42MB RAW files or 37.5, 9.3 or 2.3-megapixel JPGs, but if you’re spending €20,230 ($25,400 in the US) on a camera (body only), you better be shooting RAW.

The bundled battery lets you snap up to 1,000 stills, so while many pros will be tethered to an external pack or an outlet, you can also use the cam away from another power source if you’d like. There’s clean HDMI output, of course, for pushing 4K video to an external recorder, which you’ll need to purchase separately. You’ll also need to add on a lens, such as the €6,450 ($7,995 in the US) 100mm f/2 Summicron-S we were shooting with in the hands-on photos above. While most of us don’t have nearly $35,000 to spend on a camera and one lens, there’s no doubt that the latest S will make its way onto at least a few magazine cover/billboard/motion picture shoots in the months and years to come.

Photos by Edgar Alvarez.

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16
Sep
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Meet the Leica X-E, an almost-affordable APS-C compact


Leica, Leica X-E, X-ELeica just released an update to its X2 point-and-shoot camera here at Photokina. The X-E has a look and feel that’s very similar to its predecessor, with comparable specs as well. There’s a 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor that, like the X model also announced today, can capture images with a level of quality that rivals that of many DSLRs. What you can’t do, unfortunately, is swap in a different lens — there’s a 24mm f/2.8 optic permanently attached, which is what you’d expect given the light weight and compact size, but if you need to get closer to your subject, you’ll need to walk forward rather than zoom in.

As with all APS-C sensors, the X-E’s has a crop factor of 1.5x, making that 24mm lens equivalent to a 35mm optic on a full-frame camera. There’s a 230k-dot (low-res) 2.7-inch LCD, a 5 fps continuous shooting mode and a top sensitivity of ISO 12,500. The X-E does not, however, shoot video, which is quite disappointing given the price. At €1,490 in Europe or $1,795 in the US, you might be better off spending an extra grand for Sony’s full-frame RX1, but if a Leica’s what you’re after, this is a decent choice. The X-E is available now through select retailers.

Photos by Edgar Alvarez.

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