Photography

Photography

DJI Ronin 2 DSLR Gimbal

Stabilizing a flying camera isn’t easy. DJI’s been doing it for awhile on their drones, and they’ve transposed this know-how into handheld gimbals as well. And the DJI Ronin 2 Gimbal is by far the most capable of the latter so far. Equipped with an enlarged camera cage and high torque motors, this gimbal can handle a variety of rigs — including some by RED and Black Magic —…

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Photography

Sony A9 Camera

Sony’s been holding it’s own and even outdoing, on several occasions, both of its main rivals in the camera world: Canon & Nikon. And the Sony A9 Camera charges on with features that’ll make Canon’s already fast 1D fluster. The A9 boasts a 24.2 megapixel full-frame stacked CMOS sensor behind both a traditional mechanical shutter as well as an electronic one. Using the latter means no blackouts on the viewfinder,…

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Photography

Lab-Box Daylight Film Developing Kit

Like vinyl records, analog photography is picking back up. So it follows that developing is as well. The Lab-Box Daylight Film Developing Kit makes it simple to develop your own 135 or 120 film photos without the need for a red light nor a darkroom. To load, trim a bit off the end of your exposed film, then insert it into the module slot, hook the film to the…

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Photography

DJI Matrice 200 Series Drones

Drones are delicate, hovering contraptions. DJI’s lineup of Matrice 200 Series Drones makes it a point not to be. These large drones stay afloat even in strong winds thanks to equally large 17-inch props and have enclosed shells that endure extreme weather including rain, snow, and sub-zero temperatures. The latter in particular is aided by a dual-battery power system that keeps the batteries warmed up in freezing weather. The basic…

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Tech

Croz DIY Digital Camera

The Croz DIY Digital Camera is the photography equivalent of a Raspberry Pi. Sort of. Despite its simplicity and size the Croz boasts a changeable lens — with wide-angle and fisheye included — and has but two buttons: one is the shutter and the other is a switch that toggles through photo effects. Its acrylic casing means you won’t need to build or 3D print your own and it runs on two…

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Photography

Fujifilm GF670 Rangefinder Folding Camera

Discontinued a few years back, if you’ve ever wanted to scoop the a medium format Fujifilm GF670 Rangefinder Folding Camera now’s the time. Production hasn’t resumed but a few crates of immaculate, brand-new GF670 cameras were uncovered in B&H’s warehouse. The dual-medium format camera accepts either 120 or 220 roll films and can be switched to 6x7cm or 6x6cm formats, albeit only when changing rolls. Its 35mm-equivalent 80mm f/3.5 Fujinon lens is also built…

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Photography

Polaroid Pop Instant Camera

The first Polaroid came way before the internet existed. No surprise that the latter contributed to the former’s extinction. The latest, though — the Polaroid Pop Instant Camera — is built for internet age, though without forgetting its origins. The Pop snaps and prints full color photos using a ZINK Zero Ink printer with Polaroid’s signature border around the image. But it doesn’t have to print each one: the camera…

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Photography

Prynt iPhone Case

Like a Polaroid for the modern age, the Prynt iPhone Case turns your iPhone into an instant camera all while utilizing its superior camera and screen to snap photos. Prynt itself functions as a larger, more ergonomic camera body and boasts an interchangeable adapter system that works with every iPhone from the 5 all the way to the 7, Plus or not. Snap a shot and the integrated printer, which uses…

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Tech

Kamerar iPhone 7 Plus Dual Lens Zoom Kit

The iPhone 7 Plus has two lenses, so why settle for a zoom or macro lens that works with just one of the two? Kamerar’s iPhone 7 Plus Dual Lens Zoom Kit features Ztylus optics on each dual-lens unit, which slides into a slot on the included case and can then be retracted or positioned in front of your device’s cameras with the flick of your thumb. The lens sets comes with…

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Photography

AirSelfie

Forget selfie sticks. AirSelfie is smaller than your smartphone and captures images from further back than any normal-sized selfie stick could dream of attaining (or close by). To launch, remove it from its cover, launch it using your smartphone, with its app as a controller, and snap away. The miniature drone flies in three modes: selfie, which points to you and moves either further or closer; flying, which lets…

GET IT: ~$190

Tech

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

While it’s outer shell remains nearly unchanged, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro takes the brand’s already stellar flagship model and improves it further. The Pro adds in a longer 30 minute flight time, a couple of extra stereoscopic and new infrared sensors around the drone, and a better camera equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor coupled to a custom lens. One thing this means for the pilot is better obstacle avoidance: notably, you can now enable this…

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Photography

Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit

Babysitting our camera’s lens cap is probably the thing we like the least about shooting, even with the thousands of accessories that promise to safeguard it while it’s off the lens. Leica compact D-Lux with Explorer Kit, on the other hand, lets you spontaneously snap away without having to worry about a cap thanks to its clever lens cover that splits and opens up as the camera is turned on. The camera itself comes equipped with a big Four Thirds sensor and a fast Leica…

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Tech

CMRA Apple Watch Camera Band

Your Apple Watch straps a tiny, surprisingly functional computer to your wrist, but it’s always been deprived of a camera. Here to fill that void is Glide’s CMRA Apple Watch Camera Band. It’s a flexible elastomer strap that’s equipped with not one but two cameras: a 2-megapixel self-facing cam and an 8-megapixel outward-facing one, both with Sony sensors to shoot quality photos and crisp HD video. The strap has a single…

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Tech

Olloclip iPhone 7 Lens Set

All it takes is a smartphone redesign to make all your previous accessories incompatible. And while its form factor hasn’t changed much, the cameras on the iPhone 7 and especially the 7 Plus, are quite different than those on their predecessors. Luckily the Olloclip iPhone 7 Lens Set is already good to go on the new phones, slipping over both rear and front cameras and even over thick screen protectors (though not over standard cases,…

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Sports & Outdoors

Aer For GoPro

Your GoPro is fairly rugged. Definitely not rugged enough to throw it several dozen feet in the air and let it crash back down bare, though. But pop it in an Aer and you can do just that. This giant Nerf-like foam dart fits your action camera in its head, working nicely with the GoPro HERO 3, 4, and 5 (this last one with an insert to make up for its…

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Tech

DJI Mavic Pro Drone

Theoretically, drones don’t need to be big to be capable, but so far these two attributes have been tightly correlated. DJI’s Mavic Pro breaks the mold by being small enough to fit in your hand while lacking few features of the drone brand’s far larger flagship machines. Folded, the Mavic could fit into the tightest of handbags and murses. Once it takes to the skies you’d hardly know it considering its got a 3-axis gimbal-stabilized 4K…

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Tech

Snap Spectacles

Snapchat, the company behind the app, is now known simply as Snap. With this moniker change comes their first relevant non-software release: Spectacles, pairing perfectly with the app. These slightly crazy-looking sunglasses put a 115-degree lens-equipped video camera beside your right eye and a small circle of LEDs beside your left. Tap a button on the left arm to record a 10 second snap from your perspective, letting others know you’re…

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Tech

SureFire FirePak

Small smartphone lenses aren’t so great at shooting or filming in low-light situations. SureFire’s FirePak ensures you’ll rarely, if ever, have to shoot in the dark. It’s ludicrously powerful, emitting up to 1,500 lumens of light at a 50 foot range by the use of two high-performance LEDs and that, thanks to cleverly designed reflectors, create a seamlessly blended beam that’s shaped to fully illuminate a typical 16:9 video frame. A switch on…

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Photography

GoPro Karma Drone

Plenty of other drones are built around GoPros as their primary cameras. It only made sense that GoPro would want to get in on the action themselves with the Karma Drone. It’s one of the most compact drones yet, folding into a relatively slim case that can be worn as a backpack. The included Karma controller boasts a flip up touchscreen display and dual joystick controls, and since others crowding around for a view of the…

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Sports & Outdoors

GoPro Hero5

More camera for less money cements GoPro’s crown of dominance over the action cam market with the freshly revealed Hero5. Available in two versions including the Hero5 Black and the smaller Hero5 Session, both models top out with 4K video at 30 fps, are waterproof to 33 feet without a case, and come standard with voice command support for hands-free controls. If you do use your hands it’s not too difficult to get up…

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Tech

Leica Sofort Instant Camera

The Polaroid of old may be dead, but the Leica Sofort Instant Camera is a sign that somebody thinks this quick shooting, quick developing photography niche isn’t. It’s neither cheap nor unaffordable but dropping down three hundred on this compact camera nets you the ability to set the focusing distance manually and a variety of shooting modes that include automatic, sport, action, macro, and a self-timer with two different delays, with the chosen settings displayed on a narrow…

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Tech

DJI Osmo+ Camera

DJI knows a thing or two about stabilizing a camera — it’s been doing it on its drones for years. DJI’s 4K/30fps Osmo+ Camera upgrades the original with a few new features including a 3.5x optical zoom that combines with digital for 7x total, advanced stabilization attained through its gimbal that keeps the camera flat through motion and shakes, and a Motion Timelapse mode that pans the camera while shooting…

Photography

Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Cam

It doesn’t look much different than modern GoPro cameras and is similarly featured, but the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Cam still packs along several interesting firsts for the category. It’ll shoot 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, and slow motion (240fps) at 720p and boasts a 1.75-inch touchscreen on the back for controlling or setting up your shot. Where it really stands apart though is in its 3-axis optical image stabilization that makes…

Gear

Hard Graft Blend Camera Strap

Hard Graft’s Blend Camera Strap is likely to garner more attention than the camera strapped to it. It’s made of structured cotton webbing that’s oak colored and super comfortable, fitting basically any camera and holding onto it securely thanks to metal split rings on each end. A white leather patch with their subtle, embossed logo is all the branding there is — at least if you don’t count the…