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GoPro Intros Hero 6 Black, Fusion Cameras

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GoPro Intros Hero 6 Black, Fusion Cameras

GoPro continues to battle it out against both smartphones and the rest of the action camera competition as it presents the Hero 6 Black and the Fusion, the company's take on the 360-degree cameras.

As a refresh of both Hero and Black GoPro camera lines, the Hero 6 Black offers all the features expected from a high-end action camera. It shoots 4K video at 60fps, as well as slow motion at 2.7K at 120fps and super-slo-mo 240fps at 1080p resolution. Dynamic range should also be improved for better images in mixed lighting conditions, while digital image stabilisation promises to eliminate camera shake and vibrations.

Powering such improvements is the first GoPro custom processor, the GP1. Designed specifically for the company by Socionext, the GP1 gives the camera more control over image processing flow. Another improvement is in wifi, since the camera uses 5GHz connectivity for faster pairing with smartphones.

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Acer 360-Degree Cameras at IFA 2017

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Acer 360-Degree Cameras at IFA 2017

IFA 2017 has Acer launch a pair of 360-degree LTE-connected cameras-- the Holo360 and the Vision360, with the former aimed at general use and the latter being an in-car dash cam.

The Holo360 is the size and shape of a smartphone, and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor to stitch 4K resolution 360-degree videos. It features a 3-inch touchscreen and runs on Android 7.1, making it easy to share videos without need for connection to a smartphone or PC.

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Insta360 Presents Flexible 360 Camera

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Insta360 Presents Flexible 360 Camera

360-degree camera maker Insta360 presents another product ideal for customers wanting to take more immersive photography-- the Insta360 One, a camera able to shoot 24MP stills and 4K resolution video.

The One is a small device the size of a small sausage link. It features 2 cameras, and can either be plugged into the iPhone Lightning port or used remotely, with the phone acting as Bluetooth controller. Gyroscopic stabilisation promises more steady video recording, the main body has a built-in tripod mount and an included protective case doubles as a stand.

An interesting "FreeCapture" mode allows one to "shoot first, point later." This means one can take a 360-degree photo or video, then spin, pinch and zoom the image to frame a 16:9, 4:3 or 1:1 composition to create a 2D image. The camera can even edit out any selfie sticks for cleaner images.

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Logitech Intros BRIO 4K Stream Edition

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Logitech Intros BRIO 4K Stream Edition

Customers with a penchant for games streaming get an appropriate Logitech webcam bundle-- the BRIO 4K Stream Edition, a camera able to push 4K video at 60fps with HDR, as well as 1080p at 60fps.

“With BRIO 4K Stream Edition, we’ve optimised our popular BRIO camera for streaming," the company says. "The result is a webcam that has everything a pro broadcaster could want to better engage with their audience. On top of capturing live all details in 4K, the frame rate priority mode enables 1080p/60fps stream with constant frame rate and a complete integrated solution with XSplit Broadcaster.”

The camera features 5x digital zoom when recording in 4K resolution, together with RightLight with HDR to ensure correct exposure of faces when in varied or extreme (low bright, bright light, backlight) lighting conditions. Also included are autofocus and three FOV settings (65-, 78- and 90-degrees).

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A "Lensless" Camera for Flat Phones?

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Caltech researchers claim to create a camera lacking one of the most basic components, the lens. Instead, the "lensless camera" uses what is dubbed an "ultra-thin optical phased array" (OPA).

According to the researchers, the OPA does what lenses do-- manipulate incoming light-- computationally instead of optically. Whereas lenses bend incoming light to focus it on a piece of film or an optical sensor, the OPA uses an array of light receivers to add a tightly controlled time delay (or phase shift) to the light. This allows the camera to selectively "look" in different directions, and focus on different objects.

The principle is actually similar to the way phased communication arrays focus and steer radio waves in a particular direction, only in reverse.

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Amazon Judges You With Echo Look

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Amazon Judges You With Echo Look

Amazon reveals its rumoured security camera product-- only it is not a security camera at all, since the Echo Look is actually an Alexa-powered "style assistant" camera.

The Echo Look consists of a depth-sensing camera with a built-in LED light, microphone and base mount. It acts as something of a smart mirror, allowing users to take full-length photos or short videos of their different outfits, before asking Alexa what it thinks of said outfit. No, really.

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The Huawei 360-Degree Camera for Phones

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The Huawei 360-Degree Camera for Phones

Huawei teams up with camera maker Insta360 to launch the Honor VR Camera-- a 360-degree clip-on camera designed for use with the Chinese company's Honor smartphone range.

Not much in terms of details on the Honor VR Camera is known as yet, other than it featuring "3K photography" support and live-streaming capabilities. As one might imagine it works together with an Insta360-developed companion app for the saving and sharing of 360-degree videos and snaps.

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Nikon Cancels DL Series Cameras

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Nikon Cancels DL Series Cameras

Back in February 2016 Nikon announces the DL series, a trio of "premium compact" 4K cameras. However the cameras are not to reach customers, since it has been cancelled.

The three cameras featured the same 1-inch CX sensor found in the Nikon 1 series cameras. They were also supposedly fairly capable, with the DL18-50 and DL24-85 offering variable f1.8-2.8 apertures, 4K video and fast shooting speeds (20fps in with continuous focus, 60fps without).

However, despite showing such promise, the series was delayed "indeterminately" on June 2016 due to troubles with the integrated circuit making the image processor. Nikon does not say whether such issues were resolved, instead citing "concerns regarding profitability" and market "slow-down" as the reasons behind the axing of the DL series.

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Logitech Claims Best Webcam Yet

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Logitech Claims Best Webcam Yet

Logitech states the Brio is its best webcam yet-- one featuring 4K recording complete with HDR support and RightLight 3 technology to improve images in low-light conditions.

Described as the "Tesla of webcams," the Brio has a glass and metal body, and is one the first webcams to take advantage of YouTube's recently announced 4K streaming support. The combination of HDR and RightLight 3 promises better images and video, with RightLight extending the range in lighting conditions and HDR balancing the lighting.

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