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Panasonic Introduces LUMIX BGH1 Mirrorless 4K Camera

Designed to capture cinematic 4K video, the Lumix BGH1 is a little guy, a mirrorless, micro 4/3rds box camera optimized for expandability and versatility. The camera’s small size makes it ideal for intimate shoots & easy portability but belies its impressive abilities. It features a 10.2MP sensor and in addition to 10-bit 4K, it can also capture broadcast-ready Hybrid Log Gamma. Ports include: 2 UHS-II SD card slots, 1 USB-C 3.1, & 1 HDMI output. Wi-fi & bluetooth enable seamless connectivity including networking multiple cameras for simultaneous shooting. Available in December.

DJI’s New Gimbals Smooth Everything Out

DJI just debuted two gimbal stabilizers: the Ronin RS 2 and smaller Ronin RSC 2. The prosumer 3-axis S 2 model can support a dynamic payload of up to 10-pounds, delivering cinematic stability with upgraded motors and a lighter-weight design. The SC 2 is designed for compact mirrorless rigs. Both feature DJI’s new Titan Stabilization Algorithm, a predictive technology to make your stabilized shots even smoother.

Shoot Steady with DJI’s OM 4 Smartphone Stabilizer

Drone-maker DJI dropped a couple letters from its OSMO line of gimbals rebranding it as OM. The OM 4 Smartphone Stabilizer is the latest & greatest. The foldable design features a simple & secure magnetic attachment for your phone and offers 3-axis stabilization with pro features like Gesture Control & ActiveTrack 3.0 as well as a range of preset shooting modes for time & motions lapse, slo-mo, Dynamic Zoom, and more. Ships with a wrist strap and a protective, compact carry case.

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Pixii Rangefinder Balances Tech & Technique

Designed to mimic the feel of manual rangefinder photography in a compact digital camera, the Pixii A series combines classic function—manual controls, Leica M-mount compatibility, and no LCD display panel. Instead it connects with your smartphone, allowing that to be your screen, with an app that allows for easy editing & sharing. It features a 12-megapixel APC-S CMOS sensor and 8GB of on-board SSD image storage.

Canon Introduces R5 & R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

With the release of the EOS R5 and EOS R6, Canon is giving its full-frame mirrorless lineup a serious reboot. The R5 boasts an all-new Canon-made 45MP CMOS sensor and a Digic X processor, enabling 8K RAW video capture at up to 30p, 4K at up to 120p, and still images at up to 20fps. The R6 is equipped with a 20.1MP CMOS sensor enabling 4k capture at up to 60p & crispy slow-mo in 1080/120p. Both feature Canon’s 5-axis image stabilization. Pre-order is open now.

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The Lumix G100 is Vlog-Ready

With its 180º articulating LCD display, the Lumix G100 mirrorless camera is optimized for vloggers and content creators. It features an electronic viewfinder nearly 3X brighter than its G90 predecessor, an auto-selfie function when the screen is flipped to the front, and media-friendly video feature that lets you film for YouTube or Instagram with easily adjustable aspect ratios & in-camera clip editing. It’s also compatible with the brand’s whole line of interchangeable lenses. Available late July in two different configurations.

Sony’s 4K ZV-1 Camera is Built To Vlog

Optimized for the demands of vloggers & mobile 4K content creators, Sony’s compact ZV-1 is similar in design to the brand’s popular RX100 but offers smart, self-shooter tech like Background Defocus and Product Showcase that highlight foreground subjects with the touch of a one-button control. There’s also an improved on-camera three-microphone array with a wind guard, a front-facing recording indicator & Sony’s multi-interface shoe for attaching lights, other mics & accessories.

Mavic Introduces Safer, Smarter Air 2 DJI Drone

Similar in size and design to its pocketable predecessor, Mavic’s new Air 2 DJI drone is smarter than all that have come before it. New object avoidance technology called the Advanced Pilot Assistance System 3.0 ensures that the Air 2 will be much better at automatically avoiding obstacles in its path. It also has Air Sense technology, which works with the FAA’s surveillance relay signals to keep the drone from causing mid-air collisions with other aircraft. On top of the safety features, automated flight path tech and a larger optical sensor mean your 4K footage & 48MP photos will look better than ever.

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Ecobee Introduces Alexa-Equipped Smart Camera

The latest indoor security camera from Ecobee is highlighted by its smooth, streamlined design and the convenience of voice-control. It gives you a crystal clear view of your interior space, offering 1080p HD video with a 180º field of view as well as Alexa built-in and seamless support with Apple HomeKit, night vision, two-way talk, and stores a 14-day video history with the brand’s Haven home monitoring as an add-on service.

Fujifilm’s Mirrorless X-T4 Will Give You A Steady Shot

The latest addition to Fujifilm’s ever-advancing & popular-for-a-reason range of mirrorless cameras, is the X-T4. While it features the same (outstanding) 26.1-MP sensor and X-Processor as its peers in the lineup, this new model boasts in-body image stabilization, a redesigned mechanical shutter with up to 15fps continuous shooting capability, and a more powerful battery. The X-T4 is also equipped with a vlog-friendly touchscreen that can be rotated 180-degrees to the front. The new battery allows you to blast off up 600 photos before it needs a recharge. Available Spring 2020.

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The Fujifilm X100V Looks Classic But It’s All New

The latest iteration of Fujifilm’s popular rangefinder-style X100 digital camera is the X100V. Its full-frame mirrorless sensor was upgraded to a larger 26-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor. It also got a quad-core X-Processor 4 CPU, upgraded 23mm lens, improved weather resistance features, a flip-out LCD screen, 30 FPS continuous shooting & 4K video capability. Available later this month.

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Hasselblad Adds Ultralight XCD 4/45P To Its X1D Lens Lineup

Hasselblad’s new XCD 4/45P is the world’s lightest digital medium format autofocus lens on the market today. That means legendary Hasselblad image quality in a really portable package. Weighing in at just over a half a pound and not even 2-inches tall, the f4 45mm lens is comprised of 9 elements, for state-of-the-art optics & that timeless square format in the brand’s compact X1D camera system.

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The PowerEgg X is a Drone & AI Tracking Camera in One

With its 3-axis gimbal, the PowerEgg X drone from PowerVision captures smooth, stabilized 4K video at speeds up to 60fps and utilizes AI capabilities to double as a stationary tracking camera. The drone boasts a 30-minute flight time and offers features like obstacle avoidance even in winds up to 43mph. In tracking camera mode, the PowerEgg stands on a compact tripod & uses advanced sensors and AI to keep whatever you’re filming perfectly framed as it moves.

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This Camera Drone Flies for 50 Minutes

Zero Zero Robotics’ V-Coptr Falcon camera drone has only 2 rotors rather than the normal 4 but that’s not what makes it such a standout. This thing is all about flight time. 50-minutes. About twice what similar competitors can claim. So that’s a big deal. The camera captures 4K video at speeds up to 30fps and video transmission boasts a range of 4.3 miles. Object avoidance, auto-homing—all the features you’d expect and then some.

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Display Your Photos Like Fine Art with Netgear’s Meural Canvas II

Netgear’s Meural Canvas II is a wi-fi-enabled digital picture frame that brings your digital photos to life up on the wall. It will also display famous works of art in 1080P HD through a subscription-based service. Available in 16” X 14” or 19” X 29”, the Canvas can be hung vertically or horizontal & the gesture-control screen lets you swipe through physically, like your phone.

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GoPro’s Hero Max 360 Shoots Everything Around You

With the launch of the Hero Max 360, GoPro is hoping to erase any lingering memory of its last foray into 360º panoramic video. The camera uses a dual lens configuration to capture 360º video with ambisonic spatial audio from a 6-mic array and it features a selfie-screen as well as offering all the functionality of the brand’s Hero8 Black model. As a hero camera & vlog tool it’s powerful and now with 360º capabilities, you can get more creative than ever. Available for pre-order now.

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OCLU Introduces 4K Action Cam

Arizona-based OCLU is a new brand with a brand new 4k action camera. In addition to shooting 4k at 30 fps, it shoots 1080p at 120 fps for super slo-mo and 12mp still images. It features a 150º wide-angle lens, wi-fi, waterproofing to 50-meters, and it’s compatible with GoPro’s many mounts.

150-Megapixel Medium Format Manual: The PhaseOne XT

Designed for professional photographers in the field seeking the image & resolution quality of the brand’s studio cameras, PhaseOne’s new medium format XT system is fully manual with no autofocus and features a carbon leaf shutter system for dedicated XT lenses. The system comes with the brand’s 150-megapixel digital back & a lens.

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Terrific Tripods to Take Your Photography to the Next Level

Looking for a tripod? There’s no wonder. A tripod might be the signal most important tool for photographers and videographers, other than the actual camera, because it opens up a world of creative opportunities. It’s great for nighttime, landscape, wildlife and sports photography, or basically anything shot with a telephoto lens, plus it provides the much-needed stability for long exposures, hyperlapses and panoramas. And then there’s the relief aspect; photographers just don’t want to hold a heavy camera for that long.

So what kind of tripod should you buy? It depends on what type of photos you’re looking to take, as well as what kind of camera you’re shooting on (DSLR, mirrorless, point-and-shoot or even smartphone), but ultimately, here’s what you need to know: a big and heavy tripod is gonna do a much better job stabilizing the camera, which is why most professional studios you large full-sized tripods, but most people are willing to give up some of that stability for a tripod they can pack in bag.

Manfrotto 5-Section Compact Action Tripod

Best Tripod Under $100: Manfrotto makes some of the best and most popular tripods that you’ll find. This one, the 5-Section Compact Action Tripod, is great because it’s surpisingly durable and sturdy, plus it comes in at well under $100, making it a solid-buy for budget-conscious photographers. It has a joystick head to help you adjust the angle of your camera. And it’s really lightweight – less than three pounds – and compact. It’s an ideal tripod for photographers using an entry-level DSLR with a standard lens or a compact travel camera.

Manfrotto 500 Fluid Video Head with 190X Video Tripod

Best Video Tripod: Videographers shooting in 4K tend to need heavier, more supportive tripods because they are typically better at eliminating vibrations. This one by Manfrotto, for example, is over seven pounds and it’s sturdier than any other tripod on this list. It has a number of key features for video, too, like an innovative head with fluid cartridges on both pan and tilt axes, a leveling column and a five-pound counterbalance; all of which allow the photographer to move their camera smoothly and accurately. There are admittedly more moving parts in the system, but this Manfrotto tripod still manages to be pretty intuitive to use.

CamKix Premium 3in1 Kit

Best for Action Cameras: This is a simple, affordable and pretty great impulse buy for anybody with an action camera (or even a compact camera or smartphone). The tripod has a socket-ball mount with a locking switch that allows you to rotate the camera a full 180 degrees. And there’s a telescopic pole attachment, which you can use to achieve better height on your shots, or just use it as a glorified selfie stick. It’s worth pointing out that while compact cameras and smartphones can be attached directly to the tripod, your GoPro needs to be housed in a GoPro mount.

MeFoto Globetrotter Travel TriPod

Best Travel Tripod: As the name hints, the MeFoto Globetrotter is one of the best travel tripods. It’s compact and lightweight (less than four pounds), and it’s carbon fiber frame is strong enough to support larger systems (up to 26 pounds). It has five leg sections so you can set the camera to stand over five-feet high, and the cushioned legs actually come together to convert the tripod into a monopod, which is neat. This is an ideal travel tripod for anybody shooting DSLR or mirrorless.

Peak Design Travel Tripod

One for the Future: Peak Design’s first tripod is, as you’d expect, designed for adventurers and outdoor photographers. It’s super compact and packable, about the size of a water bottle, and everything on the tripod is designed to be efficient and intuitive. For example, there are latches instead of annoying twist locks, to quickly extend the legs; to adjust the orientation of the ball head, there’s a single adjustment ring instead of a series of knobs; and small levers let you spread the legs wider to help you take low-angle photos. It’s available in aluminum or carbon fiber, the latter being the noticeably lighter (and significantly more expensive) model.

The Peak Design Travel Tripod is available for pre-order today. It’s expected to ship in January 2020.

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