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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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Polaroid Snaps and Prints Photos With Pop

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Polaroid Snaps and Prints Photos With Pop

The iconic Polaroid brand celebrates its 80th anniverasry with the CES 2017 launch of the Pop-- a square-shaped digital camera featuring Zero Ink technology for instant photo printing.

Like the cameras that made Polaroid its name the Pop produces 9 x 11cm prints, only through the application of heat to special dyes embedded in the paper, rather than ink. Taking the actual photos is a 20MP CMOS sensor, while storage comes through a microSD slot (supports cards up to 128GB).

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Nikon Takes on Action Cameras With KeyMission

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Nikon Takes on Action Cameras With KeyMission

Photokina 2016 sees Nikon announce an action camera duo-- the KeyMission 360, the first camera from the company able to shoot 360-degree 4K/UHD video and the ruggedised KeyMission 170.

The KeyMission 360 captures 360-degree video through a pair of f/2.0 lenses and two 20MP CMOS sensors before stitching footage together through built-in software. It also offers a variety of shooting modes, such as Superlapse, Time-Lapse and Loop, and also takes 360-degree 30MP still panoramas.

Nikon says the camera is water, shock and freeze proof, and optional housing allows use in water as deep as 40m. A built-in stereo microphone handles audio duties, while electronic vibration reduction helps steady playback post-capture. Wifi connectivity provides control through paired smartphone and SnapBridge companion app.

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Nikon Intros Entry-Level D3400 DSLR

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Nikon Intros Entry-Level D3400 DSLR

Aspiring photographers get an entry-level Nikon DSLR option with the D3400-- a camera featuring a 24.2MP CMOS sensor and always-on Bluetooth LE to automatically transfer photos to smartphones via SnapBridge app.

The D3400 is lighter (by 15%, making it weigh 395g) than its predecessor, the 2-year old D3300, but features the same 24.2MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image sensor. It also lacks a low pass filter, a feature allowing for more detailed images. However Nikon says auto white balance performance is improved for better images in low-light scenarios, while ISO range is increased to 100-25600.

Other features include an 11-point autofocus system, 5fps continuous shooting and 1080p video recording at up to 60fps. Meanwhile SnapBridge allows connectivity with a number of Android smartphones and tablets through aforementioned Bluetooth LE. As for battery, Nikon claims it is good for up to 1200 shots on a single charge, twice as long as the D3300.

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Ricoh Buys Eyefi Cloud Service

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Ricoh Buys Eyefi Cloud Service

Ricoh acquires Eyefi Cloud, the cloud-based image hosting service owned by Eyefi, maker of the Mobi and Mobi Pro wifi-enabled SD memory cards.

Financial details of the deal are not available. Following the sale Eyefi retains control of the Mobi SD card business.

“This unique blending of technology and expertise creates new opportunities to enhance value for our customers,” a Ricoh email to Eyefi Cloud users reads. “The Eyefi Cloud team will immediately join Ricoh and is excited about bringing even more innovation to our customers around the world.”

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Facebook Live Gets First Camera

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Facebook Live Gets First Camera

The annual F8 developer conference had Facebook release the API of the Live video streaming feature, an announcement accompanied by the reveal of a first compatible camera-- the Livestream Mevo.

Formerly known as the Movi back when it was announced at CES 2016, the Mevo is a small cylindrical camera. Armed with a wide angle lens, it shoots 4K video and features software allowing users to essentially split a 4K image into multiple separate 1080p video feeds acting as virtual camera angles.

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The Impossible App-Enabled Instant Camera

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The Impossible App-Enabled Instant Camera

Impossible Project breathes new life in the instant camera concept as it reveals the I-1-- a Polaroid-style camera offering customers the pleasures of instant analog photography with a connected twist.

The company behind the I-1 is best known for the production of reverse engineered Polaroid type 600-style instant film, as well as the refurbishing and resale of old Polaroid type 600 cameras. As such, the I-1 is the company's first foray into own photography hardware. It features a sleek matte black design, has an LED ring flash around the lens and handles type 600 film (in both discontinued Polaroid and Impossible Project flavours).

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VR Livestreaming via Orah 4i

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VR Livestreaming via Orah 4i

VideoStitch, developer of the 360-degree video software of the same name, presents a 360-degree camera solution-- the Orah 4i, a small device promising to make shooting and broadcasting VR-ready video easier.

A number of VR video recording solutions already exist on the market, but these tend to be either multi-camera rigs or lower-end devices unable to offer livestreaming. The Orah 4i, on the other hand, is a simpler webcam-style solution with broadcasting capabilities. It consists of 2 parts, a small camera unit featuring 4 stabilised fisheye lenses, 4 microphones (for "ambisoic" 3D audio) and sensors, and a "stitching box" handling all live footage stitching and processing duties.

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Ricoh Presents WG-M2 Action Cam

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Ricoh Presents WG-M2 Action Cam

Ricoh announces the WG-M2 action camera at MWC 2016-- an update on the rugged WG-M1 featuring a smaller and lighter design, 4K video capability and an ultra-wide 204-degree field of view.

The WG-M2 shoots 4K resolution video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps, all with 100Mbps bitrate and a video orientation feature ensuring video is recorded upright even if the camera is mounted sideways or upside down. It also shoots 8MP photos, making it comparable to mid-range action camera offerings from the likes of GoPro and Sony.

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