With the way powerful technology keeps shrinking into smaller and smaller packages, compact camera systems are the way to go when you’re more serious about shooting than just whipping out your phone but don’t want to tote a giant pro SLR. The new Lumix GF5K is a great example of a small but powerful camera that will run a whole quiver of Lumix lenses and features Leica-inspired imaging technology for impressive high-resolution photography.
With the power and versatility of current SLRs that capture crisp, full HD video, it’s easy to get pro-level results on your home movie projects. The thing is, it still looks like you’re stalking people with a regular old still camera. The Black Magic camera, with its retro “film” camera design will make you look and feel more like a “film-maker” for roughly the same dough as a mid-range SLR. And with EF and ZE mounts for interchangeable optics, you may not even have to buy new lenses.
Unlike your current portable, weatherproof POV camera, the Ion Air Pro is wi-fi ready enabling you to post the footage of your extreme video in real-time. That means your friends on FB can see you eat shit, share it with others, and comment on the crash all before you’ve even been loaded into the ambulance. Available April 30, 2012.
If you’re serious about shooting photos or video or both, you know how important a good bag is for carrying your expensive gear. But even the best camera bags are not as adjustable as they should be. Enter TrekPak. This padded insert for camera bags and hard cases uses a pin system that allows you almost infinite adjustment for securing and organizing your gear.
Galileo is an iOS-powered panning and tracking device for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Whether you want to do panoramic pics or timelapse video or even just follow your toddler around the room during a video chat, this device lets you simply swipe or program it to keep what you want to see in focus and on the screen.
Rumor has it these photo-video-lighting clamps got their name from their numerous uses on the set of adult film productions. Okay, that’s a lie. Anyway, Nasty Clamps are heavy-duty spring clamps with a Gorilla-pod style arm on them, which has a tripod mount on the end. Snap a Nasty on and you can put your camera, LED light bank, or flash, pretty much anywhere you want. Source
If your mountain biking, river rafting, mogul mashing weekend activities have also made you into the phone crushing, accidental camera smashing type, Pentax has designed a camera just for you. The Optio WG-2 and WG-2GPS models are both waterproof to 40 feet, dustproof, cold proof, crushproof, and shock resistant. Plus, they shoot full 1080P HD video and boast a 16MP optical sensor.
This tripod sucks, that’s why it’s awesome. It’s got the flexibility of Gorilla pod legs with the addition of suction cup feet. Your camera or phone mounts to the BallHead X for getting the ultimate angle when shooting from a moving car, a window, a boat, & anywhere else you need serious suction to get the shot.
Nostalgia, it seems to be the foremost theme in camera design these days. The Pentax K-01 is no exception. If it weren’t for the 16 MP optical sensor and full HD video capture capabilities, you might think this thing took film. Lucky for your wallet it doesn’t, it does however take all K-mount lenses making it quite the versatile little weapon.
The Cinch is better than the standard SLR camera strap for two reasons. It features quick-adjusting pull tabs that let you crank it down tight or loosen it up to get the shot with one easy pull of the strap. The other improvement is that instead of using your camera’s two top strap mounting brackets, the Cinch mounts to only one and the other connector goes though the tripod mount which keeps the camera in a more natural and easier-to-carry position against your body. If you tote a big, heavy camera around, you’ll want this.