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.
Gerber is taking the multi-tool into new territory with the Steady. Like their other hardworking pocket tools, it features all stainless blades, serrated and straight, plus wire cutters, 3 screwdrivers, bottle opener, etc. But since no weekend adventure is going down without your phone and camera, the key features of the Steady are an adjustable cell phone mount and a tripod mount for your camera.
Unless you’re a top gun fashion photographer or out on assignment for NatGeo, Nikon’s new D800 is plenty of camera and costs much less than their flagship D4 model. The D800 however packs most of the firepower of its big brother. The 36-megapixel file size will surely surpass most people’s needs, as will all the other high-tech, low-light functionality but if you’re serious about photography and want a pro-level body, the D800, due out in late March, is most definitely the real deal.
Thanks to Miveu’s upcoming unit that turns your iPhone 4S into a POV cam, you can capture sweet digital videos of all your exploits without being one of those guys with a little video camera suction-cupped to his helmet. The Miveu functions by way of a wide-angle glass lens that attaches with a sturdy protective phone case. The tactile shutter can easily be pressed with gloves or gear on and gives a cool perspective that makes the helmet heads look even dorkier. Dorkier is a word, right?
Most cameras that work underwater are big and bulky, but Sony’s latest, the TX200V Digital Camera is a slim, pocket-sized model that will handle underwater action down to 16-feet. And even if you’re no Jacques Cousteau, it’s airtight, meaning dust-proof, spilled coffee-proof and so on. It also shoots a big ol’ 18.2 MP image in bursts up to 10 FPS and it shoots full HD video.
Yes, your little Etsy-made piece of reclaimed two-by-four is a great stand for your iPad2 at home. But in the office you might prefer something it bit more tidy. This stand from Ten One Design is the one. Brushed aluminum that looks like Apple made it, magnetic attachment, junkshow-free styling.
A wide-angle lens on your camera is cool, it lets you fit a lot into the frame. But what if you could fit in the whole scene, like everything? Well, the Tamaggo 360-imager lets you do that. It’s the first device to make fully-integrated panomorph images instantly. Consider this, even the widest fisheye lens only catches about 180-degrees, the Tamaggo lets you catch all 360 and you can post it instantly to the web, all from one small device. Coming soon.
These days it takes a pretty awesome camera for most of us to put down our phones and shoot with something purpose-built for photos. Canon’s new PowerShot G1 X point & shoot is the one. It is compact and powerful, boasting a highly light-sensitive 14.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor plus all the user-friendly features that have made the PowerShot series so successful.
Hot off the presses, Fujifilm just launched their X-Pro 1. It’s a small yet versatile rangefinder-style camera that’s equipped for interchangeable lenses and has a huge 16-megapixel sensor. There are currently three lenses available: an 18mm, a 35mm, and a 60mm. It’s also got a hotshoe flash mount. This little unit truly is a photographer’s camera but still easy enough to use, even for us amateurs.