Field Notes: Sony's A7 Mark II Is a Solid Upgrade, But Video's a Bummer

We recently did a quick preview of Sony's new A7 Mark II, the brand new revision to last year's full-frame mirrorless camera. Since then I've had a chance to spend significantly more quality time with the Mark II, and am ready to ruminate on what's better and worse on version two. » 12/16/14 11:57am 12/16/14 11:57am

You Can Discover New Planets with a DSLR 

Wouldn't it be cool to discover a planet circling a lonely star light years away from Earth? Maybe you'd even get to name it. Actually exploring deep space is hard, but as IEEE Spectrum's David Schneider points out, detecting exoplanets is pretty simple, simple enough that a basic DSLR and a telephoto lens can do it. » 12/15/14 11:42am 12/15/14 11:42am

You Can Now Be Identified By Your Shaky Camera Footage

You might want to think twice before illegally filming the next concert you go to—at least using a body-worn GoPro or Google Glass. Even if we don't realize it, we all move in our own unique way. It's like a fingerprint based on motion, and now researchers at Cornell University have developed an algorithm that can… » 12/12/14 10:38am 12/12/14 10:38am

Field Notes: Grappling With the Sigma DP1 Quattro's Bizarre Shape 

Sigma is known primarily for lenses, but it also makes cameras. The most recent creation is the Quattro series. Like previous models, it uses Sigma's unique high resolution Foveon sensor. But this time around, some serious shape-shifting has been applied to the body for a truly oddball camera that is hard to come to… » 12/11/14 2:23pm 12/11/14 2:23pm

This Guy's Job Is to Hack Cameras for National Geographic Photographers

If you've ever dreamt of a weird feature you wanted your camera to have for a specially specific purpose, the guy to call would be Kenji, National Geographic's very own tinkerer extraordinaire. Head over to their very own Proof blog for a peek inside his workshop. » 12/08/14 11:30am 12/08/14 11:30am

Field Notes: The Nikon D750 Is a Delightful Full-Frame Video DSLR

Back in September, Nikon announced yet another full-frame DSLR to add to its broad lineup— the upper-mid-level D750. Equipped with a pivoting LCD and a handful of video specific features, this new guy is chasing the hearts of filmmakers in particular. At first glance it's a welcome addition to an already proven camera… » 12/05/14 1:23pm 12/05/14 1:23pm

Sony A7 Mark II Hands-On: Here's What 5-Axis Stabilization Can Do

The recent surprise announcement of Sony's a7 Mark II had people reeling about the first-ever 5-axis in-body stabilization on a full-frame camera. We recently got our meathooks on one of the new cams and wanted to show you just a bit of what it can do before giving it a more comprehensive report. » 12/04/14 5:03pm 12/04/14 5:03pm

7 Gifts for the Photography Buff

The internet is replete with photography-related gifts that are kitschy, corny, or just plain silly. Another lens mug. Yay. We thought you should right by the photographer in your life by gifting him or her something genuinely cool or useful. Here are some ideas to start: » 12/04/14 3:51pm 12/04/14 3:51pm

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This Snap-On Case Gives the iPhone 6 Bona Fide Night Vision

Once the original iPhone was opened up to third-party apps, it added an incredible amount of additional functionality to the device. But apps can only do so much, sometimes you also need to expand a smartphone's hardware too. So like with the FLIR case that gave the iPhone Predator-like heat vision, the NVC promises… » 12/01/14 12:38pm 12/01/14 12:38pm

Tomy's Six-Second Video Camera Lets Kids Vine Just Like Grown-ups

If your kids have been jonesing to get their Vine on, but you'd rather not put a $500 mobile device in their hands just so they can create bite-size six-second videos, Takara Tomy has a cheaper solution. Its new Magical 6 camera does basically the same thing as the Vine app, but with a little more legwork needed to… » 12/01/14 9:31am 12/01/14 9:31am

Sony's A7 Mark II Camera Will Be Available Next Month For $1700

Last week Sony Japan hit us with a surprise announcement of the A7 Mark II, an upgrade over the popular full-frame mirrorless camera. The initial launch was only for Asia, which left people on this side of the pond a bit confused. Well, we now have pricing and U.S. availability for the new cam that sports wicked… » 11/26/14 10:01am 11/26/14 10:01am

Fujfilm Stuffs The X-T1 With a Zillion New Features in Firmware Update

The thing about software is that it's...soft. Malleable! You can add neato things to it that make products better. Camera makers usually update a device's firmware with bug fixes and supposed "performance increases." Not so with the upcoming December update to Fujfilm's X-T1 mirrorless camera. It's replete with fancy… » 11/20/14 9:07am 11/20/14 9:07am

5 Camera Features You Think You Want, But Are Actually Bad Ideas

Camera geeks are a needy bunch. They all have their opinions and won't hesitate to shout at manufacturers to include their pet requests. But that doesn't mean all those requests are good ideas. Here are five commonly desired camera features that are better left to the trash heap of design. » 11/14/14 2:24pm 11/14/14 2:24pm

DJI Inspire 1: A Badass Drone That Shoots Lovely 4K Video

The aerial mavens at DJI just added a new member to their fleet of video drones. The Inspire 1 introduces a bunch of new tricks to the world of airborne cinematography, the flashiest of which is 4K video. But there's way more cool design and tech that makes this badboy stand apart from the quadcopter masses. » 11/12/14 8:00pm 11/12/14 8:00pm