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Arsenal smart device brings AI control to your camera

Tweet Working out the best camera settings to capture the perfect shot takes years of experience, but now that’s all set to change with the arrival of the Arsenal. Launching on Kickstarter this small device has been designed as an intelligent wireless control for your DSLR or CSC enabling complete control by means of an app enabled mobile device. The Arsenal use the latest machine learning technology to find the optimal settings for your camera to get a pro level shot whatever the conditions. Arsenal works like no other photography product presently on the market and incorporates artificial intelligence...

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Discover how to sort pictures by rating images in Bridge

Tweet One of the biggest advantages of digital is that you can shoot vast quantities of images without having to reload rolls of film and worry about the cost. This freedom greatly increases the likelihood of you capturing the shot you want. However that abundance of images can also be a huge problem especially when it comes to filtering through and locating the few pictures that you actually need from the shoot. A quick way to sort through these is by rating images in Bridge and in this tutorial I’ll take a look at just how easy it is....

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Download and organise your images in Adobe Bridge CC

Tweet Ask most people about the state of their image library and inevitably they’ll raise a guilty smile. It’s one of those housekeeping tasks that will forever remain near the top of your to do list but will never actually make it too the top. Even the most organised of photographers rarely finds the time to have a really good image sort and clear out. Tackling the last few years of images is a daunting task and one that’s probably best left till the winter, however there are a few things you can do now to help reduce the...

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The MGCOOL Explorer Pro action camera launches with 4K features for less than $70.

Tweet MGCOOL is a relatively new action camera brand and already produces the MGCOOL Explorer 1S and the budget-friendly MGCOOL Explorer ES. Now joining the line-up is the MGCOOL Explorer Pro. This small action camera boasts impressive specifications including 4K video and all at just $69.99. TheMGCOOL Explorer Pro will be available in either a black or silver editions, same spec’s just different colours, unlike the old GoPro Hero4 action camera’s that used the colour names to differentiate between different models with different specifications. At the top of the feature list is the 4K video resolution that can capture at 30fps. Then there’s 2.7k at...

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Datacolor Spyder5 Express monitor calibration review

Tweet Monitor calibration is one of the dark art areas of photography: you know you should do it, but the how and when of monitor calibration is a bit of a mystery. The Spyder5 Express is an easy to use monitor calibration tool that handles the whole process for you. Monitor calibration is incredibly important because if you work on an image, correcting tone and colour, you want that tone and colour to be correct where ever viewed. If you calibrate by eye then it’s all too easy to make major mistakes, with the ambient light often directly effecting the image. Adjust...

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Get a new perspective with the GoPro El Grande

Tweet The GoPro El Grande is longer than usual selfie stick measuring a whopping 38-inches (97cm) in length. It might seem excessive but that extra reach will enable you to get a completely new perspective on the world with relative ease. Although the functionality is along the usual selfie stick route, the design is far more engineered all to fit in with the GoPro brand and the poles intended use. It’s not just a standard selfie stick but a product that has been designed to compliment the rest of the GoPro echo system. The GoPro El Grande features a decent...

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Benro’s Hiker Drone bags are designed for today’s aerial photographers

Tweet Drone photography is all about capturing stunning scenery, but more often than not it takes a hike to reach those ideal locations. Seeing what was needed by todays drone photographers Benro has launched two Hiker Drone models the 250N and 350N. The 250N is specially designed for those wanting to transport a drone to a location and features an sizeable inner cavity of 290 x 200 x 430 mm. This space is sectioned with padded divides that can be customised to suite the shape and size of your drone. The space has been to designed to accommodate the popular shape of the...

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Phottix Taimi proves there’s still a need for timer remotes

Tweet Wired remotes were once a common staple of most photographers kit bags, and rightly so. Although simple, a wired remote enables you to fire the shutter release without disturbing the camera with the effect of avoiding any camera shake. Now the Phottix Taimi has arrived (Pronounced Tie-me) with the aim of introducing the next generation of photographer (Who are all too often app enabled) to the advantages of shooting tethered. The Phottix Taimi takes over from the popular TR-90 which over the years has gained a loyal following. As with the TR-90 digital remote the Taimi follows on with a similar...

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Discover how to backup your image files on World Back Up Day

Tweet Storage my not be the most glamorous subject surrounding photography, but unless you take it seriously and back-up correctly, it’s very likely at some point you’re going to suffer a cataclysmic disaster. March the 31st marks World Back-Up Day, a day dedicated to the subject of backup. Back-up and storage options might be as far from the forefront of photographic discussion as you can get, frankly who wants to talk about gigabytes or even terabytes of hard drive disk space, flash drives and optical storage when you can spend that time talking about the latest sexy photograph of Kit. Storage...

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GoPro Karma drone launches in the UK

Drones, action cameras and stabilizers have of course all been around for a while, but with the launch of the GoPro Karma Drone it’s the first time that all three have been brought together by one company.

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Loki One camera rig review

The Loki One camera rig could be the ultimate accessory for today’s videographers; it’s been designed to tackle a need and sheds the weight and bulk of its competitors.

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How to crop your image square in Photoshop

Tweet How you decide to crop your image is as important as any other photographic factor; from the initial composition of the scene through to the digital darkroom enhancement. In this tutorial I’m going to take a look at the basics and introduce you to the Crop Tool, and how to crop your image square in Photoshop. There’s a greater reason than just cropping for fun, I recently reviewed the Fotospeed Square 8 x8-inch and 12 x 12-inch Square paper and have become slightly addicted.. Square cropping your images may seem a little old school and even a bit...

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New GoPro Karma release date revealed

GoPro has just announced that the GoPro Karma drone will be launched in the UK this spring, although a specific date has yet to be confirmed. Initial shipments will be limited so if you haven’t already, place your orders.

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Kenro announce new carbon fibre gimbal head

Tweet Kenro Ltd, continue their active equipment drive with the release of the KENGHC1 Gimbal Tripod Head. Gimbals are often overlooked but are an absolute essential when it comes to wildlife, sport or any other type of photography where you need to use large cumbersome lenses. The job of the gimbal is to supply easy free flowing movement whist still providing support so that you can capture pin sharpe images from a distance. In the past  gimbals have cost a fortune but in recent years the price has finally started to reduce with high quality heads such as the KENGHC1 Gimbal Tripod...

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Hahnel Modus 600RT Flashgun pre-release details

Tweet Hahnel are known for their high end batteries and flash accessories, but now they have released details of their upcoming hot-shoe flash and new Viper wireless flash trigger. Hot-shoe flash gun  might be a new market for the company, but they already have a long running connection with off camera flash accessories. Their existing Viper and Tuff ranges are solid performers in the wireless flash trigger market, so it seems natural that they should release their own flash gun to compliment the existing products. The Hahnel Modus 600RT looks set to rival manufacturers own flash units in the same way as the Hahnel batteries offer powerful performance that seriously rivals the competition. Initial release details show that the Modus 600RT will have a guide number of 60, each unit will hold up to 550 shots at full power with recycle time of 1.5 seconds, feature a built in wireless receiver and transmitter, TTL, manual and multi modes and high speed sync support up to 1/8000 of a sec. The Hahnel Modus 600RT will be powered by Hahnel’s own Extreme Lithium Ion batteries, these cells also already have a proven track record. The Extreme Lithium battery range are available for most popular cameras from all manufacturers and feature charge and performance that usually exceed the manufacturers own.   As well as the new flash gun Hahnel will also be launching a new Viper TTL wireless flash trigger, this will be able...

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Fuji announces FinePix XP120 rugged camera

Tweet Fuji announces the FinePix XP120 at CES 2017. Think outdoors tough cameras and these days you’ll inevitably think action cameras and GoPro. Although these cameras are great for capturing the action if you just want a decent camera to take still and video the latest FinePix XP120 rugged camera is an ideal choice. Unlike action cameras the FinePix XP120 is designed to be handheld in takes on the familiar compact camera shape and style with a touch of fun in it’s four colour choices. It’s designed to be easily pocketable and weighs in at just 203g, that’s a...

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Top 10 action cameras

GoPro has led the action camera field for well over a decade, but with all of this year’s great releases is GoPro still the market leader? We take a look at the year in review and mark out the Action camera top 10 2016.

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Travelling light with everyday kit bag essentials

Tweet Stuck for a new years resolution? Then think 2017, the year of the camera. Whatever you’re doing, where ever you are just make sure your camera is with you; walk the dog, head into town or even meeting friends and family, you’ll be amazed at the pictures you’ll capture over the year. It might sound like a hassle, but with the right everyday kit bag essentials prepared and ready to go, this could be one of the easiest resolutions you’ve ever made. You’ll find that by always having the camera with you, you’ll capture some spectacular shots that you would otherwise have...

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GoPro Hero composition tips

With a field of view of 170 degrees and a fish eye, the small GoPro lens can capture a huge amount. So while you might not be sure of exactly what it’s capturing, after a couple of sessions you should have a good idea.

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Different ways to attach your GoPro Hero

Tweet One of the major reasons that GoPro Hero and other action cameras have become so popular is that they are so easy to mount. Not only that, but their small size means that they can be mounted almost anywhere and there’s a huge variety of mounts out there for you to choose from. If however you actually find something that doesn’t have a bespoke mount, then it’s often easy enough to either make your own or manipulate an existing mount to bend to your will. Whatever mount you choose, and whatever you attach it to, the most important...

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Photographing the Winter Solstice

Tweet The Summer and Winter Solstice can be fantastic photo opportunities. Not just for that moment when the sun rises above the horizon, but also to witness the colourful people as they celebrate and gather for these events. One of the best known gathering happens at Stonehenge, this English Heritage site attracts people from around the world to see the sun rise. December the 21st marks the Winter Solstice and as ever you can never trust the British weather, so as the crowds, press, photographers and clouds gather there’s little you can do except take a few snaps and enjoy the atmosphere....

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Nikon D3400 low light potential demonstrated in new photo series

Tweet English National Ballet photographer, Laurent Liotardo (balletandphotos) uses his latest project to demonstrate the Nikon D3400 low light potential. As a staff photographer and ballet dancer himself he has a unique insight into the characteristics of ballet, and this insiders knowledge is demonstrated in his ability to capture dancers in a way that few others can. The Nikon D3400 DX-sensor and wide sensitivity range enable Laurent to capture these striking images of Melissa Chapski (ballerinachi). The images are even more impressive when you consider that the light available to capture these shots was being produced by Melissa’s own costume. This shows off the Nikon D3400...

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Wasp 4K action camera review – Verdict

Tweet The Wasp 4K instantly strikes you as a camera that’s different to the main stream, and during my time with it I’ve really grown to like the way it looks and functions. At the same time there are an equal amount of features that I am a little reserved about, but ultimately this is one of the most solid performing cameras I have yet seen. First and foremost is the design, there’s really nothing sleek about the casing and the way that it looks. It looks tough and slightly industrial. In the hand the contrast between the hard...

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Stabilise your world with the GoPro Karma

The GoPro Karma stabiliser grip that we first saw as part of the Karma drone can now be bought as a standalone product. The small device enables you to capture smooth fluid movement cutting out the shakes and wobbles usually associated with filming handheld.

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Olfi release app update for the Olfi one.five

Tweet These days an action camera’s app is almost as important as the camera itself. At launch the Olfi One.five did feature a working app, but as I mentioned in the Olfi review the app was limited, in as far as it would only enable you to start and stop recording or switch to taking photo’s. However as apps go it was clean and crisp, but way down the list when it camera to actual functionality. Major update for the Olfi One.five mobile app On the 30th of November the new Olfi One.five app was launched and it has made a...

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Tweet Ali Jennings Reviews Editor - UK based Ali Jennings is our action camera, accessories and drone reviewer. If you have any questions or would like to drop him a line the email is ali@camerajabber.com Twitter Angela Nicholson Reviews Editor - UK based Angela is our camera reviewer, you’ll spot her at out and about testing cameras across the UK. If you want to get in touch then email angela@camerajabber.com Twitter Jeff Meyer Editor - UK based Jeff Meyer is our Editor, any questions about the site or you want to get involved then drop him a line at...

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Nikon D500 tips from Tom Miles

Tweet Tom Miles series ‘Capturing the Moment’ has sparked inspiration for action photography with eye catching imagesTom Duquesnoy. Here Tom explains more about the background to the shoot and how he captured the images. By sports photographer Tom Miles In photography, the most memorable shot is likely to come from the moment of peak action. It’s important to shoot details and quiet moments, but the shots to aim for are those of impact – the rally car flying over the bump in the road, the boxer’s fist connecting with his opponent, the moment the ball hits the back of...

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Metz launch flash aimed at the mirrorless market

Metz has announced the mecablitz M400, a compact system flash unit designed for use with mirrorless cameras. As ever, Metz has produced the flash in multiple fittings and the new unit is suitable for Canon, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, Pentax and Fuji cameras.

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Download and organise your GoPro Hero video

Tweet When it comes to downloading your GoPro footage the process really couldn’t be more simple. The latest models of GoPro all feature software that will automatically activate as soon as your GoPro or the MicroSD card from it is connected to a computer. Once the camera or card is recognised as GoPro, the software then takes over automatically downloading the footage and stills to your Movies or Video folder. It also checks to see if there are any updates for the camera. If there are it will prompt you to download ready for installation. Downloading automatically is of course the easiest solution,...

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JooVuu X verdict – Review

Tweet The JooVuu X’s 2.7K at 30fps is impressive and shows a well-balanced image when it comes to exposure, colour and detail. Contrast is good with the camera avoiding the usual high contrast that can effect these small cameras with a good level of details in shadow and highlight areas of the footage. The volume of settings and adjustments is handy and the ability to shoot at 2.7k at 30fps gives you the opportunity to shoot high resolution footage at a frame that that produces decent results. It might not be 4K but the 30fps at 2304 x 1296p...

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JooVuu X an action camera with discretion – Review

Tweet Read the initial impressions of the JooVuu X There’s no doubt that the JooVuu X is something different when it comes to action cameras. The simple black design void of logos doesn’t stand out, and this make it both different and one of the most discreet designs presently available. Build quality is excellent with the slight rubberised textured body making the camera easy to handle. Action cameras are know for being small but the JooVuu X is really small measuring 2cm x 7.6cm x 4.3cm W x D x H this compares with a GoPro at 5.9cm x...

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JooVuu X the dashboard cam that grew to be an action camera – Review

Tweet The JooVuu X was originally designed as a dashboard camera, but it small size and sleek design meant that it was being eyed up by many as a perfect action camera solution. Before it could take the leap however it needed a few modifications. Ultimately it needed to break the tethered link from the cars battery, so that it could run under its own power source. That leap has now been made and the JooVuu X has now arrived as one of the sleekest action cameras yet. The slender size and no fuss design are quite unlike the...

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Camera Accessory Black Friday Deals

Tweet Been delaying buying that new set of filters or is your old tripod looking well past its best? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that this Friday is Black Friday the world’s largest shopping event and if there is a piece of kit that you’ve been meaning to replace or buy then now is the time to do it. Looking at the latest deals this year it looks like we’re going to see a bumpoer crop of tripods and bags on offer, with deals already showing up to half price off the full retail price. We’ll keep up...

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Mobile Phone Black Friday Deals

Tweet Mobile phones have now become an all important piece of kit for any photographer. Forget making calls, the latest smart phones all pack high quality cameras and features such as free online storage and in phone editing tools. The iPhone 7 and Google Pixel are two perfect examples and it’s easy to see why the smart phone has almost completely killed the compact camera market. Mobile phones might have taken over from the compact market, but rather than challenge SLR’s and CSC’s they act as the perfect partner. The latest SLRs and CSCs are all starting to feature...

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Action Camera Black Friday Deals 2016: best offers on top cameras

Tweet Action cameras are the small go anywhere camera, yet despite their size the market leaders such as GoPro, Garmin and TomTom will still set you back a tidy sum. However, with Black Friday 2016 just days away we’re bound to see some fantastic deals, so keep checking back for the latest action cam deals as they come in. GoPro Hero5 Black After a year or two just chilling by the beach GoPro is back and on form with the incredible GoPro Hero5 Black. Its recent arrival has rocked the action camera world as it packs in more features...

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DJI Inspire 2 first look

DJI has just announced its latest drones, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and DJI Inspire 2. Both are packed with new features, but it’s the enhancements to the image capture that will get photographers really excited.

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WASP 4K Action Camera – in use

Tweet The Wasp 4K is one of those cameras that you instantly take a liking too, there’s something of the outsider about it with it’s bulky almost armoured design. This design was also something that I thought would divide opinion, as there is nothing streamline or delicate about it, and although it follows the usual GoPro style and shape it is very different and lacks the finesse of other cameras. However everyone who has seen and used the Wasp 4K has liked the aesthetics, citing that the robust design looks ready for business. It also seemed those into off...

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GoPro Hero5 Black voice activation demo

Tweet One of the big new features of the GoPro Hero5 Black is the voice activation, you simply speak one of a number of terms and the GoPro does as you request. Having used and been amused by Siri for a good couple of years, I was half expecting the GoPro to order me a taxi rather start recording, but annoyingly all the commands I tried (it was the full list) appeared to work. As exciting as a ten minute video of me shouting at a GoPro would inevitably be, here’s a quick abridged version! For those of you...

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GoPro Hero5 sample footage

Tweet First time out with the GoPro Hero5 Black and I have to say so far the changes I’ve seen to the way the camera works are incredible. The biggest change is the ease of accessing settings with the new touch screen, flipping between 4K and 1080p really couldn’t be easier, as was swapping frame rates. The new design made little difference to how the camera attached and actually side-by-side against the Hero4 there really is little in it when it comes to size and shape. The weather today was typical late autumn, early winter with sun and clouds. So...

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GoPro Hero5 Black product shots

Tweet The GoPro Hero5 has arrived and as the review is underway we thought you’d like to take a look at few additional shots of the camera itself, along with a few images of it side-by-side with the Hero4 Black. More of the GoPro Hero5 coming soon, for now check out my initial impressions in our GoPro Hero5 Black review Buy the GoPro HERO5 Action Camera – Black at...

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GoPro Hero5 Black review

Tweet The GoPro Hero5 Black has arrived, and although I’ve been able to check out the camera briefly over the last few weeks, this is the first time worried friends haven’t quickly recalled their new and prized possession. The Hero5 is a very different camera to the first four iterations of the Hero, the biggest change is of course that it loses the waterproof housing, but really side-by-side, compared to the Hero4 you can instantly see that this is a product that has grown-up. Taking a quick look through the specs you can see that actually it seems that...

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ViewSonic VP2468 review

Tweet Buying a new monitor for imaging can be a minefield, there’s a huge amount of choice, but it soon becomes apparent that not all monitors despite the size and resolution are the same. The biggest issue for enthusiast photographers is finding a monitor that will accurately display colour and tone without breaking the bank. When it comes to digital images you also need a monitor that’s a decent size, 24” or more. Size really does matter as the scale will enable you to properly review your images and spot any flaws during enhancement process. It’s also good to...

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How to edit your Nikon KeyMission 360 video

Tweet Once you’ve captured some KeyMission 360 footage it’s time to edit and upload to YouTube. To do this Nikon has provided an application called Nikon KeyMission 360/170 Utility that will enable you to quickly edit and export your footage ready for uploading to YouTube. Any 360 footage produced by the Nikon KeyMission 360, or for that matter any other 360 or VR camera, requires special metadata that needs to be attached so that YouTube is able to recognise the video as 360, rather than standard flat footage. For many other cameras this means that the footage, once edited, needs to...

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Interview with Nikon’s Tim Carter about the KeyMission 360

Tweet Tim Carter is the Senior Product Manager – Imaging at Nikon UK. Following the Nikon KeyMission 360 launch event at the London Science Museum I had a few question’s I wanted to ask him about the Nikon’s move into the action camera market and of course about the KeyMission 360 itself. Why a 360 action camera from Nikon? Tim Carter: Nikon always like to keep at the front of imaging developments and 360 video is very cutting edge. Using our great optical experience we have created a small, simple and easy to use, true 360 camera that is...

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Fotospeed to launch Kaiser Vario ND Filters in the UK

Tweet Fotospeed have announced that they will be distribution Kaiser’s range of filters in the UK. There’s a full selection of filters that will appeal to a wide breadth of photographers and photographic style. Leading the line-up in the Vario ND filter. This enables photographers to adjust exposure times through a rotatable element. As the element is rotated the neutral density (ND) strength is changed.  This makes it an ideal solution for Landscape photographers who want to cut back on the kit and for videographers who need to keep a careful eye on exposure. The Vario ND filter reduces...

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Nikon KeyMission 360 product shots

Tweet Our review sample of the Nikon KeyMission 360 has arrived. I’ve quickly taken a few images of the camera from all angles to show the dual lens design, shutter button layout, trap door to the battery, ports and MicroSD Card slot and the base with the 1/4-inch thread. More images will be added during the...

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Olfi one.five in action with Tom Reynolds

Tweet Our review sample of the Olfi one.five arrived a couple of weeks ago and so far I’ve been impressed by the build and video quality, you can check out the first part of the review here. I’ll be posting footage demonstrating some of the different resolutions, frame rates and features soon but for now why not check out Olfi’s newest athlete Tom Reynolds at his local dirt track. Of course all footage is captured on the Olfi...

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Veho Muvi K2Pro4K review in use

Tweet The Muvi K2 Pro 4K comes with the touch screen LCD which can be quickly attached and fixes in place securely. Although in most situations that screen is a huge benefit for navigating the settings, options and using for composition there are also times when you’ll want to remove it to save bulk and weight. The detachable nature of the screen is a nice touch and means that the camera can be used in one of two way, with or without the screen. Without the screen the camera is small and light weight and the app, available for iOS...

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Unlock the full potential of the TomTom Bandit

Tweet When the TomTom Bandit originally launched it was an action camera with a difference; packed with sensors and the first camera to bring true automatic video editing without the need for a computer. TomTom also took a completely different tack when it came to new versions and upgrades compared to the competition, in as far as there hasn’t as yet been a new version.  No Bandit 2, mini, slim or otherwise just the original, instead all upgrades to date have been through firmware. These firmware updates are more than just small fixes and each version so far has...

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More Than An Image

Tweet Wex Photographic is exploring what photography means to people and the power it can have to affect people’s lives in its latest campaign #MoreThanAnImage. The campaign, launched this month, features three inspiring photographers, each with their own unique stories to tell around their craft. Their moving experiences cover a wide range of topical issues including conflict, mental health, terminal illness and recovery. Speaking about inspiration behind the campaign, Wex Photographic’s content manager, Jon Devo said: “Like bait or “insta photography” dominates the social landscape, and while it most definitely has its place, we wanted to go a step further and really get into the nuts and bolts of how image creation can impact people’s lives.” Photography can have a transformative power, shaping the lives of people in front and behind the camera. Wex’s #MoreThanAnImage campaign is a call to action for people to share their experiences. “We hope these stories help to add to the conversation around the importance of photography and image creation as a whole. And if that inspires people to pick up their cameras with a new, reinvigorated focus, job done,” Jon added. READ MORE 6 beginner photography techniques you can use forever 6 photography composition techniques for more creative...

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