5 Kickstarter projects for photographers
Snooperscope promises to give your smartphone or tablet night vision. The external camera/lens attaches to the front of your device and delivers images to it via the Snooperscope app, which is available for both Android and iOS.
Snooperscope puts out infrared radiation to illuminate objects shrouded in darkness, and it converts the reflected radiation into something you can see. Its developers even claim that can penetrate any opaque material that infrared rays can pass through, such as liquids, inks and textiles. While Snooperscope may be limited in its practical photography applications, it could be fun to experiment with the ghostly X-ray-like results.
Quebee is a tiny camera remote-controlled from your mobile device. You press a button to start recording and smartphone app serves as your dashboard, allowing you to capture video, timelapse or still images. The Quebee is capable of five hours of continuous full HD recording, or two days of recording in timelapse mode.
Quebees work better together, and developers are offering Quebee kits in both a two- and three-device version. Quebees' captures are uploaded to the cloud when the device is in range of a wi-fi network, and you’ll receive a notification on your phone when you're ready to start editing.
Michron is an intervalometer to assist in timelapse captures with your DSLR. While geared toward DSLR photography, your phone plays an integral role as the tool for programing Michron’s settings via an app available for both Android and iOS.
Michron is designed for both beginners and experienced photographers. You can set Michron to Auto, or delve into its more technical settings, finally compiling and editing your images into a timelapse video using the software of your choice.
The project has certainly piqued the interest of the Kickstarter community: with four days left in Michron's campaign it's already surpassed its original $40,000 goal by almost $130,000.
Foldio is a portable studio aimed at, but not limited to, smartphone product photography. At 10.2x10.2x10.2 inches, Foldio looks ideal for lighting and shooting small items you’d normally sell on eBay or Etsy.
The popup studio has an LED strip at the top that provides even lighting against a horizonless backdrop. Those backdrops come in seven colors: yellow, orange, green, purple, blue and pink. Foldio folds down into a flat package that’ll slip easily into a messenger bag or a backpack.
Wiggly is a modular three-axis stabilization device that aims to help iPhone shooters take the shake out of their videos. Control is limited to your wrist, a switch and a joystick. There are two iterations: a handheld unit for two-axis stabilization and a larger unit for one-axis stabilization.
Wiggly supports iPhones, GoPros and DSLRS under two pounds. We hope developers consider adding an Android version as well.
If your phone is your primary means of video creation, the Wiggly could prove beneficial, though $285+ seems like a bit of a tall order for anyone on a budget.
It won't come as a surprise to anyone that there are some unpleasant, predatory men within the photography industry. However, a long-form, extensively researched special report in the Columbia Journalism Review about sexual harassment is still a depressing, eye-opening read.
Is this the end? Nikon's UK and Japanese websites now list some of its KeyMission action cameras as discontinued.
Leica Camera AG is now an investor in Light, the makers of the innovative L16 camera. According to the company, the funding will allow Light to 'expand the reach of its imaging platform beyond consumer photography'
YouTuber ZY Productions has a video wherein he provides a succinct summary of how phase detection autofocus systems work, their benefits and their shortcomings.
The X-U is Leica's first ruggedized compact camera and is still the only waterproof camera on the market with a large APS-C sensor. That sensor sits behind a 35mm-equivalent, F1.7 lens, and we've taken it to the mountains and back to see just what it's capable of.
Gitzo and Sony have teamed up to launch a new tripod and L-bracket designed specifically for Sony α-series cameras.
There have now been seven variants of the Sony RX100 series, and at least six of them are still current models. Confused? Here's an updated look at their differences, and our recommendations among them now that we've tested the Mark VI.
The Kodak-branded 'Kashminer' Bitcoin mining scheme announced at CES has apparently collapsed, with Eastman Kodak distancing itself from the company behind it.
The software uses computational imaging techniques to boost detail and dynamic range in your images, and reduce noise levels.
As part of a promotional giveaway, Fujifilm Korea has released kimchi-flavored instant noodles wrapped in branding inspired by Fujifilm Provia 100 color reversal film.
The Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH is a fast, high-quality and decidedly heavyweight short telephoto prime lens, designed for use with Leica's digital M-series rangefinders. We've been grappling with it for a little while - take a look at our sample images.
70-200mm F4 zoom lenses may not get as much attention as their faster F2.8 siblings, but for many photographers these lenses hit the perfect sweet spot of price, performance, and weight. This week, we shoot the new Tamron 70-210mm F4 alongside the equivalent Canon and Nikon models to see how they stack up.
Blackmagic recently worked with Apple to develop Blackmagic eGPU, an external GPU that brings "desktop-class graphics performance" to the new MacBook Pro laptops with Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Lightroom alternative Luminar has received numerous updates across both its Mac and Windows versions, primarily improvements to existing features, as well as support for additional cameras from Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Canon, and Pentax.
Sony has quietly updated its RX100 V, bringing a couple of the goodies from the RX100 VI travel zoom. The updated RX100 VA gains a new processor and various firmware tweaks but misses out on the VI's other hardware improvements.
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro series of notebooks with 15in and 13in models that are claimed to be better for intense image and video editing. The company says the new models are the most advanced ever, and that they feature 8th generation Intel Core processors for faster performance.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Adobe will announce a full-fledged Photoshop version for the iPad at its annual conference in October.
The last day to place an order for Apple photo prints and related products is September 30th.
Manfrotto has launched its new Noreg camera bag series with the Backpack-30 and Messenger-30 models. Both bags are designed for premium mirrorless camera systems, each featuring internal camera units that can be removed and used independently of the larger bags.
Industrial designer Thomas Müller has created a concept device that attempts to democratize film development using an all-in-one device that sits on your countertop.
Mastin Labs has released its latest set of presets titled 'Kodak Everyday.' The pack includes film emulation presets for iconic Kodak films, including Ektar, Gold and Tri-X.
Canon has released firmware update 1.0.4 for the EOS 6D Mark II, adding important bug fixes for "rare instances" of issues with the touch panel and operation buttons.
In an email to DPReview, Nikon Inc. has confirmed ''The Nikon 1 series cameras, lenses and accessories are no longer in production'.
Nikon's new Coolpix P1000 boasts an extraordinary zoom range and a suite of powerful stills and video features in a (relatively) compact body. We're taking a detailed look at this powerful compact's key features.
PhotoMirage, a new Windows application from software company Corel, transforms images into "mirages" by adding movement to elements like water or clouds. Unlike a cinemagraph, it does not require video footage – instead animating a single static image.
Tamron's version 2.0 firmware update for its 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD claims to have addressed reported issues with autofocus during video shooting.
Lens maker Moment is leaning into the software sector, launching a newly-revamped smartphone camera app targeted at enthusiast photographers.
A groups of researchers from NVIDIA, MIT, and Aalto University have developed an AI capable of removing noise and grain from images with incredible accuracy.
If the 24-2000mm equiv. zoom range on Nikon's Coolpix P900 just wasn't enough then you'll be excited about today's announcement of the Coolpix P1000. This camera has a once unthinkable 24-3000mm equivalent F2.8-F8 lens, though it's anything but light and will set you back $999.