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5 reasons to get an LG 360 Cam

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Have you ever wondered how all those 360-degree photos and videos you’ve seen on YouTube and Facebook are made? They look like they were shot with several cameras at the same time, but in reality, there are single, affordable cameras out there that can do everything — just ask LG.

LG’s 360 Cam is a fantastic entry point into the world of shooting virtual reality content. Using two 13-megapixel wide-angle cameras, you can take 180-degree or 360-degree shots with a press of a button.

Sounds all well and good, but there’s more to the 360 Cam than just its cute figure. Here are five legit reasons why we’d recommend getting one of your own.

It literally fits in the palm of your hand

Gone are the days when you had to stick numerous wide-angle cameras together to get a panorama photo. The LG 360 Cam is easy to grip, thanks to smooth curves and enough space below the lenses for your hands.

LG 360 Cam

It also weighs only 75 grams, so it can easily fit in your jeans pocket or handbag. Just make sure to slide it into the bundled case first — that’ll keep the lenses in tip-top condition.

The case doubles as an extended grip

We simply love cases that serve two purposes. While shooting, you may attach the protective case to the bottom of the unit, in order to reach higher heights and peek around corners.

LG 360 Cam

It’s also imperative to use the extended grip if you want to eliminate views of your hand or the floor during 360 shots. Trust us, our captures looked so much better after making this a habit.

Controls are very intuitive

With a total of two physical buttons on the 360 Cam — one power button and a shutter key — you can get the hang of the controls during your first run. How’s that for user-friendliness?

LG 360 Cam

But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to only a couple of functions. For example, tapping or holding the shutter button provides two different commands, namely taking a photo or video, respectively.

It’s so easy to pair with

Something that worries us whenever we get a hold of a shiny new gadget is compatibility. There are times when a device would only work with a certain brand or operating system; this instance isn’t one of them.

LG 360 Cam

We were able to pair the 360 Cam with a selection of different Android smartphones, including LG handsets of course. If you have an iPhone, that’ll work, too. Just download the LG 360 Cam Manager app and you’re good to go.

Shoot photos and videos shoot without a hitch

We’ve talked a lot about simplicity and ease of use, but how about actually shooting with it? Fortunately, all those positive qualities apply here, too. You can take a photo or video by pressing the shutter button on the camera itself, or the virtual key in the app.

Here’s a sample of a 180-degree photo:

Here’s a sample of a 360-degree photo:

Here’s a sample of a 360-degree video:

All files go straight to a microSD card you insert underneath. You can then plug that card into your computer, or download all your shots wirelessly to your phone through the proprietary app. Transfers are done through Wi-Fi, so it’s way faster than Bluetooth (although the latter is used for pairing with your device of choice).

LG 360 Cam

Bonus: It’s really affordable

Best of all, you don’t have to rob a bank to afford an LG 360 Cam. It currently retails for $200, and you can find some sweet discounts this holiday season. That’s a great deal for a camera that captures and transfers with ease!

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Hasselblad’s new medium-format camera shoots 400MP photos

Each image file is 2.4GB!

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Did you ever feel like the resolution of your smartphone or camera’s pictures weren’t enough? Has the thought of needing 400 megapixels ever crossed your mind?

Unless your phone is from tech’s stone age or you’re a professional photographer (a really serious one), you’re likely to say no to both. Fortunately, Hasselblad doesn’t care what you, I, or other regular folks think, and has released a monstrous 400-megapixel medium-format camera.

You read that correctly: The H6D-400c MS is a real camera with an incredibly high resolution output and equally astounding price tag. This behemoth costs a whopping US$ 47,995 or EUR 39,999 (and that’s only for the body without any lenses).

See it from all angles in this official video:

You’ll notice that the 53.4 x 40mm image sensor (that’s much larger than the full-frame sensors we’re accustomed to) has only 100 megapixels on it, but the 400-megapixel outputs actually come from a technique called multi-shot.

The camera takes four 100-megapixel shots with slight shifts in pixels to produce one 23200 x 17400-pixel photo, which is equal to 400 megapixels. As you can imagine, the file size would be massive — a single TIFF image is 2.4GB! You could easily fill up a 1TB hard disk during a single photo shoot.

This clearly isn’t for regular consumers. Only pros who need to capture every single detail of a subject and post-process on a large monitor would be interested in such a camera.

If you’ve reached this point and are seriously considering one, pre-orders are already being accepted and shipping begins in March.

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Quick look: Kodak’s instant cameras and printers

Kodak has cute gadgets they want you to try

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At CES 2018, we got to try out a number of Kodak devices — and by that, I mean we got to play with their instant cameras and printers!

Here’s what the famous camera brand has to offer:

PRINTOMATIC Instant Camera

Announced just last year, it’s the first Kodak-branded camera in recent years. This gadget instantly prints photos on sticker paper — a fun spin on yesteryears’ instant cameras (and pretty reminiscent of Polaroid’s Snap).

These cute devices use ZINK Photo Paper. It prints faster and there’s no ink involved! The PRINTOMATIC comes in original Kodak yellow and gray. It retails for US$ 70.

Mini Shot Instant Print Camera

This 10-megapixel instant camera does not only print sticker photos, it also houses a screen that allows you to preview and edit what you’re about to print. You can also connect to your phone via Bluetooth and edit away with the Kodak Mini Shot App.

Unlike the PRINTOMATIC, this teeny device uses an all-in-one ink and paper cartridge. Basically, it’s a tiny printer that does CMYK printing (how normal printers work) which ensures better quality prints. It comes in black, white, and the original Kodak yellow and retails for US$ 100.

Photo Printer Dock

A mini-printer designed specifically for your smartphone! You can dock you phone and print 4×6-inch photos. Aside from the dock, it’s Wi-Fi-enabled and has a USB port for transferring data. This device retails for US$ 140.

Mini Instant Photo Printer

This portable printer is even smaller. Connect with your phone via NFC Tap and Wi-Fi and voila, all the prints you want! It retails for US$ 100.

MORE ON CES 2018: GadgetMatch LIVE coverage

SEE ALSO: Polaroid Snap Touch Review: Print photos with a digital camera

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Panasonic Lumix GH5S is great for low-light photography

Get your wallets ready!

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Panasonic just announced the newest addition to its camera roster, and it will have content creators screaming, “take my money!”

Unveiled at CES 2018, the Lumix GH5S is a hybrid mirrorless camera and a variant of last year’s highly popular GH5.

The GH5S has half the number of megapixels, down from 20.3 to 10.2, but for good reason — larger pixels means better low-light performance. Sony does the same thing, offering its A7 full-frame mirrorless camera in a few skews, including its high-resolution (42.4MP) A7R and lower resolution/high ISO (12.2MP) A7S models.

Panasonic is also talking up new tech called Dual Native ISO that helps the camera achieve low-light photos and videos with less noise.

It’s also the world’s first 4K 60p video recording camera in Cinema 4K.

Better low-light performance, 4K video recording, and a flip-out screen (just like the Lumix GH5) — the Lumix GH5S is sounding like a content creator’s dream come true.

It will be available this February, and will retail for US$ 2,500 (body only) that’s US$ 500 more than the GH5.

MORE ON CES 2018: GadgetMatch LIVE coverage

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro review

 

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