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Sony RX0 is currently the most powerful ultra-compact camera

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Sony’s IFA 2017 event is not just about their new flagship smartphones. The Japanese company also unveiled a new action camera powered by a large 1-inch Exmor RS sensor — the Sony RX0.

Sony calls the RX0 as a “new type of camera which offers entirely new imaging possibilities for today’s creators,” although it highly resembles the likes of a GoPro action camera. Thanks to a remarkable engineering feat, photographer and enthusiasts will now be able to enjoy the acclaimed image quality of the Sony RX series in a robust and ultra-compact body.

The RX0 features a 1.0-type stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a BIONZ X image processor and wide-angle Zeiss Tessar 24mm f/4.0 fixed lens. It can save both RAW and JPEG stills and widely supported video formats. Sony promotes the Anti-Distortion Shutter feature that can shoot as fast as 1/32000 of a second with a maximum burst rate of 16fps.

As for video, it has super slow-motion capture at up to 960 frames per second and 4K clean HDMI output to external recorders. The camera also offers Picture Profile options and S-Log2, as well as Time Code / User Bit features.

The camera’s ultra-compact action camera body weighs just 110g and measures 59 x 40.5 x 29.8mm. It’s waterproof up to 10 meters deep, shockproof up to a two-meter drop, and crush-proof to 200kg of force. Rain, sand, dust, snow and other environmental elements are nothing for the RX0. Sony also managed to put in a tiny 1.5-inch LCD monitor onto its back.

The new Sony ultra-compact camera will ship in October 2017 with a price tag of approximately US$ 700.

SEE ALSO: Sony A9 mirrorless camera makes its way to the Philippines

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GoPro HERO 7 goes official with plethora of video and imaging features

The best GoPro yet

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GoPro HERO 7 lineup

After a rather quiet year, GoPro is back in the game! Well, they weren’t really gone but their presence in the action camera realm hasn’t been the same lately. To set off a great comeback, GoPro announced the HERO 7 action camera family. We not only have one or two new cameras to play with — we have three!

The main highlight is the HERO 7 Black which boasts in-camera HyperSmooth stabilization that’s said to rival those bulky gimbals. Then there’s the TimeWarp feature which will undeniably be popular for travel. The Black is also capable of online live streaming straight from the camera.

GoPro HERO 7 Black

GoPro’s best camera is capable of shooting 4K at 60fps or 1080p at 240fps slow-mo, but it’s not just for videos. It can also capture photos with a new smart scene recognition that applies necessary settings to get the best shot possible. It has better audio capture and supports hands-free voice commands, as well.

GoPro HERO 7 Silver

If the Black is too much for you, there’s the HERO 7 Silver. It’s cheaper but it lacks the HyperSmooth stabilization and 4K 60fps video recording. No worries, because GoPro said it still has a “significantly improved” video stabilization and other important features from the Black.

GoPro HERO 7 White

The most of basic of the bunch is the HERO 7 White. It boasts more or less the same features as the Silver model but it maxes out at just 1080p at 60fps. If you really just want to have a high-quality action camera for your trips, you can’t go wrong with this.

Here’s a simple table to help you understand more about the differences between the three new HERO 7 cameras from GoPro:

All three HERO 7 models are now available for pre-order, with retail launches starting on September 27 internationally. The high-end HERO 7 Black goes for US$ 399, the mid-tier HERO 7 Silver is at US$ 299, and the entry-level HERO 7 White is available for US$ 199.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi is thinking about acquiring GoPro

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Polaroid OneStep+ puts a modern twist to old-school photography

Don’t judge a camera by its vintage appearance

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As the throwback trend continues to be popular, print photos are coming back in style. And in a time where the Fujifilm Instax line has taken the world by storm, Polaroid jumps back in to take back the crown with their latest release, the Polaroid OneStep+.

Inspired by the 1977 OneStep model, the Polaroid OneStep+ takes the classic Polaroid camera and packs it with a bunch of cool features to pull it right into the late 2010s. You can still snap a photo instantly, just like old-school Polaroids, but now you can also use a new app that lets you do fancy stuff with your camera.

 

 

Remote Trigger, Self Timer, and Noise Trigger make it so that you can get the perfect group shot even without having to ask a stranger to take it. Give your photographs more character with Double Exposure and Light Painting. And enhance the quality of your captures with Portrait and Manual mode.

Just like that, your instant photography game just got much more elevated. And apart from the i-Type film that’s specially made for this line, you can use their 600 film which gives this new and innovative little machine even more of a vintage feel. For the price you pay, I think it’d be well worth it!

The Polariod OneStep+ is available now, and you can get it for US$ 159 on their website.

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Snap’s new Spectacles are here

And they actually look real good!

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The idea of having cameras built into eyeglasses has always been a great one. When Snap (creator of Snapchat) decided to make that a reality with Spectacles, it almost seemed like the greatest idea ever — except it only came in one style and it wasn’t a style I was particularly fond of.

When they released the Spectacles 2, the shades-camera combo came in more colors, but the same size. I still wasn’t sold.

But, Snap’s latest Spectacles release has me wanting the famed frames. Finally, the company has announced Specs I’m on board with. Introducing, the Nico specs:

There’s also the Veronica:

Now these glasses, I’d definitely wear! They feature the same 105-degree camera and the same LED light design found on previous Spectacles. Both are only available in black and retail for US$ 200 each.

BRB, getting these glasses!

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