Technology’s something, ain’t it? One day you’ve never even heard of a 360-degree camera, the next there’s a thriving market for them. After we checked out the Bublcam yesterday, there’s now some stiff competition from the Panono ($600). The price is $150 more, but there are some reasons why, including 72 megapixel pictures and a design that promises ruggedness for those ‘Whoopsie!’ moments. You throw it in the air, and when the ball is at its highest point and barely moving, 36 tiny cameras fire all at once. Viewing the pic is as easy as moving your phone or tablet in the direction you want to see. It should probably also be noted that, if you’re a subpar typist, it’d be very easy to spell ‘Panono’ as ’Panini,’ the flat sandwich that rarely has cameras inside it.
Gear By on Nov 12, 2013
Xbox may be phasing out the 360 name, but here’s an object that’s all about the full circle. The bublcam ($450 CAD) is the world’s most innovative 360º camera, able to capture 14 mega pixel spherical photos and videos at 1080p at 15 fps and 720p at 30fps from all around you. Couple the ability to look anywhere with Wi-fi and you get a pretty great security camera option too. And we gotta imagine there will be much fewer red rings of death with this 360.
Gear By on Nov 6, 2013
Nikon’s Df ($2,750) looks like it could’ve been Peter Parker’s dad’s camera, but no, it’s brand new and it shoots like a modern day marvel (lower case). With a full-frame sensor, 3.2-inch, 921k-dot LCD, and the ability to match up with a wide variety of lenses (even going back as far as 1959), your 16.2-megapixel shots will arrive with more retro style than the Brooklyn Dodgers brought to LA.
Gear By on Oct 17, 2013
Like a mama seal watching her pup balance its first ball on its nose, Sony is proudly introducing its A7 and A7R cameras, calling them ”the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens models.” Weighing just a pound or so each, it’s quite impressive that the A7 (body only $1,700) and A7R bring full-frame sensors to the table, and thus much better low light performance than smaller sensor cameras. It’s the breakthrough equivalent of the aforementioned seal growing legs, then flipper-dribbling that ball between those shiny wet gams.
Gear By on Oct 14, 2013
Chief Apple designer Jony Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson have conspired to concoct this beauty of an aluminum full-frame camera based on Leica’s M model. To be sold at a charity auction next month, the limited edition Leica features a 50mm f/2 lens and a “laser machined aluminum body and anodized aluminum outer shell.” Proceeds will go towards the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Gear By on Oct 3, 2013
GoPro knows you”re not content to simply wear their rough and rugged HD cameras while jet skiing or bungee jumping; no, you wanna jet ski as you bungee jump. But to do that you’re gonna need an even more GoPro-ier camera. The new Hero3+ ($329) is up to the task, coming in 20% smaller than its predecessor and with a new lens that GoPro says will result in 33% sharper videos. The battery is also expected to last 30% longer, and that’ll come in handy if it’s a really long bungee cord.
Gear By on Oct 1, 2013
Hummingbird sex is perhaps the most beautiful sight in the world. We say “perhaps” because, well, no one has actually ever seen those speedy little creatures get freaky. But let’s face it, we all want to. Bad. Now, thanks to the edgertronic ($4,495) super high-speed video camera, that dream is about to become a reality. With its innards of a specialized CMOS image sensor, ultra high-speed electronics, memory, and image processing electronics, the edgertronic promises to shoot Hollywood-style slo-mo video at very high resolutions. Whether it’s the seams on a 88-mph fastball or a hummingbird’s erect junk, amazing high-speed video just got one step closer to your home. Hallelujah.