Camera Stories March 15

expiredFujifilm’s Instax Instant Camera returns to an Amazon low of $45 shipped (Reg. up to $55)

Amazon is offering the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera for $44.99 shipped. That’s $10 off the going rate at Walmart and is a match for Amazon’s all-time low. I remember the days when you’d have to take film in to be developed. Truth be told, there was a bit of fun in the anticipation of wondering how photos would turn out. Then came cameras that allowed you to print photos without needing to make a trip to the store. This Fujifilm camera lets you re-experience your childhood and get physical copies of your photos. Rated 4.2/5 stars and an Amazon #1 best-seller in instant cameras.

Camera Stories January 30

Not only is Panasonic’s new HomeHawk FLOOR a strange device, but the debut of said product is also a bit odd. I feel this way because the company is testing the waters through a new Indiegogo campaign. While it is not rare for large companies to test the reception of a new product on a crowdfunding site, it is certainly not a common practice.

The HomeHawk FLOOR’s greatest strength is also its biggest weakness. This is its ability to blend in without making folks feel like they are being watched. While this is a step forward in many ways, it is also a tad creepy. expand full story

Camera Stories August 28, 2018

If you take photos or videos with standalone cameras, chances are you have to deal with SD Cards on a regular basis. That’s because, like it or not, SD Cards are by far the most popular medium for photo and video storage on standalone cameras.

SD Cards have advantages: they are small, easy to acquire, and relatively cheap, but they also have some major issues. For instance, the achilles heel of an SD Card is its lack of durability. For a medium that stores memories of events that are often impossible to replicate, SD Cards are way too fragile for my tastes.

Sony is looking to change this with its new Tough-branded lineup of speedy UHS-II-enabled SD Cards. The branding is apt, because these cards are bend-proof, drop-proof, water-proof, and dust-proof. expand full story

Camera Stories May 11, 2018

expiredPanasonic’s DMC-TS30 lets you snap underwater photos for $100 (Reg. $140)

Update 5/16: This deal is no longer available at Amazon, but is still available at B&H.

Amazon is currently offering the Panasonic DMC-TS30R LUMIX Active Lifestyle Tough Camera (Red) for $99.99 shipped. Also available at B&H. That’s $38+ off the going rate BuyDig or Rakuten and is only $1 more than the lowest price we have seen. Keep your expensive smartphone safe this summer by snapping potentially dangerous photos with a budget-friendly camera. Rated 3.5/5 stars.

Camera Stories April 26, 2018

I use a pair of trusty Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod legs combined with a 701HDV Manfrotto fluid head for video work. While both of these items have been replaced with updated versions, this tripod setup has remained a workhorse for me for almost a decade.

Tripods are useful for all sorts of things, but at their core, they’re an essential way to stabilize a camera for photos or video. Combined with a video-centric fluid head, a tripod can be used to to pull off smooth pan and tilt moves, things that can add a dynamic element to your videos. Although fluid heads can do a decent enough job on their own, there’s one trick that I’ve used consistently over the years to improve my pans, and it involves a simple and inexpensive rubber band. Watch our brief hands-on video for more details. expand full story

Camera Stories April 24, 2018

expiredSnag a YI Discovery 4K Action Camera for the Amazon all-time low of $45 (Reg. $60)

Seeverything (98% positive all-time feedback) via Amazon is currently offering the YI Discovery Action Camera for $44.99 shipped when coupon code AN2L4WTX is applied at checkout. This is $15 off the regular price and matches the lowest that we have ever seen. Rated 4/5 stars.

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