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.

Camera Stories April 18, 2018

It is very likely that your current smartphone takes better photos than the antiquated digital camera collecting dust in your basement. GoPro is hoping to cash in on that by launching a digital camera trade-in program that will net customers $50 credit towards a HERO6 Black or $100 towards a Fusion. expand full story

Camera Stories January 8, 2018

Low light shooters who find the GH5’s low light capabilities a bit underwhelming might find their needs met by the just-announced GH5s. Panasonic, who announced its new camera at CES 2018, has created a Micro Four Thirds shooter featuring a new 10.28MP Multi Aspect Ratio MOS Sensor, dual native ISO 400 and ISO 2500, and built-in V-Log L. expand full story

Camera Stories December 1, 2017

As a big fan of Atomos products, I was enthralled when the company revealed the Sumo 19 — its biggest monitor yet. The Sumo 19, as its name alludes to, is massive when compared to most Atomos monitors/recorders. It features a 19-inch (diagonal) touch screen, with a partially aluminum chassis, and plenty of input and output options.

The Atomos Sumo is quite a load when compared to the smaller 7-inch monitors in Atomos’ portfolio. The Sumo weighs in at 12 pounds without the included metal feet attached, and features dimensions of 19.8″ x 12.2″ x 2.5″.

It’s the size of the unit, and its sheer growth potential as a multi-input machine that makes the Atomos Sumo worth considering for in studio work. In my short time with the Sumo, its become the primary way for me to monitor each camera that I use. It’s also what I use to record high quality ProRes 422 HQ footage directly to an SSD, making it super-easy to edit footage in post. expand full story

Camera Stories November 5, 2017

Be prepared for family pictures with a Sony 1080P camera for $300 (Reg. $370)

Amazon currently has the Sony DSCHX80/B High Zoom Point & Shoot Camera on sale for $298 shipped. Also at Best Buy. This camera is normally close to $370 and is at an all-time low on Amazon right now.

Camera Stories October 18, 2017

Canon has been a common household name when it comes to cameras for years. Its latest camera announcement, the PowerShot G1 X MK3, brings something new to the point-and-shoot table. With the announcement of the PowerShot G1 X MK3, Canon showed the world that they’re serious in the point-and-shoot space. By including the acclaimed Canon 24.2MP APS-C sensor from their DSLR lineup, they did yet another thing to set this camera apart. Canon claims that the sensor can shoot “breathtaking, nuanced images with wide dynamic range, amazing detail, and low noise, even at high ISOs.”

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Camera Stories September 28, 2017

Panasonic recently released its highly-anticipated firmware update for the Lumix GH5 mirrorless camera. This update brings many new features and fixes to the table, and can now be downloaded and installed on the GH5.

We’ve gone hands-on with the GH5 several times before, as it is one of the best values right now in mirrorless cameras as far as features are concerned. There are also excellent native lens options, like the 12-35mm f/2.8, which is a flexible constant aperture zoom lens. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of my favorite new features made possible by the 2.0 firmware update. expand full story

Camera Stories August 3, 2017

If you own a camera with an interchangeable lens, like the Panasonic GH5, then I highly recommend investing in an inexpensive neutral density filter, even if you don’t plan on regularly using one. Neutral density (ND) filters, which are often described as sunglasses for your lens, allow the lens’ aperture to remain wide open, or the shutter speed to remain low, while in bright shooting environments.

ND filters, in effect, let you capture certain types of shots without overexposing them. Photographers often find them helpful for low shutter speed work, but for my workflow I sometimes use an ND for shooting videos wide open in bright conditions. Have a look at our brief hands-on video inside for more details. expand full story

Camera Stories May 25, 2017

If you’re a new GH5 owner and still debating on which lenses to get, then this post is for you. Of course, much will depend on your personal needs and budget, but in many cases it’s hard to go wrong with the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 II. expand full story

Camera Stories December 13, 2016

Get serious about security: Foscam Outdoor HD Security Cam w/Motion Detection, Night Vision and Cloud Storage: $70 shipped

Here’s a great deal at Amazon on an excellent Foscam Outdoor 720P HD Security IP Camera (model FI9800P) with Motion Detection, Night Vision and Cloud Storage for $69.99 shipped. This camera usually hovers around $100 but we’ve never seen it below $80 before. Features:

  • Industry Standard, Foscam use H.264 video compression algorithm to satisfy the transmission of 720P HD video in narrow bandwidth network
  • Wider IR Range at Night,30 powerful IR-LEDs for IR range up to 66 feet, ensuring a clear view even in the dark and night vision range up to 20m
  • Totally Waterproof, IP66 weatherproof aluminum shell for protection against weather effects and there is no worry in rainy days
  • Motion Detection Alarm, Get notified when there’s motion detected either via e-mail or FTP, or directly to your Foscam APP,support Foscam Cloud Storage
  • Compatible with Windows PC and Apple Mac Web Browsers (IE, Firefox, and Safari) as well as iOS and Android mobile devices

Camera Stories July 20, 2016

Modern smartphones are awesome for taking photos and videos, but I still prefer to use a standalone camera when I’m working.

I’ve had all sorts of cameras in past, most of them of the DLSR or mirrorless variety. The common thread with all of my past standalone cameras was that they were always much larger than the average smartphone.

After owning a phone with a camera for the last 10 years, I desired a standalone camera that featured similar portability. There are lots of pocketable point-and-shoots available on the market, but none of them check off as many bullet-points and feature the visual fidelity of Sony’s RX100 IV.

Sony’s venerable RX100 is legendary for the amount of features that it manages to jam inside of such a small form factor, and the latest model doesn’t disappoint. expand full story

Camera Stories June 23, 2016

Headlined by Leica’s retro-styled cameras, Europe has been cranking out beautiful equipment over the last few years. The latest of which comes from Sweden’s own Hasselblad. Known for its high-end offerings, the newest creation out of Gothenburg has a sleek design alongside a gorgeous touchscreen display. The X1D is a medium format mirrorless camera that is made by hand with the promise of a “handling experience unlike any other”…and a $9,000 price tag.

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Camera Stories May 30, 2016

expiredPiper Smart Home Security Cam w/ night vision & iOS/Android notifications: $175 shipped (Reg. $280)

Amazon is offering the Piper nv Smart Home Security System Camera in white for $174.99 shipped. That’s $105 under the regular price, the lowest Amazon has ever offered it for, and the best we can find. It still fetches $280 at just about all major retailers including B&H, Home Depot and more.

With no monthly fees or contracts required, this system offers high-res, 180-degree video (live and recorded) with night vision, motion/sound detection, 2-way audio, 105 dB siren, and text/email alerts to your smartphone or tablet (iOS and Android). Rated 3.8/5 stars from nearly 500 Amazon customers.

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