Camera Stories May 11

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

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

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

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

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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Camera Stories April 26, 2016

expiredFoscam 720P Indoor Wireless IP Security Camera $49 shipped (Reg. $60)

Newegg is offering the Foscam C1 Indoor 720p wireless security camera for $48.99 shipped. That’s $11 off the regular sale price/ Amazon’s listing and the lowest we can currently find for it.

Features include: the ability to connect with a smartphone just by scanning the QR code on the back of the camera, 720p HD video, 115° viewing angle and night vision. Rated 3.5/5 stars by over 450 Amazon shoppers. 

Camera Stories March 31, 2016

expiredDaily Deals: LYTRO Illum Light Field Digital Camera $320, Samsung Streaming 4K Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player $90, more

In today’s Daily Deals, we have from B&H the LYTRO Illum Light Field Digital Camera for $319.95 shipped. That’s $180 off the original list price, $73 less than Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we’ve seen by $15. It has a 40 Megaray Light Field CMOS sensor (max resolution of 2450×1634), 8x zoom lens (30-250mm equivalent) at f/2, 4-inch touchscreen LCD, and 1/4000 maximum shutter speed. Rated 3.2/5 stars from 72 Amazon shoppers.

More new deals for today:Samsung Streaming 4K Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player $90 (Orig. $180) | Best Buy

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Camera Stories February 29, 2016

expiredDaily Deals: HUBSAN X4 Mini Quadcopter with 720p Camera $50, Logitech Wireless Keyboard & Mouse $20, more

In today’s Daily Deals, we have from B&H the HUBSAN X4 Mini H107C+ Quadcopter with 720p Camera for $49.99 shipped. That’s half off the original list price and $30 less than Amazon’s current listing. It features a 720p camera for taking video/photos, 4-Channel 2.4 GHz transmitter, microSD card receives camera footage, and it has an altitude hold mode for easy hovering. Rated 4.2/5 stars by Amazon shoppers.

More new deals for today:

Logitech MK320 Wireless Multimedia Keyboard and Optical Mouse $20 (Orig. $40) | Staples

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Camera Stories February 21, 2016

expiredDaily Deals: Lytro ILLUM Light Field Camera $335, Logitech MFi PowerShell Controller for iPhone 5/5s $10, more

In today’s Daily Deals, we have from Electronics.Woot the Lytro ILLUM 40 Megaray Light Field Camera for $330 + $5 shipping. That’s 79% off the original list price, $70 less than Amazon and the lowest we’ve seen by $55.

“Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing your average static 2D image. But the Illum’s cutting-edge technology records the direction of these rays, generating images you can later refocus, change perspective within, or view in 3D. You can essentially revisit the scene of the photo—meaning you’ll never miss snapping the perfect shot again.” Rated 3.3/5 stars from Amazon customers.

More new deals for today:

Logitech PowerShell Controller with Battery for iPhone 5/5s $10 (Reg. $20) | Daily Steals

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Camera Stories February 17, 2016

expiredAmazon offers the DxO 20.2MP Lightning iPhone/iPad Camera for $380 shipped (Reg. $490+)

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering the DxO ONE 20.2MP Digital Connected Camera for iPhone and iPad for $379.99 shipped (matched on Best Buy’s official eBay Store). That’s $220 below the original $600 price tag, $20 under our previous mention, the lowest Amazon has offered it for and the best price we can find by $200 or more. Rated 3.7/5 stars from nearly 80 Amazon customers.

Camera Stories February 1, 2016

expiredHTC RE 16-Megapixel Waterproof Digital Camera $50 shipped (Reg. $90+)

Verizon Wireless is offering the HTC RE 16.0 MP waterproof camera for $49.99 shipped. That’s $150 off the original list price, $42 less than Amazon’s current listing and $25 less than our daily deals mention from 2 months ago.

The HTC RE allows for 1-handed operation and has a grip sensor that turns the camera on automatically. It also lets you stream live video to YouTube. Over 200 Best Buy shoppers rated it 4.1/5 stars

Camera Stories January 18, 2016

expiredAukey 3-in-1 clip-on phone or tablet camera lens kit $10 Prime shipped (Reg. $20)

Aukey Direct via Amazon offers the Aukey 3-in-1 Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit for $19.99, but when you use the code REDN77IA the price drops to $9.99 Prime shipped. That’s $10 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen it offered at Amazon.

There are 3 detachable mini lenses you can use on smartphones and tablets to enhance your camera capabilities. The package includes a fish-eye lens, macro/wide-angle lens combo, 2 clips, lens cloth, and a 24-month warranty.

Amazon customers gave it 4.3/5 stars.

Camera Stories January 15, 2016

expiredLowepro Urban Reporter Camera Messenger Bags: 150 $24 (Orig. $120), 250 $40 (Orig. $140), more

Best Buy via eBay has the Lowepro Urban Reporter 150 Camera Messenger Bag for $19.99 + $3.99 shipping. That’s $100 off the original list price, $9 less than Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we can find. It has a shoulder strap, detachable grip handle, and can hold a DSLR, two lenses, and accessories. Amazon shoppers gave it 4.7/5 stars.

We also found at Best Buy the Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 Camera Bag for $39.99 shipped. That’s $100 of the list and the lowest we’ve seen for this bag. It has a padded, removable camera insert for flexible storage and a compartment that accommodates a laptop up to 13 inches. Amazon shoppers rated it 4.8/5 stars.

We still have the Timbuk2 Alchemist Fatigue Laptop Messenger bag for $40 (Orig. $119) from Newegg Flash.

Camera Stories January 11, 2016

expiredAnker Tech Prime shipped: 13,000mAh Dual-USB Power Bank $25, Wireless Network Camera $60, LED Desk Lamp $26, more

AnkerDirect via Amazon offers the Anker Astro Dual USB 13,000mAh Portable power bank in red or yellow for $32.99, but if you use the code WRS5DIQV the price drops to $24.99 Prime shipped. That’s $8 off the regular sale price and the lowest price we’ve seen it since last spring. It can charge the iPhone 6 five times, the iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy S5 over three times or the iPad Air once. Over 6,000 Amazon shoppers gave it 4.6/5 stars.

Also Amazon has the AnkerCam Wi-Fi Wireless Camera Video Monitoring IP/Network Camera for $99.99, but when you use the code FQJ4OJKE the price drops to $59.99 shipped. That’s $40 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen it at Amazon. The cam lets you stream 720p video with 110-degree view straight from your home to your smartphone, tablet or computer with the AnkerCam iOS and Android apps. It received 4.1/5 stars from Amazon shoppers. 

We also found the following desk lamps on sale from Anker:

Anker Lumos A1 LED Desk Lamp/Table Lamp for $29.99, but if you use the code JKCOICF6 the price drops to $25.99 Prime shipped. That’s $4 off the regular price and the lowest we can find for it. The lamp allows you to choose from 4 dimming levels using touch-control. A rotating base, double-hinged arm and swivelling LED panel ensure you’re able to get the best lighting angle. The built-in base stabilizer is optimized to ensure agility and stability at the same time.

Amazon shoppers gave it 4.8/5 stars.

Anker Lumos LED Desk Lamp / Table Lamp with USB Charging Port (Eye-Caring Panel Design, 4 Modes w/ 5 Dimming Levels) for $42.99, but when you use the code 4MGLSJW7 the price drops to $34.99 Prime shipped.

It received 4.6/5 stars from Amazon shoppers. 

Camera Stories January 6, 2016

expiredGoPro HERO4 Silver Action Camera: $310 shipped (Orig. $400)

Adorama via eBay offers the GoPro HERO4 Silver Camera with Built-In Touch Display/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth for $309.99 shipped. That’s $90 off the original list price, $29 less than Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we’ve seen.

This GoPro has a built-in touch display that lets you adjust settings, frame your shots, and play back photos and videos. It can “capture 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 fps” and with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi you can control it with the Smart Remote or GoPro App on your iOS or Android devices. It’s the best selling action video camera at Amazon and over 1,100 customers gave it 4.4/5 stars.

Need accessories for your new GoPro? We have the best GoPro HERO4 action camera accessories, mounts, storage, and more.

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