Photokina 2016

  • Camera manufacturers, you’re still missing the point. Be better.

    Camera manufacturers, you’re still missing the point. Be better.

    Spotted at Photokina, the world’s largest photography trade show: A professional photographer, taking a photo, then taking a picture off the back of their camera to share the photograph on Facebook. It’s not that unusual an occurrence, but it served as the perfect parable on quite how vigorously the camera manufacturers have self-copulated themselves into oblivion. Read More

  • Hands-on with Pictar, which adds buttons and wheels to your iPhone camera

    Hands-on with Pictar, which adds buttons and wheels to your iPhone camera

    There’s no denying that your smartphone’s camera is getting better and better for every generation, but what’s a poor photography nerd to do about controllability? Miggo’s Kickstarter-funded Pictar is shipping soon, and might be just the thing to teach your iPhone some additional photography skills. At Photokina, I had a chance to try it myself. Read More

  • Podo’s $50 Bluetooth camera makes smartphone photography fun again

    Podo’s $50 Bluetooth camera makes smartphone photography fun again

    After a smash-hit success crowdfunding campaign last year, Podo is back to do it all over again with the sequel to its Cruel Intentions-inspired camera. Turning any surface into an impromptu tripod with its sticky-backed superpowers, the $49 Podo already zoomed past its $50,000 crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. Read More

  • Fotr forces you to print every iPhone photo you take

    Fotr forces you to print every iPhone photo you take

    When was the last time you printed a photo? Well, Fotr is a new iPhone app that wants to turn that trend on its head, by automatically printing every photo you take. The idea is to bring back an aspect of analog photography: shoot fewer, but higher-quality photos. Read More

  • Polaroid’s digital camera with a built-in printer is best avoided

    Polaroid’s digital camera with a built-in printer is best avoided

    Polaroid’s shiny new camera with a built-in Nink printer, the Snap Touch, is available on pre-sale today, although if my experiences with it at Photokina are anything to go by, it’s probably not worth your hard-earned cash. Run the other way, and buy yourself an Instax Mini 70 instead, for the same price. Read More

  • PicsArt adds Prisma-like effects to photos and video

    PicsArt drizzles Prisma-style magic on your pics and videos

    PicsArt today launched a brand new pair of apps for iOS, adding Prisma-like effects for photographs and videos to the visually stimulating toolbox that lives inside your phone. The company also launches a Remix Me feature, turning photo adjustments into a social experiment not entirely unlike what we saw with the now-defunct Dubble app. Read More

  • Ghostdrone has one-year klutz-insurance and beginner-friendly controls

    Ghostdrone has one-year klutz-insurance and beginner-friendly controls

    Not one for the self-conscious, Ghostdrone 2.0 VR from Ehang adds a new twist to flying an UAV around. Rather than using a traditional controller, to fly the Ghostdrone VR, the user dons a headset to get a point-of-view perspective of what the drone is seeing. The drone is controlled by gestures, touch commands and tilting of a smartphone, while the camera is controlled by the headset. Read More

  • Joby proves that selfie sticks can, indeed, get sillier

    Joby proves that selfie sticks can, indeed, get sillier

    Whenever you see wide shots of a TV audience, you see huge contraptions with cameras on them, enabling TV folks to create fantastic swooping shots. If you want some of that in your life, Joby can help with its Action Jib kit. It’s great to get close to the action and to make the people around you think you’ve lost your mind by sporting the most outrageous selfie stick ever. Read More

  • Orangemonkie makes your Etsy and eBay photos less crap

    Orangemonkie makes your Etsy and eBay photos less crap

    As any Etsy seller will tell you, photography is up there with the top most important parts of your sales listing. And yet, there’s a load of sellers who are great at making doo-dahs, but who post photos that are, frankly, embarrassing. Orangemonkie fixes that with smart and easy-to-use lightboxes and turntables, making photography fool-proof for online sellers. Read More

  • To make good VR, you need good VR content. Z Cam is eager to help

    To make good VR, you need good VR content. Z Cam is eager to help

    Z Cam just launched its S1 camera. Aimed at the VR crowd, it captures four perfectly synchronized 4K streams for high-end 360 video recording. The company is gunning for GoPro’s $15k Odyssey rig. Z Cam’s team claims that its sleek four-eyed beast can match Odyssey’s video quality at a tenth of the price, with far shorter post-processing times and the option for real-time… Read More

  • With Kúla Bebe, any smartphone is a 3D camera

    With Kúla Bebe, any smartphone is a 3D camera

    If you spotted the iPhone 7 Plus launch and hung your head in sadness because the dual lenses weren’t for 3D photography, Kúla’s new Bebe might be the solution you’re looking for. The product splits your lens in half, taking a photo from two different angles at once, turning it into a 3D scene. Read More

  • Foolography adds tech your camera should have had in the first place

    Foolography adds tech your camera should have had in the first place

    With Unleashed, Foolography is launching the smartest SLR camera remote control yet. Instead of using the camera’s remote control port or trying to futz about with Wi-Fi, the company chose a third option… Using a custom Bluetooth dongle that plugs into the camera’s USB port and leaches power from its HDMI port, Unleashed unlocks the power of your camera from your smartphone. Read More

  • Hands-on with Leica Sofort instant camera

    Hands-on with Leica Sofort instant camera

    Leica, the company best known for its soul-fryingly expensive, lovingly hand-crafted high-end rangefinder cameras, recently launched the Sofort. It’s a $300 Polaroid-style instant camera that aims to “make photography tangible.” When getting up close and tangible, it turns out that the camera is lovely and all, but ultimately too expensive and not as Leica-like as some… Read More

  • Sony asserts its place at the grownups’ table with new flagship SLR camera

    Sony asserts its place at the grownups’ table with new flagship SLR camera

    At the Photokina trade show, Sony launched a long-awaited followup to its aging flagship SLR camera. The Sony A99 II sports high-resolution sensors, 5-axis image stabilization, a raft of high-end video features and a hefty price-tag to match. The camera is putting its proverbial foot down as a force to be reckoned with in the high-end SLR market that has historically been dominated by Canon… Read More

  • Launching three new cameras, Nikon plunges deep into VR and action cams

    Launching three new cameras, Nikon plunges deep into VR and action cams

    In launching its Keymission series of cameras, Nikon is bringing the fight to the doorstep of action cameras and VR camera makers. The cameras range from chest-wearable cams, borderline GoPro clones and the most interesting item of the bunch: 360-degree cameras. Read More