Bublcam is a 360° HD video camera. It has 4 embedded camera lenses that surround the spherical device, which is slightly larger than a baseball. Four solid aluminum die-cast structural rings ensure that this camera is as rugged as can be. Capable of recording 1080p video on all four lenses, which can then be stitched together using proprietary software, or converted into equirectangular video. Bublcam can also capture stunning panoramic photos. The unit has built in Wi-Fi so you can live stream video directly to your PC or mobile device. Pre-Order ($499+CAD)
Filming yourself is not an easy task. The advent of action POV cameras such as the GoPro and Contour has helped amateur videographers catch themselves on tape without the help of a cameraman. These are great, but are usually only good for close shots either attached to the user or somewhere near, and only provide a fairly static shot. SOLOSHOT helps you get those long panning shots all by yourself, of yourself, automatically. Continue reading SOLOSHOT
The new Fuji Instax Mini 90 flagship instant film camera brings us back to the days of the classic instant camera, while keeping it modern with updated features. The Mini 90 has a classic look, which hearkens back to the days of the analog shooter. Fuji likes to call it a ‘NEO CLASSIC’ camera as it rolls together both old and new advanced technology, such as bulb and double exposures. Party Mode allows both the subject and the background to be brightly illuminated, for an all encompassing shot in low light situations. The Mini 90 also features adjustable brightness and macro capabilities. Bulb exposure mode allows you to take shots with the shutter open for up to 10 seconds. Double exposure mode allows you to superimpose two shots over each other for a cool visual effect. Buy ($222)
Olloclip has just come out with their new 4-in-1 lens system for the iPhone. This kit vastly improves your phone’s shooting abilities with the addition of 4 versatile lenses. The Fisheye Lens is great for shots where you need to capture 180° field-of-view. The Wide-Angle Lens allows you to get double the field-of-view of the standard iPhone camera. The 10x Macro Lens is for closeups. With an 18mm focus distance you can take crisp, detailed pictures of things up close. The 15x Macro Lens is for extreme closeups, and has a 12mm focus distance. The system uses precision ground glass multi-element optics for unparalleled image quality and lasting durability. Buy ($69.99)
The SkyBell is the best of both worlds when it comes to doorbells and peepholes. SkyBell is WiFi enabled and allows you to see, speak to, and hear the person at your door, wherever you are. Even if they don’t ring the bell, SkyBell has a motion sensor that will detect their presence and send you a notification that someone was at your door. It is designed to work in all climates, and the video feed can be enabled from anywhere. Know that your home is safe and secure when you’re away. Setup is easy, as SkyBell uses your existing doorbell wiring. The camera also has a night vision sensor and the unit is constructed from UV plastics, which prevent rust and don’t block WiFi signal. Buy ($169.95)
We’ve always been fans of GoPro’s line of action cameras, in fact we’ve written a few other posts on their cameras and accessories that utilize them, here, here, and here. This week they introduced the latest iteration of their camera line, the Hero3+ Black Edition. The is smaller, lighter, and faster than the already amazing Hero3 Black. You still get the same awesome features; 12MP photos, burst mode, up to 4K resolution. The 3+ also gives you 30% longer battery life, 4X faster WiFi connectivity, 20% smaller and lighter than previous models, a sharper lens, and vastly improved low light performance. All this in a camera that’s about the size of a box of matches. SuperView™ ‘captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective’. This is THE action sports camera. Buy ($399.99) Check out some footage after the jump. Continue reading GoPro Hero3+
The Easy-Macro, not to be confused with Kraft’s delicious Easy-Mac, is a great way to take very detailed close up photos on your smartphone. Simply wrap the band around your phone or table, line up the 4x magnification lens to your camera and you’ll be taking crisp macro photos in no time. The innovative design of basically a rubber band with a lens attached to it allows the Easy-Macro to fit almost any device while remaining small and easy to throw into a pocket or even a wallet when not in use. Check out some sample shots after the jump. Buy ($15) Continue reading Easy-Macro
Amazon has just introduced its newest generation of tablets with the Kindle Fire HDX. The completely re-engineered tablet comes in both 7″ and 8.9″ variants, and now has a stunning 2560×1600 (8.9″) HD display with perfect color accuracy, reduced glare and vastly improved brightness. Utilizing a quad core Snapdragon 800 Processor clocking in at 2.2GHz, the HDX is 3x as fast as its predecessor. The 11 hour battery life (17 if just reading) is quite robust. Optional 4G keeps you connected wherever you go. With the HDX, Amazon is introducing the ‘Mayday’ button; a 24 hour 365 days a year support center built right into the tablet. The HDX runs on a new OS, Fire 3.0 ‘Mojito’ which has hundreds of great new features. Buy ($229-$579)
We live in a society of being constantly connected and attached to our electronic devices. One downside of this, especially with our mobile phones is that the battery life can’t keep up with our needs. The SOOT Electropack is a bag system that meets your everyday needs with three different configurations: a small DSLR friendly messenger bag ($139 on Kickstarter with battery, $159 at launch); a larger, commuter focused backpack with a laptop sleeve ($159/$179); and when the two aforementioned bags are zipped together, a larger volume carry on perfect for carrying all your gear ($239/$299). It doesn’t end there. Each component of the Electropack is available with a 10,000mAh battery with dual USB charging ports. The marine vinyl construction is durable and weather resistant. The pack allows you to keep your devices charged and remain off the grid for up to two weeks! You can make this bag a reality by supporting their Kickstarter Campaign today! Continue reading SOOT Electropack
This Tuesday, September 24th Warner Brothers is releasing the Blu-Ray combo pack everyone has been waiting for: The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition. This incredible collection includes not only the three best Batman films ever produced, but a slew of other awesome extras and features. The extras include Mattel Hot Wheels models of the Bat, Batmobile, and Batpod. Continue reading The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition
We always seem to find the coolest bike related gadgets on Kickstarter. Check out our post on Revolights. This is no exception. The Rideye is a black box camera for your bike. The camera continuously records and saves the last 2.5 hours of video, so you can instantly have record of any incidents. With one touch of the button, you can stop the recording and instantly save the file. In the event of a crash, the blackbox sensor will automatically save the file. The best part is that you only need to charge the Rideye once a month. The 120° wide angle lens on the HD camera is sure to capture everything you encounter. Crafted from aircraft-grade hard-anodized aluminum, the water resistant camera makes for quite a durable package. The Rideye will be available March 2014 for $149. Preorder now. Check out some Rideye footage after the jump.
Samsung recently debuted its entrant to the smart watch race, the Galaxy Gear. This wrist piece acts not only as a watch, but as a notification and input device linked to your smart phone (currently only the Galaxy Note 3). The Gear allows you to leave your phone in your pocket while answering calls, checking messages, and tweaking your schedule. With its built in camera, Gear allows you to instantly take photos and share them with your friends. Other features, such as auto lock, find my device, weather, pedometer and media controller make this a perfect companion to your phone. The Gear comes in six colors. Buy($299)
The DJI Phantom is one of the nicest looking and most affordable ($479 on Amazon) multi-rotor aerial filming systems on the market today. It’s lightweight ready to fly design make for a easy set up; all you have to do is attach the propellers, charge the battery pack and add batteries to the remote control and you’re off. The flight range is 300 meters, but if the Phantom does go out of range, the autopilot system will take over and the unit will automatically fly back to its designated home base. This is all made possible by the Naza-M + GPS integrated flight dynamics system. The Phantom comes with an integrated mount for a GoPro, so you can get that impossible shot. Get yours today. Continue reading DJI Phantom Quadrotor with GoPro Mount
Today Apple announced the new updated iPhone 5S and the brand new iPhone 5C, which will be the first new device to come with Apple’s completely redesigned operating system, iOS7. Brace yourselves, this post will be a bit more technically meaty than reviews of the past. The big upgrade is in iOS7, which has been completely gone over and re imagined from it’s predecessor, iOS6.
The new iPhone 5C will basically have the guts of the iPhone 5 in a cheaper, plastic package. It will be available in a variety of colors and will have a higher capacity battery. The 5C will cost $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB version. Continue reading iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
I recently acquired a GoPro Hero 1080 HD $259 at GoPro camera and all accessories that are sold for it, and I must say I am quite impressed with some of the images this little device can capture. The basic principle of the tiny camera is a rough tough go anywhere, plastic encased unit that outperforms most in it’s segment.