Dear Giz, I'm interested in getting a camera that has a remote control to take self-portraits. What do you recommend? I don’t mind something easy to be used, it doesn’t need to be super high-tech, and I don’t like bulky cameras. Also is there some sort of mini tripod that goes with the camera? One I can put on a desk. Or do I need a regular tripod? I'm on a budget, I can spend maybe up to $2k all up? Eek, is that impossible?
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Sony's brand new A9 is the most advanced camera that the company has ever made. In a lot of ways, it's the most advanced camera ever. It's a hell of a lot of power in a relatively small and unassuming camera. It's built for the highest of high-end professionals, sports photographers with the need for speed and the need for quality. It can fire off 20 frames in a single second, before you even realise that you're pressing the shutter button.
I, however, am just some Guy With Camera; I do not deserve a camera of this quality and with this feature-set. Nonetheless, here's what I learned in my time with a $7000 camera and even more than that again in high-end lenses.
So many people these days carry their GoPros around with them on holiday — walk around Sydney's Circular Quay, near the Gizmodo office, and you'll see them on selfie sticks, on little waterproof handles, and in holidaymakers' hands, using them as compact wide-angle cameras. But they're a little small and unwieldy to snap photos with; the Exo GP-1 wants to change that with a custom housing that includes a shutter button, viewfinder and cold-shoe accessory mount.
Your camera does a great job of snapping clean, clear photographs whether you're in bright daylight or out in less desirable lighting conditions like dim twilight or inside a dark room. But that's regular, normal, everyday photography — it's easy, right? Why not test your skills and try some long exposures, whether it's at night or during the day, and give the beautiful classical-meets-high-tech art form of light painting a go. Here's what you need to know to get started.
If you find your camera's 'kit' lens — the lens that was included in the box — isn't cutting the mustard, try to work out what you're not happy about. Is it not focusing fast enough, or is it struggling to focus on close-up subjects? Do you need a wider zoom range, or can you choose a lens that's designed purely for ultra-wide landscape photos or telephoto paparazzi-style bird-watching?
Self-driving smart cars might still be years away, but the technology that makes them so smart is already benefitting drivers. Ford is currently perfecting a headlight system that uses infra-red cameras to illuminate unexpected curves and hazards on the road ahead that might be invisible to drivers otherwise.
Got a new digital camera? Impressed with some of the photos you can capture with it? Here's a hot tip — with a bit of effort, you can make them look even better with the power of the RAW image format and a handy PC or laptop. This is everything you need to know to get started with RAW processing and make your photos really stand out from the crowd.
Thinking of buying a new digital camera? If you get the right one, you'll be able to do more than just take photos — you can open up a whole new world of incredibly high-resolution 4K video recording. Shooting 4K Ultra HD video can get you some incredibly detailed footage that'll look great whatever you're filming.
Sigma hasn't made headlines recently, but the company's new 24-35mm F2 lens will certainly get your attention. Why? According to the company, it's the first full-frame lens to offer "constant aperture of F2 throughout the zoom range".
Your digital camera has become far more than just a tool for snapping birthday pics. It's a full-on portable cinematography tool. And with Edelkrone's new compact Pocket Skater 2 dolly, you can easily capture professional-looking tracking or moving shots.
Action cameras are all the rage right now — and the little HTC Re proved that you don't have to have a huge video-recording heritage to make a miniature camcorder that is fun to use. Along those lines, Panasonic's little bullet-shaped HX-A1 action camera is cheap and cheerful, and can even record in the dead of night.
Panasonic's new mirrorless camera — the Lumix DMC-G7 — shoots 4K video, has smart 'Starlight AF' contrast-based autofocus, and the company's latest 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor. It's just as powerful as a digital SLR at a significantly smaller size, and it's coming to Australia within a month.