If you’ve bought (or been bought) or are buying a digital SLR camera you may have already discovered that the camera itself is just one of the many things you need to make the most of it. While some are just nice to have, others are absolute essentials. In this guide we will look at both kinds; those accessories that you should not consider buying a camera without and those which you may want to put on a “wish-list” for another day.
In today’s photographic environment where photographers may have to carry a range of camera, video and computer gear and turn their hand to more than just taking pictures, a modular system that can be adapted on a shoot by shoot basis makes perfect sense, so it’s no surprise that Lowepro have revamped their Street and Field gear in the form of the new S&F Series.
I shall start by getting straight to the point; I wanted to buy a tough camera that could accompany me on my climbing, walking and canoeing trips and I’d narrowed my choice down to one of 4 point and shoot cameras; the Panasonic FT3, the Fuji XP30, the Olympus TG-810 and the Pentax WG-1 GPS. As such, in an act of selfless generosity I offered to review of all four during a trip to Scotland to climb Ben Nevis.
It’s often argued that in order to end up with great images, you need to ensure that you’re capturing the right colours to start with in the camera. Looking like a cross between a camera filter and a snow-globe, the ColorRight Pro promises to be “the ultimate white balance solution” and is the latest white balance tool to find itself in my camera bag.
“As seen on BBC One’s ‘Lost Land of the Tiger’”. That’s what the publicity blurb says, so as I consider how I’m going to set about testing and reviewing the Bushnell Trophy Cam, I can’t help but feel that any footage I get is going to be somewhat dull by comparison. Still, I’m sure I can find something to do with it – just one question; what exactly is the Bushnell Trophy Cam?
The air above us is busy now, as we walk along conversations and vital information (mostly witless Facebook updates I think) flies over our heads as we travel about. That’s fun, but working wi-fi is normally static so what’s the wandering photographer to do? Like Neo in the Matrix we need a way to get back to the wizard. Enter the Cradlepoint PHS300 3G/4G mobile WiFi hotspot!
You can be forgiven for not having come across the diminutive GoPro HD Hero before – it’s not what you might call a main-stream camera. Put simply, it’s a small, compact and easy to use HD camcorder and stills camera, capable of recording video in full 1080P high definition or capturing great quality 5 megapixel still photos. So what exactly is it that makes the HD Hero worthy of note? In a word, this…
Image Stabilized binoculars have been around for a while and continue to be very popular, so clearly this technology is more than just a gimmick. To see just what a difference Image Stabilising makes I was loaned a pair of Canon’s 8×25 IS binoculars for a weekend in the Lake District. This would be the first time I had spent any quality time with a pair of image stabilised binoculars, so I was interested to find out what I would make of them.
If a picture paints a thousand words, then a video must equate to an entire library. With that in mind, Adobe created a sneek-peak video to show off exactly what this new tool can do. If you’re not already familiar with the “Content Aware Fill” tool and aren’t blown away by this video, then there’s something clearly wrong with you…
For the benefit of any of you that are interested in the Photokina happenings, but didn’t want to travel to Germany, weren’t able to go to Germany, or, like some of us, had to stay behind and work while your colleagues went to Germany, we will be updating you with all the latest goings-on via the WEX blog and Twitter. What’s more, in an exciting new venture for WEX, we will be bringing you a visitor’s-eye view of some of the stands and products in the form of WEX TV video clips!