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PureGear PureSwitch Smart Plug review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:01
PureGear's PureSwitch wireless smart plug costs $40 and is a quick and easy way to smarten up your home's devices.
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Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod attaches a printer to your smartphone

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:45

Motorola has officially announced its Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod, a small Polaroid instant printer that attaches directly to the back of the Moto Z smartphones.

The printer uses Polaroid's Zink ZERO-INK Paper to produce 2 x 3-inch prints, and has a physical button to launch the phone's camera. The printer also supports printing existing photos from Google Photos, Instagram, and Facebook.

Here's a closer look:

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The Insta-Share Moto Mod, which was recently leaked ahead of its debut, is a full-size camera backing with a classic Polaroid design... but it's actually a little bit more than just a printer. Users are able to add customizations to images before printing, including borders and filters, and the resulting prints have an adhesive backing for use as stickers.

The Moto Mod will be available from Verizon some time this week followed by other markets "in the coming months," according to Motorola. No word yet on pricing.

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Mobvoi TicHome Mini review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:02
This battery-powered Google Assistant speaker has a lot going for it, but it lacks polish.
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Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F1.4 lens relaunched with 7 mount options

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:01

Mitakon has relaunched its Speedmaster 135mm F1.4 lens, now offering it in 7 mount options: Sony A, Sony E, Canon EF, Nikon F, Fujifilm G, Pentax K, and Leica L (the listing says Leica T). This Mitakon lens features an F1.4 to F16 aperture alongside a clickless manual focusing ring, 1.6 meter minimum focusing distance, 11 elements in 5 groups (including three large extra-low dispersion elements), and a weight of 3kg / 6.6lbs.

Mitakon's lens caught popular attention a couple years back as the world's fastest 135mm lens. As with its original launch back in October 2015, the Speedmaster 135mm F1.4 lens is priced at $3,000. The lens is currently listed for pre-order through the Shotenkobo Online Store with a reservation price of ¥60,000 / $530 USD.

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Kodak reveals how and when its bringing back 35mm Ektachrome film

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:53
Photo: Kodak

Kodak first announced the rebirth of Ektachrome way back in January at CES. Along with Kodak Alaris—who will distribute the 35mm Kodak Professional Ektachrome film for stills shooters—the company said it would bring back Ektachrome by the end of 2017... and then promptly stopped talking about it.

But if you were worried that Kodak had given up on the idea, fear not: in a new episode of the Kodakery podcast, a few of Kodak's higher ups (including Marketing and Product Manager Diane Carroll-Yacoby) updated the world on the progress of the Ektachrome reboot, how they're making it, and what testing still stand between your hands and a fresh 36-shot roll of the stuff.

You can listen to the entire Kodakery podcast update below:

The first half of the podcast is mostly a photography and history lesson: discussing the origins of Ektachrome, its 'characteristics' (read: limitations), and how Kodak has managed to bring it back to life after discontinuing it in 2013. But if you want to get into the "how and when" of the matter, you'll want to skip to the 22 minute mark.

That's where we get to learn about how difficult it is to bring back a film like Ektachrome—which is made up of 80 ingredients, some of them no longer available to purchase—and how Kodak is making the economics of Ektachrome work by creating it in smaller, more sustainable batches.

You'll want to listen to the discussion to really get the details of how the film is made, but here are a few of the most interesting tidbits about the revival process (for us anyway):

  • Kodak has managed to either find or manufacture all 80 ingredients required to make Ektachrome.
  • Much of the process so far has involved retooling the formula so it will work on the machines available to them, because they no longer have all of the equipment they had when Ektachrome was being developed previously.
  • They've already produced some 'pilot coatings' that they are testing to ensure they're ready to mass produce Ektachrome that's up to snuff.
  • When they're ready to go, they will be making rolls using a coater that produces the film on sheets that are 4 feet wide and 6,000 feet long. The first of these 'wide' rolls will be produced before the end of 2017, and will be used for internal testing.
  • Kodak will be making a single (4ft x 6,000ft) roll for the first production run, so they don't have to hold on to too much inventory at one time.
  • Kodak Ektachrome's market release is planned for 2018.

Eastman Kodak itself will produce all of the film and plans to distribute the Super 8 cinema version of Ektachrome, while Kodak Alaris will distribute the 35mm slide film for stills shooters. For now, we still don't know exactly when Ektachrome is coming back in 2018, but as soon as we do, we'll let you know so you can mark your calendars.

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Gates unveils underwater housing for RED cinema cameras, will probably cost around $15K

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:21

You’d have to be pretty brave to immerse your $50K RED cinema camera beneath the waves—or very sure of the quality of your underwater housing. Fortunately, underwater specialist Gates has been making housings for cinema cameras since 1969, and they just released their newest (not their first...) housing for RED cameras last week.

The new Pro Explore from Gates Underwater Products is designed for Red’s DSMC2 series of bodies, and thus will look after and allow access to the controls of the Weapon, Epic-W, Scarlet-W and Red Raven cameras.

The company hasn’t released any detailed spec yet, but claims the new housing is lightweight and easy to transport and that small PL lenses and DSLR lenses can fit within its domed ports. There’s a rear door for quick access to memory and the battery, and 14 assignable buttons to control the camera’s features.

Gates says the Pro Explore will come with a housing for an external monitor as well as tool kits, spare parts and cables.

The Gates Pro Explore will go on sale in the next month or so, but the price has yet to be announced. I can’t imagine it will be cheap. The Pro Action housing, which can go to 200ft, costs around $15,000.

For more information, visit the Gates website.

Press Release



Cinema to commercial, Natural History to enthusiast, Pro Explore delivers comprehensive features for the traveling underwater professional.

Gates Underwater Products – manufacturer of the world’s most reliable underwater housings – today announces the Pro Explore Underwater Housing. A dedicated, purpose built motion imaging acquisition tool for the RED DSMC2 platform, Pro Explore breaks barriers in underwater high resolution 8K imaging in a compact, travel-friendly rig.

Pro Explore Key Features include:

  • Expedition ready, Pro Explore packs tight and travels light.
  • Latched rear shell for fast media / battery change;
  • Full Camera and Lens management via housing controls and REDMOTE Controller
  • Tailored design for the RED DSMC2 for the finest user experience, including 14 assignable buttons to access *anything* on the camera;
  • Compact PL and all DSLR lenses readily supported;
  • Diverse V-Lock battery support including REDBRICK, Blueshape, and the popular travel friendly SWIT 8192-S 192 WHr split battery;
  • 60 and 80 series port compatibility;
  • Stackable Port Rings (SPR’s) cover a wide range of lenses with one base set;
  • Surface SDI and Gig-E options for topside DP viewing or AC camera control;
  • Surface, close-range wireless connectivity with foolcontrol;

“While Pro Action is perfect for high intensity, fast action situations, I needed a dedicated rig for my type of shooting on Helium 8K. Pro Explore is it. Control, flexibility, size. And a Gates…of course.”

Like all Gates professional systems, you get the works. Pro Explore housing price includes numerous items like RT47 External Monitor housing (with shade extension), Seal Check Lite, woven carry lanyard, tether points, spare kit, tool kit, interface cables, and more. Port and SPR’s are ordered a la carte to fit your lens(es) of choice and application.

Pro Explore is well considered for accessories, like:

  • GT14 underwater lights. 14,000 lumens, 90 CRI and 5000K color temperature;
  • Light bar offering a variety of light mounting options using the Ultralight Control System;
  • Support for Gates RT7 and RP5 External monitor housings;
  • Cheeseplates for mounting to poles, booms or your own rigging;

“Gates is part of my production team. I count on Gates to be there when needed. Tech support, parts, whatever – response is fast and experienced.”

Pro Explore is a Gates through and through. Durable, reliable, ‘bulletproof’. And backed by Gates legendary factory direct service and 2 year renewable warranty. Only Gates offers this level of commitment to your success.

Price: To be announced
Availability: Q4 2017

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Adobe's Lightroom Downloader lets you rescue your image library from the cloud

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:01

Adobe has released Lightroom Downloader app, an application that pulls original image and video files from the cloud and stores them locally in a folder.

The Lightroom Downloader app is available for both Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra, and requires users to log in with their Lightroom account. Once the login is complete, users are prompted to choose a hard drive location to which the cloud content will be downloaded.

As Adobe explains on its help site, Lightroom Downloader pulls all of the cloud video and image files and parks them in a date-based folder in a user-specific hard drive location. Any edits made to these original, raw files will be written into XMP sidecar files alongside the raw files.

In instances where only a Smart Preview is cloud synced, Adobe says its app will download the DNG Smart Previews for those photos.

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YI 360 VR camera can livestream in 4K, supports Vive and Rift headsets

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:41

Chinese company YI has introduced a new consumer camera called the YI 360 VR. This model features a pair of cameras with 220-degree f/2.0 aspheric glass lenses, one on the front and another on the back, that simultaneously record footage. The resulting videos have up to a 4K/30fps resolution if stitched in-camera, while footage stitched using the camera's PC app maxes out at 5.7K/30fps resolution.

The YI 360 VR is compatible with both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets. The camera supports recording 4K video for up to 60 minutes per charge, and you've got integrated dual-band WiFi for livestreaming in 4K.

Users are able to preview the footage in five modes: little planet, stretched view, panoramic, round, and dual VR. Here's a quick introduction that gives you an idea of the kinds of shots you can expect from the YI 360 VR:

YI is offering its 360 VR camera through Microsoft's website and its physical Microsoft Store US locations for $400 USD. Live demonstrations of the camera are offered in stores as well.

Press Release

YI Technology’s High Quality, Live 360 VR Camera Now Available at Microsoft Stores for $399

The pocket-sized camera is the first to shoot 360 degree video in 5.7K at 30fps, with instant in-device stitching for 4K footage and live-streaming.

SEATTLE, November 13, 2017YI Technology (YI), the leading provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, announced availability today of its unique YI 360 VR camera (“YI 360”) at Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and Microsoft.com. The YI 360 makes high-end virtual reality video easy and accessible to anyone who wants to create and share content.

With a simple, handheld and mountable camera design, the YI 360 VR is the first VR camera to combine high-fidelity, 360-degree video capture, an easy mobile application along with 4K instant, in-device stitching and 4K live-streaming to any sharing channel. With these innovations, the YI 360 VR™ provides a complete solution for creating immersive, 360-degree video experiences easily, quickly and anywhere.

“At YI Technology, we challenge ourselves to bring the most innovative technologies together in a way that is simple, enjoyable and useful for anyone, from kids to professionals. VR is no exception,” said Sean Da, CEO of YI Technology. “Today’s solutions for 360 capture and sharing force users to choose between an affordable low quality, low resolution product and an overly expensive, highly complicated product. That is why we worked so hard to perfect YI 360 VR. By combining the best components, rigorous industrial design and many years of testing, we eliminated the cables, confusing interfaces and bulky components and added 5.7K fidelity, 4K in-device stitching and 4K live-streaming, all in a handy, affordable package.”

Already known for its YI 4K+ Action Camera, the YI M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera and the YI HALO professional 3D camera, YI’s launch of the YI 360 VR Camera offers users a consumer-grade, affordable yet professional quality option for capturing and sharing 360 degree footage.

Vivid, Easy, Live - Key YI 360 VR Features:

  • Two 220-degree 8 aspheric glass lenses with f/2.0 aperture
  • In-camera video stitching for up to 4K/30fps
  • PC application for 5.7K/30fps video stitching
  • Built-in 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi for live-streaming in 4K
  • Five video preview options within the app including stretched view, little planet, round, panoramic and dual VR view
  • Up to 60 minutes battery life recording at 4K/30fps
  • Compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets

Pricing & Availability

At $399, YI 360 VR™ is now available for purchase at Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and Microsoft.com. Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/d/YI-360-VR-Camera/8ZG9K9SM5BSZ now to purchase or to find a store near you to see a live demonstration YI 360’s vivid capture and live sharing for yourself.

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DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:00

The DJI spark is a diminutive drone that just screams to be put in your bag and taken everywhere you go. It's likely to appeal to all levels of users thanks to its extremely compact size and strong feature set, but this miniaturization does come at a cost. Compared to most larger models it has shorter battery life, lacks a 3-axis gimbal and, notably, does not support 4K video capture. But, did we mention that it's really small?

With an MSRP of $499, the Spark doesn't have a lot of direct competition from models of comparable size and feature sets, though the closest alternative is probably the Yuneec Breeze 4K. If size isn't a critical factor there are models with more impressive specs, such as DJI's own Phantom 3 Standard and Phantom 3 SE, in the same price range.

The Spark is also available in a 'Fly More' combo that adds a remote controller, charging hub, spare props, propeller guards, and extra battery for $699.

Key Features
  • 12MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • 2-axis mechanical gimbal
  • 1080/30p video
  • Vision system for accurate positioning
  • Gesture control
  • 16-minute flight time
  • Compact size

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let's qualify this review (and really, any drone review). A drone is not a flying camera. Rather, a drone is an aircraft with a camera attached to it. Therefore, the true value of a drone is a balance between the aircraft and camera.

Since we're looking at two distinct pieces of hardware merged together, let's look at each one individually, beginning with the aircraft. We've included the Yuneec Breeze and DJI Phantom 3 SE for comparison.

DJI Spark Yuneec Breeze 4K DJI Phantom 3 SE Take-off weight 300g 385g 1236g Dimensions 143x143x55mm 196x196x65mm 247x247x193mm Maximum flight time 16 minutes 12 minutes 25 minutes Maximum speed

50km/h (31mph) [with controller]

18km/h (11mph) 58km/h (36mph) Obstacle avoidance Yes Yes No Maximum operating range

100m [2km with controller]

100m 4km Controller


Optional Yes Price $499 $399 $599

The thing that's obvious right away is how much smaller the Spark and Breeze are compared to a full-sized Phantom, though the Phantom will stay in the air quite a bit longer. The Spark has some notable advantages over the Breeze, including a much higher maximum speed (when used with the optional controller) and a mechanical gimbal. Both have a limited operating range of 100m, but if you pair the Spark with the optional controller the range extends significantly. Chances are good you'll want the controller.

Now let's take a look at the camera and gimbal.

DJI Spark Yuneec Breeze DJI Phantom 3 SE Sensor size 1/2.3" CMOS 1/3.06" CMOS 1/2.3" CMOS Resolution 12MP 13MP 12MP Lens (equiv.) 25mm F2.6 Not specified 20mm F2.8 Lens FOV 81.9º 117º 94º Max photo resolution 3968x2976 4160x3120 4000x3000 Image formats Jpeg Jpeg Jpeg, Raw Max video resolution 1080/30p UHD 4K/30p

DCI 4K/24p/25p

UHD 4K/30p

Bit rate 24 Mbps (H.264) Not specified 60 Mbps (H.264) Gimbal type 2-axis mechanical None 3-axis mechanical

The cameras in all three models are similar in size to the ones found in many smartphones. They're not going to be low light champs, but they're still capable of producing good photos and video. What really jumps out here is the Spark's lack of a 4K video option. Of course, HD is usually fine for web streaming, which we suspect will be a pretty common use case for this model.

What's all this mean? The Spark is an extremely small, lightweight drone that seems perfect for throwing into a backpack, tossing into carry-on luggage, or just having with you all the time.

OK – let's talk about what it's like to actually fly this tiny beast.

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Samsung NX58M6850S review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:00
The $1,699 Samsung NX58M6850S freestanding gas oven is an impressive cooker that's full of useful features.
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Apple AirPods review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 04:15
Apple's AirPods still aren't perfect, but a series of small software upgrades have made them better.
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HP Spectre (2017) review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 04:00
The new 13-inch HP Spectre is slim and solid.
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Top 10 sample galleries of the year: #10, the Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 04:00
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Between now and the end of the year we'll be counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Images in each of these galleries have been viewed more than 1 million times – that's a lot of eyeballs! And it's no coincidence that the products featured are also some of our favorite pieces of gear released this year.

First up is the Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art lens – one of only two lenses to make our top 10 list. It's not only super sharp, but boasts the widest aperture of any 14mm on the market. Plus, we found its ability to isolate subjects in a wide field of view to be particularly cool/unique. It's also capable of producing gorgeous sun stars.

So take a peek at our gallery to see what this gem of a lens is capable of. And sit tight for our #9 most popular sample gallery of the year.

For more on the Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art, check out our astrophotography gallery as well:

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#10: Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art
#9: To be revealed on 11/16
#8: To be revealed on 11/17
#7: To be revealed on 11/18
#6: To be revealed on 11/19
#5: To be revealed on 11/20
#4: To be revealed on 11/21
#3: To be revealed on 11/22
#2: To be revealed on 11/23
#1: To be revealed on 11/24

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Fender Newport - speaker - for portable use - wireless Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 02:10
The Bluetooth speaker also comes with old-school physical knobs for your inner hipster.
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2018 Acura RLX review - Roadshow

CNET Reviews - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:28
The RLX Sport Hybrid boasts more power and handling tech than the competition, but its cabin electronics leave us cold.
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2018 Ford Mustang Fastback Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow

CNET Reviews - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:28
It's more efficient, more agile and has smarter tech than before, but it's still a 'Stang with a standard Line Lock burnout mode!
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Polk Omni S2 review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:25
The Polk Omni S2 is a well-priced, versatile Play-Fi speaker with decent sound quality, but Sonos' shadow looms large.
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DxOMark republishes Pentax 645Z results and it's as good as we always suspected

DP Review Latest news - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:03

In a move likely to completely silence all whispers of chicanery, DxOMark has finally published its results for Ricoh's Pentax 645Z. The camera just misses out on being hailed as the best stills camera sensor ever (as it would have been, when data was first published for the camera back in 2015), but it still scores a very impressive 101 points.

And, as we know, points mean... Er...

Several years after its release, the 645Z still holds its own in the company of some excellent cameras built around similar sensors.

The results themselves are very similar to those of the Hasselblad X1D 50c, which itself is based around a very similar Sony CMOS sensor (albeit for at least $3000 more). How much of the difference can be ascribed to better readout circuitry, how much to the Hasselblad's use of 15-bit Raw files (I mean, that extra 0.1EV of DR has to live somewhere), and how much is simply within the tests' margin of error it's impossible to know.

Still, we can now be certain that, while not quite the best sensor in the world, is 99% as good as the best sensor DxO has tested.

In all seriousness, though, whatever the reason for the delay, it's a seriously impressive performance from a very aggressively-priced camera. And, since we have first-hand knowledge of how difficult it is to get a 645Z for long enough to do extensive testing on, we think it's great to see its performance recognized.

Click here to read DxOMark's assessment

Press Release:

Pentax 645Z: A great choice for medium-format shooters

PARIS - November 14, 2017 - DxOMark has just published the results of its in-depth analysis of the Pentax 645Z medium-format camera. With an overall DxOMark sensor score of 101 points, the Pentax 645Z has the second-highest-scoring sensor we’ve ever tested, beaten only by the 51.4Mp Sony sensor in the Hasselblad X1D-50c. The 645Z achieves extremely good sub-scores, indicating that it can capture a huge range of colors and tones in a single file.

It’s clear from our testing that the Pentax 645Z’s sensor is extremely capable, coming within a whisper of matching the performance of the Hasselblad X1D sensor. Its high dynamic range and color sensitivity make the 645Z ideally suited for capturing the types of scenes that are traditionally favored by medium-format photographers — landscapes, weddings, portraits, and other photographic genres that require capturing images with lots of detail, low noise, and smooth tonal gradations.

In addition, the Pentax 645Z controls noise well, making it suitable for use in relatively low light, and perhaps expanding the range of conditions in which medium-format cameras are traditionally used.

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LG V30 review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 08:48
LG just gave Samsung a run for the money.
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Camera battery explosion causes chaos at Orlando International Airport

DP Review Latest news - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 07:35
Photo by Ashim D’Silva

An exploding lithium-ion camera battery caused a panic at the Orlando International Airport on Friday, resulting in 24 flight cancellations as well as temporary chaos as a terminal was evacuated. Witnesses say the exploding battery made a sound similar to a gunshot, prompting people to flee the area.

Though frightening, the situation proved mostly harmless as officials discovered the source of the sound: a camera battery that had exploded inside of a traveler's bag, which began smoking as a result. Orlando Police have since posted tweets advising the public that no shots were fired in the airport, but instead that "a lithium battery in a camera exploded in a bag ... the bag was smoldering." No one was hurt in the incident.

UPDATE: Again, NO shots were fired at MCO. A lithium battery in a camera exploded in a bag; that was the noise people heard. The bag was smoldering; no one hurt. Thank you for helping us get the word out.

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) November 10, 2017

The incident follows a recent recommendation by the FAA that airlines ban passengers from checking devices with lithium-ion batteries in bags due to their volatility and the fire risk they pose, instead suggesting they pack them in their carry-on luggage.

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