Insta360’s new One X is a standalone 360º action camera. It shoots videos at up to 5.7K/30fps and photos at up to 18MP RAW. It has electronic image stabilization and a variety of shooting and effect modes such as bullet time, drift, and a variable hyperlapse.
Diver Phill Gordon captured this incredible, but all too short footage of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef using his GoPro Fusion 360º camera, switching into “overcapture” mode to produce a spherical projection of the fish as they swim around his fellow undersea explorers.
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The Atom is a 3-axis gimbal for smartphones that folds down to nearly half its size when not in use. It also has a button for switching between landscape and portrait modes, a programmable slide button, 360º rotation, and lets you charge your phone while it’s docked.
The Polaroid OneStep+ Instant Camera is fun to use on its own, but it shines when used with its companion app. The app lets you use noise triggers, a self-timer, double exposure, remote trigger and fiddle with settings in manual mode. The camera also has a portrait lens.
Yuneec’s Mantis Q looks like a great new affordable, user-friendly drone. It weighs only about 1 lb and can be folded when not in use. Its battery lasts up to 33 min. per charge. It can shoot 4K/30 or stabilized 1080p/60 video, and can be operated via voice commands.
This unusual lens lets you get up close and personal with nature thanks to its proboscis-like design. The 24mm F/14 macro lens has a teensy waterproof and dustproof lens tip, an LED ring light. It offers impressive depth-of-field, and is designed for both video and still images.
Airlango’s aggressively priced drone has lots of video and photo features. There are automatic video modes, but it also uses object and facial recognition to frame photos and videos. It shoots 4K/30fps and slow motion. Its camera has stabilization, but only a 1-axis gimbal.
If you have analog photos that you want to preserve, check out Pixl-latr. It’s a simple frame with a transparent back. It can hold 35mm, 120 and 4×5 negatives or transparencies. Just place the film in the frame, set a light source behind it and you’re ready to photograph the film.