Photokina 2016 Archive

Hands-on with Pictar, which adds buttons and wheels to your iPhone camera

There’s no denying that your smartphone’s camera is getting better and better for every generation, but what’s a poor photography nerd to do about controllability? Miggo’s Kickstarter-funded Pictar is shipping soon, and might be just the thing to teach your iPhone some additional photography skills. At Photokina, I had a chance to try it myself. “Smartphones have great cameras,” says Sean Henry, the photography industry …

Camera manufacturers, you’re still missing the point. Be better.

This is a photo of a sunset over Cologne. It was taken on a mirrorless camera, copied to my smartphone using Wi-Fi, edited using Enlight, then shared to Instagram within a couple of minutes of being taken. If my camera didn’t have Wi-Fi, it would probably still be sitting on a memory card somewhere. That would have been sad. Spotted at Photokina, the world’s largest …

Podo’s $50 Bluetooth camera makes smartphone photography fun again

After a smash-hit success crowdfunding campaign last year, Podo is back to do it all over again with the sequel to its Cruel Intentions-inspired camera. Turning any surface into an impromptu tripod with its sticky-backed superpowers, the $49 Podo already zoomed past its $50,000 crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. Apparently, it can break-dance too. Quick, get some beatboxing going. Last year’s campaign had the company selling its …

Fotr forces you to print every iPhone photo you take

When was the last time you printed a photo? Well, Fotr is a new iPhone app that wants to turn that trend on its head, by automatically printing every photo you take. The idea is to bring back an aspect of analog photography: shoot fewer, but higher-quality photos. This is a photo of a phone taking a photo of a phone. Photo printing is far …

PicsArt drizzles Prisma-style magic on your pics and videos

PicsArt today launched a brand new pair of apps for iOS, adding Prisma-like effects for photographs and videos to the visually stimulating toolbox that lives inside your phone. The company also announced it has over 80 million users. In addition to photo and video support, the company launches a Remix Me feature, turning photo adjustments into a social experiment not entirely unlike what we saw with …

Joby proves that selfie sticks can, indeed, get sillier

Whenever you see wide shots of a TV audience, you see huge contraptions with cameras on them, enabling TV folks to create fantastic swooping shots. If you want some of that in your life, Joby can help with its Action Jib kit. It’s great to get close to the action and to make the people around you think you’ve lost your mind by sporting the …

Foolography adds tech your camera should have had in the first place

With Unleashed, Foolography is launching the smartest SLR camera remote control yet. Instead of using the camera’s remote control port or trying to futz about with Wi-Fi, the company chose a third option… Using a custom Bluetooth dongle that plugs into the camera’s USB port and leaches power from its HDMI port, Unleashed unlocks the power of your camera from your smartphone. Smartphones are smart. …

Sony asserts its place at the grownups’ table with new flagship SLR camera

At the Photokina trade show, Sony launched a long-awaited followup to its aging flagship SLR camera. The Sony A99 II sports high-resolution sensors, 5-axis image stabilization, a raft of high-end video features and a hefty price-tag to match. The camera is putting its proverbial foot down as a force to be reckoned with in the high-end SLR market that has historically been dominated by Canon …

Launching three new cameras, Nikon plunges deep into VR and action cams

In launching its Keymission series of cameras, Nikon is bringing the fight to the doorstep of action cameras and VR camera makers. The cameras range from chest-wearable cams, borderline GoPro clones and the most interesting item of the bunch: 360-degree cameras. Three new action cams Nikon’s KeyMission 360 is probably the most interesting camera of the bunch It’s an important shift at biannual Photokina photography trade …