Polaroid’s digital camera with a built-in printer is best avoided

polaroid-snap Polaroid’s shiny new camera with a built-in Nink printer, the Snap Touch, is available on pre-sale today, although if my experiences with it at Photokina are anything to go by, it’s probably not worth your hard-earned cash. Run the other way, and buy yourself an Instax Mini 70 instead, for the same price. Read More

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PAX Labs unveils the PAX Era, a new oil vaporizer

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-7-58-16-am These days, it’s not uncommon to see folks using oil pens instead of lighting up a good old-fashioned joint. PAX Labs, the makers of the Pax vaporizer line and the JUUL e-cig, are today answering the call. Meet the PAX Era. Built in the likeness of the Juul, the PAX Era is a high-quality, temperature-controlled portable oil vaporizer that uses pods to ensure a great user experience. With… Read More

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The hopes and headaches of Snapchat’s glasses

snapchat-spectacles Snapchat is the only company cool enough to possibly dismantle the Google Glass stigma. Awkward, useless, and a threat to privacy are how many think of computers you wear on your face. Can Snapchat show off the masterful marketing and smooth execution required to produce a product that won’t die on stores shelves or in a desk drawer? To quickly recount the basics, a video of… Read More

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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 using Wi-Fi to my smartphone, 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 be sad. Let's talk about why. Spotted at Photokina, the world’s largest photography trade show: A professional photographer, taking a photo, then taking a picture off the back of their camera to share the photograph on Facebook. It’s not that unusual an occurrence, but it served as the perfect parable on quite how vigorously the camera manufacturers have self-copulated themselves into oblivion. Read More

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

20160924-_dsc3356 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. Read More

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