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The 5-in-1 ‘One Backpack’ wants to be your do-it-all bag

Design company ITR Studio has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its The One Backpack, a 5-in-1 modular backpack that can be used as a camera bag, work & gym pack, suit carry backpack, travel pack or tech-backpack, doing away with the need for multiple single-purpose bags.

A magnetic system is used to attach modules to the base pack and adjust for different purposes and loads. Five modules are available to configure the pack: a camera module, a sports module, a sling module, a suit carry module and a pouch module.

The padded camera module is designed to carry a DSLR and two lenses or a DJI Mavic Pro drone with extra battery. The sports module comes with a portable and washable shoe bag. All modular components can be used individually or in combination, depending on your requirements.

The base pack has a capacity of 30 liters and is available on Kickstarter at an early bird price of $140 USD. The individual modules will set you back between $53 USD for the camera module and $85 USD for the suit carry module. For more information, check out the product video below or head over to The One Backpack Kickstarter page.

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GoPro will now accept almost any digital camera for trade-in, even ‘destroyed’

GoPro has relaunched its Trade-Up program, this time as a permanent option for customers located in the United States. The program first launched last year, but only as a temporary promotion limited to previous-generation GoPro cameras exchanged for discounts on current-generation models. This time around, GoPro is accepting nearly any digital camera in any condition.

The company says it will accept any GoPro or non-GoPro digital camera under the program, and that any condition is acceptable, including “destroyed.” To participate, customers must use the Trade-Up website to purchase either a Fusion or HERO6 Black, where they’ll receive a $50 discount on the HERO6 Black (bringing the price down to $350) and/or a $100 discount on the Fusion (bringing the price down to $600).

GoPro provides the customer with a prepaid shipping label to send the company their trade-in camera; once the trade-in is verified, GoPro ships the newly purchased camera to the customer.

According to the program’s FAQ, the trade-in camera must have a new value of at least $100 USD, and while multiple cameras can be traded-in, only one discount can be applied per camera purchase. Customers have 45 days to ship the trade-in to GoPro; once received, the company will charge their payment card for the new device.

Explaining why it decided to expand the program to cover any digital camera, GoPro says, “It’s not so much that we want your old camera. We just want to make it easy for you to get your hands on the latest and greatest GoPro.”

Press Release

GoPro Launches Camera Trade-Up Program for HERO6 Black and Fusion Cameras

Send in Any Older-Generation GoPro – or Any Other Digital Camera – and Receive $50 off HERO6 Black and $100 off Fusion at GoPro.com

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MindShift Gear releases 18L version of its popular BackLight daypack

After releasing a set of weather-resistant Exposure messenger bags earlier this month, MindShift Gear is back with a new product: the BackLight 18L backpack for photographers. This new model expands MindShift’s existing BackLight rear panel access backpack lineup, offering the same convenient access in a smaller overall size.

The 18L offers the same features as the larger 26L and 36L backpacks. The bag’s exterior is made with 420D velocity nylon and high-density nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G air mesh, YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 3-ply bonded nylon thread, and a water-repellant coating. The interior includes a 210D nylon lining, high-density closed-cell foam, hexa-mesh pockets, PE board reinforcement, and the same 3-ply thread.

One of the BackLight lineup’s biggest features is the ability to remove/replace items without taking the daypack off. Instead, the wearer, after securing the waist belt, rotates the bag to the front and uses the rear panel to access the gear inside. The bag accommodates various gear configurations, such as a pair of gripped DSLRs with attached lenses and an additional 1 – 3 zoom lenses, or a pair of gripped mirrorless cameras with attached lenses and and 3 – 5 additional lenses.

Additionally, the BackLight 18L supports up to 13-inch laptops and a 10-inch tablet, plus there are front compartments with a total 5L capacity for personal items.

Additional features include a front/side mounting system for a tripod/monopod, a pair of large water bottle pockets, lash points, daisy chain, ice axe loops, interior mesh pockets, lumbar support and an air channel. Plus, the bag is compatible with MindShift’s existing Tripod Suspension Kit, Switch Case, Filter Nest, and Filter Hive.

The BackLight 18L is available from MindShift now in Woodland Green and Charcoal colors for $200 USD. To learn more, head over to the MindShift → continue…

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The SELDI 7-in-1 wearable video rig simplifies recording POV footage

Meet SELDI, the newest gadget to hit up the photo community for some crowdfunding. This odd contraption is a 7-in-1 wearable video rig designed for action cameras, smartphones, 360-degree cameras, and compact digital cameras. The rig loops over the wearer’s head and rests on their shoulders, though the design also enables it to be used as a handheld mount, to rest on surfaces like a tripod, and to hang from any item it can be looped over, such as a fence post.

SELDI claims its 7-in-1 rig replaces five accessories: hand grip, mini tripod, selfie stick, stabilizer, and chest mount. A pair of hinges on each side of SELDI are key to its flexibility, enabling users to adjust the camera angle based on need. By doing so, SELDI’s rig offers six shooting “modes” total, including the five performed by the accessories above, plus “multi-mount” mode, which involves placing the rig anywhere it can fit, such as on top of a door frame.

The team behind the 7-in-1 rig also present it as an entertainment device, suggesting that owners can use it as a smartphone and tablet holder for hands-free usage to, for example, watch a movie. The device supports 1/4”-20 mounts that weigh less than 500g / 1.1lbs. Additional accessories—such as microphones and lights—can also be attached, and tools aren’t required to make adjustments.

SELDI is offering various rewards to Kickstarter backers who are willing to fund the 7-in-1 wearable, including a super-early-bird “Pro Package” for pledges of at least $77 USD. The Pro Package includes a body strap, GoPro mount, mini ball head, hand grip, smartphone holder, smartphone GoPro adapter, super bolt, and the SELDI itself.

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Lomography adds ultra-wide Naiad 15mm F3.8 front lens to the Neptune system

Following its successful campaign for the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System, Lomography has added the new ultra-wide 15mm F3.8 front lens to the lineup. The so-called Naiad 15mm Art Lens has a 135° FOV and is designed to capture sharp images up to 1cm away from the subject. It also features a lens hood that doubles as a filter mount.

The Naiad 15mm front lens features 9 elements in 7 groups, 100mm filter compatibility, a multi-colored lens coating, and support for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Pentax K mounts via the Lens Base. Though Naiad was made for full-frame systems, Lomography says the lens is suitable for crop sensors as well, with a 24mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras and 30mm on M43 systems.

Images captured with Naiad feature bright, highly saturated colors and “punchy contrast,” according Lomography. And the integrated lens hood—which can rotate 360-degrees—supports rectangular filters with thickness up to 2mm so you can further customize your results.

Here are a few sample images captured with the Naiad 15mm:

The Naiad 15mm can be purchased from Lomography’s website now for $450 USD by itself, $700 USD with the Lens Base, and $800 USD with a full filter set. Lomography is also offering the full Neptune Convertible Art Lens system, with Naiad, for $1,140; of you can buy the full set, plus Naiad, plus the full range of Naiad filters, for $1,250.

Press Release

Naiad 3.8/15 Art Lens: A 15mm Front Lens for the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System

Open Up Your World — Capture Ultra-Wide Shots Steeped in Saturated Colors and Punchy Contrasts

  • A Brand New, Ultra-Wide 15mm Front Lens – After the success of the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System on Kickstarter just nine months ago, Lomography got to work on a ultra-wide 15mm front lens: Naiad.
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Olympus PEN E-PL9 headed to the US and Canada

The Olympus PEN E-PL9, the company’s entry-level mirrorless camera, is coming to North America two months after launching everywhere else. The E-PL9 features a 16MP Four Thirds sensor, 3-axis image stabilization, a tilting LCD, 4K/30p video capture and Bluetooth support.

The camera is available immediately for $599 USD / $699 CAD body only and $699 USD / $899 CAD with a 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens, custom bag and strap and a 16GB memory card. It will initially ship in three colors: Pearl White, Onyx Black and Honey Brown. A limited edition blue model is expected in early summer.

View our E-PL9 sample gallery

Press Release

IMAGING MADE SIMPLE: THE EYE-CATCHING OLYMPUS PEN E-PL9

New PEN Is a Compact, Lightweight Interchangeable Lens Camera That Delivers Outstanding Image Quality and Creativity for the Trendy Shooter

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., April 5, 2018 — Olympus introduces the Olympus PEN® E-PL9, a compact, lightweight interchangeable lens camera packed with features to enhance your photography with stunning image quality and sophisticated design. The PEN E-PL9 is the newest model in the award-winning PEN lineup and combines Olympus’ latest touchscreen controls with an array of interchangeable lens options to go beyond smartphone photography, perfect for those looking to capture and share their lifestyle in attention-grabbing detail with friends and followers.

The Olympus PEN E-PL9’s sophisticated design is bolstered by aluminum accents, metal dials, and leather grain that perfectly complements each color option to match your personal style — Pearl White, Onyx Black, and Honey Brown. The 180-degree flip-touch LCD monitor simplifies selfie stills and videos with an easy-to-use interface that automatically switches the camera to Selfie Mode when the monitor is flipped downward to its front-facing position.

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MIOPS Splash: The world’s first smartphone-controlled water drop photography kit

Camera trigger company MIOPS has launched a new specialized photography kit that aims to help photographers get into water drop photography. Called the MIOPS Splash, this standalone kit doesn’t require an extra trigger, and is said to be the first of its kind that’s controlled with a smartphone.

MIOPS Splash doesn’t just control a flash or camera, it also controls the timing and size of a liquid drop, essentially taking all of the hardest parts of out of water drop photography. Settings are chosen using a companion smartphone app, and users are given two setup options:

In addition to the Splash kit, which is available now for $80 USD, MIOPS offers the Splash Holder kit for an extra $20. The Holder kit enables users to mount Splash on a tripod with an included tripod mount and box clip.

The MIOPS Splash kit comes with a 2-year warranty and is available now with free global shipping. To learn more about Splash or order your own, head over to the MIOPS website.

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The NiSi Prosories P1 Kit lets you attach square filters to your smartphone

Chinese accessory company NiSi has started taking preorders for its new Prosories P1 Smartphone Filter Kit, a camera filter system for smartphones. The P1 Kit includes a phone clip, medium graduated neutral density filter, polarizer, pouch, and holder. As demonstrated in the video below, the system involves attaching a mount over the phone’s camera, then sliding a square filter into that mount.

The P1 Kit’s filters are made from optical glass with a nano-coating, according to NiSi, which says its clip is compatible with most smartphone models. Users can rotate the filter within the mount to adjust its angle, and also use a polarizer with the filter when necessary.

The company doesn’t provide the P1 Kit’s filter size, making it unclear whether any of its other filter products are compatible with the mount.

The NiSi Prosories P1 Kit is available now for $40 USD. To learn more or order yours, head over to the NiSi website.

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S comes with 12MP dual-cam, OIS and 2x optical zoom

Earlier today, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi unveiled its latest flagship smartphone: the Mi MIX 2S. Like with the original Mi MIX, one the new model’s most striking features is the large, almost bezel-less, display. However, the Mi MIX 2S has a lot to offer in the camera department as well.

The phone’s dual camera setup combines a main camera with 1/2.6-inch 12MP Sony sensor, F1.8 aperture and wide-angle 26mm equivalent lens with a secondary tele module, featuring a smaller 1/3.4-inch 12MP sensor, F2.4 aperture and equivalent 46mm lens for enhanced zooming and bokeh simulation. The main camera also boasts optical image stabilization, while the longer lens remains unstabilized.

Other imaging features include gyroscope-based Electronic Stabilization (EIS) in video mode, phase-detection autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash. And, of course, there’s a front-facing camera as well: a 5MP sensor behind an F2.0 lens.

The Mi MIX 2S is also one of the first devices to deploy Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 high-end chipset. In combination with 6 or 8GB of RAM, it should provide plenty of power to run the Android 8.0 operating system and apps. Between 64 and 256GB of internal storage mean there is plenty of space for image and video files, but unfortunately, an expansion slot isn’t on board.

A 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution is available for general operation, as well as framing and editing of images. The 3,400 mAh battery should hopefully get you through a day of normal use.

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S will start at CNY3,299 (approximately $530 USD) for the 6GB+64GB version, and goes all the way up to CNY3,999 (approximately $640 USD) for the top model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, making the new model look like a good value proposition when compared to competing → continue…

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Vivo V9 smartphone packs a 24MP front-facing camera and AI selfie software

Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo has launched a new flagship smartphone called the V9. This mid-tier model sports a design clearly inspired by the iPhone X, as well as one other very notable feature: a 24MP F2.0 front-facing camera. Whereas many smartphones still feature a low-resolution front camera, Vivo elected to put its higher-resolution camera on the front and pair it with its Face Access 2.0 security feature and AI-based Face Beauty selfie software.

As with previous Vivo models (and in case the front-facing camera resolution isn’t evidence enough), the V9 focuses on high-end selfies as a selling point. In this case, Vivo offers a feature called AI Face Beauty that is said to use machine learning determine things about the person featured in the selfie such as age and skin tone. That feature will ensure selfies “truly represent” the user’s beauty, according to The Verge.

The user will also have access to AR Stickers and will be able to unlock the phone using the front camera with Vivo’s Face Access feature.

On the back, dual 16MP + 5MP cameras, and inside there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage. Finally, you’ll use the phone through its 6.3-inch 2280 x 1080 19:9 FullView 2 display, complete with much-maligned iPhone X-like notch.

The phone has launched in India where it is priced at Rs 22,990 / $355 USD / 284 EUR. Availability and cost in other markets isn’t clear at this time.

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