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Canon EOS 77D vs. Rebel T7i vs. M6 Mirrorless comparison

Which New Canon Camera to Buy: Canon EOS 77D, Rebel T7i or M6 mirrorless?

Canon released three new EOS camera bodies this week: EOS 77D, Rebel T7i and M6 mirrorless. Starting at $749 (USD) the trio fill-out the mid-range of Canon's range, and provide aspiring photographers and videographers with some reasonably priced options. Each of these new models provide a step-up from regular smartphone...
LG Watch Sport

Android Wear 2.0 is Here: Meanwhile, a tree fell in the forest…

Android Wear 2.0 is here. The big question, however, is if anybody really cares about Google's second attempt to win over smartwatch customers. By Google standards, the Wear 2.0 launch was surprisingly low key. No fancy presentations. No keynotes. No live singers. And certainly no daredevil like stunts featuring skydivers and...
Shooting video with the Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i: Still a great DSLR for shooting video

It's easy to get caught up in everything that is shiny and new. And when it comes to camera gear -- like a lot of things technology-based -- there is always something shiny and new. Sony a6500. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Fujifilm X-T2. Sony Alpha a99 II. And the...

Sony FE 100mm F2.8: One telephoto lens to rule them all?

Portrait, nature, wedding and fashion photographers, you may want to get out your checkbooks. Fans of butter smooth bokeh might want to, as well those looking for high quality glass for shooting video interviews. Sony today released a killer new 100mm telephoto lens -- at least it looks that way on...
Apple Watch

Wearables Trendspotting: Apple is the smartwatch market

Apple is selling more smartwaches than anyone. By far. According to Strategy Analytics, Tim Cook and team shipped some 5.1 million Apple Watches in Q4 of 2016. That equates to about 63% of the overall smartwatch market. Think Steph Curry level of dominance. Samsung, the next closest competitor, moved 1.3 million...
Pebble 2 Smartwatch - Fitbit Acquires Pebble, doubles down on smartwatch market

Fitibit struggles, but offers glimmer of hope for Pebble smartwatch loyalists

It was the best of times, it was the worst of... Ah, the never-ending quest to validate something known as the smartwatch market. That, and the broader wearables category, were among tech's biggest letdowns of 2016. At least by analyst forecasts. What happened? Smartwatches and sensors on clothes and fitness trackers...
Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount

Top 3: Best Shotgun Microphones for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

Sound. Sound. Sound. It's critical. Quick tip: please don't skimp on your audio gear. Whether you're shooting a low-budget independent film, or a music video, or in the jungles shooting a documentary, or even just posting casual videos to YouTube, the quality of your audio can make or break the end product. Viewers...
Panasonic DC-GH5KBODY Lumix 4K Mirrorless Ilc Camera Body, 20.3 MP, Wi-Fi + Bluetooth with 3.2" LCD, Black

Is the Panasonic Lumix GH5 a game changer for the mirrorless video camera market?

Panasonic has taken the wraps off its highly anticipated Lumix GH5 mirrorless camera. And I'm not exactly going out on a limb to suggest it has taken indie filmmakers, videographers, and enthusiasts alike by storm. Pull up your favorite camera forum or web site, and chances are there's at...
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - Can Samsung sub-brand survive branding crisis?

Samsung’s Marketing Challenge: Can “Galaxy Note” brand moniker survive flame-out?

Brands in crisis are nothing new. Volkswagen and its fuel emissions scam is easily the most significant in recent memory. That cost the company billions, and, as of today, is still being resolved. Then there was Audi. In the 1980's, the German automaker faced a different kind of crisis: consumers claimed...
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera or Canon?

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Camera vs Canon 80D: Shooting travel video

Sony mirrorless cameras have been kicking up lots of dust over the past few years. It seems as if many former Canon DSLR traditionalists have made the "switch" while some, like me, are contemplating a move to mirrorless, but aren't entirely yet convinced it's the right move. Meanwhile, despite...