Olympus PEN E-PL7

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Now in its 7th generation, Olympus continues to stick with its guns with Micro FourThirds and introduces the PEN E-PL7. The camera keeps its vintage styling and brings a new trick, a screen that flips down and automatically enables a selfie mode.

Inside, the camera carries over the 16 megapixel sensor, three-axis image stabilization, 81-point Autofocus, and built-in Wi-Fi for easy image sharing and smartphone connectivity. The camera will be available later in September and you can get it body only or equipped with a flexible 14-42mm zoom lens.

$600, Olympus

Posted in Cameras  

Bowers & Wilkins CM S2 Series

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Respected hi-fi experts Bowers & Wilkins add a bit more oomph to their well-regarded CM speaker collection with a comprehensive update to the entirety of the line with the new S2 series.

The award-winning speakers receive the latest in B&W technology including Decoupled Double Dome tweeters, refined styling, and brand new entry to the collection. The double dome tweeters feature an aluminum construction and architecture that helps to deliver clearer audio while also reducing distortion. On the design side the speakers have been cleaned up a bit with a more minimal design and new tweeter grilles optimize sound and protects the hardware. They've also added a new CM6 S2 model that has a 165nm bass/midrange driver and is the first in the line to be a standmount speaker wtih their signature tweeter on top technology.

$1100-4000 (September), Bowers & Wilkins

Posted in Audio  

Hyperlapse by Instagram

Instagram introduces its newest app, Hyperlapse (iOS):

"Since launching nearly four years ago, it has always been a priority to bring the Instagram community simple yet powerful tools that let people capture moments and express their creativity. Today, we're excited to announce Hyperlapse from Instagram, a new app to capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion.

Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel--a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment.

We designed Hyperlapse to be as simple as possible. You don't need an account to create a hyperlapse. Instead, you open up straight to the camera. Tap once to begin recording and tap again to stop. Choose a playback speed that you like between 1x-12x and tap the green check mark to save it to your camera roll. You can share your video on Instagram easily from there.

From documenting your whole commute in seconds or the preparation of your dinner from start to finish to capturing an entire sunset as it unfolds, we're thrilled about the creative possibilities Hyperlapse unlocks. We can't wait to see what you'll create."

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Posted in Software & The Web  

Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

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These may very well be the smartest pair of over the ear cans we've seen in a long time. Blue, known for their popular microphone line, launches Mo-Fi, a new Hi-Fi headphone with a unique fit system and built-in amps for the best sound possible.

The first thing you notice when you see these headphones is the unconventional headband architecture which swaps out the traditional one-size-fits-all idea for something a bit more clever. First up is the adjustable tension knob that allows you tighten and loosen the tension of the headband which is coupled with a multi-jointed construction that adjusts itself to fit most head shapes and sizes. You can also adjust the height of the cups and because of the customized fit you get the best seal possible which gives you better isolation and better sound quality. They also have three all-analog modes with a built-in amp for natural, high quality sound or switch it into the On+ mode for deeper bass.

$349, Mo-Fi

Posted in Headphones  

Fujifilm X30

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Fujifilm's point-and-shot gets an upgrade this fall with some necessary upgrades to bring it up to spec with the competition. The design of the X30's body gets slightly revised, but keeps the vintage-inspired design that has become the signature look of the X-line.

One of the biggest upgrades is the X30's new 2.36MP OLED-based EVF which now has a large magnification of .65x and a lag time of .005 seconds. The camera also gets a 3.0" tilting display and a new "Classic Chrome" film simulation mode. On the spec side the camera has a 12 Megapixel 2/3 sensor, a f/2.0-2.8 lens with 4x manual zoom, and a hybrid AF system that locks focus in just .06 seconds.

$599, Fujifilm

Posted in Cameras  

LG 4K OLED TV

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LG is going all out with what is possibly the ultimate Ultra HD set, a 4K OLED TV, the first of its kind on the market. The much lusted after display boasts LG's proprietary Four-Color Pixel WRGB tech that helps push 33 millions pixels to give you the best picture possible.

The curved display will be available in 65 inch and 77-inch sizes and will have an integrated "Ultra" surround sound system developed in collaboration with audio experts, Harman Kardon. It will also have their webOS-based SmartTV platform for accessing all your favorite video services and apps. The set will go on sale in Korea this week and launches in North America and Europe will follow shortly thereafter.

LG

Posted in Televisions/Displays  

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay S8

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Bang & Olufsen wireless S8 speakers may look small, but beneath the surface lies some powerful audio hardware that will fill any room. The BeoPlay S8 consists of two satellite speakers and a subwoofer that can have its sound "position" adjusted to optimize itself no matter where it is in the room.

Though compact, the BeoPlay S8 packs 140 watts of sound in each satellite's Class D amps and 280 watts of power in the subwoofer. The sub also has an 8-inch driver to pump out deep bass and is coupled with a DSP to get the most out of your music. Did we mention how good these look? These aren't some speakers you hide on a bookshelf, these are well-designed furniture pieces in their own right that you'll definitely want to display out in the open.

$1,199, Bang & Olufsen

Posted in Audio  

Leica M-P

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Leica updates its flagship M with the new and understated M-P. Available in black or silver, the M-P loses the Leica badge for an under the radar look with an almost completely unbranded exterior and the only branding being a subtle Leica script on the top plate.

The camera also gets a 2GB memory buffer for faster shooting, an LCD monitor covered in a layer of anti-reflective sapphire crystal for the ultimate in scratch-resistant screen protection, and the same flagship 24 megapixel full-frame sensor that's found inside its sibling, the Leica M 240.

Leica

Posted in Cameras  

Sony a5100

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Claiming the title of world's smallest interchangeable lens camera, Sony unveils their newest mirrorless shooter, the a5100. The compact cam has got a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor with a speedy AF system and their versatile E-mount system for a variety of lens options for every need.

While it doesn't have an EVF, the camera features a 180-degree tilting LCD which is touch enabled and can be used to control the touch shutter and focus. The hybrid AF system features 179 focus points so you can always nail that shot and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC makes it easy to connect to your smartphone for image sharing and remote shooting.

$549, Sony

Posted in Cameras  

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Samsung readies itself for the imminent arrival of the iPhone 6 with a new handset that draws some inspiration from the crown jewel of Cupertino with their new Galaxy Alpha. Rather than going for a larger screen size, the Alpha takes a more streamlined approach with a 4.7" Super AMOLED screen and a slimmer profile that is 7mm thick.

The phone is powered by their Octa Core processor that features Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz chips and has 2GBs of RAM, a 12MP camera, 4K video capability, 32GBs of storage, LTE connectivity, Android KitKat, and a 1,860 mAh battery. The phone will be available early next month in Silver, Blue, Black, White, and Gold.

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Posted in Tech  

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