Felix's Picks

By Felix L. Esser | News from the world of technology, with a focus on photography. Plus some general awesomeness.

Best budget and high-end phablets money can buy in 2015

A little over a year ago, we went for a do-over with one of our polls from 2011. The idea behind the repeat survey was to showcase just how much our …

Best New Apps: Darkroom

Curves adjustments, DIY filters, and infinite editing history make this simple photo app shine<p>A number of us here at <i>The Verge</i> are big fans of VSCO cam, myself included. But I'm never completely satisfied with the mobile photo editing experience it offers, so I'm always on the lookout for something …

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‘Humans of New York’ blog raises over $350K to send inner-city kids to Harvard

<i>WATCH ABOVE: The creator of the “Humans of New York” blog has managed to raise $350,000 on Indiegogo to send a group of underprivileged students to</i> …

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Amazon now offers Prime subscribers free unlimited space for their photos

With tablets and small laptops becoming more powerful all the time, many of us use portable computers as an on-the-go solution for photo editing. …

Stormscapes2 is a beautifully orchestrated timelapse video of storms, thunderbolts and starry skies

We've seen a good many timelapse videos in the past, many of them which were truly outstanding as they made use of some clever techniques, or simply …

Need a 20x superzoom lens for your next video production? Canon’s new 50-1000mm cine zoom has you covered

In the world of superzoom lenses for DSLRs, we thought that Tamron's 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 APS-C lens with its 18.8x zoom factor was about as good as it …

Canon patent shows zoom lens with variable liquid element

Liquid lenses are nothing new, the concept has been around for a while and has been proposed for use in smartphone cameras in the past. The advantage …

12 devices that shaped the history of Android and its major releases

Officially launched by Google earlier this month, 5.0 Lollipop is the eleventh major version of Android - and, as expected, it’s making its debut on …

Turn a smartphone into a 3D camera with this lens accessory

About a year ago, we first reported about the Kúla Deeper, an accessory that attaches to your DSLR’s lens and turns it into a 3D camera. The device …

Leica T (Typ 701) review

There are more affordable and even better options than the Leica T, but you aren't buying just any ordinary camera.<p>There are more affordable and even …

New imaging technology claims to be 12 times as color-sensitive as conventional sensors

Most digital imaging sensors work similar to the human eye, in that they are sensitive to the three primary colors red, green and blue. While there …

Citizen sent a photographer around the globe to capture multiple sunsets in a single day

In a rather clever advertising campaign, watch maker Citizen had British landscape photographer Simon Roberts take a trip around the Arctic Circle …

A GoPro gave its life so you could watch this way-too-close volcano footage

Volcanic eruptions surely are one of the most fascinating natural phenomena. Considering that they can destroy entire cities and even affect the …

Your next smartphone could sport a zoom lens thanks to DynaOptics’ new technology

The great thing about smartphones is that they pack combine a number of different devices into one, including a digital camera, which has basically …

Epson’s high-end film scanners V800 and V850 get updated with LED illumination

In the world of digital photography, the pace in which older devices are being replaced with newer and better versions is incredibly fast -- …

4K video enters the world of action cams with the new GoPro Hero4 Black Edition

GoPro had already built a 4K video mode into its Hero3+ Black Edition, but at only 15 frames per seconds users were understandably asking for …

Amateur camera hacker aims to put Sony A7 guts into Leica M3 body

The exchange of camera parts was frequently done back in the day when cameras were all-manual and mechanical. Especially in the Leica world, it's not …

With LX100, Panasonic squeezes the power of Four Thirds into the shell of a compact

At the Photokina show in Cologne, Germany, Panasonic announced a slew of new products that got enthusiasts all around the world excited. One of the …

Cameras

Leica’s stately X Typ 113 might be the dream compact you’ve been waiting for

At Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany, Leica introduced a slew of new products including a digital Leica M that comes without a display, an analog …

Cameras

Samsung’s NX1 is a 4K-shooting beast that puts the mirrorless competition to shame

Just ahead of Photokina, Samsung announced its new flagship mirrorless camera, the NX1 (see our original news report here). While we have already a …

Panasonic’s Lumix CM1 smartphone-4K camera hybrid launches in U.S. for $1K

At Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany, Panasonic has announced – much to the surprise of almost everyone – a new “connected camera” called the CM1. …

Fujifilm’s new X100T premium compact camera makes manual focusing a breeze

Fujifilm created quite a stir when it first introduced its X100 premium compact camera at Photokina 2010, almost exactly four years ago. Now, just …

Finding Vivian Maier’s heir: could a copyright claim put the distribution of her work on hold?

Vivian Maier is probably the most famous street photographer who saw no publicity during her lifetime. Working as a nanny for about forty years, …

The new king of portrait lenses? Zeiss announces the Otus 85mm f/1.4

Back in October 2013, when Zeiss announced its Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens, it was touted as the world's best standard lens. And it turned out that that …

SLR Magic announces a new 10mm T2.1 Cine lens for Micro Four Thids

SLR Magic, the lens manufacturer from Hong Kong that specializes in cine lenses for mirrorless cameras, has announced the HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 …

Canadian startup promises better smartphone pictures through ‘computational optics’

Smartphone cameras are getting better and better, but in many cases they’re still far from being a viable replacement for a full-fledged digital …