Photo FOMO: From tiny cards to little lights, small accessories gain more oomph

Afraid of missing out on the latest photo industry news while you’re out, well, actually taking pictures? Photo FOMO is all the news you might have missed this week, published on the weekends. Alongside the biggest stories of the week, like the new Sony a7 III, Canon finally adding 4K to a mirrorless with the EOS M50, Wacom’s giant Cintiq Pen display, and a flash that uses AI to find the best bounce, find briefs on the latest in accessories and photo industry news from this week with Photo FOMO.

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Western Digital
Western Digital

Western Digital launches fastest MicroSD yet — and teases 985MB/s SD

Tiny storage doesn’t have to means slow storage — during Mobile World Congress, Western Digital launched the fastest MicroSD yet, the SanDisk Extreme UHS-I MicroSDXC. The card hits a read speed of 160MB/s, which the company says is more than 50 percent faster than the current UHS-I category cards. The faster card is designed for recording 4K and higher resolution files, along with of course, using to add more storage to a smartphone with the speed rating allowing for faster app performance.

Along with the new MicroSD, the company also shared tech that could help make future SD cards even faster. A PCIe-enabled SD card is designed for boosting speed and could achieve speeds of up to 958MB/s to handle 8K video, super-slow-mo and RAW bursts.

The little Cactus RQ250 packs three times the flash power

The trend of packing more power into smaller tech continues with Cactus’ latest announcement. The Cactus RQ250 is a flash head with as much as three times the power of a typical hotshoe at 250Ws. The light is designed for packing a punch without packing a lot of gear for on-location shoots. A built-in (but removable) reflector helps eliminate hot spots. The light is battery powered for 400 flashes per charge, communicates via wireless and uses a specially designed bulb. The light is expected out sometime over the summer, but Cactus hasn’t yet shared pricing details.

The ShiftCam 2.0 is one phone case — with 12 lenses

After successfully launching an iPhone 7 case with six lenses built-in, Shiftcam is back with an update designed for the latest iPhones — with even more lenses. Shiftcam 2.0 has the same sliding six-in-one lens set that allows for easier lens swaps, but the latest generation also includes pro lenses and even an option for the front-facing camera. The deluxe version includes those six travel lenses, plus three of what the company calls a ProLens for macro, wide-angle, and telephoto; two advanced Pro Lenses for fisheye and long-range macro; and a wide-angle lens set for the front camera.

Like the first version though, the ShiftCam 2.0 is launching on Kickstarter first — though exceeding its original goal over four times helps negate some of that risk. If the prototype successfully makes it into full production, the deluxe kit with all 12 lenses goes for a $349 pledge, while smaller kits start at $49.

The Eyeball Camera is a security cam that can go anywhere

Security cameras are typically bolted to the walls — but why? Eyeball Cam is a set of three security cameras that can be placed anywhere but still sends footage to a smartphone via cloud along with storing data on a MicroSD. Each one has 12 hours of battery life, but a wireless charging plate can double that number, or the included carrying case can recharge the cameras with a built-in battery. The startup company by the same name says the go-anywhere possibility means bringing security cameras on vacation to watch your hotel room as well as switching up the spots the cameras hide around the home.

The 4K cameras also use facial recognition, including the ability to create profiles for recognized family members, which allows the camera to ignore the family member when they are supposed to be home but send an alert if, say, your teenager is home instead of at school. The Eyeball Camera is hoping to launch on Indiegogo, where the company is already over 90 percent of the way to their campaign goal. Pledges for a three-camera set start at $199, which is half of the expected retail price.

500px is now owned by Visual China Group

500px users could see some more innovation coming their way — this week, the photo platform was acquired by Visual China group, a major photo licensing company in China. The new owners say that the acquisition will “accelerate innovation and further inspire, connect, and reward millions of like-minded creatives.” The companies also shared plans for improving software as a service programs for creatives, while 500px content will be distributed on VCG channels as well.

Shutterstock is now integrated with Consumer Acquisition

Shutterstock photographers could also see expanded reach with a new agreement. Shutterstock announced an agreement with Consumer Acquisition on March 1 that integrates Shutterstock photos within the Consumer Acquisition marketplace. The images are now accessible to the video editors, designers and copywriters that work to create Facebook ads for companies through the Consumer Acquisition platform.

Photographers could save on batteries … by shopping at Ikea?

Flash performance can vary with the batteries inside, so one photographer decided to test whether or not $26 Eneloop Pro batteries are better than Ikea’s $7 rechargeable batteries. Photographer and YouTuber Martin Cheung said that in his tests, the Ikea batteries actually had faster recycle times, though he didn’t test the actual battery life.

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Firware update process for the Olympus E-M1 Mark II.

Update your firmware — Nikon, Olympus update several cameras

Check your camera’s firmware — several models received an update this week. Olympus updated several models, including the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, PEN-F, and OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Updates including the addition of focus stacking for the E-M1 Mark II and original, while the E-M1 and E-M5 series updates add the Look up Table or LUT file for color grading videos, and the PEN-F gains monochrome and color profile control custom settings using a computer. Nikon cameras gained support for AF-P lenses with bug fixes, including the D4, D4s, Df, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D7100 and D7200.


Hook up your Nintendo Switch with these deals on accessories right now on Amazon

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Looking to keep prying eyes at bay? Here's how to hide photos on your iPhone

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Photography News: Taking a smartphone photo probably saved this guy’s life

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Here's where you can pre-order the Moto G7 Power and its massive battery

After a number of leaks and rumors, the Motorola Moto G7, Moto G7 Play, and Moto G7 Power are finally here. The devices represent quite a spec bump over the previous-generation Moto G6 phones, yet still come at a reasonable price.
Social Media

Facebook Messenger adds quoted replies to better organize group chats

Facebook is rolling out a feature that should help make group chats a whole lot more organized. The feature allows you to reply to specific messages within a group chat, so others will be able to tell what you're replying to.
Smart Home

Amazon cuts prices on Alexa-controlled Echo and Echo Dot bundles

Amazon cut prices on Alexa and Amazon Echo device bundles. The second-generation Amazon Echo and third-generation Echo Dot are bundled in discounted deals with the Amazon Smart Plug. The Echo and Echo Dot are also bundled together.

Oculus shows off the Rift S, plans to phase out its original VR headset

Oculus plans to phase out its flagship Rift VR headset for its newly created Rift S. The Rift S made its debut this week at the 2019 Game Developers Conference and is expected to be released in spring 2019.

Epic Games is offering $100 million to game developers with no catch

Epic Games launched a new grant program called Epic MegaGrants. The program will dish out $100 million in funds to developers working in the 3D graphics community, even if they don't use Unreal Engine.
Movies & TV

Bill and Ted 3 finally faces the music once summer 2020 arrives

Wyld Stallyns Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves travel to the famed Hollywood Bowl to make a big announcement: Bill and Ted 3: Face the Music will begin filming very soon and it has a release date locked in.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe teased way ahead of its November debut

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is coming to the United States, eventually. The new compact BMW won't be unveiled until the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The Gran Coupe will be based on a front-wheel drive platform.

The 2018 iPad is often the best iPad for most people — and now it’s only $250

Apple may have recently taken the wraps off of a new iPad Air and iPad Mini, but it's still the standard iPad that is best for most people. Now, the standard iPad has gotten a pretty significant discount -- it's down from $330 to $250.
Emerging Tech

Cheese tastes different when it listens to Led Zeppelin, Swiss study finds

A funky new study says that exposing cheese to music changes its aroma and flavor. What’s more, the genre of music matters. Researchers from the Bern University of Arts played music to nine, 22-pound wheels of Emmental cheese.

Autonomous shuttle rides coming to New York City via Optimus Ride

Workers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in NY City will soon be able to make their way around the 300-acre industrial park in Optimus Ride's self-driving shuttles. The tech startup says it's the first trial of its kind in the state.
Smart Home

Postmates now offers a way to get free delivery on meal orders

Postmates is offering customers the chance to order meals with free delivery. But you'll have to be cool with the idea of waiting a little longer, as the delivery driver will be carrying other meals for different customers.