Photo FOMO: Stash 5 years of footage on this card; daily photos boost well-being

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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 Red Cinema’s partnership with Facebook, Olloclip’s new iPhone X lenses, GoPro’s app update and cool Kickstarters like a night vision action cam and a 360 to 180 camera that can refocus, find briefs on the latest in accessories and photo industry news from this week with Photo FOMO.

This X-shaped camera strap aims to take the ache out of photography

Literally tired of neck straps? Photographers could soon have another strap alternative to choose from. Fotocase is an X-shaped strap that’s designed to distribute the camera’s weight evenly across the back while leaving a sling-style access with the camera resting at the hip. The strap is designed with Italian leather and uses the tripod mount along with a secondary safety cord to securely attach compact, mirrorless, and DSLR cameras. The strap is slated for designs for both one and two camera carrying options. The company is taking to Kickstarter to fund the project. If the campaign is successful, early backers could pick up the strap for pledges starting at $79.

Daily photo snapping isn’t an addiction — it’s good for your health, study suggests

Debating whether to commit yourself to a 360-day photo challenge? A new study from the U.K. suggests that shooting and sharing a daily photo is actually good for you. The study, published in Health, followed daily photo takers for two months. The study concluded that the daily photo shares improved well-being in three areas: Self-care, community practice, and reminiscence. The scientists aren’t about to advise doctors to write out a script for daily photo taking, however — they suggest that the practice of creating meaning associated in those photos contributes to overall well-being.

“Rather than saying that photo-a-day can be prescribed to improve well-being, by looking at it within the wider sphere of everyday life and via the lens of practice theory, we can think about the interlinked and complex nature of the practice,” the researchers concluded. “Its effect arises from the way people come to attach meaning to it and connect it to other practices. By definition, this is an active process of meaning making, in which a new conceptualization of well-being emerges.”

This SD card won’t need to be swapped for five years

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SD card companies have been focusing on creating faster cards for 4K video — but what if you don’t really need that speed, but longevity? Samsung recently launched a line of SD cards, the Pro Endurance, that is designed to write continuous footage for uses in security cameras, dash cams, body cameras and the like. The biggest card can handle 43,800 hours of 1080p video at 26 Mbps, which amounts to about five years of recording. Samsung says the line offers 25x more endurance compared to cards focused on speed — and backs it up with a five-year warranty. The line stretches from 32GB to 128 GB and from $25 to $90.

BenQ launches affordable photo-focused monitor

The company known for monitors tailored for creatives just launched its cheapest PhotoVue SW monitor yet. Coming out sometime in May, the BenQ SW240 is a 24-inch monitor with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The monitor boasts color coverage ranges from 95 percent to 100 percent in DCI-P3, Adobe RGB, and SRGB and comes from the factory already color calibrated. At about $400, the monitor is a bit more than monitors not designed with that color focus but sits at a lower price point than the rest of the line. 

YouTube-supported 180 cameras get a new app

YouTube’s new 180 video format is designed for creating immersive scenes when a look behind you isn’t really necessary — and now the supported cameras have their own app focused on the format. The VR180 app allows users to transfer footage, get a live preview or set up the camera. The app is designed for Daydream VR180 cameras including the Lenovo Mirage, Yi Horizon VR180, and the Z Cam K1 Pro.


Nvidia’s A.I. Playground lets you edit photos, experience deep learning research

Nvidia is making it easier to access information on deep learning research. It has launched an online space with three demos for image editing, styling, as well as photorealistic image synthesis. 

Protect yourself and your ride with our favorite dash cams

Dashboard cameras can assist drivers in car accident claims, settle speeding ticket disputes, and even catch glimpses of incoming meteors, among other things. Here, we've compiled a list of the most noteworthy offerings available.

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

People take tons of photos using their smartphones, but not all are meant to be shared or seen. Luckily, hiding photos on your iOS device is easy, whether you want to use built-in utilities or apps with added security.

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

A man was snapping a photo in Australia when the smartphone stopped an arrow shot at his face. In this week's photography news, see Canon's plans for a stabilized mirrorless, Hasselblad's newest accessories, Samyang's latest lens, and more.
Social Media

Twitter takes a cue from Instagram and Snapchat with new quick-swipe camera

Twitter is giving the "what's happening" treatment to photos and video by allowing users to access the in-app camera fast enough to catch and share the moment. The new Twitter camera is now accessible with a swipe.

The Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35 mimics tilt-shift blur for less cash

Want to create a tilt-shift image on a budget? The new Lensbaby Composer II with Edge 35 mimics the look of a tilt-shift lens for under $500. The new Edge 35 optic is part of the Composer Pro II optics system.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Loupedeck Plus can now edit video, audio with Final Cut Pro

The list of Loupedeck Plus-compatible software is growing. The photo-editing console now works with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition for video and audio editing. The controls can be configured to be used on either platform.

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…

Paper designs digitize in real time using an Illustrator-connected paper tablet

Love graphic design, but prefer the feel of real paper? The new Moleskine Paper Tablet - Creative Cloud Connected syncs with Adobe Illustrator in real time, turning paper sketches into digital drawings.

Insta-checkout? New Instagram service lets you shop without leaving the platform

Shopping on Instagram no longer means leaving the platform to checkout in a web browser. Instagram checkout launched in beta today with a handful of retailers, allowing users to checkout without leaving the app.

Make the most of your toner with our five favorite color laser printers

Color laser printers have improved dramatically over the years, and today's models offer both blazing print speeds and great image quality. Here are our favorite color laser printers, from massive all-in-ones to smaller budget options.

Sony’s latest sensor is stacked, backlit, and equipped with a global shutter

Say this five times fast: Backlit, stacked, global shutter sensor. Sony managed to cram all three technologies into one sensor. The result is a high-speed sensor with a higher resolution without sacrificing low-light quality.

You can now use the innovative Red Hydrogen One on Google Fi

The Red Hydrogen One was first announced in 2017 and has been delayed a few times since then. Now, the Red Hydrogen One is finally available, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.