Pixsy & SmugMug. Enforcing licensable images’ rights. 2018 Visual 1st Special Recognition Award winner Pixsy announces a strategic partnership with SmugMug
to enable SmugMug members to instantly protect their photo collection with a one-click integration, as well as to utilize Pixsy’s various tools to monitor photos, and to prevent and fight against unlicensed use and copyright infringement.
Meural. Digital photo frames. Meural (a high-end digital frames company acquired two year ago by Netgear) announces digital frames that are WiFi-enabled and can be controlled through Meural’s smartphone app
. The Meural photo frame now also supports gesture control and display of Apple’s Live Photos and other short-form (up to 15 seconds) video formats. Meural is known for its integrated sensors that monitor the room’s ambient light to ensure the proper brightness of the displayed images and the frame can automatically set to go to sleep when it’s dark.
Snoppa. 3-axis gimbal camera. You too can be a vlogger for $249. The Snoppa Vmate, a new handheld video camera with a built-in gimbal with 3-axis stabilization, is now shipping
. It features an integrated 3-axis gimbal and can record UHD 4K at up to 60fps and HD at up to 240fps for slow motion movies in both horizontal and vertical orientation. The Snoppa Vmate contains a built in Wi-Fi module for connection to your phone. But wait, you want to vlog and include yourself in the movie too? The Vmate Broadcaster Mode allows you to use the front-facing camera on your phone in addition to the Vmate’s gimbal camera, so that you can simultaneously record video of the scenery and yourself at the same time.
Fairphone. No need to replace that whole damn phone. Fairphone, the sustainable smartphone manufacturer that tries to make easily repairable devices using responsibly sourced materials, announces the Fairphone 3 Plus, an upgraded version of last year’s Fairphone 3 with improved cameras and speakers. Note that if you already own last year’s phone and don’t want to upgrade to a whole new handset, the Fairphone’s modular design enables you to purchase just the new camera module
for around $110 and install it into your existing phone. Wouldn’t it be nice if larger smartphone vendors follow suit?
Xiaomi. Under display camera. How can that front-facing camera be out of my way? Well, we’re moving beyond notch design and punch hole design, with under-display cameras being the next big thing for smartphone front-facing cameras. Xiaomi announced one
for their next generation model that they’ll be shipping next year.
Vecnos. 360 video creation app. Vecnos, a spin-out of Ricoh, launches IQUISPIN
, an iOS and Android app allowing users to easily create and share short videos with automated motion and effects using images taken with any 360-degree camera. The app converts still 360-degree photos into a several-second MP4 motion video clip that can be easily shared.