Tag: digital cameras

The new Polaroid Snap Touch with LCD: Is this insta-digital hybrid camera worth it?

After spending some time playing around with the new Polaroid Snaptouch ($179.99 from our affiliate Amazon) that we were sent for review, I think it’s a fun little camera for a family — especially with road trips, summer camp, and more outdoor time ahead. That said, there are a few caveats I want to offer. It didn’t take too long for my 9 year old to figure out how to use the touch screen to take, save or trash a photo; then play around with digital effects like borders, type, and a few sticker options before printing. And showing off...

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The 15 coolest new tech gadgets of the year: Editors’ Best Tech of 2015

We’re always excited to try out all the new gadgets each year and wow, what a long way we’ve come since Cool Mom Tech launched five years ago. Technology like pressure touch screens, the overwhelming adoption of streaming music and media, the desire for portable everything, and items that have gotten both very very small (Polaroid Cube) and very very large (iPhone 6S Plus) are really changing the game. So we hope you enjoy our picks for the very coolest new gadgets of 2015 And psst…if you’re looking for cool tech toys? They’re coming up in their very own post.   -Liz +...

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DxO One connected camera: The tiny device that turns your iPhone into a pro DSLR camera.

I’ve taken hundreds of photos of my kids just in the last couple months. And almost every single one was taken with my phone. Even though I have a nice DSLR camera, it’s so heavy, it’s just not practical to lug it with me everywhere. Especially considering I’m just an avid amateur who likes getting great shots of her kids. So I’m really excited about the cool innovations of the DxO One camera that’s making it possible for me to take DSLR-quality photos with my phone. When I first heard about this, I was pretty intrigued and was thrilled we received a review unit to try out. Now,...

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Cool gifts for photographers: 2015 Tech Gift Guide

Next up in our 2015 Holiday Tech Gift Guide series, we’ve put together some of the coolest, gotta-have gifts for photographers. We’re talking cameras, gadgets, accessories — everything a photog would be happy to snap up. (Ha!) Even a few surprises. Whether the shutterbug in your life is a polished iPhonographer or an eager enthusiast getting deeper into dSLR territory, there’s something for everyone to help make the holidays merry and bright #nofilter. And we’re doubly pleased to present our guide on behalf of our sponsor, Tile Bluetooth tracker. If you have ever been like, “Why isn’t there a clapper for my camera...

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The new Polaroid CUBE+ is super cool, wifi-ready, and still cute as a button

As you may have guessed, we’re officially smitten with the new Polaroid CUBE+. It all started last year, when we first laid eyes on the 1.0 version of this bite-sized, lifestyle action camera. Back then, we were totally impressed with the 6 megapixels pics and 1080 HF video of the Polaroid Cube camera. And now, with some pretty cool upgrades, we’re giddy all over again. For starters, the new and improved Polaroid CUBE+ is now wifi-enabled. This means that you can use the free iOS and Android companion apps to control the mini action camera remotely and use your smart device as a remote viewfinder — which a...

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First camera recommendations for kids? Reader Q+A

My daughter is turning 6 and I’d like to get her a camera. We gave her an old Canon point-and-shoot for Christmas and she is so responsible with it – she’s ready for a new one of her own. I love the Fujifilm Instax Mini (especially Hello Kitty), but I’m a little nervous about the the amount of film we’ll go through with three little kids (and me!) taking pictures. Do you have any photo/video suggestions? – Lisa   Hi Lisa, sounds like you have a budding photographer on your hands! It’s great you want to nurture her talents with her first...

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Capture the action of summer with the new VTech Kidizoom Action Cam for kids

Ever since my husband showed the kids the GoPro videos he took while mountain biking, they’ve wanted to take the same kind of cool action videos, even if all they’re doing is riding a scooter down the driveway. And since we’re not so keen on handing over a $300 camera, I was intrigued to see that VTech has come out with the Kidizoom Action Cam (available at our affiliate Amazon), an action camera for kids that lets them make their own high-energy videos at a much more kid-friendly price. Related: GoPro is for extreme sport enthusiasts. AKA parents. My first concern was that “cheaper camera” would also equal “terrible quality” since...

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8 cool Mother’s Day gifts for photographers. We’d take all of them.

As we start looking around for cool Mother’s Day gifts, we realize not every mom is into keepsake pendants and baby footprint artwork. So for the photographer mom in your life who is always trying to capture those special moments with her trusty dSLR or smartphone camera (even if she doesn’t always readily get around to printing those Instagram snaps — because life), here are 8 cool Mother’s Day gift ideas for photographers to help celebrate your favorite shutterbug. After all, we all get to benefit from their hobby when we end up with beautiful family photos to show for it....

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Hooray! The Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer is here!

I’ve had my eye on the Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer ever since I saw it in action at CES 2015 a few months ago, and well, the day is finally here. Yep, this very cool little printer is available for purchase! This hand-sized printer hooks to your smart phone via Bluetooth and in less than a minute allows you to print out your favorite photos, even add special effects and cool filters before you do with the Polaroid ZIP iOS app (also available for Android). Plus, it uses special Zink zero-ink printing technology, you don’t have to worry about walking around with a...

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5 smart selfie stick alternatives. Because OH NOES, NOT A BAN ON SELFIE STICKS.

The selfie stick struggle is real, friends. From major museums, like the MoMA and The Met in NYC to the Palace of Versailles in Paris, to sports stadiums, to musical festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza, the ban on selfie sticks shows no signs of slowing down. While many applaud the move to nix the “in-the-way,” photo-taking tool, others are left wondering how they can quickly grow an super long arm to snap selfies that will incorporate the most background possible. For those who simply need to get their selfie fix — whether or not a selfie stick is banned in your next destination —...

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