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Press Release: Peak Design Mobile Accessory Ecosystem Launching with iPhone 13 Pre-order



Our good friends over at Peak Design are officially launching their Mobile accessories alongside iPhone 13's pre-order. Mobile by Peak Design was first available through Kickstarter. With the campaign officially over, Peak Design is making it available for public ordering through their website


Take a look at our quick overview of Mobile by Peak Design. *These are pre-production units and will vary slightly from the retail versions.

Continue reading for the full press release.


Press Release: Skylum Announces Luminar NEO, New Creative Image Editor


NEW YORK, NY – September 9, 2021 — Skylum revealed Luminar Neo, a new creative image editor which empowers visual storytellers to bring their boldest ideas to life. Luminar Neo builds upon the unique, purpose-driven, AI editing technologies for which Skylum is well-known. Driven by our tradition of innovation, Luminar Neo further reimagines the image editing experience which enables creators to be more expressive with fewer boundaries and rediscover the joy in their creative work.

“As the latest member of the Luminar family, we designed Luminar Neo to allow artists to take on more challenging image creation work and achieve results which often seem unattainable,” said Dima Sytnik, Co-founder & CPO of Skylum.

Innovative technologies
Skylum continues to lead the market with innovative approaches and advanced technologies designed to improve the image editing process. Luminar Neo continues Skylum’s commitment to eliminate boring and repetitive tasks and help artists achieve results often seen as difficult.

Transform photos with new relighting options. Luminar Neo analyzes each image to recognize the depth of a scene and its subject which allows precise control over exposure and tone. Remove blemishes and distracting elements. Luminar Neo automatically recognizes and removes artifacts caused by a dirty camera sensor or lens. New tools make removing unwanted background elements easier than ever before.

Powerful background replacement. Take full control of the background for portrait photos by quickly replacing it with an all-new image or background.

Round-trip mobile image management. Our new companion mobile app makes it simple to add pictures captured on a mobile device to your Luminar Catalog. Once edited in Luminar Neo, results can be sent back to the mobile device for easy social sharing or viewing on the go.

Precise control with flexible editing
We designed Luminar Neo with input from working photographers, artists, and colorists. With this guidance, we built Luminar Neo to help artists break new creative ground with an image editor that allows precise control over every aspect of the final image while providing artists a flexible toolset that can be tailored to their unique creative workflow. These capabilities include:

AI-Driven Compositing
  • Smart, AI-based masking easily isolates elements in individual images.
  • Add numerous images as layers to create entirely new art.
  • Apply any tool and any mask … to any layer, in any order, multiple times.
  • Use creative blending modes, guided by AI, to achieve clean, precise, composite images.
Improved Ease of Use
  • Users can save their photos as well as presets for easy reuse.
  • All editing steps remain editable for complete control over the final image.
  • With a minimalist user interface, the whole process is enjoyable and easy.
High performance
An all-new editing engine drives Luminar Neo, making it possible to apply multiple tools to an image without significant performance loss. Luminar Neo allows for complex layering of several raw images. Our new Luminar engine enables Skylum to further optimize and refine the entire image-processing pipeline.

While built atop an efficient new engine, Luminar Neo inherits the proven, AI-driven technologies which made LuminarAI a ground-breaking image editor.

“The goal of Luminar has always been to help everyone create images they truly love. With Luminar Neo, we empower even more artists and photographers to achieve their full creative vision,” said Ivan Kutanin, CEO of Skylum. “With new tools and a flexible editing workflow, they’ll find powerful new ways to create while being inspired to explore new ways to do so. We can’t wait to see what our creative community comes up with.”

Availability
Luminar Neo ships this winter, but new artists don’t need to wait to create. They can pre-order and save on a bundle that provides LuminarAI now and Luminar Neo when it launches.

Visual storytellers who use other image editing applications can also use Luminar Neo as a plugin. Used in this way, Luminar adds incredibly useful and powerful, AI-driven editing tools to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic.

To learn more about Luminar Neo and sign up for updates, visit http://skylum.com/luminar-neo. We will release additional details about new technologies and explore the core benefits of Luminar Neo in the coming weeks.

Early-bird pricing is available here and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of shipping. Luminar Neo will also be carried in both the Microsoft Store and macOS App Store.


Review: XTAR SN4 7-in-1 Multi-Camera Battery Charger



Overview : Many photographers purchase lots of devices like camera/video monitor. Meanwhile they face problems of high power consumption, slow battery recharging speed and large luggage full of batteries and chargers for outdoor using.

SN4 is a 4-slot detachable camera battery charger, which can be freely detached and combined. With optional 7 types of charger docks, it can charge variety camera batteries of Canon, Sony, Nikon and other popular brands. 4x faster charging, supports PD3.0, QC3.0 & 5V 2A.

Features :
  • A single charging base can hold two different docks and charge up to 4 batteries at once.
  • Widely compatible for more than 9 models of batteries from Canon, Sony, and Nikon.
  • Powered by TYPE-C, 4 times faster by a max 45W power, using PD 3.0 & QC 3.0 for safe and efficient charging.
  • Using a three-stage intelligent charging protocol to prolong battery life.
  • The intelligent charging algorithm will match the best charging current.
  • Carried and stored easily, assembly, disassembly and swappable docks take just seconds.
  • Built-in safety protection technologies for you and your batteries.


Review: XTAR PB2S 18650 21700 Battery Charger Power Bank



Overview : The XTAR PB2S will quickly become your favorite dual-channel charger for lithium-ion batteries. Complete with a powerbank function, this charger not only keeps your batteries in proper working condition but your favorite USB electronics too. The PB2S supports both QC3.0 and PD3.0 fast charging methods for the quick revitalization of batteries, smartphones, tablets, and more. Additionally, the USB-C and USB-A ports work in conjunction with one another to charge two external devices at the same time. The Xtar PB2S has an easy-to-read screen that provides real-time information such as charging/discharging current, voltage, battery capacity percentage, and this information toggles between the two batteries by single-handedly pressing a button on the side. Another perk to the PB2S is patented Xtar features: 0V Activation Function which instantly revives over-discharged batteries and returns them to their original functioning state, and their three-stage charging system which starts with a trickle current, bumps up to a constant current and then moves to constant voltage once the battery is fully charged.

Features :
  • Portable Charger with Power Bank Function, Charge protected 18650 and unprotected 18650 18700 20700 21700 batteries. With your own batteries, you can even DIY the capacity of the power bank up to 10000mAh+.
  • Max 3A fast charging, supports the most popular QC3.0+PD3.0 dual-protocol fast charging.
  • Precise numerical tube displays real-time charging/discharging current and voltage, and battery capacity percentage, and supports a one-handed button to check each battery’s charging voltage and current
  • Type-C and USB-A ports can both be used for output and charge two external devices at the same time, more convenient for outdoor usage. (*PB2S can also charge ‘low-current’ devices such as Bluetooth headphones and USB lights.)
  • PB2S comes with a magnetic cover, Dust-proof and Drop-proof; Built-in Ribbon for easy removal of the batteries; Rubber-painted Material, Skin-friendly Touch.


Review: XTAR BC4 Rechargeable AA/AAA Battery USB Charger



Overview : XTAR BC4 has both charge and discharge functions. It can charge the batteries, the input current of the Type-C port is up to 5V 2A, and can also discharge through the USB port as an emergency power supply for external devices.

Features :
  • Apply to 1.5V Li-ion/IMR/INR/ICR and 1.2V Ni-MH AA/AAA batteries. Supporting mix-charging of 1.5V Li-ion, 1.2V Ni-MH and Ni-CD batteries. (Note: Do not charge 3.6/3.7V Li-ion batteries)
  • It can charge the batteries, the input current of the Type-C port is up to 5V 2A, and can also discharge through the USB port supply for external devices. (Note: Due to the difference in battery discharge performance and capacity, when using USB output function: Please use the same type, the same brand, and the similar condition of AA batteries and it’s not recommended to use different types of batteries for discharging.)
  • With its tiny size and thin body, BC4 can be held easily by one hand and put into your pocket. Equipped with an exquisite lanyard, convenient whether for daily carry or for traveling. (Size: L80mm x W75mm x H27mm)
  • After inserting four batteries with power into the charger, press and hold the button for 2s can turn on LED emergency light for close-up search and other emergency use in dimly lit environments
  • BC4 can charge rechargeable batteries of children's toys, remote controls, electric razors, recorders, alarm clocks, calculators, etc. As long as there are AA/AAA batteries, you can use BC4


Kickstarter TEASER: XTAR SN4 7-in-1 Camera Battery Charger for Canon, Sony & Nikon



Our good friends over at XTAR are gearing up to release their newest 7-in-1 camera battery charger, the SN4. SN4 is a 4-slot detachable camera battery charger, which can be freely detached and combined. It can charge variety camera batteries of Canon, Sony, Nikon and other popular brands. Its similar to their XTAR VN2 4-in-1 Camera Battery Charger that we reviewed (and use daily), which featured the ability to charge four different types of camera battery plates from one base. But with the new SN4, you're able to charge up to SEVEN different types of batteries (three being newly added).

Here's a list of compatible batteries:
  • Canon LP-E6/E6N/E6NH
  • Canon LP-E8
  • Canon LP-E17
  • Sony NP-FW50
  • Sony NP-FZ100
  • Sony NP-F550/F570; NP-F750/F770; NP-F970
  • Nikon EN-EL15
  • COMING SOON: Panasonic, Fujifilm, GoPro, DJI, Insta360 and so on
The three new battery plates is for the Sony NP-FZ100, NP-F550/F570; NP-F750/F770; NP-F970 and the Nikon EN-EL15. If you're a user like me who has Sony NP-F970 batteries, Canon LP-E6 and LP-E17 batteries, this will come in super handy! You'll be able to charge multiple different batteries at the same time from the same charger. No more having to carry different chargers and occupying multiple outlets.

The SN4 also charges quicker and supports PD3.0, QC3.0 & 5V 2A. So how quick? In one hour, you can charge a Canon LP-E6, Nikon EN-EL15 or Sony NP-F550 to 75% capacity. Sony NP-FZ100 to 80% capacity or Sony NP-F970 to 45%. This is great if you're in a pinch and need a quick charge up.

XTAR has a sign up page so that you're put on a list to be notified of when the Kickstarter campaign goes live. The first 500 Super Early Bird backers will get 40% OFF!

No word on pricing or when the Kickstarter campaign will go live but we will update this post when it does. We're hoping to get our hands on one so we can give you a full review and up-close look at the SN4. We are looking forward to eliminating having to lug around so many chargers and speed up charging time. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, take a peak at the SN4.



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