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CES 2013 - JVC is no stranger to launching flagship, ground-breaking HD camcorders at CES. Last year they released on of the first 4k camcorders made. This year it is a more affordable handheld camcorder capable of 1080P capture.
Launched earlier today at CES, the JVC Procision GC-PX100 is a 1,920 x 1,080 video capturing monster. It shoots at 36Mbps, a rate that makes it perfect for slow motion capture. Boasting a F/1.2 lens with a 1/2.3" 12.8 megapixel black side illuminated CMOS sensor the GC-PX100 is capable of cranking out up to 600 frames per second.
The device is also able to capture still images at burst rates of nine per second. Also worth mentioning, is that the camera is WiFi enabled, and users can send the video to a phone or PC with the push of a button. The Procision GC-PX100 is on the upper end of consumer camcorders at $1000, but we can see this selling fast to athletic groups.
Polaroid, the once popular instant photo company has plans to launch "Fotobars" in various US cities. The stores will be a place where you can take your digital images and have them professionally printed.
Ten stores are set to launch in Delray Beach Fl, New York, and Las Vegas in 2013 with the Delray store being the first this February. Each store will be staffed with so-called Photenders, and equipped with a "patent-pending proprietary technology" that'll let you wirelessly transfer photos from your phone to a workstation.
Simple glossy photos wont be all you are limited to though, customers will be able to print photos on "handcrafted" pieces using canvas, metal, acrylic, wood or bamboo -- those will be shipped to the customer within 72 hours, and are apparently of the same variety that can currently be ordered on Polaroid's Photobar website.
Polaroid has confirmed that it is planning to introduce an Android-powered camera similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Camera at CES 2013. The new camera will feature interchangeable lenses, something the Galaxy Camera is distinctly missing. Other details of the camera have not been offered, though we will know in about three weeks at CES.
"There will be an Android powered, interchangeable lens camera introduced by Polaroid at CES 2013," Scott Hardy, president and CEO of Polaroid told Imaging Resource in an emailed statement. "Additional information and specs will be released during the show."
CES 2012 saw Polaroid unveiling the Android-powered SC1630, which featured a 16MP sensor, though it still has not gone on sale. The picture above turned up alongside of a rumor of this device, which popped up on Tuesday. The camera is said to be called the IM1836 and will reportedly be mirrorless with an 18.1MP sensor and 3.5-inch touchscreen.
The operating system is rumored to be Android 4.
Foxconn, most notably of Apple device manufacturing fame has reportedly purchased a minority stake in HD video camera maker GoPro. In an agreement that sees Foxconn purchase an 8.8% stake for roughly $200 million dollars.
The purchase gives Foxconn founder and CEO Terry Gou a spot on GoPro's board of directors. The deal between Foxconn and GoPro gives the camera manufacturer a market value of $2.25 billion.
GoPro has pretty much revolutionized the wearable and mountable HD Camera market. Widely popular with the extreme sports, on location video production, and home video enthusiast markets, GoPro has wigged it's way as a contender in mobile video production.
That weird Android camera made by Samsung is coming to Verizon. Yes, I'm talking about the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which will soon be making an appearance on Verizon's LTE network. Wind of this story was first caught last week, thanks to an FCC filing, but it has now been confirmed by the product page.
Curiously enough, the specs only list an LTE radio operating at 700MHz. There is no mention of the older CDMA technology, which could leave some users in the dark. CDMA is basically everywhere on Verizon's network, and while LTE is working its way on getting to that point, it isn't quite there, at least not yet.
Price hasn't been disclosed, though it will likely come in at a similar price to the AT&T version, so you should expect to pay around $499. It's possible that Verizon may offer a subsidy with a two-year contract, but there has been no mention either direction on whether or not this will happen.
Based in Canada? Waiting for Samsung's Galaxy Camera? Well, you'll only have to wait for just over another week, as they'll be launching the Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy Camera in Canada on December 7.
It'll be arriving in Black's Photography, as well as the official Samsung store in Burnaby, BC. The Canuck model will keep its HSPA+ data that comes in the AT&T model, too. Samsung haven't released any pricing for Canadians, yet.
The Galaxy Camera in the US is around $500, so you shouldn't expect to pay too much more for the Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy Camera.
I'm quite excited about Samsung's Galaxy Camera, as it ushers in an era of Android-powered point-and-shoot digital cameras from a strong Android-based smartphone maker.
Samsung's Galaxy Camera will first drop on AT&T's network, who will offer the camera on a 4G (non-LTE) data plan. There's no details on pricing, or if the carrier will offer any sort of subsidy. AT&T have stated that they will unveil pricing when the camera is released in a few weeks time.
In case you haven't heard of the Galaxy Camera, let's run over the specs again. We're looking at a normal point-and-shoot camera, that is just a powerful as a decent smartphone minus the voice call part of things. The Galaxy Camera sports 21x optical zoom with f/2.8 maximum aperture, with a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with an ISO range from 100 to 3,200.
NHK are slowly making me consider a move to Japan, just so I can experience these things hands-on. But at CEATEC, they had some 3D goggles on display, sporting an 8K resolution. These goggles were able to zoom into a picture without degrading quality significantly.
8K resolution has been called Super Hi-Vision by NHK, which offers 16 times the resolution of a 1920x1080 Full HD image. NHK's 3D goggles showed off some 3D diorama images of locales in Japan, and were captured by Super Hi-Vision cameras in either 4K or 8K. A user can pan the goggles around, while manipulating a lever, where they're able to zoom in and out of the image. The super high-resolution 8K image provides the ability to zoom in at up to 16x, and full receive a Full HD image - beyond impressive.
It'll obviously be years and years before we see 8K even reach mainstream, but it's great to know the technology is being worked on now, in the very early days. It will also make getting to 4K seem not so impressive.
One of the devices that I think will change the point-and-shoot market up is Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Camera. The 4.77-inch HD display-sporting digital camera sports some decent specs, too.
We're looking at crystal clear steady snapping, a F2.8 aperture, 21X optical zoom, and a focal length of 23mm. Samsung's Galaxy Camera also includes 8GB of internal storage, with the option of upgrading this through microSD.
Samsung's Galaxy Camera also supports 10 different modes for snapping photos, supports 120fps video recording, auto face calibration, action freeze, slow motion on video, on-screen editing, auto cloud back-up, and Glonass-assisted GPS functionalities. Once pictures have been taken on the Galaxy Camera, they can be shared using the point-and-shoots Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity.
4K is not even properly here yet, considering my wife hasn't bought me a 4K-capable screen yet, and now were hearing about not only 8K cameras, but 8K cameras capable of capturing 120Hz.
Normally they capture at 60Hz, but 120Hz would make motion on screen look silky smooth, and not just for sport, but for movies, games and more. The Japanese Broadcasting Corporation's latest model was on show at IBC in Amsterdam, showing off the 120Hz, 8K-capable camera's abilities.
Engadget was there for some eyes-on action, citing that when "Filming a rotating image that paired ordinary objects and cityscapes with letters and numbers, you could see the difference instantly, with the 120Hz image on the right side yielding far shaper details, while the left side was often a blurry mess."