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I have one of the HD Hero motorsports camcorders and the camera is awesome. The only thing I don't like about it is that you can't see what you are recording on it because it has no LCD. That makes it really hard to get the shot you want when using the thing away from a computer. Newer GoPro cameras have a port on the back for expansion.
GoPro has announced a new LCD BacPac that is made to use that expansion port and adds a LCD to the camcorder. The LCD will let you see what you are filming as you shoot the video. You can also use the screen to view any video you recorded previously.
The LCD BacPac ships with two new backs for the enclosure that holds the HD Hero cameras to keep them safe from water and shocks. The LCD has an integrated mic so you can hear the sound from your recordings as well. The BacPac sells for $79.99 and is shipping right now.
Digital cameras are sort of like apps for smartphones in that there is a camera for just about every need. You can find lots of entry-level digital cameras for people shopping based on price, there are also lots of cameras covering all other needs from mainstream up to super zoom and interchangeable lens cameras.
Sony has announced a pair of new cameras that fall into the higher-end of the point and shoot market. The new cameras are the HX100V and the HX9V. The two are both super zoom offerings that share many of the same features. The cameras are both 16.2MP cameras with Exmor CMOS sensors. They both have Sweep Panorama feature, and both have a 3-inch rear LCD.
They are also both able to record 1080p HD video at 60 fps and shoot 3MP still photos while recording video as well. The difference between the two boils down to zoom range. The HX100V has a 30x zoom lens and the HX9V has a 16x optical zoom lens. The HX100V will sell for $450 and the HX9V will sell for $350 with both hitting the Sony Style store in February.
I mentioned a new rugged digital camera from Panasonic earlier and Ricoh has also unveiled a new camera today. The only thing I know about Ricoh is their copier line so it's a bit odd to see a new digital camera to me from the company. The new cam is called the CX5 and it has some really cool features like high-speed focus. Being able to focus faster makes it easier to catch the image you want during fast action without blur.
The CX5 can focus in as little as 0.2 seconds, which is about half the time it took the previous CX4 camera to focus. The camera has a 28mm wide-angle lens that can zoom up to the equivalent of 300mm. That gives an optical zoom range of 10.7x. The camera also has a super zoom mode that will give it the equivalent of 600mm zoom. That mode is a 2x digital zoom that multiplies the optical zoom.
The camera has a litany of automatic modes and automatic scene settings. The rear LCD is a 3-inch unit with 920k dots making it very high resolution. The camera has HDMI output for viewing photos and HD 720p video on a big screen. The camera will come in black, silver, and pink with pricing unknown right now.
Panasonic has tossed the replacement for its aging TS2 digital camera with a rugged design onto the market. The new camera is called the TS3 and is a rugged digital camera that can survive use outdoors. The camera is waterproof for 40-feet, can survive drops from 6.6-feet, and is freeze proof to -10C. The cam is probably more rugged than you are
The cam has a 3D photo mode that will take 20 images at one time and then overlay the best two shots for 3D viewing on the Panasonic 3D TVs. It's not clear if those 3D photos are viewable on anything other than a Panasonic TV. The camera has a 12.1MP sensor and can record 1080p HD video as well.
The rear of the camera has a 2.7-inch LCD with 230K dot resolution and an anti-reflective coating. Other features include GPS and a wealth of automatic modes and settings. The GPS sensor can tag images with details like the city they were shot in and can offer the name of landmarks that images include if the landmark is in the database. The camera will ship in March at an undisclosed price.
Panasonic has added some new cameras to its line of Lumix digital point and shoots today. Among the new cameras is the DMC-ZS10. This camera has a lot of cool features that people that need to shoot still shots and take video with one camera will like. One of the best features is that the camera has the ability to record 1080p video.
The rear LCD for viewing video and photos is a 3-inch unit with a resolution of 460K dots. The LCD is touch sensitive and supports Touch Zoom, Touch Auto focus, Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback. The camera also has GPS integrated to allow for geo tagging and a lot more. Other features include a 24mm Leica lens with 16x optical zoom and 3D photo mode.
The 3D photo mode takes a series of 20 images and then chooses the best two to overlap. The overlapping allows 3D photos to be made that can be viewed on Panasonic digital TVs. The camera has a 14MP image sensor and tons of automatic modes and settings as well as optical image stabilization, and lots more. The camera will ship in March and the pricing will be announced closer to launch.
Generally, when I shoot pics with my DSRL I don't have a problem with blur if I am outside where it is bright thanks to a really fast shutter. Inside or when I try to shoot pics in the dark things are different though. I end up with blur almost every time thanks to the fact that my D80 lacks any anti-blur tech inside.
I guess I could buy a lens that has the technology in it, but I rarely need it. If you are like me and don't want to spend the money, it costs to get a lens to reduce blur in your pics and you have a DIY penchant this new hack at Hack A Day might be just what you need. The builder took an Arduino board and connected it with a Bluetooth modem, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and a camera trigger.
The smaller camera you see on the side isn't a part of the final rig and is there to help tweak the algorithm that removes blur. The final product controls the camera shutter and supposedly does a good job of removing image blur. I think I'd rather just fight the blur or buy a lens that have to use that thing, but it is really cool.
Growing up in the country riding dirt bikes all the time I can tell you that a pair of goggles is required if you like being able to see. A bunch of people that ride off-road and do other sports like skiing that wear goggles also want to show off their skills on video to their friends that weren't around. The catch is that it's hard to find a camera that can withstand off road use and is small enough that it's not a bother to the user.
Liquid image has unveiled a new set of goggles called the impact series that has a 1080p camcorder integrated into the frames. This same company makes the line of scuba masks that have video cameras inside. The Impact series comes in black or red colors and the video camera is in the center of the goggles right above the bridge of the nose for a perfect POV.
The field of view is 136-degrees to take in all that the rider sees. The camera will record 1080p resolution video at 30 fps and can record 60 fps video at 720p resolution. It can also take still shots at 12MP resolution. The video and photos are stored to a microSD card and the goggles ship with a 4GB card and support cards up to 32GB. Pricing and availability for the goggles is unknown at this time.
There are bunches of different camcorders on the market today that are aimed at people that want to record sports and other things from their point of view. These cameras are generally rugged units that can withstand crashes and water that would kill a normal camcorder. The thing that many of these rugged camcorders have in common is that they need a plastic shell to be water and shock resistant.
A new camera from V.I.O. has debuted called the POV.HD that needs no case to protect it from the elements. The camera is waterproof and very small. It can survive being submerged in a meter of water for half an hour and comes with a small handheld part that has an LED screen to let you view the video in the field.
The camera can be mounted to a helmet, goggle strap, and to other devices using two included mount styles. It also has a wireless remote control that lets the user tag video, start the recording, and stop recording that can be mounted to a goggle strap as well. The camera can be pre-ordered right now for $599.95.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - JVC has unveiled several new camcorders at CES, but the coolest of them all is certainly the new GS-TD1. The TD1 is the world's first consumer video camera that can record in full 1080p HD in 3D. The camera has dual lenses and each lens gets its own 3.32MP CMOS senor for making the 3D images just like the human eyes do.
Each of those images can be grabbed in 1920 x 1080 resolution and the camera can shoot in LR independent format and can shoot in side-by-side format as well. The camera only has 5x optical zoom. You have to give up some of the zoom you typically get in a camcorder today for the 3D capability.
The camera also has an optical image stabilization system and a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD on the side for controlling the camera. The screen can show the 3D video and stills that you shoot with the camera without needing glasses of any sort. It also supports 3D time-lapse recording and it has 64GB of internal storage. Storage can be expanded with SD cards and the camera will sell for $1999.95 when it ships in March.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Casio has been around for a long time and makes so many products that it's hard to keep up with all of what the company offers. One of the big categories for the company is digital photography and at CES Casio has pulled the wraps off a new digital camera that tosses out the traditional design we are used to seeing and forges its own path into fracking awesome point and shoot design.
The new camera is called the TRYX and it has a very unique design. The camera has a LCD that can swivel 270-degrees to allow the user to turn the thing to the front or back for ideal visibility. While the screen swivels the frame around the sensor, lens and screen swivels 360-degrees. That means that the frame can be positioned anywhere the user wants to allow it to act as a tripod or a handle for taking photos over a crowd.
The camera is very thin at 0.59" thick and it can shoot 1080p HD video at 30 fps in portrait or landscape modes. The camera has a ton of automatic features, functions that you expect to find on digital cams today, and it can record in slow motion with 240 fps video at 432 x 320 resolution. The LCD is a 3-inch touch capable unit and the sensor resolution is 12.1MP. The camera will ship in April 2011 for $249.99.