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You may have seen some of the stories about the college professor at New York University that was doing an art project that had him mount a camera on the back of his head. The camera was going to shoot a photo every few minutes to post in a museum sponsoring the art.
The professor was Wafaa Bilal and he has announced that he had to have the camera on the back of his head removed because his body rejected it. One of the three titanium posts that was holding the camera on his head had to be removed via surgery last week.
The removal of the camera from his head has forced him to seek other means to take the photos. Might I suggest a backpack, or a necklace, or a Scarf, or just take the photos like a normal artist. "I'm determined to continue with it," Bilal told the Chronicle about "3rdi" which is described on his website as "a statement on surveillance, the mundane and the things we leave behind."
Fujifilm has unveiled a new digital camera that has a very cool retro design and lots of nice features inside. The digital camera is called the FinePix X100 and it has an APS-C CMOS sensor inside and 12.3MP resolution. The camera also has the world's first hybrid viewfinder.
The hybrid viewfinder is a combination of a window-type "bright frame" optical unit and a LCD viewfinder. The hybrid view gives shot details on the LCD portion and has 0.5x magnification. The camera uses a 23mm Fujinon lens with a 9-blade aperture diaphragm and an integrated ND filter.
The rear of the camera has a 2.8-inch 460k dot LCD and the ISO range is from 200 to 6400. The ISO range can be expanded to 100 and 12800 as well. Photos can be shot in RAW format and the camera records 720p HD video and can shoot motion panoramas. Lots of automatic features are built-in along with integrated flash. The X100 will ship in March for $1,199.95.
Canon has announced some new DSLR cameras today that are in the entry-level range for shooters. The new cameras are the EOS Rebel T3 and T3i. the T3i is the new Rebel DSLR flagship camera and has some really cool features. The camera has an 18MP sensor and a 3-inch Vari-Angle rear LCD that has high resolution.
The T3i also has a wealth of automatic shooting modes along with manual modes and it and the lower end T3 DSLRs both have new menus to make it easier for new users to learn to shoot with the cameras. The T3i and T3 share many of the same features, the biggest differences are price and the T3 is a 12.1MP camera. The T3i records 1080p resolution video and the T3 can record 720p HD video.
Both of the cameras have DIGIC 4 image processors and 9-point autofocus. They also have wide ISO ranges and will ship in March. The T3i with body only will sell for $799.99. Bundle the body with a kit EF-S 18-55mm lens and the price is $899.99 or with an 18-135mm lens the price moves up to $1099. The T3 will sell for $599.99 with an 18-55mm lens.
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.