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Deal of the Day: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2K Digital Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera with 14-42mm Lens for $437.99 with FREE Shipping!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2K Digital Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera with 14-42mm Lens for $437.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Best Buy dropped the price on Panasonic compact new slimmer and smaller Lumix GF2 micro four thirds interchangeable lens camera with included 14-42mm lens. This camera features 12MP still picture capture, full HD (1080i at 60fps) movie recording, 3" 460k dot touch screen LCD, pop-up flash + hotshoe, built in stereo microphone, and more.
San Francisco-based telecommunications giant Cisco recently announced they'd be discontinuing their Flip Minicamcorder line of products, which has left an existential vacuum for a lot of different Flip-based gadgets, including Blue Microphone's Mikey. To commemorate it's untimely demise, Blue Microphone posted an obituary for their beloved product.
Before its discontinuation, a series of Flip Camcorders with "Flip Ports" had been released, opening up developing opportunities for third party tinkerers. The Mikey have been shortlived, but it is survived by its brother and sisters who attach to the iPod and other Apple devices that, like Flip Mikey, record high quality stereophonic audio so your videos catch all sorts of phonic nuance.
These days, amidst an ever growing economy of gadgets and enterprises, it's always surprising to realize how similarly structured the technological ecosystem is to its living counterpart. Just as if a species were to go extinct, the disappearance of Flip leaves a slew of accessories, attachables, cases, protectors, carrying bags, etc. that will meet as tragic passings as the Mikey.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Logitech Portable Webcam C905 (Open Box) - $29.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Great price on this Logitech C905 Portable HD Webcam. It typically runs for over $56 online, but you can get this open box version from Logitech for almost half the price! The C905 has Carl Zeiss optics, a 2.0 megapixel sensor, RightLight 2 technology, Built-in mic with RightSound, and more!
Use coupon code: logi_c905_31611 for the $50 discount. Expires 03/19/2011.
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.