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CES 2011, Las Vegas - Anyone that is into sports and has tried to film themselves performing their favorite extreme sport knows that taking a normal camcorder on a skiing trip or to a skate park with you is asking for the death of a normal gadget. If you are a swimmer or diver, a normal camera isn't an option at all. Swann Security has all sorts of cameras in its line up and most of them are aimed at home and office security.
The company has announced that it will be showing off a new consumer camera at CES 2011 that is called the SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera. The camera records in relatively low 640 x 480 resolution and comes in a watertight housing. That housing will keep water out down to 65-feet deep and it is also shock proof to prevent the camera for breaking if you drop it or crash. The camera can be mounted to just about anything with several included mounting options.
Those mount options include several Velcro straps, a double clipper, pouch, and several different clips for various mounts. The camera stores video to microSD cards and a single 16GB microSD card is good for five hours of video and the internal rechargeable battery is good for 2.5 hours of recording. The camera will ship in February for $99.
I have been shooting photos for years now using a DSLR camera. I bought the DSLR just for the faster shutter speeds so I could catch my kids actually in the frame instead of just an elbow or ear. I found out after using the thing for a while that the manual modes a DSLR offers and the ability to change a lens to your needs and situation makes for much better photos. The big downsides to a DSLR camera is that the things are big and bulky, plus they cost a lot.
Over the last year or so there have been a growing number of smaller digital cameras coming to the market that lack the mirror box of a DSLR making them smaller and keep the image quality and interchangeable lenses. They aren't any cheaper than a DSLR typically, but they are easier for some to take with them. The latest of these interchangeable lens cameras to land is the Samsung NX11. This is not a micro four-thirds camera; it has a larger APS-C sensor than the micro four-thirds offerings have.
The camera works with the Samsung i-Function lenses that allow all settings to be adjusted from the lens. The rear LCD is a 3-inch AMOLED unit and the camera can record HD resolution video as well. It will be offered with a 20-50mm zoom lens and other lenses will be optional. The sensor in the camera is a 14.6MP unit and the video recording resolution is 720p. Samsung will ship the camera in February for $649.
Samsung has been making all sorts of electronic products for a very long time and is one of the largest electronics makers in the world. The company has a wide range of products with computers, TV, audio gear, and digital cameras. The latest new product to surface from the company is a new digital camera called the WB700 that promises some really impressive zoom levels in a slim device.
The camera has a total of 24x zoom. That includes the 18x optical zoom and the 1.3x smart zoom, which is a digital zoom function. The camera uses a 16MP CCD sensor and it has full manual controls to give the user all the control over their photos they desire. The camera can also record video in 720p resolution. The camera has dual optical image stabilization and digital image stabilization, which is important at these zoom levels.
The camera also has a movie recording button, supports RAW format images, and has a HDMI output for watching those videos on your TV. It comes with all the automatic functions and features you expect to find on a higher end digital camera. Samsung will ship the camera in April for $299.99 and it will be shown off at CES next month.
This is a really kooky project that a guy has cobbled together DIY style. I am not sure why you would want to be able to see yourself in third person other than because it would allow you to see if your butt looks fat in your favorite jeans. I am not a third person fan in shooters; much less in real life but this strange project is sort of cool.
A guy gong by BigRedRocket on Instructables has used a backpack, a cheap digital camera, video goggles of some sort, and some PVC pipe to build a wearable camera that shows the user and what the user sees for above and a bit behind them as they move. The builder says that you can use any digital camera that will send live video out including some camcorders.
The finished product looks really weird and I think that some folks might thing you are up to no good if you build one and then try it out. It looks like something a mad bomber would use in a movie to torment a victim. I think I would just go with one of the action cameras on the market made for filming people on hikes or biking rather than wearing this.
Every time I take my DSLR camera with me on the road, I worry that it will get broken. I know how fragile the thing is and if I take an extra lens with me, I worry more. I can keep the camera secure around my neck when I am out and about, but any extra lenses just have to sit in the bag. If you have expensive lenses that you take with you on the road and you want the best protection you can get the Beta Shell is for you.
The Beta shell is a case with a threaded lid that is waterproof, impact proof, and resists temperature extreme. The case looks sort of like a high-tech coffee can with a lid that appears to screw on. The top of the lid has foam to and the bottom of the case has foam as well to pad the lens in case you drop.
The foam is visco-elastic memory foam. The Beta Shell will work with the top ten lenses for Canon and Nikon cameras. Even longer 70-200mm lenses will fit inside the case. That means you can use one case for several different lens sizes that you might own.
Growing up everyone I knew had one of the Polaroid instant cameras. My parents have photo albums of my youth that are packed with photos that came shooting out of the font of one of those instant cameras. My grandmother was always walking around shooting photos with the camera. The sound will forever be associated with Christmas for me and my cousins and I would fight over who got to shake the pic until it developed.
I was among the many who were disappointed when the cameras were discontinued. If you have fond memories of the camera, you can get a very limited edition run of refurbished units right now that work and everything. The cameras come from Photojojo and have been polished to look and work just as if they were new.
My mom had one of those rainbow ones when I was a kid and later bought the block one with the pop up flash. If you have these old cameras sitting around, you could make some serious Christmas cash. Photojojo is selling the 660 Sun for $200 and it comes with a pack of film too. When you need more film, you can get new packs of film for $20 to $23 with eight exposures.
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The first year I went to CES years ago, I saw a geek running around the halls wearing a backpack stuffed with batteries and recording gear all to support the camera mounted to a hat he wore so he could post video of him actually moving around the show floor. I saw the dude leaning against things resting a lot, the rig had to weigh 30 pounds or so. Today you can do the same thing with the wearable Looxcie camcorder that supports Bluetooth.
This week Looxcie has announced that its camera is now supporting the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4G smartphones. The only caveat to supporting the camcorder on the Apple device is that you have to be running iOS 4.2 or higher. There is a Looxcie device on Amazon for sale now that is Made for iPhone certified.
Back in October the Zoom company pulled the wraps off a new video recorder that promises audio recording that was HD along with 1080p HD video recording. The camera is billed as the only video recorder that can record HD video and audio with point and shoot ease. The camera is called the Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder. When it was announced, we were given most of the important details.
We know the camera will record 1080p HD video at 30 fps and will record 720p resolution video at 30fps or 60 fps. It will record audio at 24-bit/96kHz quality and has an easy to use interface. The camera has a LCD screen on the back for watching video in the field and has a HDMI output. That HDMI output allows you to shoot the video over to your big screen in the living room.
Obviously Kinect hacks have been the new "cool thing" to do - the applications they're being used in at the moment is expanding quite rapidly, which is great. Intel on the other hand has something new from their Seattle research lab - they have been working on a range of projects using what it describes as "Kinect-style" cameras.
There's an augmented reality video below which shows Intel bringing Lego to life - while the second video shows a whole new degree of interactivity with everyday objects. This tech is very new, but with the right nurturing - it could become tomorrow's technology very easily, especially with Windows 8 approaching in the next two years.