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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.
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.