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I pre-ordered my iPad the day the order banks opened and have really enjoyed the device so far. It has so many features and the much larger than the iPhone screen is great for surfing the web from the couch and gaming.
The iPad also has a bunch of official accessories that are available as well. One of these accessories is the iPad Camera Connection Kit. The kit comes with two adapters with one offering a USB port and the other a SD card reader.
It turns out that the USB port adapter will work with other USB devices like keyboards and USB audio. The USB audio even works with VoIP according to reports. You can also connect a USB keyboard to the iPad using the adapter.
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I'm not big on making things myself aside from computers and messes. When it comes to large DIY projects like car work or building things, I farm them out to people I can yell at if things go wrong. If you are the DIY type who likes to take digital photos this may be a good project for you.
A research engineer from Industrial Light and Magic has conjured up a very ugly fisheye lens for his DSLR, but the thing works well and was cheap. The guy used a single element film projector lens, peephole, foam, hose clamp, and a lens adapter from eBay to cobble the lens together.
As you can see it is ugly, but the images it takes are impressive. The whole works cost under $20 apparently. If I made it the thing would be even uglier and be coated in blood where I cut myself on the can.
There are a number of micro four thirds cameras on the market today. These cameras all have interchangeable lenses and cost about the same as some of the DSLRs on the market. The difference is that the DSLR has a mirror inside whereas the micro four thirds cams don't.
Sony is rumored to be getting ready to enter the micro four thirds market with a new Alpha camera supporting the format. The new camera is said to have a snap on lens mount system that needs no twisting for faster lens changes.
Along with the camera three lenses are rumored. The lenses include a 16mm f/2.8 lens, an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and an 18-200mm zoom lens is rumored as well. The launch date for the camera is supposed to be May 11.
Back in February, I mentioned that a school district in PA had been accused of taking images of students using webcams on school provided notebooks without the student knowing. Reports are now coming in that the spying issue may be much more widespread.
The student who filed suit against the district, Blake Robbins, and his attorney has announced that the school had 400 images of Robbins alone. District school board president David Ebby has stated that a "substantial number" of photos of students have been recovered.
Robbins' attorney claims that thousands of photos were taken and is seeking a court order to investigate the notebook of Carol Cafiero. Cafiero is the district technology coordinator.
One of the things I missed most about moving from my old point and shoot to my Nikon D80 DSLR when I first did it was the lack of video recording on the D80. Once the D90 hit video recording was featured again.
Apparently, many people are now making movies with DSLRs that record HD video and famous optics firm Carl Zeiss have unveiled the first cine lenses for HDDSLR cameras. The new lenses include the Compact Prime CP.2 lens that works with cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II. The lens has interchangeable mounts for future upgrades and come in focal lengths form 18mm to 85mm.
The firm has also debuted new Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2 lenses that work with the PL, EF, and F mounts on most all video enabled cameras. Neither of the lenses has a price fixed to them yet, but they will be expensive. Both lenses are set to land in June.
I like to see videos of people doing stupid stuff. I am particularly fond of watching cocky people trying to do tricks on skateboards, bikes, and snowboards that result in injury to sensitive parts, that stuff is funny as long as it's not happening to you.
If you are the sort that likes to film your daredevil ways, Drift Innovation has a new camera called the X170 Action Camera. The camera records full motion video at 720 x 480 resolutions and can snap 5MP still shots. It has a built-in speaker and mic along with a small 1.5" screen for viewing video.
The camera has 32MB of internal storage and has a SD card slot for expansion. Video format is either MP4 or MJPEG AVI. Power comes from a pair of AA batteries and the camera has a wireless remote.
Leica makes some of the more high-end digital cameras that are around. The company has a new digital camera coming that is called the V-Lux 20 set to be officially announced on the 20th.
The new camera is a small unit with integrated GPS, HD movie recoding, and a 3-inch rear LCD. The camera is expected to land in stores on May 9.
The zoom range for the camera will be 25-300mm and the camera will cost about $343 here in the States. That makes this one of the cheapest cameras the company makes.
JVC announced its flagship camcorder in the Everio line back at CES and said at the time the camera would hit stores in March. March came and went without the camcorder landing. JVC has now announced that the camcorder is available.
The JVC GZ-HM1 has a 10.62MP sensor and can record in full 1080p resolution the camera has high ISO sensitivity and uses Konica Minolta HD lens tech. The camera features active image stabilization and has a 600 fps recording mode for slow motion playback.
The new camcorder can record 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. All the cool features mean the camera isn't cheap though with an MSRP of $1199.95.
There are tons of camcorders on the market today running the gamut from cheap units that are made for YouTube quality video to very expensive prosumer camcorders capable of professional grade recording. Toshiba has announced a new line of camcorders that fits into the lower end of the market.
The new line includes the Camileo S20, H30, and X100 cameras. The S20 is a small and thin camcorder only .67" thick and weighing 3.5 ounces. It has a YouTube upload button and a 3-inch LCD. Other features include 4x digital zoom and a 5MP CMOS sensor that records in 1080p.
The H30 has a 5x optical zoom lens, 3-inch touchscreen LCD, 10MP CMOS sensor, and full 1080p resolution. The X100 offers 10x optical zoom, 3-inch touchscreen, 10MP CMOS sensor, 1080p 30fps resolution, and more. The S20 sells for $179.99, the H30 goes for $249.99, and the X100 is $399.99. All will ship on April 19.