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One of the ways that our devices can get smaller and smaller is by having smaller components available. while we want smaller devices, we also want higher quality components and cameras as well.
A company called OmniVision has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest 1080p HD camera solution known as the OV2720. The camera is the world's first 1/6-inhc native 1080p 30 fps HD CMOS image sensor designed for netbooks, notebooks, and webcams.
The device doesn't scale or crop video shot in 1080p resolution and uses 1.4-micron OmniBSI pixel for low light sensitivity. The sensor has a z-height of only 3.5mm.
I bet that most of us are familiar with those old Polaroid cameras that took the picture and then shot it out the front instantly for us to watch develop. Most grandparents and parents had one of those things lying around.
Polaroid has unveiled the modern version of that old instant camera called the 300 Instant Camera. The device sells for $89.99 and spits business card size images out for you to share. The camera is offered in several colors.
It has a flash and runs off rechargeable and AA batteries. The film needed for the camera is $9.99 for a package with ten exposures. The pics now come out the top rather than the front.
BenQ has just introduced a new point and shoot camera into its compact series dubbed the E1260 HDR (short for High Dynamic Range).
This camera houses a 12 megapixel sensor and can record video in 720p resolution. Other features include 4x optical zoom, HDR image enhancement technology, Super Shake-free function, auto face tracking, blink detector, smart focus and more. Its LCD screen size is 2.7-inches.
The E1260 HDR can be purchased in Metallic Gun-Metal Gray and Metallic Blue. BenQ is planning to release it to market worldwide in late May.
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.