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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.
Ever wanted to see what an upcoming GeForce GTX 480 looks like when stripped naked? Of course you do!
The folks over at Atomic with little consideration to the active NDA on the product did just that. They posted a guide on how to disassemble the new high-end video card from NVIDIA that has been delayed and delayed and had its cores reduced to help get it to the market.
You can see the guide by clicking the news source link below.
JVC has a full line of electronics and other gear. The company has a number of digital camcorders that can record HD video offering all sorts of cool features. The JVC line can record video and shoot still pictures.
JVC has Announced its latest Everio camcorder called the HM550 that sports Bluetooth connectivity built-in. The Bluetooth tech allows the camera to be controlled using a smartphone as a remote and it is compatible with Bluetooth headsets.
The camcorder also has GPS for geotagging images. The camera features a 10.62MP CMOS sensor and can record 1080p HD video. Video is stored to SD and SDHC cards after the 32GB of internal storage runs out. Pricing for the camera is $799.95 and it is available now.
Kodak is one of the most recognizable names in the photography market, Back when film cameras were the norm, the company made some of the most popular film around. Today Kodak is big in digital imaging and it has added a new camera to its Easyshare line.
The new camera is called the M580, has an 8X optical zoom, and uses a 28mm wide-angle lens. The camera is designed for easy sharing of photos on social networks and via email. Photos and 720p HD video can be uploaded from the camera to Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and other sites.
The camera has a 3-inch rear LCD and a 14MP sensor. Image stabilization is built-in along with face recognition. The camera can recognize and tag up to 20 faces and the tags go with the photos to editing software for easier search. The camera will ship on April 23 for $199.95.
Most of the micro four thirds cameras on the market don't use a view finder. The ones that do simply put a small LCD in the eye piece for the viewfinder since micro four thirds cams lack the mirror box needed for a real viewfinder like you find on a DSLR.
Panasonic has unveiled a second new micro four thirds camera today called the G2 it claims to be the first with a touch-control movable LCD. The camera can shoot 720p HD video using the AVCHD Lite format. The touchscreen lets the user flick pictures around the screen in playback mode and can be touched to tell the camera where to focus when shooting pics.
The rear LCD is 3-inches and moves 180 degrees from side to side, and 270 degrees up and down. The sensor is a 12.1MP unit and the camera can shoot at 60 fps and has a number of automatic modes and features. The camera ships with a 14-42mm lens. Panasonic has not announced pricing or availability at this time.