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CES 2014 - Between scheduled meetings I had about an hour to walk the CES floor in one of the many ballrooms that were set up to house the thousands of vendors who were showcasing their products for media, buyers, and analyst. I happened to stumble across the PAPAGO booth and got to check out their newly released line of video camera devices that have just launched in the US.
Being an avid Airsoft player, their small cylindrical 1080p GoLife Extreme Action Camera instantly caught my eye. The GOLife Extreme is a lightweight and rugged small action camera that features a rechargeable battery and allows for full 1080p capture during even the most extreme sporting outings. Having recently researched action cameras for my Airsoft outings, the GoLife Extreme is definitely the lightest and smallest of the models I have looked at, and would be perfect for anything where a lightweight camera is desired to capture all of the action.
Action cameras are awesome, but PAPAGO is most famous for its line of Dash Cameras, and the company was showing of its latest P3 dashcam at CES. The P3 records your commuting trips in full HD and features a built-in G-Sensor that automatically backed up all recorded footage in the event of a collision. Additionally the P3 features an integrated GPS navigation system, and the device can wan you when you exceed the speed limit.
CES 2014 - Panasonic has just joined the worlds of 4K and wearable tech together with the announcement of the HX-A100 camera. Panasonic's new camera is just in the prototype stage right now, unfortunately.
Panasonic's HX-A100 camera is 4K-capable, waterproof, and is capable (and was shown at CES 2014 doing so) beaming a live feed in 4K to a 4K-capable TV through a mini HDMI port. Engadget were on the show floor, reporting that the Panasonic HX-A100 camera feeding 4K to an Ultra HD TV was "free from stuttering, and caught a fairly wide field of view courtesy of its fisheye lens." Panasonic's 4K-capable HX-A100 camera is expected to reach consumers later in the year.
CES 2014 - Polaroid has unveiled its latest camera creation, which is more social than ever: the Socialmatic. Polaroid's Socialmatic camera, as you may have guessed, its very social.
The company had planned to launch it in Q1 of this year, but has pushed the Android-powered camera back to the fall. Polaroid's Socialmatic features a 4.5-inch touchscreen display, a rear-facing 14-megapixel camera backed up by a 2-megapixel for selfies, 4GB of flash storage which is expandable through microSD, Wi-Fi connectivity and Android.
Camera maker Fujifilm announced its FinePix S1 digital camera, a weather-resistant model that includes a 50x zoom lens with image stabilization. The camera also has 1080p video recording, Wi-Fi, 10fps burst shooting, 3-inch LCD, and 920,000-pixel electronic viewfinder. The Fujifilm FinePix S1 will be released this March with a $499.95 MSRP price tag. The camera won't survive a plunge in the pool for action water sports photography, but photographers don't need to worry about some rain and precipitation damaging the device.
Fujifilm is showing off five new point-and-shoot cameras during CES 2014, strategically choosing products as five is smaller than the 18 models it announced last year. Consumers will have great options when looking for mid-tier and feature-rich cameras, as prices are dropping while functionality continues to increase.
CES 2014 hasn't even begun and we're already being introduced to a slew of new devices, a few of which have been announced by Samsung. The South Korean giant has just outed two new cameras, the refreshed Galaxy NX20, and the new Galaxy Camera 2.
The Galaxy Camera 2 has some impressive specifications, with an improved 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad SoC, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a 2000mAh battery, 8GB of internal flash which is upgradeable by microSD to 64GB and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. As for the more important part, we have a 16.3-megapixel 1/2.33-inch BSI CMOS, a 121.2mm HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen and 21x zoom.
Moving onto the Galaxy NX30, where we find an interchangeable lens, making it the first interchangeable lens camera that runs a mobile OS - which isn't Android by the way, it's Tizen - Samsung did say quite a while back that it wanted its OS on a variety of devices, not just smartphones. Samsung has stepped it up, offering a copy of Adobe Lightroom 5.
Japanese camera makers that dominated the industry for much of the late-1980s and most of the 1990s are now struggling to keep up in an increasingly competitive market. Shoppers choosing connectivity over picture quality is helping not only cannibalize the entry-level camera market, but the mirrorless cameras that fit before digital SLR cameras also have struggled as of late.
Smartphones are seeing increasing saturation in developed markets and in developing nations, so camera manufacturers will have a continued battle on their hands. Unless they want to follow the same path as Kodak, which was driven into obscurity, then they will have to continue to pack in social media-optimized features while also increasing the megapixels. It's hard to imagine there is speculation that Nikon, Canon and Sony will be the only Japanese companies able to withstand the current industry trends, as each company makes higher-end, specialized cameras and recording devices.
If there is one thing that bothers me with almost every amateur photo taken of a landscape, product, or person, its the lack of a level horizon in the background. It is not that hard to level a shot when shooting off a tripod, but when you attached the camera to the three legged device, a lot of adjustments must be made to ensure a perfectly level photograph.
While it is quite easy to fix these crooked images in image editing programs, you lose some of the image due to cropping. Additionally, when shooting large panoramic sets, having a level imaging plane makes a lot of difference in the end result. A new Kickstarter campaign is looking to change the way we level our cameras for imaging everything. Called the OhSoh ELi -Electronic Leveling Intelligence Camera Support, this new device attaches to your camera and tripod and automatically levels every shot.
The OhSoh ELi uses sensors to automatically level your camera on both the X and Y axis and ensures that the horizon is always straight, even if your tripod is perched on an extreme angle. "ELi was designed to speed up workflow allowing you to concentrate on your photography. When you set your tripod down you only need to roughly place it and let ELi take over - with the press of a button you will be setup," reads the Kickstarter page.
With decent tripods costing hundreds of dollars and high-grade ball-head mounts costing even more, the OhSoh Eli saves users both time and money, and it appears that just $230 NZD or about $190 USD will land you one of the auto leveling devices. Note that shipping outside of New Zealand will cost extra. This is one of the first big-ticket Kickstarter campaigns that we have seen launched in New Zealand since Kickstarter made its way down under a few months back. Head over to the source link below to read more on how the device works and how you can back the project.
News surfaced today that says that Apple has been awarded a patent on technology for a digital camera that includes a refocusing imaging adapter. The technology works similar to how a Lytro-style camera works, but switches things up a bit by also allowing the picture quality and image resolution to be modified after capture as well.
This functionality is also similar to what Microsoft and Nokia use in the camera apps for the Lumia PureView series of smartphones, but their technology is software based where as Apple's appears to be optical and mechanical with supporting software. This could be Apple's chance to catch up with Android and Windows Phone in the camera department, something it has not been able to do for a few years now.
Panono is spherical camera that you toss up into the air and which takes 360-degree panoramic photos. It consists of 36 cameras that simultaneously take a fully spherical photo at 72 megapixels. When you toss it up in the air the accelerometer will calculate the highest point and snap the photo. Other than throwing it in the air you can also press a button on it or even put it on pole and hold it up to snap a photo. The Panono will send a preview to your smartphone or tablet from there you can share it. It also contains its own memory and will store about 400 panoramas when used without your smartphone or tablet. Panono connects through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and is rechargeable with a USB port.
A few years ago Jonas Pfeil decided to change travel photography by creating a device that can take panoramic photos for you without having to stitch the photos together yourself. A couple years ago Jonas Pfeil made a prototype and got a lot of people's attention. Today they have started a campaign on Indiegogo to reach $900,000 to make production. A $549 pledge will reserve you a Panono.
Today Nikon introduced a new DSLR that is sure to make many aging photographers feel nostalgic. The new retro-inspired Nikon Df is actually a state of the art DSLR that features a 16.2-megapixel full frame imaging sensor, the same one featured in the D4. The body of the new Df is constructed of magnesium and weighs in at just 710-grams.
The new Nikon Df features an ISO range of 100-12,800 and can be expanded to 50-204,800 which will ensure that even the darkest lit environments will photograph nice and bright. An Expeed Image Processor is on board to facilitate the quick writing of images to the camera's storage card. Shutter life is said to be a whopping 150,000 cycles, and the shutter can snap open at 1/1,400th of a second.
The camera is compatible with all vintage Nikon non-AI lenses as well as the company's current Nikkor line of premium autofocus lenses. Unlike many analyst speculated, the Df does in fact feature a traditional mirror design as all proper professional DSLRs should. Rounding things out is a 3.2-inch LCD screen that has a pixel density of 921 dots. The new Nikon Df will arrive on November 28th at a pricing point of $4,414 with a 50mm kit lens.