The first year I went to CES years ago, I saw a geek running around the halls wearing a backpack stuffed with batteries and recording gear all to support the camera mounted to a hat he wore so he could post video of him actually moving around the show floor. I saw the dude leaning against things resting a lot, the rig had to weigh 30 pounds or so. Today you can do the same thing with the wearable Looxcie camcorder that supports Bluetooth.
This week Looxcie has announced that its camera is now supporting the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4G smartphones. The only caveat to supporting the camcorder on the Apple device is that you have to be running iOS 4.2 or higher. There is a Looxcie device on Amazon for sale now that is Made for iPhone certified.
Back in October the Zoom company pulled the wraps off a new video recorder that promises audio recording that was HD along with 1080p HD video recording. The camera is billed as the only video recorder that can record HD video and audio with point and shoot ease. The camera is called the Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder. When it was announced, we were given most of the important details.
We know the camera will record 1080p HD video at 30 fps and will record 720p resolution video at 30fps or 60 fps. It will record audio at 24-bit/96kHz quality and has an easy to use interface. The camera has a LCD screen on the back for watching video in the field and has a HDMI output. That HDMI output allows you to shoot the video over to your big screen in the living room.
Obviously Kinect hacks have been the new "cool thing" to do - the applications they're being used in at the moment is expanding quite rapidly, which is great. Intel on the other hand has something new from their Seattle research lab - they have been working on a range of projects using what it describes as "Kinect-style" cameras.
There's an augmented reality video below which shows Intel bringing Lego to life - while the second video shows a whole new degree of interactivity with everyday objects. This tech is very new, but with the right nurturing - it could become tomorrow's technology very easily, especially with Windows 8 approaching in the next two years.
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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.
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.