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.
DSLR cameras are great for capturing quality images and having a lens available for just about every need. The big issue is that DSLRs are often difficult to use and bulky. There are now alternatives to the DSLR on the market that still use interchangeable lenses called micro four thirds cameras.
Panasonic has unveiled its latest micro four thirds camera today called the G10. Panasonic claims that the G10 is the world's lightest micro four thirds camera with a view finder. The camera ships with a 14-42mm lens and has a 12.1MP image sensor.
The camera has a wealth of automatic features and modes and uses MEGA OIS image stabilization. The G10 can record 720p HD video in several formats including Motion JPEG. Pricing and availability are unknown right now; Panasonic will announce both 30 days ahead of shipping.
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Digital cameras for the most part are fragile devices that are dead if dropped once or if they get wet. There are some rugged cameras out there made to survive drops and water though like the new Pentax Optio W90 that debuted today.
The new cam has a 12.1MP sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens. The camera is waterproof to 20 feet and can shoot underwater pics. The W90 can also survive drops from four feet and can operate in freezing temperatures.
The lens has a microscope mode that lets it focus on items only 1cm away. The rear screen is 2.7-inches and the camera can record 720p HD video. It will ship in April for $329.95 along with an optional waterproof remote for all Optio models selling for $29.95.
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I would love to see more technology used in classrooms around the US. I can tell you that my son really likes learning more when he gets to use the few notebooks available to his class. A school that gives an Apple laptop to every student at the two high schools in the district sounds good at first glance.
The Lower Merion school district is under fire though for allegedly using the webcams on the Apple notebooks it issued students to spy on the students in their homes. One student was allegedly told by a school vice principal that he was engaging in inappropriate behavior in his home. The school administrator allegedly cited a photo stored on the laptop as proof.
The FBI has announced that it is probing the allegations to see if the school may have broken any federal laws. The school claims that the remote webcam activation is a security system designed to help it find stolen laptops.
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Pentax has been making digital cameras for a long time and the company has cameras ranging from cheap point-and-shoot units up to expensive DSLR cameras. Today Pentax unveiled three new point-and-shoot cameras.
The new cameras include the Optio I-10 designed to look like a film SLR camera. It has a 5x optical zoom lens, 12.1MP sensor, 2.7-inch LCD, and can capture 720p resolution HD video at 30 fps. The camera has settings like smile shutter, face recognition, and will ship in February for $299.95.
The H90 has 5x optical zoom, 12.1MP sensor, and 720p video recording along with other auto settings. It will ship in February for $179.99. The final camera is the E90 selling for $99.99. It has a 10MP sensor, 3x zoom, and a large 2.7-inch LCD. It will ship in February as well.
Many people spend a lot of their time shooting video of sports and interviews and other stuff. Most cameras today can only record one side of an interview or sporting event. Ion has a new video camera that records what's in front of the camera and behind it at the same time.
The camera is positioned for professionals that video interviews or video blog, but it would be pretty cool for consumers too. I can see the thing being great for YouTube types that like to record themselves and friends doing tricks and other things on skateboards or bikes for example.
Anyone who watched America's Funniest Home Videos knows the video gold that results when someone takes a skateboard to the groin. With the Ion Twin Video, you can record the blow to the groin and you laughing at the guy who got hurt at the same time. The little camera has no price yet, but does record stereo sound as well.
One of the things I missed when I went to my DSLR rather than a point and shoot was the huge zoom levels that were just built into my old camera. My DSLR can get high zoom levels, but you need to spend big bucks on a telephoto lens.
If you want lots of zoom, the Samsung HZ35W and HZ30W cameras will meet your needs. Both of the cameras have a 15x optical zoom and 12MP sensor. Both cameras also have 24mm wide-angle capability.
The difference comes in other features. The HZ35W has GPS for geotagging and a 3-inch AMOLED screen. The HZ30W lacks the GPS capability and has a 3-inch TFT LCD screen. Both cams have dual image stabilization and much more.
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There are two main types of cameras on the market today with point-and-shoot cams being the cheaper and smaller type. The DSLR is much more expensive and complicated with its interchangeable lenses. There is also a much smaller category of cameras called micro four thirds cameras that have interchangeable lenses but lack the mirror of a DSLR making them more compact.
Samsung has unveiled a new camera that is a bit different from the micro four thirds cams on the market with a slightly larger lens connector and a larger sensor called the NX10. The camera uses no mirrors and three lenses will be available for it including the kit lens, a zoom lens, and a pancake lens.
The camera has a 14.7MP sensor and a 3-inch AMOLED screen. It can record video at 720p resolution using H.264 compression. The ISO range is 100-3200 and a pop-up flash is built-in. Other features include HDMI out and lens shift optical image stabilization.
When I am not up to my ears in netbooks to review, I like to peruse YouTube looking for video of morons hurting themselves in embarrassing ways. I am particularly fond of the videos where someone gets their gonads smashed whilst showing off in one way or another. That's quality entertainment in my book. If you are the sort who likes to film yourself doing extreme sports or generally questionable behavior Tachyon has the camcorder for you.
The thing is called the Tachyon XC Micro and it claims to be the world's smallest helmet camera. The thing has a wide-angle lens and can connect to a helmet, dashboard, or goggles for recording. The camera is water and shock resistant and weighs only 3.7 ounces.
It measures in at 3.8" x 1.4" x 1.8" and records at a resolution of 640 x 480. The pair of AAA batteries that powers the camera is good for four hours of continuous shooting. Video is stored to microSDHC cards up to 32GB in capacity. The little camcorder is available now until the end of the month for $99.99 and will ship mid-December.
IPEVO has announced a new webcam called the P2V that has one feature you don't see that often on a webcam -- an articulating stand. The stand can pivot at three different locations allowing the user to adjust it to just right height.
The average webcam can only be as tall or short as your computer screen making getting a nice shot a task in adjusting your LCD. Other than the adjusting stand, the pen-style webcam also sports 2MP resolution and it connects to your computer via USB.
The cam is compatible with your favorite IM apps like Skype, iChat, Yahoo and more. The little gadget also has a macro mode that lets it focus on things as close as 2-inches from the lens. Autofocus is also featured and can be turned off if the user desires. The P2V is available now for $69.
Although the Intel 32nm, Six-Core Westmere is still a long way away, there have been a few new sightings of the coveted piece of silicon.
The latest is over at PCGames Hardware. Although it is hard to tell exactly what this is, as there are no markings visible on it. It is easy to tell that it is not a Bloomfield by the layout of the underside of the CPU.
Also absent from the sighting are any type of performance testing but we have a feeling that some form of benchmark will be coming out soon. The Gulftown CPU will be the nest evolution of the Nehalem Architecture and will add an extra two cores (4 threads) to the already formidable processing power found in the current Core i7 9xx CPUs.
AMD has plans to counter this with a desktop version of the Istanbul 6-core CPU later in 2010. Time (and testing) will see who have the better 6-core part next year. Until then we can only eagerly read the scribbling's of the luck few who have them already.
720p HD video is coming to a Microsoft webcam near you. The Redmond based giant is planning the release of their LifeCam Cinema. The new product should be able to capture video at 1280x720 @ 30 fps.
The device also has a noise canceling microphone on top of the camera. The camera uses a now traditional USB 2.0 connection. It will be out-of-the-box compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP. The new camera will integrate with Live Messenger, Live Movie Maker and Photo Gallery.
The system requirements are quite high with a Dual Core 1.6GHz CPU just to run the camera while MS recommends a 3GHz Dual Core and 2GB of memory for best performance.
The new LifeCam Cinema is made from Aluminum and has a universal stand for desktop and monitor/laptop mounting.
Here is something for that special person in your life that has eyes for only one, themselves.
Samsung has found a way to make sure all the Facebook and MySpace (and a few other less respectable sites) junkies can get plenty of self portraits for posing up on their pages. They have put a front facing LCD.
The new cameras with this new feature are called the TL220 and TL225. They have some pretty impressive specifications including a 3.5-inch LCD on the back, 12.2 MP resolution, 720p recording 4.6x optical zoom.
Pricing right in the ballpark at around $300 for the TL220 and $350 for the TL225.
These will be a source of joy for those determined to show themselves in public. I will miss the blurry mirror pics on MySpace and Facebook though.
Digitimes says that OnmiVision has landed a deal with Apple concering CMOS image sensors.
Apple has started placing orders for the 3.2MP CIS chips which are going to be making their debut in the next-generation iPhone.
It seems that Apple has something else in the work utilizing a camera. OmniVision is also said to have secured a deal with Apple concerning their 5MP chips for something that is expected to be launched later this year.
A teacher and a group of students from the IES La Bisbal school in Catalonia, Spain managed to get a pair of latex balloons and an $80 Nikon CoolPix camera to an altitude of 100,000 Feet and actually managed to capture images from Space with it.
The balloon was intended to take images from 30,000 feet but before it was all done had exceeded its design by reaching the outer edges of the atmosphere.
The rig had some custom built electronics to control the camera and also to radio its position so it could be tracked on Google Earth.
After reaching 100,000 feet the balloons deflated and the rig fell back to earth where it was recovered 10KM from the starting point still broadcasting its position.
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Who needs the Hubble? Not Gerard Marull Paretas, Sergi Saballs Vila, Marta¬ Gasull Morcillo and Jaume Puigmiquel Casamort, that's for sure.
The four Spanish teenagers, working with their teacher Jordi Fanals Oriol as the Meteotek team at the IES La Bisbal school in Catalonia, started with a fairly lofty goal: They wanted to launch a balloon with a digital camera and some custom-built electronic sensors to 30,000 feet. Much to their surprise, they ended up considerably exceeding their expectations. Their $60 heavy duty latex balloon and $80 Nikon digital camera soared to 100,000 feet, right to the edge of space. Describing the team's homegrown approach, Gerard Marull Paretas told the Telegraph, "We took readings as the balloon rose and mapped its progress using Google Earth and the onboard radio receiver."