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Digital Cameras

MD80 video camera - unbelievably cheap spy/helmet cam

There's not a lot that's particularly remarkable about the MD80 mini spy camera - it's pretty tiny, it records reasonable 640x480 video in AVI format at 25 frames per second, and it can be set to standby for up to 250 hours until it's activated by a sound, making it a good little spy cam unit. It's pretty similar to any number of helmet cam/mini video cam units but for one fact - it costs less than US$25 on eBay, delivered to your door. For the price it's an outstanding product and the sort of thing you could habitually carry around in your car, recording driving conditions for an instant evidence stockpile in case of an accident or incident. And more broadly it's an example of how Chinese design and manufacturing can get a competitive, quality product to market at a price point that absolutely annihilates the competition, to the point where if you're still concerned about quality, you might just as well buy five of the things in case four break. Which they're not doing nearly so much these days.Read More

Vuzix display Wrap 920AR augmented reality glasses

Forget looking at the world through rose colored glasses – try these on for size. Video eyewear manufacturer Vuzix has unveiled its Wrap 920AR glasses prototype that features cameras mounted to the lenses that project real world images onto LCD’s inside the glasses, seamlessly mixing real-world and computer generated imagery. With the LCD’s offering the view of a 67” display from ten feet away and the cameras able to capture video at a resolution of 752x480 at 60fps, the application promises a myriad of uses from gaming to education and social networking. Read More

Next-gen video technology lets you look around - inside a movie

Now that 3D is finally taking off again at the movie theatre - thanks in large part to James Cameron's evangelism in the leadup to his groundbreaking Avatar film, it's clear that immersive video technologies are big business again. And if the latest 3D stuff doesn't put you in the picture enough, how's this: Immersive Media has adapted the same 360-degree cameras used by Google's Street View cars to shoot video. That means you can actually look around as you watch the video... Which can feel absolutely bizarre, as in the case of the BASE jumping video after the jump. Extraordinary.Read More

Store, sort and share - the Kodak Slice Touchscreen digital camera (and pocket photo album)

No longer just a device intended to capture images, the digital camera becomes a veritable pocket photo album with the latest offering from Kodak, the Slice Touchscreen. Featuring a 3.5” LCD touchscreen 5X optical zoom and 14MP resolution, the Slice also packs a 2GB internal memory with tagging functionality. This not only recognizes up to 20 faces allowing the user to tag photos by person, place, date or occasion, but also lets the user tag photos for easy uploading to sites like Flickr and Facebook. Read More

Casio’s Digital Art Frame evolves the photoframe

Digital photoframes have succeeded the photo album of yesteryear to quickly achieve mainstream status and manufacturers are now striving to differentiate their offerings beyond the simple rotation of images, particularly with China’s savvy digital manufacturers turning yesterday’s innovation into tomorrow’s commodity at an ever brisker pace. Casio’s new Digital Art Frame achieves such differentiation using Adobe FlashLite playback technology, to display preset clocks and calendars incorporating user pics. The frame's most appealing and unique factor though, is its “snapshot-to-painting” function which converts digital photographs into artistic painting-like renditions using PhotoShop-style filters and there’s also a “Dynamic Photo” function that allows the creation of composite moving images. This will make it harder for "me too" products.Read More

Endless memories with the Eye-Fi Pro X2 SD card

Eye-Fi Inc. has chosen the 2010 CES show to unveil the latest in its already impressive range of Wi-fi enabled SD cards, the Eye-Fi Pro X2. As well as featuring an enhanced capacity of 8GB and Class 6 read and write speeds, the Pro X2 comes to the party with “Endless Memory Mode”, enabling the user to free up space by automatically deleting images from the card once they have been successfully uploaded. Read More

Panasonic announces world's first integrated twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder

Shooting in 3D has traditionally required a complex, bulky and fragile rig using two cameras and additional hardware to calibrate and adjust them. Panasonic's straight-forwardly-named Twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder looks to radically change the 3D game, with integrated lenses and dual memory card slots allowing you to capture 3D footage immediately, with just one device.Read More

Samsung’s NX10 camera continues the trend towards DSLR miniaturisation

The rapid evolution of the digital camera will continue unabated at CES this week, with the first announcement being another downsized DSLR system, this one from Samsung. The NX10 is much smaller than a traditional DSLR yet suffers little in comparison, shooting 720p video, running a 14.6 MPX APS-C size CMOS sensor and sporting a whopping 3.0 inch AMOLED screen, allowing users to easily view their images, even in bright sunlight. Most importantly, it’s following the trend begun by Panasonic with the Four Thirds System of DSLRs getting smaller and ridding themselves of fast-moving mirrors and other mechanicals carried over from another era.Read More

GoPro HERO Wide action cam goes high-def

In the past few years, several companies have started selling tiny, rugged, inexpensive “action” video cameras designed to be mounted on wild-n-crazy vantage points such as mountain bike helmets, hang-gliders or even model rockets (yes, it’s been done). Up until recently, however, a common complaint about these cameras was that their lenses weren’t wide enough to capture all the action. That problem was squarely addressed with the autumn 2008 release of a new camera, the GoPro HERO Wide. Now, GoPro has gone one better by introducing a High-Definition version of that same model.Read More

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