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Sony's DSC-H3 packs a 10x optical zoom into very compact dimensions.

August 23, 2007 Five short years ago we ran a story on Sony’s then-amazing F707 digital camera, which delivered five whole megapixels of resolution and a whopping 10x optical zoom for a bargain price of around $2500. Compare that with Sony’s latest release, the DSC-H3, which takes eight megapixel shots at 5x zoom, sells for around $300, and is beginning to approach compact camera dimensions that make the F707’s lens look like a shoulder-mounted bazooka. It’s an astounding demonstration of the pace of technology.  Read More

Canon EOS 40D

August 23, 2007 Canon’s latest edition to the now 20 year old EOS range features a 10.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor capable of capturing 6.5 frames per second with continuous shooting up to 75 shots in a single burst plus the option of high-speed wireless file transfer.  Read More

IP Canera refernce design kit

August 22, The explosion of the number of video surveillance cameras used by government, business and private homes today has brought with it many issues relating to the management of video feeds, network congestion, rapid disk space consumption and degraded levels of image quality. To solve these problems, processor design specialist Stretch has come up with the Intelligent Encoder Software Development Kit (SDK), the first video surveillance encoder with built-in intelligence for the Video Surveillance Industry that combines situational awareness with flexible encoding.  Read More

PowerShot A720 IS

August 20, 2007 Canon has added the 10X optical zoom, 8.0 megapixel SX100 IS to its PowerShot range. The launch of the PowerShot SX100 coincides with two further updates to the line-up – the 12.1 megapixel PowerShot A720 (which replaces the A710) and the PowerShot A650 (which replaces the A640 and A630).  Read More

Misumi claims its MO-R803 is the world's smallest camera, at 4.4mm x 15mm.

August 20, 2007 Having already successfully built covert spy cameras into sunglasses, earphones, clothes buttons and screw heads, Taiwanese electronics corporation Misumi has just released what it claims is the smallest camera ever, a tiny cylinder measuring only 4.4mm in diameter and 15mm in length, capable of 320x240 pixel QVGA capture.  Read More

References huge selection of images

August 17, 2007 The advent of digital photography has opened up a new world of image editing possibilities including the ability to fill-in blanks or replace unwanted parts of an image. A new algorithm devised by James Hayes and Alexei A. Efros of Carnegie Mellon University facilitates this process by drawing on a huge database of more than a million images from the World Wide Web in order to seamlessly fill in the missing areas of incomplete photographs.  Read More

Wearable camera and microphone (

August 15, 2007 Ben Elton once quipped that by the year 2050 everyone will be either a popstar or in their own reality TV show. Whether or not the social trend holds, the rate at which electronic storage, wireless transmission and lens technology are developing means it could be technically feasible - and Johan Frossen’s wearable video camera concept developed in conjunction with Sony Ericsson, shows that we might not even have to wait until 2050 for it to happen.  Read More

Canon's HG10 High definition HDD camcorder

August 8, 2007 Canon’s new HG10 Hard Disk Drive Camcorder is the latest to use the Advanced Video Codec High Definition format which was introduced by Sony and Panasonic in 2006 and offers greater compression than HDV and MiniDV. The hard disk drive HG10 records up to 15 hours of HD footage and features a 10x HD Video lens, an HD CMOS image sensor, Canon’s proprietary DIGIC DV II Image Processor, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Instant Auto Focus.  Read More

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ18: 8.1 megapixel, 18x optical zoom for US$400

August 7, 2007 Ten years ago the release of the first digital camera to have one-megapixel resolution under US$1000 was cause for celebration. In two years time, manufacturers had comfortably doubled that resolution and by 2001, it had doubled again... and the trend continues unabated into 2007 with the latest 8.1 megapixel release from Panasonic - the LUMIX DMC-FZ18. Though not matching Fujifilm's recent 12-megapixel F50fd in resolution, the DMC-FZ18 boasts 18x optical zoom – six times the average zoom of one year ago - and has a raft of other features including face detection and image stabilization.  Read More

Hitachi unveils the First Blu-Ray Disc Camcorder

August 2, 2007 Hitachi today unveiled the world’s first Blu-ray Disc (BD) Camcorder, which records one hour of 1920x1080 Full High-Definition video onto a BD (single side, single layer.) The new camcorders go on sale in Japan on August 30, and will be introduced into overseas market starting from October 2007. The new DZ-BD7H is a Hybrid Cam with a BD drive and a 30 gigabyte (GB) built-in hard disc drive (HDD) which can record approximately four hours of 1920x1080 full high-definition video, or up to eight hours of 1440x1080 high-definition video. It can also copy the contents from HDD to 8cm BD within the camcorder so that users do not need to use any external devices.  Read More

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