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Digital Cameras

Kodak's innovative 24X zoom Z980 Digital Camera

January 8, 2009 Kodak has worked relentlessly to ensure it is still a heavyweight contender as the world of photography has moved from silver halide to digital, and its new 12 MPX Z980 Digital Camera shows it is still on its game. Apart from an image-stabilized 24X optical zoom lens, the US$400 Z980 has an innovative vertical shutter release that will be very useful for those who like to use the long zoom to pull their subjects in very close. "The clever design is a second shutter on the side that becomes the shutter button when you turn the camera to take a landscape shot", says Gizmag's Noel McKeegan (pictured). "The navigation dial also becomes the zoom button when you do this, making it a very comfy camera to use both ways." There's no accelerometer (next model?), so it doesn't happen automatically. You have to flick a switch on the top of the body to engage this function. It’s also the flagship digital camera running the company’s new Smart Capture software, which automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to consistently deliver high quality images.  Read More

Pentax Optio P70 compact – 12 MPX plus 720p video

January 6, 2009 Digital still image and video continue to converge with Pentax announcing the US$200 Optio P70 at CES. The ultra-slim P70 takes 12 megapixel still images and 720p video, sadly at just 15 FPS, but it’s a start. There’s a 4X optical zoom (equivalent to 27.5mm-110mm), a 2.7 inch high-resolution, wide-angle view LCD panel, and new Pixel Track Shake Reduction technology to assure sharp images with low noise even in poor lighting.  Read More

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Snapture Labs, the team behind the excellent Snapture camera software for the iPhone, have unveiled the SnaptureFlash - a protective iPhone case packing a Xenon flash with 50,000 lux brightness, which is about 100 times the brightness of your average LED flash.  Read More

Sony HDR-SR11

Need a last minute Christmas gift, or just a way to capture the special moments over the coming holiday period? Check out this list of the 50 best selling camcorders on PriceGrabber, and the best prices available on the net.  Read More

Samsung to show new media processor for digital photo frames

Samsung Electronics has announced a new series of media processors aimed at delivering a functionality boost to the popular digital photo frame market. Slated for mass production in Q1 2009, the new processors offer fast decoding - tested at one second for a 57 megapixel JPEG image - and integrate media rich capabilities such as touch screen control.  Read More

Nikon Media Port UP

Here’s one we didn’t see coming. Nikon is much better known for capturing media through its cameras and lenses so the announcement of a multi-tasking portable viewer might have slipped past the media gaze as one of those weird things photographers have. It’s not – it’s for everyone and we think the Wi-Fi ready Media Port UP headset, which offers video comparable to viewing a 50-inch large screen from a distance of three meters and motion sensor control, could well find a niche among the emerging crop of portable media viewing solutions.  Read More

Canon EOS Rebel XS

Looking at upgrading your old point and shoot to a digital SLR? Need a Christmas gift idea for someone special? If it's been a while since you checked out the price of a new digital camera, you might be surprised at how cheaply you can do it - here's a list of the 50 best selling digital cameras right now on PriceGrabber, with links to the cheapest places you can buy one online.  Read More

Wolverine F2D Scanner

A solution for those who want to preserve old film and slides without the need for archive boxes and frequent dusting, the Wolverine F2D Scanner can convert 35mm film negatives and slides into 5-megapixel digital images without using a computer and each pic takes just five seconds to scan.  Read More

EPP-HH01 Pico Cube from Epoq Multimedia

The EPP-HH01 Pico Cube from Epoq Multimedia lays claim to the mantle of the world's most compact and lightest portable video projector. We're not sure how accurate the claim is, but a unit which includes a speaker in its 2 x 2.2 x 1.6 inch footprint is pretty impressive, and anyway, it's a title that will undoubtedly change hands many times in coming years as video projection systems shrink rapidly to satisfy our mobile multimedia demands.  Read More

Epson V300 scanner

Designed as a low-cost option for converting images captured on film into digital files, the new Epson Perfection V300 Photo scanner offers optical resolution of up to 4800dpi, 48-bit color depth, zero warm up time and can also be used for regular A4 document scanning.  Read More

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