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Samsung announces Pixon 8MP touch-screen camera phone

Samsung is looking to satisfy consumers who want more than a second string performance from their mobile phone camera with the announcement of a new full-touch screen, 8-megapixel unit dubbed the Pixon. The slimline (13.8mm) design does look more like a camera than a phone and incorporates a number of features usually found only in the stand-alone camera realm such as face detection, shake-reduction and geo-tagging. The unit's 3.2 inch, 240x400 touch screen also enhances its photo browsing capability and with auto-focus, dual power LED Flash, a music player, FM Radio, Bluetooth connectivity and video recording at 30 fps (720 x 480) including slow motion playback, it looks to be another useful example of convergence in the mobile handset market.  Read More

Carl Zeiss Victory RF binoculars

Carl Zeiss has incorporated a laser rangefinder into its new Victory RF binoculars, providing hunters, hikers and birdwatchers with an all-in-one viewing solution in a compact form factor. The Victory 8x45 T RF and Victory 10x45 T RF binoculars feature a world first design that incorporates a folding bridge without separate transmission optics and boast fast rangefinding capabilities that can determine the distance from an object up to 200 meters (300 yards) away in less than one second with an accuracy down to one meter.  Read More

Smartparts 32 inch, WiFi digital picture frame

A digital photo frame is usually considered a nice addition to your living room side table, but for this behemoth you might well need to clear some wall space. Smartparts' recently announced SP3200WF is a 32 inch, WiFi enabled digital picture frame offering 1366x768 resolution and the ability to display RSS Feeds, PowerPoint slides or PDF files in addition to your favorite snaps and video with sound supplied via built-in speakers.  Read More

Samsung has announced a new USB wireless transfer solution for its digital camera range (P...

In-built Wi-Fi transfer capabilities have been surfacing in the digital camera market for some time and more recently Wi-Fi cards have been added to the mix. Now Samsung has come up with a new wireless solution for its digital camera range - the NaBee. Produced in conjunction with Alereon, the NaBee is a miniature dongle that plugs into the camera's USB port and wirelessly transfers data via a corresponding dongle on the computer.  Read More

SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash Card

SanDisk has used the Photokina trade fair to announce a 12.5-percent jump in speed (now 45 megabytes per second) and the addition of a 16-gigabyte version to its Extreme IV high-performance memory card line.  Read More

Unlocking the detail in digital images
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Researchers from the aceMedia project in Europe are now working on ways to generate searchable images that could see digital files come with content information, metadata and an intelligence layer that automatically generates word-searchable data about the image.  Read More

DIS launch 9 MP camera phone module

These days in-built cameras are very much a standard accessory for mobile phones, and it's an area where the bar just keeps on getting higher. In the latest news, Digital Imaging Systems has launched the first ever 9 megapixel camera module for mobile phones. Designed so that handset manufacturers can upgrade without hardware change, the DIS6931 is an all in one still camera module that includes auto-focus, high quality lenses, mechanical shutter and a neutral density filter.  Read More

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR

Only a few short weeks ago we heralded Nikon's HD video ready D90 as a landmark "first of many all-in-one imaging devices" that pack the combination of processing technology and quality lenses necessary for capturing BOTH still images and video of the highest standards... and we haven't needed to wait long for the next mouth-watering installment. Canon's EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera not only features a full frame (24 x 36mm), 21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, low noise, extended sensitivity range, improved performance in tricky light conditions, two different file size options for shooting in RAW format and a host of other impressive specs, it also captures HD video at an unprecedented 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30 fps.  Read More

Ion Slides 2 PC

Ion Audio specializes in products that take outmoded formats like vinyl records and convert them into digital format. The company has is now expanding this functionality to photography with the announcement of small format device that will breathe new life into your old 35mm slides and film negatives - the SLIDES 2 PC.  Read More

Sony's new DSLR flagship - the 24.6 megapixel alpha900

There's been plenty for high-end camera enthusiasts to drool over in recent times - Nikon's D90, Canon's EOS 50d and some serious professional hardware announcements from Leaf and Hasselblad. Now Sony has added to the smorgasbord with the announcement of a new top-model for its alpha DSLR range - the A900. Not only does the unit pack a whopping 24.6 megapixel resolution, but it does so with full-frame CMOS sensor that's equivalent to a 35mm film frame.  Read More

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