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Nikon D700

The D700 is Nikon’s soon-to-be-released, top of the line digital camera for non-professional photographers. Packing a whopping 12.1 megapixels, the D700 offers superior picture quality throughout a wide ISO sensitivity range.  Read More

RCA Small Wonder EZ200

Retailing for less than US$90, the Small Wonder EZ200 from RCA in Japan is a low-cost option for digital video capture. With a flip-out LCD and an expansion slot for additional memory, the EZ200 is an attractive option for those wanting to shoot web-quality content without spending a fortune.  Read More

Sony HDR-CX12 Camcorder

Billed as the world's first high-definition camcorder with both "Smile Shutter" and face detection technologies, Sony's HDR-CX12 Memory Stick Handycam camcorder automatically takes a 10 megapixel still photo when it encounters a smiling face - even when in standby mode. Due for release in August at an estimated price point of USD$900, the compact 2.8" x 5.3" x 2.8" camera records full 1920 x 1080 HD video onto Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) media cards and boasts a Carl Zeiss 12x optical zoom lens, a built-in zoom microphone with Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround and image stabilization.  Read More

Anti-Paparazzi Sunglasses

June 26, 2008 Now this is an interesting idea we haven’t seen before – fitting bright LED lights to glasses so they can be switched on and make you “invisible” to cameras. Sadly, the otherwise good idea comes unstuck because no self-respecting celebrity would choose to look so silly. The promotional email we received for this video had a disclaimer – “CAUTION! - never use them for illegal act.” Sadly, the most likely market for this invention is bank robbers.  Read More

Lowepro Inverse AW beltpack

The new Inverse AW beltpack from Lowepro is specifically designed for digital photographers to help alleviate upper-body strain. It offers two carrying modes in one bag with the ability to be worn around the waist or carried as a shoulder bag.  Read More

Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam for Mac

June 25, 2008 Logitech's latest webcam offering is its first Mac-compatible model to feature autofocus technology and Carl Zeiss optics.  Read More

Very intelligent electronic binoculars to use brain activity

One of the most interesting defense projects we’ve ever seen, is DARPA’s Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System program (CT2WS) - an academic and industrial consortium led by Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded the first phase of an advanced research contract to develop a panoramic day/night optical system that will use human brain activity to detect, analyze and alert foot-soldiers to possible threats. The first phase will result in a preliminary design for the Human-aided Optical Recognition/Notification of Elusive Threats (HORNET) system. HORNET will utilize a helmet equipped with electro-encephalogram electrodes placed on the scalp to monitor brain activity. The operator's neural responses to potential threats will train the system's algorithms, which will continue to be refined over time so that the warfighter is always presented with items of relevance to his mission (let’s hope it is easier to train than a spam filter).  Read More

HD video cam with 120GB drive records 50 hours

June 20, 2008 It’s only a moment ago that a 120GB hard drive in a laptop signified a state-of-the-art machine. Now JVC Victor in Japan is planning to release a new Everio GZ-HD40video camera with a 120GB hard drive early next month for around JPY150,000 (USD$1400). With a 120GB of storage, the GZ-HD40 can hold 50 hours of full high-definition AVCHD (1920x1080i) video, the longest HD recording time of any camera available , remarkably all packed into a tiny 455g body.  Read More

Flip Video Mino

June 18, 2008 In May last year we praised Pure Digital's Flip Video camera for its simplicity, ease of use and instant YouTube upload facility. Now, the Flip has been upgraded - and downsized - with the release of the Flip Video Mino, a 2GB flash video camera that's smaller than the average cell phone, with a 1.5 inch LCD screen and flip-out USB connector for immediate uploading.  Read More

JVC Everio GZ-HD30

JVC has announced three new models for their Everio range of HD camcorders - the entry-level GZ-HD10, the GZ-HD30 and the GZ-HD40. All three models feature a newly-developed CMOS sensor, JVC's first departure from the CCD array.  Read More

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