When you turn around to look behind your car as you’re reversing, what do you see? If your car is like most, you see a bit of the road through the back window, with a whole lot of your back seat underneath. If only you could see through
that seat, you could see so much more of the road. Well, a group from Japan’s Keio University has developed a system that lets drivers do that ... sort of.
It’s kind of funny ... no sooner does technology allow high-definition video cameras to be shrunk to the size of a smartphone, than people start adding stabilizing rigs – essentially making the cameras bigger
– in order to smooth out the shakes in hand-held footage. One of the latest such devices is the Circle Thing, which takes a unique approach to steadying up small video cameras.
If the amount of products available is anything to go by, golfers definitely like to analyze their swing. There are apps
, training clubs
, and even simulators
, all aimed at helping them perfect their technique. One of the latest gizmos is Hammacher Schlemmer’s Golf Swing Recording Video Camera.
Does this camera look at all familiar to you? Perhaps a little like something that you might go
to if you were a pro
who wanted to look like a hero
? Well, it’s actually the cutely-named Foolish, made by Italian electronics company Nilox. While it has no one feature that separates it from the growing multitude of actioncams out there, Nilox's optional “All-in” package deal does combine some nice extras for a decent price.
An important part of any serious videographer's gear is a quality slider. It allows them to get smooth tracking shots, without having to set up railway-like tracks on the ground. Most sliders – such as the mobislyder
, Rhino Slider
and RigWheels system
– are made from rigid components that can be awkward to carry. AirTracks is designed to combat this issue by offering the same features as other sliders, but in a lightweight, inflatable package.
Not to be confused with the pricier Contour +2
actioncam released last month, Contour has now unveiled a new model, the ROAM2. It’s an updated version of the company’s existing ROAM
camera, and has been designed with simplicity in mind.
It may have been only a year ago that GoPro released its HERO2
actioncam, but the company isn’t content to just let things lie. Today, it announced the release of its HD HERO3 line
of cameras. There will be three versions available, with the top-of-the-line model able to shoot at 4K resolution, which is four times the number of pixels provided by 1080p.
It’s hard to say which manufacturer was the first to offer an inexpensive, consumer-oriented actioncam, although Oregon Scientific
might be a good bet. In any case, it’s become a very competitive product category in recent years. While GoPro
continue to stand out, in the past several months we’ve seen big-name electronics companies such as Sony
throw their hats into the ring. Not wanting to be left out, Polaroid is now also offering a rough-and-ready, mount-it-anywhere video camera – in fact, it’s offering three.
It's been about two years since the release of the first Looxcie wearable camcorder
and over a year since it was joined by a lighter, more powerful second version
. Now mobile video sharing has gone high definition with the launch of the Looxcie HD, featuring full 1080p recording capabilities and built-in Wi-Fi.
Sony has claimed a trio of full-frame firsts with its latest announcements. The title for world's first fixed lens 35 mm full-frame digital camera goes to the palm-sized Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 fixed lens camera, while the world's lightest full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera crown rests on the head of the new Alpha SLT-A99 and the NEX-VG900 takes the world's first consumer 35mm full-frame interchangeable lens camcorder.