We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors regarding Sony cameras, such as the rumored NEX-7n as well as the alleged NEX-9, a full-frame NEX camera. While either of those devices have yet to be officially announced or even acknowledged by Sony, the folks at Sony Alpha Rumors have received a tip from a source that come 3rd of April, Sony could be making an announcement, although it is unclear as to what it could be about. Since the Las Vegas NAB show is taking place on the 8thof April, it wouldn’t be completely out of the question if Sony were to make announcements prior to the event. After all companies have done that before, so why would Sony be the exception?
Once again we are not sure what will be announced, or if there even will be an announcement, but if earlier rumors of the NEX-7n’s announcement being postponed are true, you can scratch one device off that list. Either way we will keep our eyes peeled, so check back with us on the 3rd of April to see if there is any news to share.
D-Link has outed its latest home security camera, the HD PoE Outdoor Cloud Camera (DCS-2310L), promising streaming 720p video for those moments you’re convinced the squirrels are preparing to storm the castle. Weatherproof and supporting power-over-ethernet rather than WiFi, the compact camera shoots 1280 x 720 video or 1280 x 800 stills and squirts them both over its 10/100 ethernet connection and saves them to a microSDHC card.
There’s also two-way communication support, thanks to an integrated speaker and microphone, and IR illumination for low-light visibility. The camera has a fixed-focus 3.45mm f/2.0 lens and the whole thing is wrapped up in an IP-65 compliant weatherproof housing, secure against “low jets” of water, rain, and dust.
A PIR motion sensor on the front automatically triggers recording as well as an optional alert to the user, hopefully allowing you to spot the squirrel trebuchet as it’s being wheeled across the lawn. If you slot in a memory card – D-Link doesn’t supply one – it will automatically duplicate video to there and any network-attached video storage system you might have set up.
Remote access from iPhone, iPad, and Android device rounds out the main specs, and D-Link promises easy setup thanks to the PoE. It’s on sale in the UK from today, priced at £246.49 ($394).
As small as a postage stamp, the Memoto Camera automatically captures photographs every 30 seconds recording snippets from your daily life so no memory is ever forgotten.
If it all sounds a little cheesy, that’s because it is, but that’s not to say it’s not without merit. For example with the ability to rediscover snaps you weren’t even aware were being taken, the Memoto camera could capture that moment you first saw your potential partner or the first time your baby smiled.
The Memoto Camera clips discreetly onto an item of clothing. Measuring just 26 x 26 x 9 mm it still manages to fit a five-megapixel camera inside it. Each snap is geo-tagged using GPS so you’ll be able to recall exactly where it was taken, while the built-in accelerometers will correctly reorientate them.
Photos can be uploaded to Memoto’s web service, cataloguing them by date, time, location and even lighting conditions. Snaps can be searched and shared either via the web service or with the aid of a Memoto app, scheduled to be made available on the iOS and Android platforms.
The Memoto camera has a battery life of two days before needing to be recharged via microUSB. An LED indicator will remind you when this is necessary.
Designed by a Swedish startup, the team behind the Memoto camera is looking for funding via the Kickstarter route. They hope to launch the camera in 2013, in graphite grey, arctic white and Memoto orange, each available for $279.
However, for anyone that backs at least $199 to the fund, Memoto is offering the camera and a year’s free subscription to its web service.
Shooting videos when you are playing with friends in the beach is really fun, but your camcorder just can’t handle water splash and bumps. Samsung’s newly released Pocket Cam HMX-W300 rugged camcorder may be what you want. The unit features a multi-proof rugged design that it is waterproof to 16.4 feet, shockproof to withstand 6.5 feet drop, and dustproof. In Auto Aqua mode, the W300 can films videos in up to 3 meters of water depth.
The W300 is equipped with a 5 BSI Megapixel CMOS sensor to record Full HD 1920×1080/30p video and up to 5.5 Megapixel still images. It comes with a fixed focus lens and offers 3x digital zoom. There is Digital Image Stabilization for blur-free image and video recording. It also allows users to pause while recording to create continuous file for easy uploading to social networking sites. The rugged camcorder includes the My Clip function to bookmark scenes and Smart Background Music for adding preloaded soundtracks to videos.
The Samsung W300 use microSD/SDHC/SDXC cards for storage, and has a built-in USB connector for charging and PC connection. When it is connected to a PC, you can also launch its built-in Intelli-Studio editing software to edit and share images and videos. Other than the 2.3-inch LCD screen, its HDMI output lets users to view and share images on a big screen. Priced at $159.99, the Pocket Cam HMX-W300 comes in black, red and orange colors.
Source : [Samsung]
Go Pro have launched a new addition to their range in the form of a dive case for their Go Pro camera. The new Go Pro Dive Housing is equipped with a flat glass lens which allows for maximum photo and video sharpness underwater in all resolutions.
The Go Pro Dive Housing is waterproof to 60 meters or 197 ft, and has been designed specifically for users to take diving, snorkeling or any other under the wave activities.
The Go Pro HD Dive Housing (AFLTH-001) is compatible with all HD HERO cameras, GoPro mounts and accessories, and is now available to purchase for $49.99 directly from the Go Pro website.
Source: Go Pro
Along with the new V-Lux 40, Leica also brings the new X2 compact digital camera, which is the successor to the X1. Handmade at Leica’s headquarters in Germany, the X2 is equipped with a 16.2 Megapixel APS-C professional CMOC image sensor, and a fixed Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, “a classic focal length for photojournalism.” It comes with an enhanced autofocus system, offering precise, fast and almost silent focusing.
The X2 offers a range of automatic and manual setting options and allows easy switch between automatic and manual control. The camera has a 2.7-inch LCD display that provides a detailed and bright view for live view. Photographers may want to get the Viso-Flex high-resolution electronic viewfinder with 1.4 megapixels and a 90° swivel function for shooting from unusual angles; or the bright-line mirror finder that can be mounted on the hot-shoe and ensures a bright and clear view at all times.
The compact, handy design and clear lines of the X2 are reminiscent of the Leica M-cameras. The camera comes in black and silver. Other accessories include a premium-quality black leather case that matches the elegance of the X2, an ergonomically designed camera protector in untreated leather, an ever-ready case in organically tanned cowhide to protect the camera during use and a system bag that offers more room for the camera and a range of accessories.
Source :[Leica] , itechnews
If you didn’t think Leica’s M9 was expensive enough, well now there are a couple of even more expensive versions of the M9, the Leice M9-P Hermes Edition with will set you back a massive $25,000 or $50,000 depending on the model.
There will be two special Leica M9-P Hermes Edition available, with a total of 300 of the Edition Hermès digital rangefinders made available at a cost of $25,000 each, there will also be 100 of the Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas available.
The Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas are the more expensive version of the two which will set you back a massive $50,000, both models will go on sale in July.
Source : geekygadgets
The latest in what I like to call pro-point-and-shoots (I’d put the Canon G12 and the S95 in this category), the TG-1 from Olympus promises high-speed, f2.0 snapshots in a body that can take a lick and, potentially, keep on ticking.
When we last saw Olympus, they were killing it with their micro 4/3s models. This one, at 12-megapixel shooter, is a little bit different but it still is compelling enough to carry as a second camera. It has a backlit CMOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor as well as high-speed autofocus and a 10x zoom.
Best of all it comes in a package that fits in your pocket without issue.
From the press release:
Olympus draws on its heritage of creating rugged, durable cameras that take the worry out of life-on-the-go shooting with the new Olympus TG-1 iHS. Marking a revolution for the Tough Series of Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Crushproof and Dustproof compact cameras, the Olympus TG-1 iHS combines incredible durability with iHS technology, the world’s first high-speed bright f2.0 lens on a Tough camera and converter-lens compatibility to create a versatile system camera. The combination of durability and outstanding image quality make it possible to shoot in even the harshest conditions. Capture beautiful underwater scenes and aquatic life, snap photos of dusk-lit peaks or record your ride down the rapids in dazzling 1080p Full HD Video.
The TG-1 camera will costs $400 and is available in July.
Source : techcrunch
When Panasonic jump into the Micro Four Thirds world I was far to imagine how much the company will change the camera landscape with its incredible GH1 and GF1, hell I still use my “Tweaked” GH1 to shoot HD Videos and get good photos when I do not want to carry my 5D MK II. But, strangely, why the GH2 brought some rather noticeable upgrades to the GH1, the GF2 and GF3 seems rather dull and did not impressed us much, and today’s GF5 launch makes things even more puzzling. Indeed Panasonic not only announced the GF5 a camera almost identical to the GF3, but also announced that it will not kill the GF3, at least in Japan and will sell both cameras at the same time.
While having two cameras almost identical may be a bit confusing, having pretty much the same spec will make things even worse! The real difference between them both is a new Live MOS Sensor, the support of ISO 12,800, a 4” Screen and MP4 vides along side of AVCHD instead of good old Motion JPEG.
Anyway, we hope that this GF5 will have all the success that Panasonic is hoping for this camera and can’t wait to see what will they bring with the future GH3!
Source : akihabaranews
Sony brings to video professionals a new NXCAM camcorder, the compact-sized HXR-NX30U with built-in projector. According to Sony, the NX30U is its smallest, lightest handheld professional camcorder. It is equipped with 1/2.88-inch Exmor R CMOS image sensor and a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens with 26mm wide angle and 10x optical zoom.
The HXR-NX30U is capable of Full HD 1080p video recording at 60p/30p/24p or 60i as well as 720/60p, and Balanced Optical Steady Shot image stabilization technology is included to reduce camera shake. The camcorder uses AVCHD format and comes with 96GB internal memory, and a SD/MS card slot for storage. Other than the LCD display, it also comes with built-in projector that lets users to review footage with a big screen size, capable of showing images at up to 100-inch screen size from distance of about 16 feet (5m) on any flat surface. While the Exmor R sensor has nice low-light sensitivity, Sony also adds a video light above the lens for better Night Shot performance.
The Sony HXR-NX30U features a detachable XLR unit for professional audio recording. It will be released in June for less than $2500.
Source :[Sony PDF], itechnews