Archive for Camcorders

iFixit CEO strips a Sony Bloggie 3D

Posted in Camcorders by Reuben Drake on June 14th, 2011

Sony got iFixit.com CEO Kyle Wiens to do a teardown of the new Bloggie 3D mini camcorder. While this one is a bit on the boring side, you still get an eyeful of all the bits and pieces that make up the pocket 3D video camera.

It is mostly just all the parts laid out and some close-ups of them. It basically amounts to a clever marketing video on Sony’s part with the help of ifixit. Have a look at the link below and you’ll see what I mean.

Toshiba’s Camileo P100 and B10 hit the U.S.

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2011

Toshiba has some new camcorder news today. The Camileo P100 and B10 models it announced for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East are now on sale in the good old US.

Both camcorders shoot 1080p video and 16 megapixel stills. The pistol-shaped P100 adds 5X optical zoom, which is not common for a pocket cam. The P100 is available now for $180 and the Flip-inspired B10 can be had for $120. Any takers?

Toshiba waterproof 1080p Camileo BW10 pocket cam

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Toshiba has introduced a new pocket camcorder. The Camileo BW10 is its first waterproof video camera and is capable of being submerged in up to 6.5 feet of water. The BW10 is also built rugged for when on land as well.

It takes 1080p MPEG-4 video and five-megapixel stills with a light-sensitive CMOS sensor, an f2.8 lens, and boasts image stabilization. This one uses a micro USB connector instead of a direct USB plug and has bundled software to help upload your videos to YouTube.

Toshiba Camileo P100 and B10 pocket camcorders

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2011

Toshiba is getting ready to ship two new models in their line of Camileo pocket camcorders in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The B10 camcorder has a candy bar shape and a front-facing lens. It shoots at Full HD resolution, takes 16 megapixel stills, has a 16X digital zoom, and handles SDXC cards as large as 64GB.

The P100 has the same specs and adds 8X optical zoom. We don’t have any pricing info yet, but we can tell you that this pair will go on sale sometime in the second quarter.

Sony Bloggie Duo HD camcorder shipping this week for $170

Posted in Camcorders by Reuben Drake on April 5th, 2011

Sony has kept uncharacteristically quiet about its Bloggie Duo HD, but now we have word that the camcorder will ship tomorrow. The news comes from a status update on Sony’s very own website.

To refresh your memory, for $169.99 you get a pocket-sized camcorder that will deliver two hours of HD video, 5 megapixel stills, a 2.7-inch LCD and an HDMI output. It comes in violet, pink and green colors. Decisions decisions. I guess I would go with the violet.

Panasonic announces new compact camcorders

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

Panasonic has announced two camcorders for those of us with an active lifestyle. These models aren’t for couch potatoes. They offer a durable build, 1080p video recording modes, electronic image stabilization, mild waterproof/shockproof casings and high-resolution megapixel still pictures.

They go by the names of HX-WA10 and the candybar HM-TA20. The HX-WA10 is designed for shooting outdoors and in rainy conditions and can capture 16-megapixel still images. The HM-TA20 has a waterproof, shockproof and dustproof design and a Night View mode for dim lighting. The large 3-inch touchscreen LCD display that should make using it super easy.

Samsung announces $299 HMX-Q10 camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2011

If you are a lefty, then you couldn’t help but notice that most modern camcorders just aren’t built for you, but Samsung’s HMX-Q10 is one that you can love. It features a compact design with a prominent record button right on the back for convenience.

The 2.7-inch touchscreen automatically flips if you hold the camera upside down. Other features include a 10x (2.75 – 27.5mm) optical zoom, a 5 megapixel sensor for full HD recording at 60i. You can have progressive at 720p. It will cost you $299 and ships in February.

Wall Hook Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2010

If you are the paranoid type that needs to know what’s going on in every corner of the house, then check this out. The Wall Hook Camcorder is perfect for either catching your cheating spouse, or just for watching people put their coat on.

Hopefully no one covers the camera with a hat though. The device is charged via USB and records audio and takes VGA resolution color photos, it can also record video in the AVI format at 28 frames per second. All of the information is stored on a microSD memory card and the manufacturer has thrown in a universal charging adapter for you as well.

JVC launches three new Everio Camcorders

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

JVC has just announced three new Everio camcorders all featuring 40x optical zoom, full HD video recording, SD/SDHC slot, USB port, HDMI interface together with a 2.7-inch LCD screen and automatic uploading to Facebook and YouTube.

The higher-end model numbers GZ-HM670 and GZ-HM690 are equipped with a 3.3MP CMOS sensor improving their ability to record video in dark areas. That should come in handy for Bigfoot and UFO sightings. The lower end model the HM450 only has a 1.5MP CMOS sensor.

BenQ DV S11 Full HD Camcorder with Pico Projector

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

The BenQ DV S11 Full HD Camcorder / Pico Projector Combo sure makes it easy to share your video. It’s a 1080p zoomless camcorder in the Flip style and can also handle five megapixel stills.

We don’t have any specs for the projector itself, but they say it can put a 50-inch picture on your wall. If you like what you see, it’s available now in Hong Kong for $2,399 HKD, which is about $300.

GoPro unveils new HD Hero 960 wearable camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2010

GoPro has been offering wearable and mountable camcorders for a while now. The latest offering from the company shares many of the same features of the older cameras at a much cheaper price. The new camera is called the HD Hero 960.

The camera supports 720p resolution, but not the 1080p resolution of the other more expensive cameras in the GoPro line. The 960 also gives up the expansion bus on the bottom of the higher-end cameras so it can’t be fitted with the extra battery or LCD back GoPro offers.

Joby Gorillapod Video Holds your small cameras/camcorders

Posted in Camcorders,Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

Joby has had its line of articulating gadgets on the market for a long time now. These tripods have flexible legs that you can bend to hold onto things like bicycle bars and strollers. The head of the Gorillapods support various devices with versions for smartphones, big cameras, and even flashlights.

Joby has unveiled its latest Gorillapod called the Gorillapod Video. The Video is designed to hold light cameras and camcorders like the Flip HD. The Gorillapod Video has a metal arm on the back for panning and has 360-degree pan and 135-degree tilt. The aluminum head is omnidirectional and the legs have magnetic feet.

Blue unveils Mikey for Flip microphone

Posted in Accessories,Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2010

Today the best selling camcorders on the market aren’t the fancy high-end models costing tons of money, but the easy to use and low price models like the line from Flip. Flip’s line of Mino and other camcorders are among the most popular you will find and make it easy for people to record video and upload them to sites like YouTube and others.

The catch is that while the Flip camcorders can record HD quality video, the devices have sound that isn’t as good as their video quality. The fix for the sound quality is here from Blue Microphones. Blue makes mics for all manner of uses from the PC to professional musicians to use in recording studios and live events. The latest new offering for the company is the Mikey for Flip microphone.

Looxcie wearable camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2010

If you shoot and share a ton of video clips of your life, then check out the Looxcie wearable camcorder. The device will be available on Amazon starting this Wednesday for $199. It allows you to capture videos at 480 x 320 pixel resolution at 15FPS.

The Looxcie can be docked to a user’s ear, so that it can see and record what you see, making it a part of you. It will record and store up to 4-hours of video. If you see something interesting, you can hit the “instant clip” button which will save the last 30 seconds of video and package it into a video file which can be shared via Bluetooth to a companion mobile app.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-GH4 full HD camcorder with YouTube and Facebook integration

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2010

Sanyo has announced their latest Xacti digicams, this time they are aimed at the social media crowd. The VPC-GH4 is similar to the VPC-GH2, since it features Full HD 1080 video recording, but unlike the GH2, it integrates YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa uploads, even Twitter notifications.

The downside is that the newer model has still photos taken down to 10 megapixels (the old one featured 14 megapixels). Still, at $200, it’s all good. It hits store shelves later this month.