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New Rollei camera is Chuck Norris tough

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2008

New Rollei camera is Chuck Norris toughRollei rolls out X-8 Sports 8MP waterproof camera. But wait. That’s Chuck F’in Norris on the front. It was shown at the IFA show in Berlin and I’m guessing that when it takes pictures, Chuck’s fist pops out of the thing and lays the smack down. Rollei may not be a well known camera brand, but it’s a fact that it will be now thanks to Mr. Norris. I’m not sure if they have Chuck’s permission or not.

The camera is light at only 158g and it’s waterproof up to 10 meters, ready for dirt or cold weather, and is resistant to moisture. It can even take a 1 meter drop. Really is tough as Chuck and less wrinkly. Some other specs include up to 1600 ISO, 8 megapixels, and 3x optical zoom. The Rollei X-8 Sports will be officially released this September or October.

Sony whips out DSC-T500 digital camera

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on August 28th, 2008

Sony DSC-T500 CameraThis has been quite a week for introduction of new digital cameras. This week Canon announced its new DSLR camera called the EOS 50D. A plethora of other cameras was also introduced by various manufacturers.

Today, Sony pulled the wraps off its own new digital camera called the Cyber-shot DSC-T500. The camera stores images to the Sony proprietary Memory Stick — one of the lines biggest drawbacks if you ask me. The camera has a 10-megapixel sensor and can record video as well.

Canon unveils the PowerShot E1 digital camera for teens

Posted in Cameras,Canon by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2008

Canon PowerShot E1Teens and tweens don’t normally want to use the same gadgets and electronics that their parents do. The younger crowd wants bright and colorful gear that is easy to use. More and more companies are starting to target this group of younger users with products specifically designed to grab their attention.

Canon announced several new cameras today and one of the new cameras is the PowerShot E1. Canon says that it designed the E1 specifically for the teen and tween age group. The E1 is available in blue, white, and pink colors and has a rounded design.

Yang Ying digital camera balances light & dark side

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Yang Ying digital camera balances light & dark sideThere really isn’t a lot of info about this camera, but obviously it stands out from the pack by offering to balance the light against the dark side of the force in one handy camera. It will likely get you in your zen place as you do the whole tourist thing. One half houses the lens and LCD screen, the other apparently holds the flash memory and a USB port.

You see? Life’s delicate balance in a camera. The trigger is in front so it would be like using an older camera. We’d love to see this concept become reality, but we’re not sure the world is ready for such perfect harmony. It would surely heal and bring us together, much like the black and white cookie.

Eco Digi Mode: Waterproof disposable camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2008

Eco Digi Mode: Waterproof disposable cameraPlaza Create Co. in Japan has launched a waterproof digital camera that is actually recyclable. It’s called the ECO Digi Mode. The camera will be able to take 3 megapixel shots, sports a 2.4-inch display and even has a flash. You can snap pics to a depth of 3 meters and can do 50 pictures.

After you’ve taken your 50 pictures of Jellyfish humping, just transfer them to a CD for safekeeping, then delete them from the camera and send it out for recycling, where the LCD and flash unit are reused in the next camera so some other guy can take pics of fish. Sounds like alot of work, but nobody said love of the environment was easy. The ECO Digi Mode can be found in Japan for about $18.

New Sony Cyber-shot cameras get thin and smart

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on August 7th, 2008

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700Digital cameras have come a long way in recent years towards getting easier to use and making better images. The cameras are also getting much smaller making it easier for people to keep a camera on them at all times so they can snap pictures of friends and family doing stupid stuff to use as leverage in the coming years.

Case in point is the new Sony Cyber-shot cameras announced this week. The Sony DSC-T77 10-megapixel camera is the thinnest camera in Sony’s line at only 5/8 of an inch thick. The rear LCD on the T77 is 3-inches wide and is touch sensitive. Other features of the camera include intelligent scene recognition, Smile shutter, and face detection with settings for adult and child priority. The camera also has an ISO sensitivity of up to 3200.

Leaf AFi 10 camera has 56 Megapixels

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2008

Leaf AFi 10 camera has 56 Megapixels
We recently told you about the Hasselblad H3DII50 – 50 Megapixel Camera. The Leaf AFi 10 Camera wants you to know that it is currently in the lead at 56 megapixels should you be able to spend the spare scratch. By spare scratch, I man $43,675. It sports True Wide Frame 56×36 mm, 56 megapixel digital imaging sensor, captures images at about 1 second per frame, 6 x 7 cm touch screen and it can shoot up to ISO800.

Another nice feature is the high-quality auto focus digital (AFD) Schneider-Kreuznach lenses with the option of an advanced Leaf digital camera back. The lenses have been specially created for use with 30+ Mega Pixel digital camera backs. You’ll get the optimal focus sharpness while making good use of high-resolution CCD sensors. The 6 x 6 medium format digital camera that can be used as a hand-held and with a tripod.

Samsung TL9 camera sports car gauges

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2008

Samsung TL9 sports car gauges
The Samsung TL9 camera is definitely inspired by your dashboard, which is kinda cool. Otherwise it’s pretty ho-hum as far as camera specs. Some specs include: 10-megapixel resolution, a 2.7 inch LCD, 5x optical zoom, maximum ISO of 1600, and Dual Image Stabilization.

Interestingly, it features MP3/PMP capability. The two empty/full analog gauges show the remaining battery life and memory storage. The Samsung TL9 is priced at $280. Perfect for those who are only capable of reading gauges and have been confused by every other camera that ever was.

Canon gets new entry-level EOS Rebel XS DSLR camera

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on July 8th, 2008

Canon EOS Rebel XSFor the most part people tend to stick to point-and-shoot digital cameras for taking pictures of kids, friends and family. However, there often comes a time when a amateur photographer realizes that the point-and-shoot camera isn’t cutting it and decides to step up to the DSLR camera.

Today Canon introduced a new entry-level DSLR camera aimed at just this sort of person. The Canon EOS Rebel XS is going to be available in August at a price of $699.99 with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens, rechargeable battery and more. The Rebel XS is the little brother to the Rebel XSi we talked about in January.

Olympus 360-degree camera and lens

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2008

Olympus 360-degree camera and lens
You might think that a 360 degree camera and lens is a novelty that few users would be interested in, but Olympus is betting that surveillance and security big-wigs will be all over this, since it captures images anything and everything. It shoots in all directions, with not 10, not 5, but just one lens. It will take a 360-degree horizontal image with a 180-degree vertical view, wasting no footage on feet and ceilings. Olympus isn’t saying when it would ship, but I’m guessing casinos and other surveillance type environments can’t wait to try it out. Video conferencing would be great using this camera since the camera can pinpoint the speaker and capture them in a perfect picture without any panning.

The Camoria camera knows how you feel

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2008

The Camoria camera knows how you feel
This camera will catalog your entire life with pictures, based on how you were feeling at the time. The concept camera fits over-the-ear and sees what you see. Makes me wonder if designer Akbiyik Volkan has memory problems, or maybe he just likes to be reminded about what he’s feeling for some unknown reason. Probably just a control freak.

Me, I don’t get it. I have my memory to tell me how I was feeling this day or that day. Then again, these days, with so many people on prescription drugs and otherwise, walking around like zombies, this may be a handy tool.

Oregon Scientific preps new action cameras

Posted in Cameras by Nino Marchetti on June 5th, 2008

Oregon Scientific ATC3K

Oregon Scientific is set to debut the next generation of its popular hands-free, waterproof action cameras for the YouTube crowd. You’ll find the new ATC3K and ATC5K pricing at around $150 and $200, respectively.

These new action cameras, like previous Oregon Scientific ones, are designed to strap on to just about anything so you can record your crazy outdoor ventures in .avi format. They are waterproof up to 10 feet, record VGA at 30fps and support SD memory cards for memory storage.

Pentax Optio W60 goes deeper, wider and colder

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on May 23rd, 2008

Pentax Optio W60When it comes to cameras typically if you get them wet you will soon be in the market for a new camera. However, there are times when you want to take pictures in and around water like at the beach or the pool. For these times using a normal camera can be ill advised.

Pentax has announced a new waterproof camera called the Optio W60 that has a 10 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom with a 28mm wide-angle lens. A digital wide function merges two shots into one for an ultra-wide-image.

Stand Pouch replaces the tripod

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2008

Stand Pouch replaces the tripod
Here’s a nifty little device that should come in very handy. Normally, when you can place your camera on a flat surface to take that perfect shot, you can’t angle the camera easily. That’s where the Stand Pouch comes in handy.

It’s basically a camera case with a tripod connector built in. The connector can be adjusted just like a tripod. You carry your camera in it, then just put your camera on it. Simple right? Well then why didn’t you think of it? Or me for that matter.

Make your own paper camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2008

Make your own paper camera
Do you need a camera, but your budget is tight? Have paper and some free time? Corbis can help you print out and make your own camera. They’ve released some funky templates on their Web site.

All you have to do is print out a PDF file and stick it onto a card. After you’ve followed the score lines, then cut and folded accordingly, you’ll have a neat looking camera. The real trick will be finding some 35mm film, but that’s what eBay is for. You’ll have a pinhole camera that stands apart from everyone elses. How sturdy it will be is anybody’s guess. If you do this, let us know.