Archive for Cameras

Ricoh unveils CX5 camera with fast autofocus

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

Ricoh’s new CX5 point and shoot camera sports a 10-megapixel sensor and a 10.7x, 28-300mm zoom lens. It also sports a new, ultra-fast autofocus speed up to just two-tenths of a second with a hybrid autofocus system, which uses a passive distance sensor along with usual contrast AF and can lock on in about half the time of the CX4.

The camera also features a Super-resolution setting and a Super-resolution Zoom that doubles the maximum focal length to the equivalent of 600mm with minimal image degradation. Other features include new scene modes, a 920,000-pixel LCD and the camera can record 720p HD movies.

Microsoft wants to eliminate blurry DSLR photos

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Many of us have a problem shooting blurry pics. It can be hard to hold your camera still. If you have this same problem and have some DIY skills, you might be able to make your own custom solution to blurry photos.

This is thanks to a team at Microsoft Research who is working on deblurring images by detecting inertial movements of the camera itself. They took an Arduino board and bundled it with some sensors, including a Bluetooth modem, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and a trigger for the camera. The system works by detecting rotation, translation and planar depth and then it applies mathematical transformations to the image to remove the blur caused by these movements. Pretty good solution.

The Samsung ST6500 was designed to be comfortable in your hands

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

Samsung has just launched the ST6500 which has a slightly squished look. That’s because it is designed to be curved around the lens and angled at 7 degrees so that it fits more comfortably in your hands. That’s something we can all appreciate. The ST6500 packs a 16 megapixel sensor, 5X optical zoom, a Samsung Lens f = f4.7~23.5mm and a 3″ multi-purpose LCD touchscreen.

The camera supports 720p HD video recording and has some in-built tools to help with your photographs and do some minor touchups on the go. The ST6500 will cost $229 when it becomes available in March.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 available for Pre-Order

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2011

Remember the Fujifilm FinePix X100? You know, the one with the retro looks that was announced back in September? Well, your wait is over. It is now available to pre-order if you have a spare $1,200.

To refresh your memory, the Fujifilm FinePix X100 features a 12.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, an EXR processor and it comes with a 23mm F2 Fujinon lens as well as Fujifilm’s new hybrid viewfinder, which works in optical and electronic modes.

Sony introduces CLM-V55 clip-on LCD for its DSLR cameras

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2011

Using DSLR cameras to shoot videos is pretty common, but you might feel like the display on the camera is too small. Well, there is a solution for Sony users. The company has announced its CLV-V55 accessory. It’s a 5-inch clip-on display featuring a WVGA 800 x 480 pixel resolution.

The CLM-V55 can be attached to most interchangeable lens cameras and compatible HD camcorders with an auto-lock accessory shoe or ISO shoe using an adapter (which Sony bundles). It can be connected to other devices as well via an HDMI port and is capable of tilting and swiveling.

Samsung SH100 Wi-Fi Digital Camera connects directly to Galaxy S phone

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2011

Samsung has announced a new camera, the 14.2 megapixel SH100, equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share your photos nearly instantaneously over Wi-Fi and also has high definition video recording. The Samsung SH100 will also connect via Wi-Fi directly to Samsung’s Galaxy S phone allowing you to view your photos on the phones screen in real time and control the shutter on the SH100 via remote.

Other features include the ability to back up photos automatically to a computer via DLNA or through the touchscreen navigation. The new Samsung SH100 Wi-Fi camera will be shipping in March and will cost you $129.99.

The Caoon DSLR, MP3 player, speaker

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

Yesterday we showed you a cool Canon EOS 350D savings bank. Today we have another Camera based oddity. This DSLR-themed speaker and MP3 player cleverly dances around the copyright issue by calling itself ‘Caoon’ instead of Canon. Even though it’s a near perfect replica of one of the company’s DSLRs.

It won’t take pics, but will serve as an external speaker for any device connected to the 3.5mm audio port, or as an MP3 player loading content from an SD card or USB flash drive. The buttons to the left of the display are playback controls. It will cost you $82.99.

Canon DSLR coin bank

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

We’ve seen fake lenses that were actually thermos‘ before, so why not a Canon DSLR coin bank? It will make saving money fun again. And when you have enough saved up, you can buy the real camera. It will be a constant reminder of your goal.

The slot is small enough for both coins and folded paper currency. And don’t worry, you won’t need to smash this with a hammer to get your money out. The lens can be removed easily. Only $29.90.

Samsung unveils WB700 megazoom, NX11 cameras

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

Samsung has announced two new upgraded cameras. The WB700 is designed for video. Although it can zoom out to a true 18X in a compact body during HD movie making, it can also capture footage silently through a new noise cancellation feature that counteracts lens noise. The camera can reach out to 24X through a software-based zoom that minimizes the pixelated look.

Samsung has also upgraded the sensor from the WB650 to 16 megapixels and still supports other semi-pro features like full manual control and RAW. The NX11 is an upgrade to the NX10. It now supports the same i-Function enhanced lenses as the NX100 and can set a lens priority mode that tunes settings to what’s best suited for the lens. The grip has also been improved, though the APS-C sized sensor, RAW shooting, 720p video and three-inch AMOLED are similar to the NX10.

Samsung SH100 Digital Camera to be unveiled at CES?

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

Our crystal ball tells us that Samsung has several cool gadgets lined up for CES 2011, not that we needed magic powers to figure that out. Now there is speculation that the Korean company’s SH100 point-and-shoot digital camera will be shown at CES too.

We don’t have any specific details on the SH100 yet, but we can tell you that the camera was recently at the FCC and will feature Wi-Fi connectivity and up to 5x optical zoom. With CES just a few days away, we will know soon enough.

Poco Pro digital camera is super slim

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2010

Cameras are pretty slim these days, but most are not the size of a credit card.The Poco Pro digital camera on the other hand is the size of a credit card. Just a bit thicker actually. It is capable of shooting 14-megapixel stills and can also record video in 1080p resolution onto a microSDHC memory card.

It also sports a 2.4-inch AMOLED display with touchscreen controls around the bezel. Other features include auto focus, super macro capabilities, image stabilization, face recognition and limited DSLR-like manual controls. It weighs just 65 grams.

Hasselblad H4D-40 Stainless Steel medium format camera priced at €13,990

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on November 27th, 2010

The premium for that Ferrari badge on Hasselblad’s Ferrari-branded H4D is about €7,500 (maybe more). And now Hasselblad has just revealed another variant of the H4D-40, with the Stainless Steel edition.

This edition offers a more classic theme with the usual limited run. Only 100 will be produced, each costing €13,990 (or $18,497) without a lens or €14,990 ($19,809) with the HC 2.8/80 mm. It’s just a tad more affordable than the Ferrari version.

Hasselblad’s Ferrari H4D camera now available for €21,499

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2010

Hasselblad’s Ferrari-branded H4D medium format camera is now shipping to the wealthy among us. This is basically just an H4D with a Ferrari makeover. Not that that justifies the price.

Just 499 of these are available today. That’s how many insane rich folks they think might buy one. Each one costs €21,499 ($28,425) + tax.

LG L-03C is a true camera phone

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

We’ve had cameras in our phones forever now. We typically call them camera phones. Really they are phones with a camera inside. The phone is the priority, hence the crappy pictures that camera phones take. Well, LG has unveiled a new device that is a true camera phone. The device not only has a 12.1MP image sensor, but it also looks more like a camera than a phone.

It also features an ISO range of up to 3200 and has a Pentax 1:3.6-5.5 lens with 3x optical zoom. The LG L-03C can also record 720p HD video and has GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G. If you want a decent camera with a phone, this would be it.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 announced

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

It seems like we’ve been hearing rumors of a successor to the GF1 forever now and now Panasonic has officially announced the Lumix DMC-GF2, Panasonic’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera. Some features include a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor, compatibility with the company’s 3D Lumix G 12.5mm F12 interchangeable lens and a body that is seven percent lighter and nineteen percent smaller than it’s predecessor.

There’s also a three-inch touchscreen, a contrast AF system, a newly designed Touch Q user interface, internal dust reduction system and you can capture 1920 x 1080/60i video in AVCHD. The GF2 will ship in January, available in silver, red and black, and bundled with a 14mm F2.5 pancake kit lens or a 14-42mm zoom lens.