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Pentax K20D Titanium limited edition

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2009

Pentax K20D Titanium limited editionPentax has released the Pentax K20D Titanium Limited Edition which features a 2.8-inch LCD screen, image stabilization and dust proofing. The original version of the Pentax K20D is available for $700, while the limited edition Titanium version costs a stunning $1199.

So you’ll be paying for that sexy sleek look. It also has a cool metal-wrapped battery grip that can hold some extra batteries. The 14.6MP DSLR will be available in Japan at the end of April 2009. Only 1000 units will be available.

Sony prepping Alpha A230, A330, A380 SLRs

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2009

Sony prepping Alpha A230, A330, A380 SLRsSony is preparing not one, not two, but three entry-level Alpha digital SLRs for a launch in the near future. A drop-down menu on the company’s UK support page gives it away, revealing the A330 and two lenses (50mm and 18-55mm) when choosing from cameras, plus an analyst’s Twitter update has also revealed the existence of the A230 and the A380. No details about either of these cameras.

Apparently the models are all direct upgrades to the A200, A300 and A350. The A200 and A300 have been entry-level models with fixed (A200) and swivel (A300) LCDs with 10.2-megapixel sensors and live view on the A300. The A350 has largely been a higher-resolution version of the A300.

Panasonic DMC-GH1 availabile April 24 in Japan

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2009

Panasonic DMC-GH1 availabile April 24 in JapanThe GH1 is looking seriously sexy in red and will be available April 24 in Asia for about ¥150,000. That’s roughly $1,500, which is a bit steep. It may be cheaper when it hits our shores, but that’s still a disappointing price.

The GH1′s video capture mode (The only thing that’s really different from its predecessor, the G1) does things that many others, like Nikon and Canon can’t: the cinema-friendly 24fps framerate at 1080p (60fps at 720p), as well as continuous contrast-based autofocus with a silent-focusing lens.

TASER’s AXON on-officer recording system

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009

TASER's AXON on-officer recording systemCOPS is a show that has been around for a while and the formula hasn’t changed. TASER International’s AXON / EVIDENCE.com tandem is hoping to change it up a little if officers will strap the hardware on them. AXON is basically an on-officer recording system that captures audio and video of arrests, and after the arrest is complete, it sends the encrypted data to EVIDENCE.com servers that are out of the hands of police departments.

The device has built in sensors that prevent tampering. The system should be ready for deployment in Q3 of this year, when it will get it’s fill of wife-beater T-shirts, toothless dudes holding beers and the phrase “I din’t do nuffin”.

New pocket video recorder by Amadana

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2009

New pocket video recorder by AmadanaJapanese manufacturer Amadana recently rolled out the SAL pocket video recorder that records video in MPEG4 format and captures 3MP pictures with its CMOS image sensor. The device measures 54mm x 95mm x 12mm and weighs just 85 grams.

This portable gadget also offers up 2GB of internal memory. You can transfer video and picture files to your PC or laptop via USB port. No word on pricing yet. Looks like the Amadana SAL pocket video recorder will only be available in Japan.

Alarm clock hides wireless camera with DVR built-in

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on March 2nd, 2009

Alarm Clock Spy CamThere are lots of reasons to put hidden cameras in your home from the legitimate use of keeping an eye on your kids to the more nefarious spying on other people in the home without their knowledge. Whatever the reason you want to put hidden cameras in your home this new clock radio camera with built-in DVR is not cheap.

The device retails for $499 on sale and has a high resolution, low lux camera that records to a removable 8GB SD card. The device features motion activated recording and records in MPEG-4 mode and can snap Jpeg images for a longer recording time. Images and video can be stamped with the time and date.

GigaPan Epic imager released

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2009

GigaPan Epic imager releasedBy now you’ve seen the giant 1,474 megapixel photo that was taken of the Inauguration using a Canon G10 and a GigaPan Imager. If you liked what you saw, and who didn’t, there’s good news. The company has launched the GigaPan Epic for commercial sale.

It works with most point-and-shoot cameras on the market, and creates a single photograph from many individual photos. For example, that inaugural photo was composed of 220 shots. The robotic mount attached to the camera makes the whole process automatic. The GigaPan Epic will cost you $379, while a GigaPan Epic 100 for larger point-and-shoot cameras is coming “soon.”

Gun camera for book depository type photography

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2009

Gun cameraLets be clear. No way in hell is this gun-camera making it through airport security. That should be obvious. It’s the kind of gun camera that you hide away in a duffel bag until you reach the top floor of a vacant building. Then, when in position, you assemble it on the spot. You may or may not be able to get all your shots. That’s what the second cameraman on the Grassy knoll is for.

Actually this was used by reporters during the Vietnam War. The camera is mounted on a rifle butt with a black case and 5x lenses. It’s a gadget that belongs in a museum as it is part of camera and American history.

White Pentax K2000 available for pre-order

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

White Pentax K2000 available for pre-orderPentax’s Storm Trooper approved white and black K2000 DSLR isn’t for everybody, but it will make you stand out from the crowd. The camera, and both 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses, is now available for pre-order direct from Pentax.

Best of all, is the price. Only $679.95, which is much less than we thought it would cost. It won’t ship until mid-February, but if you’re looking for a camera that matches your Stormtrooper armor, it’s worth the wait.

$5,000 Pinhole camera made from human skull

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2009

$5,000 Pinhole camera made from human skullNow if I wanted to act like a pompous twit, I might say something like, “This piece speaks directly to my soul and illustrates the futility of man. Does it comment on life or death?” Pffft. I’m just gonna call it a fugly art skull decked out in all kinds of precious metals like silver, mercury and gold and gem stones. Cuz that’s what it is. Oh and it’s also a camera.

The skull camera is named “Yama” after the Tibetan god of death and it’s actually made from the skull of a Tibetan monk. It’s gotta be the creepiest looking pinhole camera I have ever seen. Not just the fugliest. A divider that splits it into two lets you see it’s inner view. It comes with a hefty price at $5,000.

Tomy Xiao TIP-521 poops your photo prints

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2008

Remember the Tomy Xiao TIP-521 digital camera with built-in Zink printer? It’s available in Japan now, and the above video illustrates how they’re trying to convince you to buy one.

Have you watched it yet? Good. Still want to buy one? If the commercial has sold you on it, the Xiao will be available for $350 in the US in Q2 of 2009. I don’t know. He seemed to be struggling a bit there. He might need some fiber.

Target gift cards are also digital cameras

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2008

Target gift cards are also digital camerasWe aren’t sure what to think about this one. Target is getting creative with their gift cards again. You can consider it either a gift card with a digital camera, or a digital camera with a gift card. Either way, it’s all good. This holiday season, Target will begin selling the combo gift card/digital camera, which is an interesting approach. It will give customers some added value to what is otherwise a pretty boring purchase.

The camera features a 1.2MP sensor with 50MB of storage. It comes bundled with a USB cord, driver disk, instruction manual and a voucher for 40 free prints at Target. It’s powered by two AAA batteries. So rest assured, Target’s battery sales will be way up this year. The digital camera gift certificates will be available at no additional charge, unless you order it online. They are available in values from $50 to $1000.

Tomy xiao digital camera with built in Zink printer

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2008

Tomy xiao digital camera with built in Zink printerMany of us miss Polaroids. They weren’t all that great, but they did provide a strange sort of instant gratification. Sadly, Polaroid is dead. But it keeps coming back in other forms. You might remember Zink, that company whose technology prints digital photos on the spot without ink.

Well, they’re back, this time with strange bedfellows. They’ve been rolling around in the sheets with toy-maker Tomy to make the xiao TIP-521, a digital camera with a printer built in. The xiao has a five megapixel resolution, so you may want to wait a bit. The point is they are on it people. Polaroid lives on.

Zoom lens mug for caffeinated photographers

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2008

Zoom lens mug for caffeinated photographersSo photography is your obsession and so is caffeine. If it weren’t for the sky-high cost of your camera lenses, you would have combined the two long ago. Well, my picture taking paparazzi friends, your dreams can now be realized with this awesome and at the same time nerdy mug made out of a zoom lens.

It appears to be a concept, but I’m sure it will be for sale soon, since it’s pretty awesome and different. Just imagine all the fat nerds that will be sipping from this as they stakeout celebrities. It probably needs a lid for when you encounter the unexpected Britney Spears crotch shot. Many a coffee has been lost to her hot-pocket.

Panasonic announces world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 12th, 2008

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1A few things tend to be common amongst DSLR cameras. They tend to be large and heavy cameras, have interchangeable lenses and usually you only get black or silver colors to choose from. The DSLR is becoming more popular as new models are introduced that add new features to the category as the cameras get smaller, the get more appealing as well.

Today, Panasonic announced the world’s first Micro Four Thirds system camera. The Lumix G1 claims several world’s firsts including the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera and the world’s first to be offered in multiple colors. The G1 weighs 0.85 pounds, making it about half the weight of DSLR cameras.