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Sharp shows off first 3D camera module with 720p resolution

Posted in Sharp by Shane McGlaun on May 12th, 2010

3D is very popular around the world today thanks in part to the massively popular Avatar film bringing more viewers to watch 3D content. There are also many networks and satellite providers working on providing 3D content for home viewers.

3D will also find its way to portable game consoles, smartphones, and digital cameras. Sharp has unveiled a new camera module that is the first to be able to record 3D images in 720p resolution. The module is able to do this by using two sensors that take pictures at the same time.

Olympus silver PEN E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera

Posted in Olympus by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2010

Olympus’ original all-black PEN E-P2 was already nice and retro. So how do you make it even more retro? With this newer, silver model of course. Almost six months after the Micro Four Thirds camera arrived, Olympus has decided that we need another color option.

Aside from the color, there’s no difference between the two models. It will ship later this month in Europe for $1,016, which at least gets you a M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens!

Thanko Notebook Tripod Stand turns a camera tripod into a desk

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2010

You know how it is. You find yourself standing in the middle of a field, with your laptop. You have your laptop and a willingness to do some work, but what you lack is a desk. Maybe you like to work among nature, I don’t know.

Well, now you can erect a desk anywhere thanks to this Thanko Notebook Tripod Stand. It’s just an aluminium plate with a 1/4″ tripod thread and air vents, but it allows you to work almost anywhere. Think of the possibilities.

Polaroid launches 300 Instant Camera

Posted in Polaroid by Shane McGlaun on April 29th, 2010

Those Polaroid instant cameras were a stable at birthday parties, holidays, and family functions when I was a kid. The things would shoot those pictures out and the kids would crowd around to see how they developed.

Polaroid has unveiled the instant camera for the new generation who wants to share pics right now called the 300 Instant Camera. The cam has four scene settings, an integrated flash, and shoots business card size pics out the top.

Pentax offers exotic K-x colors in the US

Posted in Pentax by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2010

Pentax often offers multicolored DSLR cameras, but they’re usually available outside of the US. But now Pentax is offering several new colors for its K-x DSLR camera.

The camera is currently available in black or red, but will soon be joined by green, blue, orange and purple. The camera will cost you $650, and specifications will be exactly the same no matter what the color. Some of those specs include a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, 720p video recording and 4.7FPS burst shots.

Pics of Leica V-Lux 20 digi cam surface

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on April 16th, 2010

Leica makes some of the more expensive digital camera on the market. The company has a new camera coming soon called the V-Lux 20 and the first image of the new digital camera set to launch next month have surfaced.

The new camera will be officially unveiled on April 20. It is based on the Panasonic ZS-7 and features integrated GPS and a HD movie recording mode. The rear LCD is a 3-inch unit.

House season finale shot on a Canon 5D Mark II

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2010

The HD video quality of dSLRs is amazing these days. And so the House season finale has now been shot entirely on a Canon 5D Mark II.

House director Greg Yaitanes recently announced the news on Twitter. He says the 5D was a perfect fit for the “tight spaces” of the finale. They used some Canon prime lenses along with the 24-70 and 70-200 zoom and they didn’t even use an image stabilization rig of any sort for the non-tripod shots. Pretty impressive.

Kodak Easyshare M580 digital cam debuts

Posted in Kodak by Shane McGlaun on March 17th, 2010

Some people just can’t figure out digital cameras. My mom is a perfect example, she took tons of pictures back when film cameras were the thing to use and now that digitals have come about she can’t recall how to press a shutter button and simply can’t fathom moving images from the camera to the PC.

She is the sort of person Kodak created the Easyshare M580 digital camera for. The camera has a 14MP sensor and uses a 28mm wide-angle lens with 8x optical zoom. The lens has image stabilization tech for clear mages and the camera can record 720p HD video.

Canon Lens Thermos now available for preorder

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2010

Remember the amazing thermos shaped like a camera lens that Canon handed out to press at the Olympics? Of course you do. Ever since you saw it you’ve wanted one of your very own. Well, now you too can have a Canon lens thermos without being a member of the press.

It’s available for pre-order for just $30. They should ship around April 16th. What are you waiting for? Go get one. I’m sure they won’t last long.

Panasonic Announces Lumix DMC-G2 and G10

Posted in Digital Cameras by Darrin Olson on March 7th, 2010

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 CameraPanasonic announced on Sunday two new Micro Four-Thirds cameras, the Lumix DMC-G2 and a less expensive Lumix G10. Both cameras are in Panasonic’s line of “smaller” digital cameras in comparison to D-SLR’s, going without a mirror box or a dedicated autofocus image sensor.

The DMC-G2 appears to be a successor to the DMC-G1 announced in late 2008 with some added features. The Lumix DMC-G2 still has a 12.1 megapixel sensor, movable LCD screen, is similar in size and has a rubber-coated body like its predecessor, but in this version has added in a touch screen and high-def video capture. According to Panasonic this marks the …”first interchangeable lens system camera with touch-control shooting.”

Cloak Bag: Take pictures from the safety of a bag

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2010

You’ve probably missed out on some good shots because it takes you too long to pull your DSLR camera out of the camera bag. By the time you do, the moment has passed. The Cloak Bag might just help you get your shot. It’s the “world’s first and only shoot-through camera bag”.

When it’s time to take a picture, just unzip the bottom of the bag, and roll it up. This lets you quickly take pictures with the camera, while still protecting the camera body. There are also slits on the side of the bag, so you can grip the camera and use the shutter button easily and the top of the bag flips open for viewfinder and control access.

Casio unveils Exilim Rilakkuma edition

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2010

Casio’s Exilim line of digital cameras goes all cute with the Rilakkuma edition. Normally you might expect the image of Hello Kitty, but this time you get the image of an adorable teddy bear on the front of the camera with the Exilim EX-Z330.

Some features of this 12.1-megapixel shooter include a 3x optical zoom, face detection, Eye-Fi connectivity, HD recording, an SDHC/SD memory card slot and a 2.7″ LCD display. It’s available in Japan for $290 and includes a pouch so you can carry it in style.

French geeks builds own camera

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on February 25th, 2010

I can get wanting to build things yourself. I once tried to build a deck because I thought it would be cool. It leaned so bad your lemonade would slide off the table. I have a DSLR camera, but I have a hard time just using the thing let alone building my own camera.

A French geek has decided building his own SLR camera is better than buying and did the deed. The case was fabricated in what appears to be aluminum. All of the details are in French, so I am not entirely sure what the guy used or how he pulled it off.

Pentax X90 gives other cams zoom envy

Posted in Pentax by Shane McGlaun on February 25th, 2010

Along with the rugged Optio W90 digital camera, Pentax has also unveiled a new superzoom camera called the X90. When they say superzoom, Pentax isn’t kidding around.

The camera has a 26x optical zoom lens equating to 26-676mm. The camera has a macro mode that can focus on objects only an inch away and a 12.1MP sensor. Other features include a 2.7-inch LCD, triple shake reduction, and 11fps burst shooting.

Pentax Optio W90 coming to America too

Posted in Pentax by Shane McGlaun on February 25th, 2010

We have already talked about the cool new W90 from Pentax making its way to the UK soon. Those of us here in America really only want to know when the W90 will be available on this side of the pond. Pentax has offered up the details.

The W90 will ship in the US in April for $329.95. At the same time Pentax will offer an IR remote control for all Optio models that is waterproof for $29.95. With that thing you can take under water pics without having to hold the cam, I say strap the W90 to the back of a dolphin.