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Leica i9 concept pairs $1,000 camera with $200 iPhone

26 Apr

When you think of manufacturers that create products to go hand-in-hand with the Apple iPhone tech gadgets, Leica probably wouldn’t come to mind.

The seemingly brilliant minds at Black Design Associates hope to change that, however. The Leica i9 concept pairs an iPhone 4 with a fixed-lens rangefinder camera, and the result is nothing short of extraordinary.

Slipping your iPhone 4 — black or white — into the back of the i9 brings the camera to life, activating the compact optical zoom, dedicated aperture and shutter dials, flash and light meter. Images are instantly viewable on the iPhone, where it’s safe to assume they’re stored as well.

The camera back doubles as a case, but you’re probably going to want to use it with a headset, unless you like talking to a camera. There’s no sign that the i9 tech gadgets will even reach the prototype phase, but nobody is going to stop the high-end camera’s designer from dreaming — especially when said dreams make us weak at the knees.

Source from Engadget

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Panasonic AG-3DP1 shoots movies in 3D

12 Apr

Panasonic has just announced the AG-3DP1, a new camcorder designed for shooting movies in 3D. The shoulder-mounted camcorder packs a 3D twin-lens, and is designed for users planning to shoot 3D tech gadgets of live events, sports, documentaries and independent films. The AG-3DP1 packs 2 1/3″ full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS images with enhanced sensitivity, a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor for generating full production quality, native 1920 x 1080 resolution images. The camera also captures 3D footage directly through the dual-lens, without the need for any external equipment or post processing – it is possible to just shoot and cut footage from the camera to make a 3D movie. With functions like variable frame rate to create fast and slow motion effects, users can get creative with the camera itself. The lenses of these tech gadgets can zoom up to 17x and the camera records up to 80 minutes of footage on dual 64GB P2 cards in AVC-Intra 100 1080/24pN and a 3.2″ LCD display for previewing recorded footage rounds things off. No prices have been announced but we can expect to see the 3DP1 on sale in autumn this year. With 3D cameras becoming more accessible to everybody – you can expect a lot more 3D movies to start popping up in the future, especially in the indie movie scene.

Source from ubergizmo

Sony shoots out CineAlta F65 4K camera and PMW-TD300 3D camcorder at NAB

12 Apr

The current trend in the world of home theater may seem like 3D cinematography is all the hype these days, but Sony’s latest imager in its CineAlta family begs to differ. Unveiled at the 2011 NAB Show, this F65 mammoth camera electronic gadgets pack one beastly 20.4 megapixel, Super 35mm CMOS sensor — a huge leap from the F35’s 12.4 megapixel 1080p CCD. Aside from the obvious quantitative difference, what’s special about this new chip is that unlike the Bayer BG-GR subpixel matrix on conventional 4K sensors, here we have green pixels forming the 4K grid while an RB-BR matrix fills in the space, thus doubling the number of horizontal pixels to 8K for a finer 4K picture (see illustration after the break), as well as allowing better visual effects editing using the extra data. What’s more, this sensor is fast — not only can it capture up to 72fps on 4K, but these electronic gadgets can also crank up to a smooth 120fps on 2K. As for those seeking to squeeze out every bit of detail from their clips, don’t worry: the F65’s got you covered with a 16-bit RAW output (19Gbps) at 4K resolution, or it can be compressed to 5Gbps for the convenience of recording onto the new SR-R4 portable 4K recorder. Looks like Sony’s finally found a candidate that’ll put a lid on film stock, but then again, at the end of the day it’ll depend on the price tag when it comes out in Q3 this year.

Of course, Sony isn’t going to just ignore the 3D scene here. Also announced at NAB is the PMW-TD300, which will be the first professional 3D camcorder sporting a shoulder mount. Featuring a pair of Exmor 3CMOS sensors, hardcore cameramen will finally be able to go mobile with this new toy while filming 3D in 1080p. Not sure how the videos will turn out, though — we’re not keen on the idea of watching shaky and potentially nauseating 3D captured by someone running along the sideline. Anyhow, these electronic gadgets will be up for grabs in Autumn this year.

Source from Engadget

Panasonic Lumix GH2 review roundup: impressive video recording, murky still images

28 Mar


In case you’re still wondering if Panasonic’s mirrorless Lumix GH2 is worth your $900, we’ve rounded up a handful of gadget reviews to provide a pointer for your next big purchase. While most reviewers agree that this Micro Four Thirds camera appears to be very similar to its predecessor, they universally praise the subtly improved ergonomics, speedy liveview autofocusing, and refined image quality, especially with its 1080p AVCHD video recording (although Digital Camera Resource Page did notice some artifacting in its clips). Noise is also a non-issue up to about ISO 800 or 1600, though it’s apparent that the 16 megapixel stills are comparatively dull and, like those from many other MFTs, aren’t quite on par with DSLRs — expect plenty of manual processing work here, as demoed by the good folks over at Digital Photography Review. All in all, the GH2 electronic gadgets are a great kit for high quality video capturing, bundled with a pretty good still performance that requires some extra TLC afterwards — kinda ironic in a way, but hey, this isn’t a problem for lovers of video bokeh.

Read more details from http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/27/panasonic-lumix-gh2-review-roundup-impressive-video-recording/

Top 8 Radar Detectors for Drivers

20 Mar

If you drive a lot and they are legal in your state a radar detector can keep you from getting into trouble. Radar detectors are legal in my state and I am not the sort that speeds or races, but I often end up going faster than I thought I was and run up on a cop.

There is nothing worse than the feeling you get when you pop over a hill doing 80mph in a 70mph zone without realizing you are even doing it only to find a cop at the bottom of the hill. Radar detectors for many people aren’t so they can go as fast as they want, but just to help them remember to check there speed when they hear the beep.

I can remember as a kid my dad had a radar detector and it beeping constantly. If you went by a store with automatic doors it beeped, it beeped so much you hardly knew when it was worth listening too and when to ignore it. The newer radar detectors on the market today are much different from that. These electronic gadgets are more particular about when they go off and when they don’t.

They are also able to detect more radar bands including laser detectors. However, nothing will protect you from the instant on laser radar that many police agencies use today. When you are shopping for a radar detector there are gobs and gobs of them out there and they can get very expensive. Some of them will alert you to intersections with cameras or speed cameras using GPS and an integrated database. These are great for people that drive in unfamiliar areas a lot. I always seem to be the driver that gets in the spot in traffic where the light changes to yellow and I can’t decide to hit the brakes hard or go on through the intersection. It would be nice to know if there were cameras there watching me.

Some of the radar detectors on the market will also show you if the radar is in front of you or behind you and some have a digital compass and color screens while others make due with lights and beepers. If the beeps drive you crazy, some have a voice sort of like a GPS uses too to make things more agreeable with you. Whatever you order just be sure that a radar detector is legal in your state and get one to suit your needs and your budget. Check out the list below for some of the coolest radar detectors around.

1. Whistler XTR-140 Laser/Radar Detector – This radar detector is one of the most popular mainly thanks to its low price of well under $80. It covers all laser bands, Radar, and VG-2 as well as safety bands. It has a twin alert periscope for visual attention and a large display that is easy to read. It also has a city mode switch and a band identification switch. It also uses VG-2 cloaking for undetectability.

2. Escort Passport 9500ix – Drivers that have the budget for a fully featured radar detector will want to check out the Passport 9500ix. Rather than getting a beep that tells you nothing about what is going on, this detector has a voice alert system and a high resolution screen. It has user selectable preferences and AutoLearn capability. It’s not cheap at right under $500 but it is one of the better units on the market today.

3. Cobra XRS 9970G – This radar detector uses voice alerts and comes bundled with a GPS device that allows the user to now where speed cameras are as they drive. The price of the device at a bit under $200 includes the lifetime subscription to the Aura database. The device has a 1.5-inch color touchscreen and can detect all 15 radar and laser bands with fast lock on. It also has a compass and a car battery voltage display and more.

4. Cobra iRadar iRAD100 for iPhone and iPod touch – This is one of the more interesting radar detectors on the market today. The radar detection portion has no major display like some units you see on the market today. It interfaces via Bluetooth with your iPod touch or iPhone. It has a high performance radar detector inside that can recognize all radar and laser guns in use today. The app that runs on your iPhone or touch is a free download and will show you speedometer, compass, and alert history on the radar map view. It also has city modes and will log areas where it senses radar frequently as a speed trap. This detector sells for $129.

5. Valentine One – One of the more respected radar detectors on the market is the Valentine one. This is one of the few radar detectors that can show you the direction the radar is hitting you. It’s a good thing to know if the radar is in front, behind, or beside you. The Valentine One detects X, K, Ka, and Super Wideband Ka as well as laser protection. It has a rear radar antenna as well. You can but the Valentine One for about $500.

6. Escort Passport iQ – If you want a radar detector, but you also want GPS navigation the new Passport iQ combines the two into one device. The detector has a 5-inch widescreen LCD and full GPS mapping capability. The device has full radar and laser detection with speed camera locations and more. It uses NAVTEQ maps and will give you turn by turn driving directions and more. It will reject false alarms based on location and the strength of the signal. It also has a database with thousands of red light camera locations and speed camera locations .You can get the Passport iQ for $649.95.

7. Cobra XRS R10G – If you want a radar detector that you can hide a bit better the XRS R10G is an interesting unit This thing has a smaller radar detector that you can mount behind your mirror or in another out of the way place. It has a small LCD with the controls for the detector on it that runs off rechargeable batteries. The remote screen shows the warnings and allows you see the details of the hidden unit. The R10G sells for $249.99.

8. Escort Passport 9500ci – If you want the ultimate in hidden radar protection the 9500ci is the unit to look at. This thing is $1599 making it the most expensive radar detector on the list and it has to be custom installed. The detector has sensors that mount on the front and rear of your car and a remote control system and a small screen. The screen gives the warning from the system and the remote control allows the driver to control functions of the device. It promises protection from all radar and laser bands and has safety and speed camera locations programmed in.

 

Source from i4u

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Compact Reviews

16 Mar

Sony is still legendary just when it comes to making genuine cameras and all the technical stuff. They have never let us down upon their quality and it’s always the best form of technology available from their side. Sony Alpha NEX-5 is one of the sleekest and the lightest weighted camera possessing SLR qualities. The low light picture mode is amazing and you can capture some charming and beautiful pictures.

The strength of this camera is amazing, the lens is interchangeable and it is of 14.2 MP. The type of lens you want for your professional nature of work, this is the deal. The pan aroma mode has been carefully crafted and it is just astounding to know more and more about the quality of the images it takes. So far, there isn’t anything to be bothered about these tech gadgets –  the design is perfect and so as the quality. The video recording mode is as stronger as the image capturing mode and thus it makes a complete package for photographers.

Sony has banked some serious bucks with in the release of this beautifully designed camera and I hope it won’t be dipped into critics in the future, so it will cling to the top.

World’s Smallest Video Camera Can Fit In Your Nose

16 Mar

This is the world’s tiniest camera and it’s been designed to shoot video inside your body. It’s supposed to replace the fiber optic endoscope despite the fact that I saw it used in the last episode of House, it’s not science fiction.

The cute tech gadgets are only about 1 mm³ in size – about “the size of a coarsely ground grain of salt,” and that’s pretty small. It’s got 62,500 pixel resolution, so the images it captures inside your body should be pretty sharp. The developer is the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany and they say that the camera should be cheap enough to be disposable by 2012.

There could be a lot of uses for this type of tiny camera, from a Big Brother-like surveillance scenario, to better rear view mirrors for your SUV. Fraunhofer expects these cameras to become available next year. I wonder when they will make a wireless version.

 

Source from technabob