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Leica M3 camera made out of paper actually works

Saturday, June 4, 2011

If you've always wanted to get your hands on a Leica M3 camera, but couldn't afford the atrocious price tags associated with it - all hope is not lost. No you don't have to resort to pasting a Leica skin on your iPhone 4 but you can build one out of paper instead. As proven by a designer, Matthew Nicholson, he managed to craft a Leica M3 camera using paper and some camera parts. The best thing is? It actually works! Now he has a Leica M3 camera, though a bit flimsy; that is capable of capturing photographs on film.

He plans to share how he did it through a tutorial sometime in the future, but for now you can look at the plans of his papercraft Leica on his website.
source: Ubergizmo

Summer Cashback Promotion On Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera

For a limited time only, Nikon UK is offering you a summer cashback promotion on Nikon D3100 DSLR camera. You'll receive 40 GBP cashback (about $65) on purchases of a new Nikon D3100 body or single lens kit, or 65 GBP cashback (about $107) on purchases of a new Nikon D3100 body with two or more lenses. This special offer ends on July 31st. [Nikon]

RadioShack Sells Canon SD1300 IS Compact Digicam For Only $69.97

RadioShack has started selling the Canon SD1300 IS point-and-shoot camera for only $69.97. The 12.1-megapixel camera features a 4x optical zoom, an ISO of 400-6400, a 2.7-inch LCD screen and 18 different shooting modes. The Canon SD1300 IS also has a 28mm wide-angle lens that makes it easy to capture those emotive close-ups. Additional specs include Face detection, red-eye correction and motion detection. [Product Page]

Olympus SP-610UZ 22x Wide-Angle Ultra-Zoom

Priced at $229.99, the Olympus SP-610UZ includes four standard AA-size Dry-Cell Batteries. The camera also includes a Neck Strap, WIN/Mac USB cable, Audio/Video cable, Manual, Warranty Card and OLYMPUS [ib] software.
source: GIZMOGRAPH

USB Film Roll from Photojojo

These USB flash drives from Photojojo are made from upcycled 35mm film rolls. Because they were reclaimed from film developing labs, you won't know what brand of film you'll receive. Each 4GB drive holds – not 36 pictures – but hundreds. Each USB Film Roll costs $20, and they'd make a great gift for photographers – especially that camera-loving Dad.
source: The Gadgeteer

Mitsubishi OLED globe is a sight to behold

Friday, June 3, 2011

While flexible displays are something that do have that “Wow!” factor when you lay your eyes on them, how about curved displays? Surely those warrant at least some kind of attention not only from you, but from folks who walk past, right? Well, Mitsubishi knows how you would feel if you could get wrap your hands around a curved display, which is why they came up with the OLED globe at the national Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, measuring a cool six meters in diameter.

Also known as the OLED “Geo-Cosmos” display, it will be unveiled at the museum as part of the world's first large-scale spherical OLED screen this coming June 11th. The globe itself will hold 10,362 PMOLED panels, where each of them measure a diminutive 96 x 96 millimeters.

This was made possible thanks to Mitsubishi Electric's scalable OLED technologies, where it will replaces a globe which comprised of light emitting diodes (LEDs) to commemorate the museum's 10th anniversary. The globe won't show off ads – no sir, it will instead display scenes of clouds and other visions of the earth which were taken from a meteorological satellite. All projections will be at least 10 million pixels in resolution, making it around 10 times greater than that of the LED display. Impressive, no?
source: Ubergizmo

Pentax O-GPS1 helps you remember where you took those photos

The integration of GPS technology into cameras are extremely useful – especially when you've taken a whole tour of Europe, and can't really remember just where you were when that particular photo was taken. Well, Pentax has jumped aboard the GPS bandwagon with the O-GPS1 unit that will deliver basic location data alongside an array of original features. Meant for use only with Pentax digital SLR cameras (obviously), the Pentax O-GPS1 is capable of recording the latitude, longitude, altitude, coordinated universal time (UTC) and aspect of the location you are at.

Other applications include ASTROTRACER, Simple Navigation and an Electronic Compass. The ASTROTRACER function will be available when the unit is mounted on the Pentax K-5 or K-r, where it will work in tandem with the camera's magnet-driven Shake Reduction system in order to compensate for the Earth's rotation, hence letting you shoot stars just like how you view them instead of as star trails, although the latter has churned out some pretty pictures in the past as well.

Since it also boasts a "simplified weather-resistant construction", the Pentax O-GPS1 is perfectly fine under light rain, making it the perfect companion to the K-5 camera and WR lenses. Expect the Pentax O-GPS1 to retail for £229.99 from the middle of this month onwards, while us living on the other side of the pond will have to wait until next month at a $249.95 price point.
source: Ubergizmo

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens Now Available In The US

Sigma has just announced the availability of their new 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM telephoto zoom lens in the US. This large aperture zoom lens features Sigma's OS (Optical Stabilizer) function, a weather-resistant design, and employs one SLD and two FLD glass elements for maximum correction of chromatic aberrations. The 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM lens sells for the MSRP of $4,700. [PhotographyBlog]

Kenro Launches Benro Flat Traveller Range

Kenro today released the Benro Flat Traveller tripod series that incorporates dust and water resistant leg-locks and an anti-rotation leg system. These tripods also feature a center column, allowing users to make fine vertical camera adjustments. These ultra-lightweight camera tripods are available in either aluminum or high-strength carbon fibre and come with either stainless steel spiked or rubber feet. The aluminum version of Benro Flat Traveller tripod series is priced at £109.99 ($179) for the smallest model, £130 ($212) for the medium model, and £160 ($261) for the largest model. The high-strength carbon fibre version is also available in the same sizes and retails for £319.99 ($522), £359.99 ($588) and £394.99 ($645), respectively. [PhotographyBLOG]

Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 Lens For Sony Cameras Now Available For Pre-Order

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The new Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC A spherical Wide Angle lens for Sony cameras is now available for pre-order in the US via Amazon. The lens is currently being sold for $499.95 and comes bundled with a removable lens hood, lens caps and a lens pouch. Pre-order yours now! [Product Page]

Creative inPerson HD Webcam

Creative Technology has recently released the Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD webcam, which features an integrated H.264 video encoding processor to ensure the fastest possible frame rate with the least amount of computer resources. The new webcam also provides an improved audio quality, thanks to four microphones and the company's noise-cancellation technology. The inPerson HD cam has been Skype-certified for voice, video and HD calling all the way up to “full HD” (1080p). The cam also features Auto Focus (up to 10 feet) and can capture up to 12-megapixel pictures. The Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD is priced at $150 each. [Electronista]

Photojojo waterproof camera is pretty cheap

If you're off to the seaside for vacation or just a day trip, you might not want to bring your shiny new SLR in case it gets wet, damaged, or covered in sand. But if you really want to take some photographs, and having fun in the water as well, you have the choice of either investing in a pricey waterproof camera - or you can obtain a budget-lover's delight in the form of this “Underwater Digi Cam” by Photojojo. The camera only costs $35 - which is cheap enough to accidentally misplace without feeling the pinch of losing a $1,000 SLR to the crashing waves.

While the camera does make up in practicality and price, don't expect to take National Geographic-worthy shots with it. It only packs a 1.3-megapixel sensor, a 1.4″ LCD display, a fixed ƒ3.1 lens, 4x digital zoom and video recording at 30FPS. It also has a 10-second self timer for those group shots and runs on a pair of AAA batteries. Oh yeah, it is waterproof too.

You might not get those award winning photographs you're so used to taking, but hey - it's better to have some memories of a fun beach trip than none right? Head over to the Photojojo online store if you're interested in picking up one of these babies.
source: Ubergizmo

New TVs record viewers' emotions

Wait a minute – is something wrong here? Arent' we supposed to watch TVs and not the other way round? That seems to be the case with what NHK of Japan is going to do, where they will install small cameras in TVs to observe you while you watch whatever's being channeled to the tube. These cameras will be able to analyze movements as well as facial expressions in order to conclude on the kinds of programs and advertisements that you like, as well as what you don't. Are you comfortable with such technology?

We loathe to think of what would happen should someone hack into your camera's feed, and if you're sitting in your living room wearing your birthday suit, won't that be an invasion of privacy of the highest degree? Apart from that, data might not be that accurate with ads since most folks would use the opportunity to take a toilet break, or perhaps have a go at Plants vs Zombies on their smartphones.

Good thing that these are just prototype TVs at the moment, and it would be interesting to see just how far folks are willing to go to receive electronic entertainment after a hard day at the office.
source: Ubergizmo

Skype unveils new standardized interface for encoding cameras

Skype has just announced a new standard interface for communication to H.264 encoding cameras. Called the Skype UVC 1.4 standard, it will become the de facto standard for video calling, giving silicon vendors the opportunity to develop chips for cameras that can handle the processing of video - eliminating the need for the computer's CPU to be burdened with the decoding and encoding of video.

Camera manufacturers can then make use of these standardized chips in their cameras to speed up development of high quality cameras that ensure a great Skype video/voice calling experience, without having to worry about consumers having to deal with poor quality due to low bandwidth, insufficient CPUs or low quality webcams.

Texas Instruments, Logitech, Quanta, Ambarella, and Maxiam are already onboard with Skype UVC 1.4 and you can expect more vendors to pick it up as well in the near future.
source: Ubergizmo

NHK intorduces Ultra HD Imaging System Using Single 33Mpix CMOS Sensor

NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories is conducting research on creation of a compact Ultra High Definition camera, and displayed a small 33 megapixel trial imaging device at its Technology Open House 2011.

“Our primary goal in making this single-chip imaging equipment was to make a camera small enough to be practical to use when filming outside. The difference from other products is that it uses a single sensor to achieve the full Ultra High Definition resolution of 33 million pixels. By using color filter technology that is used in digital cameras equipped with Bayer masks, and dividing color by fields to get information, it is possible to achieve a very compact camera.”

Until now there has not been a single sensor capable of imaging the full resolution of 33 million pixels, so they used a system of 4 chips each capable of imaging 8 million pixels. Since this trial single-chip imaging equipment has the same number of elements and signal format as the current 4-chip imaging systems, it can be used as it is in UHD equipment developed to date.

“This captures images the same way as ordinary digital cameras, with a sensor right behind the lens. This actually has a lens that is used in digital cameras. You can freely choose from among existing lenses, and can attach lenses that are not specially designed.”

“This is still a hand-built trial device, and we want to work with a manufacturer to finalize it and make a product for actual use.”
source: Akihabara News

Underwater Digi Cam – Budget-Friendly Waterproof Digital Camera

Here comes another budget-friendly waterproof digital camera for you to grab, the Underwater Digi Cam. Available via Photojojo online shop, this compact waterproof camera (up to 100 feet) features a 1.3-megapixel image sensor, a 4x digital zoom, a 1.4-inch LCD viewfinder, a 16MB of internal memory, a microSD card slot (up to 2GB), a USB port and can capture video at 30fps in AVI mode. The Underwater Digi Cam retails for just $35. [Product Page]

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Discounted

B&H has started selling the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens for $1,281. FYI, the original price was $1,329. This professional zoom telephoto lens is suitable for a broad range of applications from sports to portraiture. It is fully compatible with the Extender EF 1.4x II and 2x II teleconverters (requires f/8 AF sensitivity with EF 2x II). The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3.9′ (1.18m) throughout its entire range of focal lengths, and it accepts 67mm screw-in filters. [Product Page]

Totsu Sangyo demonstrate 3D Camera System For Surgery Training

Totsu Sangyo Corporation introduced a tool for surgery training using its Gemelos 3D Base at the Ray Group exhibition.

Gemelos 3D Base is a small 3D camera system, using the company's own design for 3D camera synchronous circuits to operate two cameras on the left and right simultaneously with a high level of precision, and which can capture fast moving objects, which has been a weakness in 3D systems in the past.

“This camera can achieve simultaneous capture at 20ns or less. At this level it is nearly perfect simultaneous timing with the closing of the CMOS image sensor shutters, so it accurately captures fast movement and tiny changes in lighting.”

“Usually these systems are used for entertainment or sports, but since this system is small we wanted to try to film surgery, so we actually filmed surgery with the University of Tsukuba.”

“It is said that training of young surgeons is difficult, so we think this kind of 3D image can be extremely useful for such training, so we are promoting it for that.”

“We are thinking of future applications, such as for training or archiving, as a promotional tool for sales to medical device makers, or as a tool to help explain things to salesmen.
source: Akihabara News

Pentax release the O-GPS1 a compact GPS for DSLR

Designed to work only with the K-5, k-r and 645D, the O-GPS1 is a compact GPS that you stick on your camera where you would normally place your flash and that will Geotag all your photos with the appropriate coordinates. The O-GPS1 just requires a single AAA battery and will be put on the market within this month at a rather expensive price of around 20,000 Yen
source: Akihabara News

Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer Near Shipping

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Back at CES, Polaroid unveiled two gadgets with the help of Lady Gaga: the GL30 camera and the GL10 printer that can be connected to a computer and smartphone and produces 3-by- full-color prints in less than a minute. We have yet to see when the GL30 will become available, but the printer is definitely nearing its shipping date.

The Polaroid Grey Label GL10 instant mobile printer provides the convenience of digital images while keeping with the original Polaroid instant experience. This 15-ounce printer connects to smartphones by Bluetooth and from most digital cameras, PCs, and Macs with a USB cable. It produces prints without the need of ink cartridges or ribbons, thanks to its Zink ink-free technology.

The printer costs US$169 and can now be pre-ordered. According to Polaroid's online store, this gadget will be shipped in June.
Gadget.com

comex as well windows live hotmail web cameras microsoft updates Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 Webcam On Sale For Just $17.29

Here's your chance to bring home the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 Webcam for just $17.29 (normal price $49.99) over at Amazon, meaning you could save up to 65% ($32.70). This compact webcam features a Windows Live Call button, a built-in unidirectional noise-canceling microphone and has the ability to capture both 640 x 480 video as well as 1.3-megapixel digital still images (interpolated mode). Grab yours now! [Product Page]

Leica announces $749 V-LUX 30 compact camera, the cheapest Leica around

It has always been Leica's tradition to 'rebadge' Panasonic's Lumix cameras with some Leica paints, and this time it's the same repetitive process again. Panasonic launched the ZS10 few months ago, and now that same camera has an evil twin called the Leica V-LUX 30. Yes, they intend to let this camera be the successor of the V-LUX 20.

At $749, this is actually one of Leica's more affordable offerings, but that will still only buy you the exact same guts as its $400 (or less) Panasonic counterpart: a 15.1 megapixel sensor (14.1 effective), 16x optical zoom, 1080i video recording, a 3-inch LCD 'round back, and built-in GPS for geotagging.

If you're interested in forking extra $400 to buy the Leica brand, then you may need to wait till June. Worth it? I'm not sure...
2DayBlog.com

1923 Leica 0-series becomes world's most expensive camera, fetches $1.89 million at auction

Cameras are like cars, we pursue far more advance technologies day and night and yet still sought after classical cameras and cars for the vintage feeling. Here's a good example, and a bloody expensive one too.

A 1923 Leica 0-series just got sold at an auction for €1,320,000. Funnily, the exact same auction house reportedly sold the exact same camera four years ago: No. 107, the first Leica to be exported, allegedly for a patent application inspection in New York.

In 2007, it fetched a relatively paltry €336,000, which was apparently still a world record for Leica cameras at the time. That particular dude sure earned a lot at there, and there's no sign that this thing still works.
2DayBlog.com

Redrock Micro Universal Bundles

B&H Photo has started selling the Redrock Micro Universal Bundle. Priced at $4,287, the bundle enables customers to make one purchase and enjoy multiple rig configurations. The Redrock Universal Bundles address customers' need for more flexibility when purchasing DSLR support equipment, and that the realities of production often require more than one camera support setup. [Product Page]

Rollei Movieline SD40 And SD55 Full HD Camcorders

Rollei has once again expanded its line of Full HD camcorders with the introduction of the Movieline SD40 and Movieline SD55. The Movieline SD40 packs a fixed 5.23mm f/3.2 lens with a 4x digital zoom, while the Movieline SD55 sports a 5.25mm f/3.5-3.7 lens with a 5x optical zoom lens. As for the rest of the specs, both camcorders are equipped with a 3.0-inch touch-sensitive screens, two slots for memory cards (SD and microSD), an HDMI port and 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities (30fps). The Movieline SD40 and SD55 will hit stores from the end of July for 119.90 Euro (about $172) and 149.90 Euro (about $215), respectively. [PhotographyBlog]

Sony Introduces 16MP And 10MP CCD Image Sensors

Sony has revealed a 16.15-megapixel, 1x2.3″ CCD sensor, which uses its Super HAD (Hole-Accumulation Diode) technology. Developed for consumer digital cameras, the 16MP 1x2.3-inch CCD sensor uses tiny 1.34µm pixels and offers 720x30p video, as well as 5fps burst mode but only at 4MP. Sony claims improvements of high-ISO and wider dynamic range, thanks to finer fabrication technologies that enabled it to go from 1.43um to 1.34um. The company has also introduced a smaller, 1x2.93″ sensor, offering a 10.17-megapixel of resolution using the same 1.34µm pixel size. [Foto Actualidad]

Casio EX-Z3000 Compact Digital Camera

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Casio EX-Z3000 is a 16.1-megapixel compact digicam with an 8x optical zoom and a 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD display. Users can activate the shutter simply by touching the screen with a single touch. The camera will focus on that point in the scene and captures the image. The fully automatic Premium Auto function also helps to ensure beautiful photos, whether taken with the shutter button or the touchscreen. The Casio EX-Z3000 also features a CCD-shift image stabilization and a high-speed AutoFocus (0.14s at the wide end of the zoom). Its high-capacity battery provides 560 shots on a single full charge. The Casio EX-Z3000 is available in silver, pink, brown and red. [PhotographyBLOG]

BenQ DC S1430 Point-And-Shoot Camera

Check out this newly introduced point-and-shoot camera from BenQ, the DC S1430. Finished in caramel gold, this compact camera sports a 14-megapixel image sensor, a 26mm wide angle lens, a 5x optical zoom lens, a 3-inch 460k-pixel LCD screen, BenQ’s HDR II image enhancement technology and 720p HD video recording capabilities. The DC S1430 will become available later this month for unannounced price yet. [BenQ]

CVMV-DV59 – Advanced World’s Smallest Camera (HD Edition)

Here comes another awesome miniature camera from Chinavasion, the CVMV-DV59 (HD Edition). Claimed as the world’s smallest camera, this tiny device is able to capture both 1280 x 720 HD video at 30fps as well as up to 8.0-megapixel digital still images (interpolated mode). In terms of specs, it sports a 2.0-megapixel CMOS image sensor, a microSD card slot (2GB included), a built-in microphone, a USB 2.0 port and a built-in 250mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery. The CVMV-DV59 can be yours for $44.49. [Product Page]

Samsung SMX-F50BN Camcorder Review

Image-acquire has reviewed the Samsung SMX-F50BN camcorder. It is an affordable video recorder that features up to 65X zoom lens, a 1/6-inch CCD sensor, a 2.7-inch LCD display, an SD/SDHC card slot and captures 720 x 480 video at 60i. This portable camcorder also supports SD and SDHC memory cards, a digital image stabilization, a 1.9-megapixel still photo capability and a time lapse recording capability. Here is the conclusion:

While you’ll get some great stuff here, like a good long zoom and support for background music, you’ll also get some unpleasant aspects like a lack of memory to save your functions (so you’ll need to reset them frequently), and digital as opposed to optical image stabilization. Most all the good in this camcorder is counterbalanced by something a lot less pleasant about it, so take that for what it’s worth. If you’re looking for a quality system then you’re not going to find it here. But if your budget is the biggest concern, then you’ll have one more reason to love this, and that’s the price.

The Samsung SMX-F50BN camcorder is priced at only $129 on Amazon. Each purchase comes bundled with the Intelli-Studio 2.0 editing software. [Image-acquire]

33% Off On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 12.1MP Digital Camera $101.03

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 12.1MP digital camera is currently on sale at Amazon for just $101.03 (normal price $149.95), meaning you could save up to 33% ($48.92). This compact camera offers a 12.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, a 4x optical zoom lens, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, a 40MB of internal memory, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, a USB 2.0 port and 720p HD video recording capabilities. [Product Page]

Panasonic HX-DC15 And HX-DC11 Portable Camcorders

Panasonic comes back with two new waterproof camcorders in the form of the HX-DC15 and HX-DC11. The HX-DC15 comes equipped with a 16-megapixel sensor, while the HX-DC11 has a smaller 14.4-megapixel sensor. Both camcorders also support a bright and stunning Full-HD (1920 x 1080) video recording and an SDXC card slot. Unfortunately, there is no info on pricing or availability at this moment, so stay tuned. [Akihabara]

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