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Giga Vu Pro evolution

Originally slated for an April 2006 release, the Giga Vu Pro evolution launch date has been pushed back to May 2006.  “What in the heck is a Giga Vu Pro evolution” you ask?  Think of it as a portable media storage/player device on steroids.  Although it can function as a portable media player, its main goal in life is to store digital images and provide the necessary controls and information for critical reviewing.  Targeted at professional and prosumer photographers, the GVPe is much more than a standard media storage device with specialized features like a calibrated 3.7-inch widescreen LCD (that can be re-calibrated as necessary), RAW decoding, DVI and analog outputs with sound, RGB and luminance histograms with blown highlights warning, and a built-in FTP server for Wi-Fi capable cameras.  Of course, all work and no play isn’t very fun so the GVPe does include MP3 and video playback functionality as well.

Three different versions will be offered with the hard drive capacity as the only distinguishing variable.  Suggested list prices are as follows: $495 (40GB), $695 (60GB), and $895 (120GB).  All pricing shown is USD.

Full specifications after the jump.

Read More | JOBO AG via Rob Galbraith DPI (adjusted launch date)
Read More | Rob Galbraith DPI (GVPe overview)

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Big news coming out of Sandisk Headquarters today with three new announcements:

Sandisk MSPD 4GB1) SanDisk Announces 4-Gigabyte Memory Stick Pro Duo Cards For Digital Photographers: - This is great news for both pro and pro-am photographers.  We can never have enough memory and this little gem is going to provide plenty of room for those RAW images.  As far as we can tell this card should also work on the Sony PSP.  We are getting ever-so-close to that PSP being really functional with hard drive sized capacities approaching rapidly.

The Ultra II cards are primarily targeted to advanced digital photographers with high-resolution digital cameras that require fast, large-capacity digital film cards to quickly shoot many high resolution images. Each SanDisk Ultra II card features a minimum write speed of 9 megabytes per second (MB/sec.) and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec. These fast write speeds are designed to take advantage of advanced digital camera features such as rapid fire, continuous-shooting modes or to capture digital video clips.

Sandisk 2GB SD Card2) SanDisk Doubles Capacity of Innovative USB-Flash Memory Combo Card: Here’s one for you mobloggers and camera phone freaks.  Now you can get a tasty 2GB SD card for that Treo 650 of yours.  This is one killer SD card.  With the ability to fold in half and be inserted into any standard USB slot, we give this SD card mad props and high marks on the “gotta have it” scale.

The SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus line features write speeds of 9 megabytes (MB) per second and read speeds of 10MB/sec. The cards are targeted at enthusiast and prosumer-level digital photographers with 5 mega-pixel or higher resolution digital cameras that require significantly faster flash memory film cards. The faster cards allow photographers to shoot images in rapid sequence and minimize the lag time between shots.

Sandisk 8GB CF Card3) SanDisk Doubles Capacity Of Its SanDisk Extreme III Cards: Its Fastest Digital Film Cards For Professional Photographers - Rounding out the triple whammy is the killer announcement of them all.  Doubling the previous 4GB capacity, Sandisk has introduced one wicked fast 8GB CF card that will be making it’s way into every professional photographers gear bag that I know.  This one is a killer folks.

SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash and SD cards have minimum write and read speeds of 20 megabytes per second (MB/sec.) Memory Stick PRO Duo cards have minimum write and read speeds of 18 MB/sec. 2 The SanDisk Extreme III cards, which range in capacity between 1- and 8GB are among the world’s fastest working cards in many of today’s leading digital single lens reflex (SLR) cameras.

Not a bad day for Sandisk if we do say so ourselves.  Now off we go to find that fourth job so we can pay for all this new memory our digital habbits are requiring these days.

Read More | SanDisk Press Room

Gear Live Bleeding EdgeToday we had a few interesting items come into our radar that we wanted to talk about. In today’s episode:

  • Warpdrive Patent Turned Down: We discuss the US patent office rejecting a patent request for a technology that is a far way off.
  • iPod Video Privacy Filter: The Digital CowBoy iPod video filter sounds like a good idea. We discuss it’s pros and cons.
  • Canon EOS 30D: Finally, we talk about the significance of the Canon EOS 30D camera.

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Canon EOS 30D

After a few months of waiting, Canon has officially released the Canon EOS 30D.  The 30D is an evolutionary upgrade from the EOS 20D and shares many of the same components/features such as the 8.19-megapixel CMOS sensor, shutter speed (1/8000), and autofocus system.  New to the 30D is the 2.5” LCD with a greatly increased viewing angle as compared to the 1.8” LCD on the 20D.  A deeper burst depth allows you to take more pictures in rapid succession before the camera writes to memory and is a welcome improvement when shooting in RAW mode.  ISO speed is now adjustable while looking through the viewfinder and should make shooting with changing light conditions a much easier task.  Changes to the Picture Style menu are abdundant, but one of the best is the ability to disable in-camera sharpening.

With a street price rumored to be $1399, the newest member of the EOS lineup is nicely priced.  The question is, does it offer enough of a feature upgrade for current 20D users?  Time will tell.

Read More | Rob Galbraith

Kodak EasyShare V570

We just received a Kodak EasyShare V570 camera, and figured we would share the love. This is the one that Kodak was trying to pimp hardcore at CES, touting it as the world’s first dual lens digital camera. So far, we are very impressed with the build, responsiveness, and overall quality of this particular EasyShare camera. In the past, it seemed that the Kodak EasyShare line was geared towards the budget consumer, but the V570 looks like it can definitely compete with the best of them. Check out a couple more images after the jump, or head on over to the gallery to check out the whole set. Stay tuned for our full review.

Click to continue reading Unpacking The Kodak EasyShare V570

SolioFor those of you planning to conquer Mount Everest in the near future, you know you can’t possibly do this without taking your iPod with you right?  Well how the heck are you gonna charge that sucker on your way up to the summit?  Solio has the answer for ya.  All the goodness and eco-friendly power of the sun can now be harnessed just for you so that you can power all those gadgets for free, courtesy of that shiny ball of light in the sky.  But what about all your other gadgets?  Relax Skippy, have sunlight, will travel…

Solio is a portable, renewable power source that draws energy from sunlight, storing it in an internal battery and using it to charge virtually all mobile electronic devices, including:

• Cell phones
• iPods/MP3 players
• Digital cameras
• PDAs
• GPSs

So wherever you are…whenever you need power…Solio is there.

Anything: Powers virtually all your hand-held electronics
Anytime: Stores power for whenever you need it
Anywhere: Chargeable from the sun or wall socket
Anyone: Easy to use by attaching a cable and pushing a button

How’s that for gadget coolness?  The latest Solio now comes in black, along with the older Coldplay version.  Pretty spiffy for those of you with a black nano or 5G Video iPod.  Now you can climb and conquer in style, while maintaining maximum fashionability.  Rock on…

Read More | Solio

DIY Ringof LightIf you’ve ever done any kind of macro photography, then you can appreciate the need for consistent, even lighting for your subject matter.  Normal flashes typically don’t work too well as the subject is too close to the camera and you end up over-exposing the picture.  Even if you are able to diffuse the flash, the camera body/lens typically shadows the subject and you’ve got the opposite problem.  There are other ways around the problem - a light tent for example or high zoom macro lens but each has it’s pros and cons.  What easily does the trick though is a macro ring light.  A macro ring light is a series of small lights, typically LED’s, that are arranged in a circular fashion, and are fitted to the end of your camera lens.  With a ring light you get good lighting for your subject, but…well…there’s a problem - cost.  A good ring light is not an inexpensive purchase.  Thankfully, for those of you who are not mechanically challenged, there’s a DIY article on how to create your own ring light.  The article is a touch old, but it’s well done and quite thorough.  A slight difference from a normal ring light is that it typically operates as a flash, whereas the DIY version is constantly on.

Read More | Brain Error via bit-tech.net

MII FlashlightApparently nothing is sacred anymore.  Take the humble flashlight for example.  A ubiquitous device, the flashlight as we know it has its origins in 1896.  Along the way it has received various upgrades - LED technology and magnetic induction come to mind.  However, the core idea of a simple object that spits out light on demand, has remained the same - until now.  Enter the MII Flashcam - an 85,000 candlepower LED flashlight that adds the ability to record audio/video as well as take digital still shots.  For covert operations it has a ring of infrared LED’s to light up your subject, and all video can be viewed on it’s 1.5” TFT-LCD.  For storing your audio and video the Flashcam has 1GB of integrated memory which will allow for up to 2 hours of footage.  Seeing as how the Flashcam is being marketed toward the law enforcement industry, it comes as no surprise that the light is shock resistant (handy when the need arises for incapacitating a fugitive).  If you can afford it ($2,500) the MII Flashcam can be yours, but don’t expect to be allowed the privilege to record audio unless you’re a member of law enforcement.  Video functionality on the other hand is seemingly “a-ok” regardless of who the purchaser is.

Read More | MII Flashcam via Ubergizmo

Swann Cameras

We took Swann super-nice security cameras for a spin, and tried to do things with them that they weren’t necessarily meant for in order to show how else they might be used. Here are the items we tested:

The Swann kit comes in two boxes with everything you need to create a fully functioning, impressive, security camera net, screws and all. You can use up to four cameras using one DVR. It records for up to a year with the lowest resolution, a 250GB hard drive (included if you option it, or you can supply your own), and 1 frame per second. You may record in a variety of ways which include, full screen standard definition, low definition with four simultaneous motion-activated shots (including motion-activated in particular areas of the image,) among others.

Click to continue reading Swann DVR4-Net Four Camera Digital Recording System Review

Sony HDR HC1 The Sony HDR-HC1 has taken the top honor of the 2005 CamInfo Select list, and understandably so. It comes in at just under $2,000, making it the cheapest high definition camcorder around. JVC, Everio, and Canon also get mentions on the list, which just so happens to be a great tool for anyone looking to buy a camcorder for a special someone this holiday season.

Read More | CamInfo Select 2005 via DigitalTechNews