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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.

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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.


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Cyber-shot

Okay, Memory Stick aside, the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1 looks like a mighty fine digicam. The feature we are most excited about is the 3-inch LCD with touchscreen interface. The touchscreen is supposed to be intuitive, unlike many cameras out there with a wealth of buttons and knobs. The 8.1 megapixel Cybershot also sports a 16:9 widescreen shooting mode which optimizes images for viewing on a widescreen high definition television.  Other features of note are the Carl Zeiss 3x optical and 6x digital zoom, 500 image thumbnail gallery, and Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. This one should be available in November at a price of $500.


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Mattel VidsterVidster is a digital video camera marketed toward kids who have bigger dreams than to end up making the next Blair Witch sequel.  Incredibly easy to use, it’s ready to go right out of the box. Upon inspection, it looks cheapish and plastic, however keep in mind that it retails for $79.99 and it is intended to withstand the punishment of kids.  It comes with 32MB of onboard memory but it is expandable up to 512MB using an SD slot.  At only 15 fps, the video quality seemed disappointing and sometimes sluggish.  Forgetting that it’s intended for kids, I tried to play around with it but found it difficult to manipulate the buttons with my huge sausage fingers. The camera takes 1.3 megapixel still shots and has a 1.1-inch color LCD with 2x digital zoom. The product seems to thrive once it’s connected to a PC over its USB connection.  The editing software used is a version of autoProducer 3.5 designed specifically by muvee Technologies for Vidster.  The software is simple enough for kids to use by integrating music into their scenes, emailing their creations, or even burning them to DVD.


Pantech PG-8000Pantech PG-8000Our sister site I4U just reported that Pantech has busted out with the PG-8000, the most “camera-like” phone yet. It uses a camera form factor with a 2 megapixel sensor, and a giant 2-inch horizontal LCD display. With the sideways (for a phone at least) keypad and camera centric buttons, I’m not sure how easy to operate the phone functions of the PG-8000 are going to be usability wise. The PG-8000 also features music playback functionality with support for MP3, AAC, and FM Radio.


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FujiThere is a new FujiFilm printer aimed at the mobile market. The new printer will interface with a mobile phone via IR (what - no Bluetooth?!) and produce a credit card sized image for all your devious mobile printing needs. The printer features Fuji Image Intelligence, which will supposedly help correct for dark photos normally associated with the camera phones it is designed for. Retailing for $129, this miniature printer will be available in September. I’m glad to see a 1st gen product like this - hopefully someday the technology will exist to provide onboard printers of some sort for high end digital cameras - obviously a high quality print will involve a photo lab, but for your quick snap instant prints would be fantastic.


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Canon PowerShot S80

Posted by Edwin Soto Categories: Cameras

Canon PowerShot S80

I know we have been raving about Canon the past couple of days, but you just can’t deny their expertise in this field.  Here’s another beauty set to be released later this year in October.  The S80 will be part of the high end models at 8 megapixels and will retail at $600.

8.0 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch charge coupled device (CCD)
Focal Length Lens - 5.8-20.7mm f/2.8-5.3 zoom lens (equivalent to 28-100mm in 35mm format)
4x Digital Zoom
TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
Maximum Aperture - f/2.8 (W) - f/5.3 (T)
Shutter Speed - 15-1/2000 sec.; Slow shutter speed operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Built-in Flash
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Still Image: 3,264 x 2,448 (Large), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small)
Movie: 1,024 x 768 (15 fps), 640 x 480/320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)


Canon SD550

Canon will be releasing these PowerShot SD series this October.  The SD550 is for the more serious picture taker at 7.1MP. Retailing at $550 here are its details:

7.1 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Focal Length Lens - 7.7 - 23.1mm f/2.8-4.9 (35mm film equivalent: 37-111mm)
4x Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Normal AF: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
Macro AF: 2.0 in.-1.6 ft./5-50cm (WIDE), 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (TELE)
Digital Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft./5-50cm (WIDE)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
Viewfinders
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD - Approx. 115,000 pixels
Maximum Aperture - f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
Shutter Speed - 15-1/2000 sec.; Slow shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Built-in Flash
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Still Image: 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small)
Movie: 640 x 480/320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 1GB, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)

Canon SD450

For those of you looking for quality on a smaller budget may consider the SD450 which will retail at $450:

5.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Focal Length Lens
5.8-17.4mm f/2.8-4.9 zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm format)
4x Digital Zoom
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD - Approx. 115,000 pixels
Maximum Aperture - f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
Shutter Speed - 15-1/1500 sec.; Slow shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Built-in Flash
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Still Image: 2,592 x 1,944 (Large), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 1), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small)
Movie: 640 x 480/320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps), 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 1
20 (3 min. at 15 fps)

Canon SD30

Finally, there’s the ultra sleek SD30 also at $450 for its 5MP Quality.  It is available in a variety of colors as well.

5.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch charge coupled device (CCD)
Focal Length Lens - 6.3-14.9mm f/3.2-5.4 zoom lens (equivalent to 38-90mm in 35mm format)
4x Digital Zoom
1.8 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD. - Approx. 118,000 pixels
Maximum Aperture - f/3.2 (W) - f/5.4 (T)
Shutter Speed - 15-1/1600 sec.; Slow shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec. is only available in select modes
Built-in Flash
Activates shutter after an approx. 2 sec./10 sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control - Available for playback and printing via Camera Station CS-DC1
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard


Canon A620

Cannon will release a new line of PowerShots “A Series” for all those looking for a simple out-of-the-box experience.  The A620 (pictured above) will retail for about $400 and sports the following specs:

7.1 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch charge coupled device (CCD)
Focal Length Lens
7.3 - 29.2mm f/2.8-4.1 (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)
4x Digital Zoom
TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
2.0 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (vari-angle)
Approx. 115,000 pixels LCD Pixels
Maximum Aperture - f/2.8 (W) - f/4.1 (T)
Shutter Speed - 15-1/2000 sec.; Slow shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Recycling Time - Approx. 10 sec. or less (battery voltage=6.0V)
Shooting Modes - Auto; Creative: P, Av, Tv, M, C; Image: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects - Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard readers
Movie: 640 x 480/320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps), 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)

Canon Powershot A610

The A610 is the 5MP version of the A series and it will retail at $300.  Here are some of its specs:

Powered by 4 AA-size batteries; stores images on SD memory cards (16 MB card included)
5-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
2.0-inch vari-angle LCD display; 4x optical zoom
Shoot high-quality movies at up to 60 frames per second
20 shooting modes including My Color settings for customization while shooting

Canon Powershot A410

Lastly, this is for those who do more casual picture taking.  The A410 is the smallest, lightest in these releases and will retail at $150.  Here are its features and specifications:

Features:
Direct downloads and printing made easy with the new Print/Share button
4- Megapixel Digital ELPH with 3x optical and 4x digital zoom (12x combined zoom)
Sleek, ultra-compact metal body for the ultimate in style and durability
Exclusive Canon “DiG!C” imaging processor and iSAPS technology for superior image quality and faster processing speed
Full range of print features including ID Photo Print and Movie Print
Print direct to any Canon Direct Printer or any pictbridge enabled printer

Specifications:
Image capte device:  4.0 MP 1/1.8” CCD
ISO sensitivity: Auto, or User Set ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
Image quality modes (JPEG): Normal, Fine, Superfine
File format: Design rule for Camera File System, DPOF Ver. 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format)
Image recording format: Still Image: JPEG or RAW; Movie: AVI. Exif 2.2 compliant
Recording media: CompactFlash (CF) Card, Type I
Shooting modes: Auto, Manual, Stitch Assist, Movie, Continuous (Approx. 2.2 fps)
Photo effects: Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpness, Sepia, B/W
Playback modes: Single, Index (9 Thumbnails), Magnification (Approx. 2x~10x) or Slide Show, Movie
Erase mode: Single Images, All Images
Interfaces: USB; AV Output (NTSC/PAL Selectable, monaural audio) & CF Card slot (Complied w/ Type I Standard), Direct Connection to Canon Direct Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible Printers
Lens: 3x Optical, 3.6x Digital. 11x Combined Zoom (equiv. to 36-108mm in 35mm format)
Shutter speed: 15-1/2000 sec. slow shutter of 1.3 sec. and more operates w/ noise reduction
Focus range: Normal AF: 18 in. (46cm)~infinity; Macro AF: 2~18 in. (5~46cm) (WIDE), 12~18 in. (30~46cm) (TELE)
Light metering method: Evaluative Metering, Center-weighted average metering or Spot metering
Exposure control: Program AE; AE Lock is available
Compensation: +/-2.0 EV in 1/3 step increments
White balance control: TTL Auto White Balance, Preset White Balance (Avail. settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H), & Custom White Balance
Optical viewfinder: Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD: 1.5” low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NB-1LH) or AC Adapter Kit ACK500, Car Battery Carger CBC-NB1
Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.4” x 2.2” x 1.1”/ 87.0 x 57.0 x 27.8mm
Weight: Approx. 6.5 oz./185g (camera body only)


Canon 5D

For all of you photographer types who have been waiting for it, Canon has finally made the EOS 5D official, proclaiming it to be the smallest and lightest full-frame digital SLR on this planet we call Earth - with 12.8 megapixels to boot. Of course, these things don’t come without a price. Canon says it will drop later this year for “under” $3,300.


Read More | Canon EOS 5D Press Release


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