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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)


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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


Logitech QuickCam FusionLogitech has yet another new product coming down the pipeline in the form of an update to their QuickCam line. The QuickCam Fusion is a funky-looking USB 2.0 webcam that features 1.3 megapixel resolution for snapping images (nice!) along with improvements for low-light conditions and audio quality. The camera also boasts a wide-angle 78 degree lens, providing a nice field of vision for those on the other end. This one hits retail at $99.99 USD, which includes a monitor clip, headset, and Video Effects software that allows you to create 3D avatars which will replicate your facial expressions. Freaky.

Read More | Logitech Press Release


Canon 5D

Details leaked out today about the Canon 5D - an update to their 20D platform. The 5D will feature a 13 megapixel full frame sensor (35mm equivalent so EF mount lenses will not have a crop or magnification factor), 3 frame per second shooting speed, and a giant 2.5” LCD on the back. Like the rest of Canon’s pro series of cameras the 5D will feature a magnesium body, USB 2.0 and a DIGIC II processor for near instantaneous image processing with stunning detail and color. With a 13 megapixel sensor images taken in RAW format, the images will be able to be printed at poster size with very little post processing. While the 5D is not aimed at the average consumer (the 20D body with a cheap lens costs a minimum of $1200) any aspiring amateur or semi-pro looking for truly professional results will find the 5D an appealing choice. As a current owner of a 10D this is looking like an attractive upgrade for official Gear Live photo shoots.


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DescriptionA few months back, the CVS drug store chain introduced the first “disposable” DV recording device. The idea around it is to sell you the camera for 30 bucks, you get about 25 minutes of compressed video, bring it back to CVS, and they put it on DVD/CD for you.  This is a great alternative if you don’t plan to purchase a DV camera anytime soon, yet want to capture special moments on film. Why not exploit the drug store giant and hack the videos from the camera yourself? I-Hacked.com has taken the time to splice up a USB cable, integrate that with a Palm III cradle - which is apparently hard to find (sadly, I own one) - and use a few Windows commands to format the camera. There you have it.


Read More | I-Hacked.com via Make


Digital Camera GuideMore and more people are buying digital cameras.  Ask the average person, and they couldn’t tell you exactly why they selected their camera to begin with.  Some people purchase a camera because it’s small, looks pretty, or is from a manufacturer they know is popular. That certainly isn’t the way we should be purchasing high tech equipment.  We should be looking at features and pricing to see if our purchase will be worthwhile.  However, with all the complex specs released by manufactures who the heck understands all of it? How can we determine if we are being ripped off?  This guide written by Walter S. Mossberg should help you determine which one is right for you.

Read More | BargainFindsOneBay


Perfect Picture WallChalk up a victory for people the world over who spend an hour picking a spot to hang a picture, hammering in the nail, then staring at it to be sure it is even. The Picture Wall Company sells the Perfect Picture Wall - basically a comprised of a one sheet template that you affix to your wall with adhesive. Follow the template instructions which show you where to place ten included frames, and you are set. You can score one for $349 USD shipped.

Read More | Perfect Picture Wall via Cool Hunting


DescriptionEver since MiniDV camcorders were released, I’ve wondered to myself how long it would be before someone like Sony released a camcorder that recorded to an internal hard drive, instead of old-school tape.  You can make the tape as small as you want, but it’s still tape.

Surprisingly, JVC is the one making the leap into the 21st Century, with their Everio line of camcorders with internal hard drives instead of digital cassette tape.  It’s worth noting that JVC has done this once before, but used a 4GB CompactFlash form-factor MicroDrive, hardly a unique move.  Now they’re using larger disks, finally giving the world (and us) a reason to take notice.

These second-generation Everio units feature either a 20GB or 30GB hard disk (likely the same drive included in Apple’s iPod), and record MPEG2 video (DVD quality) directly to the hard drive, 4.5 hours for the 20GB unit, and 7 hours for the 30GB.  Rudimentary editing features allow random access to the stored video (including setting chapters, rearranging footage, etc), and remote playback lets you attach the camcorder to a TV and operate it like a DVD player.

The two higher-end units (MG40 and MG50) have 1.33 MegaPixel CCD sensors, allowing you to take digital photos in JPEG format at up to 1152 x 864.  The lower end units (MG20 and MG30) are limited to 640x480.  Photos can be stored on a separate SD memory card, or logically on the internal hard drive.

Oddly, such a high-tech camcorder lacks a FireWire interface, opting for USB2.  It does, however, support PictBridge, so you can print those tiny photos on any photo printer supporting the PictBridge interface.

The Everio line will launch in August, with the MG20 (0.3 MP, 20GB) coming in at $800, and the MG50 (1.3 MP, 30GB) coming in at $1000.  The MG30 (1.3MP, 20GB) and the MG40 (0.3MP, 30GB) will each be $900, letting you choose whether storage space or the sensor resolution is more important to you.  I’m betting that by September, someone will have cracked open one of these bad boys and have tried sticking a larger drive in it.


Photo LabsThose of you that enjoy using you digital camera to take high quality images may want to think about how you take your future photographs.  It seems some photo labs are refusing to print digital photographs that look “too professional”, fearing that in doing so they may be breaking copyright laws.  With traditional photographs, the widely accepted rule was that if you had the negative,  you had permission to reproduce it, but in this age of digital photography it can be hard to tell if the photo was taken by Joe Blow, or simply scanned into a computer or downloaded off the Internet.  While the photo labs fear being sued for breaking copyright laws, there really isn’t any exact way to know if a photo belongs to the person bringing it in and approval could vary from lab tech to lab tech.

Read More | USA Today


American Idol camcorderOkay, we know that when you first hear that an American Idol Digital Camcorder exists, your first reaction might be to leave the site, never to return.  However once you actual see and play with Digital Blue’s American Idol Digital Camcorder, you discover how wrong your first reaction was.  You see, the product is powerful and yet easy to use from both a hardware and software standpoint. This is the camera I dreamed about having when I was a kid.

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