Olympus has announced a new digital still camera for the Japanese market, set to hit retail in May. The Olympus CAMEDIA X-600 seems to be your basic digicam with a 3x optical zoom along with a 4x digital zoom. As far as size goes, the camera is a mere 18.3mm in thick with a 2-inch LCD screen. There is 14 MB of onboard memory, which is really virtually nothing these days. Luckily, it also supports XD cards up to 1 GB.
While it sounds surprising, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Research firm Strategy Analytics has found that in 2004 there were 257 million camera phone sold, versus 68 million digital still cameras. Camera phones sold four times as well as digital still cameras. Obviously, cell phones are the number one accessory right now. With more onboard memory becoming available, along with higher resolution cameras, digital camera makers are going to have to start rethinking their stance in all this.
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The Apple iPod Camera Connector seems like a must have for any iPod photo owner who uses a digital camera, but is it as good as it sounds? iPod Lounge set to find out, and put the device to the test. Good news is that it does just what it is meant to do – transfers pictures from a compatible digital camera to an iPod photo. However, its slow speed and the fact that full computer sync is required before a slide show is viewed are just a couple of its annoyances. Check the review, then decide if it’s worth your $29.95.
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Trust us – we know how frustrating it can be to take pictures with your digital camera that turn out to be washed out due to an inappropriate amount of flash. Otherwise, there isn’t enough light and images end up looking too dim. CameraBright, Inc. aims to solve this dilemma with their CameraBright X1 product line. Basically, the units are composed of a series of bright white LED’s which can be mounted to just about any digital cameras tripod port. The goal here is to fill the image subject with white light, aiding the flash of the camera, and creating a more natural looking image. The CameraBright X1 comes in three different flavors – Original for everyday use, Warm White for portraits or video, and an Extended Range model for objects that are farther away or just require a bit more light.
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With the NTT DoCoMo binoculars with built-in object recognition technology, you can focus on a passing plane and have a digital readout tell you its flight number and destination; or you could focus on some foliage and the binocs will tell you their garden variety. NTT DoCoMo has plans to put this technology to use for bargain shopper types by explaining that some form of this technology could be used to focus on an item in a shop and get a price comparison. Most likely, these days you’ll get an excellent review and/or an advertisement.
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Imagine you’re stumbling back to your apartment late one night, and you stop in an alley to relieve yourself. Suddenly, a bright flash goes off and a loud voice yells at you saying “Leave the area now” and alerts you that your photograph is being taken. The FlashCAM-530 will do just that. It’s there to catch prostitutes, cohorts, vandals and such. The Guardian has an article which questions how the FlashCam distinguishes between these types and innocent folk like you. The FlashCAM-530 senses motion up to 100 feet away. When it detects motion it begins snapping 35mm photographs, flashes light, and yells at you. It was developed over several years with the help of Law Enforcement and anti-graffiti professionals. Anti-graffiti professionals? How do you get that job?
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In case you have been waiting for Apple to release updated software for the iPod photo, you can now stop and proceed to the download. The iPod photo Software 1.1 for iPod photo includes:
- Support for optional iPod Camera Connector for importing and viewing photos directly on iPod photo
- Updated slideshow transitions
This of course ushers in support for the iPod Camera Connector device, allowing you to transfer media directly to the iPod from a digital camera over USB.
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The Apple iPod Camera Connector has shown up on Apple’s store for $30, and should ship in 1-3 weeks. It’s also the first official picture we’ve seen of the device that lets you plug your camera directly into an iPod photo. It’s not much to look at, but we’ll see how this goes over in a few weeks. This one is compatible with all iPod photo units.
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Sony has unveiled their newest 5.1MP digital camera – the T7. The T7 is an updated version of the very popular T1 model. Some of the updated features include the relocation of menu buttons to the left side, zoom controls moved to the top, and the body has been truncated to one-third of an inch thin. The miniature camera not only looks sexy, but has a 3x optical zoom and the ability to capture and playback high-resolution video at 640x480 pixel resolution. You can get your hands on one in May, retailing for $500 USD.
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Yes, you read that right. This is the world’s first 7 megapixel camera phone. Of course you’re going to need to carry the optical zoom separately, but just think about how sharp those prints are going to be. The SCH-V770’s has a 1/1.8 inch type CCD image sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, flash and manual focus control. It also has 32 megabytes of internal memory, enough to store what, like 2 pictures at this resolution?
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