Okay, 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.
Here’s a camera after our own hearts. Rule of thumb is: Don’t use your digital camera for movies and don’t use your DV camera for pictures. But how about listening to music on your camera? Or a portable USB 40GB HDD? The Mustek PVR-H140 is trying to break all the rules. You can use its hard drive for high quality digital movies at 30fps, store and listen to MP3’s, file storage, record audio, and more. Here is the rundown:
- Digital Video Player . Digital Video Recorder / Digital Photo Player / Music Player / USB Pocket Drive / SD/MMC Card Reader / Digital Voice Recorder
- 3.6” Color TFT LCD
- 40 GB HDD
- DPS Support
- AV in / AV Out / Earphone / DC-in / USB 2.0y interface
- Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (1000 mAh) x 2
- 4.3 x 3.2 x 1.2 in (L x W x H)
- Built in Microphone and Speaker
- 0.64 lbs (with Battery)
- MPEG-4, AVI, ASF Supported
- WMA Support
- NTSC/PAL formats
Read More | Mustek
Samsung has brought the DuoCam VM-F7500 to Korea, and it looks very similar to the SC-D6550 which is available elsewhere. This is another camcorder, digital camera hybrid with a 5 MP CCD and a 900x digital zoom. The nice thing here is that it can shoot in the 16:9 aspect ratio, making its user that much more leet.
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The story behind this paper camera is an interesting one dating back to the seventies. This site gives a brief synopsis of said history, and provides downloadable PDF templates which can be used to build your very own Dirkon camera out of paper.
The name Dirkon is a play on words based on the combination of the parts of two words: Dirk- is the beginning of the Czech word dírka – pinhole, and -kon is the end of the name of a well-known Japanese camera which needs no introduction.
For all you new-schoolers - sorry, no LCD viewfinder here.
Don’t get too exicted, there is nothing concrete about this. That being said, how awesome would this be? The digital camera add-on is a nice touch as well. A 6 GB iPod mini/digital camera hybrid would certainly sell nicely.
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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.
Read More | GigaOm
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.
Read More | iPod Lounge
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.
Read More | Picturephoning
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