We always appreciate when a company ups their product with technology as Verizon has done with their Casio Exilim. Their first camera phone features a 5.1 megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom that allows cropping without detail loss. The display swivels to give an extra coverage while the phone is being used as a camera. The cellie also supports V Cast music, Visual Voice Mail and VZ Navigator. Verizon is offering the phone for $449.99, $279.99 with a 2 year contract.
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Pixelexip has two apps for photographers that have iPhones and are seriously irritated by its camera. LightSource turns your phone or iPod touch into a light panel with several specific settings, such as tungsten or halogen. GrayCard is the same principle in that it is a light, but it gives you an adjustable gray card for balance and correction by degree of heat. Each of the applications is available for $.99 at the App Store.
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The Sonix7 Media Pro has the distinction of having 20 hours of video and 30 hours of audio playback on a charge. The PMP has a 3.2-inch TFT touchscreen, supports MP3, MP4, AVI and Xvid formats, and has eBook capability. It also has a digital and video cam in case you want to make some videos of your own. The Sonix7 can hold up to 4,000 songs, 14,000 photos or 60 hours of video and is available for $136.00 for the 8GB model and $159.00 for 16GB.
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While we were all leading our mundane lives the past week, astronauts John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel spent 7 hours installing a new camera on the Hubble Telescope. This cam replaces one that was built in the 90s and is sensitive to infrared and ultraviolet light as well as the human eye’s wavelengths. As we have previously mentioned, this is NASA’s final trek that over an eleven day period includes replacing a key computer.
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The Fujifilm Cheki mini25 is a clever camera with intelligent flash, motorized positioning, collapsible lens and 2 shutter design for both landscapes and portraits, and shoots a photo at a size of 62 x 49mm. It has a self-shoot mirror for narcissists and close-up lens for getting those sharp images from up to 35cm away. The cam needs 4 AA batteries and Fujifilm Instant Color “instax mini” Film. The Cheki is available for $119.99 and extra film will cost you $19.99 for 10 shots.
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Nokia has added a new smartphone to its E series. The E52 has lots of handy features including GPS, music player, social network links and browser. At a size of 116 x 49 x 9.9 mm, it has an incredible 8 hours of talk time and 28 days of standby. Exchange 2007 allows viewing and sorting emails with an auto-complete feature that enters contacts based on those sent and received. The handheld has a 3.2 megapixel cam, USB charging, Quickoffice editor and undoubtedly a pretty high price tag, but maybe you can deduct it as a business expense.
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The Automated Driving Surveillance Recorder works whether the driver is parked or moving and has sensors that detect speed, breaking and acceleration. When an accident occurs, it will take images of both before and after the event. Also included is a GPS logger that records date, time and location. Choose between Accident/Event or manual settings for the device that includes software for later playback of recorder footage. The DVR comes with a mount, 1GB SD card, and power cable and is available for $399.99.
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Polaroid’s new Pogo Instant Digital Camera is about to make its debut. The 5.0 megapixel Two cam takes a picture and spits out a 2 x 3-inch print about 40 seconds later. Check your image on the 3-inch LCD screen and crop, add border and print date, and dispose of red eye. Record to a memory card and send them by USB to your PC. Add to that a timer, movie mode with sound, a 4x digital zoom and a rechargeable battery that is good for 15 prints on a full charge. Pre-order now for £229.95 ($343.30) and expect a May 12 delivery.
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Nokia has improved its 5800 XpressMusic software. New is a faster user interface and download time, a built-in mobile dictionary with voice playback and support for 38 languages, and an automatic/manual Application Update that can be used directly to the phone. There is second camera support for still image capture and a burst mode for shooting pictures without hitting a button. The download is available now on their Nokia Software Update site at no charge.
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Sony has unveiled its Handycam TG5V, an upgrade from their TG1. The new camcorder is smaller at 30 x 117 x 62mm, lighter (230g,) and has 16GB memory with about 6 hours of recording. It also has a 30mm wide angle lens, BIONZ and Exemor image processor, GPS, and a new coating to help keep it scratch-free. The TG5V will become available April 20 in Japan. No details on importing or price has yet to be released.
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