We met up with the Lensbaby crew, where we got a look at the new Lensbaby 3G. If you are a digital SLR enthusiast and haven’t heard, the Lensbaby product is a selective focus SLR camera lens that allows you to take images with a focused sharp area that is surrounded by a stylistic blur. We have seen quite a few Lensbaby shots, and they really are quite unique and interesting. The Lensbaby 3G is available now for $270, which for an SLR lens, is pretty much a steal.
We talk with Mike Hullet of OmegaSatter, the company that makes the MonsterPod. The MonsterPod is a tripod without legs, great for situations where you don’t have a stable place for a tripod. It can be attached to just about any surface. It has a visco-elastic, putty-like polymet base, so you can mount it to things like trees, rocks, brick, or anything you can find. Then you connect your camera to it, and you can take your image in just about any situation. You can pick one up for $34.99 USD.
Planet82, the same people that brought us the Accufat Scanner, gives us a glimpse at something a bit more meaning ful in this clip - their SMPD Low Light Camera technology. Focusing on safety and security, these chips are able to record things that are happening, even in the most extreme of low light situations. The advantage of this over standard night vision is the fact that it’s so sensitive that it doesn’t need to send out any extra IR rays to generate a signal. Look for this to be included in security cameras and automobiles by the end of 2007, followed by consumer products like cell phones and digital cameras next year.
We loved the concept of the GoPro Digital Hero 3 that we saw at CES. It’s a small digital camera that straps to your wrist. It’s ultra-secure, so no worries about dropping it, and the images look fantastic. Perfect when hiking, skiing, or sporting events when you want a camera near at all times but don’t want to have to worry about putting it away and taking it out repeatedly.
Andrew Lin from Premier Image Optics shows off their projectors, digital cameras, and camera phone modules. It’s really incredible how small they can get, even when you go up to 3.2MP. They say 5MP is coming soon, but Nokia already has one in their newest N95. The projectors are pretty neat, and there are some very high megapixel cameras for a point-and-shoot.