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Seventh-gen iPod nano to bring back the camera?

iPod nano with camera

There's further indication that the seventh-generation iPod nano could feature a camera.

A report obtained by AppleInsider that first appeared on Taiwanese Apple blog tw.apple.pro allegedly shows that the iPod nano will add a low-res 1.3 megapixel camera, eschew its clip, and retain its current small form factor and touch screen display.

Citing a source called "Ray" from California, the Taiwanese site claims the iPod nano will lose the clip because it would interfere with the camera.

The larger fifth-generation nano included a video camera, widescreen display, and video playback. These features were stripped from the sixth-generation edition of the device in favor of smaller form with a belt clip on the back and a multitouch display.

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Deal of the Day: 50% off 32 GB SDHC cards

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eBay has our Deal of the Day today, as they're offering a full 50% off of Transcend 32 GB SDHC cards. This is the best price we've seen on cards with this much capacity, and they normally sell for $100. The deal today has them at $49, and that includes the price of shipping. Great buy for a digital camera. If you're interested, head on over:

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Deal of the Day: 61% off Kodak SLICE 14 megapixel touchscreen camera bundle

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cameras, Hot Deals

Kodak Slice deal

eBay has a hot deal today, offering 61% off the Kodak SLICE camera bundle. It's got a 14 megapixel sensor, touchscreen, and can share to social networks like YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and more with the touch of a button. This camera typically sells for $319, but today's deal brings it to you for $124, saving you $194 in the process, and shipping is included in that price. They've got limited stock, and this deal will only last for a few hours. If you're interested, head on over:

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Deal of the Day: 41% off Kodak EasyShare Z915 digital camera kit

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cameras, Hot Deals

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eBay has a 41% off discount on the Kodak EasyShare Z915 digital camera kit that you see above. The Z915 camera alone typically sells for $219, but for the next few hours, you can get it on eBay for just $129. The kit includes the camera itself (10 megapixels, 10x optical zoom,) carrying case, lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, charger, plus an extra set of batteries. They've got limited stock, so if you're interested, head on over:

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Deal of the Day: Save 54% on Olympus FE-4030 digital camera

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cameras, Hot Deals

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eBay is featuring a huge 54% discount on the Olympus FE-4030 14 megapixel digital camera for the next 3 hours. The FE-4030 typically sells for $129, and it's a very decent point-and-shoot even at full price for people on a budget. It's also got a 2.7-inch display, 5x wide optical zoom, and weighs 4.1 ounces. They've got limited stock, so the may run out before the three hours is up, so if you're interested, head on over:

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Why the Flip camera failed

Flip Camera failed

The Flip was never my favorite pocket camcorder. That's partly because it was the darling of everyone else and also because I found more powerful options elsewhere, like the Kodak Zi6 (and then Zi8). Both offer HD video capture, a microphone-in jack and removable media. Flip didn't offer any of that; the Flip team always told me that those features would likely confuse consumers who just wanted to capture video.

Now I realize they were right. In fact more right than any of us had imagined.

A day after Cisco unceremoniously dumped its $590 million purchase in favor of a pure business strategy, Flip owners and even the Flip CEO are busy licking their wounds and wondering exactly what happened. I'll tell you what happened: A device came along that made video capture and sharing even easier than the Flip—end of story.

Flip's demise has to be one of the most spectacular flameouts in recent tech history. When I met with Flip last year (just prior to the launch of the ill-fated Flip SlideHD), Flip had marketshare numbers that looked not only unbeatable, but unstoppable. According to Cisco executives:

  • Flip sales grew by 300 percent between 2008 and 2009.
  • Flip led the category throughout the 2009 holiday buying season.
  • Flip sold more units than Sony, Canon, Kodak, and JVC combined.
  • Flip cameras were number nine out of Amazon's top 10 selling products.
  • The "Shoot and Share market" grew over 35 percent in 2009 and and Flip's share of that? A whopping 93 percent.
  • On CNN's popular iReport user-generated news section, 70 percent of the user-gen video was shot with a Flip.

This was the success story to beat all success stories. And while I complained even then that Cisco wasn't innovating enough with the Flip brand—I wanted a microphone jack and was begging for them to be the first to offer optical zoom—I could not argue with its success.

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7th generation iPod nano to bring back camera?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cameras, Rumors

iPod nano 7 camera

The seventh-generation iPod nano might have some new bells and whistles. Apparently, the forthcoming iPod nano could feature a camera.

The report came from a post originally published to Chinese site Apple.pro that said Apple would retain the same compact size of the sixth-generation nano, but would add a camera to the music player.

The fifth-generation iPod nano was larger; it included a video camera, widescreen display, and video playback. For the current sixth generation nano, Apple stripped the device of the aforementioned features, made it smaller, and added a belt clip and a multitouch display.

For the seventh generation device, Apple will maintain the smaller design, but will add a camera again.

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World’s smallest camera is the size of a grain of salt

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cameras, Design, Science

fraunhofer microcamera

Think your webcam is small? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have developed a camera that's no larger than a grain of salt. The "microcamera" (shown below next to a syringe) has the potential to re-invent medical cameras used to navigate surgeries as well as some aspects of cars and consumer electronics.

"At 1x1x1 millimeters, this camera is as small as coarsely ground grain of salt—the smallest camera that we are aware of," Stephan Voltz, CEO of image-sensor developer Awaiba, said in a Fraunhofer press release.

Part of the challenge for creating effective microcameras is the manufacturing process, which requires that image sensors be created in bulk on a single wafer, then separated and attached to individual lenses. Fraunhofer says it's found a way to mount lenses in bulk on top of the sensor wafer, simplifying—and cheapening—the process, at least for this microcamera.

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Bleeding Edge TV 375: Looxcie wearable video recorder

If you've ever wanted to be able to capture a moment that you knew was coming, but weren't sure exactly when, you may want to check out Looxcie. It's a wearable video camera that constantly records. You can stream what you are recording live over the Internet, and if you wanna capture something, you just hit the button and it clips the last 30 seconds and saves it for you. If you have an iPhone or Android device, then you can even get an app that lets you use the phone as a viewfinder.

You can pick up Looxcie at Amazon.

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Bleeding Edge TV 372: Contour wearable HD cameras with GPS

At CES, we were able to chat with Marc Barros, CEO of Contour. Countour makes a line of hands-free wearable video cameras. They records in full HD video, and can even track your GPS coordinates and elevation. This means you can see the path you took while recording. You can also connect the Contour camera to your phone using an app, showing you a live view of what the camera is seeing. The camera connects to the app over Bluetooth. They're available for $349 with GPS, or $279 without.

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