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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A little nervous about voting? We won’t mention the term “hanging chad” (oops) but poll experts suggest that you not only bring your ID with you but take a picture of your ballot as well. Video the Vote goes one step further and suggests you record your experience to share with other citizen journalists, indy filmmakers, and media pros. You can upload them on the site and they will cross post to YouTube. We would love to see them, too! Now get your butt out there and do your American duty!
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Sanyo has released the ALBO, a new 7-inch LCD frame that will receive photos from your cell phone via IR and pick up RSS feeds with WiFi. The device has 256MB of memory and can be programmed for slide shows or with special effects. Working both vertically and horizontally, the ALBO will be out in Japan November 14 for 40,000 yen ($422.00.) We like the rounded shape that is either futuristic or retro, depending on your age.
With the Minoru (which means “reality”) Webcam from Novo and a pair of glasses, you can see in 3D via Skype, Microsoft Live Messenger and other IMs. It apparently also makes 3D images and videos that can then be uploaded to social sites such as YouTube, although those wanting to see it will need glasses, too. Arriving in December at a price of $100.00, we figure that this is a bit overpriced and overcomplicated.
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Image Moments is currently working on a new frame, the 15 (IMT-153.) The 15-inch XGA (1024x768) digital LCD has a contrast ration of 700:1. It will hold 450MB of memory, which equals out to more than 2,000 photos. The frame supports CF, MD, MMC, SD/HC cards, Memory Stick, MS PRO and Duo, and xD-Picture Card. Copy images directly from your card via USB 2.0, then organize, catalog, delete and sort. Available next year with 3 included interchangeable mats, the IM 15 will set you back $399.99.
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Photography 101 taught us the the faster the shutter speed, the less blur. But because most cell phone cameras cannot be adjusted, most images come out fuzzy at best. Epson Toyocom has addressed the issue with anti-shake technology. It predicts the amount of blur before the moment the shutter is released as opposed to current technology that measures it at release. Cost is expected to be lower because the microcontroller and sensor needed are less expensive than such technology as a dedicated optical system and a memory chip.
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HP has unveiled their B8550 Photo Printer with its 5-ink system and extra large feed tray. With a 2.4-inch display, it has a maximum print resolution of 1200 x 1200, 128MB internal memory, and can print photos up to 13 x 19-inches. Attachable by USB, it also features a multi-format memory card reader and can copy 33ppm in black and 31ppm in color. Look for the B8550 soon with a $299.99 price.
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Joby has debuted their new Gorillapod. The Focus bendable tripod was made for SLR cams that have larger lenses or digital camcorders and can support up to 11 lbs. This is Joby’s fifth product in the line, and the Focus is made with an anodized gunmetal finish and aluminum sockets for durability. Wrap the tripod around trees, railing, or stand it up and use for regular shots, time-lapse, long exposure, or night shooting. You can pre-order the Focus, which has a $149.95 price.
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If you are a photobug but don’t have time to get to a computer, Johanna Schoemaker’s Snap & Lock is a viable alternative. The digital cam and photo viewer/docking system combine with reinforced cable and magnets keep them in their place. The camera features saving, transfer, viewing, and editing when attached and has a flip screen for protection when not in use. While the description doesn’t mention it, the prototype appears to be a touch screen for further simplification. Good job, Johanna!
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Samsung has unveiled its L310W Camera, designed for those who like to do more than point and shoot. It features a 13.6MP lens, a .7-inch LCD and a 28mm wide-angle, 3.6x optical zoom lens. With built-in photo guide for their Perfect Portrait system, it will help new users become better when it comes to shooting or utilizing its functions of face and blink detection, beauty and smile shot, and different portraits. Recently shown off at the IFA 2008 in Germany, the cam also shoots MPEG-4 video. Contact Samsung for more details and price.
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