Posts Tagged 'camera'

iPods with cameras worth buying? Yes.

Despite my distaste for Apple products I still own an iPod Nano first generation mp3 player. Not because it’s the cool thing to do but because it simply does the best job when it comes to playing, sorting, displaying my music files. I’ve played around with the SanDisk music players, Samsung Yepp (or Yapp, whatever), Archos, and yes even the Zune (which BTW is equally annoying with the Windows Media player tie in). ITunes has to be one of the biggest factors why I don’t like updating my music list.

However all ranting aside, the ipod is the best. My 2GB first generation is still chugging along. The second generation model tempted me, the third no so much, the fourth I almost pulled the trigger several times and now here we are. 5 generations of iPod nano’s later and I don’t think I’ll be able to resist buying another one. An iPod with a camera just makes sense. One could argue why not just buy an iPhone and be done with it. 2 words my friend, data plan. I’m not warm to the idea of spending an extra $25 a month for mobile surfing. If only Rogers wireless could only get better phones then I could be a happy owner of an HTC Hero but I digress.

Apple iPod nano generation 5 with a camera + photos + music + fun times = worth the buy. Darn you Steve Jobs! You’ve tempted me yet again with your irresistible trendy gadgets. Let’s hope it doesn’t explode or catch fire.

Is your laptop taking pics of you?

Being able to secretly watch women in various states of undress was the fantasy of many Porky’s fans (hell, it probably still is). But when it comes to doing so with modern technology instead of excitedly peering through a hole in the wall of the women’s shower, the stakes are higher as concerns about privacy and identity theft become more common. One such Peeping Tom learned that the hard way recently, after installing software on a woman’s computer that allowed him to use the camera on her machine to secretly take some 20,000 photos of her and her friends.

It all started when Marisel Garcia started having laptop problems while visiting friends in Gainesville, Florida, last month. Her friends recommended going to a student at the University of Florida who was known for his computer-fixing skills, 23-year-old Craig Matthew Feigin. She left the machine with him overnight and went on her way—until she noticed her computer having new issues several weeks later. In addition to reduced battery life, Garcia told the Gainesville Sun that her laptop’s light turned on every time she got near it—a light that many of us know signals that the built-in camera is in use. (link)

Dentists go hi-tech

Ever wondered what the inside of your mouth looks like? For those who missed out on dental school or are just purely curious about which teeth that piece of spinach is stuck between, ChinaVision will soon be selling a wireless dental camera for consumer use.

While it’s not the first dental camera Crave has highlighted, the wireless capability and a promised cheaper price is worth noting.

The device has a 1.3-megapixel camera for video or still shots and a 2.4GHz wireless receiver that can connect with a TV or computer to transmit the toothy images to friends and potential suitors. Six built-in LEDs will light up the mouth for better viewing of plaque. (link)

Casio EX-Z150 best yet

Casio announced today the release of World’s slimmest stylish Digital Camera Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z150. The Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z150 features a wide-angle zoom lens, a CCD-shift anti-shake function, a very large LCD monitor and an 8.1 effective megapixel resolution. The Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z150 has the features and functions needed to meet the demanding requirements of today’s digital camera users, all in the slimmest camera in the world with a built-in wide-angle 28 mm (35 mm film equivalent) 4X optical zoom lens, at just 20.1 mm thick (18.9 mm at the thinnest section). (link)

JVC develops new camera chip

Are you are tired of having to encode your HD videos in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format before uploading them on Youtube? Victor/JVC is here for you!

They’ve developed a new LSI chip for video cameras which allows them to simultaneously record video into two different codecs: MPEG-2 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC. Now videos won’t have to be encoded to your HD in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format before converting them to MPEG-2 in order to broadcast them on Youtube, or anywhere else! (link)

BenQ T850 8 megapixel camera, thin and touchscreen *drool

BenQ announced the launch of the world’s slimmest 8-mega-pixel digital camera, the T850 with 1600 ISO, 3x optical zoom and smc PENTAX lens. Sleek and compact at 14.9mm thick, the T850’s chic stainless steel casing (available in black or red) reflects the minimalist operating ease of the camera. Exceptional efficiency and user-friendliness are made possible by the highly intuitive photo taking and photo editing functions, which center around smartly organized circular touch buttons on the 3” TFT LCD screen. Furthermore, almost all camera functions can be accessed and engaged by using one of three simple finger movements: tap, circle, swipe. In fact, the T850 standouts among touch screen cameras as the only one employing a natural “swipe” gesture for viewing photos and video. A comprehensive selection of options including “Smile Catch”, Auto Face Tracking, Z Lighting, advanced photo art, scribble & scrawl and Quick Bar make the T850 a fabulously fun companion for bringing enjoyment and quality to today’s digital life. (BenQ)

8 megapixel cameraphones coming soon

Omnivision is already the the largest supplier of CMOS image sensors in the world, and now its new OmniBSITM chip design promises the world’s first consumer 8 megapixel cellphone camera. The new chip uses a technique that’s been around for a while, called backside illumination, that allows more light to reach each pixel. And that allows the chip to use a small 1.4-micron pixel that’s better than current larger versions.

Normal CMOS sensors use “front side” illumination: incoming light travels through many shallow layers of electronics before hitting the sensor pixels themselves. Backside illumination simply turns all that the other way up, so that incoming photons don’t have to journey through interfering layers before they hit the pixels. That means less get lost along the way, meaning the pixels are more sensitive to light, and can be made smaller for the same responsiveness. (Gizmodo)

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