Category: Digital Video Cameras

Monday, June 3, 2013

Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi Diving Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Rollei has unveiled a new Wi-Fi enabled action camera. The Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi Diving Edition is equipped with a 7x multi-layer coated glass lens with an angle of view of 175 degrees and a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor, and comes bundled with a 1.4" external TFT display. In addition to capturing stills, the camera can also record Full HD videos. The Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi Diving Edition will go on sale this month at a recommended retail price of €349.95.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rollei Car DVR-100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Rollei has launched its second Full HD car camera, the Car DVR-100. Featuring a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor and 3mm wide-angle lens, the Rollei Car DVR-100 comes with a built-in 3-axis accelerometer, an integrated LED light, a 2.4" LCD screen and an internal lithium-ion battery. The Rollei Car DVR-100 will go on sale from the end of June for a recommended retail price of €109.95.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Polaroid XS80

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Polaroid is expanding its line of mountable hi-definition action video cameras with an affordable Full HD model called the Polaroid XS80. Capable of recording 1080p movies at 30fps, the Polaroid XS80 is waterproof to a depth of 30 feet and boasts a lens with an ultrawide 120-degree angle of view. Available now, the Polaroid XS80 carries an SRP of $129.99.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sony Handycam HDR-GW66VE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The Sony Handycam HDR-GW66VE is a waterproof Full HD pocket camcorder that’s ready for anything life throws your way. Waterproof to a depth of 10 metres, the slim new Handycam HDR-GW66VE also shrugs off dust, dirt, freezing temperatures (to -10 °C) and accidental knocks or drops (from heights of up to 1.5m). Other highlights include a 30-298mm (eq.) f/1.8-3.4 lens bearing the prestigious 'G' designation, Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation with Active Mode and a 3" LCD screen with a resolution of 460,000 dots. The Handycam HDR-GW66VE Full HD pocket camcorder by Sony will be available in the UK from June 2013. Pricing to be confirmed.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sony Launches New Accessories for HDR-AS15 Action Cam

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital Video Cameras
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Sony has launched a new range of accessories for its HDR-AS15 Action Cam. These include the AKA-WM1 wrist mount strap, the AKA-SM1 surfboard mount, the AKA-FL1 float - which prevents the Action Cam from plummeting into the depths if you drop the camera while swimming -, the ADP-BH1 ball head, the AKA-SF1 skeleton frame - which is claimed to be ideal for secure tripod mounting - and the AKA-DM1 dog harness. There’s also a new firmware update that powers up Action Cam with extra features and a new High Frame Rate mode. The new range of sports-focused mounting accessories and firmware update for the HDR-AS15 Action Cam Full HD video camera are available from June.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Canon EOS C500 Menu Simulator

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras, Software
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Canon U.S.A. has just launched the interactive Cinema EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera Menu Simulator. With this innovative training tool, prospective users of the EOS C500 can navigate the simulated menu system with a mouse, keyboard arrow keys or their fingers (when using a touch screen device). To access this simulator feature, visit the website below.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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In addition to the competitively priced Pocket Cinema Camera, Blackmagic has unveiled a 4K Ultra HD model with an EF lens mount and Super35 sized sensor with a global shutter; called the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. Featuring Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and CinemaDNG raw file recording, timecoding, a capacitive touchscreen and a built-in SSD recorder, the camera offers 6G-SDI output, a Thunderbolt port, 1/4” jack mic/line inputs plus 12V to 30V DC input, a 3.5mm headphone socket and LANC remote control. “Customers have been asking us to design a camera with global shutter and a large sensor. With the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K we have delivered that, plus the high resolution needed for the latest Ultra HD production work,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K will be available in July for $3,995.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for $995

Mark Goldstein | Digital Video Cameras
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The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a new pocket sized digital cinema camera that breaks the magical $1000 barrier. It includes powerful features such as a Super 16mm sized 1080HD sensor, super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, built in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes, lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW capture and active Micro Four Thirds lens mount. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available in July for $995.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The new Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi is a Full HD action camera with a 175-degree ultra-wide angle lens, a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and integrated Wi-Fi. The latter feature allows the camera to be controlled remotely, using a tablet or smart phone. The wireless radio remote control has a range of 10 metres. The Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi has an all-weather protective case, which is shockproof from heights of up to three metres and waterproof down to a depth of 60 metres. The Rollei 5S WiFi Outdoor and Motorbike editions will be available in stores from the beginning of June for a recommended retail price of €349.95.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Canon XA25, XA20 and Legria HF G30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Canon is expanding its handheld video camera range with three compact models for professionals and video enthusiasts. Two new professional X-series models, the Canon XA25 (£2099/€2799, pictured) and XA20 (£1699/€2199), combine a powerful, all-new imaging system with professional audio and Wi-Fi connectivity in a “versatile, compact package that fits neatly in the palm of a hand,” the company says. Highlights include a 1/2.84” HD CMOS PRO sensor, 20x zoom with dynamic optical image stabilisation, 3.5” OLED touchscreen, a tilting 1.56-million-dot electronic viewfinder, dual-format recording, built-in Wi-Fi and IR lamp, 2x XLR inputs as well as fast- and slow-motion movie recording capabilities. The Canon XA25 additionally features HD-SDI output offering the high capacity, uncompressed connectivity useful for many broadcast applications. The enthusiast-focussed Canon Legria HF G30 (£1299/€1699) comes with the same lens (with “optical intelligent IS”), OLED touchscreen and HD CMOS PRO sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity and full manual controls but lacks the XLR inputs and built-in infrared lamp of the XA models. All three models will be available from June 2013.

Firmware Updates for Canon EOS Cinema Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras, Software
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Canon is developing firmware updates for three of its interchangeable-lens Cinema EOS System cameras. Following the release of these upgrades, the Canon EOS C500 (pictured), EOS C300 and EOS C100 will offer support for a new Magnify function that will allow users to check focus in different parts of an image, on the camera LCD, as well as the centre. The EOS C300 will also be upgraded to support an additional range of features designed to assist independent videographers. Push Auto Iris and One Shot AF will provide further versatility on small-crew shoots, offering a quick, easy way to check and adjust exposure and focus prior to recording. The EOS C300 will also gain additional support with 1440x1080 HD video recording at 35Mbps. A further upgrade for the EOS C100 will add support for Continuous AF when used with Canon’s EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. In addition to these updates, Canon will also add new features to the Cinema Raw Development (CRD) software. The firmware updates for the EOS C500, EOS C300, EOS C100 and CRD software will be available later in 2013.

Monday, March 18, 2013

JVC GY-HM600 / GY-HM650

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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JVC has developed two new professional camcorders, branded as “Mobile News Cameras.” The JVC GY-HM600 and the JVC GY-HM650 are nearly identical handheld camcorders, designed for traditional HDTV broadcast productions as well as Internet distribution. Each features three Full HD 1/3” CMOS sensors and a Fujinon 23x zoom lens, with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29-667mm, and separate controls for zoom, focus and iris. The JVC GY-HM650 additionally boasts Wi-Fi connectivity with the ability to upload footage directly to a remote server as an FTP client. The JVC GY-HM600 and the JVC GY-HM650 digital video cameras are available from B&H.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Rollei Racy Full HD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The new Rollei Racy Full HD is a new action camera capable of shooting five-megapixel stills as well as 1080p movies. Weighing in at 72 grams and measuring just 74x52x33mm, the Rolley Racy is supplied with an underwater housing that’s waterproof down to 10 metres, and features a 135° ultra-wide lens and a 6cm touchscreen. The camera comes complete with a remote control, a helmet fixture, 3M attachment stickers, the underwater housing and a USB cable. The Rollei Racy Full HD will be available from the end of April in silver and black for a recommended retail price of €139,95.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Five New Companies Join Micro Four Thirds

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Olympus Japan has announced that no less than five new companies have joined Micro Four Thirds. The newcomers include Kodak licensee JK Imaging, innovative digital cinema camera manufacturer Blackmagic Design - which has already launched a Micro Four Thirds model, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT (pictured) -, high-speed digital imaging expert Photron, as well as Germany’s SVS-VISTEK and Japan’s ViewPLUS. “With the addition of exciting new products from these companies, the Micro Four Thirds lineup will become much more diverse, further increasing the potential of this advanced digital imaging system,” Olympus said in a statement.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Rollei Bullet Youngstar

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Rollei has added a new “4-in-1” model to its Bullet range of action cameras. “The Rollei Bullet Youngstar is an action, photo, driving and diving camera all in one,” the company says. The camera has a fixture on the camera housing to which lanyards can be attached. The package also includes a helmet mount, four 3M adhesive stickers, a USB cable and underwater protective housing for recordings at a depth of up to 10 metres. Outfitted with a 135° ultra-wide angle lens and a 5cm touch panel, the Rollei Bullet Youngstar is capable of capturing 5-megapixel stills as well as 720p HD videos. Priced at €59.95, the Rollei Bullet Youngstar records videos and photos on microSD memory card and comes complete with a proprietary 440mAh Lithium-ion battery

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sony Introduces New Handycam Range

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Video Cameras
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Sony has unveiled its newest range of Handycam branded Full HD digital camcorders. This year’s models include the Handycam PJ780VE, PJ650VE (pictured), PJ420VE, PJ320E, CX410VE, CX280E and CX220E. Key features include Balanced Optical SteadyShot, enhanced wide-angle performance, new ‘Multi Terminal’ interface and upgraded audio with an expanded dynamic range. Three models - including the range-topping PJ780VE as well as the PJ650VE and PJ320E - incorporate built-in projectors with boosted light output and upgraded resolution. New camcorders above the HDR-PJ/CX400 series feature the ‘Multi Interface Shoe’, which accommodates accessories . including external microphones - that draw power from the camera. The new range of Sony Handycam HD camcorders will be available in the UK from February 2013.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Canon Legria HF R46 / R48 / R406

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Video Cameras
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Canon today unveiled its latest entry-level range of Full HD Legria camcorders – the Legria HF R48 (pictured), Legria HF R46 and Legria HF R406. Each of these models is equipped with a high quality Canon HD video lens and a 7.5cm capacitive touch screen. With 32x optical zoom, each offers a great degree of flexibility and each comes with Canon’s Optical Intelligent Image Stabilisation technology on board. The Legria R48 (£429.99) is a Wi-Fi enabled model capable of recording in AVCHD and MP4 formats simultaneously. The R46 (£349.99) is a similarly specified model - the main difference is the size of the internal memory provided (R48: 32GB, R46: 8GB). The budget-friendly Legria R406 (£259.99) comes without Wi-Fi connectivity and any form of internal storage as it records videos solely on SDXC memory cards..A new Baby Mode makes it easy to capture a baby’s first steps, and words, thanks to a pre-record function that captures footage just before recording starts, so no important moment is ever missed. Baby Mode footage is also stored in a dedicated baby album, making videos easily accessible to share with friends and family. All of these camcorders will be available from March.

Canon Legria HF G25

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Video Cameras
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The Canon Legria HF G25 is the new flagship of the manufacturer’s Legria camcorder range. It offers a precision Canon-engineered wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and 10x zoom range, extensive manual controls and an enhanced Canon HD CMOS PRO image sensor. In addition, the Canon Legria HF G25 features an internal microphone, audio equaliser and Canon’s advanced Audio Scene Select technology. A lens ring provides close control over focus during shooting, while a customisable control dial can be assigned to manually adjust critical functions including aperture, shutter speed and gain. Eight pre-loaded Cinema-Look Filters help users to add drama, convey feeling or create a stylised effect in-camera. In-camcorder down-conversion is supported, preparing the movies for upload to online video sharing sites, either via a PC with Canon’s Easy Web Upload software or direct from the camera using supported Eye-Fi wireless cards. The Legria HF G25 is available from February, with a suggested retail price of £899.99,

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Geonaute Launches 360° Sports Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Geonaute, a sports electronics company based in France, has announced the upcoming launch of a 360° action camera. Equipped with three wide-angle lenses and three 8-megapixel sensors, it offers an almost full spherical field of view (360° horizontal and 150° vertical). Shockproof and bundled with a waterproof housing rated to IPX7 standards, the mountable, wearable Geonaute sports camera can be used just about anywhere while having only a minimum impact on the user during their activity. Weighing in at less than 200 grams, the Geonaute records videos in MP4 format and stores them on microSD cards. The camera comes equipped with a battery that promises recording times of over 2 hours. The camera will be officially unveiled at CES, booth 26703 LVCC South Hall, with pricing to be confirmed.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

OutbackCam Camera & Video Recorder

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Swann has launched the OutbackCam – a portable five-megapixel camera and video recorder built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. The camera and recorder are both housed in the same anti-corrosive, lockable shell. Powered by four AA sized batteries, the camera comes complete with a 2GB SD card and offers features like night vision up to 32ft/10m and motion triggered recording, among others. The Swann OutbackCam retails for £99.99.