Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Polaroid Showcases Three New HD Mountable Action Cameras at CES

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Polaroid is expanding its line of high-definition action cameras with three new models at CES 2014. The Polaroid XS100i (pictured) builds upon the success of the XS100 model but adds Wi-Fi with iOS and Android apps so consumers can adjust settings remotely, watch video in real-time and share videos instantly. In addition, the Polaroid XS100i camera is shockproof and waterproof up to 30’ or 10m. The XS100i is now shipping and available at retailers for $179.99. The Polaroid C³ camera features a square design, 5-megapixel CMOS sensor and a lens that provides 120° of coverage. It can capture video in 720p and VGA resolutions, is waterproof up to 2m and, features a microphone and LED light. The Polaroid XS1000i model camera boasts a unique patent-pending quick-change mounting system, a 16-megapixel Aptina CMOS sensor and a lens offering 170° of coverage.

Toshiba “Bright Mode” Video Technology for CMOS Sensors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba has announced the development of “Bright Mode”, a CMOS image sensor technology that allows smartphones and tablets to record Full HD video at 240fps. CMOS image sensors incorporating “Bright Mode” can playback high-quality video in slow motion, giving smartphone videographers new creative opportunities. Sample sensors incorporating “Bright Mode” will be available in Q1 2014.

Kodak Pixpro Smart Lens Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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JK Imaging has announced two new Kodak PixPro Smart Lens camera models, enabling users to outfit their existing iOS or Android smartphones with a snap-on camera module. Features on the Kodak PixPro SL10 ($199) include 1080p video, a 28-280mm eq. 10X zoom lens, optical image stabilisation, Wi-Fi and a microSD memory card slot. The SL25 ($299) boasts a 24-600mm eq. 25X zoom lens, wireless connectivity and a memory card slot. The Kodak PixPro Smart Lens devices will be available in spring 2014.

Kodak Pixpro AstroZoom AZ651

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras

The Kodak Pixpro AZ651 is a new superzoom camera boasting 65x optical zoom, image stabilisation and a 3" vari-angle display. Equipped with a 24-1560mm equivalent lens, the AZ651 is capable of shooting Full HD videos and comes with a proprietary lithium-ion battery. The AZ651 is scheduled to go on sale in spring 2014 at a price of $349.

Kodak Pixpro S-1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Wi-Fi enabled Kodak Pixpro S-1 - whose first mock-up was unveiled almost a year ago - is a Micro Four Thirds camera boasting a sixteen-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3.0" 920,000-dot articulated LCD, sensor-shift image stabilisation and Full HD video recording capabilities. The Kodak Pixpro S-1 is priced at $499 for the entry-level single lens kit and $599 for a double lens kit. 

Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 5S, Drift Ghost & GoPro HERO3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tiffen today announced that its Steadicam Smoothee is now available for the iPhone 5S smartphone as well as the GoPro HERO3/3+, Drift Ghost-S and Drift HD Ghost action cameras. “The Steadicam Smoothee continues to hold onto its title as the most popular handheld camera stabiliser for action cameras and Apple iPod Touch and iPhone products,” comments Steve Tiffen, President and CEO. “As the perfect companion to some of the hottest consumer video capture devices on the market, CES is the ideal venue for showing off Steadicam’s latest Smoothee developments. Plus, with our booth located right next to GoPro, visitors can see first-hand how tremendous the movie making experience is when you combine the Hollywood shooting techniques of Steadicam with the action adventure capture of GoPro HERO.” The Steadicam Smoothee retails for $149.

Steadicam CURVE for Go Pro HERO Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Tiffen has announced the availability of its new Steadicam CURVE for Go Pro HERO camera stabiliser system. First seen at the NAB 2013 show, Steadicam Curve for GoPro HERO is a stealth camera stabilising system engineered for the rigours of extreme sports and events. Compact enough to fit in your back pocket, the new Steadicam Curve weighs in at 1/2 lb. with an ergonomic design for one-handed, smooth video capture. Steadicam CURVE for GoPro HERO is available today for $99.95.

Tiffen Showcases New 10-Stop ND Filter at CES

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tiffen is showcasing at CES 2014 its latest ten-stop neutral density filter labelled Tiffen ND 3.0. Offering an incredible 10-stop exposure absorption, this high-density block allows photographers to add an additional layer of creativity to their work through the use of much slower shutter speeds or a wider aperture than would normally be required without the use of a filter. In this way, the photographer can employ a long exposure time to blur any movement within the scene or use a smaller depth of field for more selective focus through the choice of a wider lens aperture. Tiffen’s ND 3.0 is available in sizes 52mm to 82mm.

Domke Next Generation Camera Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tiffen is showcasing its brand new Domke Next Generation camera bag line at CES 2014. The new range includes the Journalist Series, the Adventurer Series, the Metro Series and Viewfinder Series. Each series offers several purpose-designed models, materials and colours. Shooters can customise their Domke bag using the new PocketFlex storage component system, an ingenious system of pockets, patches and pouches that keep accessories such as lenses safe and secure. The GearProtex system lets photographers organise bags into compartments of any size or shape using bendable, self-adhering separators. The bags are currently on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, booth C9143.

Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolights and Lighting Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Adorama has recently released its new Flashpoint Budget Studio family of monolights and lighting kits. With options of 120, 160 and 300 watt-seconds, the AC-powered monolights recycle rapidly with little amp draw. The lightweight monolights can be used on household circuits without blowing fuses, and are compatible with Adorama’s new Flashpoint Power Station, making them the ideal on-the-go lighting solution for any photographer, the company says. All Flashpoint Budget Studio lighting kits come with the monolight with watt-seconds of your choice, a 40” white/black umbrella with removable black layer from Glow by Flashpoint, and a 6’ Flashpoint three-section light stand. Both the Flashpoint Budget Studio monolights and Flashpoint Budget Studio lighting kits include free shipping in the US as an added bonus. Flashpoint Budget Studio monolights and lighting kits are now available online at Adorama.com.

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 printer enables easy creation of Instax prints using images sent wirelessly from a smartphone. The unit measures 101.6mm x 42mm x 122.5mm, weighs in at 253 grams, and produces a print in 16 seconds using standard Instax Mini film for its output. Together with the release of the printer, Fujifilm is also unveiling a free Instax app that is compatible with iPhones and Android models. The Instax Share SP-1 will be available in the UK from early March, priced at around £140-£150.

SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Flash Drive

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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SanDisk has announced the 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive, the latest addition to its new line of wireless flash memory storage devices. Billed as the smallest wireless USB storage device available to date, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is designed to alleviate storage capacity limitations that consumers experience with their mobile devices. “We are addressing a noted problem of consumers running out of memory on mobile devices, and are extending the product line with a 64GB Wireless Flash Drive for even more videos, photos, music, and documents on-the-go,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “With the SanDisk Connect products, consumers can expand the memory on their phones and tablets, stream movies, and share photos and documents with colleagues, friends and family.” The 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is available in the U.S. on sandisk.com, Amazon.com and B&H. It will also be available in select countries in Europe in the coming weeks with pricing still to be confirmed.

JVC Everio GZ-R70 and GZ-R10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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JVC has announced two rugged, all-weather Full HD camcorders. Waterproof to a depth of 5m/16.4ft, able to withstand a drop from 1.5m, as well as dust-proof and freeze-proof down to –10˚C/14˚F; the JVC Everio GZ-R70 and GZ-R10 feature  40x optical zoom, 2.5 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, audio that zooms with the picture, and compatibility with third-party editing software, including iMovie and Final Cut Pro X. The JVC Everio GZ-R70 additionally offers a built-in LED light and 32GB of internal storage. The GZ-R10 will hit the shelves in March at an SRP of $399.95. The GZ-R70 will be available in April for $499.95.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Samsung WB2200F

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Samsung WB2200F dual-grip camera offers a 1/2.3-type 16-megapixel CMOS imager and 60x optical zoom. Equipped with a 20-1200mm equivalent f/2.8-5.9 lens, the Samsung WB2200F features integrated Wi-Fi, image stabilisation, Near-Field Communication (NFC), an i-Function control button and an eye-level electronic viewfinder.

Samsung WB350F

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Samsung WB350F is a compact 16-megapixel camera with 23-483mm equivalent lens and on-board Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC. Other highlights include a 3" touchscreen, wireless photo sharing, automated image backup, remote shooting and Full HD video recording capabilities. In addition, this camera is capable of uploading original photographs directly to the user's Dropbox folder. The Samsung WB350F is currently on display at the CES trade show held from 7th-10th January in Las Vegas.

Samsung WB1100F

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Samsung WB1100F is a new digital compact camera with 35x optical zoom, Wi-Fi and NFC. Equipped with a 16-megapixel CCD and a 25-875mm equivalent lens, theThe Samsung WB1100F is a new digital compact camera with 35x optical zoom, Wi-Fi and NFC. has a Speed Control Key that allows users to move through the various levels of zoom with speed and ease. The Speed Control Key can be used to activate both the zoom and the Panorama mode. The Samsung WB1100F is currently on display at the CES trade show held from 7th-10th January in Las Vegas.

New Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lexar has announced the immediate sample availability of the new Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 card - the fastest memory card in the world. With capacities available for sampling in 256GB, 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB, the Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards demonstrate new speed thresholds to capture high-quality images and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video. Designed to maximise the capabilities of the next-generation of high-definition camcorders and high-resolution digital SLR cameras, the new cards provide a read transfer speed up to 3333x (500MB per second), which is three times faster than any CompactFlash card. The company has also introduced the Lexar Professional Workflow CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader for the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution.

Lexar 256GB Professional 1066x CF Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Lexar Professional 1066x 256GB CF card offers a read transfer speed up to 160MB per second and write speeds up to 155MB per second. Additionally, it supports the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification for professional video capture streams at a minimum guaranteed write speed of 65MB per second for compatible host devices.

Lexar Professional 800x Compact Flash Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Lexar Professional 800x Compact Flash card is the industry’s first memory card to be offered in a capacity of 512GB. Also available in a 256GB version, the Lexar Professional 800x Compact Flash memory card supports the VPG-20 specification with a minimum guaranteed write speed of 20MB per second. Compatible with all CF devices, the cards help accelerate the digital photography workflow, especially when paired with a compatible card reader, such as the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution. The Lexar Professional 800x CF card will be available in the first calendar quarter of 2014 with MSRPs of £1,099.99 (512GB variant) and £479.99 (256GB).

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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As part of its "Art" line, Sigma has added a new 50mm lens to its product portfolio. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM has an optical formula featuring 13 elements in 8 groups and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The lens incorporates a floating system that adjusts the distance between lens groups while focusing, thereby reducing the amount of lens movement required. A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) enables fast and quiet auto focus operation. Availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed.