Panasonic just announced the Lumix DMC-FX500, a high-end point-and-shoot camera with nearly every feature Panasonic could offer, plus a few it hasn't even tried yet. The FX500 is the company's first compact digital camera to use a touch-screen interface. A 3-inch touch-screen LCD lets users browse their photos or make various adjustments with their finger or an included stylus. We've found touch-screen cameras iffy in the past, but fortunately the FX500 also features a more standard joystick control system for certain settings. This is a handy alternative not found in other touch-screen cameras like the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300, … Read more
No, that's not a typo in the headline, and your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. This concept Motorola phone designed by Paris-based Lysandre Follet packs a stereo camera in the back. We're not talking about the standard configuration found in most camera phones, but two modules mounted side by side.
This dual-camera system would presumably be used for taking 3D images but, other than Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, nothing else was said about the phone in a post on Newlaunches. We're half-guessing, however, that Follet's inspiration came from a particular Samsung calculator model.
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Pentax has just announced a new addition to the company's V-series of compact cameras. The Optio V20 includes an 8-megapixel CCD sensor and 3-inch LCD screen, much as last year's V10 did. However, the V20 sports a 5X optical, 36-180mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens--a major step up in zoom from the V10's 3X lens.
The V20 also has a robust face detection system--Pentax calls it Face Recognition--which can find faces when they're in frame and use them to focus and set exposure. Like some other cameras on the market, it has a Smile Capture … Read more
According to a post on Gizmodo last week, which came to them via a posting to DPReview's forums, which apparently may have originated at PhotographyBay, and has nothing to do with the fact that Ferris Bueller was seen passed out at 31 Flavors last night, Canon may be announcing a follow-up to the EOS 5D in April. I always find these rumors to be very silly, since it's really easy to come up with a wish list of what you want to see in the camera and then hide behind an anonymous source while your heart fills with … Read more
These spy sunglasses may look more Maxwell Smart than James Bond, but the built-in 1.3-megapixel camera might be worth the fashion sacrifice for extended stakeouts.
ThinkGeek's spy-cam shades come with an RF remote control, so any aspiring secret agent can snap a few shots of his subject without ever having to take his hands out of his pockets. And while waiting, he can also listen to this favorite tracks through the built-in earbuds.
Back at HQ, the images can be downloaded through a USB 2.0 port and the lithium-ion battery recharged for another 9 hours of shooting. … Read more
Setting up a network-attached storage device (or NAS) is oftentimes a pain. Usually the most frustrating part is getting Windows to identify it and map it as a drive. This way, you can actually use it as it was intended, as a network storage device. In CNET Labs, I've come across many types of NAS management interfaces, be they Web-based or desktop applications. All have one thing in common in my experience: they are not the easiest devices to set up. For this reason, I was very impressed by a demonstration from Synology of its new, soon-to-be released Disk … Read more
Canon announced three new additions to its Digital ELPH line of ultracompact cameras. The PowerShot SD770 IS, SD790 IS, and SD890 IS are all 10-megapixel cameras with optically stabilized lenses, and each model offers its own unique draw.
The PowerShot SD770 IS follows in the footsteps of the SD1000 by preserving the original ELPH aesthetic. It comes in two color schemes, a silver version and a black-and-silver one with the prominent black circle found on the very first ELPH film camera. Its 35m-to-105mm-equivalent, f/2.8-f/4.9, 3x optical zoom lens features Canon's Optical Image Stabilization. According to … Read more
At first glance, the Digital Eyepiece Camera from Germany's Minox looks nothing like a shooter. But underneath its quirky exterior are a digital camera, monitor, and eye-piece, all rolled into a package weighing less than 8 ounces.
The DEC 5.0 acts pretty much like a dSLR camera but instead of fitting a lens, you attach a spotting scope. The camera comes in several different mounts, each adapted for different brands of telescopes.
Bird lovers now won't have to lug around heavy equipment but can contend with just a telescope and this 5-megapixel camera. The 2.4-inch TFT … Read more
If you've ever wanted to look really, really close at your gums on television, then you might have a bit too much time on your hands. Fortunately, you can satisfy your strange videoral desires with the Miharu Intraoral Camera. The funky, toothbrush-shaped Japanese camera plugs into your television to pipe live footage of your teeth, gums, tongue, or any other body part you'd like to see close-up. For your reading pleasure, we've left out the sample pictures shown on the camera's site.
This isn't the first time we've looked at a gadget that gets … Read more
This week's news includes some camera announcements, new digital imaging technology, and even more on the future of photography.Casio's new EX-Z9 camera offers lots of color, little cost Flickr puts hold on PhotoShelter tool Manfrotto's new CX-series tripods Olympus revs its entry-level dSLR Micron carves out image-sensor division Photo industry braces for another revolution Print and store photos with 4GB HP portable printer, $45.99 Kodak and Wal-Mart join forces to recycle Kingston plays 20 questions with Gerd Ludwig Start-up lets you fix focus after snapping the shutter CompactFlash revamp aimed at cameras Sony's new Cyber-shot W300 takes whopping 13.6-megapixel pictures. … Read more