We hope the specs listed for this uber-media player didn't get lost in the translation from its Chinese manufacturer's site but, if that turns out to be the case, it wouldn't be surprising. According to PMP Today, the L1200 made by Newman-Hyun has a built-in 12-megapixel camera that can rotate up to 180 degrees, along with its 3-inch QVGA screen, SD card slot, and MP3 and video playback features. As of all that weren't enough, it's supposedly selling for only 999 yuan, or about $132. They had us at the 12 megapixels.
Okay, let's get to the most asked question about this Samsung G600 I just got: 5.0 megapixels is great, but does that mean you can leave your digital camera at home?
For me, yes, but it all boils down to how perfect you need your shots to be. There's no question the pictures are high quality. The built-in flash and auto-focus make you feel like Annie Liebowitz, but you won't quite be shooting at her level! However, it is better than any other cell phone's pictures I've every seen, so my Coolpix is done … Read more
Canon is bringing a new lens and a new image processor to its PowerShot A-series of digital cameras. The PowerShot A650 IS and the A720 IS both include 35 to 210mm-equivalent 6x zoom lenses with optical image stabilization and Canon's DIGIC III image processor, an upgrade from last generations' DIGIC II processor that Canon claims offers improved speed and image quality. Both cameras also keep the same manual exposure controls as the models they replace, the PowerShot A630/A640 and A710 IS.
The PowerShot A650 IS joins the PowerShot G9 and SD950 IS as Canon's first 12-megapixel non-SLR … Read more
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Today I'm covering Emerging Display Technology 2007, an academic conference co-located with Siggraph 2007 this week in San Diego, CA. The research presented here runs the gamut (that's a little display pun there) from display design to… Read more
One of the joys of the iPhone is its camera.
I didn't think that I'd like it or even use it very much. But in addition to the phone's SMS texting, e-mail and Web-browsing technologies, I've actually used the iPhone's camera feature much more than I thought I would. I've already posted a few photos on this blog, but here are some more random pictures and thoughts.
(1) The iPhone camera works best at moderate light and is great at capturing stealthy candid shots, which are the best ones, I think. In low light, … Read more
In a move bound to surprise no one after both Casio's and Sony's recent announcements, Panasonic has announced a new 12-megapixel compact camera called the Lumix DMC-FX100. However, this new Panasonic distinguishes itself from the competition with a 3.6X optical, 28mm-to-100mm, f/2.8-to-f.5.6 zoom lens, which should prove useful for snapshooters trying to compose photos of friends in tight quarters, such as a crowded nightclub. The new Lumix also includes Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. optical image stabilization, as well as a 2.5-inch, 207,000-pixel LCD screen.
Panasonic has reached new heights … Read more
Casio has announced its plan to participate in the latest round of the camera world's now-futile megapixel war with its forthcoming Exilim Zoom EX-Z1200. The company's next top model will sport a 1/1.7-inch, 12-megapixel CCD imaging sensor. A 3X optical, 37mm-to-111mm equivalent, f/2.8-to-f/5.4 zoom lens will funnel light toward that sensor, while a 2.8-inch, 230,400-pixel LCD will let you view your work.
More exciting than this new camera's abundant pixel count is Casio's decision to include CCD-shift image stabilization. This is the first time the company has offered … Read more
So you think you've got megapixels? Try one of Hasselblad's cameras on for size. A year after releasing the world's first 39-megapixel camera, Hasselblad has introduced a "more affordable" model at 31 megapixels and a shooting rate of 1.2 seconds per image, as well as a bevy of other features. But affordability is a relative term: The H3D-31 goes for $24,995, according to Pocket-lint. Which means we may be hanging onto our Kodak Instamatic a bit longer.