Been waiting for something new from Nikon? Your wait is over. The camera maker on Tuesday announced its new D5100 Digital SLR with a 16.2 megapixel sensor. Nikon says it packed the D5100 to the brim with "new and innovative features aimed at giving photographers the tools to shatter creative constraints." It also boasts the ability to shoot HD video.
Network solutions specialist D-Link says it's easy to check in and keep track of what's going on at your home with the company's new mydlink-enabled Wireless N Day/Night Network Camera (DSC-932L). With support for night vision, a built-in CPU, and Web server, D-Link is pitching its new camera as a complete day and night monitoring system for homes and small offices. It's also easy to install, D-Link says.
Sometimes loose lips sink ships, and other times they reveal details about unreleased products, like the iPhone 5. That's what Sony CEO Howard Stringer did in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg, in which Stringer let it be known that Sony is supplying the image sensor for Apple's upcoming iPhone 5. It was an inadvertent slip that, if you read between the lines, provides a couple of interesting tidbits regarding Apple's next smartphone.
It seems like every few weeks Microsoft thumps its chest over how many Kinect motion control cameras it's sold, and now we're being told that number is 10 million. If there was any remaining doubt that Kinect sales have been an "overwhelming success," as Microsoft put it, the rapid rise to double digit sales earned kudos from the Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling consumer electronics device. So much for the naysayers.
The thought of jamming a digital camera into the back our cranium doesn't strike us as a particularly pleasant experience, yet that's exactly what a New York City art professor decided to do. Wafaa Bilal, an assistant arts professor at New York University, had the camera 'installed' earlier this month as part of a controversial art project called "Third Eye." The project sparked a debate over campus privacy, but as it turns out, Bilal had a bigger roadblock to work through. Pain.
You'll have to excuse your Coolpix toting neighbor if he has a serious case of zoom envy when you proudly whip out your P500 digital camera. That's because Nikon outfitted the P500 with a 36x zoom, the longest zoom ever integrated into a Coolpix camera. Combined with the Nikkor ED glass lens, Nikon promises you'll be able to hone in on your subject with exceptional clarity, even in low-light conditions.
Full HD recording is quickly becoming a standard feature in new point-n-shoot digital cameras, and this, along with several other features, are packed into Panasonic's new Lumix FX78 ultra-compact.
Despite its diminutive size, Panasonic equipped the FX78 with a 12.1 megapixel high-speed CCD sensor. It also boasts a new Smart Touch operation on its sizable 3.5-inch 16:9 LCD screen. One of the cooler bullet points is the ability to auto focus on a subject just by tapping it on the screen. Once touched, the FX78 tracks the subject, even if it/he/she moves about.
Other features include a Scene Selector mode, 24mm ultra-wide angle lens, 5x optical zoom, F2.5 aperture, image stabilization, face tracking, and more.
Panasonic will offer the Lumix F78 in gold and white models starting in March for an as-yet undetermined price.
The makers of the Beta Shell lens case claim that their patent pending container will keep your camera lens safe from the elements, like snow and water, extreme thermals, jarring impacts, and even bombs.
Yes folks, the Beta Shell is supposedly "bombproof," and if that's a feature you need, perhaps you should look into another field of photography.
"Our water-tight rigid polymer shells are lined with vibration damping visco-elastic foam," the company explains. "This means total protection from moisture, impact, and extreme ambient temperatures."
Depending on your camera lens, the shells run anywhere from $54 to $84. Life insurance not included.
While you're giving thanks today as you carve the turkey and watch the Patriots beat up on the Lions, you should also give thanks that you live in a country where you're allowed to tote a DSLR camera.
The same can't be said for Kuwait. According to The Kuwait Times, the country's Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs, and Ministry of Finance had the not-so-bright idea of banning DSLR cameras for personal use. The idea is that photography is only fit for journalistic purposes, not for walking around willy-nilly snapping high quality pics of this and that.
Point-and-shoot digital cameras and cell phone cameras are still allowed, but apparently those big, black devices tend to make people nervous.
"While using a DSLR, a passerby may wonder if the camera is being used for the wrong reasons," The Kuwait Times writes. "Taking a picture of a stranger would seem like much less of an issue if you were using a more discreet camera or even a cell phone."
Like something we'd expect to find out of an unaired episode of Nip/Tuck, a New York University photography professor is having a camera jammed into the back of his skull, The Wall Street Journalreports.
His name is Wafaa Bilal, an Iraqi assistant professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and he's having the camera surgically installed in his head in order to broadcast a live stream of images to a new museum in Qatar, which has commissioned the project.
For an entire year, the thumbnail-sized camera will snap still pictures every 60 seconds, which will then be shuttled off to monitors at the museum. Why do it? According to press materials, "The 3rd I" project will attempt to "comment on the inaccessibility of time, and the inability to capture memory and experience."
Not everyone is jazzed about the project, with some citing privacy concerns with the idea of a professor snapping pictures of his students.
"Obviously you don't want students to be under the burden of constant surveillance; it's not a good teaching environment," said Fred Ritchin, associate chairman at NYU.
University spokesman John Beckman said there has been a "good deal of discussion" on the topic and "the school is still determining what rules it will set for Mr. Bilal and his camera on campus."
Wafaa Bilal has never shied away from controversial artwork, including a piece called "Virtual Jihadi" in which Bilal casts himself as a suicde-bomber in a videogame.