In case the SH100's 3-inch LCD screen isn't large enough, Samsung says its latest Wi-Fi enabled point-n-shoot can connect to your Android powered Galaxy S smartphone (which we presume to mean any Android phone) so you can preview shots in real time.
Perhaps that's a little gimmicky, but Samsung says you can also share your photos over the Internet and social networks, so long as you have Wi-Fi access. It can also automatically back up pics to your PC by pushing just two buttons, or by using DLNA to wirelessly connect to your HDTV and see your shots and videos right away, Samsung says.
Other features include a 14.2MP sensor, 720p movie mode, digital image stabilization, and a host of proprietary technologies. The SH100 will go on sale in March for $200.
Samsung's latest WB700 point-n-shoot digital camera lets you get up close and personal -- real close and personal -- with a 24X zoom lens. Skeptical? You should be -- it's actually a still-impressive 18X optical zoom supplemented by a 1.3X "Smart Zoom," Samsung says.
The camera sports a 24mm ultra-wide Schneider KREUZNACH lens and a 16MP CCD sensor. Full manual control is part of the spec sheet, and so is the ability to record full 1080p high definition videos (H.264 format).
Other notable features include RAW file format support, built-in software, an advanced noise reduction algorithm Samsung says "actively cancels out the zoom noise," andd digital image stabilization.
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."
Black Friday is just around the corner, and so is Cyber Monday for that matter. Yes folks, the holiday shopping season has officially arrived, and no matter how tempted you might be, think twice before picking up that digital photo frame for your Secret Santa submission.
The British Video Association surveyed 2,000 Brits and asked them to reveal their most unused and unwanted gifts, with digital photo frames coming out on top. Also on the list are foot spas, blenders, digital organizers, electronic Sudoku games, coffee machines, digital radios, electric shavers, electric toothbrushes, and bread makers.
There's more. Other unwanted gifts include lady shavers, desk top vacuum cleaners, candy floss machines, yogurt makers, electric shoe polishers, shrink wrap machines, and electronic facial brushes.
"While the perfect gift is a personal thing, there are some general rules to getting it right," Gadget Show host Jon Bentley says. "A product that's worthwhile and likely be satisfying rather than a gimmick that seems clever at the time is a good bet, such as game consoles that let you play Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as games, or Internet-enabled mobile phones. Also, gadgets that improve recipients' experience of something they already enjoy, such as an electronic book reader."
So to recap: Digital photo frames, lady shavers, and electric shoes polishers are crappy gifts. Game consoles, smartphones, and eBook readers are A-OK. Got it?
Other than fruit cake (which wasn't on the list, btw), what are your least favorite gift ideas? Hit the jump and post your crappy gift suggestions!
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.
Panasonic on Thursday introduced its new Lumix DMC-GF2, the company's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera (with flash) yet.
"The Lumix GF2 is key in the Panasonic DSL Micro line-up, as it's the smallest and lightest model we offer, while still offering superb image quality, which our consumers have come to expect from Lumix. Compared to the GF1, its predecessor, the GF2 has been reduced approximately 19% in size and approximately 7% in weight yet is still retains its signature built-in flash," said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "We expect the Lumix GF2 to be an attractive model for consumers who want to step up to a more powerful camera that is easy to use, and a camera that is 'future-proof' with its 3D capabilities."
The GF2 uses lenses from the Micro Four Thirds standard, as well as Panny's new 3D interchangeable lens. It has a 12.1MP sensor, Full HD movie mode, 3-inch rear touchscreen, and an ISO range of 100-64000.
Look for the GF2 to ship in January 2011 with pricing info to be announced a month prior.
Sony recently announced the commercialization of the world's first 16.41 megapixel "Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS image sensors for use in mobile phones, and this got us wondering. At what point do we start to consider these devices as digital cameras with a built-in smartphone rather than vice versa?
"IMX081PQ is world's first type 1/2.8 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor which realizes 16.41 effective megapixel resolution, and adopts the industry's smallest unit pixel size of 1.12μm achieved by the fine pixel fabrication process technology," Sony said. "In theory, when a unit pixel size is made smaller, there are also some issues such as color mixture among smaller unit pixels. Sony solved this problem by implementing a unique formation of photo diodes optimally designed for fine pixel structure to realize a CMOS image sensor with high resolution, high sensitivity and low noise."
Sony plans to start mass producing the Exmor R sensors by the end of 2010, which could find their way into new smartphones in early 2011. In addition to the high megapixel count for stills, cameras that employ the sensor will also be capable of shooting HD video.
Panasonic on Monday announced its MW-20 digital frame, but unlike most other photo frames, this one pulls double-duty as a stereo system with full support for your iPod and iPhone devices. It will even charge them while they're plugged in.
"The Panasonic MW-20 has a stylish and slim design that will complement any home decor and given its versatility to display photos, videos, play music and even charge an iPhone – we think this will be a welcomed addition this holiday season," said David Fisher, Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "Beyond its design and versatility, the MW-20 is also a powerful gadget – with exceptional sound quality to listen to music and a large nine-inch screen to view digital photos and videos."
Equipped with a high-res adjustable 9-inch screen, the MW-20 works in both portrait and landscape mode and can be hung on the wall. It comes with 2GB of built-in memory, plus an SD memory card slot.
Look for the MW-20 to ship in late November for $250.
Nikon rumor site NikonRumors.com (fitting, isn't it?) received word from an anonymous source that Nikon is constructing a carbon fiber body for an upcoming professional level DSLR.
"For the last few months Nikon has been working on a carbon fiber body for a Nikon pro-level DSLR," the tipster writes. "They are specifically looking at the manufacture of a resin-infused 3D woven CRFP body as well as fatigue testing of some CFRP components."
The tipster goes on to say that the body would be a full sized DSLR, and because of the carbon fiber construction it would offer increased stiffness and a "slight reduction in mass." Light weight and sturdy? Sounds like a winning combo to us.