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Looxcie wearable camcorder looks like a Bluetooth headset

Posted in Spy Gear by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2011

Wearable camcorders are nothing new, neither are wearable spy cameras. This one is disguised as a Bluetooth headset. It is called the Looxcie 2. This sequel to the original is half the size and sheds some weight as well.

The two versions of the Looxcie 2 that are available are 4GB and 8GB capacities. They can record videos at resolutions of 320 or 480. Rumor is that it may also support iCloud. The 4GB version will give you five hours of recording for $180, while the 8GB one will give you ten hours for $199.

Bubo camcorder rig for iPhone4 video

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

This is far from the first optical add-on for the iPhone, but the OWLE Bubo focuses on giving the smartphone’s video capture abilities a boost. The Bubo is a hand-held video rig made from aluminum. The handgrips help keep the iPhone steady while the weight, at just over a pound, helps with stability during pans. There are also four tripod mounts and access to the dock connector and headphone jack.

The 0.45x wide-angle/macro combination lens doubles the iPhone’s field of view and adds contrast and extra detail. The rig will accept any 3rd party lenses (37mm) and filters (49mm) and the macro lens allows for close shooting.

Sony Bloggie Duo HD camcorder shipping this week for $170

Posted in Camcorders by Reuben Drake on April 5th, 2011

Sony has kept uncharacteristically quiet about its Bloggie Duo HD, but now we have word that the camcorder will ship tomorrow. The news comes from a status update on Sony’s very own website.

To refresh your memory, for $169.99 you get a pocket-sized camcorder that will deliver two hours of HD video, 5 megapixel stills, a 2.7-inch LCD and an HDMI output. It comes in violet, pink and green colors. Decisions decisions. I guess I would go with the violet.

Fujifilm XP30 now available

Posted in Fujifilm by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

We first saw the Fujifilm XP30 back at CES last January. It’s another tough camera that features dust, water, freeze and shock protection. You know, in case you want to jump from a dusty cave into a pool of water, which turns out to be freezing and accidentally bang it on a rock on the way down.

It’s freeze proof to minus 10 degrees, water proof to 5 metres and shock proof so it can withstand a drop of 1.5 metres. Built-in GPS will be able to log your location, which can be displayed either as longitude and latitude coordinates, or by place name. As a bonus, the XP30 also has an embedded list with around half a million places of interest across the globe. So you will have plenty of places to visit.

Sony Launches NEX-FS100 Super 35mm Camcorder

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

Sony has launched a new professional grade camcorder in the NEX-FS100. The NEX-FS100 is equipped with an Exmor Super 35 CMOS Sensor that is designed for shooting commercials and music videos, as well as action scenes. The sensor shoots 1080p60 content at up to 28Mbps to SD, Memory Stick or an optional 128GB SSD. It can also output uncompressed 4:2:2 footage over HDMI and sports a 3.5in LCD display.

The NEX-FS100E uses the Sony E-mount interchangeable lens system and will also allow for the A-Mount lenses to be used with an adapter. This budget model only comes with the camera body though. The lens kit will cost you extra.

JVC releases world’s first 3D consumer camcorder

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 7th, 2011

JVC has announced the world’s first 3D consumer camera, the GS-TD-1. Now you can shoot 3D content that is viewable on any 3D TV. The GS-TD-1 uses two camera lenses and two imaging sensors to capture 3D images, just like your eyes do. You can shoot content in 3D and in full 1080p HD, side by side (960 x 1080 x 2) for AVCHD 3D recording and 2D AVCHD shooting.

It features 64GB of built-in flash memory, but you can expand that by using the SDXC card slot. Other features include 3D optical 5x zoom, Optical Axis Automatic Stabilization System, and Automatic Parallax Adjustment. The display is glasses-free 3D so you can check your 3D content easily.

Thanko pen-sized 720p camcorder

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Thanko has released a tiny HD video camera in the shape of a USB stick. The Video Pen HD will shoot 720p, 30FPS videos from the pocket of your shirt. It stores the recordings onto microSDHC memory cards up to 32GB in capacity, and has a quarter-inch, five-megapixel CMOS sensor.

The video clips are 30 minutes in total, and the built-in battery will charge in three hours. Photos shoot at the full five-megapixel (3200×2400) size. An HDMI and USB cable are included and the device can also serve as a microSDHC card reader.


Samsung announces $299 HMX-Q10 camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2011

If you are a lefty, then you couldn’t help but notice that most modern camcorders just aren’t built for you, but Samsung’s HMX-Q10 is one that you can love. It features a compact design with a prominent record button right on the back for convenience.

The 2.7-inch touchscreen automatically flips if you hold the camera upside down. Other features include a 10x (2.75 – 27.5mm) optical zoom, a 5 megapixel sensor for full HD recording at 60i. You can have progressive at 720p. It will cost you $299 and ships in February.

Wall Hook Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2010

If you are the paranoid type that needs to know what’s going on in every corner of the house, then check this out. The Wall Hook Camcorder is perfect for either catching your cheating spouse, or just for watching people put their coat on.

Hopefully no one covers the camera with a hat though. The device is charged via USB and records audio and takes VGA resolution color photos, it can also record video in the AVI format at 28 frames per second. All of the information is stored on a microSD memory card and the manufacturer has thrown in a universal charging adapter for you as well.

BenQ DV S11 Full HD Camcorder with Pico Projector

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

The BenQ DV S11 Full HD Camcorder / Pico Projector Combo sure makes it easy to share your video. It’s a 1080p zoomless camcorder in the Flip style and can also handle five megapixel stills.

We don’t have any specs for the projector itself, but they say it can put a 50-inch picture on your wall. If you like what you see, it’s available now in Hong Kong for $2,399 HKD, which is about $300.

Viewsonic delivers new 3D devices

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Stereoscopic 3D is all the rage this year. Big name consumer electronics manufacturers are outing all kinds of 3D devices and small names as well. Viewsonic is introducing their range of 3D devices Stateside.

There’s the $180 3DV5 pocket camcorder that can do 720p video recording and shoot 5-megapixel still photos in both 3D and 2D. Then there’s the similarly priced 3DPF8, an 8-inch digital photo frame that also supports 3D videos and photos. And you won’t need a pair of 3D glasses to go with it.


GoPro unveils new HD Hero 960 wearable camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2010

GoPro has been offering wearable and mountable camcorders for a while now. The latest offering from the company shares many of the same features of the older cameras at a much cheaper price. The new camera is called the HD Hero 960.

The camera supports 720p resolution, but not the 1080p resolution of the other more expensive cameras in the GoPro line. The 960 also gives up the expansion bus on the bottom of the higher-end cameras so it can’t be fitted with the extra battery or LCD back GoPro offers.

Joby Gorillapod Video Holds your small cameras/camcorders

Posted in Camcorders,Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

Joby has had its line of articulating gadgets on the market for a long time now. These tripods have flexible legs that you can bend to hold onto things like bicycle bars and strollers. The head of the Gorillapods support various devices with versions for smartphones, big cameras, and even flashlights.

Joby has unveiled its latest Gorillapod called the Gorillapod Video. The Video is designed to hold light cameras and camcorders like the Flip HD. The Gorillapod Video has a metal arm on the back for panning and has 360-degree pan and 135-degree tilt. The aluminum head is omnidirectional and the legs have magnetic feet.

Looxcie wearable camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2010

If you shoot and share a ton of video clips of your life, then check out the Looxcie wearable camcorder. The device will be available on Amazon starting this Wednesday for $199. It allows you to capture videos at 480 x 320 pixel resolution at 15FPS.

The Looxcie can be docked to a user’s ear, so that it can see and record what you see, making it a part of you. It will record and store up to 4-hours of video. If you see something interesting, you can hit the “instant clip” button which will save the last 30 seconds of video and package it into a video file which can be shared via Bluetooth to a companion mobile app.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-GH4 full HD camcorder with YouTube and Facebook integration

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2010

Sanyo has announced their latest Xacti digicams, this time they are aimed at the social media crowd. The VPC-GH4 is similar to the VPC-GH2, since it features Full HD 1080 video recording, but unlike the GH2, it integrates YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa uploads, even Twitter notifications.

The downside is that the newer model has still photos taken down to 10 megapixels (the old one featured 14 megapixels). Still, at $200, it’s all good. It hits store shelves later this month.