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All posts tagged "pocket camera"


Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Amazing Flip Feature We'll Never See

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 PM

http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011...th-of-the-flip/

"But there's a second part of the tragedy, too, something that nobody knows. That new Flip that the product manager showed me was astonishing. It was called FlipLive, and it added one powerful new feature to the standard Flip: live broadcasting to the Internet. That is, when you're in a Wi-Fi hot spot, the entire world can see what you're filming. You can post a link to Twitter or Facebook, or send an e-mail link to friends. Anyone who clicks the link can see what you're seeing, in real time-thousands of people at once."

Oh Flip, we hardly knew ye. The feature that David Pogue describes above would have been insanely cool to have on a pocket camera - and now we'll never see it...at least until someone else (Sony, Kodak, etc.) develops the same feature into their cameras.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cisco Kills the Flip Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 12:53 PM

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news...es-the-flip.ars

"Don't look now, but the Flip camera is officially dead. Cisco announced Tuesday morning that it is killing off the line of pocketable video cameras in order to refocus the company around home networking and video. The news was a surprise to even Flip critics, leaving everyone wondering why Cisco bothered to buy Pure Digital (the Flip's former parent company) for $590 million just two years ago."

This is a shame, but it wasn't hard to see it coming - it never made a lick of sense to me for Cisco to purchase Pure Digital, the creators of this product. Cisco had no heart for this type of consumer business. Flip cameras essentially defined this part of the technology space starting a few years ago: they were small, easy to use, had great battery life, sufficient storage, and were perfect for simple videos. The coming of smartphones with HD video capture capabilities put a crimp in the sales of these devices, though I still feel there's a lot they can offer. I have two such devices in my possession right now - a Flip Mino HD and a Sony Bloggie - and both last a long time on a charge, are simple to use, and can be left within easy reach for capturing special moments. My cell phone on the other hand is often in my home office, or jacket, and not typically within reach. For most people though, capturing a video with their phone - then immediately uploading it - is the winning combination and why these devices weren't going to be in every home.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

CES 2011: Casio's New TRYX Pocket Video Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

The "tiny video camera that you can slip in your pocket" market is more than a little crowded, and certainly getting chomped on by the new breed of cell phones capable of recording 720p video, but Casio has managed to come up with an interesting design that stands out from the competition. I've been looking for something with a larger screen, and better low-light performance, to replace my aging Flip Mino HD, so when this product his the market I'll be taking a close look at it...


Monday, August 23, 2010

KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera Boasts a 3-inch Capacitive Touch Screen

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:30 PM

http://store.kodak.com/store/ekcons...uctID.200992300

""Eastman Kodak Company today introduced the new KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera, a sleek and stylish addition to its award-winning digital video camera portfolio. The pocket-size KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera features a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen so consumers can easily glide through their HD videos with the swipe of a fingertip. With new on-camera editing and Kodak's exclusive Share Button, the PLAYTOUCH Video Camera makes it easy for consumers to share their favorite moments with friends and family in full 1080p HD."

Kodak is one of the bigger players in the pocket video camera market - sheesh, we really need a catchy name for this category of camera - and the KODAK PLAYTOUCH looks like a significant improvement above previous generations. I'm not sold on the touch screen, though I see there's a single physical button - as long as that button starts and stops the recording, I'm OK with touch screen buttons being used for other features. Strangely, the press release doesn't mention the frame rate of the 1080p recording - I suspect it's either 24fps or 30fps. The on-camera editing and tagging videos for upload might be useful for some people. What I'd be more interested in are the details on the sensor itself - is the PLAYTOUCH any better in low-light than previous KODAK cameras? That's a key area of weakness for these cameras.

The remainder of the press release, and an image of the front of the PLAYTOUCH camera, is after the break. Read more...


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Panasonic Introduces HM-TA1 1080p Pocket Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wc...262010071454167

"Panasonic today introduced the Panasonic HM-TA1, a new Full High Definition (HD), 1920 x 1080 pixels-capable mobile video camera with pocket-sized dimensions for ultimate portability and ideal for on-the-go shooting opportunities. With an easy-to-use design intended for intuitive operation, the TA1 features an integrated USB terminal and software that allows for easy PC connection and uploading videos to online sharing sites such as YouTubeTM and Facebook®. The TA1 also supports the Apple© iFrame video format (960 x 540/30p), which is optimal for Mac® users to import quickly and maintain small file sizes. When using iMovie®, the iFrame video data in the video camera is the same format as the one that is used to edit."

I have a bit of a funny relationship with small, pocket cameras - I received a Flip Mino HD a couple of years ago at a Mobius event, and I used it exactly once. I simply didn't see the purpose - I could get better quality video from a point-and-shoot video camera, as well as take pictures, so what was the point? Then my wife and I had a kid. Things completely changed - now the Flip Mino gets almost daily use in our house. It's all about the right tools for the right job, and the Panasonic HM-TA1 looks like it would be a very worthy replacement for my Flip Mino HD. It offers 1080p (and the sissy-format iFrame from Apple) recording, can work as a Webcam, electronic image stabilization, and use SD memory cards. The one thing I don't see mentioned is the focal range of the lens; I find that the Flip Mino HD is difficult to use close up - I quite often have to take a step back when I want to use it, which I dislike. I also like that the Panasonic HM-TA1 (awful name!) has physical buttons - I think Flip made a huge mistake with their move to touch sensitive buttons on their new model.

Full press release and more images after the break.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Flip Releasing the Slide HD Soon

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:50 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/07/...o-cameras-view/

"All we have is this one image, care of a gracious anonymous tipster who said it was found at Best Buy. Our best guess? Well, it's a Flip camcorder, and there's a sliding element to it -- amazing deduction skills, we know."

What's that? A new Flip HD camera? Seems so - and if that yellow sticker is any indication, we'll see it launched in under two weeks. Oh Best Buy employees, can't you keep anything a secret? Spec wise, the Flip Slide HD has 16 GB of built-in memory, good for up to four hours of video. Unfortunately, it's still limited to 720p h.264 video at 30fps - I was hoping they'd be up to 1080p by now, or maybe 720p with an option for 60fps. The big change here (beyond the bump in storage capacity) is the much bigger screen - though based on the position of the lens, you still use it held vertically. Which means the bigger screen is for...playback and showing your videos to others? I can see that actually - I bet a lot of people keep their favourite video clips on their Flip and don't transfer them to their computers, so having a bigger screen means it's better for sharing.

I have a Flip Mino HD and like it quite a bit, but what I really want - what would make it a better product for me - is better low-light performance. That's something I'd pay more money for.


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