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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Manfrotto Unica VII Messenger Bag ~ Near Perfect Camera Bag

Posted by Stacie Huckeba in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:17 PM

Product Category: Camera Bag
Manufacturer: Manfrotto
Where to Buy: Best Buy, Amazon
Price: $50 - $99 USD
Holds: DSLR with lens attached as well as 1 to 2 other lenses, 17" Macbook (15.4" laptop) and personal effects.
Specifications: Product Height 12.2", Product Width 7.5", Product Depth18.9",Product Weight 2.2 lbs.


  • Lightweight;
  • Cost Effective;
  • Lots of Storage Space.


  • Shoulder Pad is not Comfortable;
  • No Regular Tripod Attachment;
  • No Easy Access Side Pockets.

Summary: The Manfrotto Unica VII Messenger Bag is a great camera bag for photographers on the go or who travel frequently. It is stylish and has an easy access top zipper that lets you get to all your gear in a hurry. That same zipper makes it easy to grab your laptop out for airport security checkpoints and, yes, the whole bag is carry-on friendly for both domestic and international flights.

The ability to carry a pro body with a battery pack attached and a 17 inch laptop along with other lenses and equipment without weighing a ton or requiring you to stop and find a place to sit your bag down in order to access your equipment is a lifesaver. The messenger bag style makes it easy to carry around all day and doesn't scream "I have an expensive camera in here!". The price point on this can't be beat - at $50 - $100, it easily compares to bags twice the price. Read more...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

ScanCafe Launches Video Transfer Service

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 10:30 AM

"ScanCafe has recently launched service for editing and transferring consumer video tape content onto DVD. This is not an automated process, the company says."

ScanCafe now offers some professional help to digitise and clean up your old videos. I know of at least a few services in my city, but not all will do the corrections, and certainly not at the price of US$15! That is more than half the price of a similar service I used once. More details of ScanCafe's service at the link.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Casio's Funky TRYX Reviewed: Not So Tricky

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 PM

"Let's be crystal clear here -- Casio's playing up the design angle hard on the Tryx. And unsurprisingly so, might we add. The chassis is undoubtedly the differentiating factor that separates this shooter from a myriad others that are currently cluttering store shelves, but the real question is this: does it matter?"

Way back during CES 2011, I commented that the Tryx "does not sound like a very well-recieved camera to me". Well, the first consumer (Engadget's more mainstream consumer tech after all) review is out, and it does not look good. I'm pretty surprised no mention of the fixed 21mm equivalent lens is mentioned, but hey, when the battery life is bad, I guess that pretty much eclipses focal length choices in the list of complaints. Head on to the review to read how bad the battery life is.

Olympus Introduces the LS-20M

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

"The company, best known for its cameras and voice recorders, just brought those two worlds together by announcing the LS-20M, a handheld whose relatively high-end audio specs should help it go toe-to-toe with Zoom."

As tiny as electronics are these days, we are finding companies willing to mash together all manner of gadgets into one. You would think that with all those mp3 players, iPods, iPhones, iPads, Androids, Playbooks and Flips that this Camcorder and Voice recorder hybrid would not stand a chance. Well, it might not. But, if its audio recording fidelity is any good, and it focuses on ease of use, I can see some potential. Not everyone wants to have to swipe, mash, swipe, swipe, mash, mash their way to recordings.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fastec's TS3Cine Records 720p at 720fps

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"Unlike Casio's cameras, which cut the resolution to little more than thumbnail-size as you crank the frame rate, the TS3Cine does 720p video at 720fps, and 1280 x 1024 at 500fps. It's only when you further slow down the video (up to 20,000fps) that the image size starts to shrink."

Want real high-speed footage instead of pseudo slo-mo provided by software plugins? Here is an option, courtesy of Fastec. The TS3Cine does 720p HD video at 720 FPS, and chews up 8GB of storage in 13 seconds while doing so. Comes in C-mount or F-mount (that's the Nikon mount), with an optional PL mount for mounting all your cine or adapted lenses. Of course, a hardware solution like this is going to cost, so instead of the US$300 for the software plugin, prepare to fork out a cool US$30,000 for the camera instead. Or you can rent it at US$625 a day if you're lucky enough to be in the Boston area.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Aurora Borealis in Two Minute Timelapse of Flight from San Francisco to Paris

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 PM

This is really neat, if nothing, it's another excuse to see the Aurora Borelias!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Amazing Flip Feature We'll Never See

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

"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 least until someone else (Sony, Kodak, etc.) develops the same feature into their cameras.

1000 FPS Videos From Your Digital Video Camera

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 08:30 AM

Want to do super slow-motion videos without super expensive 2000 FPS cameras? Well, you can achieve the look with a plugin that's compatible with Adobe and Apple software. Twixtor basically re-times your feed and extrapolates and inserts the necessary frames. That also means it cannot generate something out of nothing; for bullet slo-mos, that several tens of thousand dollars camera will still be needed!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Pocket Camcorders From Toshiba Have Impressive Features

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 06:30 AM

"The B10 camcorder has a candy bar shape with a front-facing lens -- much like the Flip camcorders that kicked off the pocket cam craze in the first place. The B10 shoots at Full HD resolution, snaps 16 megapixel stills, has 16X digital zoom, and takes SDXC cards as large as 64GB. Prefer the ole' pistol grip? The P100 boasts the same specs and adds 8X optical zoom -- still a rarity in inexpensive pocket cams."

If you are not in an immediate hurry to purchase and can wait until sometime in the second quarter, these two Toshiba pocket camcorders may be well worth having a look at if the form, functionality, and specifications meet your needs. Both the candy bar-styled CAMILEO B10 and the pistol grip-styled CAMILEO P100 will capture video at 1920x1080p (30p) and can capture 16 megapixel still shots (interpolated from their 5 megapixel (B10) and 8 megapixel (P100) CMOS image sensors). The P100 does have a full 8x optical zoom capability for video (5x optical zoom for photo stills), which is a significant advantage over the B10 which just has a digital zoom. Both models capture MP4 video and JPG still photo formats, and both models have Mini-HDMI and Mini-USB 2.0 ports for connectivity.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Toshiba Outs Camileo P100 and B10

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:29 PM

"Toshiba has announced two new camcorders with Full HD capability: the Camileo B10 and the Camileo P100. The Toshiba Camileo B10 is a neat, robust yet lightweight and pocket sized camcorder that can be kept close at hand for spontaneous shots, while the Toshiba Camileo P100 is a more advanced model with 5x optical and 8x “advanced” zoom."

Now that Flip has been killed, it looks like the writing is on the wall for these pocket video cameras. Or is it? Toshiba's offerings are a step up from the flip, with the P100 featuring a 5x optical zoom lens, and both cameras sporting 1080p recording modes. The main thing that will determine the success of these, is pricing, which Toshiba has not made known yet. If they are cheap enough, they might still sell well, yet...

Cisco Kills the Flip Camera

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

"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.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Use the iPhone as an Audio Recorder for Your Video DSLR

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

"If you’ve shot any video on a DSLR you already know it’s not ideal. The form factor of the camera isn’t made for video and the need to manually focus on a moving subject can be tricky. One of the weakest parts is the camera is its microphone."

Audio is an important part of videos and movies, but the recent video DSLRs only treat audio like an afterthought. My own GH1 as auto-gain which cannot be turned off, and you can imagine how annoying it can be. So is using the iPhone a case of replacing a mediocre solution with another? Surprisingly, despite the poor quality of the iPhone's microphone (the author admits as much) the ability to move it off-camera does bring quite a few benefits, namely, no camera operation noise. There are also a couple of good recommendations in the article for those looking at better quality solutions without breaking the bank, so go check out the article!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Keep an Eye on Anything with the Dropcam Wireless Web Cam

Posted by Ron Hostetter in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Wi-Fi Security Camera
Manufacturer: 88Volts, Inc.
Where to Buy: Amazon [Affiliate]
Price: Dropcam Echo (with audio capabilities): $279.00 USD; Dropcam Standard: $199.00 USD
In the Box: Dropcam camera, Ethernet cable, power adapter, mounting hardware
Specifications: See web site


  • Easy to set up;
  • Camera can be placed anywhere a power outlet is available, Wi-Fi provides connection to Internet;
  • Dropcam DVR can record video with markers where audio or mtion was detected.


  • Hardware is somewhat expensive.

Summary: Dropcam is a very impressive solution to your security camera needs. The camera is very simple to set-up, and includes a Wi-Fi antenna that allows it to be placed anywhere without worrying about connecting a network cable. The simple web site steps you through setting up your camera, and within minutes, you can be viewing your camera online. Picture and sound quality are great, and the Dropcam DVR will mark where the camera detected motion or audio. Read more...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Zacuto Delivers Point 'n' Shoot Pro for Small Cameras

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:30 AM

"Small, lightweight, quick and portable! Zacuto's Point and Shoot is the ideal handgrip stabilization system for shooting stable, smooth professional video with any small point and shoot cameras, HD Flip and similar cameras that have a 1/4 20" thread on the bottom."

US$89 for a handle to attach to your point and shoot camera. I'm sure it'll help in stabilising the camera; I'm just not sure most owners of such cameras care (as evidenced by the number of nausea-inducing videos on YouTube). Zacuto's usual customers will not be using a puny point and shoot, will they?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Panasonic Launches New Line of Camcorders, Several of them Waterproof

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:41 PM

"Panasonic today announced the release of the new waterproof Full-HD Camcorder HX-WA10, which allows easy, effortless photo and video shooting. The WA10 is also optimized for shooting outdoors and in rainy weather. It captures stunning, detailed images with Full-HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, thanks to Backside Illumination (BSI) technology for shooting in dimly lit conditions, and 16-megapixel still image recording with top-class digital camera quality. This lets users easily enjoy authentic HD shooting in a wide range of situations."

Engadget has the breakdown of all the products, but the one that interests me the most is the HM-TA20 (pictured above right). I've been looking for a new Flip-style camera and the fact that this one is waterproof to 15 feet and dust-proof is quite appealing. I like that it has a three inch screen - my Flip Mino's screen is so tiny it's kind of ridiculous.

My Life in HD: The Samsung HMX-T10 HD Camcorder Reviewed

Posted by Don Tolson in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Handheld HD Camcorder
Manufacturer: Samsung
Where to Buy: Amazon [affiliate]
Price: $245 USD
System Requirements: SD or SDHC memory card required; suggested 8G minimum.
Specifications: NTSC/PAL recording to 5MP CMOS sensor; 10x optical, 100x digital zoom; 2.7 in (68.5mm) touch LCD screen; auto/manual focus; comes with built-in Intelli-Studio software for PC. Full specs are here.


  • Able to record in full (1080i) HD (1920x1080) using h.264 format;
  • Small and lightweight -- easily fits into a pocket or purse;
  • Can take photos 'on the fly' without having to switch out of video mode.


  • Have to open up the screen to use the camera;
  • Can't see HD results without purchasing a separate mini-HD cable or downloading to the PC;
  • May be able to hear zoom and autofocus mechanisms in quiet situations.

Summary: The days of tape for video recording have long disappeared -- replaced by small, handheld devices which record directly to memory cards. The earliest versions gave us convenience, but only standard (480p) resolution, but now we are starting to see even smaller cameras which are capable of full HD recording. The HMX-T10 is Samsung's latest offering -- combining full HD capability with simple, lightweight operation. Read more...

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...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Digital Photography Review's Guide to Video Codecs

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 10:15 AM

"Video compression is clearly our friend because without a lot of compression we would have a very hard time handling the massive data we get from a 1080p video stream. Think of two mega pixels per frame at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second (translates to 48, 60 or even 120 mega pixels data per second). On the flip side, video compression reduces the possible image quality we can get."

As digital cameras start moving into HD formats and use more advanced codecs, it is good to have an idea of the various techniques used if you are aiming for quality videos. Hit the read link to find out more.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sony NEX VG-10: First Impressions & Hands-on

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

"In this video, Kai gets presented with the new Sony NEX-VG10 handycam. At first, he seems so impressed that he feels inspired to create something artistic. Watch the video to see what interesting feature the interchangeable lens camcorder has and what the sample footage is like."

The idea of a video camera with a big sensor and interchangeable lenses makes videographers weak in the knees; while this Sony video camera isn't perfect, there's something to be said for being able to pick the body you want - aimed at photos or at videos - and use the same collection of lenses. I think there's some interesting evolution going on in this space...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Canon's Concept Camera is Not RED With Envy

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 AM

"You're looking at Canon's new 4k "Multipurpose" concept, a wondrous amalgamation of still and video cameras pumping 60 frames per second at 4k resolution out of an 8 megapixel 2/3-inch CMOS sensor. Yep, we said 4k video, approximately quadruple the resolution of 1080p. We had a chance to go hands-on with the prototype at Canon Expo 2010, and believe us when we tell you that it's really, really sharp, both in terms of hardware and the images it produces."

I have to wonder if this is the trend of cameras to come, will terrabyte storage be enough? I remember when GMail first came out with 1GB of storage. For email, it may still be enough for a lot of people, but 1GB is enough to handle just a few minutes of 1080p video. Of course, if Canon ever did release a beauty such as this, one could always make use of YouTube's new 4k video support! One day though, I am certain that camera phones will be capable of this, and we will see an explosion of high definition... everything!

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