OK, maybe it won't make you popular, or rich for that matter, but at least the Stylus won't make it look like you're smuggling squirrels in your pockets. The $199.99 all-metal camera available in black and silver models this October is the thinnest Stylus yet at just 0.65-inch thick and weighs in at just a touch less than 4 ounces. And, of course, it's chock full of convenience shooting features like intelligent scene and smile recognition, in-camera editing and panorama picture creation, and face detection for up to 16 people in a shot (so … Read more
Sakar International announced on Monday that it has snapped up the Vivitar brand name and intellectual property from Syntax-Brillian in a move to expand its camera line into the midrange digital-camera market and gain greater visibility.
Sakar, a consumer electronics maker, plans to use the 70-year-old Vivitar brand on digital cameras priced in the midprice range of $70 to $300, stretching its current lineup from the low-range market of $20 to $100.
"Linking ourselves to Vivitar will strengthen our presence on the retail shelf while also enabling retailers to buy more product from a single source," Ralph Sasson, … Read more
It looks like 20x is the new 18x as Olympus incorporates the f2.8-4.5 26-520mm-equivalent lens from its top-of-the-line SP-570 UZ into the SP-565 UZ, which replaces the popular SP-560 UZ. Otherwise, it's identical to its predecessor. The advantage of this model is that it doesn't have the irritating zoom ring that's on the SP-570, but it also lacks a hot shoe. And I suspect the disappointing performance remains unchanged as well.
The SP-565 UZ is slated to ship in October for $399.99.
Polaroid is making a comeback with a digital camera that has a built-in printer; the Creative Mozaic has a lot of style; and you get to decide whose Spore-created creature is better: Brian Tong's or Bonnie Cha's. Plus, a bed that comes with frequent-flyer miles!
It's true, despite only having six slots, this upcoming Universal Media Reader from Belkin is capable of reading 56 different memory cards. No adapters are necessary either, so no hunting for that full-size SD adapter for a miniSD or microSD card.
The Reader will be available in black or white models and each includes 1-foot and 5-foot USB cables making travel a little easier. Graphics on the faceplate mean even illiterate, nontechie types will be able to use it simply by matching the card in their hand to the picture on front. And when it's not in use … Read more
We're not sure if we can attain enlightenment with this Yang-Ying digital camera from Polish designer Kubasek Krzystof. It was designed so it could be taken apart, with the black side housing the LCD/lens, and the white half sporting an onboard USB port for transferring of stored images. The shutter button is the black dot on the white portion, and that forms the yin in the yang.
If Krzystof's idea of yin-yang is that they complement each other, this shooter would be a great representation of that notion--each portion needs the other to function properly as a … Read more
The manufactured quirk, the out-of-the-box individuality--Urban Outfitters is becoming like Target for hipsters. You can get your ironic clothing, mod bedspread, dirty reading material, slightly dinged-up but brightly colored coffee table, wall mirror (in which you pretend not to narcissistically check your intentionally mussed hair)--and now, your retro-hip plastic camera, too. At this point, Urban just needs to start selling organic avocados and MGMT CDs and it'll truly be a one-stop shop for hipsterdom.
But I digress. Heard of pinhole photography? Of course you have, you went to a liberal arts school and took a whole class on … Read more
I put quotes around the headline on this post because I took it from the press release announcing these new compact cameras, proving that even Casio didn't know how best to get attention for them. Even the deck is kinda lackluster: "EX-Z300 and EX-Z250 Features New Imaging Engine for Superb Photography; EX-Z85, a Stylish New 9.1 Megapixel Camera." Not exactly awe-inspiring stuff, but I'll give you the details, since they do have a couple features worth mentioning.
The Exilim EX-Z300 and EX-Z250 are nearly identical; the Z300 is a 10.1-megapixel pocket camera and the … Read more
Bright colors seem to be the fashion for snapshot cameras this fall; in addition to the staid black and silver and omnipresent pink, like many other manufacturers Olympus is offering this pair in eye-searing red and blue as well.
Both ultracompacts incorporate 8-megapixel CCDs and have similar attractive designs, but quite different feature sets. The FE-360 incorporates a 2.5-inch LCD and a 36-to-108mm-equivalent 3x zoom lens; the FE-370 uses a 2.7-inch LCD and a 36-to-180mm-equivalent 5x zoom lens, plus adds sensor-shift image stabilization. The latter also features a bunch of this year's buzz technologies, including Smile Shot … Read more
One of my legs is shorter than the other so I frequently find the pictures I take are a little crooked, unless, of course, I'm standing on a slight grade. The newly announced 10-megapixel Ricoh R10 would solve my problem (well, the cockeyed photos at least; not my legs) as it borrows a feature from 2007's GR DIGITALII and the GX200 launched this July--an electronic level indicator on the camera's 3.0-inch LCD. An acceleration sensor lets you know when you're tilting, so you can straighten out your shots before you click the shutter.
The R10 … Read more