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Digital and analog cameras, video cameras, film making equipment, lenses and basically anything that captures or help to capture images.

Olympus SZ-30MR takes still images and video simultaneously

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(image credit: Olympus) Olympus SZ-30MR Digital Camera | US$399.00 | www.olympus-global.com

thanks to the dual image processor in the new Olympus SZ-30MR digital camera, you can now shoot 16 megapixel still images while recording a full HD 1080p video at the same time. indeed a good news to avid videographers, as there will be no more of disjointed video footages or fumbling for another digital camera just to capture a still image for that particular moment, which you could have missed entirely, while in the process of fumbling to grab another camera.

Olympus has managed to incorporate the same high-powered super-telephoto capability that normally makes SLR cameras bulk and heavy into this 106.3 x 68.7 x 39.5 mm slim form factor camera. the TruePic III+ dual image processing engines give the camera the ability to record full HD movies and capture full resolution images simultaneously, and that’s not all, it also allows user to record a wide shot and a close-ups simultaneously.

the SZ-30MR features a 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor which enables super image quality even in low light situations. this CMOS sensors are also suited for high speed image processing which also gives it the ability to carry out High-Speed Continuous Shooting. full HD movies of 1920 x 1080 pixels are encoded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format which also comes with high quality stereo sound.

another feature is the 3D photo shooting function that enables user to capture dynamic 3D photos in any mode, ranging from macro to landscape. while shooting 3D images, both 3D file and regular JPEG files will be recorded. there’s even a ‘Pet Mode’ that will put a smile on any pet lover. in this mode, the camera automatically detects the dogs’ and cats’ faces, and focus on it before the shooting of the photo. this mode will work great with its Auto Release function, where it will automatically shoot the photo only when the subject turns to face the camera. pet owners will be certain to appreciate this feature immensely.

the SZ-30MR offers an optical zoom of 24X, and incorporates a generous 3-inch High Definition TFT-LCD display with 460,000 dots. storage of the captured images or videos is thru SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and it is also Eye-Fi compatible. on the connectivity front, the SZ-30MR features a HDMI out for viewing of video and images on your TV and the USB battery charging enables the camera battery to be recharged from a PC while connected to a PC for downloading of data.

priced at $399, the Olympus SZ-30MR Digital Camera is scheduled to go on sale from late April, 2011.

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Olympus via Gizmag

The Ring Flash Adapter gives your DSLR the halo

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(image credit: Photojojo) The Ring Flash Adapter | US$40.00 | photojojo.com

this oddly nice looking contraption, dubbed The Ring Flash Adapter, is a reflective circle that attaches to your external flash and directs the light from your external flash to front surrounding of your lens, giving a even (hopefully) and soft lighting which your flash cannot achieve. this one goes straight into our cheap and functional solution category. it could saves us the headache when we face taking macro pictures but wait… we don’t have a DSLR! duh! one reason to get this: even it doesn’t work, it gets people talking.

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this micro camera takes real images and records videos

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(image credit: Thanko) Thanko MAME-CAM | ¥7,980.00 | www.thanko.jp

this is probably the smallest real-working camera we have ever seen. measuring just 30 x 27 x 27 mm and weighing only 11 grams, the micro-size camera is capable of capturing images of 1,600 x 1,200 resolution with its 2.0 megapixels sensor, and record video in 640 x 480 resolution @ 30 fps (AVI). audio is in mono, though.

storage is via microSD card (not included, supports up to 32 GB). the camera has a battery life of 36 minutes (continuous video recording) and charges via USB (USB 1.1/2.0 compatible), which takes about an hour. in case your ran out juice outdoor, it does come with a handy battery-operated external battery charger for charging on the go.

the camera comes package with lens cap, USB cable, key chain and strap for your hang around your neck. you can trust the Japanese to come with wacky ideas and still pay the closet attention to details. the MAME-CAM retails for ¥7,980 on Thanko web store.

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Thanko via CrunchGear

iPhone Telephoto Lens gives your iPhone 8X zoom

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(image credit: Photojojo) The iPhone Telephoto Lens | US$35.00 | photojojo.com

with The iPhone Telephoto Lens, you can pretend your iPhone is a mini DSLR – the keyword here is ‘pretend‘. i will put this under the ‘not the real thing but novel item’ category. in fact, the physical item looks so nice that i thought its a fun thing to have for your iPhone. don’t get me wrong, of course the zoom will work just fine but don’t expect superb DSLR-like quality. yeah, who am i kidding? iPhone camera will always remains as an ‘iPhonegraphy’, not less, not more. the iPhone Telephoto Lens package comes with a matte black iPhone case, the telephoto lens, a collapsible table tripod and a cleaning cloth.

to get the lens working, all you have to do is slip on the accompanied iPhone 4 case and twist the lens onto the case. the use of the tripod is entirely up to your discretion. The iPhone Telephoto Lens is available for both iPhone 3/3GS and iPhone 4. both models retail for $35.00 and is available via Photojojo web store.

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concept Holga. D camera sticks close to the traditions

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(image credit: Saikat Biswas) Holga . D | US$NA (concept) | www.saikatbiswas.com

lomography enthusiasts adore the anticipation associated with analog photography. however, its a double shot of anticipation for me: first you can’t review what you have shot and second, the wait for the film to be developed in the studio. i like lomography, while i can put up with the inability to review what i have shot, i simply can’t endure the wait for the development. industrial designer Saikat Biswas must have shared the same dilemma, judging from his concept Holga . D digital camera which attempts to “brings back the joy and delayed gratification associated with good analog photography.” Continue reading concept Holga. D camera sticks close to the traditions

love lomo? love the new Fisheye No.2 from Lomography

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(image credit: Lomography) Lomography Fisheye No.2 “I love you | I love Lomo” Edition | US$89.76 | www.lomography.com

still wondering what to get for your love one this Valentine’s Day? how about this special Valentine’s Day Edition Fisheye No 2 entitled “I love you | I love Lomo” Edition film camera? though the naming may not sound politically correct to your love one, or at least not completely correct. red is the staple color for the most romantic time of the year, or so it seems and hence the Fisheye No 2 spots a brand new red/white paint job with a ‘heart’ on the lens cap. Continue reading love lomo? love the new Fisheye No.2 from Lomography

Split Strap improves comfort of your carrying bags

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(image credit: kickstarter.com/CustomSLR.com) Split Strap Adapteive Strap | from US$20.00 | customslr.com

this is something we never gave too much thought to it – a shoulder strap for your cameras and bags. who would think a contraption as simple as a shoulder strap could be further improved? as a matter of fact, these guys over at Custom SLR think a strap can be further improved. it turns out that traditional strap does not distribute its weight on our shoulder equally which often results in strain to the user. Continue reading Split Strap improves comfort of your carrying bags

VistaQuest VQ1015 R2 is lomography goes digital

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(image credit: VistaQuest/neongeckooo/St. Vicious) VistaQuest VQ1015 R2 Digital Camera | about US$70.00 | www.vistaquest.jp

if you thought dreamy colors, vignettes and contrasty pictures associated with lomography is only achievable by film, think again. the VQ 1015 R2 from VistaQuest, gives you the fun you had with lomography without the hassle of hitting the photo shops to develop those artsy photos you have taken. spotting a modest 1.3 megapixels, the VQ 1015 R2 features an unique fixed lens setup: one glass layer and two plastic layers. the plastic lens is true to lomography’s tradition. it boost a CMOS with better response under lowlight condition and adjustable parameters for focus, shutter speed, light adjustment, and image stabilization. Continue reading VistaQuest VQ1015 R2 is lomography goes digital

pre-order for retro-listic Fujifilm FinePix X100 is on

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(image credit: Fujifilm) Fujifilm FinePix X100 | US$1,199.00 | www.fujifilm.com

i’m not sure why would someone fork out $1,200 for a compact digital camera, other than for a DSLR but if you are one of those photography enthusiast with deep-pockets, then perhaps you can head on to ADORAMA to pre-order the retro-licious Fujifilm FinePix X100 compact digital camera. for the uninitiated, the Fujifilm FinePix X100 is a high-grade digital compact camera which features the firm newly developed Hybrid Viewfinder, an APS-C CMOS sensor with the Fujinon 23mm fixed focal length lens. designed for DSLR users who need a compact back-up camera when the bigger DSLR camera is not convenient to be used or simply for enthusiasts who demand quality pictures from a compact size digital camera. priced at $1,199, it is available for pre-order at ADORAMA now. Continue reading pre-order for retro-listic Fujifilm FinePix X100 is on

a bigger picture from the 5-inch external display for DSLR

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(image credit: Sony) Sony CLM-V55 External HDMI Monitor | US$tbc | www.sony.com

photographers and videographers will welcome the new Sony CLM-V55 external HDMi monitor which will give them a glorious 5-inch view of their subject with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. the WVGGA monitor attached easily to any existing hot shoe of your equipment. some of the features include adjustable aspect ratio (16:9 and 4:3), volume adjustment, brightness/contrast/color tone adjustment and auto dimmer.

the CLM-V55 gives a new a literal meaning to ‘seeing things in a bigger picture’. picture framing for movies and photography could be a whole lot easier and precise, rather than squinting over the tiny 1.5-inch screen. for those outdoor shoot, the CLM-V55 comes with a detachable LCD hood for viewing under the bright sunlight. rather then lugging a full monitor around for your shoot which impedes your mobility in the process, the CLM-V55 could be a handy solution.

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via Akihabara News