Category Archives: IMAGING

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

control your dSLR remotely with an iPhone via Bluetooth

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(image credit: blueSLR) blueSLR Receiver | from US$149.00 | blueslr.com

these days, iPhone apps and accompanying hardware to do specialized tasks seem rather overwhelming. just few days ago, we posted about iGrill and now we found something that will interest shutterbugs: the blueSLR remote shutter. working in tandem with an app, the blueSLR lets user control the camera’s setting such as focus, shutter speed or timer with an iOS device. wirelessly, of course.

the blueSLR is particularly useful for taking self-portrait and group photo when there’s no one around to assist in the photo-taking. the accompanying hardware is a Bluetooth receiver unit that plugs into the GPS port of most Nikon cameras. the blueSLR also feature geotagging of photos taken, though the main highlight would have taken the limelight away from it. the app is free and is available on the appstore, while the hardware will set you back at $149.

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new old vintage of the week: limited edition Polaroid 660 Sun camera

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(image credit: Photojojo) Limited Edition Polaroid 660 Sun Camera | US$200.00 | photojojo.com

this isn’t exactly a “new” vintage but its a good old classic from the 80s, dusted, reconditioned, polished and brought back to life and presented to us, letting us relive the glory days of instant photography. the limited edition Polaroid 660 Sun camera was a collaboration between Photojojo and Impossible Project.

the Sun 660 camera has a 116mm, f/11 lens and features built-in auto flash, a dark/light exposure slider and an innovative sonar focusing. the limited edition comes packaged with a box of PX 600 Film (8 exposures) and a limited edition Photojojo + Impossible Project box set.

the Sun 660 is one of the three classic Polaroid cameras being “resurrected” by Photojojo and Impossible Project and is available from Photojojo Store at $200. not a bad deal, considering you will be owning a piece of the instant photography history.

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UNDERABOVE: combining above and under water photography

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ever wanted to take underwater pictures and also wishes that you could capture what’s above the water at the same time? apparently this is the question that spurred designer In Kyung Han to design the first dual-lens above-and-under water camera, dubbed the UNDERABOVE.

UNDERABOVE is a self buoy camera with two lenses – one above the water and the other under water. it makes use of air for top half of the camera body to stay afloat and water in the lower half to keep the under water camera submerged. this careful proportioning of air and water design helps the UNDERABOVE camera stays afloat.

similar to a conventional digital camera, the UNDERABOVE camera features an LCD screen for previewing of shot of both above and under water camera, and also allow reviewing of taken shots. there’s also a timer for taking self-portraits when no one is around to help you out. i just don’t see how this is going to work out in wide open sea… wouldn’t the current bring the camera somewhere else even before you got ready?

nevertheless, for her ingenious idea and design, IN Kyung Han was award the Red Dot: Best of the Best award. kudos!

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via Yanko Design

Lomography – The LOMO LC-A+ White Japan Special Edition

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The LOMO LC-A+ White Japan Special Edition | US$409.90 | www.lomography.com
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new from Lomography is the latest incarnation of the LOMO LC-A+, in the form of White Japan Special Edition. as the name suggests, this Special Edition LC-A+ is in white, instead of the usual black body. aside from the obvious color difference, the Special Edition LC-A+ gets some artistic treatment in the form of fine leather embossed with the image of “Karesansui” and “25” (on the back of the camera) in honor of the Lomo LC-A+’s 25th anniversary. Continue reading Lomography – The LOMO LC-A+ White Japan Special Edition

home-made videos in 3D: ViewSonic 3DV5 3D HD Camcorder

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(photo credit: viewsonic.com) ViewSonic 3DV5 HD Camcorder | US$180 | www.viewsonic.com

looks like consumer 3D recording/imaging is being realized faster then we thought. recently, ViewSonic announced the ViewSonic 3DV5 3D HD Camcorder capable of taking 3D HD videos and 3D still images which you can preview instantly (in 3D) on its 2.4 inch 3D TFT LCD screen, without the need for special 3D glasses.

this palm-size camcorder has a pair of lenses with 5 Megapixel sensors (CMOS) built-in. the 3DV5 comes embedded with ArcSoft Wizard and a pair of red/cyan 3D glasses, which allows you to enjoy 3D videos and images on a standard PC or notebook. the 3DV5 is also capable of 2D recordings/images and HD is the form of 720p videos at 30 frames per second (fps).

the 3DV5 has an internal 10MB storage and an SD/SDHC card slot that supports 256MB up to 32GB SDHC, which should give you ample storage for your HD recordings/shots. the lenses are fixed focus lens but comes with 4X digital zoom. powering the camcorder is a NP60 1200mA Li-ion rechargeable battery. there’s no formal indication of it’s battery expected performance though.

other features include mini HDMI and a USB 2.0 port for connectivity, a standard tripod mount socket, built-in stereo microphone and one 0.5W speaker built-in. the camcorder measures 71mm x 120mm x 29mm and weighs in at 120 grams. given the size which is much larger than an iPhone 4, the 3DV5 is consider pretty light (just give you a rough idea, iPhone 4 weighs about 140 grams).

with all the hype about 3D, sometimes i wonder if we really need 3D at all? but then again, at US$180, its certainly a budget way to take a dip into the world of 3D and once there, if you find that 3D isn’t your cup of tea, the 3DV5 can always take 2D videos and images.

C-Loop – camera strap mount solution

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(photo credit: customslr.com) C-Loop Camera Strap Mount Solution | US$35 | customslr.com

simple and effective solutions to our everyday problems are around us. these guys, collectively known as Custom SLR, just proved this to be so. whether you are a professional camera man or just a casual shooter, you would probably notice how the camera strap tends to get in the way. well, Customer SLR has a solution for us and before i go on, i would like to be thankful for this solution (to the strap-gets-in-way issue). Continue reading C-Loop – camera strap mount solution

vintage gadget: the Kodak Brownie Flash III camera

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one look at the rusted can, we all know this is not the latest gadget but a gadget from the past. the Kodak Brownie Flash III camera was introduced in the 1957 and had a rather short lifespan ended in the 1960. it’s classified as a “Box rollfilm” camera and features Kodet f/14 with close-up lens and single blade shutter.

while there’s not much value to this box camera, but it is certainly a true vintage. how about a remake of this camera with modern digital technology? that would be really cool. don’t you think so?

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unleash your desire for sprockets with Lomography Sprocket Rocket

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go sprockets with the new Lomography Sprocket Rocket. touted as the ‘new evolution for analog photography’, the new Sprocket Rocket features a super wide angle lens (30mm) that captures the whole width of the film, including sprockets – hence the name Sprocket Rocket. it is also fitted with a reverse gear which allows you to flash back to the photos you have taken and remix them with multiple exposure. so now you can go back and forth the pictures you taken to your heart content, albeit you can’t view it real time like a digital camera. other features include B-setting mode for nighttime/long-exposures, zone focusing, hotshoe for flash and standard tripod screw. Continue reading unleash your desire for sprockets with Lomography Sprocket Rocket

Nikon Japan goes 3D with my Picturetown 3D

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yet another Japan-only campaign, at least for now. there’s no announcement of 3D imaging device from Nikon, but this Japan-only service converts 2D image to 3D image at the online storage portal my picturetown 3D. these converted images can then sent to others or share with your friends online. however, you will need the Nikon NF-300i 3D digital frame to view the converted pictures.

the Nikon NF-300i features a 7.2-inch LCD panel with lenticular lenses on it which allows user to view the images in 3D without the use of 3D glasses. the 3D picture frame is not available for sale but it’s available for loan at ¥1,995 (US$24) per month or ¥19,950 (US$244) a year. not surprisingly, terms and conditions do apply. with the rental price, comes with up to 3 free 3D conversion after which each conversion cost ¥300 (US$3.66) per image. wow. that’s kind of pricey, eh?

in my opinion, Nikon is promoting its NF-300i 3D digital picture frame more than the portal. the portal could be just a promotional tool to push for the usage of NF-300i and at the same time generates some form of return to cover it’s operational cost. if that’s the case, it could be an effective strategy, at least when the novelty-factor is still present. it also helps to hold the consumers’ interest in Nikon’s 3D products, till Nikon actually announces further developments. wise choice. rather than letting your potential consumers flock to other manufacturer. maybe not as impressive as launching a physical 3D imaging device but this will at least keep the interest high, and possibly the anticipation mood going.

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via Tech-On.

inflatable photo studio let you shoot almost anywhere in 3 minutes

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don’t have a photography studio? fret not. the inflatable photo studio or IPS takes 3 minutes to become your temporary photo studio. bring in your equipment, and you are good to go. the large IPS comes a 2 ft drum fan that is very quiet and pushes over 3500+ cubic ft of air per minute making the walls pretty solid. the IPS is going for US$599.00. so stop renting and start inflating your own studio.. provided you can find a space to do that and remember to grab a power generator too.

via DVICE.