Cameras

Samsung Announces DualView DV300F WiFi Camera

Samsung‘s DualView camera lineup has been increasingly gaining in popularity over the past couple of years (see DP’s review of the DualView TL225 here), due in large part to the namesake feature: the dual (front and back) LCD screens. Like its predecessors, the newly announced Samsung DV300F features a 1.5-inch front LCD that allows you to see a live view of what the lens sees, in order to get a perfectly framed self-portrait or couples’ travel shot. What at first seemed like a gimmick for the Facebook era narcissist in us all, the DualView has quickly been embraced as a convenient staple point-and-shoot feature.

Much the same, consumers who are used to the immediacy of sharing the images they capture on smart phones have come to expect the same sharing capabilities from digital cameras. Reacting to that consumer demand, the Samsung DV300F is the first DualView model to offer WiFi connectivity. “The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables users to email their images or upload them to social media sites including Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and YouTube. In addition, images saved onto the camera’s microSD memory card, can be saved to a home PC without wires, by using the Auto PC Backup function. Cloud services, including Samsung’s AllShare Play and Microsoft SkyDrive, allows users to store and share their precious pictures from anywhere,” according to Samsung.

The 16-megapixel CCD sensor Samsung DV300F will be available in March for an estimated $199.

(via Samsung)

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Panasonic Reveals Lumix 3D1 Twin-Lens 3D Digital Camera

During the IFA show in Berlin in August, we reported that Panasonic had developed a twin-lens 3D digital camera. And now they’ve announced its concrete existence. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 features two newly developed 25mm wide angle 4x optical zoom lenses with “folded optics design,” which have the capability of capturing 8-megapixel 3D still images and 1920×1080 3D HD video. “Additionally, the two-lens design allows users to record photo or video in different angles of view simultaneously,” according to the manufacturer. The 3D1 also gives you the option to shoot 12MP 2D still images and 2D full HD video.

The Lumix 3D1 will be available for a suggested price of $499 in December. More from Panasonic below.

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Panasonic Announces Lumix GX1Micro Four Thirds Camera

 

Panasonic has announced a new micro four thirds system camera that they’re billing as an ideal daily use shooter due to its compact size and high quality image capture. The GX1 is being hinted at by Panasonic as basically being the “technology upgrade” successor to the popular Lumix GF1 (reviewed by DP here), even though the company has since released the GF2 and GF3. The GX1 features a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor (as compared to the GF1′s 12MP) and a maximum ISO sensitivity of 12800 (the GF1 topped out at 3200) for low-light capture.

The Lumix GX1 will be available in mid-December in the following kit options, according to Panasonic: DMC-GX1-X with the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) lens will have a suggested retail price  of $949.99; the DMC-GX1-K with the 14-42 standard zoom for $799.99; and the DMC-GX1, body only for $699.99. More from Panasonic below.

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Canon Announces 4K Video Concept DSLR & Cinema EOS System for Professional Cinematography

 

Canon announced today the Cinema EOS System—an all new Hollywood-grade lineup of 4K EF cinema lenses, the EOS C300/C300 PL digital cinema camera, and a new 35mm full-frame sensor DSLR (pictured above) that’s still in development, which will shoot 4K video.

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Lytro “Living Pictures” Camera Launched

Remember the Lytro camera—the one that was announced before anyone had even seen the gear or formerly heard of the technology that the so-called “living pictures” camera would offer? The initial claim from the makers of Lytro were that it would turn the $30 billion consumer camera market on its head. Well, the Lytro has been launched into the marketplace at last.

Priced at $499.00 (16GB, 750 pictures) or $399.00 (8GB, 350 pictures) and slated to ship in early 2012, the Lytro lets you “capture living pictures.” Meaning, with one snap you will capture the complete light field data of a scene—color, intensity, and direction of all the light—without the shutter delay that a camera with auto focus might experience. This also allows you to focus the image after the fact. And being as it’s a “living picture,” focus is forever adaptable. There is also an interactive aspect to the camera, wherein your “living pictures” can be shared on various social networking sites, allowing your friends and family to manipulate the images as well using a computer, smart phone or tablet.

Visit Lytro.com for more information and to test out the living pictures technology.

(via Lytro)

 

 

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