Sony‘s new Action Cam has jumped into the market with a big splash (action sports pun intended), and it can’t be making GoPro very happy. The tiny (3 oz, with battery), wearable Sony Action Cam—boring technical name: HDR-AS10—lets you capture point-of-view shots while you surf, mountain bike, or engage in pretty much any activity during which you want to show off your skills.
The camera ships with a rechargeable battery, adhesive mounts, and a ruggedized waterproof case that will let you take it down to 197 feet—so you can snap diving shots as well. And the good news is, you’ll be doing more than “snap,” because the sleek-looking Action Cam features a 16-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, a 170-degree field-of-view Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, and records full HD video (1920 x 1080, 30p) and “HD SLOW video” (2x at 1280 x 720, 60p; 4x at 1280 x 720, 120p) so that you can study the form of your snowboard jumps or just plain look cool in slow motion. It also features Interval Still Recording mode and, soon, Sony will release additional mounting accessories, like a waterproof head mount kit, a handlebar mount, and a suction cup to make the shooting experience even more extreme.
Action Cam will be available this month for $199.99 or $269.99 with Wi-Fi.
While I love shooting photos with my DSLR, I find that I use my iPhone just as often, if not more often, to capture the everyday scenes of my life. Often, those shots make their way to Instagram (@digiphotomag). And very often I use one of my favorite apps–Diptic–to collage two or more shots. So, naturally I’m excited about the recent debut of the new app Layover, by the makers of Diptic. Layover allows you to blend up to five photos into a single image. It can also be used in conjunction with Diptic.
Today Diptic and Layover announced the #LayoverMyDiptic Photo Contest, the winner of which will win a $200 iTunes gift card. To enter, post your submissions (photos in which it’s evident that you used both Diptic and Layover) to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LayoverMyDiptic. Or, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest ends on October 8, 2012 at 12 a.m. PST. Their judging criteria is: creativity, aesthetics, and best use of Diptic and Layover. Head over to the contest page for official rules and to view the latest entries. Unfortunately, Diptic says that the contest is only open to U.S. residents, among other restrictions.
(image via Diptic)
Canon announced today two new compact superzoom cameras—the PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS. The 16-megapixel SX500 features a 30x optical zoom 24-720mm lens and Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor (the same processor in the EOS 5D Mark II). It also has a 3-inch LCD with Canon’s “Zoom Framing Assist” feature, which helps you keep track of your subject after zooming in.
The SX160 features the same image sensor and processor as the SX500 and has a 16x 28-448mm equivalent lens. Both cameras are expected to be available in September for $329.99 (SX500) and $229.99 (SX160).
above: DP’s preview of the new Photobucket experience
Photobucket is back in the game. The company announced today that their revamped image hosting site (which is gradually rolling out to the public) will feature solutions to common issues that photographers face regarding organization and backup. They say the new experience will help shutterbugs “take back control of the entire photo and video lifecycle.”
These changes are in response to the results of an exhaustive survey conducted by Photobucket, from which they learned that photographers’ biggest frustrations are lack of options and tools for secure backup in a single place, organization across multiple devices and sites, and improved creative tools.
To address those issues, the new and improved Photobucket allows you to:
* Automatically upload photos and videos from PCs, mobile phones and social sites
* Control what is shared, when and where
* Utilize diverse creative tools, including fast and easy-to-use editing
* Preserve all original images, maintaining the complete picture
* Ensure safe, secure storage of all photos and videos, forever
In addition to the revamped site, next month Photobucket will debut the Photobucket Stories site, which will allow users to add a narrative element to their photography. “With Photobucket Stories,” the company says, “you can easily create, curate, and collaborate with friends, combining photos, video and text all on a single canvas that can be easily shared. No longer are you confined to sharing images one at a time or in structured album formats; with Photobucket Stories you can tell your complete story with context and meaning.” Sign up here to be invited into the public beta when the site goes live.
Being a proud space geek, I of course sat up in bed with my iPad late Sunday night, watching the live USTREAM of the Curiosity Rover’s landing on Mars. I’ve been to NASA’s Jet Prepulsion Labratory (JPL) in Pasadena before, and on this night I was as thrilled by the successful touchdown as I’d have been if I was in the JPL control room at that moment. I held my breath and then erupted in cheers along with the geniuses in blue shirts. And then I cheered some more at the “We’ve got a thumbnail!” announcement. As a photo junkie, I never thought I’d be so excited in 2012 to see photos captured by a 1-megapixel camera. But on Sunday night I couldn’t take my eyes off that first image shot by the rover’s Hazard-Avoidance camera (in which you can see Curiosity’s wheel).
Curiosity has since sent higher resolution versions of those initial photos, as well as its first color photo of the Red Planet. You can see those here. Still, I will never forget the thrill of that first thumbnail image.