Posts Tagged ‘CES’

Panasonic Announces New Cameras

Today Panasonic announced six new cameras that have been added to its lineup. Let’s have a look at these slim new cameras.

The new Lumix DMC-FX580 jumps on the touchscreen bandwagon to the delight of many of us who have already forgotten how to click real buttons thanks to the iPhone and many new point-and-shoot cameras. The DMC-FX580 is the update to the DMC-FX500, and increases recording image size from 10 to 15MP, as well as boasting a 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica DC lens with F2.8 brightness and a 5x optical zoom.

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Another Look at the IPEVO Kaleido R7 Digital Frame

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As I mentioned at CES in Las Vegas last week, I was very impressed by the new digital photo frame that IPEVO released at the show, called the Kaleido R7. A few factors play into why I’m so smitten by this thing. First, look at it! It’s beautiful. IPEVO CES Royce Hong is like the Frank Lloyd Wright of digital photo frame design, mimicking the famous architect who turned the status-quo of design on its head and proclaimed that “form and function are one”. Rather than simply being a vehicle to display photographs, the Kaleido R7 is also a great looking tech-design piece to display in your home.

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Yours Truly on TV at CES

Apparently I have been moved up to join the ranks of the “celebrities” at CES (not). I was interviewed by “Good Morning America” while walking around CES, for their segment, which aired Saturday morning, called “Geek Chic: Gadgets for Girls”. Of course the only thing that made it to the air was a shot of me holding up some of my “gadgets” (an iPhone and my Panasonic Lumix FZ18). I have now had my 15 minutes 0.5 seconds of fame!

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CES Day Two

Day two at CES brought news of even more exciting products, including new equipment from Olympus, Samsung, Canon, IPEVO and Pentax. Olympus showed us their entire lineup of nine cameras that were just announced here at CES, which will be available for consumers in March. The highlight was the Stylus Tough-8000, which is waterproof up to 33 feet (up to 133 with the separately purchased housing), can withstand being dropped from up to 6.6 feet, will survive being crushed with up to 220 pounds of pressure and is freeze-proof up to 14 degrees. Basically this thing can withstand any Hawaiian diving trip, Aspen snowboarding run, Moab off-road biking excursion, or night out at a bar here in Vegas (which can be just as dangerous as most extreme sports). Another cool feature of the Tough-8000 is the “Tap Control”, which means that if you’re skiing with bulky gloves, you can bypass fumbling awkwardly to try to press the buttons on the camera face and just “tap” the camera on different sides, to mirror the controls from the buttons, getting you to macro mode, playback, etc.

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CES Day One

After a whirlwind opening day at CES, I have reports on brand new products from Sony, DXG, Digital Foci, HP, iomega and an up close look at a revolutionary Panasonic camera. My favorite product of the day was Sony’s just announced Cybershot G3 point-and-shoot camera. The big deal about it is that it’s the world’s first Wi-Fi enabled camera, so you can immediately upload your photos to a photo sharing site, such as Picasa, rather than making the usual empty promise to a friend about “sending them that picture” right after it is taken at a party, and then never following through. It’s a 10 MP camera with a 4x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and it comes with complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi access to Sony’s Easy Upload Home Page until Jan. 31, 2012. I’m sure you have a million questions about the Wi-Fi access and uploading, as I had for our Sony contact, so I’ll just tell you that they have partnered with a few photo sharing sites, including Picasa, Shutterfly and a few others, but if you prefer a site that they haven’t yet partnered with, like Flickr, you can use the web browser to head straight to that site and upload the same way you can from your computer. The partnered sites just work better because they will fit to the screen. Of course this is all done through touch screen technology with a stylus. They already have plenty of input (from me and others) about who else they should partner with, including Facebook, so they will be upgrading these choices, which will appear to a Cybershot G3 owner periodically.

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