We’ve held off writing this review for more than 8 weeks, why, well put simply – it was hard to believe a camera could be this good. Literally, we fell in love with the Olympus PEN E-P3. Those clever little boffins at Olympus make some pretty bold claims on the E-P3, Geat Lens Range ✓ World’s Fastest Auto Focus ✓ Superior Picture Quality ✓ HD Video Stabalisation ✓ Ooh, and that Popup Flash ✓ Brilliant User Interface and OLED Screen ✓ PEN E-P3 ticks all the boxes, seems the mighty claims Olympus make aren’t simply rhetoric? Read the full article »»»»
Remember Kodak? Yep, the guys that popularized photography. Apparently they still have a basement filled with boffins, not celluloid boffins but gadget creators. Kodak has been looking for an angle for a while now, looks like they’ve found it! The KODAK PLAYFULL Waterproof Video Camera! gives you full 720p HD video in a small, affordable package. Read the full article »»»»
Sony is back to innovating once again, returning to their core business, and the reason we loved them, leading edge gadgets. A prime example has to be the recently released PJ family of Handycams with integrated Projector. Shown earlier this year at CES the camera caused quite a stir – won a CNET award -, now it’s available world-wide and still every bit as impressive.
This is the best implementation of an integrated projector on any gadget to date. Able to project a 60″ image with a bright and vivid picture this is a viable alternative to using a TV to watch your video creations, this is no matchbox projection. Also providing full Hi-Def video recording and enough clever functions to keep Inspector Gadget busy, Sony has produced a well rounded, quality video camera with a sparkling surprise, cinema on the go. Read the full article »»»»
Sony has finally taken the wraps off their latest Handycam, the NEX-VG20, a consumer HD interchangeable lens camcorder that follows the world’s first consumer-oriented HD camcorder with an interchangeable lens system, the NEX-VG10. The new kid on the block – NEX-VG20 – features the same E-mount system that offers users the choice of seven different lenses. Sony claims the VG20 offers a number of improvements over the previous model, including comprehensive manual controls, improved imaging quality, upgraded sound, and ergonomic refinements such as enhanced grips and a second record button. Read the full article »»»»
Just months after announcing the Lumix GF2, Panasonic has trumped itself with the tinytot sized GF3. Panasonics ever growing – yet shrinking - stable of Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras. Panasonic claims it’s GF3 is the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash. The new DMC-GF3 is 16 percent smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the DMC-GF2. The Panasonic GF3′s size and weight reductions are largely thanks to the elimination of an optical viewfinder and mirror-box, which also means there’s – eek – no electronic viewfinder.
The Panasonic GF3 is smaller than Sony’s latest NEX series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and offers a larger – DSLR-sized – 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor in comparison to the Sony’s NEX C3‘s APS-C sized sensor. The Panasonic GF3 also features the same Venus Engine FHD image processor found in the GF2 to produce low noise images in low-light conditions at high ISO settings.
For still shots users can lock onto a subject with a touch of the 3-inch 460,000 pixel touch display and the camera will track the subject using the AF tracking feature. Another touch allows the user to select the size of the autofocus area, while a Pinpoint AF function enlarges the focusing area to allow for near pixel level touch control focusing on close up macro or still life objects. Users can also release the shutter using the touch-screen. While all the camera’s functions can be controlled via the touchscreen menus – which can also be customized using drag and drop – the touch interface can be disabled for users that prefer using the physical thumb wheel. Read the full article »»»»