Apr 232014
 

Lytro Illum Full Light Field Camera
A while back we featured the cool Lytro camera designed to capture multiple light fields and, once the picture was taken, allowed you to refocus on various parts of the picture without loss of image quality. Today, we get to take a look at it’s younger brother – the Lytro Illum which takes the concept even further by capturing the whole light field and giving the user the power explore the pictures from different perspectives, focal points and dimensions.

The camera allows full on-device editing, features a 4″ touchscreen for easy setup and picture manipulation, an 8X optical zoom and comes with it’s own desktop editing software to let you get even more creative with your shots.

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Apr 182014
 

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera That Records Your Trips And Assists You Driving [Product Review]

Dashboard cameras are fast becoming a must-have for drivers. They record footage in case of an unhappy event (read crash), many insurance companies accept them as proofs for identifying accident liability, can be used to record trips for fun and, last but not least, can passively assist you while driving.

There are many car camera models available on the market to choose from, and even more manufacturers are turning to this niche every day. Today I’ll walk you over one of the top mid class DVR models (read packed with features but with a decent price) out-there – The PapaGo GS 330 or USGoSafe 300 as it’s sold in US. If you’re eager to see it in action, scroll down to the bottom of the post and check the 4 trip tests I did (sunny and rainy day as well as clear and rainy night) and an unboxing clip.

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera Safe File Saving

I used this camera for the past 2 weeks now and it was a pleasure to test it. It is compact, easy to mount and un-mount from the windshield holder (the holding mechanism was a bit stiff the first few tries, but after a couple of uses it worked perfectly), it’s made of solid black plastic (no danger if you drop it), very simple to operate (basically it starts recording as soon as you hook up the power source or start the engine if the charger is already plugged in) and set up. The four buttons below the LCD serve navigation in the menu as well as to use the emergency recording function or turn the screen ON/OFF.

The beauty of a dashboard camera or car DVR as some call it is that once you did the initial setup there is no need to tweak the settings like you would with a handheld camcorder. It simply stays in it’s place and records what’s in front of the car. That’s it. So, as recording quality counts mostly with a such gadget, I’ll let go through some of the dashcam features below and I invite you to check the video tests at the bottom of the post for the real deal – recording in action!

Let’s dive into it. As this camera is fully loaded with features I’ll list them in bullet-list form for easier following:

  • A 5MP sensor matched with a F2.0 lens offers great day time recording and performs very well in low light conditions
  • Three quality recording modes: full HD 1080p recording at 30 fps (frames per second); HD 720p at 60 fps and 30 fps
  • 142 degree wide viewing angle helps recording the entire road in front of the car as well as a good part of the sidewalks (you know … in case some crazy stuntman tries to pull one of his tricks when you pass by and jumps in front of your car!!!)PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera 142 Degree Wide Angle Recording
  • Connectivity – the GS330 offers a regular HDMI plug, a classic AV plug (output available in PAL and NTSC), Mini USB for power and PC data transfers, Micro SD card as storage unit for the recorded videos
  • 2″ LCD screen for playback videos, live recording monitoring and camera setup
  • Motion detection mode – leave your car in the parking and if the G Sensor feels someone bump into your car the GS330 will automatically start recording
  • Stop And Go – this is a cool feature. If your anything like me, your stops at the red light are full SMS and browsing sessions. The Stop And Go feature monitors the car in front of you and when it detects it departed lets you know via a beep that it’s time to let your friends alone and start driving
  • Lights Reminder – Detects low light conditions and let you know via a beep and a visual display that it’s time to turn the lights ON
  • Driver Fatigue Alarm – You can set this feature to remind you to take breaks every now and then to avoid driving fatigue
  • Speed Restriction Signs – this is another cool feature – the car DVR constantly monitors the sides of the road and notifies you whenever it notices a speed sign. The new speed restriction is also displayed on the dashcam’s LCD screen.PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera F2.0 Lens 5MP Sensor
  • Cycle Recording – the dash camera saves the recorded file every 5 minutes and automatically starts a new one. The last 10 files are saved on the Micro SD card and, when recording an 11th file, the oldest one is overwritten. This way, by cycling the files, you always have available the last 10 recording (that’s the last 50 minutes of your driving trip)
  • Auto Bump Files Copy – this features automatically saves the files when a hit/bump/accident is noted by the camera. This way, if you’re involved in an accident, you’re sure the recorded files are not overwritten by newer files and you can use them in your defense
  • Emergency Recording and Snapshots – Simply press the Emergency button on the camera and it will record a new fill which will not be included in the cycling recording
  • Auto Start – If you decide to leave your dashboard camera in the car, simply start your car in the morning and the GS330 starts recording automatically
  • Mounting Options – Windshield mount (included with the GS330) and Dashboard (a dashbag is needed for this option)

Take a minute and check the test recordings below to see the Papago USGoSafe 330 in action and let me know in the comments your take on it or if you have any questions about it.

$135 | BUY NOW
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Mar 212014
 

Samsung NX Mini Or How To Make Professional Selfies
That was about the time somebody stepped up and made professional selfies camera! And this my friend is a very good news because selfies are cool!

ALSO READ: Nikon 1 AW1 Rugged Waterproof Shockproof Digital Camera With Interchangeable Lens Camera and Lytro Light Field Camera – Refocus Your Pictures After You’ve Taken Them

The Samsung NX Mini is a compact, ultra-portable digital camera with interchangeable lens designed to bring DSLR power straight into your pocket! The photo gadget features a 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor for high-quality images, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for instant media sharing, social media upload, email and photo beam, fast shutter speed (1/16000 second) designed to capture objects in motion, full HD recording, sensitive ISO settings up to 25600, baby monitoring options and a tilt screen which conveniently allows you to keep an eye on the screen from almost any position 9including selfies).
And all this packed in a slim package only 0.9-in ( 22.5mm)which we3ights only 0.34-lb (158 grams).Cool, isn’t it?
Available as of April 1st, 2014 @ $549.

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Feb 212014
 

Sigma DP2 Quatro Standard Camera
Just like the Sigma DP3 Merrill, the DP2 Quattro is another exceptional piece of photo gear!
The DP2 is Sigma’s first release of their new fixed focal length cameras line designed to get a huge image quality boost by capturing light vertically instead of horizontally (as most traditional sensors do). According to Sigma’s initial announcement: “this standard lens (…) camera offers perspective very close to human vision, allowing photographers to easily replicate the scenes they see with their own eyes”. Here are some of the DP2 Quattro specs:

  • Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
  • 19.6 MP – 5,424 x 3,616 resolution
  • 30-mm F2.8 lens (35-mm format equivalent of 45-mm)
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000* – 30sec. (*Depending on the aperture value, shutter speed changes)
  • ISO range of 100 to 6,400
  • 9-point contrast detection auto-focus
  • 3-inch LCD with minimalistic control buttons
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Feb 112014
 

Hasselblad HV Full-Frame DSLR Camera
The HV Full-Frame DSLR Camera is Hasselblad‘s newest addition to their luxury digital cameras line-up.

ALSO CHECK the Hasselblad Stellar Special Edition Collection.

The new HV model is an outstanding camera build on the bases of the popular Sony A99 and comes equipped with a 24.3 MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 35 mm full-frame HD movie recording, 2.5 EV to 4.5 EV in shutter speed, 19 points AF, ISO ranging from 50 to 25,600, continuous shooting, SteadyShot image stabilization, sports Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 lens out of the box and is fully compatible with any Sony A-mount or DT-mount lens.

While the technical specs will probably not make you pay $11,500 US for the Hasselblad HV, you have to keep in mind that the Swedish camera manufacturer not only makes digital cameras but also creates camera fashion statements! You know … just like that Bentley we’re all dreaming about, but it takes pics!

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Jan 302014
 

Nikon 1 AW1 Rugged Waterproof Shockproof Digital Camera With Interchangeable Lens Camera
Nikon has a long tradition in underwater photography. They started with the Nikonos brand released back in the 60′s and they kind-of dominated the underwater photo world since.

The newest addition to Nikon’s line of waterproof photo gear is the Nikon AW1.
The AW1 is a rugged model with waterproof (down to 49ft or 15 meters), shockproof (6.6ff or 2 meters) and freeze-proof (down to 14F or -10C) capabilities. Here are some of the camera’s specks:

  • 1-inch 14.2MP C-format (2.7x crop factor) CMOS sensor
  • ISO range 100-6400
  • Full HD 1080p video recording
  • Built-in GPS with depth meter, compass and altimeter
  • 3-inch TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
  • 15 fps photo burst mode with continuous AF
  • 60 fps photo burst mode with single AF
  • Fully compatible with all Nikon 1 lenses
  • Two waterproof and shockproof lenses available
  • Available in white, black and silver
  • Expandable storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Dust Shield
  • Shutter speed between 1/16,000 and 30 sec
  • Remote control available: WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
  • Multiple scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Close-up, Auto, Underwater
$796.95 | BUY NOW
Jan 242014
 

Knight XV Armored Luxury SUV By Conquest Vehicles
Built by the Canadian company Conquest Vehicles, the Knight XV is an “ultra-luxurious, handcrafted fully armored SUV” ready to defend your life when needed.

ALSO READ Ghe-O Motors Rescue – The Ultimate Utilitarian Vehicle For Extreme Weather And Terrain and Meet The 6X6 Desert Beast – The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6

The bad-ass looking 6 tons Behemoth is fully hand-crafted in Canada from high-grade steel, ballistic aluminum and other high-resistance materials, features a 6.8 liters V10 bio-fuel engine, exterior back and front cameras and microphones, LCD screens, air ride suspension and under vehicle magnetic attachment detector (to keep you safe from those nasty magnetic explosives). Two custom packages are available – A $108k Luxury Group which includes “electrostatic tinting (rear windows, sunroofs, partition), rear power windows, retractable ballistic glass partition, retractable flat screen television, siren, 2-way PA system with loud speaker, hidden front VIP strobes lights, forward and backup sensors and an external intercom communication system and Playstation3 or X-Box entertainment system” and a $90k Security Group including “under vehicle blast protection system, opaque floor armor protection upgraded, under vehicle magnetic attachment detector, Black box, security safe, fire extinguisher, exterior surveillance camera system, positive pressure defense system against gas attacks, oxygen survival kit which offers protection against tear (CN/CS) as well as solid, liquid and gases contaminants.”

If you ever get one, I really hope you buy it because you like it, not because you need it!!!

$629,000 | BUY NOW
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