While there are biggest Samsung fans (than I am) around, I must admit that Samsung is a company that never ceases to to amaze me by the simplicity of their products and their out-of-the-box thinking. Take for example the Samsung Galaxy NX model (also check the Samsung Galaxy Android Camera (EK-GC100) we featured earlier) – a full DSLR with interchangeable lens that runs on Google’s Android and has access to tens of thousands of photo apps in the Google Play store! But let’s see what’s under the hood:
20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor with flash
1/6000 second top shutter speed
Fast AF (Hybrid AF System)
JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG capture and 1920 x 1080 HD video capture @ 30fps
Interchangeable Lens compatible with all NX System lenses
Runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2 with full access to Google Play store
Cool, isn’t it? Especially when you you can download your favorite photo and sharing aps from Google! There’s only one extra thing I wish Galaxy NX had – and that’s voice calling! But hey, I have to be reasonable here, this is not an iPhone or Android smartphone, this is a full DSLR in all its rights!
The Ricoh WG-M1 (also known as Pentax WG-M1) is a compact sports camera for the real action man! With a rugged build made to withstand immersion in water down to 33 feet (10 meters), up to 6 feet drops (that’s about 1.8 meters), colds down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius), dust (JIS 6) and snow, all by keeping a lightweight and reasonably slim profile, the Ricoh WG-M1 makes a perfect action cameras for outdoors, camping, hiking or kayaking trips!
The WG-M1 comes with a 14MP 1/2.3 inch CMOS, Full HD 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second, fixed 3mm 16.8mm (35mm equivalent) Ricoh lens, F2.8 aperture, a rechargeable battery which allow up to 150 minute of video recording on a full (200 minutes) charge, WiFi data transfer, large dedicated buttons for easy control of most functions, dedicated APP button to allow remote image capture and video recording via smartpone and tablet apps.
There’s been a while since we heard exciting news from the desktop side of personal computing! But that’s all about to change with the Sprout, the latest HP project in desktop personal computers, a 23-in touch screen Windows 8.1 machine with Intel RealSense 3D camera which combines depth-sensing and infrared cameras for accurate 3D scanning and a second screen projected on a large capacitive touchpad called TouchMat to allow users Kinect-type interactions with the PC. So how does it actually work? The main screen of the Sprout works just like any Windows 8 touch enabled LCD. The Illumintor (that scanner part) scans 2D and 3D objects placed on the TouchMat, transfers them live to a design app on the Sprout and allows users to interact with scans using the same TouchMat as input device and secondary display at the same time! Cool, isn’t it?
The HP Sprout Creativity Station is powered by a 4th gen Core i7-4790S processor and has NVIDIA GeForce GT graphics, 1TB of storage, 8GBs of RAM (upgradable to 16GB) and a 23″ Full HD 1080p touch-enabled backlit LCD display.
While most mobile phone manufacturers out there battle to attach more and more powerfull cameras to their smartphones, Panasonic takes a different approach to the problem and decides to attach a powerful Android smartphone to a panasonic digital camera.
The result? The Panasonic CM1 smartphone with 1-n sensor and Leica lens.
Announced at Photokina 2014, Panasonic’s CM1 features 20MP resolution, f/2.8 Leica lens, a mechanical shutter, manual control ring and an external lens which, surprisingly, is not there for zooming purposes, but helps better focusing the image. The camera phone weights 7.19oz or 204 grams (that’s only 2.1oz or 60 grams more than the Samsung Galaxy S5) .
On the smartphone side, Panasonic equipped the CM1 with a 4.7in Full HD screen, 2GB of Ram, 16GB on-board storage, 2.3 Ghz quad-core Snapdrgon processor, a microSD card slot allowing expansion with up to 128GB more and a 2,600mAh battery.
The Panasonic CM1 will go on sale this November in Europe (France and Germany) for around 900 Eur (that’s about $1,165 US) with overseas release scheduled for some time after.
GoPro cameras took sports and adventure world by storm. They’re small enough to be taken anywhere, they’re lightweight, they pack a lot of recording power … no wonder they became everybody’s favorites when it comes to action recording! While GoPro cameras are pretty amazing by themselves, given their huge success, a lot of manufacturers started creating third party accessories to make them even greater! And guess what! It worked!
Here bellow you have a selection of the 56 coolest GoPro accessories I found around!
Please let me know in the comments bellow if you know of any other cool accessory for GoPro and I’ll make sure to add it to the post.
Get the best TV-watching experience around with the Samsung UN78HU9000 78-in (198cm) Ultra HDCurved LED TV.
This 4K Samsung TV sports a curved display which improves the field of view creating a panoramic effect without distorting the image, features UHD up-scaling which automatically and seamlessly converts lower resolution images (SD, HD and Full HD) to UHD with minimal loss of quality, auto depth enhancer which adjusts the image contrast for a greater sense of depth and PurColor (allows the TV to express most shades of color as nature intended for optimal picture performance).
The Samsung UN78HU9000 comes with an impressive set of applications such as Smart TV, Smart Hub, Smart Interaction, Screen mirroring, Quad Screen, Anynet+, Full Web Browser, Wi-Fi connection, Instant On and Connect Share movie, all designed to offer users an amazing TV experience and take advantage of the most advanced entertainment technology available at the moment.
Also available in 55-in (UN55HU9000) and 65-in (UN65HU90000) formats.
The Papago GS260-US or GoSafe 260 as it’s also know is a cool dashcam that attaches to your car’s interior mirror and allows you to record your car trips without crowding your windshield.
Why do you need a dashcam in your car? Well … for first … it’s cool! Remember those crazy driving Russian videos all over Youtube? They’re all recorded with car mounted dashcams, just like this one! Second … many insurance companies accept dashcam footage to identify fault in car accidents. Third … high quality dashcams come with G-Sensors and motion detection which can activate the recording feature even if your car is sitting in a parking, so chances are if someone bumps your car it’ll no longer be a hit and run. Four … you record cool trip footage that you wouldn’t be able to record otherwise (unless you’d hold a camera in your hands while you’re driving, but we’re sure you wouldn’t do such crazy things, wouldn’t you?) … And so on …
Now let’s take a closer look at the Papago GS260 windshield dashboard camera. I used this camera for a couple of weeks and here are my thoughts about it:
The camera comes with an impressive set of features:
Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p) recording capabilities with zoom in/out while recording
Wide angle visibility (it literally covers the entire windshield – check the user videos below)
G-Sensor that “feels” the bumps and shocks
Auto save feature in case of accidents
Motion detection (useful for recording parking accidents) – if the camera detects any movement around the car will automatically start taking snapshots.
Multilevel EV adjustment to improve recording quality if needed
One touch snapshots (even while recording video)
GPS ready – hook up an external GPS unit and take advantage of advanced features such as speed recording, navigation coordinates and so on
Large front buttons for easy menu navigation and recording controls
MicroSD card for media storage
Mini USB for PC and Mac connectivity
Audio-Video out in case you need to output the signal to a TV
Recorded movies and in .mov format (can be played with most PC and MAC video players)
ALSO CHECK the Papago GS330, another cool Papago dashcam we featured a while back.
The dashcam is dissimulated in a windshield mirror that clips over your existing interior car mirror. The attachment system is very simple and is powered by two mobile hooks secured by an internal coil to keep the cam safe. Simply pull the two levers, attach the unit to the mirror and you’re ready to go.
The mirror unit is auto-dimming and, being a bit darker then classic car mirrors, takes a couple of kilometers to perfectly get used to it, but, once you get used to it, it helps night driving by automatically filtering the strong back lighting from cars in your back. The right side of the mirror hosts a 2.7in LCD which displays the video being recorded and some recording related information such as video length, current time, recording status and so on … The LCD can be turned off and the entire mirror real estate can be used to monitor back-coming traffic.
The Papago GoSafe 260 is powered by your car’s 12V cigarette lighter plug (a charging unit and cable are included in the package) as well as by an internal battery which also allows recording while the engine is turned off (remember I told you about the motion detection feature and automatic recording even when sitting in parking with the engine turned off?). The cable is long enough to be hidden around the dashboard of your car, and, as it sports an on-wire adapter, can be hooked up straight to your car’s electrical system.
Check the videos in the article for a hands-on review as well as the three real-life dash recordings (day and night) to have a glimpse at the recording quality. Note that the actual recording is better than these samples. Some quality was lost during video editing and Youtube upload.