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Digital Bolex Shoots In RAW

By David Ponce

Shooting video with most cameras, even many expensive ones, will produce footage that is compressed. This is of course in order to fit more of it onto your storage solution, but it has a bunch of drawbacks. The main one is that post-processing is much, much harder like this because all your settings (white balance, colour balance, contrast, etc.) are set right into each frame and not longer adjustable, at least not without some quality degradation. The Digital Bolex camera pictured above is a fully funded project on Kickstarter that shoots in RAW, which splits the data from its associated settings. This means you can easily change stuff around in post. It also means that each frame is quite large (3MB to 4MB) so the Digital Bolex uses dual CF cards for storage with an SSD buffer. The guys behind the project are even developing a software suite to manage RAW workflow.

It’s fully funded, which means the first 80 cameras at $2,500 are now sold out. There are still 19 at $3,500, though you don’t get a whole lot more camera out of it. You can wait a little longer and get one then, as they expect to have them on the market by the fall.

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[CES 2012] Capture Camera Clip System Is A Cameraman’s Best Friend

By David Ponce

So I’ve been walking around the floor here at CES with a camera strapped to my neck and I just discovered a better way to do things. The Capture Camera Clip from Peak Design is a Kickstarter project that not only got fully funded last summer, but was the second most successful on the site to date. It’s a metal clipping system that features two parts: a clamp that attaches to either your clothing or bag, and another to your standard camera mount. Then it’s a matter of just holstering your device. There’s a trigger that releases it and the camera can be inserted in four different orientations. A representative from the company wandered into the press room, just now and gave me one. I’ve been trying it out and it’s pretty darn cool.

It’s $79 and is available now.

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Optrix HD Sport Takes A Swipe At The GoPro HD

By David Ponce

If you want to get into shooting HD videos of your own sporting adventures, you now have a new option. While the preferred method thus far was to purchase a GoPro rugged camera, the Optrix HD Sport is selling a special case for the iPhone 4 and 4S that will let you turn your own smartphone into something very similar. It completely waterproofs your phone while still allowing you to control it through a 0.5mm thick touchscreen membrane. The kit comes with industrial strength 3M tape so you can stick the base (comes with a curved and a flat one) to whatever you want. This means that for $80 you can do more of than what you could do with a $239 GoPro HD.

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Hidden Camera iPhone Charger Brings Fun To The Office

By David Ponce

You’re sure Martha at cubicle 24C is stealing some of the Reese’s Pieces from the stack you keep on the corner of your desk. You know, the ones you have to eat because of your low blood sugar? You know it’s her because you see the glint in her eye every time she casually comes by to say hello. But you’re on to her and with this insanely expensive little device, you can have all the proof you need for an HR melodrama of epic proportions.

This new ingenious small covert hidden camera video recording system is built into a tiny iCharger for charging up an iPhone, iPad or iPod. However, the iCharger stand contains a little secret. Hidden inside is a high grade high resolution low light covert hidden video camera.

-Motion Activated Recording for Weeks of Mpeg-4 AVI Video
-Time/Date Stamp for Evidence Authentication
-Actually Charges Your iPhone, iPad or iPod
-Powered By Any Wall Outlet
-Records Directly To Included 4Gb SD Card (upgradable to 32GB)
-Can Connect To TV with Cable For Viewing
-450 TVL Color CCD Camera

Did we mention insanely expensive? Yeah? Because we’re talking about $300 to stop peanut butter and chocolate theft.


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6-In-1 Flash Accessory Kit Has Everything You’ll Need


By Chris Scott Barr

If you’ve spent a lot of time behind a camera, you’ve no doubt discovered just how much of an impact lighting has on your pictures. Sure, you can make do with that built-in flash on your DSLR, but if you really want some great shots, you’ll need to cough up the dough for a decent flash. Once you’ve done that, you can pick up this awesome kit from Brando that will really let you do some cool stuff.

This kit includes 6 different flash accessories that will drastically improve the quality of your shots. I’m still in the learning process myself, and for $88, this kit certainly looks tempting.

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RS DR-1 Double Strap Lets You Dual-Wield Cameras Like A Pro


By Chris Scott Barr

Did you ever play cops and robbers as a kid? Well I always thought it would be cool to be the cop that has a pair of pistols hidden beneath his coat. They always had that cool double-holster that kept the guns right up against their sides. Well if you’re a photographer, you can have that same feeling. Only with cameras, and they won’t really fit well under a jacket.

The RS DR-1 Double Strap is probably the most awesome way that you can carry two cameras. If you’re wondering why you would need to dual-wield cameras, this is not a product for you. This is for the serious photographer that doesn’t have time to be switching lenses and settings between shots. It’s also for someone that’s used to spending $130 on accessories for their camera, because that’s exactly how much this will set you back when it’s released next month.

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baLens White Balance Lens Cap

baLens White Balance Lens Cap (Image courtesy BRNO)
By Andrew Liszewski

There isn’t any one secret to taking a great photo, but there are many things you can do to improve the quality of your shots. For instance, taking into account the color temperature of the available lighting where you’re shooting will help you avoid photos that end up with an odd tint. This can be done by adjusting your camera’s white balance pre-sets, or by carrying and photographing a gray card for color correction reference or creating a custom white balance setting. Both techniques have their advantages and limitations, but these baLens White Balance lens caps from BRNO seem to be an even better solution.

They attach to your lens like a standard lens cap, but feature a translucent plastic dome allowing light to still reach your camera’s sensors. With the baLens mounted to your lens you can easily snap a reference exposure that can be used to create a custom white balance setting in your camera, instantly improving your photos. (In terms of color that is.) The baLens lens caps can also be used as a replacement for your standard lens caps, meaning you always have them readily available. You can get them from Adorama in 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72 and 77mm sizes for $54.95 each.

[ BRNO baLens White Balance Lens Cap ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

JingPeng E1181 Includes Detachable Streaming Spycam

By Evan Ackerman

I’m quite sure that nobody who buys the JingPeng E1181 cellphone would ever even dream of using its spy camera for any sort of nefarious purpose. You may be able to completely detach the camera and its rechargeable battery from the phone and place it up to 30 feet away and have it stream video back over RF, but that doesn’t mean you should use it to… Well, I’m not going to give you any ideas. The rest of the phone involves a 3 inch touchscreen, an FM tuner, and just about everything else you’d expect from a mostly generic phone along with support for dual-band GSM networks and dual simcards. It’s $155.

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Target Gift Card Doubles As A Digital Camera

By Luke Anderson

When is a gift card more than just credit to be used at a store? When you get one from Target, it seems. Earlier this year they brought us the Speed Racer Flash Drive gift card, which was pretty cool. However, they’ve one-upped themselves for the holiday season by turning their cards into digital cameras.

Sure, this thing isn’t exactly a Digital Rebel or anything, but getting a free 1.2-megapixel in your gift card worth $50 or more is pretty sweet. You’ll be able to store up to 50 pictures on its 8MB of memory, and it comes with a USB cable and the drivers you’ll need to download your snapshots. Heck, Target is even throwing in 40 free prints. All of that, and it still won’t cost you any more than the value of the gift card.

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