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Marshall ORCHID Glasses-Free 3D Field Monitor

Marshall ORCHID OR-70-3D Field Monitor (Image courtesy Marshall)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not here to debate whether you should or should not be shooting in 3D, but if you are, you really need a way to monitor what’s being recorded in all 3 dimensions. Of course wearing shutter or filter glasses while on set is even worse than in a theater, so Marshall’s new 7-inch glasses-free 3D field monitor is by far the way to go. It uses the same “parallax barrier and lenticular hybrid technology” as the Nintendo 3DS, but I’m assuming with better results since this is designed to be used by professionals.

Its 1600×600 resolution falls just shy of 720P, since the bottom half of the display is actually filled with realtime waveform monitors and color vectorscope displays for image quality control. And it comes with all of the connections and hookups required for use with a high-end camera system. It can even be used as a post-production display, though staring at a 7-inch monitor all day while editing or color correcting could get tedious. Available October 1st for $7,899.

[ Marshall ORCHID OR-70-3D Field Monitor ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Sony Crams A Projector In Its New Handycam HDR-PJ50

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ50 (Image courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

Pico projectors might not provide the same level of image quality and luminance as their larger counterparts, but in their current state they’re certainly good enough in the right conditions. Particularly given their size allows them to be crammed into other small electronics. Nikon led the charge with their projector-equipped Coolpix S1000pj a couple of years ago, and now Sony has decided they want to play too. But they’ve chosen to stick a pico projector inside their HDR-PJ50 camcorder instead.

They claim the projector is able to throw an image up to 60-inches in size on any flat surface, through from experience we know that’s highly dependent on where you’re actually using it. If you’re in a room that’s pitch black I’m sure a projection that size is definitely viewable. But if you’re using it somewhere with even a little bit of ambient light in the room, you’ll want to be a bit less ambitious with the projection size to improve the contrast and visibility. As for the HDR-PJ50’s other features? It captures full 1920×1080 HD video to a built-in 220GB hard drive, though capturing to Memory Sticks or SD cards for easy camera<->PC swapping is also supported. It also captures audio in Dolby Digital 5.1, though I don’t know how impressive the surround sound effect will be with just a stereo camera mounted microphone.

You also get 12X optical zoom which is always one of the advantages of using a larger format camcorder like this, instead of the pocket-friendly Flip variety. Stills are captured at 7.1MP, and to keep your videos as smooth as possible there’s built-in image stabilization as well. As for pricing and availability? While the camcorder was just released in India, B&H does appear to list it (with a basic accessory kit) for $1,201.95.

[ Sony Asia – Handycam Camcorder HDR-PJ50 ] VIA [ TechTree ]

Sony’s New CineAlta F65 Features An 8K Sensor, Though Is Limited To 4K Captures At The Moment

Sony CineAlta F65 (Image courtesy Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

Future-proofing might not be a feature Apple’s known for, with new versions of their products being released on an annual basis. But Sony realizes that video and film professionals dropping thousands and thousands of dollars on a camera might not be so keen on replacing it sooner rather than later. So their new CineAlta F65, which was just announced at NAB, features an 8K, ~20MP CMOS sensor even though in its current state the camera is only able to capture footage with resolutions up to 4K. So down the line, if and when there’s a demand for 8K, the F65 is already able to deliver.

The camera’s also able to capture footage at 120fps with 16-bit RAW output, and if you crunch the numbers even just recording at 24fps in RAW mode it will fill up a terabyte of storage every 50 minutes. And according to Sony’s press release the F65 “is also the first to provide a dedicated green photosite for each pixel in the 4K output image” which supposedly captures twice the amount of green data than traditional sensors, making the footage particularly ideal for post-production work like visual effects or color correction.

[ Akihabara News – Sony brings at NAB an 8K Monster with the F65 CineAlta ]

Twin Video Camera Has Twice The Lenses

By Colin Ackerman

There’s really no way to film yourself and something else at the same time with a traditional video camera. I wouldn’t have called this a problem by any stretch of the imagination, but Ion Audio has gone ahead and solved it anyway by installing an extra lens at the back of their “Twin Video” cam, which is now available for purchase.

When you hit the record button, the camera stores just one single stream of video. A button on the back of the camera lets you toggle between each lens on the viewfinder, if you want to inject a little bit of yourself into whatever else you’re filming. The camera itself is solidly mediocre, recording 640 x 480 video at 30 FPS onto an SD card. Thankfully, it’s only $120, meaning that if it’s something you could see yourself using, it might be worth a try.

After the jump, you can check out how it works in a borderline obnoxious video.Continue Reading

KODAK Mini Video Camera

KODAK Mini Video Camera (Image courtesy Kodak)
By Andrew Liszewski

I don’t think anyone’s snickering behind the Flip’s back about it being too pudgy, but Kodak’s new uninspiringly named ‘Mini Video Camera’ certainly improves on the pocket-friendliness of these zoom-less camcorders. As you can see it’s really no bigger than a credit card, and even at 1/2 inch thick it’s remarkably svelte. But what you gain in petiteness you lose in functionality and capability since this little guy is only VGA 640×480 capable, for either videos or stills. It does support microSD cards though, giving you hours and hours of capture time with a 16GB card, and it’s waterproof making it still usable at the beach or during monsoon season. And with a price tag of just $99.95 the lack of even 720P ‘HD’ is almost forgivable.

[ KODAK Mini Video Camera ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

$150 EXEMODE DV5000UW Waterproof Camcorder

EXEMODE DV5000UW Waterproof Camcorder (Images courtesy EXEMODE)
By Andrew Liszewski

Unless you make a living filming sharks or other sea life in their natural habitat, you probably can’t justify the cost of an underwater housing for your camera or camcorder. And trying to find one on the cheap is basically playing Russian Roulette with your expensive electronics. So for $150 you can pick up this relatively affordable waterproof digital camcorder from EXEMODE for those rare opportunities you actually get to shoot underwater, like on vacation or at a pool party. It’s 720P HD capable and shoots stills at 12MP so you’re not suffering with a low-res sensor, and on a single charge you can capture a decent 2 1/2 hours of video. I still don’t understand why manufacturers only include paltry amounts of on-board memory, 32MB in this case, but thankfully that’s infinitely expandable via SD cards.

[ EXEMODE DV5000UW Waterproof Camcorder ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Air Hogs Hawk Eye

Air Hogs Hawk Eye (Image courtesy CNBC)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ll admit, the first time I was able to pilot a $30 RC toy helicopter inside my home I was quite impressed. Unfortunately it didn’t take long for the novelty to wear off, and neither wacky designs nor improved avionics have piqued my interest since then. But a built-in digital video camera? Air Hogs, you have my rapt attention again. Their new Hawk Eye RC chopper, which is due sometime in the Fall for about $65, is able to capture around 5 minutes of 320×240 resolution video, or hundreds of photos at 640×480. Useless for those of you hoping to use it for 2nd unit aerial photography on your low-budget blockbuster, but good enough for the rest of us who want to capture the annoyed reactions of visiting family and friends.

The Hawk Eye can also be connected directly to your PC for transferring the videos, and while you’re doing that the helicopter also charges, so you can kill two birds with one stone and be back in the air in no time. It also comes with a 2-channel remote of course, letting you control altitude and spin the chopper left or right, and start/stop the video recording or snap photos.

[ Air Hogs Hawk Eye ] VIA [ CNBC ]

Panasonic BL-C230A Wireless Network Camera Should Appeal To The Paranoid

Panasonic BL-C230A Wireless Network Camera (Image courtesy Panasonic)
By Andrew Liszewski

Convinced that someone’s stealing your mail? Using your pool while you’re at work? Or maybe the dog’s been raiding the fridge while you’re away. Whatever the case, you won’t be able to confront the culprit without catching them in the act, so I suggest filling your home with these compact wireless cameras from Panasonic. The BL-C230A provides a constant 640×480 H.264 full motion video stream which can be monitored from a browser, anywhere in the world, using a personalized secure address that Panasonic provides for free. The website interface also allows you to remotely pan and tilt the lens, or zoom the image (digitally) to get a better view when you see shenanigans going down.

But even the paranoid have to sleep and can’t monitor a live video feed 24/7, so the BL-C230A includes built-in body heat, motion and sound sensors that will keep an eye out for suspicious activities for you, and can automatically trigger the included recording software to capture the event. Unfortunately again peace of mind comes at a premium, and this camera will set you back $299.25. So I’d recommend buying two and pointing them at each other, so if one of them gets stolen, you’ll know about it!

[ Panasonic BL-C230A Wireless Network Camera ] VIA [ GadgetGrid ]

Lightweight Aerial Camera For RC Planes

RC Plane Camera - Lightweight Aerial Camera (Images courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

According to Milhouse: “Perfectly level flying is the supreme challenge of the scale model pilot.” But after you’ve mastered those skills, how do you keep your RC hobby interesting? Well by spying of course! And this lightweight aerial camera from Chinavasion looks like the perfect a highly affordable tool for the job. The camera with mounting bracket weighs just 27 grams, so it shouldn’t affect your plane’s performance or flight time that much, but with a price tag of around $48 just don’t expect to be capturing IMAX caliber footage.

Video is recorded at 640×480 at 25 frames per second, and on a single charge the camera will run continuously for about an hour and a half. Still photos have a bit more resolution at 1280 x 960, and while the lens can be rotated up to 70 degrees, it’s not controlled by a servo so you’ll have to make your adjustments while on the ground. You’ve got 2GBs of built-in memory to play with which should be more than adequate for your average flight, and the camera’s also got a mini-USB port on one end for offloading your videos and photos to a PC.

[ RC Plane Camera – Lightweight Aerial Camera ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]