Marantz PMD-901V Body Cam

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Action cams are great but if we’re really honest, half the attraction is the lifestyle, “You too can be as cool as these fit and good-looking guys and gals that ski off scarily large drops.” Yeah, right. Back in the real world, Marantz Pro have announced the PMD-901V (PDF), a GPS-enabled HD body cam. Jamie and Nick discuss with Eric Palonen how the Marantz camera becomes the objective observer in every day life.

The 901V is aimed at public employees, emergency responders and trades who need a record of their daily activities. Attached to the user’s clothing using a swivel clip, the camera can record up to 10 hours of audio and HD video to 32 GB of  internal tamper-proof storage. The camera is perfect for capturing life; wide-angle 140° field of view, waterproof (30 minutes at 1 m), wide operating temperature (-40 °C to 60 °C) and one-handed operation. There’s a 30 second pre and post recording buffer to ensure that critical moments are captured and footage can be marked as important as it’s being recorded so that’s it’s flagged when the recording is transferred off the camera.

The PMD-901V will be available in Spring 2015 for $499.99 from Marantz Professional stockists.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly and Nick DiMeo of F5 Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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Element Case Turns Your iPhone Into A Pro Camera At CES

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There’s no doubt that smartphone cameras have improved immensely in the past few years, but they still haven’t reached the quality of a DSLR. Element Case is partnering with optics company Schneider to transform your iPhone 6 into a photography star.

Jamie spoke to Jeff Sasaki, CEO of Element Case, about Element’s new iPro 6 lens case. The sturdy case protects your phone, and the attachable lenses securely fasten to the case to drastically improve the quality of your iPhone’s camera. The range of interchangeable lenses includes wide-angle, super-wide-angle, macro, fisheye, and telephoto so you can create the perfect image every time. And with the ability to attach a handle and/or tripod, iPhone photography has never been better.

The iPro 6 case and lenses will be released Q2 of 2015 with prices between $100-$300 depending on your chosen lens configuration. For more details, check out the Element Case website.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly.

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Optics Leads the Way at Canon

Canon logoWhen people think about cameras, camcorders, or projectors, Canon might be the first company that comes to mind. They are a brand that you can trust in terms of quality. They make all of their own products themselves and this helps to ensure that everything works together as it should.

Nick spoke with Jason at the Canon booth at CES 2015 about their newest products. There are some new additions to Canon’s VIXIA line of camcorders. The difference between the three new additions is the built in internal memory.

The VIXIA HF R60 has 8 gigs of internal memory. It also has Wi-Fi and NFC. The VIXIA HF R62 has 32 gigs of internal memory, Wi-Fi, and NFC. Both of those models come in black. The VIXIA HF R600 is a little different. It comes in white. Instead of internal memory, this model is card slot only. It also has Wi-Fi and dynamic NFC.

In addition to new the new VIXIA camcorder models, Canon also introduced a product that is totally different. It is called the Connect Station CS100. It can be used to wirelessly transfer your videos from either the VIXIA HF R60 or the VIXIA HF R62 simply by placing the camcorder on top of the Connect Station CS100.

All of the new models of the VIXIA camcorders will be available in March. The VIXIA HF R62 will be $449.99. The VIXIA HF R60 will be $399.00, and the VIXIA HF R600 will be $299.00.

Interview by Nick of F5 Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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iStabilizer Selfie Stick at CES

iStabilizer LogoThe OED named “selfie” as the word of the year for 2013 and since then it’s been embedded in the zeitgeist. In turn, the selfie stick became one of Time’s inventions of 2014 providing greater depth and spatial awareness for the inclusive snapper. In short, they’re great fun and you get more in the picture. Marlo talks with Noah Rasheta from iStabilizer about their new monopod aka selfie stick.

iStabilizer have a range of gadgets to mount, hold or otherwise position smartphones, tablets and action cams. The new version of their selfie stick makes life especially easy for selfie takers with a universal smartphone mount at one end and a Bluetooth button at the other end of the stick to press the shutter in the camera app. The stick works with both Apple and Android smartphones – there’s another button on the handle to switch between the different types. Overall, it couldn’t get any easier: put smartphone in mount, hold stick to get the best picture, smile and snap.

Interview by Marlo Anderson of The Tech Ranch for the TechPodcast Network.

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Polaroid Carries Its Iconic Past Forward at CES

Polaroid logoPolaroid is an iconic brand in consumer electronics. For years, the company’s name was synonymous with its instant-print cameras. But now that digital photography is the standard, what has Polaroid done to bring itself into the 21st century?

To answer that question, Scott talked to Joseph at the Polaroid Mobile booth. Joseph demonstrated two new Google-certified Android-based Polaroid phones. The first phone is the Polaroid Flip. The Flip comes with an 8-megapixel back-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It’s expected to retail for $179.99.

The second Polaroid Mobile phone is called the Selfie. This device uses an innovative “spinning” 13-megapixel camera that can be turned to use as a back or front-facing camera. The Selfie will go on sale for $199.

Both cameras will run Google-certified “stock” Android 5.0 and both cameras will be unlocked so they can be used with most international GSM carriers.

Interview by Scott of F5 Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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Vievu Brings Wearable Cameras to CES

Vievu logoCameras are everywhere these days. And that includes (in some cases) on the human body. As the need for accurate reporting and accountability increase, so does the demand for lightweight and wearable cameras. That’s where Vievu excels. The company manufactures cameras specifically designed to be worn by people or mounted onto cars/equipment.

Scott met with Steve Lovell from Vievu. Steve demonstrated one of his company’s flagship products; a small, lightweight camera that can be mounted almost anywhere. Vievu cameras can be connected to either smartphones (via the Vievu app), laptops or IP networks. These cameras have been on the market since June of 2014 and their price range begins at $349.00. Vievu cameras can capture both audio and video in resolutions of either 1080p, 720p or 360. Cameras come with 16gb of internal storage and they can record for about 2.5 hours or stream for about 90 minutes before needing a recharge.

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Schneider Optics Interchangeable Lenses

Schneider LogoDigital pictures and cameras on smartphones have changed the photography beyond recognition in the last twenty years and the quality of the imagery is such that innovative filmmakers are using iPhones to record footage. One restriction remains and that is the lens itself; there’s only one and it’s fixed in place. There’s no swapping in a macro lens, though Schneider Optics might have a solution. Todd finds out more from Don.

Schneider Optics iPro Lens systems provides a selection of high quality optical lenses for Apple iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy S4, including macro, wide-angle, super wide, tele and fisheye. The system works by fitting the smartphone itself into a case and then mounting the lens onto the case with a bayonet connector to ensure the best possible optical alignment. The smallest offset can lead to aberrations and a loss of picture quality, which the iPro Lens case and lens combination avoids.

The iPro Lens is available now for the Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5S. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus variant will be on sale shortly. Lenses cost from $39 to $99, the case is $31 and there are kits available too.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Gripix Is An Innovative Wi-Fi Trigger System For GoPro At CES

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GoPro cameras have become almost ubiquitous in the outdoor tech scene, and the folks at Gripix are making it easy to capture amazing GoPro footage, both on land and in the water.

Todd got to talk with Tyler Reid, co-founder of Gripix, about the newly-announced Gripix Wi-Fi Trigger System for GoPro. Gripix uses your standard GoPro remote to create a durable, easy-to-use stainless steel mount and trigger system. Their add-ons and accessories allow you to push the limits of your GoPro even further.

The basic Gripix handle ($99) and two add-ons; the top pole ($49) and the low-pro system ($59) will begin shipping in March and are available for pre-order now.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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ProGearX Brings Innovative GoPro Mounts to CES

ProgearX LogoVideos from body-mounted cameras have become a hit in recent years, thanks to products like the GoPro camera. And with the popularity and success of GoPro comes a cottage industry of vendors who are supplying GoPro accessories.

Todd and Nick got to talk with Noah Rasheta, CEO/founder of ProGearX, a company that specializes in mounting solutions/accessories for GoPros and other imaging devices. Noah was wearing one of his company’s products, a shoulder/torso harness that can accommodate up to two cameras. Noah also demonstrated ProGearX’s extendable “selfie-stick” style camera arm.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Nick DiMeo of Plughitz Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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Kodak PixPro SP360 Brings The Complete Image to CES

Kodak logoWe humans have been capturing the events of our lives thru the camera lens for nearly two centuries. But there’s always been one problem: How can we record the action around us and still be photographed as part of that action? The folks at JK Imaging may have a solution. Marlo talked to Paul Meyhoefer, Vice President of JK Imaging, as Paul showed off the new Kodak PixPro SP360 camera.

The SP360 gives its big selling point away right there in the name, as the camera records a 360-degree view around itself. No more will it be necessary for a camera operator to stand behind a viewfinder and thus, be left out of the action.

The PixPro SP360 works with both Android and iOS, and the photos/videos captured by SP360 can also be exported to a computer for further manipulation. There’s also a range of mounting kits for the SP360 so the camera can be used in rugged outdoor environments or even underwater.

Interview by Marlo Anderson from The Tech Ranch.

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