Flir FX Portable Interchangeable Wi-Fi Camera

Flir FX CameraFlir made the news at CES with its personal thermal imaging device for the iPhone but the company does a whole range of imaging devices, including the Flir FX, a portable interchangeable wi-fi video camera. Todd gets further illumination from John Distelzweig of Flir.

The Flir FX is a fundamentally a webcam running 1080p over wi-fi, but that’s largely where the similarity with other products end. The Flir FX unusually has an internal battery, giving it greater portability than most similar products and the main camera unit can be slotted into different mounts, converting from a home webcam into sports video camera or an outdoor security camera, depending on the exterior case used. It’s really very cool.

The Flir FX will be available in late spring with an MSRP $249 and you can put your name down to be notified here.

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

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Sony HDR-PJ790 Camcorder

Sony LogoThe Gadget Professor, Don Baine, checks out a forthcoming video camera from Sony which comes with a couple of neat new features.

This prosumer camcorder, HDR-PJ790 has two features that set the camera apart from the rest of the crowd. The first is that it has a built-in video projector, which will project both recorded video and video from an external source via HDMI. The second feature is gyroscopic image stabilisation, Balanced Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode moves the entire optical block at once, with the lens floating within the camera’s housing.

The HDR-PJ790 will be available in February / March for $1599.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

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Sony Releases Waterproof Handycam

Today Sony announced a new waterproof version of their popular Handycam video camera.  It won’t just withstand a little splashing from the poolside, but can actually work while submerged.  Don’t expect to take it scuba diving, but a snorkeling trip will be just fine, since it’s maximum rated depth is 5 meters (about 16 feet).

The new camera packs a “a high-quality G Lens”, 10x optical zoom, 17x extended zoom, 120x digital zoom, MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD video formats, 1080p and 720p video shooting, 20.4 megapixel 16:9 still images, built-in GPS, and is Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC compatible.

  • Exmor R™ CMOS sensor captures beautiful Full HD 50p video, even in low light
  • G Lens with 10x optical zoom (Extended Zoom 17x) and 29.8mm wide angle
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for clearer footage when walking or zooming
  • Detail-packed still photos up to 20.4 megapixels
  • Intelligent AUTO adjusts settings for great results every time
  • 7.5cm/3″ Xtra Fine LCD touch-panel

There was no word yet on pricing, but the Waterproof Handycam should be available somtime around mid-May.

Barber Tech SteddiePod

BarberTech SteddiePodThis is the funniest CES interview I’ve seen (which isn’t saying much, to be honest). Jeffrey and Jamie get a hands-on demonstration of BarberTech‘s SteddiePod by Eddie Barber, which actually looks pretty handy, all joking aside.

The Barber Tech SteddiePod is billed as the “world’s most versatile camera support” and it’s a handheld camera stabiliser with extra features designed in, so it can be used as a tripod or with the boom extended to give overhead shots. The setup looks amazingly straightforward – there’s a good video on the Barber Tech website – and with just a few minutes easy work, the SteddiePod can be accurately balanced for a video camera.

The SteddiePod starts at $499 and is available from dealers nationwide. Barber Tech is “Emmy Award Winning” and has other products such as camera booms and teleprompters for the TV and film industry.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and Jamie Davies of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show.

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The Kodak ZI12

You may be familiar with the Kodak ZI8 or even the newer ZI10, but Kodak recently unveiled the brand new ZI12.  The new version combines the best features of the previous version, like 1080P video and an external microphone jack with the new additions such as turning the camera on it’s side now makes it a digital still-camera with an actual shutter button.  The still-camera features a 12 MP CMOS sensor.  The new ZI12 also features a flash, a better resolution screen, and a slightly smaller size.

The camera will be out this spring, although there isn’t yet an official release date or price point.  You can check it out here, along with the long list of features.  You can also view the video posted below for a quick preview.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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Adventure Cameras by Contour

Contour Contour came by the TPN.TV booth at CES this year and showed some great action sports cameras; the Contour Roam, the Contour GPS and the Contour Plus. Theses cameras are great for filming while hiking, snow boarding, biking, skiing and other action sports. They all use a micro sd card up to 32 Gb. You can get up to eight hours of video at 1080p and up to twelve hours at 780p. They all take removable lithium batteries which run for about three hours of video taping . They also adjust the white balance and the exposure to create crisp clear videos. These cameras are waterproof up to 1 meter. With the water proof case you can go down to 60 meters, great for scuba diving or snorkeling. All three cameras can connect by USB cable. Both the Contour Roam and the Contour GPS have an internal microphone only.

The Contour Plus includes the internal microphone but it also has a mic cable out jack, this along with the ability to connect a HDMI cable adds live streaming capability. Now you can live stream your adventures directly to Ustream using the Cerevo Live Shell. Now instead of telling other people about your adventures, they can watch them as they are happening. You can control the camera on the Contour GPS and Contour Plus thru the Contour Mobile App on the iPhone or an Android phone The Contour GPS and the Contour Plus both have GPS included so now you can map your adventures. The Contour Roam at $199 is the newest phone and should be available soon. The Contour GPS and the Contour Plus are available now and are $299 and $499 respectively. Not only does Contour offer great action cameras but they also have some great mounts, including ones that allow you to mount camera directly to your helmet, pole, roll bar, surfboard and many other objects. So if you are into adventure sports and filming, Contour has everything you need and want.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Don Baine The Gadget Professor of Geek News Central

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Sony 3D Consumer Video Cameras – HDR-TD10 & Bloggie 3D

Todd talks with Paul from Sony about the the “first” 3D consumer-level video camera. The HDR-TD10 records double HD at 60 fps  with a full pair of optical imaging systems in the one camera. Playback can be either in 3D or 2D, with the camera automatically eliminating one video channel if necessary. Available soon for about $1500.

The Bloggie 3D also puts in a quick appearance on the video, if you’re looking for something cheaper at $250.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Kodak Playfull and Playsport Video Cameras

Taking on Sony and its Bloggies, Kodak has added two new pocket video cameras to its range of video cameras – the Playfull and Playsport. Both will capture full 1080p HD video and take 5 MP stills but as you can imagine from the names, they’re aimed at slightly different users.

The Playfull is for “social butterflies and social networking superstars” being hip and stylish in design.  At only 1.6″ × 3.9″ × 0.7″ the camera will fit easily into most pockets and bags so that it’s always ready to capture the fun.

Specwise, you get the full HD video recording, 5 MP still camera, image stabilisation, face-tracking, on-camera editing and SD/SDHC slot for memory expansion.  The on-camera editing seems quite clever as you can extract a still image from video.

Available in blue or silver from mid-March for $149. Pre-order.

The Playsport is for those with a more outdoors approach to life as this camera is shockproof, dustproof and waterproof to 10ft /3m. Great for snowboarding, snorkeling, mountain biking and whitewater rafting.

Obviously image stabilisation is a must and the rest of the features are as for the Playful but with the addition of an underwater white balance mode, which if you’ve ever taken photos underwater, is pretty handy.

Available in red, aqua or black from end-March for $179. Pre-order.

Both cameras come with Kodak’s “Share Button” which will automatically upload pictures and video to a whole host of photo sharing and social networking sites such as Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Kodak Pulse and Orkut when connected to your PC.

“Kodak has an HD pocket video camera to suit everyone, whether you want to capture your moments at the party or the club, on the mountain or on the water,” said Phil Scott, Vice President of Marketing, Digital Capture and Devices, Kodak. “The Kodak Playfull and Kodak Playsport video cameras also feature something no other camera has – the Share Button – so it’s simple to share life’s moments with your social network.”

I like the look of the Playsport – I’ll pick one up for all the extreme sports I intend to do in 2011.

Kodak ZX1 Pocket Video Camera – CES 2009

Kodak_logoThe ZX1 is a weather-resistance 720p HD video camera that fits in your pocket. It can record up to 10 hours Kodak_zx1of HD video on a SD/SDHC card. It runs up to two hours on two AA rechargeable batteries. It connects to your computer using the USB interface and has both mini-HDMI and AV outputs.

The ZX1 is compatible with both the PC and Mac. On the PC it has ArcSoft video editing software that can be installed on your PC directly from the camera. On the Mac the ZX1 looks like an external drive and the video files are in the Mac compatible MOV (H.264) format so it can be easily edited in iMovie. The ZX1 sells for $149 and will be available in April 2009.