If you have an SLR camera it can be hard to find a case or wrap for it that isn't dull and boring black, or maybe grey too if you're lucky. However, a German designer who goes by the name of Chocmuf on craft site Dawanda has a whole online store called Pixbag dedicated to colorful and quirky camera wraps.
They're all padded, so although they're not guaranteed to prevent damage they'll certainly add an extra layer of protection as well as looking good. Chocmuf makes the wraps in a range of different materials, from red and white polka dot cotton through to leather and some also have straps and extra storage space for lenses and batteries.
Available from Chocmuf's Pixbag for around ¢49 - ¢55 (approx $70 - $79).
As more photo applications enter the mobile app market and the camera capabilities of the iPhone improves, it's no wonder people are leaving their cameras behind in favour of their smart phones.
Black Design Associates has created a new concept that combines iPhone 4 photography with a Leica fixed lens rangefinder camera, which could be used as just a case but also enables optical zoom, shutter dials and flash.
Obviously it's still a just a concept but does look great, particularly if you're a bit of a photography fanatic.
Digital cameras have given photographers, amateurs and everyday people alike so much more choice and freedom when it comes to the convenient editing, printing and sharing of their photos.
However, I'm sure there are plenty out there who miss the process of adding new rolls of film and waiting for them to develop, so deliberately chose older analog models for that exact reason. Well, The Digital Film camera concept from designer Park Hyun Jin attempts to re-ignite some of that old magic!
The GoPan lens is a clever accessory that can be added to the iPhone 4 in order to create 360 degree panoramic videos.
Just like other lenses available for the iPhone, the GoPan can be easily clipped onto the device, but what makes it really stand out from the rest is it can be used to record videos from all angles simultaneously. Because everything around you is recorded at exactly the same time, you can then go to the GoPan website, or just use the special app, in order to chose which perspective or angle you want to view, edit or zoom into.
The GoPan lens is still a prototype but the company is looking for funding to bring it to the masses in the near future. Unsurprisingly, it's already received a lot of interest on Kickstarter so let's hope to see it on the market within the next year.
Via Shiny Shiny.
It'd be incredible if we were able to carry top of the range cameras with us everywhere we went, along with maybe a tripod and extra lighting to catch that memorable moment on film.
But unfortunately most of the time we're either in a hurry, pushed for space or can't afford all the necessary accessories we really need.
Luckily there's an increasing market of small cameras and video cameras that are not only compact and lightweight, but they're practical for everyday use, travel or even special occasions.
From the tough and expensive, to the bright, cheap and cheerful, we've collected together some new and old favourites:
Hello Kitty, the fictional character that adorns everything from purses to laptops is beloved around the world. The iconic kitty is turning 35 and to celebrate, Casio is unveiling this limited edition Hello Kitty Casio EX-Z90 digital camera.
The camera is available in two versions of pink. The area surrounding the lens is decked out in Swarovski crystals and of course features the face of Kitty and her trademark bow. Spec-wise, this is a a solid camera. It has 12.1 megapixels and 3x optical zoom. There's also intelligent Auto Focus that can detect any subject and automatically adjust exposure and focus. In addition, the Dynamic Photo function has been tweaked making it both easier and faster to create animated greeting cards or any other digital creations.
Unfortunately, this camera is a Korea exclusive, so you'll have to find an import site. But that shouldn't be too big of a hurdle for Hello Kitty fans.The price tag, however, might be a little much to swallow. Expect to pay $500 to satisfy your Hello Kitty lust.
I'm chomping at the bit for the new year to arrive. New beginnings, renewed focus, and most of all shiny, new tech. According to Boy Genius Report, Samsung is bringing the new year in a grand fashion with the unveiling of their latest camera. The Samsung ST5500 is a vision of beauty in silver, but it's what's under the hood that will have camera geeks grinning from ear to ear.
ST5500 features include 14.2. megapixel sensor, 7X optical zoom, and Wi-Fi capability so you can upload pics almost instantaneously. There's also 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen, 100MB internal memory, and a microSD slot. The camera also takes video in 1280 x 720 resolution at 30 fps.
We're still waiting for a press release or announcement from Samsung, so no word on pricing and availability as of yet. The only piece of information is that it's set to debut sometime during Q1.
Franziska Dierschke was definitely having "fun" while creating the Aimat digital camera. Taking no assumptions of structure from the concept of a traditional digital camera, the Aimat carries forward its point-and-shoot functionality by creating the ability to take small, pinhole-shaped images without the aid of a viewfinder. And by being shaped like a gun.
Oops. Did I say "gun"? And that's supposed to be "fun"? Okay, I am going to shake off the skepticism and allow the playfulness that the designer had in mind while creating this concept camera. The intent behind which was to "put less emphasis on picture quality, and more on the playful act of taking the picture" itself. Cool. No word on when this one is going to find its way into production.
Japanese electronics company Greenhouse recently unveiled a camcorder designed with the ladies in mind. The GHV-DV30HDLXW/P comes with 128MB of internal memory that can be expanded to 32GB with a SD/SDHC memory card. It also features ports for miniHDMI and USB. The camera also has a 3-inch TFT LCD screen and can record video at 30fps in 1,280×720 resolution.
The device is currently a Japan only product, but if you're interested in importing one, it's selling for $190. As a result of the collaboration between Greenhouse and fashion brand GAUDI (ah, so many jokes, so little time) the camera is available in pink and white. A matching bag comes with the camera to complete the ensemble.
I'm personally not a fan of pink tech on principle, but I wouldn't mind owning the white version. What are your thoughts on these cameras and pink tech?
About a week ago JVC launched its first pocket flash memory camera, the PICSIO GC-FM1. The PICSIO is cellphone-sized and comes in three funky colors, Blue Steel, Purple Passion and Black Ice. It’s small and portable and able to capture high quality stills and movies. The funky camera can shoot true eight-megapixel stills and 1080p Full HD video and thanks to its image stabilization that minimizes camera shake, your videos will maintain a good quality even when the 4X digital zoom is used. The recorded videos, stored on SD/SDHC memory cards , are saved as .MOV files and can therefore easily be shared without the need of any conversion.
PICSIO controls are easy and intuitive and the camera’s main functions can be selected using the dedicated buttons therefore avoiding to scroll through long menus. The camera charges via USB connection.
The PICSIO is available for $199.95, included in the price are a USB cable, an AV cable, hand strap and PC software loaded into the camera’s internal memory.