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Leica X1 Digital Camera Review

Leica X1 Digital Camera Review

Leica X1 Digital Camera Review


Still remember the Leica X1 that we mentioned in September 2009? PhotographyBLOG has a short review of this 12.2-megapixel compact digital camera. As a reminder, the Leica X1 comes equipped with a 36mm fixed lens and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The camera uses an APS-C sized (23.6mm x 15.8mm) CMOS sensor with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The image-stabilized Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 lens provides a focal length of 36mm in 35mm terms. Additional features include a sensitivity range of ISO 100 - 3200, a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, JPEG and DNG RAW file support, and a continuous shooting rate of up to 3 frames per second. Here is the conclusion:


The Leica X1 is a camera of extremes, offering a compelling blend of stunning design, fantastic handling and superlative image quality, but ultimately suffering from a pared-back feature set, sluggish responsiveness and a sky-high price-tag. The combination of a fantastic prime lens and large APS-C size sensor result in outstanding image quality that easily beats most other compacts and also most other entry-level DSLRs. Low-light images are excellent too, with the X1′s faster ISO settings delivering low-noise results. Add the ability to shoot DNG RAW files as well as JPGS, and it’s clear that the X1 is a real class-leader.


You can purchase the Leica X1 digital camera for around $1,995 each. [PhotographyBLOG]




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Toshiba H30 Compact HD Camcorder Review

Toshiba H30 Compact HD Camcorder Review

Toshiba H30 Compact HD Camcorder


CrunchGear has reviewed the new Toshiba H30 compact HD camcorder that provides a 10 megapixels sensor, a 5x optical zoom, a 10x digital zoom, an SD card storage and a touchscreen LCD display. The Toshiba H30 comes in a very compact form factor and produces a much better image quality than pocket cameras. Recorded videos are stored on flash memory, but the H30 includes just 128MB on board, of which only about 96MB is usable, so SDHC media is a necessity. The H30 takes SD/SDHC memory cards up to 32GB (not included). Each 32GB card will record up to 5-hour of 1080p video. Here is the verdict:


At $180, the H30 is easy to recommend — if you think a traditional camcorder is worth your money at all. It’s a bit larger and more complicated than your average Flip or Kodak, but it also brings marginally better image quality, optical zoom, and a few extra features many consumers will find handy. On the other hand, a PlaySport can be had for $120, and my personal favorite P&S, the EX-FC100, for $200. The most compelling feature of the H30 is really that it’s the same device we’ve been using for ages, just packed into an incredibly tiny package. We’ll all be recording video with our iPhone 4s and Droid Xs soon enough, but in the meantime it might be reassuring for a lot of people to have something like this sitting in a drawer, familiar and reliable.


You can also watch the video review of the Toshiba H30 compact HD camcorder after the jump.


[CrunchGear]




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Sanyo VPC-E1403 Affordable 14-megapixel Compact Digicam

Sanyo VPC-E1403 Affordable 14-megapixel Compact Digicam


Measuring 99mm x 56.8mm x 18.8mm, the new Sanyo VPC-E1403 is a 14-megapixel compact digital camera that can record videos at a frame rate of 30fps and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The digicam also boasts a 3-inch TFT LCD screen, an ISO sensitivity of up to 6400, an SD or SDHC card slot, a digital image stabilizer and a 3x optical zoom. The smile and blink recognition feature are included for perfect portraits. The camera recognizes smiling faces itself and takes the snap automatically, without you having to press the release. If someone blinks when the shutter closes, the photographer is alerted by the blink recognition and can take another shot. The Sanyo VPC-E1403 is priced at €129 ($157) with a three-year warranty. [PhotographyBLOG]


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Hitler Reacts to the iPhone 4 Antenna Issues



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"You're Holding It Wrong" - Steve Jobs on iPhone 4 Reception Issues

Steve Jobs responds to complaints about iPhone reception issues

Gizmodo has a thread with nearly 2,000 posts, Engadget is pushing 900 posts, and Mac Rumors is nearing 1,000 posts with regards to iPhone 4 reception issues. I have witnessed the same issues with the iPhone 4 that I picked up this morning (yet don't have any such reception issues with an HTC EVO 4G that I am currently testing or a year-old iPhone 3GS). The iPhone 4 starts off having 4 to 5 bars sitting by itself on a table, but if you pick the phone up and “palm it”, you may drop down to 1 bar or even get a “No Service” message.

For those that have just plunked down $200 or $300 on a new iPhone 4 (or more if you are upgrading before your contract is eligible), having your cellular connection drop out while doing something as simple as holding the phone in your hand is unacceptable.

However, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, those who are having reception issues are just holding their phone incorrectly. A reader sent an email to Steve Jobs stating that his new iPhone 4 was having receptions issues when holding it his hand. In typical Jobs fashion, his response was short and to the point according to Engadget:

Just avoid holding it that way.

Apple's official stance on the issue is the following:

Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

So Apple made a phone with an external antenna that has problems with reception when it comes in contact with the human body, then blames the consumer for holding the iPhone 4 in a perfectly reasonable fashion. This seems to be a very puzzling and troubling statement from the boys from Cupertino which sounds more like a hardware design problem than a "you're holding it wrong" problem.

[via Daily Tech]

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iPhone 4 Jailbroken!

Yes you read that right! iPhone 4 has been successfully jailbroken only within a few days of launch! It looks like the “userland” jailbreak vulnerability which was used by Spirit jailbreak tool was not all that properly patched by Apple, and hence @planetbeing (of Android port for iPhone fame) and @chpwn has managed to get root access on the device using code of @comex’s userland jailbreak method. @Planetbeing posted about this news on his Twitter account.

Think I’m the first one I know about to get a root shell (and SSH) on iPhone 4, using poor @comex’s code (since he has no iPhone 4)

Musclenerd of iPhone Dev Team then followed in by posting this picture a while ago of Cydia running on high resolution screen of iPhone 4.


Since iOS 4.0.1 is rumored to be rolled out as early as this coming Monday, an update to Spirit userland jailbreak tool can only be expected after this firmware update has been released sometime in the next week or so which will jailbreak iPhone 4, along with iPhone 3GS (new bootrom), iPod touch (MC models) and iPod touch 3G.

[via Redmond Pie]

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Billing Information, Addresses of iPhone 4 Buyers Lead by AT&T

One tech at an AT&T contractor suggests that you shouldn't preorder the iPhone 4

Security is a lot like combating illness -- sometimes you have a relatively minor issue that affects many people, other times you have a major issue that only affects a few. AT&T's iPad email leak and its ramifications were bad enough, but AT&T's latest breach appears to be even worse.

This morning the iPhone 4 preorder process was having some serious denial of service issues thanks to a deluge of customers looking to order the hot new phone from Apple. But AT&T's servers didn't just deny service to some -- they also apparently started doing some naughty things as well.

Several customers have written reporting that they logged in to their AT&T accounts, only to enter another user's account. Full information, including bills, phone numbers, possible credit card information, addresses, and more greeted them according to growing reports over at Gizmodo.

This nightmarish scenario, appears only to be affecting a few of AT&T's subscribers, but for those impacted it could lead to some very serious problems, should the info fall into the hands of someone who might be tempted to abuse it.

One user, John King, describes:
I LOGGED IN AS ME AND IT BROUGHT UP A MARY ???? BIG PROBLEM
-JPK
A tech at one of AT&T's contractors reveals an untested security update rolled out to servers over the weekend may be to blame.

[via Daily Tech]

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Roommate Ratted Out iPhone 4G Thief, Finders Tried to Destroy Evidence

Vandalism and sale of trade secrets are two of the top charges that may be leveled against Gizmodo's staff

Gizmodo/Gawker employees Brian Lam and Jason Chen are embroiled in a mess over the fourth generation iPhone that they purchased and then tore apart. Lam and Chen contend that the iPhone was merely lost and that they are innocent. Apple, however reported the phone stolen.

Documents concerning the case and the search of Chen's house have been released in the form of an affidavit pertaining to the search of Chen's home. The damning summary of the case comes on page 12, which reads:
Suspect Brian Hogan found or stole a prototype iPhone 4G that was accidentally left at a restaurant by Apple employee Robert "Gray" Powell. Hogan identified the owner of the phone as Apple Engineer Gray Powell through the contents of the phone and through Internet searches. Rather than return the prototype phone to Powell and/or Apple, Hogan subsequently sold the iPhone Jason Chen in Fremont for $5000. Upon receiving the stolen property, Chen disassembled the iPhone, thereby causing it to be damaged. Chen created copies of the iPhone prototype in the form of digital images and video, which were subsequently published on the Internet based magazine Gizmodo.com.
It's will be mighty hard for Gizmodo to dispute that, except perhaps for the phone's status being stolen. However, Apple had reported the lost phone prototype stolen before Gizmodo found it.

[via Daily Tech]

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Olympus Releases Stylus Tough 6020 Rugged Digicam

Olympus Releases Stylus Tough 6020 Rugged Digicam

Olympus Releases Stylus Tough 6020 Rugged Digicam


The new Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 is now available for purchase. This rugged digital camera comes equipped with a 2.7-inch LCD display with 230,000 pixels, a 14-megapixels CCD sensor, a 5X optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28mm - 140mm with f3.9-5.9) and a sensor-shift image stabilization. The Stylus Tough 6020 is waterproof up to 16 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, freezeproof to 14F and dustproof. What’s more, the Stylus Tough 6020 can record video at 1280 x 720 (30 fps) with sound using the MPEG-4 codec. Other important specs include an HDMI output, a USB port, an SD/SDHC card slot and a LI-50B lithium-ion battery (240 shots per charge). Available in black, blue, green, and pink, the new Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 is priced at $299 each. [About Digital Cameras]


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Amadana VC-242HD Camcorder

Amadana VC-242HD Camcorder


Amadana Japan will launch a new camcorder namely the VC-242HD. It is able to record video in 1080/30p or 720/30p resolutions in MPEG-4 or AVC/H.264 formats. This portable camcorder provides a mini HDMI port and a 2-inch LCD screen. The Amadana VC-242HD will be released in brown, silver, or pink. No info on pricing so far. [Akihabara]


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Samsung NX5 APS-C-Based Camera Gets Official

Samsung NX5 APS-C-Based Camera Gets Official


Samsung’s newest APS-C-based camera ‘NX5′ is finally official and will begin shipping later this month for 699 Euro (about $853). For your info, this interchangeable lens camera sports a 14.6-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, an electronic viewfinder, a 3-inch TFT LCD display, an SD card slot, an HDMI output and 720p HD video recording. [SamsungHub]


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Aiptek Shows Off A New 3D Camcorder At Computex 2010

Aiptek Shows Off A New 3D Camcorder At Computex 2010


Taiwanese company Aiptek has recently showed off their newest 3D camcorder ‘Aiptek 3D’ at Computex 2010. Unlike regular camcorder, this pocket-sized camcorder has the ability to capture 1280 x 720p HD video in 3D format. In terms of specs, it sports dual lenses, a pair of 5MP CMOS sensors and has an integrated 2.4-inch 3D panel for showing your 3D video without the need for glasses. The Aiptek 3D will retail for around $200, and will come bundled with a pair of 3D glasses. Unfortunately, there’s no word on release date yet. [CNET]


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Sony DCR-SR68 Camcorder Review

Sony DCR-SR68 Camcorder Review


Image-acquire has reviewed the Sony DCR-SR68 camcorder that provides a 80GB hard disk drive, so you can capture and store up to 61 hours (LP mode) of video footage. The DCR-SR68 also delivers sharp, high-resolution images thanks to a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, while the 60X optical zoom lets you capture tight shots from a distance. This affordable video recorder also has a 2.7-inch Clear Photo color LCD monitor, the SteadyShot image stabilization, a variety of scene recognition modes and fader effects and a digital still photo mode. Here is the conclusion:


Despite the fact that you’re probably going to need a pretty high-tension computer to get the most out of this camcorder, don’t worry. This is still a terrific camcorder regardless of its all-consuming hunger for accessories. The range is delightfully long and the controls seem to work pretty smoothly, so there’s no trouble there. There’s sufficient storage for twenty DVDs’ worth of material, and all of it at a pretty reasonable price, too.


You can buy the Sony DCR-SR68 camcorder for $349.99 at SonyStyle. [Image-acquire]


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Panasonic Unveils World’s Lightest Full HD Camcorder

Panasonic Unveils World’s Lightest Full HD Camcorder


Weighing only 185g, the all new HDC-TM35 from Panasonic is claimed as the world’s lightest Full HD camcorder. Coming in white, violet, classic gold and grey color options, this compact camcorder sports a 1/41 CCD of 3.32 MOS-megapixel sensor, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot (up to 32GB), an IA Zoom and IS, Smile Shutter and has the ability to capture both 1080p Full HD video in AVCHD mode as well as 2.9-megapixel digital still images. Pricing and release date are still unknown at the moment. [Akihabara]


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