In an excerpt from our new Tech Buyer's Guide, learn everything you need to know to make a smart purchase on one of the most popular gadgets of the year
By Sean PortnoyPosted 11.24.2009 at 12:48 pm 1 Comment
Popular Science Tech Buyer's Guide Camcorders
Each day this week leading up to Black Friday, we'll excerpt a chunk of our new Tech Buyer's Guide here on the site to arm you with the skills and the picks to get the most from your weekend shopping madness. Here are our picks for pocket camcorders (hint: no Flip!) and our buying advice for camcorders in general. Check out the guide for our picks in full-feature camcorders, as well as 15 other product categories.
If a Hummer died and came back as a camera, it would be a Leica -- for many reasons. First, they're built like tanks. Second, even the "small" ones are still huge. And, the most affordable ones are expensive. The just-announced M9 rangefinder and X1 compact are true to Leica form: they're both masterfully constructed cameras that are built to last. But at $7,000, the M9 should have a solid 24K gold shutter at the very least.
Kodak promises camera-like quality from phones with new image sensor
By Sean CaptainPosted 02.03.2008 at 11:50 pm 0 Comments
Kodak has invented a new image sensor that the company claims will radically improve photos from camera phones—eliminating the grainy-looking pixel noise that is currently taken for granted.
The technology is a little funky, but heres our best understanding of it…
If you use a DVD camcorder, cellphone or digital camera to record video, you typically have to jump through hoops to convert it into a format that most DVD-editing software will accept. That entails at least one separate conversion tool and the navigation of an alphabet soup of settings: DivX? MPEG-2? What resolution? What frame rate? Adobe's Premiere Elements 2.0 seamlessly imports and integrates footage from any source, so you can burn a DVD without worrying about formats. And it accepts video over the more ubiquitous USB as well as over Firewire. $100
Little by little, the digital camera is untethering itself from the PC. First there was printing. Then there was in-camera editing, including cropping, red-eye removal and exposure compensation. Now, with Kodak's EasyShare-one, the last piece falls into place: wireless sharing straight from the cam. Creating a camera that can take a Wi-Fi card doesn't seem tricky. Kodak's challenge was making sure users could effortlessly get online; you can add settings for any hotspot or connect setup-free to T-Mobile hotspots around the world.
You won't look like a film-school refugee while toting the 1.4-pound HDR-HC1, which captures full 1080i HDTV-resolution video with a body that's about one third the size of its rivals. It uses readily available MiniDV tapes for HD capture, enabling both high-def and standard-def playback straight from the camcorder. 2.7-inch widescreen display;
10x optical zoom; $2,000
The JVC Everio G shakes the short recording time and so-so picture quality that dogged earlier tapeless camcorders. It records seven hours of DVD-quality MPEG-2 video (or longer at lower quality) straight onto a built-in 30-gigabyte hard drive. Offload video to your PC and burn it to DVD, no conversion required. 2.6 x 2.8 x 4.3 inches; 0.71 pound; $1,000
Never mind the business-card size of Canon's SD550 -check out its stunning images. The SD550 sports a powerful processor, borrowed from Canon's digital SLRs, that shoots quicker, processes images faster, and reproduces truer colors than ever before. Add in a 2.5-inch LCD, and it's the ideal go-everywhere camera.7.1MP; 2.2 x 3.5 x 1.1 inches; f2.8â€4.9 3x optical zoom (37mmâ€111mm, 35mm equivalent); 60fps video; $500
Somewhere between the major television networks' $40,000 professional high-definition cameras and consumers' $3,500 HD camcorders are the independent filmmakers and small TV stations with the needs of the pros but not the budget. That's where Canon's XL H1 fits in, the first cam under $10,000 to deliver full manual control, 24-frame-per-second capture (to mimic analog film, the gold standard), and industry-standard time coding and connectors for easy integration into small TV stations' existing production equipment. 20x optical zoom lens included; $9,000