Five gadgets under threat of extinction

This great photograph has just landed in the Shiny mailbox – a tricky photo to take, requiring a top-end camera, surely? Apparently not. This picture was taken using a mobile phone, specifically the Nokia N8. The photographer is Jason…

Panasonic HM-TA1 Video Review

A few months ago Panasonic's launched a new range of pocket HD camcorders in the shape of the HM-TA1, their competitor to the Flip. Capable of shooting 1080p video, the 53 x 17.8 x 104mm HM-TA1 features a 2-inch…

Full HD LEGRIA HF M32 camcorder on the way from Canon

Hot on the heels of Sony's NEX-VG10E interchangeable lens camera comes another HD camcorder, this time from Canon. The LEGRIA HF M32 features 64GB of internal flash memory and a 3.3 megapixel full HD CMOS sensor for pin-sharp recording of…

GEAR4 announces range of cases for new nano

Ipod accessories company GEAR4 certainly doesn’t mess around. Just hours after Steve Jobs’ announcement of a new iPod nano, it’s unveiled a new iPod nano case range

The new GEAR4 range for the updated iPod nano includes silicon skins, hard plastic shells, leather cases and a sports armband, all accommodating the new larger screen and including a hole for the all-important new video camera feature. One of the highlights of the 2009 range is the JumpSuit Pro, a tough, shock resistant rubber case.

Sony launches flagship HD Handycam CX520VE camcorder

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The secret to any imaging hardware is in the holy trinity of the lens, the sensor and the processor, and Sony has thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the Handycam CX520VE to make it a winner in all three areas.

The Exmor R CMOS sensor has backlighting technology to improve camera resolution at low light levels plus the fact that its a CMOS in the first place speaks for itself. The glassware is the same as you’ll find in the top Sony Alpha DSLRs – the G lens – and it contains ED glass elements which keep the light as crisp and the images as high contrast as possible. And all the number crunching’s taken care of by the BIONZ processor. All good so far.

On top of basics you get 12x optical zoom, 12-megapixel stills, auto geo-tagging, face detection, smile-shot and a touch sensitive 3-inch LCD. Perhaps the best feature, though, is the Optical SteadyShot ‘Active Mode’ which is touted as the first three-way camera steady function. Sony says that it reduces camera shake by 10x and is designed even to smooth out the effects of walking along while shooting. Very curious to see how well that works.

The CX520VE gives you 25 hours of LP recording on its 64GB internal HDD and there’s also a CX505VE 32GB HDD model if you’re happy with 12. Either way, there’s space for one of Sony’s silly memory sticks to expand your storage, if you need.

They record in 5.1 surround, they’re capable of burning onto discs without the use of a computer and generally sound like the kind of camcorder that everyone will hate you for having. They’re out in August and I’ll get you prices as soon as I have them.

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Creative launches Vado HD pocket camcorder in the UK

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Creative has finally brought the high definition follow-up to its Vado pocket camcorder to the UK.

The Vado HD offers 720p filming at an unspecified frame rate (though to be true 720p it needs to be at least 24fps – it’s probably 30fps) as well as VGA (YouTube friendly) recording at 30fps.

It’s constructed using a wide-angle glass lens and comes with a 2x digital zoom (yes, digital: pixellation city here we come). Its 8GB of onboard memory should let you shoot around two hours of HD footage, or eight hours at 640×480/30fps…

Oregon Scientific launches ATC5K Action Camera

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Oregon Scientific has launched the big brother of its ATC3K Action Camera, the ATC5K.

This hands-free digital video camera can record at 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution at 30 frames per second, plus still images, and features a 1.5-inch colour LCD screen, is fully shock-resistance, and waterproof up to 10 feet in depth, and can be mounted on helmets, handlebars, and other sports equipment thanks to its mounting grips and straps…

IFA 2008: JVC Everio HD30 and HD40

Over in Berlin, Zara’s been hunting down camcorders – specifically the new Everios from JVC – the HD30 and HD40. They’ve got dual-format recording, so they record in both MPEG2 and AVCHD. This means you can get far more video into much less storage space. 50 hours onto the 120GB HD40. It’s got 10x optical zoom, and records at 1080p.

No price point, no release date, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything…

Kodak intros Zi6 pocket high definition video camera

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Kodak has announced that its Zi6 pocket high definition video camera will be available from August, offering 720p recording at 60 frames per second, a 2x optical zoom, 128MB of internal memory with card expansion slot, capture in the H.264 format, three megapixel still photos, and a mono microphone.

It has a 2.4-inch colour LCD screen for viewing and reviewing, is powered from two AA batteries, though you could use rechargeable ones, measures 64 × 114 × 23.5 mm and weighs 107g…