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Digital cameras & camcorders

Sony Bravia TVs now send and receive email postcards

Sony‘s new Bravia Postcard service for cellphones pretty much does what it says on the pack - sends virtual message cards from compatible phones to net-connected Bravia TV sets.

Filthy habits of the webcam generation #374: online video karaoke
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Read the full story Audio | Digital cameras & camcorders | Household | Internet | Japan | WTF? 03:25 AM JMLH • Permalink
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If actual karaoke in the nasty ole world beyond your bedroom is a bit too scary, then how about doing it in front of a computer with any Tom, Dick or Taro looking in? Best of all, you can even do it in Japanese.

Fujifilm Finepix F60fd coming up roses in reviews
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders 09:43 PM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
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Picking a decent compact digital camera from the limitless lineup of near-clones is no easy task, but anyone looking to pick up something new could do a lot worse than the latest FinePix from Japan.

Control of DIY satellite yours for the asking
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Displays | Transportation 10:39 PM JMLH • Permalink
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If you’ve ever wanted access to a satellite for your own nefarious ends, then the latest collaborative space project out of Japan might just suit you down to the ground.

Big Brother software tracks humans in live video
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Household | R&D | Transportation 07:57 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: imaging security toshiba

The marvelously named Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology, which kicked off this morning here in Tokyo, is home to many wondrous devices, but few as likely to alter our lives as a piece of software from Toshiba.

Xiao digicam ads – poop or prints?
Monday, December 08, 2008
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Film, TV, manga & anime | Japan | WTF? 09:40 PM JMLH • Permalink
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You know that new camera from Takara Tomy that features a little Zink printer that pops 2x3in photos out one end?

Sony A900 DSLR mega review with video
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders 07:01 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Good ole Gordon over at Camera Labs has just posted his usual workaholic review of Sony’s Alpha A900 DSLR and it’s a biggie.

Sanyo’s greener, cleaner future (or why the Japanese giant gave itself the mother of all makeovers)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Household | Interviews 01:02 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: batteries eneloop environment sanyo

Of the many huge Japanese electronics purveyors that we’ve long been familiar with, one name that rarely stands out from the pack is that of Sanyo.

Extreme close-up: Sony Alpha A200 dissected + DSLR tips a-go-go
Monday, February 04, 2008
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Internet 08:15 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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All-round good egg/camera obsessive Gordon Laing at Camera Labs not only has the most detailed review (video here too) of Sony’s new Alpha A200 entry-level DSLR but he’s even found time to branch out with a new camera uber site.

Panasonic photo printer grabs still shots from high-def video
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Peripherals | Video 04:50 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Panasonic Japan has come up with an intriguing solution to a problem no one knew we had – a device that can grab and print stills from a high-definition video file.

Casio plans to kill off camera shutter button, eliminate feeble humans
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | WTF? 08:35 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Casio’s new 60 frames-per-second EX-F1 super camera may have some impressive numbers backing it up but what we didn’t expect was a claim from the Japanese company that it might be the first step towards doing away with shutter buttons on digital cameras.

Liquid camera lenses just around the corner
Friday, December 21, 2007
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | R&D 06:42 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: holochip itochu lenses

Developing camera lenses based on liquids is nothing new, but an investment by a Japanese giant in a small US firm promises that we could soon find fluid optics in our digital cameras and cellphones within a few years.

NEC spy camera draws its power from fluorescent light tubes
Monday, December 03, 2007
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | R&D | WTF? 08:54 AM JMLH • Permalink
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The latest prototype product from NEC Japan has to be one of the most novel uses of alternative energy we’ve ever seen - it’s a wireless security camera that draws its power directly from fluorescent light tubes.

Tokyo bloggers meetup: prizes, beer, food and more…
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Events 06:03 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: sanyo video xacti

Blog-happy Tokyo residents might want to make a note of a fun event taking place in early December at which they could walk off with not just a Sanyo Xacti camcorder for free, but also plenty of insight from a living, breathing Japanese video-blogging legend.

Cyber-shot DSC-T2 packs in 4GB and cheesy smiles aplenty
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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The latest in the ever-evolving range of Cyber-shot digital cameras from Sony has just been given a global launch date and it’s a fully loaded consumer snapper with 4GB of its own memory for storing photos without a memory card.

Panasonic Pixi elevates drunk photography to artform
Friday, August 24, 2007
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | R&D | Wireless | WTF? 06:05 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: crap mixi panasonic pixi

We see a lot of prototype and concept devices here but few are as obviously pointless as the Pixi, an add-on for mobile phones devised by Panasonic of Japan working with two British design companies.

Hitachi springs world's first Blu-ray camcorders ahead of schedule

Just two weeks after we caught whiff of a rumor that Hitachi would be releasing a Blu-ray camcorder in the fall, the Japanese company has announced that the portable high-definition technology is, in fact, ready now.

New Panasonic Lumix cameras include massive 18x optical zoom, eliminate us
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders 10:27 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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If its claims are to be believed, Panasonic just made digital photography easier than ever, with the launch of three new 8.1-megapixel Lumix models that make digital cameras as simple as point-and-click disposables.

Iris-scanning biometric phone lock available now to Japanese networks

Biometric security techniques, such as face or iris recognition, are not particularly new, but have tended to be limited to official business or novelty products until now. That seems sure to change with the commercial debut this month of a mobile phone lock from Oki Japan that is opened simply by looking at it.

Can’t be bothered going shopping? Take a photo of the TV instead

Spending money can hardly get any easier than this – a new online shopping service in Japan allows shoppers to buy music CDs simply by taking a photograph of them with a cameraphone and to pay for them on credit by keying a PIN into the very same mobile phone.

Best of British design in tiny Samsung phone AND a beanbag!
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Wireless 04:40 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: beanbags jasper morrison samsung tripods

Anyone in the market for a hype-free, yet simple and attractive mobile phone might want to take a quick look at Samsung’s latest designer phone, the SGH-E590, a super-lightweight beauty due out later this month.

Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 D-SLR
Monday, October 30, 2006
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Camera Labs are on the ball as usual, bringing us their review of Panasonic’s retro-styled D-SLR, the Lumix DMC-L1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 sliced and diced
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders 10:41 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Ever the Stakhanovite, Gordon at Camera Labs has been at it again and now shares with the world his review of Panasonic’s 10-megapixel Lumix DMC-FZ50.



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