Enjoy optical 70x ultra-zooming for a longer period of time with the Panasonic SDR-H80.
The 70x zoom lens has the power you need to take dramatic close-ups or get remarkable shots of even distant subjects. But with long-distance zoom shots, even a tiny bit of hand shake has a huge effect on picture quality. Make optimal settings automatically for both still and motion images with iA (Intelligent Auto).
The 60 GB Panasonic SDR-H80 HDD camcorder features a 70x zoom lens that has the power you need to take dramatic close-ups of even distant subjects. But with long-distance zoom shots, even a tiny bit of hand shake has a huge effect on picture quality. That’s where optical image stabilization comes in. Together, they provide clear, dynamic images of distant subjects in both still and motion images.
Features the iA function which automatically judges the scene and makes the best possible settings, so you get wonderful shots in virtually any situation. Forget about bothersome settings during important scenes and trust iA to give you the optimal shots.
0.8-second Quick Start: never miss an action!
Simply flip open the LCD and you’re ready to shoot in just 0.8 second. When Eco mode is also used, the power turns off whenever the camcorder has not been operated for 5 minutes. This reduces wasted power consumption, and enables a longer battery life.
With the included software VideoCam Suite, it’s easy to upload a video clip to YouTube website for sharing videos with people all around the world. Expands the fun of video shooting even more.
VideoCam Suite editing software is just the tool you need to make polished, smartly finished productions. It lets you load images into your PC for putting scenes in a different order and delete the ones you don’t want with simple operation. When you’re finished with your video production, you can use VideoCam Suite to reserve the edited version onto a DVD disc.
SB 2.0 (HS Mode) USB 2.0 compatibility lets you upload a motion picture data to a PC at high speed over a single USB cable.
The Panasonic SDR-H80 is available now for just $212.10 (with free shipping, you save $187.85 , that’s 47% off!).
Here are a couple of Universal Remote Control from Logitech that span most pro-am users’ needs when it comes to handle all our beloved HD gizmos.
Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote Control: meet the Remote Control King!
The Harmony remote makes it easy for any family member to use the home-entertainment system without help – and start any activity with just one touch of a button. NO more navigating a variety of entertainment components with multiple remotes and/or a complicated sequence of commands, which often require a set of written instructions.
Logitech’s range of universal remote controls has been so well-received by the home cinema enthusiast market that the company has rapidly become the number one brand for programmable clickers. And with the high-end Logitech Harmony 1100 it’s easy to see why.
With its gloss black styling and 3.5in colour screen, it’s an exact replacement for the extremely popular Harmony 1000. The Logitech Harmony 1100 is similarly capable of controlling up to 15 separate items of kit (via IR or, with an optional extender, RF).
But the most impressive feature, one that rivals find impossible to match, is that the control codes for your equipment can be found and stored within seconds thanks to an ever-expanding online database with, so far, over 225,000 available.
Of course, you’ll need to hook up the remote to your computer and, subsequently, the internet, which may put off some, but the supplied software is so simple to use, that it shouldn’t take more than an hour to set up. And that includes macros (called ‘Activities’ here), too.
Be confident you can control whatever entertainment devices you have today or buy tomorrow. The Harmony 1100 works with more than 225,000 devices from 5,000+ brands – and the list grows every day.
The software, onscreen graphics and button layout have all been improved over the Harmony 1000 thanks to consumer feedback. The ability to set up Activities (sequences of events that switch on all of the relevant equipment) is a godsend. For example, tap ‘Watch TV’ and the screen, Freeview box and amp all start up automatically.
When used with the Harmony RF Extender (sold separately), the Harmony 1100 helps you control devices that you keep behind closed doors, even those you can’t see.
The Logitech Harmony 1100 is available now for US $286.83 so you Save $212.17 (that’s 43% off) so hurry up.
Logitech Harmony 880 Remote Control: for the budget-conscious user
The Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote puts you in control of your entire audio-video system with just one button. It’s home entertainment the way it should be–simple.
Optimized for complicated HDTV and PVR systems, the Harmony 880 helps you tame tough configurations like switching your television between video aspect ratios depending on the program source. The interactive color display lets you quickly choose a 16:9 ratio for movies and HDTV, or a standard 4:3 ratio for basic television programming.
It comes with a recharging station so, never replace batteries again. The Logitech Harmony 880 includes a sleek docking station that keeps the remote fully charged. Your family will always know where to put the remote—and you´ll always know where to find it!
The Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote puts you in control of your entire audio-video system with just one button. It’s home entertainment the way it should be – simple. Optimized for complicated HDTV and PVR systems, the Harmony 880 helps you tame tough configurations like switching your television between video aspect ratios depending on the program source. The interactive color display lets you quickly choose a 16: 9 ratio for movies and HDTV, or a standard 4: 3 ratio for basic television programming.
Get ready to save up to 65% on this! The Logitech Harmony 880 is now available for US $69.99!
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is the lastest member of the Micro Four Thirds family. But before Micro Four Thirds, there was Four Thirds. With Olympus having produced relatively small film SLRs since at least the early 1970s, it was probably no surprise that they would partner with Kodak to introduce the Four Thirds System standard (with its sub APS-C sized sensor) as they prepared to move into the digital age. The smaller sensor helped the company produce diminutive DSLRs that carried on the Olympus tradition.
Sensor resolution is 12.1 megapixels and there are full manual and auto controls, plus a palette of user-established settings that rival DSLRs in number and scope. You can shoot in RAW if you choose, or RAW/JPEG combinations, and there’s 1280×720 HD video in AVCHD Lite (which is more memory efficient than Motion JPEG) or Motion JPEG formats.
The GF1 is undoubtedly smaller than its big brothers, the G1 and GH1, but it’s not quite as tiny as Panasonic might lead you to believe. Measuring 119 x 71 x 36.3mm and weighing 285g without a lens attached, it’s just a little smaller and 50g lighter than the very similar Olympus E-P1 camera. Instead of a traditional DSLR hand-grip, the DMC-GF1 has a slightly raised vertical area on the front-right which isn’t big or pronounced enough to be of much assistance. The rubberized thumb-rest on the rear is a lot more useful.
Because of space considerations inherent in the Micro Four Thirds System, a 3.0 inch LCD monitor operating in Live View is the only means of image composition and framing for capture.
If you don’t want to use the LCD screen for composition, an optional electronic external viewfinder is also available, the Panasonic DMW-LVF1 (priced at $199.95), which slots into the external flash hotshoe on top of the camera. The GF1 can record 1280 x 720 high-definition video in the AVCHD Lite or Motion JPEG formats, and it can focus in just 0.3 seconds via its contrast auto-focusing system.
The camera uses SD/SDHC memory media, and Panasonic includes a battery charger/AC adapter, battery pack, body cap, AV cable, USB connection cable, AC cable, DC cable, shoulder strap and CD-ROM software with each camera.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is available in four colours, black, red, silver and white, either body only (£570) or in two different kits, one with the new LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH pancake lens, and the other with the existing 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. zoom lens: starting from US $ 866,95!
Looking for that extra bit of screen real estate to get you through the busy workday? Referring to notes while writing an e-mail, checking info in a spreadsheet while entering data into a web page, keeping an eye on your to-do list while browsing YouTube… it’s handy to have additional monitor space at the ready.
Problem is an entire secondary monitor comes with its own needs like requiring a separate power cord or perhaps an additional video card.
The MIMO USB Monitor changes this equation completely by offering a low-maintenance relationship between you and an extra display.
A single USB connection from your computer gets you an instant high-resolution secondary display. This awesome display is perfect for your IM client, widgets, PC gaming tools, your email, a spreadsheet, your PhotoShop tools, or even video! Not only do these displays enhance productivity, they look great!
The single USB connection, combined with a weight of only 1.3 pounds, means the Mimo monitor is ultra portable and cost-effective, as no expensive extra video cards are required.
It’s PC and Mac compatible, altough you’ll need to buy separate drivers to enable touchscreen features on Intel-based Macs (drivers are around $30).
There are three models you should be looking at:
MIMO UM-720S Touch Screen USB Powered 7 inch Swivel LCD Screen Mini Display: MIMO UM-720S features integrated stand and cover, 90 degree pivoting functionality, a 800×480 resolution LCD, and a resistive touch screen, that can be used in portrait or landscape mode.
MIMO UM-710S Slider Monitor
The original utility of the Mimo gets even more portable with the innovative slider model. Almost half the thickness of the iMo monitor, the slider features a folding stand that also serves to protect the screen. Available for US $ 149.99.
The MIMO UM730 features a USB Powered 7″ Swivel LCD Screen Mini Display With Built in Webcam, Microphone & Speaker Output and is available for US $ 169.99!
Any further questions?
Here are some FAQs.
What about Mimo connections?
It’s extremely easy to set up the Mimo. Install the drivers on the provided CD-ROM. Plug in the USB connector! Amazingly, there is only one connector, as the Mimo is completely USB powered.
Ok, one more display is good, but how many Mimo monitors can I connect to my PC?
Theoretically a PC can recognize up to 127 USB devices! However, with current PC systems, we recommend the following maximum number of Mimo displays:
1-2 Mimo displays: 1.2 GHz CPU / 512 MB RAM
3-5 Mimo displays: 1.8 GHz CPU / 1GB RAM
6 Mimo displays: 1.6 GHz Dual-Core CPU / 1GB RAM
Can I attach my Mimo monitor to a USB hub?
Yes, Mimo monitors can be connected to a powered USB 2.0 hub.
Take a look at MIMO USB Monitors!
The Nikon D3000 is an entry-level DSLR, but don’t let the term fool you. When you place the label “Entry Level” on a camera, it might call to mind a camera with no frills, limited uses, and little more to offer than an automatic shooting experience.
This has been disproved by the latest crop of cameras released in the past two years, and the D3000 continues to set the bar high for an entry-level camera.
This new generation of point-and-shoots and entry-level DSLRs not only push the boundary of low-light performance and mega resolutions, they give that power to a whole new audience of beginning photographers.
Not only do DSLRs offer you manual control over shooting, they give you the advantage of using different kinds of lenses. It’s important to remember when buying a DSLR that you’re also buying into a system of lenses, not just a camera. The power of having a DSLR is that you can place any of your old lenses onto a new camera body in the future.
Enter the Nikon D3000, a new entry-level DSLR with a 10.2 megapixel DX-format CCD APS-C image sensor, 11-point Autofocus system with 3D tracking (which comes on the higher-end D5000 and D90), Active D-Lighting and an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens for $599.
The Nikon D3000 feels and looks exactly like the other DSLRs from Nikon, and is only different from the D90 and D5000, both higher-end models, by a few tenths of an inch. The D3000 measures 5.0×3.8×2.6 inches while the D90 is 5.2×4.1×3.0 inches, though the D3000 weighs a bit less at 1 lb 1 oz, making the Nikon entry-level to prosumer DSLR models almost identical in shape and size as well as overall appearance.
First time DSLR users will enjoy the Guide Mode. It literally walked us through different shoot scenarios via the fixed 3″ LCD screen. An excellent tool, its step by step instructions allowed my niece to move from the operating booklet in no time.
The Nikon D3000 is paired with a Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S DX lens. It will operate with any Nikkor DX and AF-S lens.
Nikon makes it really simple with a thumb dial for tweaking aperture and shutter speed. Metering, focus modes, and exposure compensation are easily controlled via the menu. The D3000 does not shoot in video mode. This model easily shoots over three frames per second in continuous mode. The 3D tracking sensor operates quite well in low lighting.
Get the full Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens bundle for US $458.86 (You Save: $91.09 and that’s 17%!) now and enjoy a limited-time free-shipping!
Explore your camera’s creative options and learn to get great shots with your dSLR with this great book!
Get the Nikon D3000 For Dummies for US $ 19.79 (and save up to 34%!)!
Fujifilm FinePix Z30: a 10 MP ultra-compact camera keen on fashion – and a gift that’s bargain-priced too!
The Fujifilm FinePix Z30 is a very compact, fairly inexpensive, 10-megapixel point-and-shoot that’s loaded with automatic controls, playback effects, continuous shooting features, and numerous self-timer modes.
It also has a 3x optical zoom and a fairly unique style that should generate significant buzz.
The Fujifilm FinePix Z30 packs a 10-megapixel resolution and a 3x optical zoom into a very tiny body.
The camera is available in pink, purple, orange, black, and white and should be available soon for around $180. On the floor at PMA we spent most of our time with the orange model, as shown throughout this review.
The Fujifilm FinePix Z30 isa true stylish device and its design makes it an exciting, fashionable piece of technology.
The Fujifilm FinePix Z30 tag price as appealing as well: US $ 79.99 (and that’s 47% off its regular price!!!)
Shopping season special – No-wires music? Looking for wheaterproof speakers? Audio Unlimited Wireless Speakers – with Remote
Audio Unlimited Wireless Speakers solutions offer unlimited installation options for today’s consumer seeking high quality sound virtually anywhere. The beauty of this amazing technology is all of the 900MHZ wireless speaker options/products run on the same transmitter and frequency allowing you to add as many speakers as required for you unique installation. The signal works just like high powered wireless 900MHz phones delivering a crystal clear signal through walls or any other obstacles in your yard offering endless installation options.
Listen to music just about anywhere without the hassle of running unsightly speaker wire! These high-quality, weather-resistant speakers can even be used in wet areas. Powered by 900MHz Phase Loop Lock circuitry which automatically locks in and keeps the audio signal clear and strong within a range of up to 150 feet with no line of sight limitations. The signal works just like high powered wireless 900MHz phones delivering a crystal clear signal through walls or any other obstacles in your yard truly offering endless installation options.
Expansion is Easy
The system transmitter supports all types audio inputs including RCA inputs for home theatre receivers, MP3 players, computers and iPods. Audio Unlimited’s wireless speaker system is the perfect solution for adding music around the pool/spa, on the patio, near the BBQ, in your office, garage, in the garden, or out on the deck during those hot summer nights. With the optional add-on units (sold separately SPK-VELO2) you can spread the sound even further around your garden and they can all work off of the same original transmitter. These stylish portable speakers come with a remote, so you can fine tune without having to play with the unit itself. Have time for fun with your guests, not a bunch of buttons.
Get Audio Unlimited Wireless Speakers now $99.88 (You Save $70.11 , that’s 41% off regular price!)
Shopping season special: Do you love Internet radio? Get (or give) Logitech Squeezebox Radio or Aluratek AIRMM01 Internet Radio!
We do love streaming radios!
Besides using iTunes, WinAmp or a Shoutcast streaming server, we love all stand-alone devices that stream music from the tens-of-thousands internet radio stations out there.
There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, but internet radios give you such a great amount of choice, so here’s a couple of the best and latest internet radio devices right in time for Xmas shopping season!
The first-class choice: Logitech Squeezebox Radio
The Logitech Squeezebox Radio is a first class, excellent Internet radio with clock/alarm functions. With the Flickr app installed, it will display photos stored under user’s Flickr account. Other capabilities which are nice to have but not likely to be widely used include its ability to stream audio from a computer or double up as an iPod speaker.
With the rash of recent A/V components integrating the plethora of web related, streaming audio content into their feature set, Logitech has been streamlining their delivery of the same content in their Squeezebox series. The Squeezebox Radio is Logitech’s most recent release into this field. The compact form factor of the Squeezebox Radio is designed for an audience looking to bring their library of music into a smaller room. Additionally, the Squeezebox Radio is ideal for those who have a Wi-Fi network already established for streaming audio files.
The Logitech Squeezebox Radio comes packaged in a small box and wrapped in light plastic packaging. It also comes wrapped in a thin plastic film designed to keep smudges off the finish. The piano black, glossy finish (also available in red) is very susceptible to fingerprints and dust is very visible as well. The only two cords that come with the Squeezebox radio are the AC adaptor (which uses the new detachable plug design) and a 3.5mm cord for connecting other audio sources such as an iPod Touch or another form of audio player.
Squeezebox red version
The Logitech Squeezebox Radio is about 8.5 inches in length, 5 inches wide and 5 inches deep. There is an indention in the rear of the unit to act as a handle if you plan to use the unit as a portable device. The rear of the unit also has the AC power connection port, an Ethernet cord port for a wired connection to your network and the audio-in port. The 3.5mm headphone port is on the right side of the unit.
The front of the unit is split in half, the left side being the built-in speaker (a 3-inch driver with a ¾ inch tweeter) and the right side containing all the buttons to navigate around your music collection. There are 6 preset buttons that surround the 2.4 inch color display. Simply holding down one of the buttons during your favorite streaming station OR audio file on your server will make that a quick way to get to that music.
The color screen is quite clear and I would equate the quality in image similar to my iPhone. It loads up track information, album covers and the Wi-Fi connection strength on the screen during playback. It will also auto-dim the screen after a period of non-use. Below the screen, you will find the standard music playback tools, volume controls and menu navigation buttons. The main menu navigation tool is a large dial just below the screen. This scroll wheel makes for quick navigation as well as item selection by pushing the dial into the unit.
The Logitech Squeezebox Radio retails for US $ $182.56 (saving is about 9%!)
Aluratek AIRMM01: simple and smart
Aluratek AIRMM01 brings the clock-radio into the 21st Century. It connects to your Wi-fi at home, and delivers almost any radio station you want from around the world.
Choose between more than 11,000 radio stations worldwide via built-in vTuner with no monthly cost!
The Aluratek AIRMM01 is compatible with universal Plug-n-Play audio servers such as: Microsoft Media Player 11 (WMP11), Microsoft Media Connect and MusicMatch Jukebox.
It features Wireless access – WIFI 802.11 b and g, Ethernet LAN port and USB 2.0 (host only) connectivity
You can access music files (MP3, WMA, WAV file formats) stored on a USB 2.0 flash drive, MP3 player or Hard drive through the unit’s USB port and has an alarm clock function with 2 programmable alarms wakes you up to internet radio, FM radio, digital music, or choice of several alarm tones.
It’s that simple and affordable too!
Get the Aluratek AIRMM01 now for US $ 89.99 (that’s 40% off regular price!)
The BackFlip is really simple, and simply a delight.
The BackFlip is an iPhone case that serves the same purpose as the most popular rubber iPhone cases which have literally sold tens of millions of units.
It has the same shock-absorbing qualities as rubber cases, as well as the sticky, non-slip performance so that phone doesn’t move when you put it down. However, the BackFlip goes way beyond the basic rubber case in that with the simplest yet ingenuous feature: it has a well-designed pop-out stand on its back.
With the stand, you can easily prop up the iPhone vertically or horizontally, making it easy to view videos, pictures, web pages or emails without needing to hold the iPhone. I view all sorts of content on my iPhone all the time, and always get tired of holding the phone. So I either end up laying it down flat – requiring me to tilt my head to see it properly – or having to MacGyver together some odds and ends to prop the phone up so I can view the content. With the BackFlip, you simply flip the stand out and voila, the phone is propped up instantly for viewing.
The BackFlip‘s price won’t even set you back: it’s just US $ 29.95 !!!
Kodak has introduced the Pic Flick print and share application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch.
Currently available only in the US, the free app allows users to wirelessly print images from their iPhone and iPod Touch on Kodak’s recently released Wi-Fi-enabled ESP 5250 All-in-One printer or upload them on the Easyshare W820 and W1020 wireless digital frames.
Kodak Company has introduced the KODAK Pic Flick App, a new, free Apple iPhone and iPod touch Device that enables consumers to upload pictures to a KODAK W1020 Wireless Digital Frame or print them wirelessly on the Kodak ESP 5250 Wireless networking multi-function printer/scanner/copier, which saves consumers an average of $110 a year on ink(1) and offers the lowest total ink replacement cost in the industry.(2)
“Pictures are a way of sharing the unique moments in our lives,” said Randy Brody, Vice-President of Marketing Inkjet Systems, Eastman Kodak Company. “The KODAK Pic Flick App provides a fast, easy and fun way to print, display and share within seconds of capturing a moment at home or away from home. Consumers can simply upload pictures to a nearby KODAK W1020 Wireless Digital Frame or send them to the KODAK ESP 5250 AiO Printer using their Apple iPhone or iPod touch.”
The KODAK Pic Flick App features include:
“At Kodak, we believe pictures are meant to be shared and are committed to helping people do more with their pictures by providing solutions to make, manage and move images easily and effortlessly,” continues Brody. “With the KODAK Pic Flick App, we are helping consumers to print and share moments in the time it takes to make a simple phone call.”
The KODAK Pic Flick App is free and is available on the App Store.
The new colorful digital SLR camera Pentax K-x combine solid photography performance like Live View function, high quality movie recording, high quality DSLR photographic for all users.
The Pentax K-x DSLR is geared toward entry level users. It has a 12.4MP CMOS sensor and a large number of higher end features. Additionally, the camera will come in black, white, red and navy.
The Pentax K-x continues on the for the Pentax K2000. The K-x has a one-handed shooting design is targeted to users stepping up from a point and shoot digital camera to their first digital SLR.
Along with the 12.4MP CMOS sensor, it has a 2.7 inch LCD screen, Live View, face detection, 720p HD video capabilities shooting at 24p, HDR bracketing, 4.7 fps, 11 point autofocus, and uses AA batteries.
The Pentax K-x DSLR is geared toward entry level users. It has a 12.4MP CMOS sensor and a large number of higher end features. Additionally, the camera will come in black, white, red and navy.
The Pentax K-x continues on the for the Pentax K2000. The K-x has a one-handed shooting design is targeted to users stepping up from a point and shoot digital camera to their first digital SLR. Along with the 12.4MP CMOS sensor, it has a 2.7 inch LCD screen, Live View, face detection, 720p HD video capabilities shooting at 24p, HDR bracketing, 4.7 fps, 11 point autofocus, and uses AA batteries.
Pentax K-x Features & Highlights
- High-resolution 12.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor features sensor-shift Shake Reduction for stabilized image and video capture up to 4 stops max.
- Large 2.7-inch LCD features Live View with contrast, phase difference, and Face Detection autofocus (up to 16 faces).
- Capture widescreen HD video in full 720p resolution (1280×720) at 24fps cinematic framerate, using any Pentax 35mm lens.
- Highly compact DSLR body design allows for 1 handed operation and comfort when travelling.
- Powerful automatic modes, including Pentax Auto Picture and scene modes, ensure the perfect shot in any situation, while helping new photographers learn DSLR photography.
- Creative processing and filter modes produce high quality finished images, while offering the ability to explore artistic freedom through unique special effects.
- True HDR image capture blends 3 bracketed images into a single picture with outstanding shadow, highlight, and midrange detail.
- Fast 4.7fps capture speed and 1/6000 second maximum shutter speeds are possible with the Pentax PRIME II image processing engine.
- Responsive 11-point wide-angle SAFOX VIII autofocus system focuses quickly and accurately, and can easily track moving subjects.
- Capture up to 1900 shots with universally available, easy-to-find AA lithium batteries (also compatible with AA NiMH rechargeable and alkaline batteries).
- Expanded ISO range covers sensitivities from 100-12800 for extreme low light photography.
The Pentax K-x is available now for US $ 649.95!
Altec Lansing inMotion Portable Speakers for iPod: cool, amazing sound and now even more affordable than ever!
Altec Lansing hi-end audio quality and standards is well known, now we can enjoy iPod audio and benefit from big savings!
Here’s a couple of Altec Lansing products you might consider: different features, same quality, nice pricing!
Affordable, amazing sound for music lovers who listen with their eyes as well as their ears!
This new addition to the inMotion family offers big sound with stylish portability.
The Altec Lansing iM310 provides outstanding acoustic volume and audio performance for your iPod/MP3 player previously unavailable at this size or value. With powerful, crystal-clear sound and surprisingly deep bass, the foldable design is ready to let you share your tunes anywhere you like via AC or battery power.
AC or Battery-operated Enjoy up to 48 hours of continuous play on three AA batteries (or use the included AC adapter).
Alarm clock: the Altec Lansing iM310 is fully compatible with iPod models that have the alarm clock and sleep timer features.
Compact design Folds to close at 11.4“ wide, 2.5“ deep, and 6.1“ high (290 mm x 62 mm x 155 mm) for convenient mobility.
Input jack for second device connection, including CD, DVD, and MP3 players, Universal dock recharges iPod.
Weighs only 2 pounds and 6 ounces.
The Altec Lansing iM310 retails for 57.87 (you save $22.12 ; -28%)!
Altec Lansing inMotion iM600 Firewire-Charging Portable Audio System for iPod.
Altec Lansing’s iM600
Altec Lansing’s iM600 features a rechargeable battery and several convenient features to make music available wherever you are. And while the sound isn’t massively powerful, it’s loud enough to keep people dancing.
The Altec Lansing iM600’s physical design is almost inspired; it’s a flat panel that looks like a hardcover book standing on its spine. Press a button to unfold the dock in front and a support stand in back. The dock area contains (and conceals) the power and volume buttons, preventing operation while the unit is closed. A small LCD panel displays one line of text–enough to show the current source (iPod, radio, or AUX), radio station, and battery level.
You can seat any iPod that has a dock connector. Also on board the iM600 are an FM tuner and an auxiliary input for the shuffle and non-Apple devices. An extendable old-school silver antenna adds a touch of retro style; it improved reception to the point where the iM600 picked up a weak college radio station.
Grab the Altec Lansing iM600 now for $92.88! You Save: $57.07 (38%).
Sony has just announced its Granturismo PSP EntertainmentPack that will go to retail channels on October 20th for $199.99.
Sony talked about the game during its E3 press conference and the first rumors appeared in November of last year.
Here’s what’s in the box:
- Mystic Silver PSP-3000 system
- Gran Turismo PSP game on UMD
- PlayStation Network downloadable voucher for a white Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a color not available in the game and is exclusive to this entertainment pack
- 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
- PlayStation Network downloadable movie voucher – title TBD
- Sony Music Pass voucher good for 10 downloadable songs – available to U.S. residents only
The Granturismo PSP Pack is available for pre-order now for US $ 199.99!
The Nokia N900 has evolved from Nokia’s previous generation of Internet Tablets and broadens the choice for technology enthusiasts who appreciate the ability to multitask and browse the internet like they would on their desktop computer.
Running on the new Maemo 5 software, the Nokia N900 empowers users to have dozens of application windows open and running simultaneously while taking full advantage of the cellular features, touch screen and QWERTY keyboard.
“With Linux software, Mozilla-based browser technology and now also with cellular connectivity, the Nokia N900 delivers a powerful mobile experience,” says Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia. “The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we’ll continue to work with the community to push the software forward. What we have with Maemo is something that is fusing the power of the computer, the internet and the mobile phone, and it is great to see that it is evolving in exciting ways.”
Designed for computer-grade performance in a compact size, Maemo complements Nokia’s other software platforms, such as Symbian, which powers Nokia’s smartphones.
The Nokia N900 comes feature-packed too:
* Quad-band GSM EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA/HSPA 900/1700/2100 MHz
* Maemo 5 OS
* TI OMAP 3430: ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX with OpenGL ES 2.0 support
* Up to 1GB of application memory (256 MB RAM, 768 MB virtual memory)
* 3.5” 800×480 WVGA touchscreen display
* 5 megapixel autofocus camera (2584 × 1938 pixels), Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens
* Integrated GPS, Assisted-GPS, and Cell-based receivers
* Wi-Fi b/g, Integrated FM transmitter
* Micro-USB connector, High-Speed USB 2.0, Bluetooth v2.1
* 32 GB internal storage
* microSD card slot, up to 16GB
* Full QWERTY tactile keyboard, full QWERTY onscreen keyboard
* Mozilla based browser with full Adobe Flash 9.4 support
* Video playback file formats: .mp4, .avi, .wmv, .3gp; codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263
* Battery: BL-5J 1320mAh
* Dimensions: 110.9 × 59.8 × 18mm
* Weight: 181g
We’re all looking at October release date; right now the Nokia N900 is available for pre-order for US $ 588.99!
The Canon PowerShot D10 represents Canon’s first foray into the all-action world of adventure cameras.
The Canon PowerShot D10 is waterproof up to 10 meters / 33-feet deep, freeze proof from -10°C / 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof up to 1.22 meters / 4 feet, and is fully protected from dust.
More regular features include a 12 megapixel sensor, 3x zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization, 2.5 inch LCD screen, and new Smart AUTO, Blink Detection and FaceSelf-Timer modes.
The Canon PowerShot D10 has relatively few external controls, 14 in total, which reflects the fact that this is quite a simple camera in functionality terms, with only limited photographic control on offer. All the controls are clearly labeled using industry-standard symbols and terminology. As this camera will spend quite a lot of its life underwater, it thankfully has large On/Off and Shutter buttons, and the optical zoom is operated by buttons on the rear, rather than a more fiddly push/pull lever. We would have liked the zoom buttons to have been a little bigger though for quicker access in more unfamiliar shooting environments.
Virtually all of Canon’s compact digicams offer a few little known but advanced functions, and the Canon PowerShot D10 is no exception. These well-kept secrets, which you usually only learn about if you read the user guide attentively, include auto-focus lock (AFL), autoexposure lock (AEL) and flash exposure lock (FEL). To lock the focus on a subject for a series of consecutive shots, press the Left button on the four-way pad once while holding the shutter release depressed halfway. To lock the ambient exposure, do the same with the Up button. Flash exposure lock is achieved the same way when the flash is set to Forced On. AEL is available in Program, Quick Shot and Movie modes (you needn’t hold down the shutter release for AEL when you are in Movie mode though).
A unique accessory kit with Canon PowerShot D10 12.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera, additional battery, 8GB SD card, case and tripod is now US $ 349.95 (that’s 24% off its regular price!)
Ok, the iPhone doesn’t exactly score that high when it comes to battery life.
That’s why battery packs are becoming so popular!
The Kensington Mini Battery Extender Pack And Charger For Iphone And Ipod Provides A Go-anywhere, Backup Battery Pack So The Music And Videos Can Keep Playing. Rechargeable Battery Pack Extends Playing Time Up To 100 Hours Of Music; 21 Hours Of Video; 6 Hours Of Talk.
- Compatibility: iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G; iPod classic 4G, 5G, 5.5G, 6G; iPod touch; iPhone
- Power and charge your iPhone or iPod–extends play time up to 30 hours of music or 6 hours of video (on iPod nano 3G) or 3 hours of talk (on iPhone)
- Includes retractable USB charging cable
- High-capacity, rechargeable Lithium-Ion polymer battery pack for increased energy efficiency
- Small enough to keep connected to your iPhone or iPod
Features AC Power Adapter With Usb Allows You To Recharge Your Battery Pack Includes Dock Connector To Power And Charge Your Iphone And Ipod and it’s compatible With Any Ipod With Dock Connector.
The Kensington Mini Battery Extender it’s now US $28.48 (you save 43% off the regular price!).
It goes like this: the Nikon Coolpix L100 is a “bridge-style” camera that combines ease of shooting with the compositional freedom of a 15x zoom lens that covers everything from 28mm wide-angle to 420mm super-telephoto shooting.
As part of the ‘Life’ series, the Nikon Coolpix L100 sits in the Nikon range towards the bottom end. Still, a 10Mp sensor and 15x optical zoom aren’t anything to be sniffed at. On the surface it does seem that the only reason this camera was released was to satisfy the consumers who wanted a big zoom and nothing else.
The Nikon Coolpix L100 holds in a 15x optical zoom with Vibration Reduction for the zoom and distortion control for the wide shots.
On the back is the expected 3in LCD screen and very little else for simplicity’s sake.
Again, a few buttons are sat to the right of the screen for changing the mode you’re in or selecting macro, flash and drive options. The main modes are brought up for selection when you press the camera button. Easy auto makes everything point and shoot to a level I don’t normally experience. In this mode, the main menu allows you to change the resolution. That’s basically it for that mode, if you want to do anything else, you’ll have to choose the normal auto mode found at the bottom of the list.
There are only fourteen modes in the scene menu which is a little unusual for a camera that essentially takes control away from you. This could be down to the predictive auto systems that all cameras are having installed in them since Panasonic developed it. It works in the normal auto system and detects what type of photograph you’re taking then adjusts the mode the camera is in to suit. Of course, it can’t tell when you’re in a museum so there’s an option for that in the scene selections.
Looking at the menu and it’s just as simple as the rest of the Nikon Coolpix L100.
In auto mode there’s only two tabs to choose from for recording options and set up. You can also change the resolution, white balance, drive modes, colour options and take advantage of the distortion control. This could be a distinct advantage with the wide angle lens as it will cause distortion otherwise they wouldn’t include the feature on the camera.
Full info on Nikon’s L100 page.
It’s an all-time compact and easy camera: the Nikon Coolpix L100 retails for US $ 239.95, give it a try!
A High-Quality Four-Channel Audio Mixer
The Belkin TuneStudio is a four-channel audio mixer allowing for digital recordings made directly onto an iPod at 16-bit, 44kHz quality in uncompressed WAV format for crystal clear audio. Recorded items can be played back instantly. Audio is streamed though the built-in USB interface to and from a PC or Mac. TuneStudio also works as an external sound card, allowing input and output of audio to a PC from its connectors.
Each channel has a 3-band EQ as well as pan and level controls. High-quality Phantom-power-enabled XLR inputs provide up to 60db of microphone gain; a high-quality stereo compressor with makeup gain enhances audio dynamics and keeps audio levels within the recording limits of the iPod. Compression is controlled by a single knob. The TuneStudio features LEDs to indicate master audio level, power status, peak indications, and compressor.
Record Jam Sessions While on Tour or Create Podcasts on Location.
The Belkin TuneStudio is compact and rugged, making it ideal for bands on tour, as it can withstand life on the road. Jam sessions can be recorded easily by simply attaching instruments and microphones to the TuneStudio. Podcasters can use the TuneStudio to record their shows either in studio or on location.
The Belkin TuneStudio is currently compatible with:
- iPod classic, 80GB and 160GB
- iPod nano (3rd generation), 4GB and 8GB
- iPod 5th generation (video), 30GB, 60GB, and 80GB
- iPod nano (2nd generation, 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB
Best of all, the Belkin TuneStudio is now priced at US $ 179.51 (that’s 40% off its regular price!)
At just 0.5 lbs each, Panasonic’s two new high definition (HD) camcorders are almost half the weight of the company’s first AVCHD offering released in 2006 which tipped the scales at just under a pound. While a pound may not sound like much anyway, any weight loss in a device that may need to be carried at eye level for extended periods of time is good news for tired arms everywhere.
The only difference between the two new models is the choice of recording media. The Panasonic HDC-SD10K records to an SDHC/SD Memory Card, while the Twin Memory Type HDC-TM10 records onto both an 8GB built-in Memory and an SDHC/SD Memory Card. The Twin Memory of the HDC-TM10 also allows for a Relay Recording function, which automatically switches the recording media to the SDHC/SD Memory Card when the built-in memory is full.
As is the way of technological advances, the new cameras haven’t needed to cut features to shed the weight. Both camcorders feature 16x optical zoom supported by an Advanced Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) function to minimize hand-shake while zooming. The new Active mode also extends the hand-shake correction range to allow the shooting of clear, crisp images while walking or moving.
Other features include Face Detection, which adjusts the exposure based on the faces being captured, Intelligent Contrast Control, which helps ensure proper contrast, and Intelligent Scene Selector, which determines the shooting conditions and automatically selects the Scene setting that will provide optimal results. Additionally AF/AE Tracking automatically tracks the focus and exposure of a moving subject for consistent images.
To allow for operation without looking away from the subject the cameras include a touch screen that can be used to operate a variety of functions by simply touching an icon on the screen. Both models also include a built-in video light and flash for low light filming.
Anyone who has ever operated a camcorder knows that just missing a great shot is the height of frustration so the Panasonic HDC-SD10K and HDC-TM10 seek to minimize this with a 1.9 second power on time and Pre-Rec function, which continuously records three seconds of images into an internal buffer memory. When the Record button is actually pressed, the three seconds immediately prior are added to the beginning of the clip.
The HDC-SD10K will be available in black for USD$549.95, while the HDC-TM10 will be released on August 10, 2009 in both black and silver for USD$ 599.95.
Unbeatable! EasyCap USB 2.0 Video Capture Adapter with Video Editor Software for less than 10 bucks ($ 9.95 to be accurate)!
So small and easy to connect you’ll be running the EasyCap USB with almost any video source for a wide spectrum of applications ranging from VCR tapes conversion to digital, home security, video editing 101 and a lot more!
EasyCap USB USB 2.0 Video Capture Adapter provides a link between a PC and a video device with RCA connector or S-Video connector, such VHS, VCR, DVD, TV, DV, analog camcorder, camera. The adapter is ideal for laptop and desktop computer. By the professional video editing software, you can create many special effects on your video files, or edit your movies.
USB 2.0 interface, plug and play.
EasyCap USB supports brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation control and capture audio without the sound card.
Features support for all Video Formats: DVD+/-R/RW, DVD+/-VR, and DVD-Video. Applying to internet conference / net meeting. Support NTSC, PAL Video format. Include Professional and easy to learn & used video editor software: Ulead Video Studio 8.0 SE DVD.
EasyCap USB features list:
- Video input: One RCA composite, One S-Video
- Audio input : Stereo audio (RCA)
- Dimension (L)88mm x (W)28mm x (H)18mm
- USB bus power
- Supports high quality video resolution: NTSC 720 x 480 @ 30fps, PAL 720 x 576 @ 25fps
Price is a stunning US $ 9.99!