Tag: camera

Floating gallery

Sony unveiled the world’s first offshore gallery on the Southwark Lake today to mark the launch of two new high-zoom cameras – the compact HX60V and bridge camera HX400V.

The work of ‘Where’s Wally’ creator Martin Handford appeared to float on the London lake where passers-by were encouraged to try to find the hidden Wallys in the artwork using the high zoom cameras 20m away on the shore, with  the quickest entrant winning the painting and camera.

Claire Beard, Product Manager for DSC, Sony UK comments, “We wanted to bring a bit of fun to the park experience this summer so we have partnered up with ‘Where’s Wally’ creators to make the ultimate family treasure hunt.

With the world’s first offshore gallery we hope to create the most interesting Wally search to date. Park goers will need to use the 50x optical zoom of the new HX400V to unearth the king of hide and seek”

Sony Cameras and Where's Wally Floating Gallery

HX400 / V

·         Experience all the detail up close with the Sony HX400V bridge camera with an impressive 50x zoom

·         Don’t worry about having to change lenses, the HX400V is complete with in-built 50x zoom lens – take pictures like a professional

·         In-built Wi-Fi allows you send photos and videos straight to your smartphone or tablet, while NFC connects effortlessly with compatible mobile devices at a single touch

·         With a 20.4MP Exmor™ R CMOS sensor allows more light and detail in every frame

HX60V

·         The ideal holiday companion – Sony’s HX60V travel compact with an incredible 30x zoom

·         Ideal for capturing stunning landscapes and wildlife even in low light with the HX60 newly developed BIONZ X processor

·         In-built Wi-Fi allows you send photos and videos straight to your smartphone or tablet, while NFC connects effortlessly with compatible mobile devices at a single touch

·         With a 20.4MP Exmor™ R CMOS sensor allows more light and detail in every frame

It's not something we write about that often - supermarket offers - but Asda have a great deal on at the minute when it comes to Galaxy tabs and we figured that if any of you out there are thinking of buying one at the moment you would like to know. We would like to know -  so we're sharing.

Asda is offering an online exclusive deal with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (white) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. Both devices are on offer for a bargain price and when purchased together you will be saving £99.

You will also be saving over £362 compared to other retailers.

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With the launch of Samsung's new Galaxy Gear Smartwatch and Google Glass slowly edging towards the mainstream population, we can't help but wonder how this new, wearable spy-esque tech could be exploited. We love Samsung's amazing advances over the years especially their amazing cameras and TVs, but the question raised by BBC journalist Rory Cellan-Jones as to 'Why would anybody want a camera on their wrist' did bring to mind a quote from BBC2 comedy show, Coupling, in which the leading character, Steve Taylor said something along the lines of 'Man's advances in technology are all simply aimed at making it easier and better to view porn'.

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Now we're not even sure if this watch can view or take video files yet, but having a secret watch camera could easily lead to wrong doing more than candid photos of your mates. The internet is filled with celebrity up-skirt pictures, nip slips and the like, many taken by the large number of readily available spy cameras (google spy camera, it's shocking) could things like this see a certain rise once devices like this become readily available? Especially when it comes to technology like Google Glass. These glasses are able to record what you see, when you see it- the poor woman who's skirt got caught in the wrong gust of wind (or worse) might end up online for all to see, hosted in a foreign country with different laws where she would have no control over the content being taken down.

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Obviously we love the advances in technology that we are privileged to being part of over the past decades and beyond and are by no means saying that these advances should halt, everyone has wanted a James Bond watch and it's about damn time we got one. But the manipulating and secretive nature of some tech advances could come in handy in ways that aren't ideal. Cue funny video:

What we feel needs to be looked at, in this ever advancing technological world however, is that age old Spiderman saying - that with great power comes great responsibility, we feel the policing of such technology needs to step up...

Twitter was founded in 2006 and it is only now, seven years later that action is being taken to try and control the potentially abusive nature of the site after the trolling abuse Jane Austin suffered, despite this kind of thing happening to some of its general users everyday. Is technology moving so fast that laws and the supervision of its use can't keep up? Should it be the service providers job to keep an eye on things as part of the sales agreement or possibly the responsibility lies with the developers?

While many people argue against "big brother" keeping an eye on us all, should only the guilty really be worried about what they have to hide? Or is the right to ones privacy from everyone (even the law) more important than protecting those suffering from the crimes? Is it ignorant of us to moan about police keeping tabs on things and not granting them more control when hackers and such are already potentially watching us through our Smart TV?

When we purchase a TV we have to provide our name and address to register ourselves as a user so the TV Licence people can chase us up if we choose not to pay our bills. Would such forced registration on these tech items be such a bad idea? At least that way images taken could potentially be traced to the serial number of the device used and criminals punished?

Personally I wouldn't have a problem with it as I plan to mostly use my spy watch to take photos of the banks I intend to heist....oh wait...ignore that part.

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If you haven't seen this new offering from Samsung, then allow me to sum it up in one sentence. A very good camera with basic smartphone features…as apposed to a very good smartphone with a basic camera.

Why would you want it the other way around? We will admit the idea had us puzzled at first, but once we got our hands on Samsung's latest bit of tech, all became clear.

A good few years ago I tried on a friends pair of glasses as a joke and it was only then that I realised how fuzzy the world had been before. I hadn't noticed my eyesight had deteriorated over the years, i now have the same prescription lenses as my friend. Similarly, after using the Samsung Galaxy camera for a day in Brussels I feel the same about a camera with some smartphone functionalities. Using the Galaxy Camera rather than my phone was an instant reminder of what real high quality visuals are supposed to be like.

Don't get me wrong, most phones offer impressive quality for their size, but with more and more people taking to things such as Instagram to share their photos with friends, its only natural for some of those people to realise that taking photos is something they really enjoy and want to take to the next level…enter the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

That is exactly who this Camera is made for, the people who want to take things to another level quality wise, but maintain the forward thinking of the smartphone's workflow in terms of sharing photos and video.

Thanks to its MicroSim slot, you can pop in a sim card ( it accepts Pay As You Go) and while you're out taking snaps, load up one of its Android apps and share your creativity straight away, be that on Facebook, Instagram or wherever else you want it to be seen.

It also connects via WIFI and uploads every photo and video stored on your camera straight to your computer via a Dropbox account in minutes.  The connectivity alone makes me want to use this over my SLR mainly because I end up taking a ton of photos that never leave the SD Cards they are saved on.

I really could go on about how much I like this product all day and to explain all of its features you would probably need a full day, so I picked my top five.

1. Ease of use, most camera's will have automatic or advanced modes etc where you can decide how technical you want to get. But this is the first we have seen where (once in advanced mode) it explains in a nice little tab what each and every setting does, thus teaching the most basic photographer how to use the camera like a pro.

2. Slow Motion video, in a time where everyone and their Nan are making their own music & fashion videos, nothing looks cooler than slow motion scenes, and while smartphones boast of apps that can slow videos down, the software is still just slowing down footage shot at normal speed (which is around 30 frames per second), this results in the playback looking choppy and laggy. This camera can record at 120 frames per second, allowing your slowed down scenes to look so good you'll probably spend a day filming everything to see it slower…or at least I did anyway.

3. Effects before you take the photo, we're all used to taking a photo or video, then seeing how we can make it look with some effects in Instagram, Snapseed, 8mm etc. Well imagine being able to put the effects on before you take the photo and view how it looks live on the camera's display. The Samsung Galaxy Camera  lets you add a number of effects from standard black an white, high contrast to popular favourites you'll find on photo editing apps, so no longer do you have to hope it will look good after, you'll know before you've even taken the shot.

4. Holiday Landmarks, imagine being on holiday somewhere and not knowing what the location really has to offer in terms of a photo opportunity, well with this camera running the latest android apps (such as S Voice and Google Voice) you can literally ask your Camera 'what are the best landmarks in Brussels' etc and it will connect to the net, then show you what's around via Google and its ever realiable Google maps. You can even have a Skype call on your camera and broadcast your finding to your friends and family in amazing high quality.

5. The Design, I was going to bang on about another of its amazing software features, but I have to give credit to the build of this kit. If like me you have used many an SLR in the past, you'll know that when it comes to really taking photos, you want something with some weight rather than a feather on a tripod…something that feels like its a professional piece of equipment. Also, you want a serious zoom lens on your camera, and the Samsung Galaxy Camera hides a massive 21x Zoom lens that comes to life once you turn the Camera on, as does its huge super clear HD screen.

With all of the above and great technical specs such as:

  • Amazing quality with over 16 megapixels
  • Just under 4gb built in memory and upto a whopping 64gb via MicroSD slot
  • Android (Jellybean) operating system
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording & playback
  • Up to 280 hours standby battery time & usb chargeable

For it's price, this is the mid-entry camera from the future that anyone into photography would love to get for Christmas, hint hint Santa.

For more information please click here.

Is London about to look like your Facebook wall? This is the first video of the new Instagram camera. It has all the things you would expect - the square screen, the filters but also is able to print much like a Polaroid although maybe the most worrying thing is that you can instantly stick your photos to places - any places.

The video gives the option of sticking your newly taken photo to what we guess is a street lamp but we are so concerned that these well meaning photos of everyone will suddenly be everywhere.

You can of course share from your camera instantly to your general networks which is great because it means we can see even more pictures of everyone, everyones pets, everyones babies, food, homes, clothes, purchases, nights out etcetc. Yey!

If you want a Socialmatic camera you can find them here.