Another Fuji X30 Leak

Fuji X30

Here’s another look at the upcoming Fuji X30 in black. Now we get a better look at the control layout atop the camera. It’s very similar to the X20. The most notable difference being the presence of a video record button where the Fn button was on the X20.

Expect an official announcement soon.

[via DCI]

Drift HD Ghost Action Cam with 2-Way Remote

Drift HD Ghost

The Drift HD Ghost is a new action cam that features a wearable on/off remote control with LEDs displaying mode in use, continuous loop video recording, built-in WiFi and an integrated 2-inch Gorilla Glass LCD screen.

Drift HD Ghost

The camera captures 1080p HD video at 25/30fps and up to 60fps at 720p. It will accept microSDHC cards up to 32GB. The remote includes a wrist strap and allows you to see when you are and aren’t recording.  The built-in WiFi allows the Drift HD Ghost to connect to upcoming iOS and Android apps, which will stream video from the camera to your device.

The Drift HD Ghost retails for $399 and is available here at B&H Photo.

Drift HD Ghost

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Lens Patent

Canon 70-300mm Lens

Canon applied for a patent application on a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens in March 2011.  Presumably, this is an update to the consumer grade line of 75-300mm non-IS lenses.  There’s no mention of image stabilization in the patent; however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it couldn’t be an IS lens.

These are the current consumer zoom models in this range:

The other line of thought is that a new 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens with image stabilization could replace the existing mid-grade lens as a cheaper/lower model. [Read more…]

Panasonic FH20 Quick Hands-On Review

Panasonic FH20

One of the many point and shoot cameras announced at CES 2010 was the Panasonic FH20.  I spent a little while at CES checking out the new camera and its siblings.

The FH20 is at the top end of the new cameras in the FH lineup.  The other new cameras, the FH3 and FH1, are essentially just lower-spec versions of the FH20.  Since all the models were preproduction and I couldn’t evaluate image quality at CES, the handling and performance comments on the FH20 pretty much match up with my impressions of the FH3 and FH1 as well. [Read more…]