Steadicam Merlin 2 at CES 2012

Steadicam Merlin 2

We stopped by the Tiffen booth to check out some of their new offerings at CES 2012.  One of the hot new items there was the Steadicam Merlin 2, which adds some functional refinements to the popular and original Merlin.

Check out some demo footage and a brief overview of the Steadicam Merlin 2 in the video below.

Apologies for the audio distortion. It wasn’t clipping, but rather failing preamps on the camera, which we later remedied by recording to the Zoom H4n instead.

Additional details on the Merlin 2 in the press release below. [Read more...]

Polaroid SC1630 Hands-On

Polaroid SC1630

The Polaroid SC1630 is a new Android-based camera that was unveiled at CES 2012.  I had a chance to check it out up close and get a little taste of its performance.

I found it more than a little ironic that Polaroid would produce a camera that looks and feels like a phone while other manufacturers are fighting to differentiate the point and shoot camera from smart phones.

Polaroid SC1630

Even more intriguing is the fact that the Polaroid SC1630 offers a SIM-card slot, along with a speaker and mic that make it possible to use it as a phone. [Read more...]