CES 2012

Steadicam Merlin 2 at CES 2012

by on January 16, 2012

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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. [click to continue…]

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We stopped by the Argraph booth at PMA@CES for a look at their Sirui P326 carbon fiber monopod and Marumi variable ND filter.  Martin Lipton from Argraph gives us a quick rundown in the above video.

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I caught up with Western Digital at CES 2012 for a look at the new My Book Live Duo and My Book Thunderbolt RAID drives. [click to continue…]

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Here’s the full press conference of the Fuji X-Pro1 unveiling that I covered a couple of days ago via a live blog.

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Polaroid SC1630 Hands-On

by on January 11, 2012

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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. [click to continue…]

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Polaroid Z340

Polaroid’s Z340 instant digital camera is a bit of a throwback to the old-school Polaroid film cameras.  The new Z340 uses Zink zero in technology for printing digitally-capture images instantly from the camera.  I had a chance to take a closer look at the Z340 on the show floor at CES 2012. [click to continue…]

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