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…]


Domke RuggedWear Camera Bags and Clothing

Domke RuggedWear Bags

Domke has introduced a new line of RuggedWear camera bags and clothing at CES 2012. The new gear is weather resistant with tough, canvas material.  Domke is using the excellent (and very tough) YKK zippers on the new bag line.

You can find the full line of RuggedWear bags on Domke’s website here.

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

Nikon D4 Officially Unveiled

Nikon D4

After many leaks and rumors, Nikon has officially unveiled its new flagship DSLR – the Nikon D4.  In several ways, the Nikon D4 exceeds what Canon offers in terms of HDSLR-video features, all the while maintaining a powerfull still-imaging machine as well.

There are plenty of details below; however, expect some up-close action next week at CES 2012.

Nikon D4 Overview

  • 16.1 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor
  • ISO range from 100-12,800, expandable from 50-204,800
  • 10 fps with full AF/ AE or 11 fps with AF locked
  • Magnesium alloy body sealed to resist the elements
  • Accepts CF and new XQD memory card format
  • 91,000 pixel 3D Matrix Metering system
  • 15 cross type points, with nine points that work with lens speeds of f/8 and below
  • Advanced video features
    • Uncompressed HDMI out
    • Mic and audio jacks
    • Full 1080p in FX, DX and 2.7X crop modes
    • Full manual control of Exposure
  • Available February for $5999.95
  • Check availability at B&H, Amazon and Adorama.

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

    Fuji X-S1, New X-Series Superzoom

    Fuji X-S1

    Fuji X-S1

    The Fuji X-S1 is a new ultrazoom model that takes a place next to the Fuji X10 and Fuji X100 in the premium X-series line.

    The Fuji X-S1 features a 12MP EXR CMOS sensor that is a larger 2/3″ format.  The X-S1 features a manual 26x zoom lens (24-624mm equivalent) at f/2.8-5.6 and 2x enhanced digital zoom, which Fuji claims offers expanded reach with minimal quality loss.

    The Fuji X-S1 captures full resolution images at 7 fps and will record 1080p HD video.

    The X-S1 should be available later this month at $799.95.  Check availability at Amazon.com.

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