Nikon has today gone live with the 1 AW1 compact system camera. which it is billing as the world's first waterproof/shockproof interchangeable lens camera.
According to Nikon the camera is waterproof (to 15 m)2, shockproof (from heights of up to 2 m)3, freeze-proof (to -10°C), and fully dustproof. The camera also sports sealing at critical points on the camera--as well as an O-ring for the lens mount-- to ensure water doesn't enter the camera's inner workings.
Features include a Nikon 1 advanced hybrid AF (autofocus) system, a 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor which offers an ISO range up to 6400 for low-light photography and shooting speeds of up to 60 fps, and 15 fps with autofocus.
OPtional features include the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter for transferring images.The company is also launching a pair of equally water/shock/freeze-proof 1 NIKKOR AW lenses and the complete range of 1 NIKKOR lenses is compatible with the Nikon 1 AW1. You can use a NIKKOR lens in combination with the FT1 mount adapter
The camera sports a minimalist design with a stainless steel front panel. It also comes in three colours - black, white, and silver.
Thuan Bui, Product Manager for Nikon 1 products at Nikon UK says: "We're pleased to expand the Nikon 1 range to include the AW 1 - a new model that combines the style, portability and high performance features synonymous with the Nikon 1 range, with the added benefit of all-weather protection."
He adds: "Whether you enjoy taking pictures of an active hobby or on your holidays, the water/shock/freeze-proof build means that photographers can concentrate on taking high-quality photos and movies, rather than worrying about the safety of their camera. Plus, the two new all weather lenses mean you have the flexibility to get creative and take control of your images."
Nikon has today taken the wraps of a pair of cameras in its COOLPIX range - a high-end model and a budget compact snapper.
Nikon says that the top ender, the P7800, is aimed at enthusiasts who want a compact camera that still gives them plenty of manual and creative options.
It features a high resolution 7.1x zoom NIKKOR lens with 2 ED glass and 7 blade iris aperture which the maker says deliver better background blur and super crisp focusing.
It also sports a 12 megapixel large illuminated CMOS sensor, a built-in electronic viewfinder and a 3" RGBW LCD vari-angle display.
Convenience features include a quick start-up time and pin sharp autofocus with second generation Vibration Reduction and continuous shooting up to 8fps. It also has RAW compatibility (NRW.)
The P7800 does video too with a Full HD 1080p (25 or 30fps) resolution and built-in stereo microphone (and external microphone output) and a Custom Movie mode sos users can set the shutter speed, aperture, ISO setting, picture control, manual focus, optical zoom and white balance.
The P7800 is compatible with a WU-1a wireless adapter to share images in an instant, or remotely control the camera with a smartphone.
The COOLPIX P7800 will be available in black.
Also coming is the COOLPIX S02, budget camera which has a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor, 7.3GB of internal memory and a 3x optical zoom. There's also a powerful flash, Full HD video recording and a touch sensitive screen.
Samsung and Sony might have dominated the first day of IFA 2013 but there are plenty of their consumer electronics companies with interesting stuff at the show.
Like Toshiba, which has just unveiled the Camileo X-Sports sportscam, which has quite a few interesting features.
The camera, which sports a 5.08cm (2.0") embedded LCD display, is designed to be used in high octane situations - think adrenalin sports and more, and not surprisingly features a robust waterproof casing that's effective up to 60 metres. Itis pretty tough without the casing too though and can withstand a drop of up to 1.5 metres.
One clever feature is a wireless remote control for the camera in the guise of wrist band. This means that users can control the camera without having to take their eyes of what the cliff faces, approaching waves etc.
It also comes with mounting accessories so that it can be housed in a number of ways such as stuck on a helmet or attached to a board.
Usefully it is Wi-Fii enabled for uploading images and it has on bespoke app which enables users to control the camera from their phone.
Resolution is Full HD 1080p with up to 60 frames per second and there is also a high
performance 12MP CMOS sensor. An ultra-wide angle lens to capture the full picture. The Camileo X-Sports has an ultra-wide angle lens to capture the full picture and, cleverly photos can be shot continuously, in bursts or at set time intervals, while action scenes can be recorded as looping video.
There's an image stabilisation system on board and it is compatible with micro-SD, miniHDMI and micro-USB.
It will be on sale in Q4 - so October then - and there are no details yet on its price.
Good news for high-end photographers who need to keep connected. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy NX, which it bills as the world's first 4G interchangeable lens Connected Compact System Camera (CSC), is about to go on sale in the UK.
The phone/camera hybrid will cost around £1299 from Jessops and Currys with selected online and high street retailers to follow.
The camera features integrated 4G/LTE tech which mean that the 20 MP images the user can take can be emailed/uploaded at speeds which should ensure that they don't take forever to reach their destination.
Features on the camera includ Photo Suggest which offers location-based recommendations of popular photography spots, and Story Album which allows you to view a timeline of shots and create digital photo books.
The camera comes with various lenses that can produce bright and detailed images, even in lowest lit conditions.
It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and is compatible with a host apps Android apps that can aid the photographer to edit images or add special effects.
It also boasts 30 Smart Mode options and offers Multi Exposure merges two different shots together to produce one image and Animated Photo which connects continuous shots of up to five seconds, creating a moving GIF file.
It has been a long time coming but the Lytro camera finally arrives in the UK today going on sale in a variety of stores with prices starting at £399.
So why is this a big deal? Well in case you missed the hype the Lytro, which has been in existence since 2011, offers users what it says is a unique and innovative way to take and experience pictures.
The Lytro light field camera captures all rays of light in a scene and this means it can perform some neat tricks such as the ability to focus a picture after it's taken or alter the perspective on a scene. The maker says that this means it can create interactive "living pictures," that can be endlessly refocused.
The camera also has a fairly unique design too in that its is small and rectangular. Also on board is a powerful 8x optical zoom and f/2 lens. There's no extra dials or buttons and the whole thing is controlled by what the maker says is a intuitive touchscreen.
This being the age of Instagram and Lomography the camera also comes with nine interactive filters. There's also the Lytro Mobile App.which works on iOS devices, that enables users to refocus pictures and experience Perspective Shift
Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Lytro comments: "With light field technology there is a huge opportunity for creativity in photography that hasn't been possible in the past. We've seen amazing, creative and interactive pictures from camera owners in other countries, and we're looking forward to seeing living pictures from our UK customers."
Prices are £399 for the Graphite, Electric Blue, Moxie Pink 8GB Lytro Cameras, and £469 for the Red Hot: 16GB Lytro Camera.
Our affection for retro looking cameras probably never really went away. Old school snapper are however very much back in the spotlight thanks to the Lomography craze, the re-invention of instant cameras and even digital snappers, like the Fujifilm XF1, being kitted out with a really striking liveries.
So how do you differentiate your flagship phone from your rivals?If you are Samsung you go for a larger screen size and stack it out with software goodies. If you are Sony you make it waterproof and ensure that the build quality is outstanding.
And as for Nokia, well the maker seems to be focusing on producing the best camera phones ever. To be fair the Finnish maker has always lead the pack with its snappers. They were among the first to really push for serious mega pixels on mobiles while at the same time experimenting with high-end Carl Zeis lenses
Last year they launched the intriguing 808 PureView. This was slightly bizarre handset that featured an astonishing camera which could take 41 mega pixel images and sported Carl Zeiss-branded optics in a mobile that way was thinner and lighter than it had any right to be.
The only problem was that it ran Nokia's rather outdated Symbian operating system which rendered it rather second rate as a general smartphone.
Well judging by the amount of leaks the company is having another crack at re-inventing the camera phone. It has lined up a model, which is known by the moniker of Elvis but is likely to land as with a more sensible name, that pairs the best camera ever on a smartphone with the Windows Mobile OS used on its recent Lumia mobiles. For now we can call it the EOS PureView.
There has been a deluge of leaks of the product in the last few days, which the clever money says will launch in July or August, and they show a phone with a huge bulge on the back which is there to accomodate the rather serious lens that a high end camera phone requires.
As for the rumours about the handset, well it is expected to sport at least a 41 mega pixel camera and a powerful Xenon flash. The really smart bit is that it takes two copies of each image you take - a 35-megapixel shot and 5-megapixel shot so you have one for storing and one for instant uploading - genius idea!
Also on board is likely to be the Nokia Pro Camera app which has a range of effects and tools such as an 11x zoom, anti-shake, manual focus, face detection and a self timer.
So you fancy taking images and recording video on the slopes - or whatever scary outdoor pursuit that takes your fancy - but you don't want to spend cash on an action cam when you have a perfectly good compact camera at home. What do you do?
Well a cool little accessory that is marketed in the UK by Proporta might just be what you are looking for.
The Camera Demon is a fuss-free way of attaching your camera to your helmet using a standard 1/4-inch thread (which makes it compatible with almost any snapper) so that you can capture that all footage. It doesn't look like much - it basically consists of a chunk of plastic with rubber washer and metal screw thread set on a 3M adhesive pad.
However I can vouch for the fact that it not only works but works really well.
Attaching the Demon to your helmet first involves ensuring that the helmet is dust free by giving it a quick clean. Then you attach the adhesive 3M pad to the helmet. And boy is it sticky! Once it is in place it is going nowhere.
You then place the thread mount with your camera on to the bracket and secure it by tightening it. This is the slightly tricky bit, but once in place it too is rock solid.
Then it is a matter of pressing record on your camera and off you go.
To test the demon we took it round a Go Kart track in Hertfordshire (see vid below) and in spite of the speeds and the bumps it worked brilliantly in enabling the camera to capture some high octane footage.
There are a few limitations. For example you could place a digital SLR on the bracket, but it isn't really advisable. It is also quite fiddly to move around once in place, in fact to remove the adhesive pad you need to blast it with a hair dryer.
Ultimately though this is £25 accessory and if you have a compact at that you want to take with you next time you hit the slopes or shoot off on your mountain bike then this represents excellent value for money.
The Breffo Adventure Camera Kit, which was unveiled at CES 2013 back in January is about to go on sale. The £20 tool is aimed at photographers who need to find a secure yet flexible grip that will keep their camera in place while they snap away action images.
The maker says that the kit will pretty much secure a camera to anything including bike handlebars, helmets, skateboards and more.
The kit features an octopod- which has eight legs - and sports a 1/4 inch threaded screw which the maker claims can accommodate virtually every camera, camcorder and action cam.
Despite the fact some pretty cool cameras were unveiled at CES last week, we're really reluctant to spend money on a new one when our smartphones and Instagram do the trick - if you're after blurry, amateur snaps that is. However, we've fallen in love with this camera concept featured on Yanko Design today based on Kanketsu, the idea of ultimate simplicity.
Designer Forrest Radford dreamt up the teeny tiny gadget when he was given a brief to come up with a camera for Muji. Realising that Muji doesn't already have many - OK any - tech products, he decided to go for something simple, beautiful and functional instead of packed full of the latest features.
He created this cute, buttonless device called Ka-mu-ra (oh LOLZ), which has touch interfaces on each surface allowing you to make basic gestures with your fingertips. An accelerometer built into the gadget controls the surface you're controlling at any one time, so it doesn't get confused and carry out more than one task.
It's also a pretty capable camera in its own right, with an 8MP camera, LCD flash, Lithium batter and 4GB built-in flash memory.
Unfortunately the Ka-mu-ra is just a concept for now, but we'd be first in line at Muji if it ever gets snapped up by the Japanese retail giant.
There are so many different cameras on the market at the moment that all kinda look the same, sound the same and on paper have the same features, so instead of wading through pages and pages of reviews, just shop based on who you're buying for and narrow your options right down.
We've collected together some of our favourite cameras available to buy online or direct from UK high street stores, for those that like to stay on top of trends, social media addicts and complete beginners as well as a few more, so have a browse through and let us know in the comments below if there's any you'd add or other categories you'd like us to include.
If you've seen Prometheus you'll know that the movie is full of crazy sci-fi tech, but according to an article over on New Scientist today it might not all be that far fetched. Wait, don't get too carried away, although we'd love to bring you news of a Michael Fassbender robot or a crazy cryogenic dream pod thing, it's the little red cameras that get thrown up into the air and fly around that might soon be a reality, which are still admittedly pretty damn cool.
Boston-based startup Bounce Imaging has collected together a number of cameras, electronic sensors and LEDs protected by a rubber shell into the size of a tennis ball, which could be used to help soldiers and firefighters scope out a new environment for threats before they go charging in.
The futuristic gadget contains six different cameras and when it's thrown into the air each takes two photos per second, sending a full 360° image back to a computer or smartphone. The infrared LEDs also work to build a better understanding of any scene too, even if there's no light. Unfortunately the device is set to bounce through different environments at the moment, not fly like the gizmos in Prometheus. Shame.
According to the Founder of Bounce Imaging, Francisco Aguilar, the idea for the device came after the Haiti earthquake in 2010 when emergency services needed to get an idea of potential risk factors in different environments. However, we can totally see it being useful next time we embark on a crazy mission across space and need a better understanding of alien terrain.
The device is currently still a prototype, but Aguilar hopes it'll be tested by SWAT teams in the US as soon as January.
This morning camera company Nikon revealed its long-rumoured Android-powered device, the Nikon Coolpix S800c, which also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity. You know what this means guys, APPS, apps on your phone, apps on your laptop, apps on your iPad and now apps on your camera too.
As the shiny new compact camera houses Wi-Fi connectivity, you'll be able to download all of the usual Android photography apps, including... Drum roll please... Instagram. You'll also be able to upload your snaps directly to your social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as photo hosting sites, like Flickr.
Even games and productivity apps that you're used to accessing on your mobile can be used on the camera, as well as full-blown web browsers. There's no phone call option though, and no 3G, so don't go throwing your mobile away just yet.
A Nikon spokesperson said:
"Designed for the always connected individual, the S800c delivers the high picture quality and superior performance expected from a Nikon camera coupled with communication functions and app-based versatility of a smartphone or tablet."
The Coolpix S800c features a 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor, and a 10x Nikkor zoom lens (25-250mm). A three-shot burst mode is paired with 1080p video recording (and direct YouTube upload abilities) while 18 scene and filter modes mean you might not even have to grab Instagram anyway.
There's also built-in GPS for geotagging photos, a 3.5-inch OLED preview screen, and WPS for for a fast secure push button connectivity.
The device will be available from the 27th September in both black and white, costing £379.99.
If online rumours are anything to go by today, then Nikon may be preparing to launch its first Android-powered digital camera. According to camera blog Nikon Rumours, the Nikon Coolpix S800 could well be running Google's mobile operating system when its released later this year.
The blog suggests that a recent filling at the Indonesian Communication agency reveals the Coolpix S800 model number with the camera's software rumoured to be Android 2.3, an older but well-worn version of Google's OS.
The inclusion of Android would make the Coolpix S800 a truly "smart" camera, capable of downloading pretty much any app from Google's Play Store once it achieves accreditation from Google, along with the ability to tap into social networks like Facebook and Twitter directly through built-in GPS and Wi-Fi functionality.
This means that photo editing fans and obsessed Instagram users will be able to get even better results for their retro-filtered snaps, thanks to Nikon's superior image sensor tech and the rumoured inclusion of a 25-250mm lens.
Android-powered cameras have been rumoured for quite some time now, with the main reason for their slow showing on the camera market being potential warranty issues. It'll be difficult to protect users from potential malware when connected to the sometimes-dubious wares of the Google Play Store, an issue not faced by other cameras.
Following on from the launch of its new and improved TG-320 TOUGH camera last week, Olympus has unveiled two more rugged, durable and recently re-styled devices that have more of a high-end price tag, the TG-620 and the TG-820.
The Olympus TG-620 is one tough cookie, it's waterproof to a depth of 5m, shockproof to a height of 1.5m, and freezeproof to a temperature of -10°c, so like its little brother the TG-320 it's ideal for holidays, extreme sports and those who are prone to clumsiness. It's got a sliding double lock mechanism to keep your battery, card slot and ports safe, as well as a lens barrier too for added protection. It's packing a 5x wide optical zoom, autofocus and 12-MP backlit CMOS Sensor too.
The Olympus TG-820 goes one step further than the TG-620, as it's waterproof to a depth of 10m, shockproof to a height of 2m and it's also crushproof too. We're not sure why it'd need to be crushproof unless you're some kind of spy, but we suppose it's always nice to know your gadgets are unbreakable.
Both the TG-620 and TG-820 aren't just tough, they deliver SLR quality images with the help of IHS technology and their HDR Backlight Adjustment lets you take the perfect shot.
They have a range of cool extra features too, like magic filters, image stabilisation, beauty make-up mode, face detection and panorama mode.
We're not convinced the added specs of the TG-820 would justify the extra pennies unless you plan on hurling yourself off cliffs for a week, but wow does it look good...
The Olympus TG-620 will be available mid-February for £229.99 and comes in pink, blue, green, black and white.
The Olympus TG-820 will be a little bit pricier at £269.99 and comes in blue, red, silver and black.
Olympus is set to launch a new super tough camera this month, which is shockproof, waterproof AND freezeproof, making it ideal for holidays, extreme sports lovers and of course, clumsy people.
The TG-320 is waterproof up to 3 metres, freezeproof down to -10°C and shockproof to a height of 1.5 metres, so we won't be throwing it out of a plane anytime soon, but it's pretty much guaranteed to withstand a lot of bumps and falls. It's so tough because it's got a double seal protecting the inner casing and a double lock mechanism too, which ensures none of the components get damaged if it happens to fall in any water.
However, it's not just tough, it can take 720p HD movies and still photos in 14MP quality and can handle wide-angle group shots and lots of zooming. It's Eye-Fi car compatible as well, meaning you can automatically upload photos wirelessly to a computer or website. There are some cool extras too, like 3D underwater shooting mode, a selection of filters, Beauty Mode (to smooth away imperfections) and face detection.
At £139.99 it won't be the cheapest camera on the market, but it's good value for the specs it's packing and just how durable it is.
The Olympus TOUGH TG-320 is available in blue or red from the middle of February and will be priced at £139.99.
A range of new, colourful and shiny cameras from Sony are reportedly heading our way in March. Part of the brand's CyberShot offering, the WX70 and WX50 models are slim, pocketable cameras and friendly for beginners who are a little intimidated by getting into photography.
Both models share many measures, they measure 92.2 x 52.0 x 19.1mm and have a 16.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. Sony's Bionz processor is onboard with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and a 5x optical zoom is backed by a 10x digital Clear Image Zoom, with ISO up to 12800.
HD video can be shot with both cameras in AVCHD 1920 x 1080 / 50i format and MP4 formats are also an option.
The battery will last 120 minutes of continuous still shooting with the LCD on, while Sony's Optical SteadyShot Active Mode keeps your shots clear for even the shakiest of hands.
The only important difference between both models comes with their screen specifications. The WX70 comes complete with a 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD touchscreen, with a 921k dot resolution, while the WX50 has a non-touch 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD screen, with a 460k dot resolution.
We don't have any pricing details quite yet, but we do know that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 will be available in silver, black, pink, gold and blue and the WX70 is said to come in less colours (just black, silver and white). However, an image attached to the press release also shows the camera in pink and purple shades too, so we *think* these colours may only be set for other territories outside of Europe.
There are so many different cameras on the market at the moment that it can be hard to find one which is compact, affordable, easy-to-use and produces great results too, after all if you're just getting into photography you don't want to drag around a huge device and loads of kit from the start if you're not sure what to do with it.
By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 15, 2011
British teenagers know their Apples
But not the ones you eat! A survey has found that 13- to 18-year-olds don't really know how much staple food items like eggs and a loaf of bread cost, but are bang on when it comes to knowing the cost of Apple gadgets. 80% of those survey knew the exact price of the iPhone4 in 8GB and 16GB writes theguardian.
Britain's cheapest tablets revealed
When it comes to tablets you usually get what you pay for but if you like many others can't justify spending £399 on an Apple iPad you'll be happy to learn there are good devices out there that won't cost you half a month's rent (if you live in London!). ShinyShiny's editor Becca has done the legwork for you and collected five tablets that are available NOW for under £100. Check out the complete list here.
iPhone 5 to be released on 15 October?
From an Orange to an Apple, it could be that the iPhone 5 is to be revealed in about a month's time after Stéphane Richard, CEO of Orange's parent company France Telecom, let it slip that October might be it. Cue Apple's iPhone 5 PRs looking for ways to put a gagging order out.
Microsoft shows off Windows 8
Like a proud parent, Microsoft has been showing off the latest build of their Windows 8 operating system this week. If you weren't one of the lucky developers who got a glimpse of the OS's new tricks and features fret not, TechDigest can give you some insight on how to try Windows 8 before its official launch date. Or alternatively visit The Telegraph for some pretty images.
Pentax launches Optio RZ18 18x compact ultra-zoom camera
We love cameras here at ShinyShiny, so are understandably excited each time a new one hits the shelves. This week Pentax has launched a digital camera boasting an 18x optical zoom that fits in your pocket! It is available in black, pearl and orange and will be in-store from mid-October just shy of £200. Click here to find out more about the features.
Google brings voice command to British phones
Here's one for the lazy; British mobile phone users can now speak instructions to their phones with a little help from Google. The search giant has launched 'Voice Commands' that will allow you and I to dictate entire messages or issue instructions such as 'Navigate to' so that phones can show driving directions and behave like satnavs, writes The Telegraph. We only wonder how quickly the novelty will wear off and be taken over by annoyance of people wandering around shouting commands to their phones...
Home phones are losing out to mobile phones
A new study by TalkTalk has found that using the landline has been overtaken by mobiles, but that users still prefer voice calls to social networking. While those aged 25-34 have the most frequent contact with friends and family online, with 40% of the overall population saying the mobile phone was their communication tool of choice.
ASUS U46 laptop sports world's thinnest screen
There's always talk about fashion models being too thin, but can gadgets be too thin? At just 5.5mm thick, the 14-inch screen panel can tilt over the keys at different angles to widen the viewing angle. The notebook has a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. Too techie for you? Yes, I snoozed off when I started talking about processors and RAMs... What would be its competitor in Supersized vs. Superskinny: The Tech Special?
HTC brings out Sensation XE
Looks like HTC is churning out handsets faster than we can type... well handsets. Sensation XE is scheduled to hit shops later this September and boasts a 8MP camera and a front-facing camera for video calls. And to add to the splendour comes with a pair of lush Beats Audio in-ear earphones for listening to those tunes.
Another HTC - this time the leaked images of HTC Rhyme or the HTC Bliss
Aimed at female gadget geeks the Rhyme handset will arrive in a shade of silver and as the name suggests has changed to be a little bit less patronising. The launch event is planned for 20th September so expect more on this next week.
Should mobile phones be banned on public transport?
We've all been there. It doesn't matter what time of day it is or where you are, there is always someone around ready to annoy his or her fellow London commuters with mobile phone. Many of these will be inconsiderate people playing their favourite (non-)music on the speaker - what ever happened to investing in a good pair of headphones? - but then there are those who decide to answer a phone call on the bus, overground and sometimes tube only to continue to talk LOUDLY until you or they get off. If just the mere thought of this makes the anger build up inside, know that you're not alone. A recent study found that more than 22% of commuters would welcome an outright ban on mobile phones on public transport. If this is the right way forward we don't know, but let's get the discussion going.