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Have we just glimpsed digital picture frame 2.0? In the spirit of expanding the uses of a ubiquitous gadget, Motorola has come up with a prototype frame that also functions as a voice over IP phone, complete with speaker, built-in video camera, and Bluetooth headset.
The wireless frame, which can be programmed via touch screen, disguises a CDMA femtocell, a small cellular base station typically designed for use in home or small-business environments. Consumers could use the photo frame as a Wi-Fi base station, as well as a network--whose radius could be programmed via cell phone--through which other devices … Read more
By now you've probably heard of Eye-Fi, the Wi-Fi-enabled SD memory card that wirelessly beams photos from your camera to your PC. When it first came out last year, I thought it was overpriced at $99--but now you can scoop up an Eye-Fi Home card for just $59 shipped.
(Note: The above link takes you to CNET's product page for the Eye-Fi Home. On the right-hand side, you'll see that several vendors are offering the card for $59. To get free shipping, choose either BuyDig or Beach Camera.)
I've been testing an Eye-Fi for the last … Read more
Kodak announced on Tuesday the EasyShare Z1485 IS, a 14-megapixel point-and-shoot compact camera with a 5x,f/2.8-f/5.1 35-175 mm-equivalent lens, 2.5-inch LCD, optical image stabilization, and a shutter speed down to 1/2,000 of a second. Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and Samsung have all recently announced cameras with the same or similar megapixel count.
The $299.95 camera (which appears to be in stock now on Kodak's Web site) comes in black, pink, and blue, and looks to be nearly identical in design to the rest of the Z-series cameras. Likewise, it shares many … Read more
One of the things I like most about Smartparts is that the company designs its own frames start to finish. No off-the-shelf "we'll-take-that-one" kind of stuff. And its new 8-inch Wi-Fi frame, announced Tuesday, is no different.
While adding Wi-Fi to frames isn't new, the SPX8WF's 802.11 b/g wireless abilities are unique in that it uses a pre-assigned e-mail address that comes with the frame, allowing you or anyone else to send pictures directly to the frame. It's also one of the first Smartparts frames to integrate with Windows Live Photo Gallery. … Read more
What price are you willing to pay to keep your camera and equipment protected from weather, water, or your own misfortune? Camera Armor's Seattle Sling waterproof bag tagged at $149.95 seems very fair, especially for those who carry thousands of dollars worth of gear.
The bag's zipper-free design includes a sealed, air-tight dry bag inside along with strong clips so the bag stays put, but still gives you easy access.
The waterproof dry bag also features four adjustable dividers to keep your lenses, batteries, flashes, etc., all safe and cozy, regardless of what's going on outside. … Read more
Eye-Fi announced Monday that on October 5, users of its Share and Home Wi-Fi-enabled SD cards will be able to subscribe to the services available across all its cards. It's a great idea, right up until you get to the yearly service fees. It's $9.99 a year to add Web sharing to Home cards, and $14.99 a year each for geotagging and hot-spot access.
For those unfamiliar, Eye-Fi's Home card ($79) lets you send images directly from your camera to your computer over a Wi-Fi network. The $99 Share version--recently co-opted by Lexar--wirelessly … Read more
Pentax has introduced a new entry-level model that perplexes me a bit. The K2000, which will be known as the K-m everywhere but here, is priced the same as its slightly older sibling, the K200D--that competitive $700 mark occupied by the Canon EOS Rebel XS and the Nikon D60, among others--but makes a few tradeoffs. Here are some basics:Pentax K2000 Pentax K200D Canon Rebel XS Nikon D60 Sensor 10.2-megapixel CCD 10.2-megapixel CCD 10.1-megapixel CMOS 10.2-megapixel CCD AF system 5 points 11 points 7 points 3 points Maximum ISO sensitivity 3200 1600 1600 1600 LCD … Read more
The roughly two-month shopping period before school starts is typically fruitful for consumer electronics retailers. Not this year.
All categories combined showed minimal growth. Although notebook sales increased 10 percent over the same period the year before, desktops were down 3 percent. And products that have been guaranteed big sellers in past years continue to lose momentum: digital-camera sales were down 1 percent, printer sales were even, and MP3 player sales were up 7 percent.
This is especially concerning to electronics retailers, since the all-important holiday shopping season is approaching, a time when they typically can expect to play catch-up … Read more
Will the Eye-Fi Share by any other name still transmit as sweet? Lexar thinks so: it's rebranding Eye-Fi's Share SD-based Wi-Fi card, which facilitates automated Wi-Fi photo uploads from your digital camera, with the hard-to-type name of Shoot-n-Sync. This comes out of a partnership announced by the two companies back in January.
Like the Share, the Shoot-n-Sync card will come in a 2GB capacity. It will be available in October for $99.99.
Lexar also announced new 2GB and 4GB Memory Stick Micro memory cards (M2) for your Sony Ericsson phone. The company did not announce pricing for … Read more