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A sneak peak at new products debuting tomorrow in the big show in 'Vegas

January 4, 2011

The annual Consumer Electronics Show starts tomorrow in Las Vegas, but we already know about several new products that will be announced. Here’s a quick preview.

 

Samsung unveils SH100 Wi-Fi Enabled Camera

Samsung today announced the SH100, a compact camera that connects wirelessly to the Internet via WiFi and the Android-powered Galaxy S Smartphone, which lets you view the picture you’ve just taken in real time. Shots can be backed up onto your PC, viewed on a DLNA connected HDTV, and can be uploaded to Facebook, Picasa, Photo Bucket or other online image sharing sites. The SH100 includes an account with Boingo, which offers over 200,000 hot spots worldwide.

 

 

Key Features include:
14MP sensor
26-300mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens
DLNA compatible
Smart Auto
Smart Filter
Self Portrait Mode
Beauty Shot
Out-of-focus Portrait mode
Face Recognition

The Samsung SH100 is expected in March and will cost around $200.


 
Lexar announces first 128GB SDXC Card

With more pro-level cameras adapting the SD memory card format over (or alongside) Compact Flash, the demand for higher-capacity, faster cards is growing. Lexar will unveil at CES the first 128GB SDXC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity) memory card, designed for high-resolution pro photography and videography, as well as a 64GB version. Both cards are class 10 with a maximum speed of 133x, according to Lexar, which may increase speed transfer speed and clear buffers faster in high-end DSLRs and camcorders.  But they won’t be cheap: The 64GB card will list for $400 and the 128GB version will be around $700. When they become available in the first quarter of this year, expect the actual street price to be lower.


A big day for Kodak

It’s a busy show for Kodak, introducing a range of products from cameras to HD pocket camcorders to printers and digital frames. Let’s go down the line of new products they unveiled today:

 

The Kodak ESP C301 is an all-in-one Inkjet Printer/Scanner/Copier that features wireless printing and a new 30 Series Ink System. Kodak, claims 30 Series of pigmented inks are the lowest cost inks on the market, while the AIO is said to use up to 71 percent less energy in standby mode than previous Kodak printers. The ESP C301 is expected in April for $100.

Key features include:

  • 802.11n WiFi for home network connectivity
  • 1.5-inch LCD control panel
  • Built-in sensors automatically optimize print quality based on paper type
  • Photo Sort organizes images off memory cards
  • Templates are built-in
  • Scanning up to 1200 dpi of multiple pictures simultaneously.

 

The Kodak Pulse Digital Frame is a next-generation wireless digital frame that distinguishes itself by having its own email address plus a Quick Comment button that lets you share and comment images on Facebook and Kodak Gallery albums. It is expected in the spring for $130 for the 7-inch version and $200 for the 10-inch version.


Key features:

  • Custom email address to easily receive pictures
  • Connect to pictures on FACEBOOK and KODAK Gallery accounts
  • Full touchscreen in 7-inch or 10-inch LED
  • Quick Comment button lets you communicate back to picture senders directly
  • Built-in activity sensor and ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Easy setup – no software to install
  • Create a playlist of your favorite pictures
  • Rotate pictures on the screen with just a touch
  • 512 MB of internal memory

 

 

 

Kodak also announced a pair of social network-friendly compact HD video cameras, the Playfull (above) and the ruggedized Playsport. Both cameras offer full 1080p HD video and 5MP still image capture, and a share button that lets you email friends or post to a variety of image and video sharing sites. The Playsport is shock- dust- and waterproof down to 10 feet. The Playfull is expected to in a variety of colors in the Spring for $150; the Playsport will be available in black, red, green, white and aqua for $180, also this spring.
 
Key features: Playfull

  • Full 1080p HD video and 5 MP HD stills
  • World’s only cameras with 3-step sharing1 – with Kodak’s Share Button, you can e-mail to friends and the KODAK PULSE Digital Frame or upload to FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YOUTUBE, KODAK Gallery, FLICKR, and ORKUT, YANDEX and KAIXIN001 sites internationally
  • Built-in software and USB arm for automatic sharing, in-camera charging and easy transfer to computer
  • On-camera editing lets you trim and extract still pictures from video
  • Four fun capture effects including black and white, sepia, high saturation and 70’s film look
  • Built-in digital image stabilization for sharper videos and less blur
  • Smart face tracking technology
  • LCD Glare Shield feature to help you see the screen in very bright sunlight
  • Expandable SD/SDHC card slot up to 32 GB
  • Remote control compatible
  • PC and MAC compatible

 

Key features: Playsport

  • Shockproof, dustproof and waterproof up to 10 feet
  • World’s only cameras with 3-step sharing1 – with Kodak’s Share Button, you can e-mail to friends and the KODAK PULSE Digital Frame or upload to FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YOUTUBE, KODAK Gallery, FLICKR, and ORKUT, YANDEX and KAIXIN001 sites internationally
  • Full 1080p HD videos and 5MP HD stills, with auto-focus
  • On-camera editing lets you trim and extract still pictures from video
  • Underwater white balance mode
  • Built-in digital image stabilization for sharper videos and less blur
  • 2-inch LCD adjusts to lighting conditions
  • LCD Glare Shield feature to manually adjust settings to help you see the screen in very bright sunlight
  • Four fun capture effects including black and white, sepia, high saturation and 70’s film look
  • Built-in software and included USB cable to easily edit and share videos
  • Smart face tracking technology
  • Incredible low-light performance
  • Expandable SD/SDHC card slot up to 32GB
  • Remote control compatible
  • PC and MAC compatible

 

In the still camera realm, Kodak announced new, simply-named EasyShare Touch, Mini, Sport cameras as well as an enthusiast-level superzoom EVF compact, the Easyshare Max, in time for CES.

 

The Kodak EasyShare Max is a 12MP EVF camera with a 30x Schneider-Kreuznach optical zoom lens that starts at 28mm f/2.8 (35mm equivalent). It’s backed by a 3-inch LCD monitor, and offers smart capture and face recognition technology. It captures 1080p videos at 30fps, and has a “share” button that easily accesses social networking/image sharing sites. It’s expected in March for around $330.

 

The Kodak Easyshare Touch is a 14MP compact digital camera for snapshooters that is controlled via a 3-inch LCD touch screen.  Features include 720p HD video, auto organization that sorts images by people, dates and keywords, a 5x optical zoom lens, face recognition, and multiple scene and artistic modes for film and photo booth effects. The Easyshare Touch will be available this spring in silver, black, red-orange, purple and red for about $150.

 

The Kodak Easyshare Mini is a 10MP camera that is the size of a credit card and is being targeted at teens. Featuring a 3x optical zoom lens and a mirror in the front so your subjects can see themselves as they’re being photographed, the EasyShare Mini has a 2.5-inch LCD, smart capture and face recognition, several scene and color mode options. It will be available this spring in white, purple, red and black for $100.

 

The Kodak Easyshare Sport is a waterproof  and dustproof 12MP camera with a 2.4-inch LCD monitor. It can go down to 10 feet underwater, making it an ideal beach camera. It will be available in a variety of colors this spring for $80.

 

Liquid Image Unveils New Wearable Sports Cameras

Liquid Image specializes in sports goggles with built-in video cameras, and this year, they’re going HD. The Off-Road Goggle has a 136-degree wide-angle lens with Line-Of-Site video; you put it on, get on your motorcycle, and go. A variation of this is the Summit HD1080p (shown), which offers similar specs but is desiged specifically for skiing or water sports. In both cases, thanks to the wide-angle lens and camera position just above and between the eyes, the camera will capture what you see. Both models are expected to ship in October for around $400.

Super-speed USB Connectivity Promises Faster Transfers for HD Vids

Look out—a new, faster version of USB is coming. The USB Implementers Forum will showcase SuperSpeed USB at CES, and approximately 20 new products using SuperSpeed USB, and it will be demonstrated by showing real-time capture of 1080p video at 60 frames per second, so you can pretty much guess who this new technology is being designed for.

 

CameraJet Promises Ultrawideband Wireless Image Transfer

Alereon, an ultra wideband (UWB) company, and Spectec Computer, a mobile device solutions provide, will unveil the Spectec CameraJet, a wireless transfer solution which the companies say will boost speed and connectivity when transferring images and videos wirelessly.  The CameraJet consists of a Wi-Jet SD card and a Wi-Jet USB dongle that can connect to HDTVs, PCs, digital media adaptors and mass storage devices and lets you transfer images without removing the memory card from the camera. No specs or pricing are available yet, but they’re gearing up to start production in February.

 

Nissin Di622 Mark II Flash

Indie flash maker Nissin has upgraded its popular Di622 camera-mounted flash. The Di622 Mark II adds wireless TTL, a new way of controlling flash compensation, and an external X-sync socket. It has a guide number of 62 meters at ISO 200, and is compatible with Nikon i-TTL and Canon’s E-TTL and E-TTLII systems. It’s expected to list for around $350.

 

Tune in again tomorrow for our coverage of the first day of CES!

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