Outside of a fairly makeshift system from GoPro, major action cam manufacturers have stayed out of the 3D game, probably waiting to see if the technology will take off enough to make investing in it worthwhile.
AEE didn’t wait, building the SD30 3D Magical Camcorder. This full HD 3D action cam uses dual 120-degree wide-angle lenses to capture the 3D effect. Flip the camera over to the other side, and there’s a 2.4-inch (6-cm) LCD screen that provides a real-time look at what you’re filming. Other features include image stabilization, a waterproof case (60 m/197 feet), auto-recording when accelerating, built-in microphone, and 10 x digital zoom.
The SD30 3D launched recently in some international markets for the equivalent of around US$500.
Nikon has signed a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft that will give them access to the company’s broad portfolio of patents for use with certain Nikon cameras that use the Android platform. A press release noted the contents of the agreement would not be disclosed but Microsoft could receive royalties from Nikon.
Microsoft general manager of intellectual property licenses said the two companies have a long history of collaboration and this latest agreement further demonstrates the value you place on both IP licenses responsible.
If you remember, Samsung and Nikon announced Android both cameras around the same time last summer. Shooter Samsung Galaxy known as the House, includes a quad-core 1.4 GHz, 8 GB of internal storage and an SD card slot – all powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. One of the key selling points is the ability to share photos wirelessly via Wi-Fi or 3G to social networks and other services.
Nikon S800c arrived on the scene a few months later, but with an updated version of Android – Gingerbread 2.3.3. The camera has the same basic capabilities as the Samsung unit, allowing photographers to instantly share your creations via email, Facebook or simply transfer it to a laptop, smartphone or tablet for editing. The shooter received mediocre reviews in general, as the old operating system, poor battery life and picture quality could have been just half all improved.
With this new agreement, it is quite clear that Nikon is planning to expand its line of Android-powered digital cameras.
Sony Xperia Z already has an impressive list of specifications and features. This is an Android smartphone powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon with Adreno 320 S4 Pro GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and is both dust and water resistant.The cameras are also quite impressive, with a 13mp camera Exynos RS rear and 2.1MP Exmor R camera front. You are sure to get good quality video chats and capture still images, but the Xperia Z has an ace up its sleeve: Explosion mode.As the video above shows, the 13mp rear facing camera can be configured to quickly capture hundreds of images. It is advertised as being able to capture 10 frames per second at a resolution 9MP. But in the video, manages 999 images in 68 seconds, which is north of 14 frames per second.This feature will definitely give you a wide choice when it comes to selecting the best shot, but you have the option to capture some fast action in great detail for later playback. If Sony can easily enable this form in a 60-second video, I’m sure you would see a number of them appearing on YouTube if you’re caught worth sharing.Capturing images in many 9MP storage will fill very quickly, however. Therefore, it will not be a feature used repeatedly without dumping the images to a cloud store or PC hard drive.The Sony Xperia Z appears very soon, but we hope to be released sometime in March.
Last November, we got a sneak peak at the $25 camera add-on for the Raspberry Pi. Now, the team behind the camera has a few more details about the attachment that may be coming in a month.
According to official comments following the news, the add-on will come equipped with a five-megapixel sensor that’s similar to what you would find in a smartphone. The team is currently tuning the camera for optimal performance, which is “pretty good” at the moment, but they are working towards making it “bleedin’ marvelous.”RASPBERRY PI
We also know that the camera will be able to capture 1080p video and it will have a built-in IR filter. Unfortunately, the camera won’t have any optical zoom functionality, but seeing as it is basically phone camera module, you could probably fit any number of filters or lenses in front of it just like you would with your iPhone PentaEye.
The Raspi camera team doesn’t yet have a firm date on when you’ll actually be able to buy some of these little beauties. They say it could be at least a month away or possibly more. We’re hopping it’s going to come sooner rather than later, so we can get to building our own ARGUS.