Digital camera Stories April 2, 2015

If you were wondering why Apple has ignored the megapixel race and stuck to a modest 8MP camera in its latest iPhones when almost every other manufacturer is cramming in as many pixels as physically possible, it’s all about image quality. While more pixels allow you to blow up photos to larger sizes, that comes at a cost. Squeezing more pixels into a tiny sensor means more noise, reducing quality, especially in low-light situations like bars and parties.

A clever patent granted today could allow future iPhones to have the best of both worlds, allowing higher-resolution photos without squeezing more pixels into the sensor …  expand full story

Digital camera Stories January 14, 2015

Market goes crazy over spurious Apple action camera patent, GoPro shares take a dive

We’ve cautioned many times that Apple patents a huge number of inventions that will never see the light of day. Last year alone, the company was awarded 2,566 ‘utility’ patents–those covering actual technologies, rather than mere designs. The fact that Apple has patented something tells us absolutely nothing about its future product line.

But that didn’t stop traders going crazy yesterday over a patent awarded for a GoPro-like action camera: GoPro shares fell as much as 15% as panicking traders dumped the stock. The ‘thinking’ was that if Apple was entering the action camera market, GoPro was doomed. The slump was so dramatic that it even tripped a Nasdaq safeguard at one point, reports MarketWatch.

It’s even more absurd in this case: not only is the patent one of thousands of things that Apple probably won’t do, it isn’t even an Apple patent in the first place–it was, as Fortune notes in passing, just one of a number of patents acquired by Apple from Kodak.

Yep, if Apple really were moving into a new market, established players would indeed be sweating. But there is precisely zero evidence that Apple has any plans to move into GoPro’s territory.

That’s not to say competition isn’t heating up in the space however. HTC introduced the Re late last year ($99-199) as an iOS and Android connected camera and many others have been joining in starting at much lower prices.

Digital camera Stories December 5, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Sony NEX-5TL camera $300, PNY 256GB USB 3.0 flash drive $70, JAMBOX $75, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon Gold Box: Sony NEX-5TL w/ 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens: $300 shipped (50% off), Accessories/bundle sale, more

PNY Turbo 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive: $70 shipped (50% off) 128GB: $35, 64GB: $20

Jawbone Jambox in festive Red: $75 shipped ($125 off) Tax in NY

Tommy Hilfiger’s new jacket can charge two iPhones at once, but you probably can’t pull its look off

iTunes Free App of the Week: God of Light ($1.99 value)

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Digital camera Stories July 3, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: $300 Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera w/ lens kit, $23 Belkin Lightning dock, storage deals, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+

Today’s Featured deals:

Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens $300 Shipped

Storage Deals:

Belkin Charge & Sync Lightning dock w/ built-in 4′ USB cable $23 Shipped (Reg. $35)

Other great deals we love:

Digital camera Stories June 25, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Free Klipsch Earbuds (After rebate), Budget Office Toys, $60 Toshiba 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HD

From 9to5Toys.com:

A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to roundup the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook

Today’s Featured deals:

Klipsch E1 In-Ear Headphones: FREE after $25 rebate

Budget office ‘productivity-killing’ gadgets:

Toshiba Canvio 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $60 Shipped (Reg. $120)

Other great deals we love:

Digital camera Stories June 3, 2013

New Eye-Fi Mobi SD card transfers digital camera content to iPhone/iPad instantaneously via built-in WiFi

Many casual photographers have been reaching for their smartphones over their digital cameras recently for the convenience of social media integration and other sharing options. Eye-Fi has long offered photographers the option to transfer high-quality media from standalone cameras to personal computers and mobile devices but required intermediary WiFi hotspot access – a major obstacle for photographers shooting on location outdoors and in remote locales.

Today, Eye-Fi announced the “Eye-Fi Mobi,” which instantaneously beams new photos and content from digital cameras (without WiFi capabilities) to your favorite mobile device. “Simply replace any camera’s standard SD card with Mobi, and just two quick steps later, the camera’s photos instantly appear on the selected iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.”

The Eye-Fi Mobi puts beautiful, high-quality images on your mobile device ready to be uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social network.  The built-in WiFi means you’ll never have to seek out network access to transfer your pictures.  Setup does not require a computer, account or cloud.  Just download the Eye-Fi mobile app to get started.

Eye-Fi Mobi is available now in two flavors; 8GB ($50), 16GB ($80).

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