Sony Has A GoPro Competitor: The Action Cam

While GoPro has been loudly taking over the action shooting market share and creating epic videos for the past few years, Sony has yet to enter the arena, as large of a behemoth as they are: until now. Enter, the Action Cam, with video recording modes including 1280 x 720, 60 or 120 fps (for slow motion action) or 1920×1080 at 30 fps. Under the hood the camera sports a 16-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, and a 170-degree Carl Zeiss® Tessar lens. The basic model will be available for $200 and a Wi-Fi version for $270, tons of accessories built for use in different scenarios (bike mount, waterproof headstrap, angle mount, etc.) for around $30 each.

And that one last hurrah: the Action Cam comes with a waterproof casing that works up to 200 feet. Nice start, Sony.

Sony’s NEX-5R Is A Touchscreen Mirrorless Wi-Fi Powerhouse Of A Camera

Sony may have dumped a ton of press release on the tech press just a few moments ago in Germany at IFA 2012, but here’s one of the best products from those announcements: the Sony NEX-5R is a state-of-the-art mirrorless camera with a new “Fast Hybrid” autofocus system (similar to what Canon uses for contrast), WI-Fi connectivity and a new programmable dial and multi-function button. Plus, there’s a software-based 99-point autofocus ability, as well as being able to transfer photos wirelessly using camera apps that the NEX-5R will have access to.

Otherwise, the NEX-5R has everything else its predecessor had: a 16-megapixel, APS-C sensor, and HD video recording at up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps. Plus, the awesome (and accurate) touchscreen for taking photos. The NEX-5R comes out in October for $750 with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens, with body alone for $650.

Nokia Has A Cyclist Saying ‘Things Are About To Change’, Refers To September 5th Media Event

Wait a minute here: no helmet? Whatever Nokia’s stance on safety might be, it sure doesn’t matte to them that their cyclist isn’t wearing one. More on topic however, is the simple fact that September is full of technology press events, including Nokia’s on the 5th. Perhaps a new Lumia smartphone with Windows Phone 8? There’s only so much a silly marketing video can tell.

Skyrim: Heartfire Announced, Now You Can Build Homes

In the next paid DLC for Skyrim, you can build homes, adopt children, and practice your landscaping as well as interior design skills. In Skyrim Heartfire, the player simply needs to purchase some land, uses the new drafting table to build materials for the home, and acquires lessons and plans the design of their new, permanent realm. Te Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, will be available for download for 400 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE on September 4, possibly with PC and PS3 to follow sometimes afterwards.

Via: Bethblog

Quikdraw Is The Next Innovative Kickstarter Project For Carrying Lenses

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this was “If Batman carrier a DSLR, this is how he’d carry all his lenses”. Well actually, Batman wasn’t really the first thing that came to mind, but that doesn’t matter.

The Quikdraw belt will allow its user to fasten DSLR lenses (either Canon or Nikon). And in case you were wondering how strong this belt and the Quikdraw locks are: the belt’s creator’s say that the belt can hold up to 20lbs of lenses, and the locks are made of aircraft aluminum and high strength precision molded plastic.

It sounds like a great idea and because of how the locks are made, theft isn’t really an option (you could also hit the assailant with a telephoto lens in case you have no self-defense skills). Backers can start at the $75 mark to get a Quikdraw; multiple are needed to hold multiple lenses on the belt.

Via: Kickstarter