Archive for the ‘Videocams’ Category

Sony Electronics opens sixth store in Singapore @ Wisma Atria

Friday, September 30th, 2016

The new store is the second store along Orchard Road in Singapore, and is located on the 3rd floor (#03-01/01A) of the popular mall Wisma Atria.

Sony Store Wisma Atria is the brand’s sixth retail outlet in Singapore.

Sony Store Wisma Atria is the brand’s sixth retail outlet in Singapore.

The new store will showcase the latest consumer electronics from the Japanese company.

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Sony Store Wisma Atria will be opened to the public from 1 October 2016, from 10:30am to 9:30pm daily.

These include the recently announced top-of-the-line Z9D series of BRAVIA 4K TVs, as well as the new flagship range of Signature Series High-Resolution Audio (HRA) products.

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New arrival: Sony FDR-X3000R & HDR-AS300R action cams

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

The new action cams and accessories will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers in Singapore. Prices below.

The new Sony FDR-X3000R 4K (left) and HDR-AS300R (right) action cams.

The new Sony FDR-X3000R 4K (left) and HDR-AS300R (right) action cams.

Announced at IFA 2016, the new action cams offer features such as the Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ (B.O.SS) image stabilisation, a new ZEISS ® wide-angle lens with a more natural image reproduction and reduced distortion, as well as the ability to provide full control of shooting and on/off power settings with a new and improved new Live-View Remote.

The new Live-View Remote (RM-LVR3) is approximately 30 per cent smaller than its predecessor and can be attached to an array of mount accessories.

Prices and availability for the new action cams.

Prices and availability for the new action cams.

It can even be worn like a wristband and secured to various accessories like the Shooting Grip (VCT-STG1) or the new Finger Grip (AKA FGP1).

Users can control the Action Cam via their smartphones or tablets with ease.

Below are more details from the press release.

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New arrival: 2 new Canon multi-purpose video cameras – ME20F-SH & ME200S-SH

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Both cameras are designed for use in extreme low-light conditions. The ME20F-SH (S$31,029) will be available from May 2016, while the ME200S-SH (S$TBA) will be available from August.

Canon multi-purpose cameras. From left: ME20F-SH (S$31,029) and ME200S-SH (S$TBA).

Canon multi-purpose cameras. From left: ME20F-SH (S$31,029) and ME200S-SH (S$TBA).

The ME20F-SH is Canon’s first ultra-high-sensitivity multi-purpose camera that captures high quality videos in extreme low-light situations.

It is able to shoot Full HD videos (1080p @ 60fps) at 0.0005 lux illumination (ISO 4,000,000+ equivalent)

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The Canon ME20F-SH fitted with lens, monitor, SSD and other accessories on a tripod, in the demo at the Canon Singapore office.

The ME200S-SH also boasts high sensitivity (up to ISO 204,800) and supports a variety of production needs ranging from video production to security surveillance.

The price of the ME200S-SH is not released yet but is expected to be much lower than the S$31,029 price-tag of the higher-end ME20F-SH.

Below are the product specifications of the ME20F-SH.

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New arrivals: TomTom Bandit Action Camera to challenge GoPro

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Available now in Singapore in COMEX 2015 at S$599. Premium pack with additional accessories at S$729.

The TomTom Bandit lets action fans record wide-angled HD videos. Its cable-free battery stick allows three hours of non-stop filming, together with built-in sensors to record Speed, G-force, Altitude, Rotation and Heartbeat.

The TomTom Bandit lets action fans record wide-angled HD videos. Its cable-free battery stick allows three hours of non-stop filming, together with built-in sensors to record Speed, G-force, Altitude, Rotation and Heartbeat.

The TomTom Bandit Action Camera is the first camera to come with a built-in media server, making editing and sharing videos quick and easy.

Instead of spending hours downloading and sorting through footage, users can now create a video clip of the action and share it within moments of the recording by pairing the camera with a companion smartphone app.

Action fans simply have to shake their paired smartphone for a ready-to-share edit of their video highlights.

The TomTom Bandit is also equipped with in-camera motion and GPS sensors, to automatically find and tag exciting moments based on speed, altitude, G-force, acceleration and heart rate*.

Key features of the TomTom Bandit are listed below:

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Canon boosts Cinema EOS lineup with EOS C300 Mark II, XC10 & XF-AVC

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Canon today launched the EOS C300 Mark II and XC10 digital cameras and announced the development of XF-AVC, a new proprietary video format for the efficient recording of high-image-quality 4K, 2K and HD video footage. Prices TBA.

The Canon EOS C300 Mark II (EF mount) digital cinema camera (right) will be available from September 2015, while the XC10 4K video camcorder (left) will be available in mid-June.

The Canon EOS C300 Mark II (EF mount) digital cinema camera (right) will be available from September 2015, while the XC10 4K video camcorder (left) will be available in mid-June.

Both digital cinema cameras are capable of capturing 4K video and support Canon’s new XF-AVC video format, which allows for data compression without sacrificing image quality.

​The EOS C300 Mark II incorporates a Canon-developed Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately 8.85-megapixel CMOS image sensor and the Company’s latest imaging platform, Dual DIGIC DV 5, which promises exceptional processing power.

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New arrivals: Sony PXW-X70 camcorder in end-Sep 2014

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sony has launched a new, compact member of the XDCAM family to deliver benefits of 1.0-type sensor technology and XAVC in a handheld professional camcorder. 4K recording capability will be available in a future update.

Update (13 August, 2014):

Sony’s PXW-X70 will be available in Asia Pacific from the end of September 2014, with a retail price of S$3,000.

Light and compact entry-level professional camcorder.

Light and compact entry-level professional camcorder.

The 4K recording capability should be available via a firmware update by the end of the year.

Pricing for the update has not been announced yet, but it’s in the hundreds – less than $1,000 for those who want it.

I had a hands-on with the entry level professional camcorder today.

It’s more compact than others and definitely lighter.

For videographers currently using a DSLR to shoot short videos and thinking of taking their craft a notch higher, this would be a shoe-in as it offers features that are not available in the top-end DSLRs.

The versatile new PXW-X70 camcorder features a sensor more than eight times the size of a conventional 1/3 single chip sensor, providing strong sensitivity and low light performance.

The versatile new PXW-X70 camcorder features a sensor more than eight times the size of a conventional 1/3 single chip sensor, providing strong sensitivity and low light performance.

Sony has launched the 4K-ready PXW-X70, the first compact XDCAM professional camcorder ever produced.

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New DSLR: Nikon D600

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Nikon has launched its latest DSLR: a full-frame shooter that fills the gap between the recently-released D800 and the DX-format D7000.

The FX-format D600 has a 24.3-megapixels sensor and will be available from 18 September for S$3,249 (body only).

Nikon D600 was launched in Singapore. Full-frame 24.3 MP. S$3,249 from 18 September.

Nikon D600 was launched in Singapore. Full-frame 24.3 MP. S$3,249 from 18 September.

The Nikon D600 is targeted at the serious photography enthusiast upgrading to an entry-level full-frame camera.

Full-frame digital SLR cameras excel over other digital cameras equipped with smaller sensors, especially under challenging low-light conditions and where the wider angle of view is critical for shooting scenarios such as landscape and architectural photography.

Equipped with the heart and technology of its higher-end siblings (the D4, D800 and D800E), the D600 is more affordable and has a similar ergonomics and layout of controls as the D7000 to make the transition easier for the photographer making the cross-over.

The D600 has the same EXPEED 3 image-processing engine as the D4 (S$9,799) and D800 (S$4,488), and sports the following features:

  • an optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
  • Full-frame mode: 24.3 megapixels
  • DX-format crop mode: 10.5 megapixels
  • a magnesium-alloy weather-sealed body for dust and water-resistance
  • 3-D axis tracking with 39 focus points
  • built-in automatic HDR capturing/processing
  • time-lapse video function
  • dual SD memory card slots
  • ISO range from 100-6,400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1) and 25,600 (Hi-2)

The Multi-CAM 4800FX AF-sensor module of the Nikon D600 utilises 39 focus points.

The system also places an emphasis on the human face, working in conjunction with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to provide accurate face detection even through the optical viewfinder.

The camera also offers seven cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using super-telephoto NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters (2.0x) with an aperture value up to f/8.

This is useful for those who need extreme telephoto focal lengths for sports or wildlife.

Nikon D600, entry-level full-frame DSLR.

Nikon D600, entry-level full-frame DSLR.

The Nikon D600 also features a precise Scene Recognition System that analyses detailed scene brightness and colour information acquired from the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor.

The information is then applied to autofocus, automatic exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and white balance control, all to achieve detailed and balanced images.

For storage, the Nikon D600 has dual card slots for SD cards, and offers users the ability to record backup, overflow, RAW/JPEG separation, and the additional option of shooting stills to one and video to the other.

The new Nikon D600 (left) sitting side-by-side with its higher-end sibling, the D800 (different lenses).

The new Nikon D600 (left) sitting side-by-side with its higher-end sibling, the D800 (different lenses).

Cinematic HD Video

When it comes to recording HD video, users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including full HD 1080 at 30/24p utilising the Nikon D600‘s entire full-frame sensor, and HD 720 at 60/30p.

Nikon D600
Megapixels 24.3 megapixels
Sensor FX-format CMOS (full-frame)
Image processing engine EXPEED 3
ISO 100-6,400 (Expanded: 50-25,600)
Burst mode 5.5 fps
LCD 3.2″, 920k dots, TFT colour
Movie Full HD (1080/30p)
Size /mm 141 x 113 x 82
Weight 760 g
Price S$3,249

By utilising the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format video with optimal size and quality for up to 29:59 minutes per clip (normal quality).

The Nikon D600 also enables users to use both compatible FX and DX lenses to shoot HD movies.

The FX-based movie format makes full use of the large image sensor and offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on background-blur characteristics while the DX- based movie format is optimal for recording movies and bringing subjects closer (1.5X) when lenses with short focal lengths are used.

For professional and broadcast applications that call for outboard digital recorders or external monitors, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera via the HDMI port.

The Nikon D600 is also equipped with an audio monitor port for headphones to be used.

COMEX 2012 (30 Aug – 2 Sep) at Suntec Singapore

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

This Thursday, the third of four large annual IT exhibitions in Singapore will kick off at Suntec Singapore. For four days from 30 August to 2 September, the COMEX will open from 12 noon to 9 pm (Admission FREE).

COMEX 2012, 30 August to 2 September, 12 noon to 9pm, Levels 3, 4 and 6. Admission FREE.

COMEX 2012, 30 August to 2 September, 12 noon to 9pm, Levels 3, 4 and 6. Admission FREE.

COMEX 2012 will be held on three Levels – 3, 4 and 6 of Suntec Singapore. With more than 830 exhibitors, COMEX claims to be Singapore’s biggest IT and consumer technology exhibition.

I will be listing some of the promotions available during the exhibition. To see a consolidated list of postings related to COMEX 2012, click here.

You can also click on the COMEX 2012 button (that looks like the logo above, on every page of tech4tea.com during COMEX 2012) near the top of the sidebar on the right and below the search box.

Here are the floor plans for the exhibitors on Levels 4 and 6.

The four major IT exhibitions in Singapore are:

Exhibition Dates Venue
IT Show 2012 8-11 Mar Suntec Singapore
PC Show 2012 7-10 Jun Suntec Singapore
COMEX 2012 30 Aug – 2 Sep Suntec Singapore
SITEX 2012 22-25 Nov Singapore Expo

Forrester ranks Polycom top for video collaboration

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

In a new independent report from Forrester Research, Polycom has been ranked top for video collaboration strategy and current offerings.

Cisco was ranked a close second while Huawei was out of the top three.

The Forrester Wave: Room-Based Videoconferencing, Q3 2012 Report

The Forrester Wave: Room-Based Videoconferencing, Q3 2012 Report

Polycom received perfect scores in the categories of quality of experience, interoperability, product roadmap, partnerships, security and compliance.

“Polycom has a diverse portfolio of endpoints including a range of options that run the gamut from mobile and room-based systems to immersive telepresence,” wrote Phillip Karcher, the author of the Forrester Research report.

Polycom is a global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC), with a global ecosystem of over 7,000 partners.

The report, titled “The Forrester Wave: Room-Based Videoconferencing, Q3 2012”, uses 39 criteria to evaluate the top vendors in the industry, looking at video collaboration solutions for every work environment – from mobile and desktops to room systems and immersive telepresence – along with the services that support them.

The Forrester Wave report also discusses the growing interest in “face to face” video collaboration, which is helping businesses increase productivity, improve employee engagement and trust and lower costs.

“Polycom will also continue to offer the industry’s broadest multi-vendor integration and lowest TCO. For our more than 415,000 customers globally, Polycom is delivering innovations in video collaboration that are changing the way people work, collaborate, learn, govern, create and even help save lives,” said Andy Miller, CEO Polycom.

Polycom RealPresence video collaboration solutions deliver secure, high-quality video to companies of all sizes, so that teams can meet face-to-face with colleagues, partners and customers anywhere people work ― in the office, at home, on the go, or on the manufacturing floor, in a hospital or, at a movie set.

The RealPresence Platform provides the robust provisioning, management, scalability, reliability, flexibility and security required both for video enterprises and their private video clouds serving thousands of users, as well as for Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) delivered from the cloud potentially to tens of millions.

Read more about the Polycom RealPresence Video Collaboration Solutions below.

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Game-changing technology: wearable unified displays with scalable imagery

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

In a time when new technology and gadgets are launched everyday, and every one of their makers proclaim them to be game-changers, it is truly heartening to see products showcasing technology that has genuine potential to become a game changer in the near future.

Wearable video displays are an example. The Epson Moverio and Google Glass are examples of such gadgets.

Wearable unified displays can be used everywhere and for any purpose in the future, here an aircraft engineer has his hands free while referencing his technical manual through an Epson Moverio.

Wearable unified displays can be used everywhere and for any purpose in the future. Here an aircraft engineer can have his hands free (if he clips the controller to his overalls) while referencing his technical manual through an Epson Moverio.

In my humble opinion, there are two main constraints in consumer devices that represent frontiers in product developments for gadget makers.

Google Glass was showed off by co-founder Sergey Brin (not in this picture) at the Google I/O conference in June.

Google Glass was showed off by co-founder Sergey Brin (not in this picture) at the Google I/O conference in June.

These are display technology and device input.

What defines a smartphone and a tablet, laptop and a laptop, or even a television and even the cinema?

It is the size and form factor of the device.

Apart from the backend processor and performance, a large determinant of their category is simply their screen size.

If it’s a 3-5 inch device (with 3G connectivity), it’s a smartphone. 7-10 inch flat screen (with or without 3G), it’s a tablet (used to be netbook not too long ago).

Beyond that, you have the 13-17 inch notebook computer, and still beyond that – the desktops with even bigger screens.

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Need we go into the numerous sizes for TVs, projectors and erm – cinemas?

A large determinant of device portability and usability – which often run counter to each other – is the size of the display.

Greater portability results in more squinting, whereas nice expansive viewing pleasure means bigger heavier screens.

A viewer/display device that allows the user to divorce display size from processing hardware will free the user from having to own multiple devices with different form factors.

Imagine the ability to make calls, read ebooks, play games, work on documents or edit images/video, watch the equivalent of large-screen movies on a single viewer/display.

Wanna look like an X-men? Try the Cyclops look.

Wanna look like an X-men? Try the Cyclops look.

No need to purchase separate bulky devices with their own different-sized displays.

You’d still need to have the little black-boxes containing the different processing hardware and device input.

But imagine sharing the same viewer/display amongst all these devices.

All of them “plug” into the same viewer/display.

There’s no more difference between a smartphone and a 3G-capable tablet computer.

Cameras and camcorders could also pair up wirelessly.

Although the device closest to bringing this to reality is the mounted-visor display/viewer, I’m sure there’ll be other physical means and ways to achieve this “unified display”.

Olympus has just announced its wearable display prototype - MEG4.0.

Olympus has just announced its wearable display prototype – MEG4.0.

Eventually, I can envisage (pun intended) displays embedded in contact lenses or even implanted into the cornea of the eyes.

In fact, patents have already been filed for such designs.

I haven’t seen any patents that bypass the eyes and inject vision signals directly into the brain though.

In a way, nature already unifies human vision through our eyes. We do not put on a different set of eyes to see different things.

The Olympus MEG 4.0 promises to connect to devices via Bluetooth.

The Olympus MEG 4.0 promises to connect to devices via Bluetooth.

Everything we see are through the same pair of eyes.

Why should we require a different screen to view the contents of different devices?

Now this single unified display may not be good news to device makers, although it surely should be the dream of consumers – even if we may not realise it yet.

Surely it’s better to be able to sell a single user multiple devices with different screen sizes if his/her needs forces him/her to do so.

Many users today own separate tablets and smartphones.

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Apple, for instance, would rather sell you an iPhone AND an iPad, than only a single mobile device that “throws” its display into a single viewer with a “scalable” image size.

Google Glass with augmented reality.

Google Glass with augmented reality.

I’m sure it isn’t even news to the makers.

It’s a bit akin to traditional airlines offering budget flights.

Why introduce new budget services – even though it would benefit customers – that will change the game and threaten their erstwhile profitable business?

Fortunately, we have entrepreneurs who have broken the ranks to offer such choice to budget travellers.

A closer analogy would be the way netbooks had cannibalised the mainstream laptop market.

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

We have Asus to thank for “creating” the netbook niche to bring affordable and no-frills portable computing to the masses.

The Epson Moverio and Google Glass are not the first such device on the market, and in their current form are not mature enough for mass adoption by consumers yet – in terms of usability and feature-set, as well as content and consumer readiness.

But hopefully it precipitates more momentum to force makers to get on the bandwagon.

The other frontier

The other “physical constraint” to device form-factor is input interaction, a large part of which is text-input.

The size of screen again comes into the picture again if an on-screen keyboard is used.

And if a physical keyboard is used – be it a BlackBerry style keypad or a bigger portable keyboard – it translates into the overall form factor of the device.

Voice-input represents a means to free a device from a physical or on-screen keyboard, and even provide interactivity – through voice commands and voice search.

It’s also still early days and much development is needed before we can enjoy keyboardless devices

But as consumers and end-users, we can always dream on.

* Photos and illustrations used in this article belong to Epson, Google, Sony, and Olympus.

窥探一下未来的显示浏览器。如今已有一些头目。譬如:Epson Moverio BT-100, Google Glass, Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer, Olympus MEG4.0。希望有朝一日,能够只凭一个显示机利用多种电子设备器材。