I don’t particularly despise Wii gaming console. Deep down, the new Nintendo is probably the most innovative and family-friendly entertainment on-the-budget’s package ever built. There’s no hulking graphic, “official support” of a legacy DVD playback or even output video beyond 480P, and hence the low price. In a nutshell, this fun little gaming console is not built to accommodate HD content. But with the success of Microsoft New Xbox Experience and PS3’s cornering the online video content, the leader in gaming console market could branch out to include movie streaming this year.
Back in CES 2009, Samsung threw a mix of wall-mountable 1.5-inch thin and a low-profile tabletop Blu-ray desks with more substances than the unique design. In additional to the BD-Live, Dobly TrueHD, DTS-HD MA internal recorder; it also comes equipped with WIFI dongle, and is networked to feature Netflix and Pandora streaming services. Price and availability were scant at that time. Today, one of them, the P3600 is showing up at Best-buy B&M store according to comment left from an allegedly Best-buy employee at Engadget.
Many moons ago, I have this thought of digital surround sound processing will get discrete vertical sound field over your head, from a pair of ceiling speakers, to create a much realistic Home-Theater experience in your living room. Dolby’s Lab has done it, but with a set of speakers above the front channels. A much logical solution without having to install speakers on your roof. The Dolby Pro Logic IIz now features up to 9.1 channels playback system that enhances the spaciousness of music, movies, and video games, and Onkyo is the first manufacturer to provide the new dimension sound effect with the introduction of TX-SR607 AV receiver.
Future owners of the GH1 may find this report from Nikkie useful. Prototype shown at PMA permits quick Auto-focusing methods to record videos while zooming. There are two ways of doing this, one of them is by triggering the AF button to gain focus after zooming in AFS mode (Auto-Focus single). The second way is by using continuously mode (AFC) which functions like a camcorder. The latter though proven useful but having difficulty in acquitting subjects. We happened to have both video clips to illustrate their finding.
Last month words got out iRiver is shipping its multi-talent Wave Home multimedia communication hub in Korea, today, we learned the first unit has reached KT Telecom subscriber; one lucky Korean has already posted an unboxing ceremony and a preliminary review of the new iRiver on his blog.
Frequent travelers seek out the smallest form factor external storage with extra speed and space may find this Apricorn Aegis Mini irresistible. Claiming industry’s largest capacity 1.8-inch platform external drive, the Aegis Mini packs a 240GB Toshiba hard drive, small enough to slip in your shirt pocket, and is equipped with firewire socket for better transfer speed.
Having owned four 1.4x teleconverters for my birding outfit, I was excited to see a new candidate at PMA 2009. From previous report, we spotted a 3rd party battery grip for 5D Mark II at Meike booth, as well as a new a 1.4x TC available for both Nikon and Canon mounts. The design is closely resembling the Tamron SP or the kenko standard 1.4x TC; it doesn’t has a front element that’s sticking out from the mounting flange nor o-rings for weather seal, but definitely has slight edges in built quality.
Olympus has today announced a firmware update for its Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6, the Four Thirds System standard wide-angle zoom lens, to further improve ”IMAGER AF operation under certain conditions“.
To load the firmware, both camera and lens are required; for Olympus, update can be applied via the camera supplied software, while Panasonic user can obtain a firmware updater via Olympus website here.