If you're considering a new camera or camcorder, you're probably not narrowing down your options by whether you can mount them on your head or not; still, if you're a diver, swimmer or snowboarder then Liquid Image could have a few models for you. We caught up with the company's goggle-integrated "videomasks" - which range in price from $79 to $350 - at CES 2010; more details and live images after the cut.
Indecently high-end camera manufacturer RED have outed more details and some tempting photos of their RED Scarlet cameras, together with a few new or updated accessories. Pretty much as "entry level" as RED can manage, the Scarlet 2/3 will come in two bundles: the basic camera "brain" at $2,750, which can be used with various adapters to fit RED's own optics or those from Nikon or Canon, and the Scarlet 8X Fixed bundle, which for $4,750 gets you the "brain", a fixed 8x zoom, CF module, 2.8-inch touchscreen, REDmote, a battery and a travel charger.
Memorex obviously reckon there's a gap in the market - seriously, where? - for yet another point-and-shoot camcorder, and so they've announced not one but two of the little devils. Looking somewhat curvier than what's on offer from Flip, Creative and Kodak, the Memorex MyVideo (MCC221) and Memorex MyVideo HD (MCC225) each offer an integrated USB port, digital zoom and 2-inch LCD display, with the MyVideo capturing up to 2hrs of VGA quality footage to its 2GB of internal storage, while the MyVideo has 4GB for up to 1hr of presumably 720p video.
Each also grabs still shots - the MyVideo at VGA resolution, the MyVideo HD at a presumably interpolated 5-mexapixels - and has onboard software to make uploading to Flickr, YouTube and other sites straightforward. Memorex quote up to 5hrs of battery life for the low-res model and half that for the HD version.
Creative's Vado HD has been out for quite some time now, and it looks like they're finally getting around to giving the small HD video camera some extra attention. Especially in the looks department. We're sure it has something to do with the fact that the competition's prices are dropping, and obviously this just goes to show you that a little competition never hurt anybody. Especially our wallets.
Today marks the day that OmniVision announced a sensor that could potentially make 1080p video capture a very real possibility in mobile devices. And not in ten years. The sensor is called the OV2710, and it can record the HD resolution at 30 frames per second, and it utilizes a 2-megapixel camera that matches the format. Keeping the megapixels low adds quite a few benefits, like lower expenses and getting better image quality in low lighting situations.
We're big fans of Qik here at SlashGear; we've used the streaming video service to give you sneak-peaks behind the scenes at various press events. Now an official version for the iPhone 3GS has been added to the App Store, taking advantage of Apple's newly-loosened attitude toward video capture. Unlike Qik as we know it, however, the first version of Qik for iPhone 3GS doesn't support real-time low-latency streaming, but instead works as a capture-and-upload tool.
Canon Japan have unveiled two new camcorders, each recording AVCHD footage at up to 24Mbps Full HD. The Canon iVIS HF21 and iVIS HF S11 have 64GB of onboard storage each, plus an SDHC card slot, and can record just under six hours of 24Mbps 1920 x 1080 footage to their internal memory. They also use Canon's DIGIC DV III Video processor.
If the design of Samsung's HMX-U10 camcorder is a little too outré for your tastes, the company has two more traditionally-shaped offerings today. The Samsung SMX-K40 and SMX-K45 both conform to the standard palmcorder format, but actually they're not quite as technically capable as the U10; each can record up to 720 x 480 resolution, rather than their upright sibling's 1080p.