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Hybridcast “Dual Stream” promises broadcast Full HD 3D

Hybridcast “Dual Stream” promises broadcast Full HD 3D

While there are an increasing number of broadcast TV channels offering 3D HD content, so far the limitations of side-by-side transmission means that resolution tops out at 720p, rather than Full HD 1080p. The engineers at the Japanese NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories reckon they've got the solution, TechOn reports, with their Hybridcast "Dual Stream" 3D system, pairing broadcast with a sync'd IPTV feed.

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Samsung HMX-W200 rugged Full HD camcorder didn’t get the Flip memo

Samsung HMX-W200 rugged Full HD camcorder didn’t get the Flip memo

Cisco may be ditching Flip, but that doesn't mean other manufacturers aren't keen to put out point-and-shoot HD camcorders. Samsung's HMX-W200 is the latest, a Full HD capable camera with a shock, water, dust and general-mistreatment resilient casing. Packing a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, the W200 has an anti-water coating on its 2.3-inch 230k dot preview display, which Samsung reckons will prevent it from misting up with condensation.

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Cisco umi 1080 telepresence kit gets price & plan reduction; umi 720 and free app incoming

Cisco umi 1080 telepresence kit gets price & plan reduction; umi 720 and free app incoming

As far as we're aware, Cisco's umi 1080 telepresence system hasn't exactly taken the video calling world by storm - the company itself says that, since the set-top camera went on sale in October 2010, "thousands of people" have used it - but perhaps a price cut, a cheaper model and a free computer app will address that. The Cisco umi 720, as the name suggests, will demand less broadband speed for reduced image quality, with a lighter impact on your wallet.

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Olympus SZ-30MR shoots simultaneous 1080p HD video & 16MP stills

Olympus SZ-30MR shoots simultaneous 1080p HD video & 16MP stills

It's not the Micro Four Thirds camera we were hoping for, but Olympus has outed a pair of new Super Zooms which it claims are the first to shoot Full HD video and 16-megapixel stills simultaneously. The Olympus SZ-30MR and SZ-20 each have dual image stabilization and a backlit 16-megapixel sensor, which the SZ-30MR pairs with a 24x optical zoom and the SZ-20 with a 12.5x optical zoom.

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