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Canon XF100 and XF105 Announced, Due Early 2011

Canon XF100 and XF105 Announced, Due Early 2011

As far as cameras and camcorders go, there seems to be a hard push for the consumer market. Of course, consumers buy things, so if you can shove all your HD recording into a small package, why not market it to the mainstream market, right? Canon doesn't want to forget about the "prosumer," let alone the professional market, and that's exactly why they've brought the XF100 and XF105 into the limelight for a few minutes here. All of the great tech found in a big, shoulder camera, but without all of that big, shoulder mounted necessity.

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Roku slash Netflix streamer prices; 1080p HD update promised

Roku slash Netflix streamer prices; 1080p HD update promised

Roku has slashed prices of its media streaming range, with the entry-level Roku SD now priced at just $59.  Meanwhile, the company is also promising to update their Roku HD-XR model - which has dropped from $129 to $99 - to support 1080p HD, up from the 720p HD of the current version.  That will join the USB playback support, which is also due later in the year.

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Netgear NeoTV 550 HD network media player outed

Netgear NeoTV 550 HD network media player outed

Netgear has outed their latest HD-capable home media player, the Netgear NeoTV 550, together with a range of new HomePlug AV compliant Powerline adapters delivering up to (a theoretical) 500Mbps connection speeds.  The NeoTV 550 (NTV550) has HDMI, component and composite video outputs (together with analog and S/PDIF digital audio outputs) and can play local 1080p HD files on attached USB, eSATA or SD storage or stream from UPnP, DLNA or WMP11 network sources.  Meanwhile a second version, the NeoTV 350, swaps the eSATA for another USB port and has a more basic remote.

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Sony A580 and A560 DSLRs pack Full HD video, auto-HDR, more

Sony A580 and A560 DSLRs pack Full HD video, auto-HDR, more

Sony has announced its latest high-end DSLRs, the 16.2-megapixel A580 and 14.2-megapixel A560, each capable of Full HD video recording and up to 7fps stills.  Both models get a new, 15-point phase-detection autofocus system, the 3D sweep panorama we've seen from the NEX-5 and SteadyShot INSIDE in-body sensor shift image stabilisation.

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Kodak PLAYTOUCH point-&-shoot 1080p camcorder outed

Kodak PLAYTOUCH point-&-shoot 1080p camcorder outed

Forgive us, Kodak, but calling your new PLAYTOUCH video camera makes it sound like a bra.  If you can get past the daft name, the PLAYTOUCH seems a decent little pocket camcorder, with a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen, on-device editing and Full HD 1080p recording.

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Technologies that Shaped a Decade

Technologies that Shaped a Decade

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a few gadgets that had been transformative to me. A reader wrote in and asked if I thought there any categories of products that had changed the world over the last decade. I thought about that for a while and here my list of the some of the gadgets and services that almost overnight (from a historical perspective) changed everything and went from enthusiast to mass market.

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Apple TV to Become iTV, Gain Applications

Apple TV to Become iTV, Gain Applications

One product that Apple has seemingly skipped over again, and again, over the last few months is Apple TV. Everyone was wondering, with the launch of the iPad, where Apple TV stood amongst the Apple-branded products, and how it would relate in today's market. Always seen as a niche product, and more of a project rather than a mainstream product, Apple TV seemed to be just there, and nothing more. But, alas, things change, and now Apple TV is changing, too.

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Ordro HDV-D350S pico-projector HD camcorder outed

Ordro HDV-D350S pico-projector HD camcorder outed

Ordro isn't a well-known brand for camcorders around these parts, but the company's new HDV-D350S is looking to grab some headlines by virtue of its integrated pico-projector.  The D350S records up to 60fps 1440 x 1080 video or 12-megapixel stills, but also has a removable pico-projector attachment that slots onto a mount on the top of the camera; that can project up to a 60-inch WVGA picture.

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA102YL shoots high-def underwater

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA102YL shoots high-def underwater

We're big fans of Sanyo's Xacti HD camcorder range, and we love bathtime, so the new waterproof Xacti VPC-CA102YL is destined to be a hit here at SlashGear.  Capable of recording Full HD 1920 x 1080 video, the CA102 can store over 480 minutes of footage in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format onto a 64GB SDXC memory card; alternatively it can take 14.4-megapixel photos.

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Samsung HMX-E10 swivelling 1080p HD pocket camcorder outed

Samsung HMX-E10 swivelling 1080p HD pocket camcorder outed

Samsung's second imaging product of the morning is the HMX-E10 camcorder, a point-and-shoot model capable of Full HD video and packing a 270-degree swivelling lens.  The E10 shoots 1080p 30fps video and 8-megapixel stills, and as with similar pocket camcorders has a pop-out USB plug that's used for offloading content to your computer together with recharging the battery.

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Samsung ST80 WiFi digicam packs 14.2MP and 720p HD video

Samsung ST80 WiFi digicam packs 14.2MP and 720p HD video

Samsung has outed its latest digital camera, and the ST80 packs WiFi along with its 14.2-megapixel sensor.  As with other Samsung wireless cameras, the ST80 can offload its photos via email or through direct upload to Facebook, Picasa, YouTube or PhotoBucket, and the company even throws in a Boingo WiFi hotspot account too; alternatively there's DLNA streaming support.

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Panasonic HDC-SDT750 3D camcorder official: $1,400 in October

Panasonic HDC-SDT750 3D camcorder official: $1,400 in October

Panasonic has made good on its promise to unveil a consumer-level 3D camcorder - though we did catch a glimpse of it on Monday - and the HDC-SDT750 certainly looks interesting.  In effect a regular Full HD camcorder with a new, image-splitting lens attachment, the SDT750 can shoot 960 x 1080 resolution 3D footage, or - with the lens taken off - 1080/60p HD 2D footage.

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