I was quite amazed the first time I read about pico projectors. For the longest time, projectors were very expensive machines, especially when LCD projectors came out. Only those with really deep pockets could afford it, and even when it did drop in price it was still something you have to think about if you want to take the plunge. [Read more…]
Sadness all around. Yesterday, the news that Cisco is killing the handheld video camera, Flip, spread like wildfire. The reason for Flip getting the ax? It is simply part of a revamp that is going on at the big company, and like it or not, Flip is just a small part of the picture.
When the video camera came out in the market, it immediately caught the attention of consumers. Not only is is ultra portable and convenience, it also cost a fraction of the price of regular video cameras. In 2009, Cisco bought Flip. Less than two years later, however, Cisco has decided to shut down this business in order to cut costs.
This move has surprised customers and business experts. It’s not like Flip is not the top selling video camera in the United States. In fact, it did make the top of the sales charts last year. Even in other parts of the world, one can see Flip being advertised in a lot of places. The rationale behind killing the product line is one that does not seem to make sense at this point. Indeed, there is the option of selling the business instead of simply shutting it down. We may never know the true reason, but those who have loved and used their Flip over the years can rest in the fact that they have one. For those who have not had the pleasure of having a Flip, it is not too late. Cisco says that they will sell off all remaining units. This might be the perfect time to get one!
Toshiba has got quite a bit of mileage from its Camileo camcorders, and late last week it announced a further three high definition models: the S20, H30 and X100.
Let’s take a look at their features in turn.
First up, the Camileo S20 is touted as one of the world’s slimmest HD camcorders, at just 17mm thick, yet it still packs in a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of shooting in full 1080p high definition video.
I’ve always been a fan of Sanyo’s “pistol grip” high definition Xacti camcorders, and there are now reports that those lucky Japanese will be the first to get hold of the new Xacti CG11 HD.
Looking at the basic specifications, it’s not a huge step up from the CG10. It still shoots in 720p HD using the H.264 format — you’ll need to pay more if you want full 1080p recording — and can take SDHC cards up to 32GB.
The LEGRIA HF21 is a dual-flash memory camcorder offering 64GB of internal memory (that’s around 24 hours of HD recording) and serves up a huge range of features including 15x optical zoom, face detection, video snapshot, dynamic image stabilisation and low light shooting.