Inspected Gadget: Nikon D7000

Engadget has a sweet hands-on video of the forthcoming Nikon D7000. DPreview has one on hand as well, and has a pretty good writeup of their experience so far.

Inspected Gadget: Panasonic 3D Camcorder

Check out this monster: Panasonic’s 3D camcorder (a.k.a. the HDC-SDT750K). It claims to be the “world’s first consumer 3D camcorder.” Attach that crazy lens unit in the front and live the glory of 3D for your home movies.

The Olympus all-black E-P2 micro four thirds camera

The Olympus Special Edition E-P2 Black Kit with that sick lens cap is where it’s at (available in October).

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Inspected Gadget: Sanyo PD2 pocketcam

Though most smartphones incorporate the same features, sometimes I still prefer to carry a separate, small video device that can be passed around and isn’t filled with all kinds of personal info. If you’re looking for something flipcam-like, the Sanyo PD2 (preorder) looks pretty nice. Full HD at 1080p, and the ability to take 10-megapixel photos with flash through a decent sized lens. Stereo mic, mini-HDMI out, built-in USB connector, and removable SD storage.

Via Crunchgear.

Inspected Gadget: Waterproof Canon Powershot D10

Capture your Wet Water Week memories with the Canon Powershot D10. While it claims to be “waterproof” we all know that is quite a big thing to say – so reading deeper in the specs it’s actually waterproof down to 10 meters. A nice touch- it’s also dust resistant, which might work out in a carpentry or sculpture environment… or maybe if you’re Indiana Jones. OK, back to the camera specs – it’s got lots of goodies you expect from a Canon point-n-shoot these days: 12.1 megapixels running through Digic 4 image processing, face detection, high ISO (3200), image stabilization, 16:9 widescreen photo mode, and two video modes (though not HD). Get it.

Back of the camera and controls view after the jump – buttons look big and bumpy enough to handle underwater.

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Inspected Gadget: The Impossible Project’s Polaroid Film

The Impossible Project has gotten some more notice now that they’ve finally mastered the reverse-engineering of color instant Polaroid film, and will start selling it August 2nd. This is great news, but hidden in their online shop is some fun stuff they developed along the way: Check out their silver shade, multi-color, and sepia film packs.

Inspected Gadget: Sony Cyber-shot TX9 3D Camera

Sony Cyber-shot T9… their flagship model with the ability to take “3D images of sweeping panoramas” that will display nicely on your new 3D TV. I’ve been fine carrying bigger cameras around but every once in a while I do like super-slim stuff, especially if it’s got the latest gimmick built-in.

Via Uncrate

More ALPA Magic

We first showed you our friend Ruedi’s ALPA camera back in April, now the Swiss Camera gods are making news (be it from February) again in the form of  a collaboration with Swiss design studio Estragon.  Estragon designed a new handle for the ALPA 12 TC, which from their words sounds amazing, “Only when the photographer will forget the camera in his hands will he be able to absolutely focus on his activity: The Photography.”

We love you ALPA, keep being The World’s Best Camera Ever.

Inspected Gadget: Pentax 645D is coming

The Pentax 645D is coming soon – May in Japan, other countries soon after. Medium format, digital, 100-1600 iso, ideal for the field or studio. It’s got a giant 43mm x 33mm sensor that grabs images at 40 megapixels. Dual SD slots- you can throw RAW images on one card and JPGs on the other. Hefty monster.

Via engadget

Inspected Gadget: Leica V-Lux 20

Leica is about to release the V-Lux 20, the latest in their line of pocketable point-n-shoot cameras. These are wildly similar to the Panasonic Lumix variants, but if you need that Leica “L” you know which one you’ll hold out for (aside from the lens being different, the general knowledge is that the image processing software in the camera is somewhat tweaked). Specs are solid: 14.5 megapixel, 25-300 mm zoom lens (would like to see this in action), 720p HD video, and SD/SDHC/SXDC card compatibility. It’s also got built-in GPS for geotagging shots which is definitely a must-have these days.

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Alpa Cameras

I had lunch with one of my favorite Germans yesterday, and amongst other things talked about, we spoke of cameras.  He showed me this fantastic beast made by Alpa, a Swiss camera manufacturer for “those who can tell the difference between price and value.” It’s definitely one of the coolest cameras I’ve seen, and the thing weighs a ton which somehow makes it extra special.

Inspected Gadget: Panasonic AF100 Micro Four Thirds video camera

The four thirds world just got a little more interesting. I was thinking about this over the weekend, that it was only a matter of time before a more video-focused device started using the lenses from these cameras. Looks like Panasonic is dipping their toes in the water first.

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Inspected Gadget: Olympus E-PL1 Four-thirds camera

The new Olympus E-LP1 camera is the latest in that company’s offerings in the micro four-thirds arena. What’s that? Think exchangeable lenses plus a DSLR sized sensor, minus the mirror and prism commonly found in an SLR, all in a relatively small camera.

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Inspected Gadget: Pentax Optio W90 Waterproof Camera

The Pentax Optio W90 12.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera is another interesting ruggedized camera that’s about to be released to the wild. Having spent all day Saturday in the snow with TEXAS REASON, I wish I had this one on hand to capture the beautiful moments.

Some features:

  • 12.1 megapixel CCD
  • 720p high-definition video at 30 fps
  • Wide-angle 5x optical zoom (28¿140mm equivalent)
  • 2.7″ LCD 16:9 display
  • Waterproof up to 20 ft

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Inspected Gadget: EyeFi Pro X2 8 GB Wireless SD Memory Card

The Eye-Fi Pro X2 Wireless SDHC memory card gives your camera the ability to wirelessly transfer photos to either your computer or directly to photo sharing services like flickr or picasa, or even to social networks. Doesn’t matter if your camera doesn’t have the capability – the card has wireless built in. It’s also got built in geotagging of photo locations.

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Inspected Gadget: Rugged Casio Exilim EX-G1

Tired of camera round ups and the like? Just skip them all and try this tough guy, then take it with you on the slopes without worrying one bit. At first glance I thought it was just kinda ugly and hyping up the ‘rugged’ thing. Giving it a harder look, I think I like it – obviously a tie-in to the Casio’s  G-Shock watch “endurance-minded features” without exactly aping the name.

-Shock resistant elements inside and outside. Stainless steel outer casing, resin protective ring on the lens.
-Water resistant to 10 feet for 60 continuous minutes, even under direct spray.
-Weather resistant down to 14°F
-12.1 Megapixels, with interval shooting of photos or movies (fun)
-Available in black or red, $299 MSRP but cheaper in real life

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Inspected Gadget: Rugged Casio Exilim EX-G1

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Over the last couple of days, I came across this camera a few times and held back from writing about it – at first glance I thought it was just kinda ugly and hyping up the ‘rugged’ thing. Giving it a harder look, I’ve grown to like it – obviously a tie-in to the Casio’s  G-Shock watch “endurance-minded features” without exactly aping the name. It looks like it could still slide into a pocket nicely, and when you miss that pocket, it’ll survive the fall. I’d love to see a true endurance test when it is released.
The specs:

-Shock resistant elements inside and outside. Stainless steel outer casing, resin protective ring on the lens. Supposedly fine for seven foot drops.
-Water resistant to 10 feet for 60 continuous minutes, even under direct spray.
-Weather resistant down to 14°F
-12.1 Megapixels, with interval shooting of photos or movies (fun)
-Available in black or red, $299 MSRP in December 2009

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Daily Gadget: Leica M7 Hermes Limited Edition Camera

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The economy is getting better: wildly expensive at $14,250US, and the economy is a sinking ship: probably wildly stealable. The Hermes treatment is given to the Leica M7. Specs are the same as the existing version – film based, quick locking variable aperture priority, amazing lens options. Calfskin leather in either orange or etoupe (if they’re going to say  “orange”, why not just say “brown”…) wrapped over a silver chrome body. Limited to 100 cameras per color. The kit drops in December 2009 in a linen and silk box, includes a matching leather strap, the Leica SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH wide-angle lens, a matching classic lens flare hood, and the LEICAVIT M rapid film winder.

This thing’s all over the internet- freshnessmag, hypebeast. and engadget.

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