HDR video, as you know, exposes the living breathing smelling unreality hidden in life. Or something like that. AMP’s system uses a two beam-splitter in the camera that takes the light and directs it onto three sensors. This gives it a range of 17.5 stops to “reveal reality” in our drab, incomplete lives. The single-lens camera shoots 1080p video at 24fps or 30fps, records raw, uncompressed data to an SSD, and works with Nikon F-Mount-compatible lenses. To give you some perspective on the amount of sheer storage required, AMP promises a 256GB SSD can hold 30-plus minutes of footage, with 24fps video consuming less space than the 30 fps variety. It’ll be available later this summer for some unknown sum, but not as a mass-produced product. Rather, it’ll end up in the hands of a select few prosumers who add themselves to a waiting list.


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While Japan’s NHK has been working on the successor to HDTV, Super Hi-Vision, for years, there haven’t been any direct-view HDTVs capable of showing its full 7,680 x 4,320 pixel resolution until this prototype unveiled today by Sharp. Its 103 pixels per inch may be just a fraction of those found in some of the pocket displays we’ve seen at SID this week, but that’s still far more than the 36ppi of a 60-inch 1080p HDTV. If estimates are correct, we’ll still be waiting until around 2020 for that 33MP video and 22.2 channel sound to actually be broadcast, although there’s a possibility of some demonstrations happening during the 2012 Olympics. Skip past the break for the available specs and a video demonstration, or just head over to the NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories in Tokyo between the 26th and 29th of this month.


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The first candidate is Ortus Technology that have released a Full HD MID-scale panel. The 4.8-inch display runs at 1920 x 1080 resolution for a whopping 458 pixels per inch; which in contrast, makes Apple’s 326ppi Retina Display look low-res.


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We have already done a review of helmet cameras and came to a conclusion that ContourGPS was a better solution in almost all aspects. Well folks from Contour are no lazy bunch, they constantly strive for perfection. On May 18th, you will be able to purchase their latest product Contour+ (formerly known as Countour Plus). Like the ContourGPS, this new imager captures 1080p video at 30fps, and also packs built-in GPS plus Bluetooth v2.1 — the latter’s for the wireless viewfinder app on iOS and, eventually, Android. The difference between these two cameras? Well, ignoring the colors and the extra 3mm in length, the Contour+ does indeed come with a mini HDMI-out port alongside the microSD slot on the back. Better yet, you’ll also find an HDMI cable in the box to get you going. And of course, let’s not forget the new super-wide lens (still rotatable) that does 170 degrees for 960p and 720p recording, or 125 degrees for 1080p. Both modes best the camera’s predecessor, though the trade-off is the lack of dual-alignment lasers.

Update: As of July 20th, Countour wireless viewfinder is available for Android.


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Here is a compiled chart to see how exactly HTC’s latest Android superphone, the Sensation 4G, stacks up against its fellow dual-core competition. Included in this list are the finest and brightest Android handsets from each of the major manufacturers that have gone dual-core so far: the Galaxy S II, the Atrix 4G, the Optimus 2X / G2X, and HTC’s own EVO 3D. As it turns out, there are quite a few commonalities among these phones (besides the benchmark-crushing performance). They all boast screens of either 4 or 4.3 inches in size, the minimum amount of RAM among them is 512MB, the smallest battery is 1500mAh, and yes, they all have front-facing video cameras. Basically, it’s the future of smartphones, reduced to a stat sheet. As such, it must also come with the warning that specs aren’t everything, and user experience will most often depend on the software available on each device and on the preferences of the human holding it.


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When you look at the spec list for the Crystal Acoustics PicoHD5.1 media player you certainly wouldn’t believe that it’s no bigger than an SD card reader. And is actually smaller than its own remote control. There’s just enough space on the device for a few inputs and outputs, including digital audio, HDMI, SD/MMC card slot and an USB port, and it is through this last one that you attach an external source as there’s (clearly) no internal storage on board.

The PicoHD5.1 is compatible with all types of USB memory sticks and FAT, FAT32 or NTFS formatted external HDD drives. It can play a myriad of file types, including MKV, DivX, MP3, FLAC, JPG and BMP, and as it is recognizes NTFS, files can be above 4GB in size (essential for 1080p MKVs, for example). Its 5.1 suffix illustrates that, again seemingly in contradiction to its diminutive size, it can play full surround sound audio. But if you want to use it solely with a flatscreen TV, rather than AV amplifier, it is also capable of downmixing Dolby Digital and DTS audio soundtracks to a stereo mix.

The PicoHD5.1 costs $82 and is available now.


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Evo 3D

We’ve been hearing about HTC’s 3D-capable phone for quite a while now. Expected to be announced at CTIA by Sprint, we were able to procure some early shots of the specification listing of the EVO 3D. It’s going to be rocking a muscular 1.2GHz dual core CPU with a large 4.3″ qHD 960×540 3D display. The front camera will be 1.3MP, and the rear will take 1080p 2D video and 720p 3D video. It’ll weigh about 6 ounces, making it a bit heavier than the Thunderbolt.


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OpenGL ES 2.0 Benchmark - Egypt

Even though some of the models are not yet available to the general public, AnandTech have done a preliminary benchmark testing as well as have done a short (pre)view of LG Optimus 3D.

The Optimus 3D features (surprise surprise) 3D autostereoscopic display from LG. Both the IPS panel underneath, and the parallax barrier on top are LG’s own. Most of the Android UI is of course 2D – the parallax barrier can be switched on and off or varied in intensity depending on the context. Depth isn’t too overwhelming at most settings, and can be changed in most 3D contexts by dragging a slider. When viewing the display, it’s obvious that there are a set of optimal viewing angles for the parallax barrier. It’s difficult to describe how the 3D effect looks from different angles – as you change your viewing angle across the display, the 3D effect comes and goes accordingly. It definitely requires some thought to position oneself appropriately.


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Ever wanted to slow down time?! The Vision Research’s Phantom Flex might be just what you have been craving for. By shooting an enormous amount of frames per second, this ‘time machine’ is able to create an illusion of slowing down the time by shooting an incredible 2,570 frames per second footage (can even shoot at up to 10,000fps at lower resolutions). And even though it carries a price tag of around $100k (unconfirmed), it is worth every penny. Let’s not forget that some of the greatest blockbusters (Inception for example) were shot using Phantom series cameras such as Phantom HD Gold.
Read more for additional info including other rigs used by Hollywood such as Typhoon HD and Red One.


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Ever wanted to capture your ride? Have the bragging rights of your awesomeness?! Snowboarding, biking, skateboarding, surfing, car driving (drift, race, etc)… Most definitely you need a water resistance camera that has a solid and stable mount to your helmet, but preferably to any surface.
Unquestionably you would want to capture your one-in-a-life time move in full high definition, so that your friends would identify themselves in the captures footage. Perhaps two of the most vivid competitors in the helmet camera market are GoPro HD and Contour HD.


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Zima Project

Second HD movie shot in winter 2009-2010

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Xmas in Tdot

My very first HD movie filmed on Canon 7D with 17-55mm f/2.8 lens

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