Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Flip Ultra and Ultra-HD: The little engine that could

The lowly and unassuming line of Flip camcorder tiny little things, has slowly but steadily picked up momentum, found a niche among consumers, and along the way, it found itself in the arms of a giant, Cisco!

flip ultra and ultra-hd at amazon

And now Flip has announced two more products in their line, the Ultra and the UltraHD. The press release can be found at the Imaging Insider.

The Ultra-HD Flip includes 8gb of storage on-board that can get you about 120 minutes of footage. Not bad, considering you are not going to make a "Lord of the Rings" prequel using the Flip. Although you can certainly try :-)

Unlike the others, this one includes its own removable rechargeable battery-pack which can be recharged via USB. However, fear not, they take standard AA batteries, which means you can use up your arsenal of rechargeable on this, without having to get yet another proprietary battery. It has a 2" LCD anti-glare display, and the video is recorded as 720p at 30fps, in mp4 format.

The more affordable model, the Ultra Flip goes for $150, and as you can expect, it does not record in HD, but instead at 30fps VGA, also in mp4 format, and for a total of 120-minutes on its on-board 4gb memory. It has many similarities, as you can expect, with the UltraHD model.

The new lovelies are available for pre-ordering at Amazon.com for $150 and $200 respectively, and for a limited time they include a free accessory of your choice. Amazon estimates that they will start shipping within the next week!

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

If you are seeing this in an RSS newsreader, please read this!

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If you are seeing this message in your RSS newsreader, it means that you are subscribed to either the "SuperFeed" or you are subscribed directly to our Old Blogspot blog feed.

If you are subscribed to the "SuperFeed", then everything is fine, this Old Blog was just revitalized, and we just added it to the "SuperFeed". SuperFeed users learn about new blog additions first, before we post them for the general audience.

If you are subscribed directly to the Blogspot RSS feed, instead of the Feedburner feed, please take action: Up until now, this feed, the Old Blogspot feed was redirected to the new "green" blog. Now that this Old Blogspot blog has been re-activated, be sure to make sure that you are also subscribed to our main-blog (Green blog) feed.

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The Week in Review (April 19 to 25, 2009)

Yes Weekly Rewind fans, your favorite feature is back! This will be one of the recurring topics at this new blog. We will be reviewing the week that was, through the lens of the Noisy blogs!


Story of the Week: The Pentax K7(D) Leakathon
The big story of the week, that keeps on going and going, where various leaks of what now appears to be the Pentax K-7 DSLR. You can catch-up with the various leak round-ups at our Pentax mini-blog.


Impact Reviews
Pentax also dominated the review conversation as the dpreview review of the 15mm DA Ltd lens generated a lot of heat in the blogosphere. And just a few days later, came the Imaging Resource review, which was the first review featured in our just launched Lens Review Diary.

Meanwhile, a wave of pictures and first impressions among a group of Foveonesque photographers generated some excitement over the Sigma DP2. You can read more at the RAWsumer blog, but also be sure to visit and bookmark Carl Rytterfalk's blog for on-going updates and sample pictures.


The Rest of the Stories
The TIPA awards were handed out, a total of forty of them, and we rounded up all the camera/lens-related ones at this award update.

You can catch up with all our posts at the green blog by visiting the April 2009 headlines page, where each post is just a one-line headline. A quick and easy way to skim through everything.


Weekly features
A brand new top sellers Top 100 was posted on Saturday, and as you can see there are plenty of DSLRs in the Top 25 now, with the T1i jumping into the Top Ten as it was in-stock for a few days.


Resource updates
This week we have added three new review clusters to the review organizers, the Fuji F200-EXR and Casio EX-FC100 to the Compact Camera Review Organizer and the Olympus E620 to the DSLR-equivalent page. More will be added next week, so please stay tuned!

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

New blog template has been installed

Hello Blog Readers! Something looks different today! We have just switched to a more compact blog template, with a fixed width and less noise and commotion in the sidebars. You may recognize the look and feel from our other two blogs (RAWSumer and Camera Charts) and also from other Blogspot blogs since this is a standard Blogger template.

This is only the first iteration, we will make more improvements and decrease the size of the sidebar in the next few days. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Which look do you prefer for the old Blogspot blog?

For a number of reasons, including more flexibility in case of server problems, we will be revitalizing this previous main-blog at Blogspot, which we call "Blog 2". We will have more details on that after we finalize them, but for now we would like your opinion on which look-and-feel (template) you prefer? You can see the RAWsumer template which is a fixed screen-size template, while this one is a fill-up the screen template.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blog status update!

The blog problem has been resolved. There was about a 30-minute outage/slowness of all our Typepad-hosted blogs.

If you want to read our latest posts when the blog servers are down, you still can, by subscribing to our RSS feed. The news readers (eg Google Reader, Bloglines, etc) are caching the content of the feeds, so you can read it even if the blog is down. We are publishing full-text RSS feeds!

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