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JVC Everio GZ-R560BUS

JVC has recently released a new quad-proof Full HD camcorder, the Everio GZ-R560BUS. Designed with JVC’s rugged quad-proof camera body, this waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freeze-proof camcorder boasts a 2.5MP 1-Chip 1/5.8” Back-Illuminated CMOS sensor, a 40x optical zoom lens (60x Dynamic Zoom), a 3.0-inch 230k-dot touchscreen LCD, a 32GB of internal memory, an SDHC/SDXC card slot (up to 128GB), a micro-USB port and a mini-HDMI port.

Powered by a rechargeable internal battery (up to 5 hours), the Everio GZ-R560BUS can capture both 1080p60 in AVCHD @ up to 28MB/s or 1080i60 in AVCHD @ up to 24MB/s and up to 10MP still images. The JVC Everio GZ-R560BUS is currently available for pre-order for $499.95. [Product Page]

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Drift Ghost S

Finding yourself a new sports action camera? Why don’t you check out the Ghost S from Drift. Featuring a durable and 3M waterproof design, this ultra-compact action camera has a 12MP Sony CMOS sensor w/ back illuminated technology, a 160-degree wide-angle lens, a 2.0-inch LCD screen w/ Corning Gorilla Glass protection, a microSD card slot (up to 128GB), a mini-USB port, an HDMI port and built-in microphone/speaker.

Powered by a 1700mAh li-polymer battery, the Ghost S has the ability to capture both 1080p @ 60fps, 960p @ 60fps, 720p @ 120fps or WVGA @ 240fps video in MP4 format and up to 12MP still images in JPEG format.

The Drift Ghost S will set you back $261.58 (remote control included). [Product Page]

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Papago GoSafe S780

Monitor what’s in front of, behind or inside your vehicle with Papago’s latest 1080p dash camera ‘GoSafe S780’. This dash camera has a 150-degree wide-angle lens (f/1.5 Front), a 180-degree wide-angle lens (f/1.9 Rear), a 2.0” color LCD display and a microSD card slot (16GB card included).

Furthermore, the device features Multiple Recording Modes: Loop Recording, Motion Detection & Monitor Mode, G-Sensor, Driver Assist, GPS Antenna and TPMS Support. Finally, the GoSafe S780 can capture up to 1080p Full HD video @ 30/60fps.

The Papago GoSafe S780 is available now for $279.95. [Product Page]

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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Blackmagic Design has announced the all new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. This handheld digital film camera boasts a 4/3” sized HDR CMOS sensor, a 5” touchscreen display, CFast 2.0 & SD/UHS-II card slots, 1x USB Type-C port for data input/output, 1x mini-XLR input with phantom power for pro-style mics and 1x full-sized HDMI port.

Other highlights include Dual Native ISO to 25,600, Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount, 13-Stop Dynamic Range, 3D LUT Support and 1080p Full HD @ 120fps video recording.

Finally, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K can record DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 video @ up to 60fps. The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is currently available for pre-order for $1,295. [Product Page]

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Hikvision DS-2CD2442FWD-IW

Keep your home or business safe with Hikvision’s latest 4MP WiFi network cube camera ‘DS-2CD2442FWD-IW’. This network cube camera has a 1/2.8” progressive scan CMOS sensor, a 2.8mm fixed lens that delivers a wide 105.8-degree horizontal field of view, a microSD card slot (up to 128GB), a LAN port and built-in WiFi connectivity for remote viewing.

Other notable features include Night Vision range of up to 33’, IR Cut Filter, 3D-DNR and built-in microphone/speaker for two-way audio. Finally, the DS-2CD2442FWD-IW can capture 2688 x 1520 video @ 20fps in H.264/H.264+/MJPEG compression. The Hikvision DS-2CD2442FWD-IW is available now for just $187.50. [Product Page]

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Papago GoSafe 30G

Record the view through the windshield of your car with Papago’s GoSafe 30G Dash Camera with GPS Logger. This compact dash camera is equipped with a 140-degree field of view, a 2.7-inch LCD for Live Viewing, a microSD card slot (16GB card included), GPS for accurate tracking information, a built-in battery for backup power and built-in microphone/speaker.

Other highlights include Front Collision Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, Stop Sign Recognition, Stop & Go, Driver Fatigue Warning and Headlight Reminder. Finally, the GoSafe 30G can capture 1080p Full HD video @ 60fps. The Papago GoSafe 30G retails for $152.98. [Product Page]

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ezviz Mini O

Watch over your valuables using ezviz’s latest 1080p WiFi camera ‘Mini O’. Coming with a magnetic base for flexible placement, this ultra-compact camera has a 2MP 1/2.7” progressive scan CMOS sensor, a 2.8mm fixed lens, a 115-degree horizontal field of view, a microSD card slot (up to 128GB) and built-in WiFi connectivity.

Not just that, the camera also features IR LEDs for night vision up to 25’, IR Cut Filter, Motion Detection, Real Time Viewing via iOS & Android Devices and built-in microphone/speaker for two-way audio communication.

Finally, the Mini O can capture 1080p Full HD video @ 15fps in H.264 format. The ezviz Mini O is available now for just $59.99. [Product Page]

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As if there weren’t already cameras enough in this world, researchers created a new type that is both microscopic and self-powered, making it possible to embed just about anywhere and have it work perpetually. It’s undoubtedly cool technology, but it’s probably also going to cause a spike in tinfoil sales.

Engineers have previously investigated the possibility of having a camera sensor power itself with the same light that falls on it. After all, it’s basically just two different functions of a photovoltaic cell — one stores the energy that falls on it while the other records how much energy fell on it.

The problem is that if you have a cell doing one thing, it can’t do the other. So if you want to have a sensor of a certain size, you have to dedicate a certain amount of that real estate to collecting power, or else swap the cells rapidly between performing the two tasks.

Euisik Yoon and postdoc Sung-Yun Park at the University of Michigan came up with a solution that avoids both these problems. It turns out that photosensitive diodes aren’t totally opaque — in fact, quite a lot of light passes right through them. So putting the solar cell under the image sensor doesn’t actually deprive it of light.

That breakthrough led to the creation of this “simultaneous imaging and energy harvesting” sensor, which does what it says on the tin.

The prototype sensor they built is less than a square millimeter, and fully self-powered in sunlight. It captured images at up to 15 frames per second of pretty reasonable quality:

The Benjamin on the left is at 7 frames per second, and on the right is 15.

In the paper, the researchers point out that they could easily produce better images with a few tweaks to the sensor, and Park tells IEEE Spectrum that the power consumption of the chip is also not optimized — so it could also operate at higher framerates or lower lighting levels.

Ultimately the sensor could be essentially a nearly invisible camera that operates forever with no need for a battery or even wireless power. Sounds great!

In order for this to be a successful spy camera, of course, it needs more than just an imaging component — a storage and transmission medium are necessary for any camera to be useful. But microscopic versions of those are also in development, so putting them together is just a matter of time and effort.

The team published their work this week in the journal IEEE Electron Device Letters.

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VENLIFE Full HD Trail Camera

Capture detailed images of the forests and their wildlife using this Full HD trail camera from VENLIFE. Ideal for hunting season, this weatherproof camera (IP55) is built with a 12MP CMOS image sensor, a 120-degree wide-angle lens, a 2.0-inch 320 x 240 LCD display, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), a mini-USB port, an AV out and built-in microphone/speaker.

Other highlights include 48x IR LED Lights for night vision (up to 20 meters), Adjustable PIR Sensor and Time-Lapse Modes. Powered by 4x AA batteries, this Full HD trail camera has the ability to capture both 1080p @ 17fps in AVI format and up to 12MP still images in JPG format.

Grab yours now for just $71.21 (remote control included). [Product Page]

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Thinkware F100

Monitor what’s in front of your vehicle with Thinkware’s latest 1080p dash cam ‘F100’. Specs-wise, this compact dash cam has a 2.12MP 1/5.78” Sony CMOS sensor, a 135-degree diagonal field of view, a microSD card slot (16GB card included) and built-in microphone/speaker.

Other notable features include G-Sensor with 5 Levels of Sensitivity Adjustment, Supercapacitor for Fail-Safe Recording and PC Viewer Compatible with Windows & Mac.

Finally, the F100 can capture 1080p Full HD video @ 30fps in H.264 video compression. The Thinkware F100 is available now for just $109.99. [Product Page]

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