Chobi is at it again with their ‘block’ camera

Available in a green, orange and red, the Chobi Cam Block is is reminiscent of your favorite stack-able childhood toy (besides Lincoln Logs).  The goal of this camera was to make something so cute and endearing that you would automatically smile when you see, thereby producing great photos.  The Chobi Cam Block is compatible with SDHC and is capable of capturing both full color or monochrome pictures and video.  Easily connect it to your PC with a USB to mini USB cable and access the contents like an external hard drive.  It’s so simple and easy to use, even your kids can try their hand at taking snapshots without you having to worry about them dropping your own camera.

Leave a personalized memo with this tiny recorder from Sanwa

Instead of taking the time to write out a note for a friend or loved one, just record a short clip of yourself, up to 30 seconds, and make it more personal.  With a 1.77″ display, the PFS-AT177 has a blue LED that will blink when a message is waiting and also includes the ability to play the video on your PC.


Buffalo announces web camera with a glass lens to capture images with beautiful clarity

In other camera news, Buffalo has announced the BSW20K10 in your choice of red, white or black with a glass lens.  Able to record video at a resolution of 1280.x 720 at 30 frames per second, it’s also ideal for streaming directly to a site.  Includes an over-the-ear hook style of headphones for clear voice or video chat sessions.

JVC LS2, with 10x zoom, includes wireless controls via app

Along with the newly announced LS1 with 4x zoom, JVC also announced a world first with their LS2.  Installing an app on your iPhone, Android device or PC, you can wirelessly adjust the tilt and pan of the camera both quietly and quickly so as not to disturb your subject.  Expected availability is late September but pricing is not yet released.

New Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1 from Sony has world’s first 35mm full size CMOS image sensor

With a pixel density of 24.3 million and a large-aperture Carl Zeiss lens, the new DSC-RX1 from Sony is yet again raising the bar for compact cameras.  Until now, this technology has been reserved for high-end SLR cameras.  Combining the strengths of their device technology, beginning with the image sensor and optical technology, they’ve been able to showcase their recent focus on high-performance, high-quality technology and miniaturization to produce this stunning cameras.  Great for the casual photographer who wants more control or for the professional who yearns to take amazing photos with increased portability

Instax 8 Series from Fuji Film targets women with new colors and instant airbrush

Fuji Film has announced an update to its 7S line of Instax instant cameras.  Keeping basically the same form factor, the new model includes a real-image viewfinder and better options to control images taken in light and dark environments.  In addition to black and white, blue, pink and yellow will also be available (all in pastel shades).  Set for release in November.

Nikon Flagship COOLPIX P7700 Is The First Compact Camera To Offer Full-Scale Photography Similar To DSLR

The COOLPIX P7700, successor to the P7100, offers a number of advancements that make it perfect for a professional photographer that needs to pack light.  The NIKKOR zoom lens with 7.1x optical zoom allows for focal lengths between 28 and 200mm and apertures of f/2-4.  1/1.7-inch backside illumination CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 12.2 million enable repetitive capture at approximately 8 fps.  With a host of accessories, including Advanced Wireless Lighting which enables control over master and remote flash units for more creative flash photography, GPS Unit GP-1 which allow position information to be included in your images, and Remote Cord MC-DC2 which makes releasing the shutter easier when the camera is mounted on a tripod, the P7700 strikes a perfect balance between functionality and portability.

Nikon Announces First Android-Based Camera

Nikon believes that powerful images are what connect us.  And their COOLPIX S800C is the perfect embodiment of that creed.  Built-in WiFi along with the broad functionality offered by the Android operating system enables its owners to take truly great photographs and instantly share them with friends and family in a familiar way.  The compact design packs a 16 Megapixel Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS Sensor with a 10x NIKKOR zoom lens.  Both black and white models will be released in Japan sometime in September but a US release is also expected.