Hey, congrats on the new digital camera you snagged cheap on Black Friday (or Cyber Monday, or Fairly Ordinary Saturday). Now you just need a high-capacity memory card to store all your snapshots. How does a free one sound? Well, okay, the A-Data 2GB Secure Digital card will cost you $19 up front, but you'll get it back in 6-8 weeks. Yep, it's one of those free-after-rebate deals. Of course, even if you're one of those lazy types who never remembers to submit the forms until the day after the cutoff, $19 is still a pretty good … Read more
File this one under the "I have no basis for my opinion but I'm going to spew it anyway because it may jumpstart my sales" department. File it under the "convention of fools" department while you're at it too.
According to the Carphone Warehouse -- one of the UK's leading retailers of cell phones and services, sales of camera phones will eventually overtake digital cameras and will ultimately lead to the digital camera's demise.
To prove his point, the company's CEO had the following to say: "It's not all about megapixels. There is high consumer demand for gadget convergence - one all-purpose device to replace cameras, MP3 players and PDAs. The next stage in the evolution of the mobile phone is taking the mobile device beyond talking and texting to fulfill this demand."
Hold on, it gets even better: "The digital stills camera is a disappearing breed, in particular at the lower end of the market. Camera phones are much more convenient for capturing spontaneous shots ? people want to be able to take pictures when they want and where they want. The stand alone DSC may not be extinct yet but there is a chance it will join the VHS video tape, the Cine-film recorder and even the film camera as a technology of the past. The photographic market is changing rapidly and the digital camera's position within it is not assured."
Maybe I missed the memo, but this guy is kidding, right? He can't be this foolish. Shall we take a look at why Carphone Warehouse's CEO may take the prize for the dumbest statement made in the past month?… Read more
But sometimes they excel themselves with some truly wacky designs. Click through our gallery and check out some of the ke-rr-rr-aziest cameras Crave has ever seen.
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With the holidays, as they say, "upon us," you might want to take a bunch of pictures. They're useful for reminding yourself how grandpa looks passed out on the lounger post-turkey, staying in touch with family, and proving that you have friends documenting good times.
If you want an easy point-and-shooter, this might be a good way to go. It's an ultracompact camera with great reviews and a nice discount. Offered elsewhere at $300, it's available at Butterfly Photo for $220.
This week includes interesting news about Flickr and YouTube, information about several new digital imaging applications, and a big picture of a seal pup.A treat, fix, and update for Adobe Lightroom users AVCHD video: The hardware is willing, but the software is weak Create vector images in a snap with Vector Magic DigitalGlobe's new satellite view is twice as sharp Hands-on with the Toshiba Camileo camcorder High-quality YouTube videos coming soon Jessops offers lighting studio in a bag Miro leaves beta, stability issues behind MIT wins award for its open-source Flickr application Photoshop Elements could be more basic … Read more
MONTEREY, Calif.--Get ready for a new era in which your camera knows not just when you took a picture but who's in it, too.
Many cameras today can detect the faces of those being photographed, which is handy for guiding the camera to set its exposure, focus, and color balance properly. But the more difficult challenge of face recognition is more useful after the photo has been taken.
That's because of a concept called autotagging, one of a number of technologies that make digital photography qualitatively different from the film photography of the past.
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MONTEREY, Calif.--A start-up called Artificial Muscle hopes its actuator technology will provide a cheaper, quieter, and lower-power alternative to the host of motors and other devices that control mechanical movements inside cameras.
The company's technology employs a particular variety of resilient substances called elastomers. This variety changes properties when a voltage is applied across them, growing softer or firmer. Artificial Muscle mounts a ring of the material to a central disk that's pushed by a spring; when the material relaxes, the spring pushes the central disk outward.
The distance the disk travels, or "throw," is … Read more
Recently Power Downloader received an e-mail from Kitty Kilobyte who was away at school. Apparently Kitty had amassed a huge amount of digital photos by taking her camera with her wherever she went. She had pictures from birthday parties, school events, and concerts she had attended, and also simple shots of friends at school and other scenery in her life. She had thought about putting them into albums or posting them online, but wondered if Power knew of something new and exciting she could do with her photographs.… Read more
This week includes a ton of firmware updates from Casio, info on Adobe's Photoshop advancements, and some big news from HP on its camera line.Adobe: Online Photoshop coming this year Another pen, another camera AVCHD video: The hardware is willing, but the software is weak Brace yourself for Adobe's Photoshop overhaul Firmware Ahoy: Casio unleashes a deluge of Exilim camera updates Flickr centralizes printing abilities Hands-on with the Eye-Fi card How to stick your camera to a tree HP to stop designing own cameras Kodak enters the fashion fray Lexar's UDMA CF/SD reader ShoZu: Subscribe to friends' Flickr photos on your phone
How can you look inside your iPhone without voiding your warranty? Want to peer into the innards of your iPod? And how exactly did they make computer memory in 1974?
Over at Crave sister site News.com they've been posting photos of electronics vivisection. I know, the operating room isn't our usual arena. But this time the patient's one of the popular electronic devices listed below. Occasionally they even put them back together in working order!