Archives for January 14, 2013

Now on the DIMAcast: Bill McCurry returns with money-making ideas, “almost live” from DIMA 2013

On this week’s DIMAcast, almost live from Las Vegas, discover new  ideas to put money in your pocket from the DIMA Marketing Idea Exchange with Bill McCurry. Listen in and hear how “Do It For Me” allows labs to increase revenues; helping customers curate their own images provides unique revenue opportunities; how a drunk’s mistake turned into a profitable new product. Learn how — with the same employees and equipment — you can double revenue, and much more.

This episode  is part one of two parts of the DIMA Marketing Idea Exchange led by McCurry last week in Las Vegas during the DIMA 2013 Conference. Listen here, or use the player below. You can also get a PDF transcript of the session at

JVC shoots 600 (!) frames per second


With the $1,000 Procision GC-PX100, JVC has set a low price for a super-fast 1080 HD video camera, “to capture high-quality video of fast-moving action.”

The full-speed 600 frames per second is at a reduced resolution  of course. The camera has a 12-megapixel BSI sensor, and also captures still shots at 9fps. It has a fast F/1.2 lens that zooms 10x, and a 3-inch tilting LCD.

Also, built-in WiFi will send video to a smartphone or tablet. A free app from JVC will play back two video clips side-by-side for comparison.

Sakar switches smartcam sensor into separate lens


Here a twist on both interchangeable lens cameras and Android-based models:

Manufacturer Sakar International is building a modular Android camera — with the sensor built into in the detachable lens, not the camera body. (As this technique did not exactly take off for Ricoh a few years back, we’re surprised someone else is trying it…)

The Polaroid-branded iM1836 is billed as a modular camera system: There’s an 18-megapixel sensor in the first lens, a 10-30mm /27-81mm equivalent zoom. The first kit will be $400.

As the lens and sensor plug into the body, in effect the  main unit is less a camera than it is a computer running the Android operating system on a 3.5-inch touchscreen, with WiFi as well as Bluetooth connectivity.

More information is here.

Sony beautifies five Cyber-shots


A new “Beauty Effect” on Sony’s latest compacts provides post-shooting re-touch options including skin toning and smoothing, teeth whitening, eye widening and shine removal.

The WX80 is a 16-megapixel model with an 8x zoom, WiFi, and 1080i video, for $200. The similar W730 has a CCD instead of CMOS and so takes 720p HD, for $140. The W710 has a shorter 5x zoom, and is $100.

The TF1 is a tough 16MP camera that is waterproof down to 33 feet, as well as dustproof, shockproof and freeze proof. It has a 4x lens, and is $200.

The H200 has a 26x optical zoom, with a 20-megapixel CCD and 3-inch LCD, for $250.

Canon simplifies PowerShot connectivity


“To give consumers a simple, yet enhanced image sharing experience,” Canon says it’s evolved its wireless functionality with new options that help make posting on social networking sites easy.

The PowerShot ELPH 130 works with an Android or iOS app to connect to smartphones and tablets to wirelessly transfer photos and videos to the devices; the camera can also connect on its own to a WiFi network. The wireless history menu lists the last three connections used for uploading and sharing images. The camera has an 8x zoom, 16-megapixel sensor, and 3-inch LCD, for $200.

Also introduced were the simpler A1400, with an optical viewfinder, 16-megapixel sensor, and a 5x zoom, for $110, and the A2600, which adds a 3-inch LCD, for $150.

The three new cameras’ ECO Mode provides approximately 30 percent longer battery life, Canon says.


Olympus makes Stylus even tougher


How tough can a waterproof compact camera get? Olympus says its latest, the Stylus Tough TG-2, can submerge down to 50 feet.

The $380 camera has a 12-megapixel sensor, 4x zoom, 3-inch OLED display, GPS, and 1080 HD video capture. Two more tough models, the TG-830 and TG-630, go down to 30 or 13 feet.
Also announced: the Stylus SH-50 iHS features 5-axis image stabilization. The 16-megapixel camera has a 24x zoom, 3-inch touchscreen, and captures 1080i60 video.
Finally, a pair of compacts feature 24x zooms. The SZ-16 is 16MP CMOS model with 1080p video for $230; the SZ-15 has a 16MP CCD and 720p video, for $200.


Samsung simplifies Smart Cameras


Samsung says its ‘One Click, Simplify’ concept “enables connected devices to seamlessly connect” for image sharing, “revolutionizing the connected camera experience.” The AutoShare on its new cameras sends full-resolution images to a paired smartphone as they are shot.
The Smart Camera app also provides remote viewfinder and mobile link functions.

There are two new long-zoom models:
• The WB250F combines an 18x zoom with a 14-megapixel sensor and 3-inch touchscreen. It has a full manual mode, and is $250.
• The WB800F has a 21x zoom, 16-megapixel sensor, and a touchscreen for $300.
Also: The DV150F adds a 2.7-inch LCD on its front for “DualView” self-portrait taking. It has a 5x zoom, and is $150.
The WB30F is a ‘mini model,’ the company says, with a 10x zoom in 17mm-thick body, for $180.