Connected Cameras

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Digital photography has always been fettered by the wired data transfer ecosystem. But things are all set to change. CES 2012 in Las Vegas saw Wi-Fi becoming a mainstream feature in many cameras and camcorders. Although cameras with Wi-Fi connectivity have been around for a while, it is only now that the technology is being put to full use. This technology eliminates the need of data cables and memory card readers; you can upload content directly on the web or transfer it to the PC. With close to 10 Wi-FI cameras and camcorders already announced, we can expect many more this year to be equipped for the connected world.

Sony's latest pocket camcorder comes with an interesting twist. As the name Bloggie Live suggests, this camera is meant for bloggers who can now upload the videos they capture directly on to their sites without bothering about transferring the content to a PC first. With live video streaming using the Wi-Fi connectivity of the camcorder, users can now directly upload videos online. The camera is capable of capturing videos at 1080p resolution, but the streaming supports resolution of only up to 480x270. It comes with an onboard storage of 8GB.

Kodak added social network connectivity to its cameras some time ago, but with the Easy Share M750 it has taken the feature to a new level. Earlier, the images were uploaded to the web when the camera was plugged in to an Internet-connected PC. The addition of Wi-Fi connectivity lets user share images directly through Facebook, email and Kodak gallery. When not in a Wi-Fi enabled zone, the camera can transfer images to another Wi-Fi-enabled device using Kodak EasyShare application meant for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. The camera features 16.4 MP sensor with 5x optical zoom.

Camera without Wi-Fi? No probs, there is Eye-Fi

Wi-Fi is gradually becoming a part of point-and-shoot cameras, but not DSLRs. If you wish to add the feature to your existing camera, just buy a Eye-Fi card. These are nothing but SD cards with a built-in Wi-Fi antenna.

But a Wi-Fi enabled Eye-Fi card has to be paired with a computer first. Once done, it directly upload images on the web. The only drawback with such an additional accessory is that as it is not embedded in the camera and the display doesn't show the Wi-Fi connectivity option.
In a bold move, Polaroid has blended the features of a smartphone with a camera by announcing the Polaroid SC 1630 smart camera. Running the Android 4.0 operating system, it has a 3.2-inch touch display. This camera packs in a highdefinition 16 MP camera with 3x optical zoom. Other features include automatic face and smile detection, red eye removal, colour correction, etc. One can also download photo editing and photo sharing applications from Android Market and use them for uploading pictures online through Wi-Fi. It also comes with a micro SIM slot.

Spurred on by the host of companies announcing Wi-Fi enabled cameras, Canon has also announced its intention to add the feature to its Vixia camcorders. The two Wi-Fi enabled camcorders come with direct upload options for Facebook and YouTube. There is also a movie uploader app available for iPhone and iPad. Both camcorders capture full HD quality videos using CMOS Pro Image sensor and has 3" touch display. The Vixia HF M52 can capture 12 hours of HD video and store it in the 32 GB onboard memory. The Vixia HF 50 has 8 GB internal storage capable of storing 3 hours of video.

At CES 2012, Samsung announced a wide range of cameras and camcorders with built-in Wi-Fi so Samsung users can now upload pictures directly to social networking sites, email and even sync and share images with smart devices like TVs, phones and tablets. Of the three cameras announced, WB 150F has 14.2 MP with 18x optical zoom, ISO levels of up to 3200 as well as auto and manual focus. WB 850F will be equipped with GPS and Live Landmark feature that enables map downloads. This one has a 16.2 MP lens with 21x optical zoom. The ST200F is low on specs with 12 MP sensor and 10x zoom.

Courtesy:Gadgets and Gizmos

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