PTZ Cams: Not Just for Surveillance

You’ve seen them, but maybe you’re not quite sure what they are. Often encased in domes, PTZ or Pan Tilt Zoom cameras, are cameras that can be panned, tilted and zoomed remotely. You’ll see them mounted on the ceilings of department stores and other locations where someone wants to keep an eye on things. But they can be used for a lot more than simple surveillance.


Five New Digicams from Panasonic

It might be in the 90s outside, but that didn't stop Panasonic from releasing two new superzoom digicams and three new pocket-sized digicams, all scheduled to hit the shelves at about the same time we head back to school and start ramping up for the holidays (yes... the holidays!).

Panasonic DMC-GF1

The Panasonic DMC-GF1 is a fine pairing of form and function. A well-considered design makes the body irresistible to the touch— put it in your hands and you’ll want to start snapping pictures immediately. The quality controls and creative features should appeal to both enthusiasts and advanced photographers.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

The GH1, long-time toast of the photo/video hybrid revolution, is facing heated competition from the new products of other manufacturers. But a recently announced firmware hack is bringing some attention back to the GH1. New native frame rates and extremely high bit rates are the hottest features of this DIY project.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is the latest addition to the Micro Four Thirds line. The camera employs a unique touch display that makes shooting high-quality photos and video fun and easy. Intelligent Auto Mode simplifies the shooting experience while a set of well-considered manual controls allows users to explore their creativity.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Today, there is a vast world of entry-level cameras on the market. While all have fairly intuitive automated modes, few build in the type of controls that grow with the end user. This is where the G10 really stands out. You get all the simplicity of a point-and-shoot camera, but you also have the option to take full creative and manual control of your photography.

A 152-Inch Display in My House? Some Day...

I remember, years ago, reading about a 40-inch CRT television set. It had a 4:3 aspect ratio, weighed several hundred pounds, and cost around $100,000. I think it was a Sony. It was completely impractical, but it got me to thinking that some day I wanted to own a TV set with a screen that size. Today I own a 46-inch flat panel, but I saw something this week that got me thinking again. Panasonic just announced its new 152-inch plasma display that should be available early next year.

Projected Photography as a Means for Creating An Off-Broadway Set

When director Rick Mowat needed a quick and inexpensive solution for staging a play that involved multiple street locations and a hospital room, he turned to New York City photographer Stephen Andrus and a Panasonic projector. The nearly carpentry- and paint-free production of the new drama, Coda (For Freddie Blue) by Fred Crecca, can be seen June 10 - 13 at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, 340 W. 47 St.

Thumbnails - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3

Panasonic's Lumix-series digicams have evolved over the years into one of the more popular choices among shoppers seeking well-designed point-and-shoot cameras that deliver robust image files. One of the newest models to join Panasonic's digicam line-up is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3.

Hot products from CES 2010

PowerShots for Everyone

For the better part of a decade, Canon PowerShot A-Series cameras have offered a respectable set of features at an affordable price. Excellent resolution, sharp Canon optics, and quality handling have made the cameras extremely popular with budget conscious shutterbugs. Though never quite as compact or sleek as the Digital ELPH line, the PowerShot A-Series has always been renowned for capturing high-quality images with ease.


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