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Fisheye camera distorts your view of the world

Designer Jian Guan is a self-professed fan of distortion caused by fisheye lenses. To him, pictures taken with these optics show more of the environment and can be useful for 3D rendering. This is probably why he formulated the Fun Camera.

Shaped like a magnifying glass, the shooter houses a 16-millimeter lens and has a mirror so you can take distorted self-portraits. While it does have its entertainment value, we see some practical use for it: Real estate agents can use the Fun Camera and snap a shot that shows much more view of the room, though the distorted walls … Read more

Panasonic prices G1 interchangeable-lens camera

When Panasonic announced its first interchangeable-lens camera, the Lumix DMC-G1, it said the camera would cost less than $800. Today it's official: $799.95 with the 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 (28-90mm equivalent) lens.

That price puts it in direct competition with inexpensive dSLR models like the Nikon D60 and Canon Rebel XS; it's a bit smaller compared to those, but lacks an optical viewfinder, which is a significant disadvantage. And it's significantly more expensive than more compact, fixed-lens enthusiast competitors like Panasonic's own LX3 and the Canon PowerShot G10. As yet, performance is a big unknown.… Read more

The 404 207: Where Justin has eaten Phil Ryan's cookies

Former CNET Photo expert and current editor Phil Ryan sneaks by security to join the show. We talk cameras, the rules for conjugal visits, iPhone apps that make prank calling easier, and, of course, plenty of poo-poo jokes.

Dan the Mantern here. My favorite story of the day has to do with Chinese food, a staple cuisine enjoyed by everyone but especially by Jews on Christmas everywhere. Excerpted from a book entitled: Chinese Restaurant Food: Wok Carefully, a title which surprisingly offended Justin, this article lists the seven most unhealthy choices on a typical takeout menu. The experts decry the old standbys: General Tso's chicken, BBQ spare ribs, fried rice, and lo mein. Is anyone really surprised that the $4.95 lunch combination special does not consist of quality food? Even after finding out that a plate of General Tso's contains 1,300 calories, that concoction of oil, tiny baby corn on the cob, bok choy and pork can still make my mouth water. Sure, I might regret it later, but for now, pass the Umami.

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Second Prada phone gets QWERTY keyboard

We reviewed the original Prada phone more than a year ago and loved its style but weren't happy with its lack of support for 3G. On Monday, LG announced the second generation of the phone, and guess what? It will support 3G and more.

Design-wise, the new Prada will look almost identical to the original, with one major difference: a QWERTY keyboard that slides out from under the handset. The keyboard is very thin and therefore won't make the phone much thicker.

The keyboard is definitely a welcome addition for those who like typing on the phone. You … Read more

Video calling on mobile phones to go mainstream

If talking over the phone is not enough (as it's never enough for me, personally), you will probably soon have the option to place video calls, too. That is, of course, if your mobile phone supports VideoEngine Mobile platform Global IP Solutions (GIPS), the company that introduced the VoiceEngine for iPhone recently, announced on Monday.

The technology enables peer-to-peer video calling as well as multipoint video conferencing on mobile phones. GIPS says that its VideoEngine Mobile pave the way for wireless carriers, application developers and mobile handset manufacturers to provide high-quality video calls, even under adverse network conditions.

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How fast is your flash card?

One of the hardest accessory questions to answer is, "Should I spend more for a really fast card for my camera?" Only Rob Galbraith knows for sure, because he has the time to test them all. But he kindly packages the results in a neat database so you can see how well a particular card performs in your camera.

Rob's just added results for the Canon EOS 50D, Nikon D90, and Sony DSLR-A900. Unsurprisingly, in newer models, the SanDisk Extreme III Ducati cards seem to be the fastest CF cards across the board, and the Extreme III … Read more

Calculator sneaks in a spy camera

Spy cameras these days come in different shapes and sizes. For the Bond wannabe, there's the really petite Minox spy camera, a pen camera, and the sunglasses shooter. These gadgets probably won't look good on an accountant (or nerd), and this is where the calculator camera comes in.

Chinavasion is touting the gizmo as the "ultimate wireless office surveillance" tool. A small camera is built into the side of the calculator, so you can pretend to be punching in figures while you're actually recording a clip of your office nemesis picking his nose, to blackmail … Read more

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark IV: the rumors begin

After just about a year on the market, the rumors have started about a replacement for Canon's flagship EOS-1Ds dSLR. The blog trail, which seems to have started in a forum at but which I read on Photography Bay, speculates that the specifications will include the current sensor, but two Digic 4 processors which will enable a bump to ISO 12,800 and a burst rate of 6.8fps, HD video capture, and a jump to a 69-point AF system.

Though Canon Rumors gives this scuttlebutt its second-lowest credibility rating--"From a 4-legged animal"--as … Read more

Nikon D300's time about up?

The first rumor has surfaced--this time from Stock Photo market and Creative Digital Photography guide--about the successor to the still successful Nikon D300.

Normally, I don't pass on unattributed, nonspecific product rumors. But in this case, I decided it was worth mentioning to all of you considering your next dSLR purchase, because it's a reminder that the D300 will be a year old next month, so the site's claim that a new model will be out in the first quarter of 2009 is probably true. I'm guessing an announcement just before PMA (which starts March … Read more