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Sanyo Xacti HD1010 sample videos

Some time ago we started looking at the Sanyo Xacti HD1010 which is the updated version of the HD1000. You may have seen my Sanyo Xacti HD1010 unboxing video wherein I mention some of the new features added to the camera. One feature that we have been asked about a lot is the ability to shoot at 300 frames per second!

There is a drawback from shooting at 300fps though and that is that you are limited to 448 x 336 pixels in that mode and your subject will have to be well lit to get the best results. (have a look at the video below for some samples)

Other advantages of the HD1010 include the ability to now shoot in 1080p, improved AF, improved CMOS sensor, 7fps continuous still shooting mode and photo-wide mode.

In the video below I quickly recap what the HD1010 has before talking through the menu options and the moving on to some sample footage. I recorded all of the sample videos at 720p (except for the slow-motion bit) but do bear in mind that YouTube compression will have affected the quality and that I have uploaded everything at 640×360 so just use this as a guide!

 

Sanyo Xacti HD1010

 

My final words of advice for anyone shooting in HD with the Xacti HD1010 (and probably any flash memory based HD camera) is to make sure that you get a good quality fast memory card. My initial testing was carried out with a no-name 8GB SDHC card and I ended up having lots of problems with the footage breaking up. This turned out to be because the SDHC card was not fast enough. After swapping the card for a decent SanDisk one I had no problems with the recordings and transferring to the Mac was a lot faster too!

 

Posted by: Matt

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Evernote funding, Awards and Releases

image Looks like Evernote have tee’d off the New Year with a bang. A nice new update to their already tidy service adds GPS functionality, they’ve won an award for being the new kids on the block and they’ve secured monies to keep them going for a while. Have a read of their full announcement after the break.

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Proposed US law would require phone cameras to make noise

peteking The United States is suffering, with two foreign wars, a crumbling economy, and soaring budget deficits. What would you expect congress to be doing in a time of such national turmoil? If you guessed introducing asinine laws about shutter noises on camera phones, you would be right. The Camera Phone Predator Alert Act has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce by Rep. Peter King (R-NY). There are similar laws in effect in parts of Asia but this law will have absolutely zero effect on “camera phone predators”

The main reasons this bill is a dumb idea include: this bill does not apply to all digital cameras (only camera phones), most camera phones have video capture and there is no requirement for a video alert sound, and lastly most cell phone speakers are too quiet to alert anybody more than a couple of feet away, if you have ever tried to listen to music through the iPhone’s speakers you’ll know what I’m talking about.

A similar bill was introduced last year, but failed to gain any traction. To Representative King I would like to say good luck and as a tax payer, I would like to thank you for focusing on the really important issues at a time like this.

Source: Phone Scoop

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Adobe and Apple working together on Flash for iPhone

image Well he we go again, more talk of Flash coming to an iPhone near you, this time, in an interview with Bloomberg at the Davos, Switzerland event, Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen describes development as a complicated two-way process rather than maintaining the previous image of a one-sided effort that would depend on App Store approval before it could launch.
"It’s a hard technical challenge, and that’s part of the reason Apple and Adobe are collaborating," he says. "The ball is in our court. The onus is on us to deliver."

So there you have it, have Apple changed their opinion on Flash, will we at last be seeing full Flash integration in the Safari Browser, will MMS follow and surely straight after that Copy and Paste, time will tell.

via Appleinsider

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MC Hammer has his own iPhone app

IMG_0002 A new release in the iPhone App Store this week brings one of the 80’s biggest stars to the iPhone, and sadly it isn’t from Mr. T, it’s from MC Hammer. Hammer  who has had a bit of a comeback recently thanks to his adoption of web 2.0 technologies (such as twitter and Myspace).

The app seems very similar to President Obama’s election app.The five sections of the Hammer Time app include a news section, a calendar of Mr. Hammer’s upcoming appearances, a link to his Twitter feed, but the best part is the Media section. That section includes 8 Youtube videos featuring the hip hop superstar’s greatest hits like, Pray, Too Legit To Quit, and of course You Can’t Touch This. The app is available now for free from the App Store.

 

Source: Gizmodo

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