From the monthly archives:

October 2014

Olympus Stylus 1s Unveiled In Japan

by Isaiah on October 30, 2014


Olympus Japan has unveiled a new compact digital camera to its range, the Stylus 1s. As a successor to the Stylus 1, the new model is packed with a number of new features including step-zoom function, focus peaking, small AF target and focal length display function. In addition, the Stylus 1s also comes with interval shooting and time-lapse video features. While its other main specifications are equivalent to the Stylus 1 of the old model including a 12MP 1/1.7″ BSI CMOS sensor, a 10.7x optical zoom lens, a 1.4M-dot high-def EVF, a 3.0″ 1.04M-dot tilt-touch LCD, built-in WiFi connectivity and 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities. The Stylus 1s will go on sale in Japan from mid-November for around 70,200 Yen (about $642). [Olympus]


Ricoh hits back by bringing you their latest 360-degree spherical digital camera, the Theta M15. Coming with a dual lens design, this unique and eye-catching camera has lenses on both the front and back sides of the camera to enable full 360-degree spherical Imagery to be captured with each exposure. Furthermore, the camera can record up to 3 minutes of 1080p spherical video at 15fps with no stitch lines. Both still images and movies can be saved to the internal 4GB memory. While the built-in WiFi connectivity enables direct wireless transferring to Android or iOS mobile devices, using a dedicated app. Powered by a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Theta M15 will be available in the US from November 14th for around $300 in blue, yellow, pink and white color options. [Ricoh]


To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the popular character Hello Kitty (November 1st), Fujifilm will launch a special edition ‘Cheki’ instax mini Hello Kitty instant camera. Featuring a large ribbon which is the trade mark of Hello Kitty, this eye-catching Hello Kitty face instant camera comes bundled with 1 pack of picture film (10 sheets), a pink shoulder strap and seal for customizing the camera. In addition, the outer box of the camera is decorated with the illustration of Hello Kitty. The ‘Cheki’ instax mini Hello Kitty instant camera will be available from November 21st, however, there’s no word on pricing yet. [Fujifilm]

Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection Introduced

by Isaiah on October 23, 2014


Ricoh has introduced a trio of stunning special edition Pentax K-S1 digital SLR cameras called the Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection. This new collection includes three new color ways – Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie, all of which incorporate white bodies accentuated with vibrant color accents. The white body camera is paired with a white lens (SMC DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6) to enhance the overall appearance. The Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection comes with the exact same specs as the Pentax K-S1 editions. For availability, the Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection will hit the market from mid November for 599.99 GBP (about $960). [Ricoh]


Capture your descent down the slopes from your own point-of-view with Coleman’s latest VisionHD Video Recording Ski Goggles. Featuring a double anti-fog coating and a protective UV lens, this waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof ski goggles has a 5MP image sensor, a wide 135-degree field of view lens, a microSD/SDHC card slot (up to 32GB) and on-board controls which are located on the side of the frame (there are two buttons, one for photo and the other for video and power). Powered by a built-in 660mAh battery, this ski goggles also comes with vibration alerts for telling you when you successfully start or stop recording and has the ability to capture both 1080p@30fps or 720p@60fps video and up to 5MP still images. The VisionHD Video Recording Ski Goggles will set you back $169. [Product Page]


Amazon has begun taking pre-orders for the new Ricoh WG-M1 action camera. Ruggedly designed, this waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof camera boasts a 14MP 1/2.3″ CMOS image sensor, a 160-degree wide-angle lens, a 1.5-inch LCD monitor for real-time image monitoring, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB) and built-in WiFi connectivity (you can use the dedicated app to remotely control the camera and monitor videos and photos from your mobile device). The WG-M1 can capture both 1080p@30fps or 720p@60fps video and up to 14MP digital still images, and supports for motion detection movie recording, high-speed movie recording (848 x 480 resolution movies at 120fps) and time lapse movie recording. The WG-M1 sells for $296.95 and will begin shipping from October 26th. [Product Page]

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