Sanyo has been leading the way producing flash based, compact hybrid photo/video cams.
Now, they are trying to focus on marketing to women with their new, easy to use, compact, and stylish Xacti C9 hybrid cam.
It contains a whopping 9.12 MP CMOS sensor and encodes video to max 640×480 at 60 FPS using the H.264 codec. I don’t know about you but H.264 and ‘easy to use’ don’t exactly go hand in hand.
This should be a great alternative if you are looking into the Sanyo VPC-CG65 but want something slightly more bulky and the option to shoot at 60 FPS.
The C9 will be aggressively priced as an entry level camera. I’m guessing around $300.
Specs from Sanyo’s site:
MPEG-4, H.264 Digital Video
9.12 Megapixel Still Images, CMOS
2.5″ LCD Display
5.0x Optical Zoom
Video and Still Image Stabilization
Real-Time Interpolation (12MP)
High Quality Audio Recording (AAC-LC)
Wind Roar and Red Eye Reduction
Web Cam Function
USB 2.0 and S-Video Output
SDHC Flash Memory, Compatible, 40 MB Internal Memory (approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes video recording per GB)
Taking a cruise along San Andreas Rd. Shot at around 6:30PM with about an hour or so left until Sunset.
Using the Aiptek A-HD at 720P 30FPS ~4Mbps attached to a GorillaPod SLR gorillapod which was clinging to the dash of my Subaru. It was very shaky but speeding it up somewhat helped.
Edited with Sony Vegas 7 and rendered to 720P WMVHD at 6Mbps. Original footage was 30 minutes. Sped it up to a little over 7 minutes.
The fixed lens helps out when shooting from a car. The Aiptek is not meant for motion though.
Looking into a Sanyo Xacti HD1000 with its 60FPS 720P mode.
Song is Master of Puppets by Metallica performed by Apocalyptica.
There’s been an annoying issue with the touchscreen on the U810. If you don’t use it after a certain amount of time, maybe 10 seconds, it takes a second to get the touchscreen to respond again which makes inking frustrating.
I noticed the UMPC Portal forums, rexibaby posted a link to a comment in an Amazon review showing the solution to the response issues.
Chris Heitmann says:
In reply to #8:
After using the u810 for a day – I also became frustrated with the unresponsiveness of the Touch Screen after not using it for 10 seconds or so. It was so frustrating to me that I was beginning to consider a return. Fortunately I finally found the solution so I thought I’d share.
HERE’S THE FIX! (Instructions are for Vista Home Premium – might be different on XP)
Open up “Device Manager” in Control Panel.
Expand “Human Interface Devices”
Double Click “FCL USB Pen Tablet”
Choose the “Power Management” tab
uncheck “allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”
That’s it. Real responsiveness! This really makes a HUGE difference in usability. Even if you have gotten used to the way it works or you’ve never had another tablet so you feel it’s performing ok – try this.
I tried it out and it works. The touchscreen is much more responsive now. Happy inking!
I’m sure most of you have seen the Everyday video where this dude Noah takes a picture of himself everyday for 6 years (and counting?). Well at least you’ve heard the music in the NBA’s Where Amazing Happens commercials..
Anyway, now you can easily snap a photo of yourself everyday straight to the browser using a webcam with Daily Mugshot.
I’m not sure if I will keep up with this but since I have the Fujitsu U810 with me all the time with its built-in webcam, why not. Maybe this will be a good incentive to live a healthier lifestyle and not look so much like a chipmunk.
Keeping current with Web 2.0 goodness, they offer an embed code to stream your mug to your favorite social network.
I downloaded and signed up for Shortcovers, a eBook store and reader for the Palm Pre. What’s interesting is it appears to be all cloud based. I bookmarked the free book ‘Blood Hunt’ and when selecting a chapter, it takes some seconds to load up.
I recently upgraded the touchpad drivers for the Asus Eee PC 1000H to version 184.108.40.206. It included a new control panel interface for configuring the various gestures.
Here are screenshots to showing which gestures you can do and how they can be configured.
New Mouse Properties
Fast Keys Settings
Swipe Page Settings
National Handwriting Day
Well, well. I found out from Sumocat via
GBM it’s National Handwriting Day today.
This day was chosen using John Hancock’s
birthday which makes perfect sense.
GottaBeMobile has been posting a lot
about ink blogging lately. I’m not sure if
interest will blow up significantly, but
it would be nice to gain a few more
P.S. Going to try out
There’s word from the Sansa Connect User Group the Sansa Connect’s firmware has been updated! Finally we’ll be able to browse and stream Yahoo Unlimited’s 2 million song catalog all from a WiFi connection. There’s also a new menu for Video.
Looks like the rumor was true!
I just finished updating my player with the new firmware… which
now lets me browse/stream specific tracks from the Yahoo Music
There also seems to be a “video” addition to the photos menu. Looks
like this requires downloading the Sansa Media Converter to let you
transfer video from your PC. This wasn’t high on my wish-list, but
nice to know it’s there, I suppose.
I’ve just been playing with it for 5 minutes, but those are the two
big things I saw. Anybody see anything else?
this is a nice present for a Tuesday afternoon!
If you don’t know about the Sansa Connect, it’s a WiFi enabled media player that ties in with Yahoo Music Unlimited To Go subscription service. I’m currently paying around $15/mo to have access to the entire music catalog with the ability to download tracks. I’m a big fan of music subscription services. It’s definitely a great way to explore new music or listen to newly released albums. If you’re tired of paying $1/track from iTunes to listen to tracks you probably would never buy normally, this is the way to go.
The Connect runs on Linux. The device and interface was developed by Zing who were recently bought out by Dell. You can stream internet radio directly with Launchcast, view your Flickr photos, and download tracks/albums/playlists straight to the player through WiFi.. as long as you keep paying. If you’re not a subscriber, you can still stream Launchcast radio but lose the ability to skip tracks. You can also plug the Connect into a PC with the USB cable and transfer songs the normal way. Since it’s using a real OS underneath the hood, it multitasks well. You can download tracks in the background, listen to Launchcast radio, and view your Flickr photos all at the same time.
Search, browsing, and streaming the entire catalog has been the #1 request since its release. This is something the iPhone/iPod Touch just cannot do. Sure you have a fantastic interface to browse and search the iTunes catalog with the iTunes WiFi Music Store, but you have to purchase and download tracks first before you can play them. With the Connect and a subscription, direct streaming baby!
The price has dropped down considerably as you can find one for around $100.