Papago GoSafe 228 1080p Dash Camera

Papago GoSafe 228

Monitor what’s in front of your vehicle with Papago’s latest 1080p dash cam ‘GoSafe 228’. Specs-wise, this compact dash camera has a 120-degree field of view, a 1.8-inch LCD screen, four navigational buttons, a microSD card slot (8GB card included) and built-in microphone/speaker.

Other notable highlights include G-Sensor, Motion Detection and Collision Detection. Powered by a built-in 95mAh battery (power the dash camera via the included car charger for continuous use while the vehicle is on), the GoSafe 228 has the ability to capture both 1080p Full HD video @ 30fps and up to 12MP still images.

The Papago GoSafe 228 is available now for just $99.95 (windshield suction mount included). [Product Page]

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Not your average dual-lens camera

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Don’t let its toy-ish exterior fool you. The Bonzart Ampel is regarded as one of the finest cameras of its categories and got sold out in Japan mere weeks after it was launched. What Ampel specializes in is tilt-shift photography, a style that makes grand scenery look a lot like toys, with humans, cars, and buildings looking like miniature playthings. Most software allow you to mimic tilt-shift photos with linear blur, but none are as accurate as cameras made explicitly for the task, like the Ampel.

Capable of taking HD photos and videos, the Ampel looks like an analog camera, but in fact it is completely digital. Running off three AA batteries, the camera comes with a screen on the top, visible only after lifting the upper flap… something that’s highly reminiscent of vintage cameras. Knobs on the side allow you to toggle between photo and video modes, and even set color settings for your recorded media. A lens toggle switch and a shutter button on the front allow you to operate the camera, while viewing everything via the screen on top.

Regarded as one of the most capable yet reasonable cameras in the tilt-shift category, the Ampel accurately uses two lenses to calculate depth, but rather than using that to create 3D content, it creates mesmeric, retro-style tilt-shift photos with the capabilities of a DSLR lens five times its price!

What we especially love is how Ampel uses color to trick us into thinking landscapes are miniature toys. Color settings allow you to saturate colors in your images, making everything look instantly Lego-ish, along with a slight hint of chromatic aberration which just adds more pop to your images!

Designer: Bonzart

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Transcend DrivePro 230 1080p Dash Camera With Suction Mount

Transcend DrivePro 230

Monitor what’s in front of your vehicle with Transcend’s latest 1080p Dash Camera ‘DrivePro 230’. Coming with a suction mount for quick installation, this compact dash camera has a 130-degree field of view, a 2.4” color LCD screen, a microSD card slot (16GB card included), a USB 2.0 port, built-in microphone/speaker and built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.

Powered by a built-in Lithium Polymer battery, the DrivePro 230 has the ability to capture 1080p Full HD video @ 30fps. Other notable highlights include built-in 3-Axis G-Sensor, GPS Logging and Safety Features with Emergency Recording.

The Transcend DrivePro 230 is available now for just $189.99. [Product Page]

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Turn your GoPro into a 3D camera!

The most basic requirement for filming 3D content is to have two video sources (left and right), achieved by two lenses. Apparently you don’t even need those anymore and my life has been a lie all along. You can literally shoot stereoscopic 3D with one lens now, and Vitrima’s mount for the GoPro does just that!

The Vitrima Lens is a case with a twist. It snaps on the GoPro, and instantly turns one video stream into two separate channels, making your regular 2D GoPro a stereoscopic 3D recording device that you can then view on your VR headset! However it isn’t as simple as you’d think. You can’t just take a video and split it in half and have 3D content. Vitrima Lens uses a clever orientation of mirrors to make sure it captures the exact same content in both left and right channels with just the right amount of variation in order to make the resulting image/video pop out as if it were recorded by a 3D camera. To top it all off, the Vitrima’s front glass panel is coated with an anti-glare layer, making sure you don’t get annoying reflections and lens-flares messing with your 3D content.

The only perceivable caveats of the Vitrima are rather small. Since the Vitrima splits the GoPro’s recording capabilities into two, A. You’re recording at half the aspect ratio, which means your videos are going to be virtually squarish (8:9), rather than a 16:9 landscape, and B. Given the size limitations of the Vitrima Lens, there won’t be a massive variation between left and right channels, meaning it won’t compare to the kind of depth you see in 3D films at your local movie theater. However, given that the Vitrima Lens is a mere (reasonably priced) add-on for your existing camera, the very prospect of recording 3D is a rather innovative achievement!

Debuting just a year back on Indiegogo, and getting an Honorary Innovation Award at the CES this year, the Vitrima Lens is now completely out of its crowdfunding phase and is up for grabs!

Designer: Fantem

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Pre-Order The New Leica TL2 Mirrorless Digital Camera

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You can now pre-order the new Leica TL2 in the US via B&H Photo. This mirrorless digital camera retails for $1,950.

Adopting a unibody aluminum design, this compact digital camera has a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, a 3.7” 1.3m-dot touchscreen LCD monitor, a 32GB of internal memory, an UHS-II SD card slot, a USB 3.0 Type-C port, a micro-HDMI port and built-in WiFi connectivity.

Powered by Leica Maestro II image processor, the TL2 can record UHD 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps or 720p @ 120fps video. Other notable highlights include Up to 20fps Shooting, ISO 50000, 40-Point Contrast-Detect AF System and Electronic Shutter Function: 1/40000 Sec. Pre-order yours now! [Product Page]

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