Canon’s EOS 50D’s Specifications WOW

Canon today on 26th August, 2008 officially announced the arrival of the much-awaited SLR camera, EOS 50D. The specifications would surely make any photographer drool over this wonderful tool which is a sure shot weapon in capable hands.

Canon EOS 50D brings forth the innovative technology of DIGIC 4 chip for faster processing, 6.3 fps upto 90 JPEGs using UDMA CF cards, and 60 consecutive JPEGs or 16 RAW using standard CF cards. 50D has a new 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction, wide range ISO 100-3200(H1: 6400, H2:12800) and a 14-bit conversion for smooth color tones and gradations.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor

This next generation DIGIC 4 Image Processor offers finer details and even more natural color reproduction, compared with the previous DIGIC III Image Processor. Since Canon’s DIGIC 4 chips use advanced signal processing technologies, they provide even faster operations, including write times to UDMA cards. It also enables Face Detection Live mode to detect and focus up to 35 face(s) to capture the best possible shot. Further, DIGIC 4 offers the improved Auto Lighting Optimizer that corrects brightness and contrast automatically, and Peripheral Illumination Correction for up to 40 EF lenses. DIGIC always maximizes performance between the capturing and recording stages of digital photography.

For more detailed specifications visit Canon’s Site.

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Safe Driving: Re-Invented

Ford is actively addressing drivers’ demands for increased visibility with the introduction of two new features, the Blind Spot Mirror and the Cross Traffic Alert with Blind-Spot Monitoring System, arriving in 2009.

“Ford is delivering innovative features aiding in a better drive experience for the customer,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development. “The Blind Spot Mirror and Cross Traffic Alert with Blind Spot Monitoring System are enhancing the customer ownership experience and bringing more value to their purchase.”

Ford will be first to market with the Blind Spot Mirror, answering customers’ demands for better visibility as they change lanes or parallel park. This affordable mirror technology will first launch early next year and find its way onto many future Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles as standard equipment.

The Cross Traffic Alert with Blind Spot Monitoring System is a radar-based blind spot detection system with the additional capability to help customers confidently back out of a parking space even when there is traffic approaching from the sides. The optional system will join the Ford portfolio of innovative technologies in 2009 and quickly migrate through the model lineup.

Both of these features demonstrate how Ford is listening closely to customers and responding to customer demand for increased visibility.

Blind Spot Mirror
Ford’s push to develop the Blind Spot Mirror and migrate it across its lineup is a direct response to customer research, reports Kelly Kohlstrand with Ford’s Advanced Product Marketing and Technology Planning team. “We seek to plan new features that address unmet customer needs,” says Kohlstrand. “Customers told us that visibility is important to them and that they specifically desired a more effective outside rearview mirror.”

Early drive clinics conducted by Ford show that the Blind Spot Mirror connects with customers — nearly 76 percent of the participants said the mirror improves their confidence while driving. In addition, the learning curve or adjustment to the function of the spotter mirror was minimal.

The Blind Spot Mirror is a consumer-friendly, affordable blind spot solution that consists of an outside rearview mirror designed with a secondary convex spotter in the top outer corner, which is aimed exclusively at the driver’s blind spot. When traffic enters the driver’s blind spot on either side of the vehicle, it is visible in the secondary convex mirror, thus alerting the driver of potential danger.

Ford’s Blind Spot Mirror provides a seamless, more appealing solution than present aftermarket offerings, as it uses one continuous glass surface and is robust to the elements. Because the factory spotter mirror is uniquely and specifically designed for the vehicle – car or truck – it provides an optimized field of view.

Cross Traffic Alert with Blind Spot Monitoring System
Backing out of a crowded spot in a bustling parking lot, or into street traffic, can be difficult. Drivers sometimes inch their way out with limited visibility on either side, counting on cross traffic to see their vehicle.

Ford’s new Cross Traffic Alert feature will assist drivers in backing up by warning drivers of impending traffic while backing out. The feature works in conjunction with Ford’s radar-based Blind Spot Monitoring System, utilizing this system’s two multiple beam radar modules, which are packaged in the rear quarter panels – one per side. The radar identifies when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding sideview mirror providing a warning that a vehicle is approaching.

For More: Ford

Nokia’s TUBE: Answer to iPhone!!!

iPhone buzz isnt yet dead and Nokia is on an edge to release its new Symbian based competitor over iPhone. Named TUBE(TBD) whose design and working has been leaked in a developer conference and which was confirmed by Nokia official stating that the ‘Tube” will run on Nokia’s Symbian S60 flavored operating system.

The Tube boasts about consisting of 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS chip with a screen dimension between 3 to 3.5 inches. Thats surely a feast to an eye.No matter what, the size of the Tube is supposed to be wider than Nokia’s N73. A feature called GeoTagging is added to the feature list which would enable the user to tag the photos taken by using the camera of the Tube.

Nokia officials, as told to the freaks of Symbian stated that the Tube wouldnt be using the same as iPhone’s “multi-touch” but a feature called “tactibility feedback”. Sounds kewl,huh? By the time Nokia comes around with the release date of Tube which would probably be the second half of this year, iPhone would have relased its 3G version.

Love to lay hands over this piece of beauty to have a look at its UI. Hmmm, does it beat Mac OS X?

Skinned Olympus Mju 1020-Limited Edition

Here comes another 10-Megapixel camera with a 7x optical zoom, Panorama function, face detection technology and shoots upto VGA Resolution at 30fps with sound by Olympus. But, there is a catch.

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Yeah, its not just, another camera with aforementioned features, but, its designed by Romanian artist and graphic designer Matei Apostolescu for a limited edition white Olympus Mju 1020, with beautiful skins.

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The specs are:

• 7x optical zoom
• 10.1 Megapixels
• 6.9cm/2.7″ HyperCrystal II LCD with extra bright display
• 23 scene modes
• Slim, metallic body
• Underwater shooting up to 40m possible in combination with optional underwater case PT-042
• Dual Image Stabilisation
• Face Detection Technology
• Correct exposure of other image areas
• BrightCapture Technology
• New in-camera Panorama function
• Movie recording with sound (up to VGA resolution at 30fps)
• TruePic III image processor for faster image handling and higher image quality

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For more: Gizmodo