New Night Vision Camera Promises Full Color HD Video in Near Darkness

Komura Falcon Eye KC-2000

Taking video footage in the dark can be a problem, especially when you lack an über-fast lens such as the Leica Noctilux 50mm f0.95, or a camera with such fantastic low light abilities as the Nikon D4. Usually what you’ll get when recording video at night or in dark places with a regular digital camerea–be it a compact, mirrorless or DSLR–is a lot of noise, little detail and as good as no color information. When using a dedicated night vision device, you might actually be able to make out some detail, but your images will be cast in green or grey and will be covered with luminance noise all over.

But there’s hope, as a new camera from Japan is going to change all that. The Komamura Falcon Eye KC-2000 is the first camcorder that is dedicated a recording night or low light scenes in full color, and it does so in 720p resolution. This means not only will you get images that look like they were taken in daylight, you’ll also get to see a lot more detail than you would get from a digital camera or a dedicated night vision camera.

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Nolab Revives the Idea of Digital Film, Does it With Super 8

Nolab Super 8 digital cartridge

The idea of digital film, i.e. a film cartridge that sports a digital sensor, is as old as digital photography. Many attempts have been made at it, none were successful. Still, it seems there’s no giving up it seems, as there’s just been a new attempt at converting old film-based cameras to digital image recording machines. The latest one, dubbed ‘Nolab’, aims at converting Super 8 movie cameras to digital by creating a Super 8 cartridge that sports a digital camera. Sounds crazy, right? But this one actually looks like it could work.

So, why would a digital film cartridge work with Super 8? That’s easy. For one, the Super 8 format is much smaller than 35mm, which means that we don’t need to get a 35mm sensor to work within the confines of an old film camera. Then, Super 8 works with cartridges much bigger than 35mm, so there’s much more space to put all the components in. Finally, this particular concept makes use of a gound glass, from which a small digital camera records the images as a 720p H.264 video stream.

So far, the product is still in development. But that means something–it’s already more that just a concept. For a full breakdown of specs and development status, head over to the project’s website.

Via NoFilmSchool

The ParaShoot Life-Logging Wearable Camera is Now Available for Pre-Order

ParaShoot 2.0

We recently reported about the ParaShoot life-logging wearable camera Kickstarter, and now the item is finally available for pre-order. The ParaShoot itself is merely a container holding the camera and circuitry, but the interesting thing about it is that its looks can be customized to your liking. Bundled with the ParaShoot app, your smartphone will act as the viewfinder and remote control. Having doubled the original funding goal of US-$ 30k by now, the ParaShoot has reached version 2.0 and can be pre-ordered for as little as US-$ 149 as long as the option lasts on Kickstarter. Afterwards, the ParaShoot’s retail price will be US-$ 269.

As for tech specs, the ParaShoot records 720/30p HD video with a 100° angle-of-view, runs on a 700 mAh battery and weighs as little as 1.3 oz. It stores photos and videos on a microSD card and features both WiFi and USB connectivity.

ParaShoot is a Kickstarter for One of These New Life-Logging Thingies That Make You Somewhat a Creep

ParaShoot Wearable Life-Logging HD Camera

Heard of life-logging yet? It’s the latest thing where you wear a tiny camera around your neck and record everything that’s going on in your life. Sounds creepy to you? Well, that’s because it is. But apparently that doesn’t stop people from creating new life-logging products, such as the new ParaShoot camera which is currently on Kickstarter. It’s a wearable HD camera that can be optically customized, offers social sharing and promises long battery life.

The Kickstarter campaign is running through July 23rd and can be backed with as little as US-$ 1, while backing it with at least $ 120 will gain you a ParaShoot camera. For more info on the camera’s specs as well as background info about the project, head over to the Kickstarter page.