Dell’s 4 day PC and Electronics sale

Now that their Days of Deals is over, Dell is having another sale to celebrate the long weekend.  If you’re looking for a new PC or some electronics you might want to check Dell’s on-line store for some good deals.  Examples of some of the sales now on are:

  • Inspiron 15R: 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3210M processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive; regularly $699.99 now $649.99;
  • Alienware M14x: 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3610QM processor, 12 GB RAM, 750 GB 7,200 RPM SATA Hard Drive, 2 GB NVIDIA GT650M video card; regularly $1,549.99 now $1,299.99;
  • Dell XPS 8500: 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3770 processor, 12 GB RAM, 1 TB 7,200 RPM SATA Hard Drive; regularly $999.99 now $799.99;
  • LG 50″ Class Plasma HD TV: regularly $799.99 now $549.99;
  • Canon Power Shot D20 CMOS Waterproof Camera Bundle with Case, Floating Strap and 8 GB Class 10 SD Card: regularly $439.99 now $329.99; and
  • THRUSTMASTER Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition for PS3 or PC: regularly $299.99 now $199.99.

These and other deals are in effect until August 6.

Source: Dell

Lytro Camera – Shoot First and Focus Later

It has been a long time since something has come out to revolutionize the camera industry, many feel that the new Lytro camera does just that. After nearly 20 years of development, the light field camera is now available commercially. It is referred to as a light field camera since it captures all the light travelling in every direction at any given moment in time, including all the color and intensity of that light. This is done with an eleven “megaray” sensor that is coupled to a 8x optical zoom, constant f/2 lens. With the information that the sensor collects and using the proprietary software it is possible to focus and re-focus anywhere in the picture after it has been taken. The Lytro website shows off some great examples of this capability, that you can try out yourself.

The design is quite minimalist, it actually looks like an old fashioned rectangular kaleidoscope. It is measures 41 mm x 41 mm by 112 mm long and weighs a mere 214 gm. The unit has a 33 mm square back-lit touch screen LCD display on which you can view your creations. Since you don’t have to worry about focus, the only controls necessary are exposure time, zoom and the botton that snaps the picture. It is available in three different colors and two different memory sizes, 8 GB and 16 GB that will allow for storage of 350 and 750 photographs respectively. The software that is needed to post process the photographs is only built for Mac OS 10.6.6 or higher, the company promises that a Windows version is in development.

Early reviews are a bit luke warm on the device as it does not perform well in low light situations or in complex outdoor scenes. As well, due to the sensor, the resolution of the photographs is quite low, only good enough for 5×7 prints. It must be remembered though that this a first version that will improve with time. Given the huge potential in this technology it will not be surprising to see it incorporated in future versions of DSLR’s or smartphones. An outcome, the company is no doubt betting on for its future.

If you are interested in purchasing this device, head on over to the Lytro website. The 16 GB model costs $499 while the 8 GB model is $399.

Source: Engadget and Lytro

Kodak getting out of the camera business

Kodak, the company that was once synonymous with cameras, is shuttering its digital camera business.  This is the latest cost saving move put into place by the 131 year old company that filed for bankruptcy protection in January.  At one time Kodak had more than 90 percent of film sales in the US but since the introduction of digital photography it has struggled, unable to find a niche for itself.  It will now concentrate on retail based photo printing and desktop inkjet printing but it will phase out its business lines in digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames.  Let’s all collectively pause for a moment of silence or dare I say a “Kodak moment” of silence.   

Source: PC World