Yoriko Takahashi

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Yoriko is an enditor and contributor for AkihabaraNews.

 

Sony has just announced that they are going to release new mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera α6000 on March 14.

Canon has revealed their new entry-level digital single lens reflex camera model - EOS Kiss X70 - will be available for a reasonable price of about ¥50,840 in late March. Its lens kit with "EF-S18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II" will be released for about ¥60,800 at the same timing as well.

Sony is going to release new compact digital camera DSC-HX60V from their Cyber-shot series for about ¥40,000 on March 7.

Sony is going to release the new Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V for about ¥51,000 on April 4.

DSC-HX400V features an effective 20.4 MP 1/2.3 inch Exmor R CMOS sensor, image processor BIONZ X (same as the ones used for their mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera "α7" series), and optical 50X Carl Zeiss Vario-SonnarT* lens (equivalent to 24-1200mm in 35mm format). It also has GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi functions, Multi Interface Shoe (MIS) and 0.2 inch electric view finder (20.1M dots) and tiltable 3-inch LCD monitor (0.92M dots).

Yoriko Takahashi - February 12, 2014

Sony is going to release the compact digital camera DSC-WX350 from their Cyber-shot series for about ¥33,000 on March 7. DSC-WX350 is a successor model of the DSC-WX300, which was released in March 2013.

As part of its 2014 "SAKURA" series, Starbucks Japan is going to release a seasonal cherry blossom-themed latte and frappuccino on February 15.

They are called "Sakura Chocolate Latte with Strawberry Flavor Topping" and "Sakura Chocolate Frappuccino with Strawberry Flavor Topping".

Sigma just unveiled they have developed a new digital camera series called SIGMA dp.

SIGMA dp is a compact digital camera that has a new APS-C size effective 29MP Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor. The new image sensor features a triple-layered brightness information structure (1:1:4) which increases SIGMA dp's resolution and noise performance. As an image processor, "TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) III" was adopted.

SIGMA dp consists of 3 models:

Sanwa Supply started selling a mobile digital microscope and camera (400-CAM010N), which is able to focus on an object with a maximum 500X zoom, for ¥11,800.

400-CAM010N looks like a normal compact digital camera at first sight, but it can take super detailed photos of fine details, such as that of material fibers, that a regular digital camera cannot do. Not just a tool for micro observation, for those who have poor eyesight, it can be used as a magnifier while they read small characters.

Yoriko Takahashi - February 07, 2014

Century released a LEGO brick-shaped smartphone speaker called BrickS.

Right after you take BrickS out of the package, you are able to start using the speaker without any complicated initial settings. You need neither to connect a cable or install an application. Because of NearFA (Near Field Audio) wireless audio technology that transmits smartphone sounds to a close-range amp speaker, the sound from your smartphone's speaker becomes a powerful sound just by placing the smartphone on BrickS.

Nikon is going to release a simple-looking compact digital camera COOLPIX P340 for about ¥45,000 on January 27.

COOLPIX P340 has an optical 5X zoom lens with a focal length of 5.1-25.5mm (equivalent to 24-120mm in 35mm format), 1/1.7 backlight CMOS sensor (effective 12.19 MP), 3-inch TFT LCD monitor (0.92M dots) and Wi-Fi function.

Black and white color models will be available.

Size: 103×58.3×32mm
Weight: 194g including a battery and SD memory card


 

 

Nikon's COOLPIX AW120 is a rugged model that is waterproof up to 18-meters underwater, IP6X rustproof, shockproof up to a 2-meter drop, and -10 degree cold resistant. It will be released on February 27 for about ¥43,000.

3 colors will be available: Sunshine Orange, Cool Black, and Camouflage Green.

Nikon's new multifunctional compact digital camera COOLPIX P600 will be released on February 27.

COOLPIX P600 has an optical 60X zoom NIKKOR lens that covers an effective focal length of 4.3-258mm (equivalent to 24-1440mm in 35mm format). This is the highest zoom among all COOLPIX models.

It also features a Super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element to produce extremely beautiful images even at high resolution.

Besides the high-end rugged camera "RICOH WG-4" and "RICOH WG-4 GPS", Ricoh Imaging announced that they will also release the standard model RICOH WG-20 for the price of about ¥20,000-¥25,000 in late February.

Ricoh Imaging's high-end rugged compact digital camera - RICOH WG-4 and RICOH WG-4 GPS - will be out in mid-March.

RICOH WG-4 and RICOH WG-4 GPS are waterproof (IPX8) and shockproof (can survive a 2-meter drop), IP6X dustproof, -10 degree cold resistant, and have load bearing performance of up to 100kgf. They allow you to film at up to 14 meters below the surface of the sea continuously for 2 hours.

Casio is going to release the new flagship model of its EXILIM series - 10.7X optical zoom EX-100 - for about ¥90,000 in late March.

EX-100 features 28-300mm range f/2.8 aperture 10.7x optical zoom lens including 12 elements in 10 group lens contraction. It is compatible with macro photography from the shortest distance of 5cm and with telephotography from the shortest distance of 50cm.

Canon has just proudly announced that the total production volume of Canon's EOS series - cameras with interchangeable lenses - has exceeded 70 million units.

The EOS series started with the single-lens reflex camera "EOS 650", which was released on March 2, 1987. As digital single-lens reflex cameras began to be widely popular in the early 2000s, an increase in EOS production volume accelerated as well.

Click here to read about the latest camera from the EOS series:

Yoriko Takahashi - February 06, 2014

With Thanko's new 8W USB soldering pen, if there is a USB port around you, you can solder anytime. When you bring a mobile battery with you, seriously you can get your soldering work done anywhere, anytime.

You are ready to use it after connecting the USB soldering pen and USB port with the accompanying 140cm cable. It can get hot in 15 seconds and can cool down in 30 seconds, so you need little time for preparation and clearance.

Sony has just delivered the news release confirming that they are going to transfer their VAIO brand PC business to the Tokyo-based investment fund, Japan Industrial Partners, Inc (JIP).

No details were released regarding the monetary value of the deal. There was also no mention of any joint venture or dual ownership of a holding company with JIP for the VAIO PC business.

That crazy Video Head Guy, seen in cinemas across Japan, will be sold as a hardcore figure doll!

If you have been to a movie cinema in Japan in the past several years, after the previews, before the movie starts, perhaps you have seen a pantomiming guy with a video camera head - the bad guy who is secretly taking a video of the movie in the movie theater!

I personally feel spooky every time I see his dancing in the theater. Am I the only person who feels that way?

Valentine's day is just around the corner.

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