Big Turtle Shell Bluetooth Speaker From Outdoor Tech Lives Up to Big Hype

The Big Turtle Shell Bluetooth Speaker is billed by Outdoor Tech as the “greatest wireless speaker ever created.” This statement is, of course, loaded with the hubris one should expect out of a company whose pro team is loaded with extreme athletes for whom excessive confidence is surely a prerequisite. The fact of the matter is, however, that the company may very well be doing nothing more than being perfectly honest. This wireless speaker has a number of features and functions that make it an exceptional selection for a wide variety of occasions. Some of these impressive features include:

  • Portability
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Water resistance

Rugged and Portable

This speaker from Outdoor Tech boasts ruggedness and portability, making it very easy for the speaker to be taken anywhere the owner may venture. The company suggests several venues in which this speaker would be ideal, though it can essentially be taken anywhere imaginable and still be able to deliver excellent sound from a multitude of devices, including:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • Any other device with Bluetooth capability

Of course, the main feature of the speaker is its ability to deliver clear sound, which it does at 110 decibels. When considering the sound capabilities and the rugged portability of this speaker, it is clear that there is a lot to like about the Big Turtle Shell.

Wireless Connectivity

This speaker is also incredibly convenient due to the fact that it is able to function wirelessly, boasting a range of up to 32 feet. Taking advantage of the Bluetooth 4.0 technology and the aptX audio codec, the Big Turtle Shell is capable of not only delivering what the company calls “auditory bliss,” but it is also features a number of easy and intuitive controls that allow the user to change the track being played, alter the volume, receive a phone call or utilize Siri.

Water Resistant

What good would a portable outdoor speaker be if it was not water resistant? This is a question that Outdoor Tech clearly asked themselves as they designed the Big Turtle Shell, as the speaker is both water and dust resistant. The expectation is that this speaker is going to be used in conditions under which it may get wet, and it is certainly designed to be able to handle exposure to the elements.

Practical and Versatile Features Make for an Outstanding Purchase

One of the more frustrating aspects of many of the current portable speakers on the market is that by the time the destination is actually reached, the battery only has enough power left to play music for less than an hour. Such is not the case with the Turtle Shell Bluetooth Speaker, as it is powered by 7800 milliamps of power, the equivalent of 16 hours of playing time.It also allows the user to leave it on standby for up to 325 hours. Not only that, but the speaker also has the ability to charge the user’s portable devices, including the following:

  • iPhone (four times)
  • Samsung Galaxy (three times)
  • GoPro (six times)

With all of these features and its rugged portability, it should be plainly evident that the Big Turtle Shell is an excellent purchase for anyone looking for a portable speaker.

Plantronics Launches the BackBeat PRO Wireless Headphones

Plantronics, a pioneer in audio and wearable technology, today announced BackBeat PRO, wireless active noise-cancelling headphones with battery power to outlast your playlist. The latest addition to its award-winning BackBeat stereo product family, the over-the-ear BackBeat PRO headphones offer Plantronics signature audio performance and design for all-day wearing comfort at home, in the office, and on the go. Bluetooth wireless freedom cuts the cord, and advanced active noise-cancellation (ANC) technology minimizes background sounds so you can fully immerse yourself in your music. BackBeat PRO is available today in the US and will be available worldwide starting October 2014.

“People want to enjoy their music anytime, anywhere, without having to compromise. That’s why we created BackBeat PRO,” said Greg Miller, category director, mobile entertainment solutions at Plantronics told DailyPublished. “We designed BackBeat PRO to eliminate distractions with active noise-cancellation, and Bluetooth wireless and ridiculously long battery life melt away the frustrations of limited charge and a tangled mess of cords.”

Host a personal concert for one, even in a noisy office or a busy flight, with BackBeat PRO headphones’ signature rich, brilliant audio and advanced active noise-cancellation technology. Using a unique dual-mic solution, the headphones draw in background noise and eliminate it, tuning out external sounds and resulting in clear, life-like audio. Alternatively, if you want to hear what is going on around you, with a touch of a button the adjustable OpenMic feature pushes the music to the background and amplifies environmental sounds; have a conversation with a coworker, listen for your boarding call, or answer a fellow commuter without having to remove your headphones.

Plantronics innovation in power management gives the BackBeat PRO up to 24 hours of listening time on a single charge, and an included 3.5mm cable serves as a backup, allowing you to plug in and keep enjoying your music in the unlikely event that you run out of battery. Used alone, its active noise-cancellation is capable of eliminating background noise for up to 60 hours – enough to tune out airplane noise on a flight around the world. BackBeat PRO is always ready for action, with up to 21 days of standby power, and up to 6 months in DeepSleep hibernation.

Additional features include:

  • Uncompromising audio performance: With 40mm dynamic drivers and Plantronics signature audio technologies, BackBeat PRO delivers rich bass, crisp highs, and natural midtones so you hear the nuances of each instrument and voice.
  • Unleash your music: Advanced Bluetooth technology lets you stream music from up to 330 ft/100m away from your smartphone or tablet, well beyond the usual 33 ft/10m.
  • Truly “smart” headphones: Sensors on BackBeat PRO automatically pause your music when the headphones are removed and resumes when you put them back on, and will unobtrusively whisper updates on connection status, battery life, incoming calls and more.
  • Take your music anywhere: The exceptional ergonomic design and portability (with fold-flat earcups and durable nylon travel sleeve) makes BackBeat PRO ideal for all-day use wherever life takes you.
  • Clear communication: From phone calls to voice applications such as Siri and Skype, BackBeat PRO dual-mics directly on the headphones enable clear communication on smartphones and tablets for mobile professionals.
  • Works seamlessly with mobile devices: BackBeat PRO features NFC pairing with Android devices, and you can easily move from listening to music on your smartphone to watching videos on your tablet with multi-device Bluetooth connectivity.

Plantronics Award-Winning BackBeat Family
BackBeat PRO is the newest member of the popular BackBeat family of stereo products. The award-winning BackBeat GO 2 + Charging Case wireless earbuds offer premium audio in an incredibly small and light form factor, and the included charging case protects the earbuds and extends listening time up to 14.5 hours. The BackBeat FIT sweatproof wireless headphones feature a unique, safety-orientated design and a stable, comfortable fit that stays in place no matter how hard you work out. BackBeat GO 2 and BackBeat FIT are currently available at retailers.

Pricing and Availability
BackBeat PRO will be available at authorized Plantronics retailers in the US including immediate availability at InMotion Entertainment airport stores and Amazon.com, and at Hudson News, wireless carriers and retailers worldwide starting this October. MSRP for BackBeat PRO is $249.99 USD, €249.99 EUR, £249.99 GBP.

Toshiba Announces The Release Of Wearable Fitness Tracker – WERAM1100

Toshiba Corporation today announced the release of a wearable fitness tracker, WERAM1100, for online sales in Japan from Amazon and Yahoo! Shopping. Orders will start to ship on August 20.

An integrated accelerometer enables the WERAM1100 to estimate physical activities, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. The fitness tracker can also measure sleep states and patterns and hours of sleep per day. A dedicated app syncs information to a smartphone via Bluetooth® and allows users to view accumulated data as graphs. Users can also upload photos and calories counts of meals, to monitor diet along with physical activity and sleep.

The WERAM1100 draws on signal processing technology expertise that Toshiba has cultivated in its semiconductor business, and achieves a design that keeps power consumption to a minimum—the WERAM1100 can run for two weeks without recharging, removing the need for users to carry a charger when traveling.

WERAM1100 automatically determines activity levels and sleep, eliminating the need to change the operating mode manually when going to bed or getting up in the morning.

Operation is simple and allows users to program and log individual, everyday life activities—what time breakfast is eaten, for instance. A built-in vibrator can be set to go off when pace counts, distance and other targets are reached, and also functions as an alarm.

The WERAM1100 is available in four color variations: black, light gray, smoky pink and blue-green. Wristbands will be sold separately, allowing users to change the band according to mood and style of the day.

Toshiba is promoting its healthcare business to support the development of a society where people can lead healthier and happier lives. The company will launch cloud services for wearable products that provide big-data analytics using the company’s state-of-the-art engine.

Key specifications

Model number WERAM1100
Price Open price
Color variations 4 colors: black, light gray, smoky pink, blue-green
Sensor Acceleration sensor
Communication Compliant with Bluetooth® 3.0/4.0 (Class 2)
Operating temperature range 5°C to 50°C
Operating humidity range 20% to 90% (no condensation)
Continuous operation 2 weeks (* varies with usage patterns and conditions)
Dimensions When buckled at the loosest hole: Approx. 195 mm

When buckled at the tightest hole: Approx. 140 mm

Thickness: Approx. 12 mm

Width: Approx. 19 mmInternal batteryRechargeable lithium-ion batteryCharging methodUSB charging via a dedicated attachmentWater/dust protectionIPX5/IPX7-equivalentWeightApprox. 27 g

Microsoft Announces Xbox One Digital TV Tuner For Europe

Since launch, it’s been our vision to bring more entertainment features and enable live TV through Xbox One to more markets around the world. We know our fans in Europe have been asking for this functionality on Xbox Feedback and today, we’re pleased to announce that Xbox One users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to experience premium live TV features on Xbox One, such as the ability to access your favorite shows and channels with the sound of your voice* through the OneGuide, with the new Xbox One Digital TV Tuner.

Beginning in October, the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, providing Xbox One users in those markets with an over-the-air digital terrestrial TV experience through the USB single tuner, an alternative to accessing TV content from a cable or satellite set-top box connected through the HDMI-In port. The new digital TV tuner will also support free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television standards.

Here’s a list of the capabilities enabled by the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner:

  • Watch HD TV on Xbox One: With the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, you can watch free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television channels without changing TV inputs. You can receive game invitations and notifications while watching TV and even watch TV while you wait for a multiplayer match to start.
  • TV Viewing in Snap Mode: You can watch TV using the Snap mode, watching TV on the side and leaving the main screen for games, Skype, or other applications.
  • Pause Live TV: Pause your favorite show when you get up to take a break.
  • TV Listings in the OneGuide: TV listings will be available in the OneGuide. From anywhere, say “Xbox show guide, what’s on BBC One?” to quickly navigate directly to that channel’s listings*.
  • Favorite Channels in the OneGuide: Create your own personal Favorites in the OneGuide so you can easily choose what you want to watch.
  • Channel Tuning by Voice: The OneGuide allows you to call out your favorite TV channel by name and start watching it instantly*.
  • The OneGuide on Xbox SmartGlass: Now you have access to the full OneGuide on the new Xbox SmartGlass app with the ability to tune channels on your TV.
  • TV On Demand: TV listings in the OneGuide will indicate which shows are available on demand from video apps.

The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner will be available beginning late October in the UK for ₤24.99, and France, Italy, Germany and Spain for €29.99.

G-Shock Unveils The S Series

Following its 30th anniversary, G-SHOCK looks to the future; driving the brand into the contemporary women’s fashion space with the launch of its first watch line exclusively designed for women.

The G-SHOCK S Series is created for the influential, fashion forward woman that seeks a sportswear-inspired toughness to add to her modern style, while valuing advanced technology and precision in a fashion accessory piece.

Impeccably designed to represent female values, the S Series goes beyond the typical fashion watch to withstand the wear and tear of a modern and active lifestyle. Casio has brought the G-SHOCK brand into a premium and contemporary fashion space by reducing the size of the G-SHOCK watch and adding a female touch to the finish with classic and on-trend colors and prints.

With a strong focus on innovation and design, the S Series delivers a truly modern accessory to contemporary fashion.

The GMA-S110 is equipped with an auto LED backlight, 5 daily alarms, 1/100 second stopwatch, countdown timer, world time with 29 time zones and is magnetic resistant as well as water resistant to 200 Meters. The GMA-S110 is available in six colorways: purple and teal colorblock, black and blue colorblock and navy and pink colorblock; neon green, neon turquoise and neon cranberry.

The GMD-S6900 is equipped with an EL Backlight w/Afterglow for high visibility under low-light conditions, 3 multi-function alarms, 1/100th stopwatch, countdown timer, 12/24-hour time formats and 48-city world time. The GMD-S6900 is available in nine bold colorways: raspberry camo, navy camo and authentic camo; raspberry metallic, taupe metallic and black metallic; solid raspberry, solid plum and solid mint.

“This is the first time in the brand’s 31-year history that a series of models have been designed specifically for female consumers”, said David Johnson, Vice President of Casio’s Timepiece division. “The size, color and design are geared towards a fashion forward female that is looking for an accessory to compliment her modern and active lifestyle. This collection gives us a new look and new consumer to build upon in the future.”

The S Series will be available in September at Nordstrom’s, Macy’s and select department stores, as well asG-SHOCK’s store in Manhattan’s Soho, NYC and www.g-shock.com. Prices range from $99 to $130.

Sceptre Bolsters Lineup Of HDTVs With 32-inch Color Series With Built-In DVD Player

Sceptre bolsters its lineup of consumer entertainment solutions with the latest selection of HDTVs with built-in DVD player.  Part of Sceptre’s Color Series, the new 32-inch LED HDTVs offer the convenience of having an integrated DVD player, outstanding long term energy savings with an Energy Star V6.1 rating, and superb HD image quality capable of displaying 16.7 million colors.

Designed to liven any room, including more compact spaces such as a dorm room, loft or RV, the 32-inch Color Series HDTVs come in four striking colors; blue, pink, purple and white.  Sceptre’s newest HDTVs also provide superior convenience, mobility and adaptability by eliminating the need for a separate DVD player and its connecting wires.  It features an elegant brush metal design, is surprisingly thin even with an integrated DVD player, is wall-mountable, and has a swivel base to make adjusting viewable angles easy.

“Consumers demand convenience, reliability and affordability, and our newest 32-inch Color Series LED HDTV with built-in DVD player satisfies every single demand,” says Cathy Chou, vice president of operations, Sceptre.  “It is compact enough for the smallest spaces, has an LED backlight life rating of over 50,000 hours.”

The 32-inch Color Series LED HTVs feature a 16:9 widescreen ratio with 1366×768 resolution and 8ms response time for outstanding viewing pleasure.  They are also equipped with multiple ports for easy connectivity, including 3 HDMI ports capable of delivering crystal clear video and audio while transforming the HDTV into an additional computer monitor or display.

Sceptre is the only company offering color options on their 32-inch LED HDTVs, and the 32-inch Color Series LED HDTV is now available at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, K-Mart, NewEgg, QVC, Sam’s Club, Target, Sears’ Marketplace, and Walmart.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Sony Adds Two New Compact Zoom Cameras To Cyber-shot Line

Sony today has introduced the versatile new DSC-WX220 and DSC-W810 cameras to its compact Cyber-shot line, offering consumers a variety of new ways to capture high-quality images and HD videos on-the-go.

Cyber-shot WX220 Camera – Premium power in a compact package

The new pocket-sized DSC-WX220 model is extremely slim and compact, yet packs a ton of imaging punch thanks to its 18.2 megapixel Exmor R® CMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom G Lens.  The high-resolution sensor and versatile lens are paired with Sony’s powerful BIONZ® X processor, ensuring that all images and full HD (1920×1080 @60p) videos are captured with exceptional detail and low noise.

The new camera also features advanced SteadyShot™ image stabilization for video, high speed AF for capturing moving subjects swiftly and accurately, and has built-in Wi-Fi® functionality for convenient image transfer and sharing with compatible smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android).

yber-shot W810 Camera – Sleek, user-friendly design at great value

The incredibly easy-to-use DSC-W810 features a 20.1MP CCD sensor and 6x optical zoom lens, and can shoot HD movies at 720p.  It also has the fun Party Mode setting, which automatically adjusts sensitivity, exposure and color in low light social social settings to get great party shots with minimal effort.

The advanced flash on the W810 model is extremely useful for indoor or dusk shots, as it boosts the camera’s overall sensitivity and effectively extending flash range to make far-away subjects appear brighter.  Additionally, for convenient movie shooting, there’s a dedicated movie button on the camera that instantly starts HD video recording without digging through menus.

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony Cyber-shot WX220 will be available in August in black and gold for about $200, and the new Cyber-shot W810 will be available in September in silver for about $100.  The cameras will be sold at all Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized retailers nationwide.

Creative Announces T3250 Wireless – 2.1 Speaker System Featuring Bluetooth And Advanced Acoustic Technologies

Creative Technology Ltd today announced the Creative T3250 Wireless 2.1 speaker system – the latest offering in its comprehensive range of wireless speakers with Bluetooth technology. Priced competitively at USD69.99, this sleek and compact speaker system offers superb audio performance in its class at great value.

Superb Audio Performance

Built to deliver impressive audio performance, the Creative T3250 Wireless features Creative Image Focusing Plate (IFP) that allows the speaker system to achieve a wide acoustic sweet spot with improved sonic directivity, and to preserve tonal accuracy. The audio spectrum of the satellites is further enhanced by incorporating Creative Dual Slot Enclosure (DSE), a truly functional port tube to deliver robust mid bass reproduction. The speaker system’s custom-tuned down-firing subwoofer delivers a punchy bass performance.

Speedy and Versatile Connectivity

The Creative T3250 Wireless features Bluetooth connection that enables it to stream music wirelessly from most stereo Bluetooth devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops. It has a 3.5mm Line-in jack for seamless connection to other analog audio devices. The speaker system also comes with an audio control pod that includes Power ON/OFF, Bluetooth and volume control for ease of use.

Sleek and Compact Design

Designed to fit easily into any home or workspace, the Creative T3250 Wireless sports a sleek compact industrial design with a pair of satellite speakers that have very small footprints.

Technical Specifications of Creative T3250 Wireless 2.1 Speaker System

  • Product Weight : 2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs
  • Satellites Dimension (HxWxD) : 147 x 70 x 75 mm / 5.8 x 2.8 x 3.0 inches
  • Subwoofer Dimension (HxWxD) : 222 x 183 x 183 mm / 8.7 x 7.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Bluetooth operating frequency : 2402 – 2480MHz
  • Bluetooth Version : 3.0
  • Supported Bluetooth profile : A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth)1
  • Supported Codec : SBC
  • Operating Range for Bluetooth devices : Up to 10 meters
    (Measured in open space. Walls and structures may affect range of device.)
  • 3.5mm Integrated Line-In jack for other audio devices

– Compatible with PC (Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1), Apple Macintosh equipped with Bluetooth wireless stereo
– Compatible with most major brands of Bluetooth A2DP enabled mobile phones

1 Stereo Bluetooth or A2DP profile enables wireless transmission of full stereo sound to other Bluetooth devices. To determine whether the user’s device (notebook, PC or mobile device) is equipped with A2DP-enabled Bluetoothtechnology, refer to the device manufacturer’s documentation/website for more information.

Pricing and Availability

The Creative T3250 Wireless 2.1 speaker system, priced at USD69.99, is available from August 2014 at the online store at sg.store.creative.com.

RICOH Introduces PENTAX Q-S1 Lens-interchangeable Digital Camera

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Q-S1 lens-interchangeable digital camera. In addition to its outstanding portability assured by the super-compact body, this new model offers solid basic specifications and a classic design with fine details. The combination of a well-conceived design and great operability makes the PENTAX Q-S1 an ideal everyday camera for photographers of all levels.

PENTAX Q-S1
PENTAX Q-S1

The PENTAX Q-S1 is the latest addition to the popular PENTAX Q series of compact-sized, lens-interchangeable digital cameras, which are developed to be more fashionable and user-friendly than digital SLRs. It comes equipped with a wide range of shooting features to make photography more enjoyable, including a 1/1.7-inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to deliver high-quality images, high-sensitivity shooting to a top sensitivity of ISO 12800, and a reliable shake-reduction system using a state-of-the-art gyro sensor. It also provides a variety of creative tools, such as Bokeh Control to produce SLR-like bokeh effects with ease, and Smart Effect to add the desired filter effects with just a turn of a dial. Altogether, the PENTAX Q-S1 assists the photographer in creating more personalized, creative images more easily and efficiently.

Major Features

1. 1/1.7-inch image sensor to deliver high-quality images

Thanks to its 1/1.7-inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, the Q-S1 delivers high-quality and high-resolution images. Coupled with the state-of-the-art high-speed engine name “Q ENGINE”, it also minimizes annoying noises effectively at all ISO sensitivity levels to deliver rich-gradation, fine-texture images, even in high-sensitivity shooting using a top sensitivity of ISO 12800. It also offers outstanding autofocus accuracy during low-illumination shooting, since it assures pinpoint focus on the subject even at the faintest light level of EV 0.

2. Classic, high-grade design

The Q-S1 sports a classic design, with meticulous attention paid even to the texture of the finest details, making it a perfect everyday camera to carry around under all kinds of situations. Its Quick Dial and grip are made of high-grade aluminum for an exclusive look, and are symmetrically positioned for holding comfort and visual attractiveness. For the first time in the Q series, synthetic leather has been used for the front panel, to improve the texture and appearance.

3. Outstanding operability

Thanks to the incorporation of the Q ENGINE with an optimized algorithm, the Q-S1 assures quick, flawless response at all phases of shooting operation, including a short start-up time of approximately one second. The Quick Dial also lets the user assign as many as four favorite functions, including Smart Effect, aspect ratio, AF/MF switching, focus assist ON/OFF and ND filter ON/OFF, for instant mode switching during shooting.

4. Dependable SR mechanism

The Q-S1’s advanced SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism features a state-of-the-art gyro sensor to effectively compensate for annoying camera shake. Its technology produces sharp, blur-free images even under shooting conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or capturing landscapes in the twilight.

5. Full HD movie recording, even during high-sensitivity shooting

The Q-S1 captures beautiful Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, at 30 frames per second, in the H.264 recording format) with minimal noise. It also provides an interval HD movie recording function to add more creativity to visual expression. The user can also take advantage of advanced image-processing tools like the Smart Effect modes* and an array of in-body movie editing tools. The Continuous AF (AF-C) mode** has been newly added to these creative options, allowing the user to capture a moving subject in sharp focus during movie recording.

* The frame rate may vary when a selected Smart Effect mode requires nonstandard image processing.
** This mode is not compatible with the UNIQUE LENS-series lenses and the 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lens.

6. Large, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor

The Q-S1 features a high-resolution 3.0-inch 3:2-proportion LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots. This monitor is treated with AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to produce sharp, bright images even under bright sunshine by effectively minimizing glare and reflection on the screen. Since its wide-view design makes it possible to view the image from 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, the user has a clear view of the on-screen image even when facing the monitor from an angle.

7. An array of image-processing tools to create personalized images

(1) Custom Image function to add distinctive finishing touches
The Custom Image function adds a distinctive finishing touch to an image, faithfully expressing the photographer’s creative intention or reproducing the ambience of a specific scene. The user has a choice of 11 Custom Image modes, including Bleach Bypass, which produces a dramatic, movie-like finish.

(2) Digital filter function to apply artistic visual effects
The digital filter function lets the photographer apply a variety of visual effects without requiring a computer. Of 17 total options, 11 filters including Toy Camera, Invert Color and Posterization can be applied even during the shooting of still images and movie clips, while the remaining six can be applied only during image editing. The user can even apply multiple filters to a single image to produce more inventive visual effects.

(3) Smart Effect function for simple dial control of finishing touches
Using the Quick Dial positioned on the camera’s front panel, the user can quickly and effortlessly add a desired finishing touch to an image, while previewing the applied effect on the LCD monitor. From nine Smart Effect modes — including Antique for an nostalgic atmosphere and Fade Color for a chic, faded-color finish — the user can assign four favorite modes to the dial in advance.

8. Effortless Bokeh Control

The Q-S1’s unique Bokeh Control function allows the user to make the subject stand out by automatically assessing the relative distance between the in-focus subject and obtrusive objects in the field of view. Since this function simplifies the advanced, SLR-caliber technique of intentional defocusing, even a first-time digital camera user can effortlessly capture high-quality images with beautifully defocused foregrounds and backgrounds.

9. Simple, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes

The Q-S1 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode from an range of options including Portrait, Landscape and Macro for a given scene or subject. Since the camera optimizes all affecting parameters, such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness, the user can concentrate on the image composition and shutter opportunity. The Q-S1 also provides 21 Scene modes including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette, allowing even an entry-level digital photographer to choose the best exposure settings for a complicated scene or subject with the simple choice of an icon on the LCD monitor.

10. Digital SLR-caliber exposure system

The Q-S1’s comprehensive exposure system assures all the advantages and flexibility of a lens-interchangeable digital camera system. In addition to the all-purpose Programmed AE (P) mode, which automatically selects an optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed, it also provides the Aperture-Priority AE (Av) and Shutter-Priority AE (Tv) modes for manual setting of a desired aperture or shutter speed, as well as Metered Manual (M) mode for complete user control over exposure settings.

11. DRII mechanism for effective dust removal

The Q-S1’s DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism effectively prevents annoying dust spots from spoiling captured images, even after the user changes lenses out in the open. Like the PENTAX K-3 and 645Z digital SLR cameras, it employs a highly efficient supersonic vibration mechanism, which vibrates the image sensor at high speed to shake dust off its surface.

12. Other features

  • ・Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
  • ・High-speed continuous shooting of up to five images per second
  • ・HDR mode to composite three images of varying exposures into one photo with extra-wide dynamic range
  • ・CTE white-balance control mode to emphasize the predominant color of a particular scene, such as the sunset
  • ・Multi-exposure mode (up to nine exposures on a single image), with an auto exposure compensation function
  • ・Remote control receptors on front and back panels
  • ・Digital level function to check the camera’s horizontal/vertical inclination
  • ・Digital Camera Utility 5 software (latest version) included

Optional Accessories

O-CC151 Camera Case

A camera case exclusively designed for the Q-S1, with two strap lugs at the sides to keep the camera suspended at a level position for delay-free shooting. It not only protects the camera from dust and scratches, but adds a sense of elegance and style to the camera. Made of synthetic leather, with a choice of black, cream or greige color.
Usable model: PENTAX Q-S1

O-CC1512 Camera Case (with front cover)

A camera case exclusively designed for the Q-S1, with two strap lugs at the sides to keep the camera suspended at a level position for delay-free shooting. Comes with a front cover to protect the lens surface from dust and scratches. Made of synthetic leather, with a choice of black, cream or red color.
Usable model: PENTAX Q-S1

O-CC1513 Holster Case

A camera case designed to fasten on a belt for quick removal of the camera. The main holster holds the camera with a lens attached, while two neighboring compartments hold the 06 and 02 lenses, respectively. Made of brown-colored synthetic leather, with a ring to attach a strap. A hand strap is also included.
Usable model: PENTAX Q-S1, Q7, Q10 and Q

O-CC1516 Lens Case for 02/06

A lens case for exclusive use with the 02 or 06 lens, with internal padding to protect the lens from dust and scratches. Made of black-colored synthetic leather, with a ring to attach a strap.
Applicable models: PENTAX-02 STANDARD ZOOM and PENTAX-06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM

O-ST151 Three-way Strap

A versatile three-way camera strap, providing three different functions — diagonal suspension, neck strap or hand strap — by varying the arrangement of its two parts. Made of synthetic leather, with a choice of black or cream color.
Usable model: PENTAX Q-S1, Q7, Q10 and Q

PENTAX Q-S1 Specifications

Model Description

Type Lens-interchangeable SL digital-still camera
Lens Mount PENTAX bayonet Q-mount
Compatible
Lenses
Q-mount lenses

Image Capture Unit

Image Sensor Type: CMOS sensor with a primary color lter, Size: 1/1.7-inch
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.4 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 12.76 megapixels
Dust Removal Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations “DR II”
Sensitivity
(Standard Output)
AUTO: ISO 100 to 12800 (1/3 EV steps)
Bulb mode: up to ISO 1600
Image Stabilizer Sensor shift Shake Reduction

File Formats

File Formats RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Recorded Pixels JPEG
[4:3]L:12M(4000×3000),M:7M(3072×2304),S:3M(1920×1440)
[3:2]L:10M(4000×2664),M:6M(3072×2048),S:2M(1920×1280)
[16:9]L:9M(4000×2248),M:5M(3072×1728),S:2M(1920×1080)
[1:1]L:9M(2992×2992),M:5M(2304×2304),S:2M(1440×1440)

RAW
[4:3]12M(4000×3000)

Quality Level RAW (12bit) : DNG
JPEG: ★★★(Best), ★★(Better), ★(Good)
RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage Media SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Card; Eye-Fi Card
Storage Folder Date (100_1018, 100_1019…)/PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX…)

LCD Monitor

Type TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR Coat
Size 3.0 inches
Dots Approx. 460,000 dots
Adjustment Brightness and colors adjustable
Display Field of View: approx. 100%, Electronic Level, Grid display (4×4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright area warning, Histogram

White Balance

Auto TTL by CMOS image sensor
Preset Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White),
Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual
Manual Configuration using the display screen (up to 3 settings can be saved), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Fine Adjustment Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis

Autofocus System

Type Contrast detection AF
Brightness Range EV0 to 18(ISO100)
Focus Method AF/MF switching
Autofocus
Method
Face Detection, Tracking, Multi-point Auto, Select, Spot
AF Assist Light Dedicated LED AF assist light
MF Autozoom Off/x2/x4/x6
Focus Peaking OFF/ON

Metering

Type TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, centerweighted metering, and spot metering
Exposure
Compensation
EV1 – 17 (ISO 100, F1.9 lens), +2EV using the Electronic Shutter setting or using the ND filter
Exposure
Modes
〈Auto Picture mode〉
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
〈Scene Mode〉
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, HDR*, Quick Macro*, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum

Program Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb, Blur Control*
* JPEG Only

EV Compensation ±3 EV (1/3 EV steps)
AE Lock Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu.
Continuous as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway.
Shutter Lens shutter: 1/2000 – 30 seconds
(1/3EV step, 1/8000 – 30 seconds when Electronic Shutter setting is enabled), Bulb
*Shooting at 1/8000 – 2 seconds with Electronic Shutter and Bulb shooting are not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.
Aperture From wide open to F8 *Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.
ND Filter Off/On *Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.

Drive Modes

Mode
Selection
Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec., continuous), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames, remote control), Multi-exposure (0 sec., Self-time, remote control), Interval Shooting
Continuous
Shooting
Approx. 5 fps, JPEG (12M / ★★★ / Continuous Hi): up to 5 frames,
Approx. 1.5 fps, JPEG (12M / ★★★ / Continuous Lo): up to 100 frames

Built-in Flash

Built-in Flash Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Guide number: approx. 4.9 (ISO100/m) / approx. 7 (ISO200/m)
Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Flash Modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Sync Speed Lens shutter: 1/2000 seconds, Electronic shutter: 1/13 seconds
Flash Exposure
Compensation
-2.0 to +1.0 EV

Capture Functions

Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Noise Reduction High-ISO NR
Dynamic Range
Setting
Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Lens Correction Distortion Correction
Digital Filter Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye
HDR Capture Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2
Multi-exposure Number of shots: 2-9, exposure adjusted automatically
Interval Shooting Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately from the set time, Number of shots: up to 999 images
Smart Effect Brilliant Color, Unicolor Bold, Vintage Color, Antique, Warm Fade, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Faded color, Vibrant Color Enhance, USER 1 to 3
Electronic Level Displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal direction and vertical direction)

Movie

File Format MPEG–4 AVC/H.264
Recorded Pixels FullHD(1920×1080,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), HD(1280×720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA(640×480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
Sound Built-in monaural microphone
Recording Time Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Digital Filter Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone Expansion, Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold, Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish-eye
Interval Movie Recording interval: 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min., 30 min., 1 hr.,
Recording time: 12 sec. to 99 hr.
Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time
Continuous AF during movie recording ON/OFF ※06Lens of High-performance Lens Series are not supported

Playback Functions

Playback View Single frame, multi-image display (4, 9, 30, 56 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright area warning, detailed inf, folder display, Date display, Slideshow
Delete Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image
Digital Filter Base Parameter Adjustment, Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone Expansion, Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold, Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish-eye, Retro, Soft, Sketch, Miniature, Soft, Starburst,
Raw
Development
File Format (JPEG), Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction
Edit Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Red-eye Edit, Saving buffer as a RAW file

Customization

Custom Functions 16 items
Mode Memory 10 items
Button/
Dial
Customization
Green/Delete button: Green Button, Preview, One Push File Format, AE Lock, Enable AF Quick Dial: Smart Effect, Custom Image, Digital Filter, Aspect Ratio
World Time World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)
Language Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greece, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified)

Power Supply

Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
AC Adapter AC Adapter Kit K-AC115 (optional)
Battery Life “Number of recordable images: approx. 250 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 260 images (without flash usage)
Playback time: approx. 160 minutes
* Using a new lithium-ion battery under the temperature at 23 °C, Tested in compliance with CIPA standard.

Inter faces

Connection
Port
USB 2.0 / AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (Type D)
USB Connection MSC/PTP
Video Output Format NTSC/PAL

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions Approx.105.0mm (W) x58.0mm (H) x34.0mm (D) (excluding the operation parts and protrusion)
Weight Approx.203g (loaded and ready with the dedicated battery and SD Memory Card),
Approx.183g (body only)

Accessories

Package
Contents
USB Cable I-USB7, Strap O-ST131, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68, Battery Charger D-BC68P, AC plug cord,Software (CDROM) S-SW151
〈Mounted on the camera〉
Hot shoe cover FK, Body mount cover
Software Digital Camera Utility 5

Sony’s New AS20 Action Cam Offers a More Exciting Point Of View

Building on its growing line of Action Cam POV (point of view) cameras, Sony today has introduced the new AS20 model to the US market.  The camera packs many of Sony’s latest POV imaging technologies including SteadyShot™ image stabilization into an ultra-compact body at a competitive price.

Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam
Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam

“With its slim, low-profile design, our Action Cam line goes wherever you go… from surfing trips to skate parks,” said Patrick Huang, director of the Action Cam business at Sony Electronics.  “With three impressive models now in market, including the AS100V, AS30V and new AS20 cameras, we’re ensuring that all types of POV shooters can capture their adventures with legendary Sony quality.”

Featured on the new AS20 model, Sony’s unique SteadyShot™ electronic image stabilization works seamlessly to control camera shake and vibration, ensuring that all footage from the bike trail or ski slopes is smooth, crisp and free of the bumps or jolts that often experienced during POV video shooting.

The new AS20 camera also features a high-quality ZEISS® Tessar® lens with a huge 170° field of view for the ultimate wide angle experience.  A built-in stereo microphone delivers outstanding sound quality, adding an extra dimension of realism to those everyday adventures.

The camera is equipped with a back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor that produces exceptional Full HD video and still photos, especially at dusk and other low-light situations where other cameras typically struggle.  It also features high bit-rate recording at up to 28Mbps, which ensures crisply-detailed footage in all types of shooting environments, including those with lots of camera or subject motion.

The AS20 model has built-in Wi-Fi functionality, allowing it to connect to the wearable RM-LVR1 Live-View remote.  Available as an optional accessory, the waterproof RM-LVR1 accessory displays a live image preview on its LCD screen, makes it easy to frame and record shots in tough conditions.  The remote can also control up to five cameras simultaneously, making multi-camera shoots a breeze.  Wi-Fi also enables the Action Cam AS20 to link up to compatible smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android devices) for easy content transfer and sharing.

Additionally, the AS20 model features a handy flip function that automatically inverts the image if it’s being shot upside down and boasts a strong battery life, comfortably shooting up to 130 total minutes of video with Wi-Fi on1 (150 minutes of video with Wi-Fi off1).

Sony’s free PlayMemories Home app makes it easy to edit footage and share via sites like Facebook® and YouTube™.  It features new Video Merge2, which lets users create exciting split-screen composites of up to four simultaneous views captured by different cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam will be available in August for about $200.  The camera and its growing range of Action Cam mounts and accessories is sold at all Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized retailers nationwide.