Wireless Webcams

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Gizmodo reviews the Best Inexpensive Point-and-Shoot Camera with Wi-Fi. They compare the Canon Elph 320 HS ($280) and the Samsung WB150f ($230). The cameras combine a point and shoot camera lens and sensor with a phone-like ability to quickly share photos wirelessly, and cost under $300.

  • The Canon Elph 320 HS has a 16.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, shoots HD video up to 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps, and a 5x optical zoom is supplemented by a 4x digital zoom.
  • The Samsung WB150f has an 18x optical zoom, a 14.2-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor and shoots only 1280 x 720 video at up to 30 fps.

Both the Canon and Samsung cameras use their built-in Wi-Fi to upload images to an online storage service using nearby wi-fi hotspots, or they can use the cameras’ built-in wi-fi transmitters to establish a direct wireless connection with a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Today, Samsung announced three new Wi-Fi-equipped NX models. The new NX lineup consists of the NX20, which replaces the NX10, the NX210, which replaces last year’s popular NX200, and an entirely new NX, the NX1000, which is aimed at beginner photographers.

They all share the same professional-size 20.3MP APS-C sensor and feature Wi-Fi connectivity.

If there’s an open WiFi network available, these new NX models will use that; but if not, they’ll publish their own network to let a phone or computer connect to it.

Nikon’s new entry-level DSLR, the D3200 works with their new Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a ($59), which enables simple sharing of high-resolution photos with Android devices. The tiny WU-1a works plugs into a port on the D3200 camera so images can be transferred to smart devices over a wireless connection.

The Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens costs $699.95 while the WU-1a costs $59.95.

EyeFi memory cards with Direct Mode, can send photos and videos directly from your camera to your iPhone, iPad or Android device, anywhere you are. It works in a variety of cameras (although I could never get mine work work).

You can also use your iOS or Android Smartphone or Tablet as a Wireless Network Camera. If you have a spare Android or iOS device with a camera, all you need is a cheap app or two to get the same functionality.

  • The Wireless Camera app ($2), from the App Store works on your iOS device. Wireless Camera uses iOS’s built-in Web server features to start a website on your local network that you can access by pointing your browser to your gadget’s local IP address.
  • Motion Detector Pro is free in the Android Market. You set the motion detection threshold, which comes in handy for capturing the motion that you want to see. You can also specify a phone number or email address to receive the incoming snapshots.
  • Yawcam stands for Yet Another WebCAM software. Yawcam works with all DirectX compatible webcams and video capture devices. This means almost all modern usb webcams and TV-cards.
  • WebCam Monitor allows you to monitor your home/office from a remote location. WebCam Monitor lets you simultaneously monitor multiple webcams or IP cameras.
  • Digi Watcher monitors your home or office 24 hours a day, captures motion event using webcam, saves into compressed video clips with audio and triggers various alerts including ftp upload, email or phone.

Many Canon cameras may also use the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK) and use an EyeFi card for the wireless connection.

CHDK is opensource software that you can load into an SD card (without making permanent changes to your Canon point and shoot). It lets you control the camera with lots of new features and scripts, enabling time lapse, motion detection, advanced bracketing, and much more.

Both interval timers and USB power can be important elements for static webcams.

Sony’s NEX-7 is used by Google’s Sergey Brin, as evidenced by this Google+ conversation.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 9:02 am .

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