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Smile! You Are On Camera

We Know What Your Thinking!A camera which can measure your smile? It must be another invention from the Far East hotbed of Japan.

While we had a computer last week that was supposedly able to decipher whether you were looking for love via you face, we now have a camera which is capable of rating your smile on a scale of 1 to 100. So what exactly does this camera do and what use will it be?

On the surface this may seem like a complete waste of money, but there are actually some very interesting possibilities which it opens up to the wider market. Rather than just take a snap shot of your mouth, the camera will actually pick up on all of your facial expressions, the curve of your lips, eye movement and other facial characteristics which sometimes go unnoticed by the human eye.

It has been predicted that very soon computers will be able to analyse your mood just by looking at your face, detect possible medical conditions and the ultimate systems, the unbeatable lie detector test. Those who are up to speed with the latest camera technology will know that there is already a Sony system out there which will wait until you are smiling before it takes a photograph, although this latest development from the Japanese giants has taken the technology substantially further forward. So what next?

There are many people who are already suggesting that this new system will allow robots to read the mood and reactions of humans, and while this in itself is something of a worrying development, the new system brings the potential that little closer. However, until we have robots which are capable of reading our minds and taking over the human race, a simple smile analysis system does not seem too harmful!

Canon PowerShot A570 IS Review

Review based on a production Canon A570 IS

Over years, the Canon’s sequence of compact budget priced cameras has grown into the considerable line-up of nine models, developing all the way from the simple entry-level ‘point ?n? shoot’ models into the fully featured models for a photographer wishing the decent photographic control level at the affordable price. In the February, the Canon has announced the other addition to that range in shape of Powershot A570 and A560 IS ? the twin replacements for A540. The cameras are identical almost, with that A570 optical image sporting stabilization as the extra (A570 is the lowest priced camera of series A with this feature).

Features:

The camera has 7.1 Megapixels and has an optical zoom of 4x with optical Image Stabilizer. It has a complete photographic control with M, Tv, Av and P modes. The other features include

  • AiAF, Face Detection, DIGIC III
  • Safety zoom and Digital Tele-Converter
  • LCD of size 2.5? with real image optical and wide viewing angle
  • 19 modes for shooting

Sensors:

? CCD of 1/2.5″ Type
? Effective pixels in 7.1 millions

Various sizes of images can be taken. The sizes include the Postcard date Imprint (1600 x 1200), 16:9 (3072 x 1728, 640 x 480, 1600 x 1200, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1944 and 3072 x 2304.

The movie clips can be shot in sizes of 160 x 120 at 15 fps, 320 x 240 at 15/ 30/ 60 fps and 640 x 480 at 15 / 30 / 60 fps.

Lens

?F2.6-5.5
? 4x optical zoom
? 35-140mm

Shooting modes

? Special Scene
? Movie
? Stitch Assist
? Indoor
? Pets & Kids
? Night Snapshot
? Landscape
? Portrait
? Manual
? Aperture Priority AE
? Shutter Priority AE
? Program AE
? Scene Auto

Scenes modes

? Underwater
? Aquarium
? Fireworks
? Beach
? Snow
? Foliage
? Night Scene

Storage

? 16 MB card supplied
? MMC/ SDHC / SD card compatible

LCD monitor

? 115,000 pixels Connectivity

? 2.5-inch Silicon Amorphous TFT

? AV out Power
? USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

? Optional AC adapter

? 2x Ni-MH or AA Alkaline batteries

In the box,

? 2 AA Alkaline batteries
? Canon PowerShot A570 IS

? Wrist strap
? 16MB card
? USB interface cable
? AV cable
? Software CD-ROM