The week in gadgets: Samsung, Dell and Sony products for business and pleasure

7 Aug 2012

A look at gadget happenings, as Samsung brings us a multi-view smart camera with gesture control, Dell introduces powerful new mobile workstations, and Sony tries to bring cinema sound to the living room.

Samsung’s new gesture-controlled camera lets users control the shot

With Samsung’s new Wi-Fi enabled smart camera, users no longer need to wait the 10 seconds until their smile fades for a camera timer to go off. With a 3.3-inch 180-degree flip-out display, users can see what’s in the frame from any angle and, with gesture control, the MV900F lets users zoom by making a circular motion and capture images with an up and down motion, so whether in front or behind the camera the user is in control of the shot.

Available in white, black, pink and red, the MV900F comes with a wide 25mm f2.5 lens, 16.3MP BSI CMOS sensor and a WVGA AMOLED touch display. It’s a smart camera, which means it’s Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for wire-free uploads to the cloud, social networks, mobile devices, or wherever users wish to send their favourite shots.

The MV900F also comes with new features for photography novices to make the most of their photos, such as Beauty Palette to retouch portraits and Low Light Shot mode, which takes three continuous shots and merges them into one to give an image free from blur and noise in low-light conditions.

A release date for the MV900F in Ireland is yet to be confirmed, but when it hits shelves you can expect a price tag of around €425.

Sony’s new speaker systems bring cinema sound to the home

With the combination of the HT-CT260 sub-woofer and HT-CT60 Sound Bar, and the release of the world’s first wireless AV receiver, the STR-DN1030, Sony has a solution for any audiophile’s home-entertainment system.

The CT260 and CT60 offer cinema sound in a small package, featuring virtual surround sound with a 3D audio effect, and built-in Bluetooth for streaming audio from any enabled device, while the minimalist, hexagonal design makes it easy to slip this system into any living room.

Sony HT-CT60 and HT-CT260

For a full-blown cinema experience, though, there’s the STR-DN1030 7.2 channel AV receiver, delivering 110W per channel. This AV receiver comes with HD Digital Cinema Sound technology, which was developed by Sony Pictures. Having won 12 Academy Awards, they probably know what they’re doing when it comes to perfecting the at-home cinema experience.

The STR-DN1030 comes with five HDMI input ports, one HDMI output and one USB 2.0 input, but you may not even need these as the system is Wi-Fi and AirPlay enabled, for streaming from any smartphone, tablet or other networked device. The device also offers access to the Sony Entertainment Network of 15m songs and a range of internet radio channels.

Sony STR-DN1030

Dell’s powerful new Precision workstations

Dell’s new Precision mobile workstations are designed for power users who need a laptop that can handle an intensive workload on the go. Claiming all-day battery life, the M4700 15-inch and M6700 17-inch laptops both come with Intel Core i5, i7 and Extreme Edition processors with Turbo Boost technology, professional graphics, DDR3 SDRAM, up to 32GB of system memory, and up to 1,866MHz memory speed.

Dell Precision family

Additional storage devices bring capacity up to 1.8TB for the M4700 or 2.8TB for the M6700 and the primary hard drive caddy can be ejected. A wide range of ports are also provided, with two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, one eSATA/USB combination, and three video ports for VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2. Undocked, these laptops can power up to three displays simultaneously, or up to five when docked.

The M6700 comes with a red finish, edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass display, and built-in Nvidia 3D Vision Pro, which automatically transforms various applications into full stereoscopic 3D. This model starts from €2,178, while the M4700 starts at €1,199.

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Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.