Chotto Shot pictures, videos & impressions [m]
The PSP camera, with Chotto Shot, is now available in Japan, and for import buyers. PSP GadgetZ has some really great pictures of the camera, packaging, and more importantly, pictures taken with the peripheral. According to a translation by PSP-Vault, "He says that the diagonal lines are pretty bad, and that at low light levels, there is a lot of noise in the images. He's also a bit annoyed that you need to remove the camera to transfer data to your PC." The image quality is apparently not too great, but I guess that's expected from a device that costs $50, and not hundreds.
Read on to read more about the PSP's new camera accessory.
A Playstation forum user took an excellent picture of the camera, detached from the PSP. He put a nickel next to the camera, just to emphasize its size. Look at how small it is! He also captured a video, and posted it for everyone to see. As you can tell, the video quality isn't too great: it's comparable to a camera phone's.
PSP-Vault also discovered an anonymous 2ch user who created a really awesome short film, using Chotto Shot's built-in stop-motion animation feature, and the various film and sound effects that are included. For those that are unfamiliar with stop-motion animation, it involves taking still images, and moving objects within them slightly. After enough pictures are tied together, it gives the piece the illusion of animation (Example: Wallace & Grombit used stop-motion). The film ends with a cute quip at the end in Japanese, saying it took one hour to make. That sounds pretty fast to me, considering how well-produced this seems. The video is available in its original format for playback on your PC (480x272).
The video has also been converted into a PSP-compatible file, and can be downloaded directly to your PSP, from your PSP (via m.pspfanboy.com):
Also, it appears as if a service called "Ameba Vision" has just launched in Japan. Ameba Vision allows PSP camera owners to upload the videos they've created with their cameras to the web to share with friends. Strangely, this reveals one of the camera's greatest flaws: you can't share and playback videos between PSP owners directly. The camera records the video in a file format that other PSPs won't recognize without the usual file conversion. Without the Chotto Shot software, other PSP owners won't be able to watch your videos on the system. Lame! Hopefully, a future firmware revision will free up the PSP's heavily restricted video playback. Maybe, hmm... around the PLAYSTATION 3 launch? Hmm, that'd be nice. It would also be nice for Sony to release this peripheral outside of Japan. Please?
[Thanks, Joel! Via PSP-Vault]
[Update 1: Added more info about the camera's size. Included new video from Playstation forums.]
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
11-04-2006 @ 11:15AM
When will we get one , please bring it to the EU and US to:-(
11-04-2006 @ 12:40PM
when i first about this camera it mentioned a voIP function. if it doesn't have one it seems really pointless
11-04-2006 @ 12:49PM
I've been wanting to buy it, but I don't really think it's worth it... I mean, why buy a 1.3mp camera when I have a 6mp one and a 1.3mp one on my cellphone? I'mm just get the GPS...
11-04-2006 @ 1:09PM
Silver R. Wolfe said...
I downloaded the video directly to my PSP and it says it's unsupported data.
11-04-2006 @ 1:14PM
Most digital cams have noise problems at low light levels, these days. Even my brand new Leica lens Panasonic Lumix FX-07. I think the underscore should read 'you get what you pay for' with a $50 cam.
11-04-2006 @ 1:20PM
Andrew Yoon said...
Make sure you save to MP_ROOT/100ANV.
11-04-2006 @ 4:06PM
Speaking of GPS, when is going to available in the good ol' U.S. or A.
11-04-2006 @ 10:16PM
Thats cool, damn cool
11-06-2006 @ 7:10PM
yeap looks cool
11-27-2006 @ 12:34PM
11-28-2006 @ 3:37PM
omg i defently getting one, 1.3mp aint bad, and i got a 2gb memory card and version 3.01 firmware so i can record untill my memory card fills up because if u have 3.01 when u go under pictures, it will say camera and ive read a manuel on the camera software on the psp itself and u can record how long u want untill ur memory card fills w00t
12-01-2006 @ 3:53PM
i realy want to know when it's out in the UK. If u Know PLEASE put it in a post
1-03-2007 @ 5:17AM
for whoever is interested:
# the chotto shot movies can be converted into standard avi format using the provided umd software (the chotto format is basically like a premiere 'project' file, allowing future editing etc, when you convert to avi you bake in all the funky edits)
# the device has a built in microphone
# if anyone can explain the steps for the stopmotion process to me i would be very grateful =)
1-17-2007 @ 6:42PM
Anthony Eddy said...
I don't mean to sound stupid but does anyone have instructions on how to use this thing? I bought it for my son for Christmas but it didn't come with any instructions. Is there anyone out there that can walk me through the installation, use etc? Thanks, ae.
1-27-2007 @ 3:21PM
Can you take unlimited length videos with 3.03? Do you need the UMD to take a picture? If you do, could I use the ISO to take a pic?