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Date: Monday, 12 Mar 2007 13:54

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Here’s that Nikon D40x DSLR that’s been bumped up to 10.2 megapixels from its D40 brandmate, with 3fps shooting instead of the 2.5fps of the D40, as well as longer battery life and slightly wider ISO range.

Hands on, this camera feels more like a camera than it does a computer. It’s solid, though small. It’s hefty feeling, without all the extra crap attached. This camera, like most high end Nikons even gives the “click” of an SLR. The $799 price for this isn’t un-realistic

Plus there’s that long image-stabilized 18-200mm Nikon lens. That aside, this camera’s definitely on the bang-for-the-buck radar.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Nikon"
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Date: Wednesday, 07 Mar 2007 16:58


Digital Foci has a great storage media for photogs. This is a Big LCD with but with compact portability it’s really good. The new Photo Safe line-up comes in 40/80/120GB capacities and features a user-replaceable Li-Ion battery that can be recharged when slung from either USB or the mains. Doubtful they’ll match the performance of the NextoCF Ultra but they easily best it in price: starting at just $139 when the Photo Safe ships next month, April.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Photographers, Photo Sharing, Preview"
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Date: Wednesday, 07 Mar 2007 16:33

Nikon D40 receives upgrade

Nikon releases the new D40X. yes, thats right… now the D40 comes with an X!! Oh wait. No seriously though. Nikon updated their D40’s with some intresting technology. Some of the newer upgrades on this 10.2 megapixel DSLR includes faster continuous shooting, a wider ISO sensitivity, and the “Retouch” menu that enables one to improve red-eye, contrast, and color issues on-the-fly without resorting to a computer. Paparazzi near you will pick this up for about $800 next month, I’d imagine. Only $200 more than the regular D40.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Nikon, Preview"
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Date: Monday, 05 Mar 2007 18:45

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Point-and-shoot become as popular as can be when seasons change, and travel starts. One of the new oned is Olympus Mju 780. It’s weatherproof, boasts a 7.1 megapixel CCD sensor as well as a mechanical image stabiliser which will give you sharp shots no matter what. And then there’s this thing called Shadow Development Technology which, according to the blurb, “optimises the exposure of scenes with shadowy or other dark areas - so the results closely resemble that which the human eye sees.” Available in silver or black, it goes on sale next month.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Olympus, Preview"
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Date: Monday, 05 Mar 2007 18:36

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Olympus finally gives us a sneak into the DSLRs with the E-410 and E-510. Olympus however will still not give us more than a few teases about the successor to the E-1, only that it will debut this year.

Olympus also said the E-1 will have the Fulltime Live View function, just like the E-410 and E-510, and added there will be unspecified “tremendous improvements in both performance and functionality, taking the excellent picture quality, mobility and reliability of the E-1 to new and unprecedented levels.”

Olympus E-1 successor hinting continues [DP Review]

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Olympus, Preview"
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Date: Friday, 02 Mar 2007 14:42

z612 Kodak has a 6.1-megapixel DSLR, but much to my suprize they have crammed a whole bunch of function into a little package. This is a superzoom style of camera, with an amazing resolution status. Small, fits in hands well, both male and female. The weight is very minimal, and transport is easy as it is durable. I put it in a bag, traveled with it. It took UFC pictures for me, so you can guess as to how strong it is. I’ve put it through it’s physical paces and it doesn’t quit. It’s sat in my fridge for cold weather, and been heated up. Neither have affected it’s picture taking one ounce.

Since the camera is so small–4 by 2.9 by 2.7 inches and 10.6 ounces without battery or SD card–the grip also leaves your pinkie, and in some cases your ring finger too, dangling off the bottom of the camera. This isn’t normally a big problem. Of course, these minor gripes can be alleviated by shooting with two hands, which we always recommend anyway, due to the increased stability that comes along with it.

One of the best controls is the Z612’s click wheel. It lets you scroll easily through all your manual functions in the camera, it’s on the right side by the shutter button. It makes it easier so you naturally are manipulating that hand. I liked that function, and everything is scroll style, so there is no other button manip. Quite a huge bonus actually.

Speaking of controls, there are plenty. Full manual, aperture- and shutter-priority, program, and full autoexposure modes are complemented by multi-, center-, and five-zone selectable autofocus, as well as multipattern, center-weighted, and spot metering.

The Kodak EasyShare Z612’s performance was fast. It saves quickly, and refreshes at a quick enough pace that you won’t miss the next picture. That changes with the size of resolution of course, but generally is fast for whatever you’d need it for. The focus, and all the lighting really work it’s self out fast. Almost too fast ,as there were a few times my shutter would out run my flash on an auto mode, and i’d have to go manually take the picture.

My one gripe is some pictures came out almost too realistic. They got a case of the “jaggies”, and it depended on lighting entirely, but if it was a flash picture, and the flash was bright and the shutter caught it just right, you’d have the jpeg jaggies. Unfortunate, but honestly, a minor draw back if you know anything with cameras, it’s avoidable.

Kodak’s EasyShare Z612 has a ton of useful features, including the normal complement of scene modes plus auto and program modes for people who want simple snapshots, as well as a full array of controls for more advanced shooters. For $239 the price is near un-beatable for what it is. It is a starter DSLR for the non-digitally inclined. I happened to love it, and would recommend it. It comes with on-board memory, but NewEgg has 1GB SD mem for $10. So you could be done and set for $250 for this camera.

Overall: 8.9 out of 10. Good Camera, Good Function, Image Quality was good, but not great. Excellent for the picture taker in your family, that wants to save money.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Kodak, Review"
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Date: Tuesday, 27 Feb 2007 17:13

Taking the Plunge: Top Weather Photography Tips.

Some of the most beautiful times in life are during inclement weather. It could be a blizzard, a downpour, all the time weather happens around us and capturing it can be quite difficult. Ilikecameras wants to change that for you. We understand the plight of the average photographer, and want to make turn the next bad weather you have to your advantage. You can capture it and turn it into a photo to be shared for ages. Here are the top tips we have:

  1. Always try to keep your camera inside your jacket, or bag until you are ready to shoot. Most cameras aren’t water-resistant. Water in your inner-workings could take months to dry
  2. For added protection, put a ziplock bag around your camera and cut a hole for the lens. Most cameras now have the digital screen, so you don’t necessarily need to look through the eye hole.
  3. Cold weather has been known to sap some of the battery power. So the closer to your body you keep the camera, the faster and more functional it is
  4. Keep a clean, static free cloth handy to wipe the water off the lens. NEVER use a tissue directly on that lens. Tissue can have lotion and leave streaks on a camera lens. Also tissue tends to tear apart leaving little fibers on your lens, which will haunt your pictures.
  5. Consider getting a weather-resistant camera, or a weather resistant case.
  6. Overcast skies can be used to your advantage. Colors are richer which is perfect for plants and trees. You can make anything look amazing with a little fog, or soft light.
  7. Check your camera settings for adjustments of light, or close-ups. Try freezing things to get amazing stop motion, or beautiful wet scenes. Most cameras have a speed setting, check your manual for the best way to speed up your shutter speed for most action shots.
  8. Don’t be afraid to use Black and White. It’s amazing, even digitally! Black and white is used by a lot of schools and colleges to teach kids about photography. As you get older, people seem to forget to use it, but remember to turn it on every once in a while. Taking the color from a photograph can tell a thousand words about what’s going on in the photograph. Color makes a picture forgiving, black and white shows more honesty, and imperfection.
  9. A good time to take landscape pictures is after a thunderstorm and sunlight is breaking through the cloud cover. You can see the clouds in the distance, also it’s very typical to see the rays of light breaking through clouds. This gives a very rich and deep color effect, great for some photography.
  10. Rainbows are gorgeous to capture on camera. They are just light reflections and the raindrops make them shine bright like prisms. They are common in summer, or after a summer storm. Rainbows stop as quickly as rainstorms do, so you must be quick to take a picture. Try to get a reference item in the picture with it to show the size and color texture of the rainbow.
  11. Reflections. Look for puddles or standing water. They are great to capture reflections of anything around. Don’t be afraid to change the level at which your taking the pictures. Changing levels makes it much easier to get better angles on things, and simple perspective change can make a world of difference in photos. Try this: Do you remember seeing the world at 5 years old? Neither do I. Lay down and shoot something from below, and shoot that same thing from standard eye level, compare the difference and compare perspectives on something such as a tree after a rainstorm.

Days when rain is just not your friend can be a great day to start a photo project. Go out and brave the elements, to take a nice picture that your family and friends haven’t seen before. Use these tips to share your photography talent, be it by email, online gallery, or even frames in your house.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Tutorials, Tips"
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Date: Tuesday, 27 Feb 2007 15:58

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Sony has two new members of the Cybershot family, the T100 and T20. They are aiming to be as fashionable as they are functional. You’ll be shocked at how amazing under these candy shell exteriors the power and abilities they have as a good digital camera.

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The $400 T100, available from March, is the beefier of the two, with the a 3-inch LCD screen and your usual Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens. The T20 will be about $330, and will be using the same engines that their DSLR’s are doing. Honestly, these cameras are trying to be one of the strongest point-and-shoot models on the market.

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The cameras are compatible with the Sony VMC-MHC1 HD component cable for simple connection to an HDTV set. They can also be connected to the new Sony CSS-HD1 high-definition Cyber-shot Station™ which comes with a component cable and a remote. You can even go complement-crazy and grab a DPP-FPHD1 which not only includes the high-definition component cable, the cradle and the remote, but a high-definition printer that will print out paper copies in 45 seconds.

Press Release [Sony]

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Date: Monday, 26 Feb 2007 19:02

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Olympus has put up a teaser (euro only) about their new DSLR cameras. The Blogosphere is running wild. What will be it, how many will there be? There is no definitive news on it.

Olympus is really due a good camera. They’ve got some solid releases, but a good few releases could move Olympus up the heap of DSLR’s which is becoming crowded.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Uncategorized, Olympus"
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Date: Monday, 26 Feb 2007 18:53

coffee_filter.jpg LifeHacker put an amazing cheap household item up that will help your pictures and flash better. Coffee Filters are the new flash diffuser.

Light has dots that can really throw off a lens. Hold the filter INFRONT OF THE FLASH ONLY, and watch your pictures come out nicer and the flash less abrasive.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Uncategorized, Tips, Review"
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Date: Thursday, 22 Feb 2007 15:30

Pentax

Pentax adds a brother to its new line with the announcement of the A30. Their new gyrosystem built in to reduce shake is not even the best part. This is a 10-megapixel camera and the speed on this thing is intense. This is a sportsmans dream. It’s ready to snap 1.8 seconds between shots.

With this, it keeps your ability to do manual shooting so you can really focus how you want to and do what you want.

People have highly touted the A20, as the best camera under $300. Will this one stack up?

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Pentax"
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Date: Thursday, 22 Feb 2007 15:25

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Canon today has announced a handful of cameras, these are their point-and-shoot entry levels. These are some of the first to have face detection in their lower end and they are really good for their level

These cameras are at a 7.1 megapixel level. Not bad for the price point of $230 to $280. They can used the High capacity SD cards. The main difference is the that Both 7.1 megapixel cameras have 4x zooms and can use those latest high-capacity SDHC memory cards, but the difference between the two is that the A570 IS has a 3 inch LCD viewscreen, compared to the A560’s 2.5-inch viewscreen.

Source: Canon Press Release

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Uncategorized, Canon"
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Date: Thursday, 22 Feb 2007 15:15

Cannon has released the new Canon imageClass MF4690 Laser MFP and it Offers Duplex Printing, Advanced Send Features,and Built-In Network Connectivity for Small Offices. Delivering enhanced “big office” features in its smallest digital laser MFP, Canon U.S.A., Inc., the nation’s market share brand leader in black-and-white and color laser printer/copier solutionsi, has announced its new imageCLASS MF4690 MFP for small offices. The new imageCLASS MF4690 model offers advanced send features so users can scan-to -e-mail, -file, -fax, or -USB memory port in the user’s choice of JPEG, TIFF, PDF or high-compression PDF formats. The built-in networking features, along with the device’s duplexing capabilities, make it an ideal small office solution for single or multiple networked users.

Documents can be scanned in various file formats and be e-mailed and/or faxed directly from the device, without need of a computer. The device will also store e-mail addresses and fax numbers for expedient sending of documents. The imageCLASS MF4690 MFP offers enhanced facsimile features with eight one-touch speed dial numbers, 100 coded speed dial numbers, 512-page memory capacity, PC Faxing, and two-sided duplex output. The imageCLASS MF4690 model uses a 33.6 Kbps Super G3 faxii for the rapid fax transmission.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Canon"
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Date: Tuesday, 20 Feb 2007 16:35

stablizingbag.jpg Form meets function here with this amazing camera bag. This makes it so you don’t have to set your camera on the ground so you can take pictures from a unique angle. For the price of $48, you really get a two for one here. I would buy it, even it’s a little cheeseball.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Equipment, Resources"
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Date: Tuesday, 20 Feb 2007 16:30

S50c_01_s.jpg Nikon is keeping on the camera Radar with the S50c. This camera has a 7 mega-pixel resolution and a 3x zoom which are traditional for this style almost. These lenses may be some of the lenses that caught some good reviews but that is still out for judgement.

This camera excels because of the WiFi. You can email the shots you take, and Nikon is offering you up to 2GB of their server space for each camera sold. If you get to an access point, you can save pictures so you really don’t need a memory card.

Sounds good, but with all of these periscope lenses, we’ll have to see how the quality is around the edges. Some blogs are also complaining about the rated shots per charge (130), which seem low. The S50 is available in black, without WiFi.

Author: "Josh" Tags: "Uncategorized, Nikon, Preview"
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Date: Tuesday, 20 Feb 2007 16:24
Look at the new Olympus SP-550UZ. This camera looks just like anything else in the market, but look at the optical zoom 18x. Yes this is way past anything anyone else has, making this camera your foothold onto the next britney ball picture. No longer do you need to be on top of an [...]
Author: "Josh" Tags: "Olympus, Preview"
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Date: Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007 16:17
At the 3GSM World Congress (booth 1G13) today OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVTI - News), a leading independent supplier of CMOS CameraChip(TM) solutions for high-volume imaging applications, unveiled a 1/10 inch VGA CameraChip sensor, the OV7680. The new CMOS image sensor brings to the market a cost efficient, ultra thin camera module solution designed for [...]
Author: "Josh" Tags: "Uncategorized, News"
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Date: Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007 16:11
Already one of the most trusted consumer brands in the world, GE will soon become one of the hottest names in high-quality digital still cameras. GE and corporate newcomer General Imaging Co. announced today that the two companies have reached an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement by which General Imaging will design, manufacture and distribute an [...]
Author: "Josh" Tags: "Equipment, News"
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Date: Sunday, 11 Feb 2007 19:10
Almost exactly a year after the introduction of the DMC-FZ7, Panasonic’s popular compact super-zoom camera, comes its replacement; the Lumix DMC-FZ8. Where the FZ7 was a fairly major upgrade to the camera that came before it (the FZ5), the FZ8 is, perhaps inevitably, more evolutionary. The body design and operation is almost identical - no [...]
Author: "Josh" Tags: "Uncategorized, Review, Panasonic"
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Date: Saturday, 10 Feb 2007 14:30
Now here’s a real camera for kids with a lot of magic features to add to their pictures - The Disney Pix Max from Digital Blue is designed for the child who is longing for a real digital camera. Its most fun feature is the ability to superimpose Disney characters over the picture in your [...]
Author: "Josh" Tags: "Uncategorized, Preview"
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