Archive for January, 2006

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 – Review by Ben Long

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Ben Long has recently posted his review on Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 , a 8.4 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera with 2.5″ LCD screen, at CreativePro.

Panasonic Lumix DMC LX1

“That said, there’s a lot to like about the LX1. You won’t give up any critical controls compared to an SLR, and the raw format and adjustable aspect ratios give you more image-editing and compositional options than you’ll normally have on a small camera.

Though it’s not as tiny as some cameras, the LX1 still fits nicely in a coat pocket or bag, and it’s a lot easier than lugging a full SLR kit.

The noise issue is a problem but not a total deal-breaker for me. You can treat the noise issue with software, and for landscape shooting, the camera’s ISO 80 and 100 are very clean. If you think you’ll shoot mostly indoor snapshots in low light, you might want a different camera. Otherwise, the LX1 is an excellent option for the SLR shooter who wants a smaller alternative for occasional use.”

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 Review Roundup

Nikon D2X – Review @ LetsGoDigital

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Let’sGoDigital has recently posted their review on Nikon D2X, a 12.2 Megapixel Digital SLR camera with CMOS sensor and high speed crop feature.

Nikon D2X

“The noise level is not living up to our expectations. ISO 1600 is really not recommended using. Other than that, nothing but praise for the image quality. A beautiful, large dynamic range, fine plasticity and a beautiful colour reproduction. Photos that will gain your employer’s full approval and satisfaction. The resolution is high and delivers images with rich details. The JPEG images are clean and almost completely free of artifacts. Working with a digital work-horse like the Nikon D2X is heaven, especially for the photo-freak and the devoted professional photographer. Swift startup, reliability, robust built, clear ergonomics, perfect image control and quality, large display are all elements that are necessary for a powerful digital tool with which the professional photographer can reach its target. In short, the Nikon D2X is a professional universal digital reflex camera that will appeal to many photographers. In the end we can be very short about the D2X; it’s a fantastic camera. An absolute hit!”

>> Nikon D2x Review Roundup

Kodak EasyShare V530 – Review by Emily Raymond

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Kodak EasyShare V530, a 5 megapixels pont-and-shoot digital camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach 3x optical zoom lens, a 2-inch LCD screen, has been reviewed by Emily Raymond at DigitalCameraInfo. Here’s what she says about the image quality:


“With the EasyShare V530’s 5 megapixels, the camera can produce pictures at a maximum resolution of 2576 x 1932 pixels. Four other image sizes are available at 4.4, 4, 3.1 and 1.8-megapixel sizes. All of these sizes are 4:3 formatted except the 4.4 megapixel size. This is 3:2 formatted to make standard 4 x 6-inch prints. The specs claim that this camera can produce prints up to 20 x 30 inches, but I wouldn’t recommend such large prints unless blurring and stair-step lines are acceptable. At the V530’s maximum resolution, 8 x 10 inches is probably the largest I’d print. “

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 – Review @ CameraLabs

Monday, January 30th, 2006

CameraLabs has recently posted a review on Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ30, a 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 35mm to 420mm on a 35mm film camera) inheriting MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

lumix dmc fz30

“With 1700 and 1750 lpph of horizontal and vertical resolution respectively, the FZ30 roughly matches the performance of Canon’s EOS-350D with its kit lens. Both cameras are out-resolved by the Fujifilm and Sony models, a result which corresponds to their respective Megapixel ratings.

All-in-one cameras normally suffer from much higher noise levels than digital SLRs because their sensors tend to be physically smaller. This is clear when comparing the Panasonic FZ30 with the Canon 350D. Impressively, the Fujifilm S9500 maintains very low noise levels considering its small sensor size, but smearing is apparent at 1600 ISO. “

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ30 Review Roundup

Canon PowerShot SD430 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Steve’s Digicams have recently posted their review of the Canon PowerShot SD430 Digital ELPH, a 5.0 megapixels (CCD) digital camera with 3x optical zoom ( 35-105mm f/2.8-4.9), 2.0″ Color LCD with Night Display Control and a built-in wireless control for image transfer and printing.


“The SD430’s 5-megapixel Large Superfine images are awesome, with image quality being what we have come to expect from Canon’s models. Our outdoor sample photos are sharp, show good overall exposure, and color saturation is very pleasing. There was slight softness around the edge of our images, but this amount is very minute and it’s very unlikely the average users would even notice it. The Canon 3x optical zoom lens offers the a typical focal range of 35-105mm (35mm equivalent), providing a moderately wide angle field of view for interior and scenic shots, and telephoto coverage useful for portraits or to bring your subjects a little closer. I noticed moderate barrel distortion at wide angle, but relatively no pin cushioning at telephoto. Chromatic aberrations are well controlled, with only the slightest amount of purple fringing detectable in high contrast areas. Noise levels were very low, especially when the ISO was at 50 or 100, becoming more noticeable as the sensitivity increased. “

>> Canon PowerShot SD430 Review Roundup
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Seven Ways to Increase Portrait Sales

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

A good portrait photographer can do his or her best but still be plagued with no shows, minimum orders, and low profits. Here are seven tips to help you succeed.

beautiful_woman: portrait tips

A pre-session consultation is a good idea. It serves to answer any fears your clients may have about having their portrait taken. It also gives them an opportunity to get your opinion about what is best to wear. Tips on makeup and hair can be helpful. A brief description of their available wardrobe will give you an idea of what to suggest for the session. Of course, plaids and wild designs are to be avoided. Naturally, you must compliment them on their chosen outfit.


FujiFilm FinePix F11 – Review @ PhotographyBlog

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

PhotographyBlog has posted a review on Fujifilm Finepix F11 and gives it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The camera is the successor to the F10, which was voted European Pocket Camera of the Year.This point and shoot digital camera camera boasts 6 megapixels and it’s equipped with 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5 inch LCD screen.


“The Fujifilm Finepix F11 produced images of fantastic quality during the review period. The 6 megapixel images are a little soft straight out of the camera and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. Unfortunately there are no in-camera sharpening options. The Fujifilm Finepix F11 dealt very well with chromatic aberrations, which only appeared in a few of the test shots – very limited fringing effects could only be seen in very high contrast situations. Macro performance is above avearge, allowing you to focus as close as 5 cms away from the subject. The built-in flash worked well indoors with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The night photograph was very good too, with the maximum shutter speed of 15 seconds offering lots of scope for creative night photography. The Fujifilm Finepix F11’s most impressive feature in terms of image quality is the extensive and very usable ISO range of 80-1600.”

Olympus Mju Digital 810 – Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Olympus mju Digital 810 is a 8.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera featuring BrightCapture Technology for brighter LCD and better images in low light including a special mode to reduce possible image blur. It’s also equipped with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35 – 105mm lens in 35mm format) with 2.6″ TFT LCD screen.Availability: March 2006


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Olympus FE-130

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Olympus FE-130 is a 5.1 megapixels (CCD) point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom (equiv. to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera), 20 scene modes (incl. Sports, Indoor, Night Scene), 22MB internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot, and 2.0″ LCD Screen. The camera measures 96 x 63 x 26mm and runs with two AA-size batteries. Availability: March 2006


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Olympus FE-150

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Olympus FE-150 is a 5.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera for beginners and snap-shooters with 3x optical zoom (quivalent to 32 – 96mm lens) and a large 2.5″ TFT LCD screen. This 90x55x24.5mm digital camera has a 9 MB internal memory and a removable xD-Picture Card