Archive for January, 2006

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 – Review @ DigitalCameraReview

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1, a 5.1 megapixel digital camera with 12x optical zoom and 2.5″ LCD scren, has been reviewed by Howard Creech at DigitalCameraReview

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“The H1 is an excellent general-purpose digital camera that consistently delivers very good quality images. Colors are bright, hue accurate, very contrasty, and slightly over-saturated. There is no visible noise at the ISO 64 and ISO 100 settings — ISO 200 images show minor noise and ISO 400 images are noisy, but less so than most of the H1′s competition. Chroma noise (blotching) is a bit above average and Chromatic aberration is also above average, but well controlled. The H1 also does pretty well in the dark. The image above was shot handheld with the camera in auto mode. It is a bit darker (slightly under exposed) than it should be, but shows good color and very low noise levels.”

Sony Cybershot DSC R1 – Review @ Let’sGoDigital

Ilse Jurrien has posted a review on Sony Cybershot DSC R1, a 10.3 Megapixel Sony CMOS sensor with Carl Zeiss 24-120mm zoom lens and 2″ LCD screen review at Let’sGoDigital.

Sony CyberShot DSC R1

“Sony’s ergonomic design of the camera however, might take some getting used to at first. Being of a bold and sassy design, working with this camera means you will have to re-familiarise yourself with certain actions. How to handle the LCD monitor for instance, is a good example. A certain amount of the consumers is likely to make more use of the electronic viewfinder, while the other will immediately recognize the advantage of this new and different location. There are a few buttons that might prove hard to find upon first glance, especially when looking at the camera from above. Overall, it remains a case of getting used to new things and familiarising yourself with the camera.”

>> Sony Cyber-Shot DSC R1 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Sony Cyber-Shot DSC R1 Latest Price

Fujifilm FinePix S5600 – Review @ DigicamReview

DigicamReview have today posted their review on Fujifilm FinePix S5600 / S5200, a 5.0 Megapixel digital camera with a 10x optical zoom and running on 4AA batteries. Here’s what they say about image quality & noise:

FujiFilm S5200

“The camera has good colour – It took a good “Heather and Flower” photo – there is no red-eye in the photo. It has a decent flash, and copes well with group photos, although on AUTO ISO, the ISO setting is often increased, in this photo, the automatic ISO chose ISO400, and the photo appears to have high noise reduction applied resulting in a loss of detail, and the photo appears soft. The camera did a good job at focusing even in low-light.

Noise is visible in photos taken at ISO200 and ISO400, however, there appears to be quite strong noise reduction which does remove detail – ISO200 and ISO400 photos are still usable with quite acceptable results which is good, as a lot of other cameras produce unusable images when ISO200 or above is used. Noise levels at ISO800 and ISO1600 are very high…”

>> Fujifilm FinePix S5600 Hottest Deals
>> Fujifilm FinePix S5600 Review Roundup

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Canon EOS 5D Samples @ PPMag

Ron Eggers has posted three samples from Canon EOS 5D which are available in full size resolution at PPMag.

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Click to see Canon EOS 5D samples

>> Canon EOS 5D Review Roundup

ACDSee Pro Photo Manager Tutorial

Paul Ellis has written good ACDSee Pro Photo Manager Tutorial at Profesional Photographer Magazine.

ACDSee Pro

ACDSee Pro is the latest image management and editor software to view, process, edit, organize, catalog, publish, and archive photographs from ACD System. You can download ACDSee Pro Photo Manager trial for free here (24.3 MB)

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

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Olympus E-500 – Review @ dcviews

Dcviews has reviewed the Olympus E-500, an entry level Digital SLR camera with 8.2 Megapixels, a 2.5″ LCD Screen, and the legendary SSWF anti-dust reduction system. In conclusion they write:

Olympus E-500

“What we liked about the Olympus E-500 is the fact that, for the price of an entry level camera, you get a very advanced machine. The E-500 has so many features that it will take the real enthusiast some time to figure them all out, whereas relative beginners can simply leave the camera in Auto and get great results every time. We believe that this camera might well put Olympus back in the top three of camera manufacturers where they belong. The dual lens kit especially makes it the best value DSLR in its class as you get a complete system to handle almost every photographic situation for a very competitive price. Thanks to its excellent picture quality and delightful handling, we are sure you would find this a great camera to own.”

>> Olympus E-500 Review Roundup

Expect Sony DSLR in Summer 2006

Macworld reported that according to Yutaka Nakagawa, an executive vice president of Sony and president of its digital imaging business group, Sony first Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera will be available in the summer 2006 in Japan, and soon after in other markets. Moreover Yutaka Nakagawa is expecting Sony to achieve a market share of around 20% of the DSLR.

Adobe Camera Raw Version 3.3

Adobe’s Camera Raw plugin version 3.3 has now finished beta testing and is ready to download at adobe website.

Newly supported cameras for Camera Raw 3.3 – January 2006
Support for the following cameras has been added from Camera Raw 3.2 to 3.3.

CANON: EOS 5D, EOS 1D Mark IIN, EOS 20Da
FUJIFILM: FinePix E900, FinePix S5200/5600, FinePix S9000/9500
KODAK: EasyShare P850, EasyShare P880
MAMIYA: ZD
NIKON: D200
OLYMPUS: E-500, SP-310, SP-350, SP-500UZ
PENTAX:*ist DL, *ist DS2
SONY: DSC-R1

Download Adobe Camera Raw Version 3.3 for Macintosh & Windows

Canon EF 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 IS USM Problems

Peter M reported: “The domestic Canon warranty repair shop in Sweden (RCC) today confirmed that there is a problem with the new 70-300 4-5.6 IS when shooting in portrait orientation between 200-300mm. They have tested my lens on other cameras as well as other lenses in stock – all show this problem to a certain degree. Canon Sweden are now contacting European HQ in Holland to get their view on how to tackle the problem.”

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Controlling Highlights & Shadows

In this tutorial we will show you how you can control highlights and shadows in your photograph using Adobe Photoshop’s shadow/highlight tool which is a really good tool for showing detail that’s been hidden by too much darkness or brightness.

Highlights & Shadows Tutorial

Step1: After opening your photo with photoshop, you will need to copy the background by choosing duplicate layer (layer>duplicate layer) or by dragging your background layer to ‘create new layer’ button in your layer pallete

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