Archive for January, 2006

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Kodak EasyShare C663 – (First Look) Review @ DigitalCameraInfo

Richard Baguley had his hands on the new Kodak EasyShare C663, a 6.1 megapixel compact digital camera with 3x optical zoom and 2.5″ LCD screen.

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He suggests that the camera is easy to use with efficient menu structure and “Favorites” option on the mode dial is great for showing family photos. He also likes the large LCD screen plus the optical viewfinder. However, He dislikes odd placement of some buttons with no manual focus, and its portability due to its boxy shape.

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Kodak EasyShare P850 – Review @ megapixel

Megapixel.net has posted their review on Kodak EasyShare P850, a 5.0 Megapixel camera with 12x optical zoom and 2.5″ LCD Screen.

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They like the camera’s excellent image quality, particularly zoom photos with powerful 12x optical zoom and image stabilizer. They also like the high definition EVF, 2.5″ LCD screen, complete set of capture modes, flash shoe and the availability of RAW and TIFF formats. However, they suggested that some noise is viewable at ISO 200 and beyond, wide angle images are a bit soft, and the ‘not so fast’ image recording ability.

Camera Housing for the Canon Rebel XT

Fantasea Line, diving and underwater photographic equipment manufacturer, has recently announced the upcoming release of the F350D housing for the Canon Rebel XT digital DSLR. The F350D housing features a unique o-ring and gasket seal and is rated to a depth of 200 feet (60m).

Fantasea F350D (diving and underwater photographic equipment)

The F350 will be available on February 20th for US$999

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 – Review @ ImagingResource

Dave Etchells has posted a review on Panasonic Lumix FZ30 at ImagingResource and writes:

Lumix DMC-FZ30

“Our laboratory resolution chart revealed sharp, distinct line patterns down to about 1,400 lines. Extinction occurred closer to 2,000 lines. Use these numbers to compare with other cameras of similar resolution, or use them to see just what higher resolution can mean in terms of potential detail. Beware that while you might be able to make out what looks like distinct lines at numbers higher than those we’ve mentioned here, the camera is just doing its best to continue interpreting the lines. If you zoom in and follow them from the wider portions, you’ll see the lines converge and reappear several times, so the “lines” are really only artifacts generated by the camera’s imaging system.”

Kodak EasyShare V570 – Review @ CNET

David D. Busch has posted his review on Kodak EasyShare V570, the world’s first dual-lens digital camera with two ccd’s and 2.5-inch LCD Screen. He gives the camera 7.2 out of 10 (Very Good) and writes:

Kodak EasyShare V570

“The 3X zoom lens offered about the same image quality you’d expect from a run-of-the-mill 5-megapixel camera, while the fixed-focal-length lens performed about the same, except with that impressive ultrawide view. Both lenses suffered from purple fringing and a touch of blooming. While the 23mm lens’s optional barrel-distortion correction did a good job, its faux zoom function provided too much of a quality penalty to be used seriously; we quickly switched digital zoom off completely.

However, we liked the colors this camera produced. Blues and reds were fully saturated and brilliant, and flesh tones had only a slight reddish cast. The camera’s red-eye-prevention preflash eliminated most–but not all–of the red glow in human pupils. “

>> Kodak EasyShare V570 Review Roundup and Sample Images
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Portfolio 8 – Review @ OutbackPhoto

Veit Irtenkauf has posted a review on Portfolio 8, the latest version of the image management software from Extensis.

Portfolio 8

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“Extensis Portfolio 8 remains a best-in-class cataloguing and archival program. At $199, it is not inexpensive, but its features and workflow flexibility certainly make it worth the money. If you are in the market for image archival software today, you should definitely give it serious consideration.
If you are an existing Portfolio user, should you upgrade? Only you can decide, but the flexibility that the improved FolderSync and the new Smart Gallery features provide to my workflow are worth the upgrade to me. And if Categories were fully implemented, it would make the upgrade essential to every Portfolio user. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”

Samsung GX-1S – Review at Fotopolis

Fotopolis has posted their review with sample photos on the firt DSLR camera from Samsung, the Samsung GX-1S, a 6 megapixel DSLR with 2.5″ LCD Screen and uses Pentax lens mount.

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You can use this website for Polish-English translation

Criticism to Photographer in China

A photographer in China has got a lot of criticism after taking pictures of a man falling off a bicycle for Beijing Youth Daily. The photographer, Liu Tao was accused accused of lying in wait to take his pictures instead of warning people of the danger.

man fall-off bicyle

But Liu defended himself, saying: “I just knew that the city government has paved the pit, and without my pictures, the pit would not be noticed by the government, and there would perhaps be more people falling over.”

Canon EOS 3D Rumor

There has been rumor floating around the net lately about the new Canon EOS 3D. One of our readers send us this picture and write that the camera would have 45 AF points with eye control and it’d be filling the gap between the full frame 5D (US$3300) and 1Ds series (US$7150).

Canon EOS 3D

EOS 3D and EOS 1Ds MK II side by side – Click to enlarge

Related Links

- Canon EOS 7D Rumor (September 2008)
- Canon EOS 5D Replacement (September 2008)
- Canon DSLR Camera Rumors for 2007
- Eye Controlled Focus article at Canon website
- Canon EOS-3 Features and Specifications

Nikon D200 & Nikon D70 Noise Test

Ken Rockwell has done some noise performance test on his Nikon D200 and Nikon D70, He writes:

Nikon D200

“I compared it to my D70. It’s difficult to compare two cameras with different resolutions. I shot my D70 at Large FINE JPG (also 2.5 MB files) and then upsampled them to match the D200. Specifically, for each D70 image I changed Image Size to 3,885 x 2,583 via Bicubic Sharper. The aspect ratios aren’t identical between the D200 and D70 which explains my weird choice of pixel size. These give the same pixel counts. I see more noise in the D70, but also more texture. I’ll call it a draw. “

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