Archive for February, 2006

Photo Printing Tips

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

How Many Pixels Make A Good Print?

One of the more common dilemmas for people is choosing the paper size for printing their photos. Everybody knows that if your digital camera does not produce enough pixels (or actually megapixels) printing its photos on a large paper size will yield poor quality and you will be able to see the actual pixels (also known as pixelation)

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So how many megepixels do I really need in order to print on a specific paper size? there is no one right answer for that. The actual quality of the print depends on many factors other than the number of pixels. For example the paper quality itself the printing process that is used the lighting conditions when the photo was taken the photo itself (i.e. portraits are different than scenery) and much more.


Konica Minolta DiMage Z6 – Review @

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 has recently reviewed the Konica Minolta DiMage Z6, a six megapixel (CCD) digital camera with 12x optical zoom lens and a 2″ LCD screen.


“There are many digital cameras with long zoom lenses to choose between. In my opinion the Konica Minolta Dimage Z6 struggles to keep up with the competition. I was disappointed with the colours the camera produced and I also have concerns about the shutter lag. Therefore I would suggest looking elsewhere if this type of digital camera appeals to you.”

>> Konica Minolta DiMage Z6 Review Roundup

Olympus SP-500 UZ – Review by Jeff Keller

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Jeff Keller, the editor of DCResource, has recently posted his review on Olympus SP-500, a 6.0 megapixel (CCD) digital camera with a huge 10x optical zoom lens and large 2.5″ LCD screen.

Olympus SP500 UZ

“The SP-500UZ is an average camera in a sea of really good ones. While I’d say that it’s “okay to buy” the SP-500, there are many other cameras in this category that offer better performance, photo quality, and features (including image stabilization). “



Canon SD550 / IXUS 750 – Review @ Megapixel

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Canon SD550 / IXUS 750, a 7.4 megapixel (CCD) point-and-shoot digital camera with 37 – 111 mm lens and 2.5″ LCD screen, has recently been reviewed at megapixel.


“Positives: excellent image quality, large 2.5-inch LCD monitor, very compact, responsive, well-built, long exposure capable.Negatives: Wide angle images a bit soft focus, Holding space limited by large screen, Body can be a bit too slippery to hold securely.”

>> Canon SD550 / IXUS 750 Review Roundup & Sample Photos
>> Canon SD550 / IXUS 750 Hottest Deals


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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

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Pentax *ist DL Price Price Adjustment

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

PENTAX Imaging Company has announced a significant price adjustment on the *ist DL digital SLR camera with 18-55 DA lens kit. The price reduction from $799.95 US to $599.95 US takes effect February 1, 2006.


“Digital single lens reflex cameras with interchangeable lenses are gaining in popularity as products have become easier-to-use and prices have fallen,” said Ed Lee, Director, Consumer Services and Digital Photography Trends Service InfoTrends, Inc. “Consumers wavering between a higher-end compact digital and a digital SLR will take note of this new PENTAX pricing as will consumers who have been considering an upgrade to a digital SLR,” added Lee.


Nikon D200 – Review & Samples @ PP Mag

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Professional Photographer Magazine has recenlty posted their 2006 bonus content online. One of the articles is the review of the new Nikon D200, a 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD with 2.5″ LCD screen with some samples which are available in original size (big files!)

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“Overall, I’m very pleased with the Nikon D200’s performance so far. I have yet to push the continuous shooting mode to see what my real-world results are. Nikon claims performance at 5 frames per second with bursts up to 37 JPEGs (Fine-Large) or 22 NEF (RAW) images. I also need to do some tripod and macro lens shooting before I feel I’ve really given the D200 a full test.

My biggest frequent problem with the camera has been the hair-trigger response of the four-way rocker that you use to navigate the menu. Several times I feel like I’ve barely touched the thing and before I know it I’ve zoomed to three menu items past the one I was trying to select. This could be an issue that only shows up in random units, or it could be more universal.”

>> Nikon D200 Review Roundup

Pentax Optio SV/SVi Firmware Update

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Pentax has recently announced the latest firmware update version 1.01 for the Pentax Optio SV/SVi point-and-shoot digital cameras. The latest firmware which is available for both windows and macs system will improve the metering performance when using interval shooting.

– Download Optio SV firmware version 1.01 for Windows or Mac
– Download Optio SVi firmware version 1.01 for Windows or Mac
– Read Firmware version 1.01 Manual

Nikon Coolpix P1 – Review @ Trusted Reviews

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Trusted Reviews’ author Cliff Smith has posted a review on Nikon Coolpix P1, a 8 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera with 3.5x optical zoom, 2.5″ LCD screen and builtin Wifi (802.11b/g-compatible).

Nikon CoolPix P1

“Build quality is outstanding, with a tough but light aluminium body available in either black or silver finishes. On the back is a very nice glare-resistant 2.5-inch LCD monitor that looks a lot sharper than its 110k pixel resolution would indicate. The control layout is simple and concise, with a good range of options available without recourse to the menu, including flash mode, macro, self timer and exposure compensation, which are selected via secondary functions of the D-pad.

Even without wireless technology, the CoolPix P1 is a superb high-end compact camera, with attractive and user-friendly design, rock solid build quality, some dazzling technology and excellent picture quality. It’s a little pricy compared to some of its competition, but it’s got the quality to back it up.”

>> Nikon CoolPix P1 Review Roundup & Sample Photos
>> Nikon Coolpix P1 Latest Price

Canon EOS 5D – Review by David B Brooks

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

David B Brooks has written a short review on Canon EOS 5D, 12.8 megapixels full frame sensor digital SLR camera with 2.5″ LCD screen, at shutterbug and he writes:


“Even the first test prints I made came close to that ideal. The prints from the 5D’s raw files are quite comparable to those made from the best 35mm film scans, even those done at 5400dpi, which I used for test printing for my recent Epson R2400 report. In addition, the 5D files are incredibly consistent in image quality across a variety of quite distinct subjects. And compared to scanned film images, the raw Canon 5D images are grainless.”

>> Canon EOS 5D Review Roundup