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Canon PowerShot SD430 – Review @ DCRP

jeff Keller has recently posted their review on 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.

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Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Compact and stylish metal body, Built-in Wi-Fi for wireless transmittal of photos to a PC or printer (though see issues below); Camera can be controlled wirelessly; Printer Adapter included (Nikon charges $50 for theirs), Very good performance, 2.0″ LCD is viewable in low light conditions, AF-assist lamp, Very good movie and continuous shooting modes (though see issue below), Unique My Colors feature, USB 2.0 High Speed support

Cons: Some corner softness; noisy images at high ISO settings, Redeye is a problem, $100+ price premium for Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi features aren’t Mac compatible — yet, Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit, Battery life isn’t great, More manual controls would be nice, Can’t swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod.”

>> Canon PowerShot SD430 Sample Photos @ DCRP Gallery
>> Canon PowerShot SD430 Review Roundup & Samples
>> Canon PowerShot SD430 Latest Price

Samsung GX-1S DSLR – Preview @ LetsGoDigital

Dennis Hissink had his hands on the new Samsung GX-1S DSLR, a 6.1 Megapixel (CCD sensor) Pentax mount Digital SLR camera featuring a large 2.5 inch LCD screen, high speed 2.8 fps up to 8 frames in JPEG mode CCD sensor.

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“Holding the Samsung GX-1S in my hands feels both secure and comfortable. The camera is light weight (about 505 g) and its dimensions (125×92.5×67 mm) are small enough to bring the camera with you all the time. The front of the Samsung GX-1S features the standard Pentax K lens mount with AF coupling. On the lower right side of the lens a lock button unlocks the lens from the mount. The self-timer LED can be found in the grip, while the Focus mode switch is located on the opposite side. The top of the camera features the pop-up flash compartment, external flash hot-shoe and a rather small status LCD panel. “

>> Samsung GX-1S Review Roundup
>> Samsung GX-1S Latest Price

Sony Cyber-shot DSC M2 – Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Steve’sDigicams has posted his review on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2, a 5.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.5 inch Hybrid LCD screen.

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“I was pleased with the image quality of the M2′s 5M Fine mode. Outdoor images were well-exposed and sharp with true to life colors. Our indoor shots were also sharp well-exposed, although the M2′s limited (8 feet) flash range restricts subjects to small rooms and portraits of very small groups. Portraits had realistic skin tones, but red eye reduction flash mode proved ineffective in dim ambient lighting.

Image quality was good at low sensitivity settings, with an almost undetectable amount of noise in shadow areas at ISO 64. Shadow noise grows to a detectable amount at ISO 100, and at ISO 200 it becomes detectable in highlight areas. ISO 400 produces noticeable noise throughout the image along with some loss of detail, although the images are usable.”

>> Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M2 Review Roundup & Samples
>> Sony Cyber-shot DSC M2 Latest Price

Photoshop Video Tutorial: Hand Coloring

The video version of a look at how to make your color images look like hand colored black and white images.

Photo Inspiration: Playing With Shadows

Shadow Inspiration
Isoline’s Shadow – photo by phitar

Lowepro New Camera Bags

Lowepro has announced a new line of camera bags designed for reporters, photo journalists, travelers, and students;

Stealth Reporter AW Digital Series

The Stealth Reporter AW series are designed for reporters and photo journalist in mind. The bag is waterproof with water-resistant zopper allowing easy and quick access to your equipments. The heavy-duty shoulder strap can be worn sling-style and a stabilizer distributes weight and holds the bag still. The bag also comes with a built-in weather cover to protect it in bad weather.

The Stealth Reporter line ranges from $103-$193 and will be available in March 2006.

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The New Live MOS Sensor

Olympus has published a press release explaining how their lates Live MOS sensor in the Olympus E-330 and Panasonic DMC-L1 DSLRs works. The new Live MOS sensor enables Digital SLR users for framing of shots without the need to look through the view finder.

PRESS RELEASE

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 is the first Panasonic Digital SLR camera (released on 25.02.06) with 7.50 megapixel Four Thirds Panasonic N-MOS, interchangeale lens (Leica mount), a full-time Live View function through the large 2.5” high-resolution LCD, and a Supersonic Wave Filter that serves as a dust reduction system. Pricing and availability haven’t been disclosed at the time of this writing.

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Olympus SP-500 UZ – Review @ Macworld

Richard Baguley has posted his short review on Olympus SP-500UZ, a 6.0 megapixel digital camera with a huge 10x zoom (38-380mm equivalent), and a 2.5″ LCD Screen.

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Pros: Inexpensive; good image quality; has remote control; can create and save groups of settings; 10X zoom lens; lightweight; long battery life.

Cons: No image stabilization; short shutter speed.”

>> Olympus SP-500UZ Review Roundup & Samples
>> Olympus SP-500UZ Latest Price

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 – Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Steve’sDigicams have recently posted a review on Panasonic DMC-FZ7, a 6.0 Megapixel SLR-like digital camera with 12x optical zoom (36=432mm equivalent) lens with image stabilisation and a 2.5″ LCD Screen.

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“Image quality was very good for a 6-megapixel consumer model. Outdoors it captures beautiful images that are sharp, show good overall exposure and pleasing color saturation. Noise levels are below normal at lower ISO speeds, becoming more noticeable as the ISO is raised above 100. When you zoom in to 100% on a SO 200 or 400 image, yes you can see plenty of imager noise. However, even our ISO 400 available light M&M man sample looks good when viewing at the normal viewing range of approx. 30% (my 19″ LCD monitor is set at 1024×768), in fact I was able to create a very nice 8×10-inch uncropped print. Which only the professionally trained eye would immediately be able to pick up on the image noise and I feel that the usefulness of the higher ISO overpowers its negative effects. “

>> Panasonic DMC-FZ7 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Panasonic DMC-FZ7 Review Roundup and Samples
>> Panasonic DMC-FZ7 Latest Price

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