Archive for June, 2006

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Casio Exilim EX-Z600 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams have recently posted a review of the Casio Exilim EX-Z600, a 6.0 Megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom plus the Anti Shake DSP (Digital Signal Processor) and a huge 2.7″ TFT LCD Screen.

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“Image quality was a mixed bag. Outdoors it produced pleasing photos that were sharp and well exposed. Colors are nicely saturated, and noise levels were low as long as the camera is using an ISO speed of 100 or lower. However our indoor ambient light shots of the M&M man were troubling. Its Anti-Shake technology helps reduce the effects of camera shake and subject blurring by boosting the ISO sensitivity. Unfortunately, in lower lighting, the ISO is boosted so high that image noise becomes very noticeable.”

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>> Casio Exilim EX-Z600 Review Roundup and Sample Photos

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HDR Tutorial Using Photomatix and Photoshop

Thinsite.net has a neat tutorial on High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, from capturing HDR shots properly, merging the bracketted shots into a single HDR exposure using Photomatix and the post processing steps in Photoshop.

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Click on the image above to enter the tutorial site..

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z60 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams have currently published a review of the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z60, a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 210mm equivalent), and a 2.5″LCD screen.

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“The EX-Z60 also had mixed results with the quality of its 6M Fine images. Our outdoor samples were very nice, showing good overall exposure and pleasing color saturation. Thanks in part to its 3x optical zoom, the majority of our shots were sharp, but they did exhibit some edge softness. This lens covers a 35mm equivalent range of 38 – 114mm, which is typical for a camera in this class. The 38mm wide angle extreme will afford pleasing outdoor landscapes and group shots, while its telephoto range will help produced nice close-up portraits. I saw noticeable traces of chromatic aberration (purple fringing) around brightly lit objects as well as moderate barrel distortion at wide angle. “

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Samsung GX-1S DSLR – Review @ ePhotozine

Ephotozine have recently posted a review of the 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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Noise levels at ISO200 and ISO400 are low, as you would expect from an APS-C digital SLR of this level. Shots taken at ISO800 display a little more noise, but the images are still very usable. At ISO1600 chroma noise starts to become more prevalent, with midtone areas gaining a fairly strong pattern of multi-coloured speckles. By ISO3200 things start to get messy. The grey area of our QP card has no grey left in it, instead large flecks of red, green and blue are dominant. However if pictures taken at the ISO setting are converted to black & white, then they still display a good amount of detail and the noise levels are better controlled.

>> Samsung GX-1S Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
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Download Free Photo Software: InAlbum 2.5

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Name: InAlbum 2.5
Description: InAlbum 2.5 is a fun and easy to use software for creating an animated photo show from your digital photos to share with friends and family. Simply drag and drop, or mix and match and then with only a few more mouse clicks your stunning show will be ready.
License: Free to try; $54.95 USD to buy
File Size: 7.7 MB
Requirements: Windows

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Canon PowerShot SD630 / IXUS 65 – Review @ CamerasUK

CamerasUK has recently posted a review of the Canon PowerShot SD630 / IXUS 65, a 6.0 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 105mm equivalent), and a 3″ LCD screen.

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“Both of the portrait shots are good. With the outdoor shot I felt the camera managed to get the exposure just about right. The picture was taken on an overcast day and I used the cloudy white balance setting to add a warmer feel to the colours. The indoor shot is sharp too. This is also another example of the camera being able to bring out a good level of detail. There is a drawback though. As with many other cameras in the Canon IXUS range the IXUS 65 produced a greater amount of red eye than the majority of similar digital cameras. “

>> Canon PowerShot SD630 / IXUS 65 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
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Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/IXUS 800 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

DigitalCameraInfo have recently published a review of the new Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/IXUS 800, featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor), 4x Optical Zoom lens (35-140mm equivalent) with Canon’s Image Stabilizer, and a 2.5″ LCD screen. They give the camera 7.8 out of 10 and write;

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“Canon’s Digital ELPH series have long proved that small cameras can produce terrific images, and the SD700 is no exception. Using its 6-megapixel Large/SuperFine mode, I was able to capture great shots both indoors and out. Our outdoor samples are sharp with good overall exposure, and color balance was pleasing for a consumer camera.”

>> Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 Review Roundup and Sample Photos
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 – Review @ DCRP

DCRP’s Jeff Keller has posted a review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1, the world’s smallest point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 14.02.06) with 10x optical (equivalent to 35-350mm) Leica DC zoom lens, featuring a 5.0 megapixels (CCD), Image Stabilizer, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen.

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“Camera performance was excellent. The TZ1 starts up in a second, focuses very quickly (especially if you’re using the high speed AF modes), and there’s no shutter lag to speak of. Low light focusing was very good, thanks to the camera’s AF-assist lamp. If you’ve got a high speed SD card then you’ll be able to take full advantage of the TZ1′s great continuous shooting mode, which lets you shoot indefinitely at 2 frames/second. The one downer in the performance department is battery life: the expensive CGA-S007 battery lasts for 250 shots, which is below average these days.”

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Review Roundup and Sample Photos
>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Latest Price

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Photoshop Tutorial: Adding Canvas Area with the Crop Tool

This tutorial will show you how you can add more canvas area easily using the Crop tool in Photoshop.

Step 1.) Open your image, zoom out (ctrl -), and press ‘f’, then set the background color for your canvas area. In this case, I want to add black canvas area to my photo. So I set my background color to black.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 – Review @ DPInterface

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 has been reviewed at DPInterface. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 is a 6.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom (31-93mm) and and 2″ LCD screen.

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“The Sony Cyber-shot S600 produces smooth and clean photos at ISO 80 and ISO 100 – Quite common for most cameras. Noise goes visible at ISO 200 and up again slightly at ISO 400. At ISO 400, things are far more acceptable on the Sony Cyber-shot S600 versus the Canon A430 and Panasonic LS2. The Sony Cyber-shot S600 produces noisier photos are ISO 800 but the workaround is either to downsize or reduce noise using photo editing software. Noise levels are at the peak level at ISO 1000 but this is comparable to ISO 400 on the two competitors I previously mentioned.”

>> Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 Review Roundup
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