Archive for June, 2006

Kodak EasyShare Z650 – Review @ ImagingResource

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

ImagingResource have published a review of the Kodak EasyShare Z650, a 6.1-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera released on 04.01.06 featuring a 10x optical zoom(38 to 380mm), and a 2-inch LCD screen.

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“With the Kodak EasyShare Z650, we found that it had enough resolution to make very crisp 8×10 inch prints. At 11×14, its prints were a bit softer looking, but more than adequate for wall or table display. At high ISO, its images became softer and noisier-looking. Under daylight-balanced lighting, some users might consider ISO 400 shots acceptable even at 8×10 inch print sizes, but to our standards, they’re really only usable at 5×7 inches…The Z650 shooting experience (once you’ve got it powered on, anyway) is generally a pleasure. Light enough in the hand to use single-handedly, there aren’t many subjects that escape its recording versatility. Nor do many escape the reach of its long zoom.”

>> Kodak EasyShare Z650 Review Roundup and Sample Photos
>> Kodak EasyShare Z650 Latest Price

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Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 – Review @ PopPhotoMag

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Popular Photo Magazine have recently posted a review of the Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60, a 6.0 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06) featuring 3x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 105mm equivalent), a 2.5″ LCD screen, and a real image optical view finder.

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“SD600’s performance was well above average in most areas we tested. It revs up very quickly and focuses without much of a wait. Shutter lag was never an issue either. Low light focusing was also good thanks to the built-in AF-assist lamp. Photo quality was very good for the most part. The camera took well-exposed, colorful shots despite the overcast and rainy weather we shot in. The blues and greens even seemed to pop more. In general, most noise levels were low through ISO 200, and even for some shots taken at ISO 400. We also found the color swap and accent modes fun to experiment with.”

>> Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Canon PowerShot SD600 / IXUS 60 Latest Price

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Kodak EasyShare C663 – Review @ PCWorld

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

PCWorld have published a review of the Kodak EasyShare C663, a 6.1 megapixel compact digital camera with 3x optical zoom and a 2.5″ LCD screen.

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“Design-wise, the C663 is a bit of a mixed bag. Its plastic case feels flimsy, and it has a curiously retro boxy look. The camera’s LCD screen is a good size and a reasonable resolution (2.5 inches and 115,000 pixels), and it dominates the back panel, leaving only a relatively small amount of space for the buttons. The display looks good in most lighting situations, viewable in all but direct sunlight. “

>> Kodak EasyShare C663 Hottest Price
>> Kodak EasyShare C663 Review Roundup & Sample Photos

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Olympus Mju Digital 720 SW – Review @ TrustedReviews

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

TrustedReviews have recently posted a review of the Olympus Mju Digital 720 SW, a 7.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera featuring water-proof (JIS level 8 – allowing it to be up to 110 feet underwater) & shock-proof (to MIL-STD-810F standards – dropable up to 1.5m) metal body with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-114mm) and 2.5″ TFT LCD screen.

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“I also found image quality to be lower than I had expected, especially considering the excellent results I’ve had from previous mju series cameras. The lens is slower than on previous models, and is distinctly soft toward the edges of the frame, especially at the wide angle setting where there is also appreciable barrel distortion. Images look over-processed, and even in bright sunlight and at ISO 100 there is visible noise and colour speckling, although oddly high ISO performance is comparatively good. “

>> Olympus Mju Digital 720 SW Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Olympus Mju Digital 720 SW Latest Price

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Fujifilm FinePix V10 – Review @ PCMag

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

PCMag have published a review of the Fujifilm FinePix V10, a 5.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera (Super CCD) with 3x optical zoom and a huge 3″ LCD screen.

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“The V10 saves video clips as motion JPEGs with sound. Video recorded from the camera produced very good quality—at 30 frames per second and 640 by 480 pixels. Other ultracompact cameras, such as the Olympus Stylus 710, create choppy, 15-fps video. You can’t zoom while you’re shooting video, but that isn’t unusual for an ultracompact camera.”

>> Fujifilm FinePix V10 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Fujifilm FinePix V10 Latest Price

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Download Free Photo Software: PM Stitch Creator

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

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Name: PM Stitch Creator
Description: PM Stitch Creator is the software that allows you to prepare your own counted cross-stitch patterns. Program automatically converts your digital pictures into stitch patterns optimized for specified floss palette, or you can create patterns from scratch with virtual needles and other tools like color fill, eraser, or text. Stitch patterns can be viewed on screen and printed as stitch work or chart, together with color key and material list.
License: Free to try; $49 USD to buy
File Size: 9.13MB
Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/NT40/XP

>> Download PM Stitch Creator 3.0
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Canon PowerShot SD700 IS/IXUS 800 – Review @ DPInterface

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

DPInterface 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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“The Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH starts up and extends its lens extremely quickly in just 0.8 seconds. The SD700 IS normally takes about 1/2 second to focus at wide-angle and 2/3 to 1 second at telephoto. Low-light focusing was excellent and the camera could even lock focus with the AF-assist beam off.Overall noise levels were low and acceptable till ISO 400. Despite noise levels slightly higher than on the S3 IS I just reviewed, the Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH has a one stop advantage over the SD550 in terms of noise. As for overall chromatic aberration level (not just from the shots above), it was still fairly high.”

>> Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 Review Roundup and Sample Photos
>> Canon PowerShot SD700IS/IXUS800 Hottest Deal

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Canon PowerShot S3 IS – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Steve’sDigicams have recently posted a preview of the Canon PowerShot S3 IS, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 12x Optical Zoom lens (36 – 432mm equivalent) with Canon’s Image Stabilizer, and a 2.0″ Vari-Angle LCD screen.

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“The S3’s shooting performance is very good. From power-on until the first shot was captured measured just under two seconds. Shutter lag, the elapsed time between depressing the shutter and capturing an image, is improved over the S2IS; it measured a fast 1/10 second when pre-focused, most of that attributable to the delay in the live image presented on either of the S3’s viewfinders; lag including autofocus was also fast at 1/2 second (also including viewfinder delay)”

>> Canon PowerShot S3 IS Hottest Deals
>> Canon PowerShot S3 IS Review Roundup and Sample Photos

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Nikon Coolpix S6 – Review @ DigicamReview

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

DigicamReview have recently published a review of the Nikon Coolpix S6, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), a huge 3.0″ LCD screen, and a Built-in WiFi. In conclusion Steve writes;

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“Image quality is hit and miss with this camera, it can produce some excellent colours, and very good macro photos, with low noise at ISO 50, however, outside on bright sunny days, when you would expect the camera to be performing it’s best, it sometimes seems to be performing it’s worst, with noticable vignetting in corners, generally soft images, soft corners, and soft sides down the left and the right. The camera also disappoints when it comes to the huge amount of red-eye in photos – this is the worst I’ve seen for a very long time, and the built in red-eye reduction doesn’t seem to do anything to fix it.”

>> Nikon Coolpix S6 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Nikon Coolpix S6 Latest Price

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Fifa World Cup 2006 Slideshow

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

The latest photos from Fifa World Cup 2006 uploaded by soccer fans in Germany.

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