Canon SD550 / IXUS 750 – Review @ Megapixel

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.

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“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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Pentax *ist DL Price Price Adjustment

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.

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“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.

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Nikon D200 – Review & Samples @ PP Mag

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

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

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).

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“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

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:

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“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

Low Light Photography Guides

Dave Johnson has recently posted an interesting article on taking better photo in low-light condition. He suggests shooting at the lowest possible ISO all the time.

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“In ordinary conditions, stick with the camera’s lowest ISO level, since that’ll give you the least digital noise. But when you notice that the camera is recommending a really slow shutter speed (less than about 1/30 second for handheld shots with a point-and-shoot), crank up the ISO. Just remember to drop it back down to the lower value when you’re done, so you don’t accidentally capture a month’s worth of pictures at ISO 800.

Another thing to keep in mind: Most digital cameras don’t allow you to adjust the ISO, or any other setting for that matter, when you’re in Automatic Exposure mode. To tweak the ISO, you’ll want to be in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, or a Scene mode.”

Sigma 10-20mm Vs Tamron 11-18mm Vs Tokina 12-24mm

Peter K Burian has done some tests comparing the the Sigma AF 10-20mm, Tamron SP AF11-18mm, and Tokina AF 12-24mm.

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Sigma AF 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM: The images also exhibit great clarity and impressive definition of intricate detail. This Sigma lens seems to be optimized for the very finest results at focal lengths from about 10-14mm at most apertures. By 15mm, edge sharpness is a bit softer, although central sharpness remains very high.

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Fujifilm Cuts 5,000 Jobs

Bloomberg reported that Fujifilm will eliminate 5,000 jobs and shift some production to China from Japan.

“Fuji Photo’s plan symbolizes an end to the film camera era,” said Hiroshi Chano, who helps oversee $6.7 billion at Yasuda Asset Management Co. in Tokyo. “The digitalization of the camera industry occurred at much faster pace than I expected. Reorganization will be a painful process for Fuji Photo.”

By taking these restructuring steps, we hope to reduce fixed costs and secure stabile profits in our imaging solutions division,” the Tokyo-based company said in the statement. “

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