Panasonic DMC-LZ5 – First Impression Review @ DigitaCameraInfo

January 9th, 2006

Patrick Singleton had his hands on the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5, a new 6 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera from Panasonic with Image Stabilizer and 2.5″ LCD. He liked how the camera has clean, and simple design, with an excellent image stabilization, solid construction, nice powerful and flash illuminates scene evenly and reasonable price. However, the did not like how the camera show lots of noise and marginal color accuracy, LCD display not good enough to inspect images, and the inaccuracy of exposure in challenging setting.

Panasonic DMC LZ5

In conclusion he wrote: “Getting an image-stabilized 6x zoom in a 6 megapixel compact camera for under $280 seems like quite a coup – or getting that for under $230 in a 5 megapixel camera. We like the LZ5 and LZ3’s simple interface, the solid construction and the plain styling. Panasonic’s image stabilization is great – it’s effective and simple to use. We give the company credit for putting it on low-priced cameras, too.

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Nikon Coolpix P1 – Review @ Steve’s Digicams

January 9th, 2006

Steve’s Digicams has recently posted their his review on Nikon Coolpix P1, a 8 Megapixels digital camera with builtin Wifi (802.11b/g-compatible) which will allow its users to immediately transfer images wirelessly to a computer or any PictBridge-enabled printer equipped with Nikon Wireless Printer Adapter.

nikon Coolpix P1

In conclusion he writes: “Ergonomics are surprisingly good. Although it is very compact, what we consider an “ultra- compact”, the enlarged hand grip makes for a comfortable feel in you hands and its various controls are laid out well and easily accessed by your fingertips. The WiFi features were simple to setup and use. Using the supplied software it was easy to get the camera to talk to my D-Link 802.11g router and transfer photos. It really does work as advertised as long as you are within the operating limits of your router.

Nikon’s Coolpix P1 is a nice ultra-compact digicam that produces good quality 8-megapixel images and VGA sized movies; and lets not forget its 802.11 b/g certified. I liked just about every feature on this model, and was only annoyed when trying to capture spontaneous moments of friends and family indoors. However, outdoors or when shooting under very good lighting, it will keep up with similar models in its class.”

Tamron 2006 Wild World Picture Contest

January 7th, 2006

Tamron “It’s a Wild World” Photo Competition

Tamron USA Press Release


January 6, 2006, Commack, New York—It’s a Wild World, and that’s not just our opinion—it’s the subject of Tamron’s latest picture contest, an event open to legions of dedicated Tamron lens users. Actually, you don’t need to trek through the wilderness or go on a jungle safari to capture images that are potential winners. Your best photos taken while monkeying around at the local zoo, petting farm or aquarium may do the trick. The only rules on subject matter: An animal or animals must be prominently included, and the pictures must be in good taste. Entries must be received by October 31, 2006.

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Nikon D200 – Review @ Ephotozine

January 6th, 2006

Ian Andrews has recently posted his Nikon D200, a 10.2 MP DSLR, review on EphotoZine and writes:

Nikon D200

” In summery, the positive points of the D200 are: Excellent build and good sealing, Fast and accurate 11 point autofocus system a good step up from the older CAM900, Good noise control (for a CCD sensor), Full range of easily configured controls, good metering and TTL flash systems, Much improved CF access, Excellent value for money.

The negative points are: RAW Software included is abysmal, Capture 4 is extra and still not good, Batteries not compatible with D70/70s, Viewfinder only 95% coverage (minor niggle)”

Nikon D3H Rumor

January 6th, 2006

The latest rumor that has been floating around in french website forum “Chasseur d’Images” is that Nikon will release the new Nikon D3H this year with specifications:

Sensor: New generation LBCAST sensor with 10 megapixel
Format: DX
New algorithm of management and treatment of the noise (revolutionary)
Speed: 8,5 or 10 frames per second
Buffer of 50 JPEG or 40 RAW (NEF)
LCD monitor: 3″ with 320,000 pixels
Sensitivity: ISO 100 t o 1600 with extension to 3200 and more than 6400
Shutter Speed 30 seconds to 1/8000
Memory – Compact flash and SD
Data Transfer: USB 2.0 (high speed) and Wt-3 Wireless
Price: Approximately $3800 dollars
Announce: September 2006

Here’s a picture of the camera that I really think is fake.

Nikon D3H

Is This Canon EOS 3D?

January 5th, 2006

Canon EOS 3D
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Canon EOS 3D is rumored to have 45AF points with eye controlled focus which offers instant, intuitive AF in almost any situation by linking eye movement with the multiple AF points.


Eye Controlled Focus article at Canon website
Canon EOS-3 Features and Specifications

Understanding Curve Adjustments in Photoshop

January 5th, 2006

Most digital photographers are using level adjustments and/or curve adjustments to adjust and improve their images, but how are curves different from levels, and when should you use them ? This tutorial will help you understand a bit more about curve adjustments in photoshop.

Undestanding Curve Adjustments

If you’re comparing the curve adjustments with level adjustments, level adjustments are more straightforward. You use it to give your images the maximum possible contrast by making sure that the darkest parts correspond to dense black, and the lightest parts correspond to brilliant white.

What about Curve Adjustments?

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Sigma 18-50mm EX DC Vs Canon 18-55mm Kit Lens

January 5th, 2006

Omnicolor has taken a few test pics with his new Sigma, comparing it to the kit lens and the 50mm 1.8 II with Canon EOS 35D

sigma18-50 v scanon18-55
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HP Photosmart R725, R727, R927, M527, M525, M425, E327

January 5th, 2006

HP is starting the year 2006 by introducing six new digital cameras to add to its photosmart range cameras.

HP Photosmart R725


– 6.2-megapixels for incredible resolution for beautiful prints and enlargements up to poster size
– Internal HP Precision 24x total zoom, 3x optical, 8x digital
– 2-inch LCD for framing and viewing photos and menus – indoors or out
– On-camera button to easily order and share photos on Snapfish using HP Photosmart Express
– Features an elegant, thin all-metal design to fit easily in a pocket or purse

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Panasonic DMC-LS2, DMC-LZ5, DMC-LZ3

January 5th, 2006

Panasonic has announced three new point and shoot digital cameras. The first one si Panasonic DMC-LS2 which will replace the budget DMC-LS1. The 5 Megapixel DMC-LS2 has 3x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer and runs on two AA batteries.

Panasonic DMC

The other two cameras are Panasonic DMC-LZ5 (6.0 Megapixels) and DMC LZ3 (5.0 Megapixels) which replacing DMC-LZ1 and LZ2. Both cameras have 6x optical zoom lenses with optical image stabilizer, large LCD, and they run on AA batteries.

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