Panasonic DMC-LX1 – Review @ Luminous Landscape

LuminousLandscape recently posted their review on Panasonic DMC-LX1, a 8.4 megapixels camera with CCD chip, RAW support, true native 16.9 wide aspect ratio sensor, and an optical image stabilization. In conclusion they wrote:

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“I really like the Panasonic LX-1. To have a shirt-pocket-sized camera with a high quality Leica lens, optical image stabilization, wide-aspect ratio 8.4MP chip, and decent manual handling, is a pleasure. Anyone coming from a DSLR will find that the shooting is slower, and the need to use the LCD for composition and focusing less then ideal (though typical of digicams). But then there aren’t that many DSLRs with 4:1 zoom lenses that will fit in a shirt pocket, so the argument is moot.

If you’re looking for a serious camera of this size, that requires you to expend some additional effort in post processing, yet rewards with portfolio grade image quality, the Panasonic LX-1will not disappoint.”

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 Latest Price

ColorWasher for MacOS X

October 25, 2005 – The Plugin Site (www.thepluginsite.com) is pleased to announce Version 2.0c of ColorWasher for MacOS X, a plugin for correcting the colors, contrast, exposure and saturation of 8bit and 16bit photos. It works with various graphics applications, e.g. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Illustrator, Fireworks, Painter, Canvas, Photoline and GraphicConverter. ColorWasher takes photo correction to a new level of accuracy and speed. With its help even beginners are capable of doing photo corrections within seconds that only experts were able to produce in the past.

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Canon PowerShot SD550 – Review @ Imaging Resource

Imaging Resource have recently posted their review on Canon PowerShot SD 550 Digital ELPH, an excellent 7.1 megapixels camera with 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5 inch LCD monitor. In conclusion they wrote:

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“Pro: Vibrant, appealing color, Good skin tones, Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well, Better than average exposure accuracy, Good lens, generally low distortion (some chromatic aberration at wide settings though), Excellent shutter response at wide angle settings
Excellent camera styling, very compact, Very simple user interface, Accurate LCD viewfinder
Good low light capability (But only in Night mode), Case design fits both large and small hands well Cons: Only white balance and EV compensation options in Manual mode, Only average speed from shot to shot , A little slow to clear the buffer memory, and very slow shot to shot after buffer fills (five large/fine shots), Only average shutter response at telephoto focal lengths, Contrast is a little high, tends to lose highlight and shadow detail under harsh lighting, Battery life is rather short with the LCD enabled, Some users may find the highly saturated color unnatural”

>> Canon SD550 / IXUS 750 Review Roundup & Sample Photos
>> Canon SD550 / IXUS 750 Hottest Deals

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Fujifilm FinePix A345 – Review @ ImagingResource

Imaging Resource has recently posted their review on Fujifilm FinePix A345, a 4.1 megapixels camera with 3x optical zoom lens, a good-sized bright LCD monitor, and Pict-Bridge support. In conclusion they wrote:

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“Pro: Good skin tones, Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well, even does a fairly good job with household incandescent lighting, Better than average exposure accuracy, Good lens, generally low distortion (some chromatic aberration at wide settings though), Good camera styling, very compact, Very simple user interface, Accurate LCD viewfinder, Good low light capability (But only in Night mode), Case design fits both large and small hands well

Cons: Color is a little uneven. Greens and yellows are undersaturated, blues very oversaturated, Auto ISO boost in dark conditions makes for very high noise when flash is enabled (Images not really usable for prints larger than 4×6 inches), Only white balance and EV compensation options in Manual mode, Fairly slow from shot to shot, Only average shutter response at wide angle, very slow at telephoto focal lengths, Contrast is a little high, tends to lose highlight and shadow detail under harsh lighting, Very tight optical viewfinder, Some users may find the highly saturated blue colors unnatural”

Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D – Review @ Imaging Resource

Imaging Resource recently posted their review on Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D, the 6,1 megapixels camera with interchangeable lens mount, and advanced Konica Minolta Body-Based Anti Shake Technology. In conclusion they wrote:

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“The Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D’s images contain a lot of detail, but the default in-camera sharpening settings leave the finest detail a little soft-looking, and there’s just a hint of a “halo” along strongly contrasting edges. The resulting images take unsharp masking in Photoshop or other image-processing program well, but you’ll want to dial down the in-camera sharpening to get the best results with post-exposure unsharp masking. At low ISOs, the Maxxum 5D’s noise suppression system seems to do a pretty good job of preserving detail in areas of subtle contrast, although you can still see some sign of its operation.

The Maxxum 5D handles very well, looks good, and feels solid. Images at up to ISO 800 are very usable even at 8×10 inch print sizes, which is a good benchmark. It offers a useful focal length range in the kit lens, with very high optical quality, but its big attraction is its in-camera image stabilization, extending low light shooting to nearly any lens you can mount on it. Considering that this system effectively turns all your lenses into anti-shake models, the higher cost of the 5D’s body relative to competing models seems very well justified. Negative points were relatively minor (depending, of course, on the type of shooting you’re looking to do) – A slight tendency to underexpose, particularly when confronted with scenes having strong highlights, an occasionally hesitant AF system, and a tendency to lose subtle subject detail at high ISOs. All in all, the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D is a very solid choice for anyone looking at the current field of digital SLRs…”

Wacom Intuos3 6×11 Pen Tablet

Wacom Technology Corporation’s new Intuos3 6×11 pen tablet is specifically designed for photographers, designers and artists who are using multiple monitors or a widescreen display like the 23” Apple® Cinema HD display. The Intuos3 6×11 features an active area with an aspect ratio (height-towidth) that is a great match to the screen aspect ratio of either a widescreen display or two standard displays used together. This provides optimal pen control and efficient use of the entire tablet.

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Epson Stylus Photo R240

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Epson introduces the Stylus Photo R240 Series, a stylish home photo printer specifically designed for novice digital camera users. Featuring a colour preview display for ease of use, high quality photographs can be created more quickly and cost-effectively than at the photo-lab.

The Epson Stylus Photo R240 Series features an intuitive interface and colour LCD preview screen, enabling you to navigate the printer’s features easily. The screen and interface work together to allow you to select, view and then print your photos with ease. Photos can be printed direct from a memory card, via PictBridge or with a USB enabled digital camera, so there is no need for a PC.

Main Features

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Kodak One Galleries Open in New York & San Fransisco

Eastman Kodak Company has opened digital photography galleries at 102 Wooster St, NY and 1823 Union St, SF. The open galleries will be showcasing the new Easyshare One zoom digital camera – the world’s first Wi-Fi consumer digital camera. It’s open from November 1st through November 27th.

“The One Gallery is a place where people can come to explore the world of cutting-edge digital photography, take in exhibits by renowned and up-and-coming professional photographers, and personally experience the most innovative products and services from Kodak,” said Pierre Schaeffer, director of worldwide marketing services, Digital & Film Imaging Systems, Eastman Kodak Company. “Kodak is known around the globe for making picture taking and sharing highly accessible, easy, and enjoyable. These galleries illuminate the next major wave in photography—the shift from simply taking digital pictures to helping people immediately connect in new, engaging ways, thanks to our groundbreaking picture sharing devices and services.”

Photoshop Tutorial: Creating Shallow DOF

The tutorial below will show you how to create shallow Depth of Field – DOF, which normally can only be achieved when you shoot with an expensive fast lens, using photoshop.

Step 1: Open your image

Blur Effect

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Kodak EasyShare C340 – Review @ CNET

David English has just posted his review on Kodak EasyShare C340 at CNET. He gave the camera 6.4 out of 10 (good) and wrote:

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The good: Excellent resolution for the price; capable of producing relatively high-quality photos; easy-to-navigate onscreen menus; integration with EasyShare software and accessories.

The bad: Small LCD screen; limited manual controls; out-of-alignment optical viewfinder; jerky video captures.

The bottom line:
The Kodak EasyShare C340 has the two top qualities needed for beginners: it’s easy to use, and it can produce relatively high-quality photos.”

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