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This Week’s (May 22-28, 2010) Digital Camera Review Roundup

Sat May 29, 2010

Here is this week’s (May 22-28, 2010) digital camera review roundup:

  • KenRockwell revisits the Canon 5D Mark II [Specs], “the world’s best DSLR for nature and landscape shooting.
  • Another revisit is of the waterproof Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP [Specs] by DigiCamReview who writes “whilst I was a little disappointed by the image quality – I was impressed by the cameras compact size, the stylish colours, waterproof features and low price – one of the main reasons why I bought it in the first place.
  • The British Journal Photography loves the Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D [Specs] and finds that at its price, “it’s hard to find reasons not to buy a 550D.
  • The Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D [Specs] continues to amass kudos, this time from Bob Atkins who concludes that “it’s quite clearly the best Digital Rebel yet. In fact it’s the first Digital Rebel I’ve tested that I’d seriously think about buying for myself.
  • DigitalCameraInfo takes a different tack in reviewing the Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D [Specs], comparing it to the T1i / 500D and concluding, “Unless you use your T1i for shooting a lot of movies, there’s just no compelling reason to upgrade to the T2i.
  • PhotographyBLOG finds that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 [QuickPrice Check]is one of the more sophisticated big (or ‘high’) zoom compacts out there at the moment.
  • Here is what the Luminous Landscape has to say about the new Sony NEX-5 Digital Interchangeable Lens camera: “For the newcomer to photography, or someone stepping up from a point-and-shoot, the NEX-5 is a terrific camera, offering small size and weight, very good image quality, and ease of use. But for the photographer who is already familiar with the basics of their craft, and who wants a tool that they can grow with, the NEX-5 seems to put up too many road blocks.
  • PhotographyBLOG is impressed with the low light capability of the Canon SD4000 IS / IXUS 300 HS [QuickPrice Check] and finds that “noise doesn’t rear its ugly head until ISO 800, with even the fastest 3200 setting proving usable, something that you can’t say about too many compact cameras.
  • DigitalCameraReview likes the Nikon Coolpix S8000 [QuickPrice Check], “an almost ideal choice to replace an aging first digital camera, an excellent choice as a family camera, and a very good choice for travelers who want a small tough, easy to use digicam.
  • We rarely see this with Sony digital cameras, but Imaging Resource is quite disappointed with the 7x optical zoom Sony DSC-W370 [Specs] finding that it “took some lousy pictures (see the Gallery). I’ve gotten such better quality images with other Sonys.
  • Steve’s Digicams recommends the Casio EX-FH100 [QuickPrice Check] with a caveat: “The Casio Exilim EX-FH100 is a powerful, full-featured compact digicam…. Its only drawback is the amount of imager noise seen in photos.
  • Imaging Resource finds that for a US$250 compact, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 [QuickPrice Check] is “a good basic snapshooter with a very wide and long lens.
  • PhotoRadar finds the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 [Specs] an excellent camera and “its design is excellent – and the rotating, touch-control screen is a luxury feature that other manufacturers could do with looking at closely.
  • In the affordable category, CameraLabs recommends a look at the Sony DSC-W350 [QuickPrice Check]if you’re after a very pocketable point-and-shoot camera with some neat features at a great price.
  • Finally, if you are looking for an affordable and fun Family digital camera with a cool sliding cover (and lots of colors to choose from), PhotographyBLOG recommends the Fujifilm FinePix Z70 [Specs] as “a very capable, solidly built pocket point-and-shoot with an almost throw-away price-tag, making it perfectly suited to rough and tumble family life.
  • For more camera reviews, to get a second opinion, and just to read the best reviews on the Web, visit our Reviews Matrix.


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Articles

Panasonic Perfect Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Sat May 29, 2010

Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 20) and I’m sure he’s not one to leave it to chance. Keep your ears open to the hints he’s dropping about his favorite digital camera or other gift hints.

Here are a couple of suggestions from Panasonic for the perfect high tech gift ideas that will help show dad how much he is appreciated all year long.

Panasonic 2010 Father’s Day Gift Guide Suggestions

SC-SP100 Audio System for iPod
This slim and stylish compact audio system is great for transferring music from computers to iPods making it easy for dad to bring his favourite tunes wherever he goes!

  • Compatible with both iPods* and iPhones*, the SC-SP100 audio system has a total output power of 20 watts
  • Featuring a dynamic bass with integrated subwoofer, this small system still delivers deep robust bass and clear sound in a compact body
  • Easily sync capabilities with iPods* or iPhones*, dad can transfer music to his iPod and update iPod data while it’s docked (SC-SP100 connects to a PC via USB)
  • The SC-SP100 audio system includes a remote control and the manufacturer’s suggested price is (MSP) CAD $149.99

* iPod/iPhone sold separately

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Fun Stuff, Videos

Sony’s Rollable OLED Display

Fri May 28, 2010

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Contests, Press Releases

Put Your Town on the Map with Bing Photo Contest

Fri May 28, 2010

Microsoft Canada has just launched the Put Your Town on the Map with Bing™ photo contest. Showcase your hometown pride by sharing favourite images of your town! The picture with the most votes from the most popular town will have his or her photo featured as the Bing.ca homepage image on Canada Day and will also win a photography prize pack courtesy of Kodak Canada Inc. and Walmart Photocentre. In addition, Canadians have the chance to win daily prizes.

PRESS RELEASE

Put Your Town on the Map with Bing(TM) Photo Contest

From Victoria to Petawawa: Canadians encouraged to submit photos that represent their hometowns

TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ – Microsoft Canada in connection with Walmart PhotoCentre and Kodak Canada Inc. today announced the launch of the national Put Your Town on the Map with Bing(TM) photo contest*. Canadians are urged to submit photos they have snapped of their hometown to www.bingphotocontest.ca. The grand prize winner, and future hometown hero, will have his or her photo featured as the Bing.ca homepage image on Canada Day and will also win a photography prize pack courtesy of Kodak Canada Inc. and Walmart PhotoCentre. In addition, Canadians have the chance to win daily prizes.

“With this contest we want Canadians to kick their hometown spirit into high gear and get a chance to show it off to the rest of Canada on the Bing homepage,” said Jed Schneiderman, Director of Marketing, Bing.ca. “The Bing.ca homepage is known for featuring some of the world’s best photographs, including great Canadian landmarks, and we’re looking forward to showcasing the winning Canadian hometown photo alongside them.”

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Fun Stuff

Focus on the Eyes… is Rembrandt’s Secret

Fri May 28, 2010

We could have told them if they had asked us. When taking a portrait where should you focus on? The eyes. As long as the eyes are in sharp focus, we feel the whole picture is in focus and it makes for a more pleasing portrait.

Now, a University of British Columbia researcher has uncovered this same principle behind what makes Rembrandt’s masterful portraits so appealing. The technique Rembrandt used starts with sharp eyes, then uses sharp and blurry features on the face to guide the viewer’s gaze around a portrait, creating a special narrative and “calmer” viewing experience.

“When viewing the Rembrandt-like portraits, viewers fixated on the detailed eye faster and stayed there for longer periods of time, resulting in calmer eye movements,” says DiPaola, who is also an associate professor at Simon Fraser University and adjunct faculty at UBC’s Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre. “The transition from sharp to blurry edges, known as ‘lost and found edges,’ also directed the viewers eyes around the portrait in a sort of narrative.”

[ via PhysOrg ]

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Fun Stuff

Nanotechnology Promises Higher-Sensitivity Sensors and… Invisibility Cloak

Fri May 28, 2010

Optical Circuits

Credit: The laboratory of Federico Cappaso, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

By chemically building clusters of nanospheres from a liquid (by evaporating a droplet of particles on a surface), a team of Harvard researchers, in collaboration with scientists at Rice University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Houston, are creating building blocks for a new class of optical circuits with amazing and exotic optical properties not found in Nature. The scalable devices exhibit customizable optical properties suitable for applications ranging from highly sensitive sensors and detectors to invisibility cloaks.

Read the whole article at: PhysOrg.

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Reviews on the Web

Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D Review @ DigitalCameraInfo

Fri May 28, 2010

Canon EOS T2i / 550D

Canon EOS T2i / 550D

Unless you use your T1i for shooting a lot of movies, there’s just no compelling reason to upgrade to the T2i.

We’ve added a new Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D [Specs] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

DigitalCameraInfo has published their review of the Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D digital SLR camera with 18MP resolution on a large APS-C CMOS image sensor, a large 3.0-in. high resolution (1.04 million dots) LCD display screen, ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), and Full HD Movie 1920×1080 at 30fps. It is targeted to Families, as well as beginner and serious amateur photographers.

You can read the full Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D Review at: DigitalCameraInfo.

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Fujifilm FinePix Z70 Review @ PhotographyBLOG

Fri May 28, 2010

Fujifilm FinePix Z70

Fujifilm FinePix Z70

The Fujifilm FinePix Z70 is a very capable, solidly built pocket point-and-shoot with an almost throw-away price-tag, making it perfectly suited to rough and tumble family life.

We’ve added another Fujifilm FinePix Z70 [Specs] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

PhotographyBLOG have published their review of the Fujifilm FinePix Z70, a ultra compact with 12.2MP resolution (on a 1/2.3-in. CCD image sensor), sliding cover, Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, 5x optical zoom (36-180mm equiv.), 2.7-in. LCD (230k-dot), Face Detection with automatic Red-Eye removal, Intelligent Scene Recognition mode, Facebook/YouTube Automatic Upload feature, and HD Movie 1280 x 720 @ 30fps.

You can read the full Fujifilm Z70 Review at: PhotographyBLOG.

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Contests, Press Releases

Sony World Photography Awards 2011 Competition Is Now Open For Entries

Fri May 28, 2010

28/05/2010

Sony World Photography Awards 2011

  • 2011 competition open for entries
  • London to host Sony World Photography Awards ceremony
  • World Photography Festival expands to Mexico, San Francisco, Shanghai and London
  • Student Focus programme partners with Young Tate Online
  • World Photography Organisation website re-launched – www.worldphoto.org

On the day that the Sony World Photography Awards opens for entries, the World Photography Organisation announces a number of exciting new changes for 2011.

Building upon the success of the annual World Photography Festival in Cannes, the festival will expand to four major cities across the globe throughout 2010 and 2011. It will visit San Francisco, Mexico, Shanghai and London, bringing the World Photography Organisation’s passion for imagery to thousands more people each year. The tour will finish in London where the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony will be hosted for the first time.

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Fun Stuff

eRoll rolls up the iPad

Thu May 27, 2010

eRoll

eRoll

Sailing on the coattail of the iPad’s success, here comes the eRoll which let the screen retain its natural flexibility so that it can be rolled up as a scroll. When you need it, just pull it out to its full size.

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Fun Stuff

Photomatic – Automatic Photography in a Social Context

Thu May 27, 2010

Also from the brillant mind of Jasper Dekker comes the Photomatic camera. The Photomatic is a camera that is able to shoot photos automatically, triggerred by human body motion.

See more at: Jasper Dekker.


Fun Stuff, Videos

Hand Gestures for a more hygenic Tap

Thu May 27, 2010

If you think about it, you probably pick up more germs after you wash your hands — by touching the dirty tap handle to close off the water flow — than before you washed them. This is especially true if you are in a public washroom. But kitchens also carry dangerous bacteria, such as salmonella from raw meat, that can cause severe sickness. It is encouraging that restaurants now have signs that encourage their staff and guests to first clean and dry their hands, and then use a paper towel to turn off the water at the tap. More water wastage — but better hygiene.

Now, Jasper Dekker, a student in the Master of Science in Industrial Design Graduation Project at the Univeristy of Technology Eindhoven, The Netherlands, has designed a tap that is controlled with hand gestures.

Using a high quality DuPont Corian design, the tap is controlled by simply waving your hands along the neck of the tap, the speed of movement indicating water volume desired, the right or left side to enable cold (right) or hot water (left), and toward or away from the tap to change the flow from a stream to a shower.”

One good question: how sensitive are the tap sensors and do we really want the cat to flood the house?

[ via Bit Rebels ]

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