True confessions time: I'm a soft target for camera accessory advertisements. It doesn't take much more than a few flashy product shots to convince me that the $30 gizmo of the week is going to change my photographic life, and over the years I've been especially drawn to accessories promising better flash pictures. With the help of NotebookReview.com editor and flash photography guru Jerry Jackson, we've done some side-by-side testing on a few of the more popular and heavily hyped accessory light modifiers on the market to see whether these add-ons really do as much as they promise to improve flash photos.
With its SlingShot line of side-entry SLR shoulder bags from a few years back, Lowepro showed the camera world a different approach to quickly getting at your gear while carrying it on your back. Taking this different way of thinking from single-shoulder bags to traditional, two-strap backpacks, Lowepro's new Flipside series moves the access point to the back of the bag - the part that rests against your back. While the look and feel are unconventional, some time with the Flipside suggests that there's a lot to be said for this unique approach to the traditional photo backpack.
Hand straps provide a unique solution to keeping your camera secure while shooting without the use of a cumbersome neck strap, but finding one that works with your equipment is often slightly more involved than a trip to the neighborhood camera store. Camdapter is a small company that focuses almost exclusively on making hand straps for cameras, offering lots of options and personal service for shooters looking for a custom-fit product. As an added bonus, the company's strap mounting adapters also function as tripod quick-release plates, coming in several common sizes.
We had barely finished reporting on the follow-up news from CES when the pre-PMA camera and accessory announcements began to roll in, and after only a few weeks back to shift gears, it's time to hit Las Vegas again for the 2008 PMA show. As with CES, DigitalCameraReview.com will be here all week providing condensed, concise coverage of the most significant developments from the show floor in our daily wrap-up, with lots of photos and video of what we find as well as editorial commentary on what all of this new tech means for you, the camera buying public.
Wireless image transfer has been gaining interest and popularity by leaps and bounds in the past year. At CES earlier this month, we reported on several manufacturers who are looking to get in to the built-in wireless transfer game, allowing users to send photos straight from their cameras to their computers or web-based photo sharing services. In the aftermarket, however, the Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card promises similar functionality for any camera that shoots JPEGs and supports SD memory - allowing shooters to transfer their images instantaneously from camera to computer or web over their home Wi-Fi network.
From an ergonomics standpoint, the most important aspect of any camera kit in my view is often the most overlooked - the strap. In the world of aftermarket camera straps, the Lowepro Voyager C is about as luxurious as it gets: a 3-inch rubberized neoprene pad, quick-release buckles, reinforced connections, and an included memory wallet give it the potential to be the ultimate travel photography accessory.
In a press release yesterday, memory maker Lexar announced that production of an 8GB SDHC memory card in three different transfer speeds is well underway.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has instituted new rules for carrying spare rechargeable batteries on an airplane. Starting today, these must go in the traveler's carry-on baggage, not in their checked baggage.
Like the first Stylus, the Olympus Stylus 790 SW is capable of capturing very good snapshots and memory photos with little effort on the part of the photographer. If that’s not enough, the diminutive 790SW is built like a tank and can be taken along on active outdoor adventures (like back country hiking, rock climbing, off-road biking, snorkeling, skiing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, hang gliding, and white water rafting) that would oblige most users to leave the digital camera at home. How well does the Olympus Stylus 790 SW balance tiny size and toughness with an acceptable level of performance? Read on to find out.
The Sony HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album will store, organize, and show off your images on an HDTV. The $400 device has plenty of storage (80GB) and many methods to import your photos. You can create slideshows, organize images into albums, and output to CD, DVD, or memory card, all from the comfort of your couch. The HDMS-S1D will be available in October 2007.
Kodak's new cameras, the Easyshare Z812 IS, Easyshare V1253, and Easyshare V1233 bring Kodak to the HD-capable camera space. The three new cameras capture both widescreen format images (16:9) and 720p video at 30fps. A new dock allows the cameras to be plugged into your HDTV and a remote control feature lets you control image and movie playback from your bean bag chair. All three cameras will be available in August 2007, with the Z812 IS for $300, the V1253 for $300, and the V1233 for $250.
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