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.
Canon’s website describes the newly introduced Canon Powershot A570 IS as "designed for the demanding family photographer". Elsewhere, the site proclaims the A570 IS to be "Canon’s most affordable A-series digital camera with proprietary Optical Image Stabilizer Technology for steady shooting at all zoom settings". Add a couple of AA batteries and a memory card and you’ll quickly discover that kids and pets aren’t the only things this camera does well.
The Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home camera bag is right in the middle of a seven bag “million dollar” line. The line starts with the One Million Dollar Home and ends with the Seven Million Dollar Home, with One Million Dollar as the smallest and Seven Million Dollar as the largest. According to Crumpler, the 4 Million Dollar Home can hold a compact digital SLR with two lens kit; a digital SLR with one lens and flash; or a DV camera and accessories.
With apologies to Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean: "dead cameras take no pictures". Nothing can stop an aquatic photo opportunity quicker than an ill-timed intrusion of water or spray into your camera’s innards. For years, photographers have used plastic bags, underwater housings and purpose-built underwater cameras to permit them to shoot in, around and under the water. To the list of purpose-built cameras comes the Pentax Optio W30, a waterproof point and shoot that could have its owners singing "Yo-ho, Yo-ho, digital water shots for me".
A quick summary of the first day of the PMA trade show. Sony officially announced their Cyber-shot DSC-G1 and plans for upcoming digital SLRs. I got to see some great bags from Lowepro and Crumpler. Fujifilm's IR Simple transfer capability is very cool. Other stops were at Panasonic, Nikon, Samsung and HP.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G1 is Sony's first foray into wireless-enabled digital cameras and they're going big. The G1 can transfer images to any Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) device wirelessly, has a 3.5 inch LCD, 2GB of internal memory and can take 6 megapixel images. All this camera comes at a cost though, with the G1 retailing for $600, starting in April.
I recently received a sample of the newly introduced, patent pending, Dust-Aid sensor cleaning system. The creator of Dust-Aid, Ross Wordhouse, wanted a cleaning system that was easy to toss in bag and wouldn't cause any delays at security checkpoints. Read on for our full review.
Last fall, at the Photoplus Expo in New York, I came across the Tenba Shootout line of camera bags. Since I go pretty much everywhere with a computer and camera (often several cameras), the Shootout caught my eye. It had some impressive specs, including weatherproof features, and according to the specs, had room to fit a laptop with a 12-13 inch screen (my Dell XPS m1210 has a 12 inch screen). Here is our full review.
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