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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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