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Thursday, Feb 03, 2005

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M1 Review - DCRP

Feb 03, 2005 | Category: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M1While it’s an interesting concept, I don’t think the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M1 is good enough at taking pictures and videos to justify its hefty $600 price tag. For less money you could get a better designed camera that takes better pictures and videos of nearly the same quality — heck, Sony makes just such a camera. Let’s talk first about the M1’s design — you either love it or you don’t, and I don’t. I found it awkward to hold and use, with poorly placed controls and microscopic buttons. The placement of the flash and AF-assist lamp aren’t good either, as your fingers can easily block them. The 2.5″ LCD display is nice, though, and it’s viewable even in bright outdoor light. In low light things can be hard to see, as the screen doesn’t “gain up” very much. The DSC-M1’s photo quality didn’t impress me very much. While photos are well-exposed with accurate color, they just seemed too soft and fuzzy to me. Redeye was also a problem, and the flash is weak to begin with.

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Contax SL300R T* Review - CNET Reviews

Feb 03, 2005 | Category: Contax SL300R T*

Contax SL300R T*The Contax logo and the leatherette panels on the SL300R T*’s body and the Carl Zeiss name applied to the lens may attract upscale buyers, but digital-camera aficionados will snap to attention over this 3-megapixel camera’s high-speed burst mode. It can capture full-resolution photos at three to four frames per second for as long as the action, your memory card, and your trigger finger hold out. If you want to shoot a few hundred photos in less than 60 seconds with a pocket camera that’s thinner than a deck of cards, this one’s for you.

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Kodak Easyshare CX7330 Review - CNET Reviews

Feb 03, 2005 | Category: Kodak Easyshare CX7330

Kodak Easyshare CX7330With its uncomplicated feature set and its foolproof photo-sharing system, Kodak’s 3.3-megapixel EasyShare CX7330 breaks down most of the barriers faced by digital newcomers. Kodak has ensured that the journey from taking the camera out of the box to snapping a first picture is painless. And the CX7330 is priced very competitively, to boot. You’ll just have to add the cost of an SD card. A set of rechargeable AA nickel-metal-hydride batteries is also highly recommended.

Loaded with batteries and media card, the CX7330 weighs in at about 8.2 ounces, and even though it’s a bit too bulky to be pocketable, it’s quite easy to carry around all day. A built-in cover protects the retractable 3X zoom lens, while a grooved front grip and a rear indent ensure that your handhold remains firm, in place, and out of the way of the camera’s flash.

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Review - PhotographyBLOG

Feb 03, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200It wasn’t so long ago that the first 8 megapixel digital compact camera (the Sony CyberShot F828) was released, costing nearly £1,000 when it was initially launched in August 2003. Just 18 months on and how times have changed, with 8 megapixel digital cameras now available for under £500. One such model is the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200, first announced in September 2004 and sitting just under the DiMAGE A2 in the Konica Minolta pecking order. Konica Minolta cameras have always led the market in offering advanced technological features, and the DiMAGE A200 is no different, with its unique CCD-shift anti-shake mechanism that enables you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than ever before. It’s great to see Konica Minolta offering a manual zooming ring on the A200, in my opinion a much quicker and more intuitive method of zooming than the typical zooming levers and buttons found on most digicams. Other noteworthy features include the vari-angle LCD monitor, which rotates 270° vertically and 180° horizontally, the 7x wide-angle optical zoom lens that is equivalent to 28-200mm on a 35mm SLR camera, and of course that 8 megapixel sensor which produces massive image sizes that are perfect for large prints.

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Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005

Olympus D-590Z / C-470Z Review - DigiCamReview

Feb 02, 2005 | Category: Olympus D-590Z / C-470Z

Olympus D-590Z / C-470ZThe Olympus C-470 is a compact 4 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a decent 1.8″ screen. The camera records unlimited length videos with sound. The camera is easy to use, and produces good images with good colour and detail. The camera has a fairly quick switch on time, but focusing time is fairly average, although better outside. For around £150 (UK) this easy to use camera offers good value for money, is quite stylish, fits easily into pockets, produces good images, and has an excellent super macro mode.

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