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Friday, Jun 03, 2005

Canon IXUS 50 / Powershot SD400 Review - CNET Reviews

Jun 03, 2005 | Category: Canon IXUS 50 / Powershot SD400

Canon IXUS 50 / Powershot SD400Improved image quality makes this Canon IXUS 50 / Powershot SD400 high-performance ultracompact one of the better choices in the current Canon Digital Elph lineup. This 5-megapixel addition to the Canon PowerShot Digital Elph line has more in common with its 4-megapixel SD300 sibling than it does with the top-of-the-line 7-megapixel SD500. Instead of the slightly larger, curvier body found in its higher-resolution stablemate, this Elph has the same boxy ultracompact frame as the SD300 and shares virtually every other spec except resolution. What you get for your $50 extra is improved image quality–and that might be enough.

While we faulted the SD300 for its average image quality, we were impressed by the performance, unrelenting burst capabilities, and great battery life that are equally evident in this upgrade. If you’re looking for an ultracompact snapshot camera and don’t need manual controls, lots of scene modes, or a powerful electronic flash, the marginally better image quality of this unit may lure you into the Canon fold.

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Thursday, Jun 02, 2005

Nikon D50 Review - digitalreview.ca

Jun 02, 2005 | Category: Nikon D50

Nikon-D50Overall, we must say we really like the Nikon D50. The camera features a nice grip, the large 2.0″ LCD monitor is clear and sharp, and the camera controls are logically laid out, allowing for all round comfortable operation. The new menu design (same as Nikon D70s) is easy to read, and we found that having to change menu settings was simple and quick thanks to the plain menu language and straight forward navigation.

The auto TTL white balance (AWB) control on the Nikon D50 (based on new 420 segment RGB sensor) did a very nice job. Even under mixed lighting conditions, we found the Nikon D50 performed well in most situations when simply set to Auto White Balance mode. The Nikon D50 offers you the option of selecting from one of six preset WB settings, or creating a custom preset based on a white card reading, if preferred.

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Mamiya ZD Review - pdnonline

Jun 02, 2005 | Category: Mamiya ZD

Mamiya ZDThe Mamiya ZD, even in its current iteration is a powerful camera. Engineers in Japan will need to ensure that the image processing time is short enough to make the camera a viable option in the studio or in the field, but aside from the buffering times and the image-quality quirks of the early version firmware, the Mamiya ZD is already good to go.

When it ships, the ZD will be lighter than the Canon 1Ds Mark II, with nearly twice the resolution of the Nikon D2X, and vastly more lenses than the Olympus E system. If the company can bring the price in line (a few thousand more than a Canon 1Ds Mark II, but less than a AFD plus back) will make this a very powerful addition to Mamiya’s lineup.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 Review - PC Magazine

Jun 02, 2005 | Category: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200The modernist shape of the Cyber-shot DSC-P200 ($399.95 direct) certainly sets it apart in the compact cameras category. With its one rounded side and minimal yet formally balanced front, it will definitely draw attention. And as with past P-series models, Sony hasn’t skimped on performance, either. But although the DSC-P200 performed similarly on our lab tests to the Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Elph and is $100 cheaper, it doesn’t match the SD500 in subjective image quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Review - Imaging Resource

Jun 02, 2005 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 is a pretty unique digital camera, there really isn’t anything else like it on the market from any of the other manufacturers. It packs a 6x zoom lens into a surprisingly compact body, and throws in Panasonic’s excellent MegaOIS Optical Image Stabilization technology for good measure. Image stabilization is becoming more of a factor in the market these days, and with good reason, as it really makes long-ratio zoom lenses a lot more useful than they would be otherwise. Along with the long, stabilized zoom lens, the Panasonic LZ2 also offers 5-megapixel resolution, very bright color without oversaturating skin tones, good macro focusing, and excellent battery life. The downsides are that its images get soft in the corners at the telephoto end of its range, shots captured at ISO 400 are noisy, and its low light shooting and focusing capability is a little limited (but still OK for typical city night scenes). None of these are by any means fatal flaws though: The Panasonic DMC-LZ2 is a fine little camera, and clearly one of the best bargains on the market for a long-zoom, optically stabilized digital camera. It just missed being named a “Dave’s Pick,” but it deserves your very serious consideration if you’re looking for a long-zoom camera on a budget. - You really can’t match its combination of 5 megapixels, 6x zoom and optical image stabilization for anywhere near its price, and its compact body design is an added plus.

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