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Thursday, Jun 02, 2005

Nikon D2x Review - Steve’s Digicams

Jun 02, 2005 | Category: Nikon D2x

Nikon D2xThe Nikon D2x is a big and heavy camera by consumer standards; it weighs 4 1/2 pounds including battery and the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR lens we used for testing. It is the same body as the D2H, made of a magnesium alloy and designed to take the day to day beating of a war correspondent as well as resisting dust and moisture in the harshest of environments. The D2X is ergonomically designed, and comfortable to hold in either portrait (vertical) or landscape orientation. The controls are well-placed on the body, and have a solid, professional feel. The 2.5-inch 235,000 pixel LCD provides a clear view of menu’s and image playback, but the monitor can’t be used as a live image viewfinder. The Playback options mimic those found on the consumer cameras with zoomed playback and pan, thumbnail review and several screens of camera and exposure data as well as a histogram display. The top and rear LCD control panels complement the viewfinder nicely, allowing you to set shooting parameters comfortably with the camera at waist level or on a tripod with your eye away from the viewfinder.

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HP Photosmart R817 / R818 Review

Jun 02, 2005 | Category: HP Photosmart R817, HP Photosmart R818

HP Photosmart R817 / R818HP today announced the launch of the HP Photosmart R817 and Photosmart R818 Digital Cameras. Featuring a powerful Pentax 5x optical lens, 5.1 megapixel (MP) resolution and new intuitive HP Real Life technologies, these cameras make it easy for all photographers to capture unique detail in every picture.

With the HP sculpted wave style finger grip and sleek stainless steel finish these cameras are contoured to sit perfectly in the consumer’s hand. The HP Photosmart R817 comes with a bold silver finish to compliment the cameras smooth curves, whilst the R818 model comes with a dark midnight grey metallic finish for the fashion or design conscious consumer.

These cameras advanced features include multi-zone auto focus for crisp accurate shots. Users are able to select shutter or aperture priority, or choose to take greater control by working within the ‘full manual mode’ in light sensitive situations, in order to capture more creative photographs. Both cameras have an impressive 40x total zoom (5x digital, 8x optical) and the large 5.1 cm LCD screen, which features on both cameras, makes it simple to quickly view images, indoors and out, allowing users to check their shots as soon as they are taken.
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Casio Exilim EX-Z750 Review - KenRockwell

Jun 02, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim EX-Z750

Casio Exilim EX-Z750The Casio Exilim EX-Z750 is a great camera that also happens to be tiny, which makes it even better. I bought one for myself. No one is buying these cameras for me. I bought my EX-Z750 with cash out of my own pocket.

I love this thing as a photographer. Reviews in computer magazines and websites that just churn through “reviews” of hundreds of cameras without ever really getting them out in the field for more than the same repeated shots seem to have missed the ergonomic and design issues that make this a gem for real photographers, or anyone who actually makes pictures of more than test charts.

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Canon EOS-20Da Review

Jun 02, 2005 | Category: Canon EOS-20Da

Canon EOS-20DaThe Canon EOS-20Da is identical to the EOS 20D except for a modification to the low-pass filter, which now filters less infrared (IR). This camera is best suited to astrophotography as well as infrared photography. It would be possible to use it as a normal camera but would require an external IR cut filter. In addition the camera has a partially transmissive mirror, which enables live focusing on the LCD monitor (this can only be done for short times and requires the mirror to be locked up). Pricing has not yet been announced.

The low-pass filter positioned in front of the EOS 20Da?s 8.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor has been modified to yield sharper and higher contrast images of various astronomical phenomena such as diffuse reddish nebulae. The modification increases the transmission of light at the wavelength of 656nm, known as the Hydrogen Alpha line, or Hα wavelength, by a factor of 2.5x compared to the standard EOS 20D digital SLR.

While traditional digital SLRs lack a live preview on the LCD monitor due to the reflex mirror and shutter, the EOS 20Da digital SLR resolves this issue by locking up the mirror and opening the shutter to display a magnified live view of the subject on the 1.8? LCD monitor. (This feature is effective for night viewing conditions only. It cannot be used in bright light.) To ensure a sharp focus, the central portion of the image can be magnified on the LCD by 5x (4% of the picture area) or 10x (1% of the picture area). The live view mode can also be viewed through a TV monitor while connected to the EOS 20Da camera?s video OUT terminal.
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Pentax *ist DL Review

Jun 02, 2005 | Category: Pentax *ist DL

Pentax *ist DLSimple, Affordable, Small Body Features Large LCD Monitor

Carrying on the PENTAX tradition of compact digital bodies with simple operation and outstanding performance, the Pentax *ist DL features a 2.5 inch LCD monitor and the lightest PENTAX digital SLR body at only 16.6 ounces.

The *ist DL is the smallest digital SLR with the largest LCD in its class offered at a very affordable price

Positioned as an addition to the popular PENTAX digital SLR family, the *ist DL is a perfect camera for beginning digital photographers including families and digital users who are ready to step-up from a point-and-shoot, compact digital camera.

Featuring 6.1 effective megapixels and compatibility with most interchangeable PENTAX lenses, the *ist DL will ship in July 2005 with the smc PENTAX DA 18-55mm digital lens for under $800 US.
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