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Saturday, Jul 22, 2006

Canon Powershot S3 IS Review - PCMag

Jul 22, 2006 | Category: Canon Powershot S3 IS

Aside from upping the megapixels, Canon Powershot S3 IS has a (slightly) larger 2-inch LCD screen than the Canon Powershot S2 IS and offers consumers a choice of either gray or black finish. Canon also raised the top ISO to 800, which is important for shooting in low-light situations. The company also added some very cool features, including the ability to shoot video and simultaneously capture still images at full resolution.

The video on this camera lets you use the 12X optical zoom. Unlike other superzooms, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1, the S3 IS did a good job of zooming in and out without picking up the noise of the motor grinding. It also adjusted quite well to indoor and outdoor lighting and to refocusing after zooming. The video files are stored as motion JPEG .AVI files at VGA (640-by-480) at 30 fps. The sound was also quite good. And you can snap a photo as well during filming. When compared with two other recent compact superzooms—the TZ1 and Kodak EasyShare V610—the video quality on the S3 IS was better. The S3 IS has a more powerful zoom than the V610, and the video has more clarity and less purple fringing than the TZ1.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A100K Review - CNET

Jul 22, 2006 | Category: Sony Alpha DSLR-A100K

Like a mythical bird rising from the ashes of Konica Minolta, Sony’s first digital SLR - Sony Alpha DSLR-A100K, marks the company’s entry into the big leagues of digital still imaging. With a 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor, a bevy of convenience features, an updated version of Konica Minolta’s CCD-shift image stabilization, and a design that improves slightly on the Maxxum 5D, Sony has delivered a worthy competitor in the sub-$1,000 dSLR market.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100K deserves consideration whether you’re looking for an alternative to Canon and Nikon, you already own a selection of Maxxum AF lenses, or you’re looking for your first digital SLR.

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Kodak Easyshare P850 Review - Digital Camera lnfo

Jul 22, 2006 | Category: Kodak Easyshare P850

It has a 12x optically stabilized Schneider-Kreuznach zoom lens, full manual controls and custom modes, a built-in flash unit and a hot shoe, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. The 5.1-megapixel Kodak EasyShare P850 has a large cushy viewfinder with resolution that is better than most of its competitors. Its stabilization system keeps video looking smooth even when utilizing the long lens while recording. There are lots of movie editing features that allow users to save only what they want.

But, if beautiful pictures are desired, pass up this model. Even with all the manual modes and components, the Kodak EasyShare P850 skimps on its inner workings. The color reproduction isn’t up to par with compact models – There is noticeable shutter lag and the built-in flash casts an eerily uneven light that is reminiscent of the Blair Witch Project’s now infamous cover shot.

Overall, the P850 can take decent pictures in bright light but its indoor shots are just as scary and amateur looking as the Blair Witch’s cover art.

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Canon Powershot A700 Review - ePhotoZine

Jul 22, 2006 | Category: Canon Powershot A700

Although Canon Powershot A700 may not perform the best in low light when compared directly with the competition, it isn’t a poor performer. If you require the extra controls, AA battery support or the extra range of the 6x zoom lens then this could be the camera for you.

Great image quality in good light, coupled with good handling and a very useful 6x zoom lens definitely make this camera worthy of consideration.

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Canon EOS-30D Review - DPExpert

Jul 22, 2006 | Category: Canon EOS-30D

The Canon EOS 30D is an upgrade from the Canon EOS 20D digital single lens reflex. Little has changed — the 8 megapixel sensor is the same and image processing uses the same Digic engine. The most significant improvement has been the addition of spot metering.

Controls are not intuitive. By default the camera uses an absurd auto focussing system that is almost guaranteed to produce out-of-focus images. To reset the auto focus area to the same centre spot as the exposure meter it is necessary to consult the instruction book.

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