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Thursday, Oct 04, 2007

Pentax K100D Review - PopularPhotography

Oct 04, 2007 | Category: Pentax K100D

While we’ve criticized the K100D in the past for relegating most controls to the menus, we’ve accepted that such cameras aren’t meant for control freaks like us.

With the Pentax K100D set to Program, it’s a simple pleasure to use - a point-and-shoot with great viewing. The basic controls are accessed easily enough using the function button, and the autofocus finds the subject readily, with little fuss.

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Casio Exilim EX-V8 Review - DigitalCameraInfo

Oct 04, 2007 | Category: Casio Exilim EX-V8

Most every point-and-shoot is capable of recording movies. What Casio does is uniquely partner with an exciting, successful business - YouTube. The popular video-sharing website appeals to everyone from the Star Wars Kid to presidential candidates.

For better or worse, Casio effectively matches its customers with an already recognizable brand name. Even more, the camera model name, itself, is already recognizable - who hasn’t heard of V8 drinks or V8 engines? The Casio Exilim Ex-V8 is much easier to remember than the four-numbered product numbers that modify Casio’s earlier Z-series cameras (eg. the Casio Exilim EX-Z1080).

It is genius on its part, making good on a strong coupling between the digital still camera world and the popularity of the website dedicated to personal video.

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Monday, Oct 01, 2007

Samsung NV20 Review - Pocketlint

Oct 01, 2007 | Category: Samsung NV20

Only with a rating of just 5 out of 10 - Overall we weren’t that impressed by the Samsung NV20, it might look good, but in use its awkward, gimmicky and worse of all the images aren’t great.

Like the NV10 before it’s Nice looks don’t cover up its failings, and it’s a shame to see Samsung hasn’t learnt from its mistakes first time around.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX55 Review - CNET

Oct 01, 2007 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX55

Though with a rating of 6.6 out of 10, the FX55 fares well in some aspects of image quality- its exposure, white balance, and color are impressive.

The camera’s image quality falls apart when it comes to noise. I saw noise even at the lowest sensitivity setting of ISO 100. At ISO 200, Panasonic was already engaging a noticeable blur filter to keep noise from getting out of control, though at the expense of sharpness, which means a loss of fine detail. At ISO 400 noise increases more and more detail is lost, though there is still a decent amount of shadow detail present and you should be able to get acceptable prints. Noise increases precipitously at ISO 800, with even more loss of fine and shadow detail and finally plummets off the deep end at ISO 1,600. I recommend staying below ISO 800 when shooting with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX55.

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Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Review - Steves Digicams

Oct 01, 2007 | Category: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

If you’re a portrait photographer I bet you’ll love the increased dynamic range and film simulation of the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro provided by the fourth generation Super CCD. Likewise Fuji’s Face Detection Technology is a real time saver in the studio.

The S5’s body is lightweight, the controls are well-placed, and the grip is very comfortable to hold. The ability to record JPEG and RAW files simultaneously allows you to review smaller-sized images, yet retain the ability to work with the RAW files later.

The RP Processor Pro reduces dark noise to deliver a cleaner image, and permit light sensitivity up to ISO 3200. And if you already own Nikon lenses and speedlights, compatibility with the S5 Pro is assured. Or, buy a new compact and lightweight digitally designed lens and you’ll have one of the lightest kits on the market.

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