Full Review posted for Nikon D300S!
More of an evolutionary upgrade to the D300, the Nikon D300S sports a faster frame rate, dual-media capability, and HD video capability. While the Nikon D300S has the same 12.3-megapixel sensor as its predecessor, it can now capture up to 7.1 frames per second, which increases to 8 frames per second with the optional battery grip. The new SD/SDHC slot gives the Nikon D300S greater versatility, and it still has a Type I CompactFlash slot to work with the more traditional professional standard. But the big story with the Nikon D300S digital camera is its HD movie mode, capable of capturing 1,280 x 720 pixel videos at 24 frames per second. Though it has a built-in monaural microphone for audio recording, the Nikon D300S also includes a stereo mic-in jack for higher quality recording than was offered with the Nikon D90. Users can frame images via the big, beautiful optical viewfinder or the large, high-resolution LCD in Live view mode, and they can view their images and videos direct from the camera thanks to the Nikon D300S's HDMI-out port. The Nikon D300S is an impressive digital camera. Click here for our full review of the Nikon D300S.
Scanner Review: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
The Plustek 7600i is an affordable solution for 35mm film archives looking for an archival scan format that preserves the infrared channel for defects. There aren't a lot of 35mm film scanners any more but Plustek has just come out with the third generation of its 7000-series. This version uses a white LED for illumination and runs on OS X. We review the Plustek 7600i using the bundled SilverFast SE, LaserSoft's Archive Suite and VueScan. We've also included a companion piece that discusses the VueScan and SilverFast Raw scan formats that tuck the infrared defect channel into a TIFF for archival scans. Read our Plustek OpticFilm 7600i review for the details.
Hands-on Preview posted for Olympus E-PL1!
The Olympus PEN E-PL1 retains much of the feature set of its predecessors, the E-P1 and E-P2, but with rather more modern styling. Compared to its siblings, the Olympus PL1 adds one much-requested feature - a built-in popup flash strobe. It also leaves out some functionality to save cost as well, using a slightly smaller 2.7-inch LCD display, and dropping the rear-panel sub-dial that was used to adjust exposure, playback zoom and certain other settings. The E-PL1 also drops the horizon (leveling) indication, reduces the maximum ISO sensitivity to 3,200 and the fastest shutter speed to 1/2000 second, and switches the microphone to a monaural one. This last change is mitigated somewhat by the fact that the PL1 is compatible with the E-P2's accessories, which include an external stereo microphone adapter and an electronic viewfinder. The Olympus PL1 is mostly similar to the P2 in other respects. For more details, read our Olympus E-PL1 hands-on preview.
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