Express Review posted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370!
Leaning toward the long zoom end of the digital camera market, the Sony W370 offers a not-so-wide 34-238mm 7x zoom lens with a 14-megapixel sensor and a 3-inch LCD, all priced at about $200. It's a low-priced tip of the hat to those who like digital cameras that shoot telephoto rather than wide-angle. Sweep Panorama is included in the Sony W370, as is 720p HD video and smile shutter functionality. But does the Sony W370 manage to exceed the imaging abilities of its lower priced siblings, the Sony W330 and W350? Click here for our Express Review of the Sony W370 digital camera to find out.
Express Review posted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55!
Those looking for a low price on a 10x pocket zoom will come across the Sony Cyber-shot H55 digital camera early in their search, as its $250 price point makes it quite attractive. The Sony H55's zoom starts out at a wide 25mm and zooms to 250mm, and sports optical image stabilization. The 14.1-megapixel sensor and 3-inch LCD on the Sony H55 just sweeten the deal, as do Sweep Panorama mode and its excellent optical quality. Click here to see if the Sony Cyber-shot H55 digital camera might be for you.
Scanner Review: Canon CanoScan 9000F!
Building on the CanoScan 8800F, the CanoScan 9000F ups the resolution ante with 9600-dpi optical resolution. We explain just what 9600-dpi brings to the party -- and what it doesn't -- with a revealing image comparison and a chart of maximum print sizes. We also compare it to the recently reviewed CanoScan 8800F and Epson V600. And we discuss the difficulty of scanning color negatives, with a few samples showing just how well the CanoScan 9000F does. The review also includes a link to our Short Course on Scanning, as well as our What to Scan suggestions. Digitizing a lifetime of memories can take a lifetime (unless you're, say, nine years old), so knowing what to scan can keep it fun. Read our CanoScan 9000F review for all the details.
Express Review posted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330!
As digital camera prices drop, features also fall off, but that's not always bad. Core photo quality remains in the Sony W330, whose retained features become solid assets at $170 or less. The big news is the Sony W330's scene-swallowing 26mm, 4x lens, a rarity at this price point. The Sony W330's no-nonsense design is still attractive, and it slips into a pocket easily. A 3-inch LCD dominates the back, leaving small but sufficient controls, and the Sony W330's easy menu system won't get in your way. The Sony W330 is another decent shooter for not a lot of money. Click here for more on the Sony W330 digital camera.
Express Review posted for Canon PowerShot SX210 IS!
Pocket long zooms are high on the list of many shoppers these days, and the Canon SX210 takes the zoom a little longer, with a 14x zoom that ranges from 28-392mm. The Canon SX210 also sports a 14-megapixel sensor, exceeding the competition in both zoom range and resolution. It is surprising just how close you can get with a 14x zoom, especially with a pocket digital camera like the Canon SX210, and the built-in image stabilization works very well in most situations. With a pleasing shape and good heft, the Canon SX210 was a joy to use and brought home great pictures. Click here for our Express Review of the Canon SX210 IS digital camera!
Express Review posted for Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS!
When you're looking for a safe choice in a digital camera for only a little money, it's always a good idea to check out the low-end of the Canon ELPH line. Though the Canon SD1300 is the first of the ELPH digital cameras to dip below the $200 mark, it still has what you need to get good quality shots from a pocket camera. The Canon SD1300 has a small, smooth, metal body, a 12-megapixel sensor, a 4x zoom that starts at 28mm, optical image stabilization, and a sharp 2.7-inch LCD. Even with a reduced feature set, I don't think the Canon SD1300 is missing anything the average camera buyer would notice. Canon's done an extraordinary job pruning the SD1300 down to the essentials, while leaving the good image quality intact. Click here for our Express Review of the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS digital camera.
Full review up for Sony NEX-5!
The SLD camera the US has been waiting for? Introducing the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-3! SLD (Single-Lens Direct view, aka "Mirrorless") cameras have been big in Japan and Europe for a while now, but have gotten off to a slow start with US consumers. We suspect this may be about to change. With the announcement of the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-3 cameras, the game has changed significantly. These new models are not only the most compact interchangeable-lens cameras on the market but also bring features like Sweep Panorama and Hand-Held Twilight shooting modes up from Sony's digicam line, combining them with the dramatically higher image quality that large SLD-size pixels provide. In fact, the image quality from these new cameras is by far the best we've seen to date from the Sony Alpha line at the APS-C sensor size. But wait, there's more: Sony also addresses the autofocus bugaboo many consumers encounter when they first try to record a movie with their SLR or SLD camera. Unlike most of their competition, the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-3 both offer truly effective live autofocus during movie recording. The Sony NEX-5 can record 1,080i at 60 fps in the AVCHD format (plus options for MPEG-4 recording), while the Sony NEX-3 offers 1,280 x 720p recording in MP4 only. Oh - and they'll be selling as cheaply as $549 and $649 with a 16mm kit lens, or $50 more with a slick-feeling 18-55mm! Read our full Sony NEX-5 review and our Sony NEX-3 hands-on preview for all the juicy details!
Full Review posted for Panasonic G2!
Now with a new touch interface, the Panasonic G2 replaces the very first Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens digital camera, the G1. When we first saw the Panasonic G2's features demonstrated, it seemed like more of an overall upgrade, but it's more of an evolution to the design, resulting in little change from an imaging standpoint, with a more dramatic improvement in the Panasonic G2's user interface. And what an improvement! We never thought we'd care for touch on an SLR-like camera, but Panasonic applies the technology carefully, using it to greatly speed AF-point selection and Quick menu navigation, leaving the buttons for the main menu and other functions. The excellent EVF continues to excel, the LCD still articulates, and the sensor performs a little better with a high ISO setting, and there's a new lens. How does it all come together as a whole? Click here for our review of the Panasonic Lumix G2 digital camera to find out.
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