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161. Olympus C-8080 8MP Digital Camera
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162. Samsung SCD107 MiniDV Digital
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163. Canon ZR400 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x
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164. HP PhotoSmart 375 Compact Photo
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165. Canon Powershot SD20 5MP Ultra
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166. Canon Powershot SD20 5MP Ultra
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170. Fujifilm Finepix S3100 4MP Digital
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180. JVC GR-D295U Hi-Band MiniDV Camcorder

161. Olympus C-8080 8MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Wide Zoom
list price: $799.99
our price: $699.88
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Asin: B0001DKLHS
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 872
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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With the C-8080, Olympus enters the 8-megapixel arena with a splash. It's well suited both to amateur photo enthusiasts who want to ramp up their power and to professional photographers who need a smaller camera that's still loaded with a high-quality lens and expected high-end features. To that end, the C-8080 has a hot shoe for an external flash and the ability to add lenses (in conjunction with Olympus's bayonet-connected lens adapter tube).

With a body modeled after Olympus's professional E-20N, it has a classic SLR-style look but with a smaller profile (it's less bulky than Sony's DSC-F828). The rubber hand grip feels quite comfortable, making it easy for our fingers to access all the operation buttons on the right side. That said, we had to train ourselves to press the shutter-release button instead of the power button, since it is placed a bit lower from the top than where our fingers wanted to go. We also occasionally turned off the camera when making adjustments to the mode dial.

The left side also collects several buttons that are used in combination with the jog dial on the back (enabling quick access without having to go through all the menus). These buttons include flash pop-up and mode selection, resolution and image quality, and exposure compensation buttons. The LCD can be pulled away from the camera body and tilted up and down, which is especially handy for capturing ground-level photos.

Ergonomics aside, the C-8080 offers a powerful array of photographic features that make it easy to snap pics automatically or with your own manual settings. Here are some highlights:

  • The C-8080 has four continuous shooting modes, with the fastest being five shots at 1.5 frames-per-second (which was helpful in capturing the tip-off at an NCAA basketball game). It also has an AF burst mode where the focus is adjusted frame by frame, but this slows down the capture speed.
  • The manual focus mode allows you to get in as close as 7.9 inches (20 cm). A zoomed portion of your subject appears at the center of the LCD enabling you to get the right adjustment.
  • The movie mode allows you to record up to 640 x 480 resolution (VGA) with sound, and it's only limited by the amount of free space on your memory card--the LCD shows how much more video you can fit there. You'll also be able to hear audio during in-camera playback thanks to a small, built-in speaker at the bottom.
Other fave features included the electronic viewfinder (which helps keep the LCD from draining battery power), the My Mode setting (which can save up to 8 presets), and the ability to shoot in RAW format.

Although the 5x optical zoom is smaller than other current 8 MP models, we found it to be quite adequate. It's also a bit on the wide side--28-140mm with maximum aperture settings of f2.4 at wide and f3.5 at telephoto. The aspherical glass lens is built to the same quality level as the Zuiko lenses used with Olympus's E-1 digital SLR. We were quite happy with its clarity and ability to pick up fine details--even in a romantically lit restaurant.

The included 32 MB xD memory card is nice start, but you'll definitely need the space for storing 8 MP photos; we were able to fit 20 HQ 3264 x 2448 images onto the card. It's also compatible with Type I and II CompactFlash cards, and we recommend purchasing either a large-capacity CF card or a MicroDrive to ensure you've got enough capacity. One bonus of using xD is its faster write speed (images save about one second faster than a MicroDrive). The downside to using the two card formats at once is you have to choose a destination card each time you start the camera (it defaults to the xD card, even if it's maxed out).

We found the battery life to be quite long-lasting--we only used about half of its capacity during five days of moderate use. The C-8080 is powered by the rechargeable lithium-ion BLM-1 battery. The camera conserves battery power by going to sleep within three minutes of not being used; press any button to immediately bring it back to life.

Overall, Olympus delivers a worthy, professional, SLR-style camera with a good range of high-end controls, handy features, expandability, and great image detail. The only factor that tempers our enthusiasm is its somewhat awkward button layout. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

Pros:

  • Sharp 8-megapixel details and bright lens
  • Good variety of professional-quality photographic features, including hot shoe and add-on lenses
  • Articulated LCD and electronic viewfinder for saving battery drain
  • Dual xD and CompactFlash/MicroDrive compatibility
  • Long-lasting lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Cons:
  • Poor layout of control buttons--a slip of the finger easily turns off the camera
  • Need to choose CF card every time camera is turned on if xD card also present
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Features

  • 8-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 16-by-22-inch enlargements
  • 5x optical zoom combines with 3x digital zoom for 15x total zoom
  • Movie mode with audio; PictBridge enabled; 1.8-inch articulated LCD display
  • Store images on xD or Compact Flash memory cards
  • Powered by lithium ion battery (included with charger)

Reviews (16)

4-0 out of 5 stars olympus c8080
I've owned the c2020, c5050, nikon's 5700, canons d10, in that order,and I'm back with olympus c8080. theres nothing in my opinion like the glass of olympus, great for daytime shots, too slow in low light situations. the on off button is to close to the wide angle, telephoto button it's taking some time to get used to. pros.........the colors are the truest no need to adjust in photoshop, and rarely in photoshop with this camera...what you see is what you want to keep! it's alot of camera for a small package........very light for all thats inside....go olympus!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Honey of a camera
I've owned nine digital cameras at one time or another, looking for the perfect one. The olympus E-20 came close except for the weight and that monsterious lens that scaried the hell out of people. Then i found the Fuji S7000, which is a great one and i thought nothing could ever beat it. So i was hesitant to buy the Olympus 8080 but was glad i did. As soon i handled the camera, i knew this was different. I love the camera more each day, it grows on you. It has licked most if not all the past problems associated with digitals. Speed in all departments and well, what you read in the specs is all true. and the price is also great. I was a little worried about the placement of the off and on button, but i got used to it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reaching out to touch the world
Today's bright and sunny, but you have major photos in which you have to take for that over due book or portfilo. The olpmpus C-8080 wide zoom digital camera catches the closest snap shots when you need to get that 200-400 speed shot of a moving animal or that clear visible close-up shot of the models on runway.. Although, it may seem like a timeless task, but with this camera , the photos are taken like a breeze. Also, it is very easy to use ,so no need for that refresher course for visual commications for that new heads up on speed photograpy...<br /> <br /> So here's to the high life of the world of photography<br /> <br /> Thank You<br /> Shara L. Bouie<br /> Atlanta,Ga

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 8-Megapixel Camera with top quality lens.
After some extensive research on 8-megapixel digital cameras, I decided on the Olympus C-8080 for several reasons. I'll highlight a few of them below.

* The magnesium cased Olympus C-8080 has a quality feel to it in my hands. It feels solid. This camera won't creak or flex when handled like some of the others I tried.

* The Olympus C-8080 power up time is extremely fast which is important for catching those special moments. It has one of the fastest power up times of any 8-megapixel camera.

* The C-8080 has one of the best lenses available in its class with just the right balance of range and speed... The lens is rather large for good light gathering ability. It's also very sharp. At 5x and 28mm - 140mm (35mm equivalent) range, some might lean more toward a camera with a broader optical range sacrificing speed and quality. For me, it's about quality not quantity! I find that I often use 28mm indoors where space is limited or for those wide outdoor scenic shots. And 140mm is usually sufficient for most of my 'telephoto' needs. You can also purchase optional adapters for wider angle or more zoom if you find it necessary.

* Battery life on this camera is top notch... it's one of the longest lasting and far superior to most other 8-megapixel cameras. Although I own 2 batteries for my Olympus C-8080, I have yet to need more than one for an entire day of shooting. My findings pretty much mirror what the professional reviewers have tested with regard to long battery life on the Olympus C-8080. I have yet to see my 'low battery' indicator come on!

I should also mention that I wear eye glasses which is a problem for me with some viewfinders. Not so with the Olympus C-8080. The ring surrounding the viewfinder is rubberized and when I place the lens from my eye glasses up against the view finder, I can see the entire frame clearly and comfortably. The viewfinder also has a diopter adjustment to compensate for less than perfect vision.

Some people have commented that the controls on the Olympus are a bit confusing. The camera is very versatile with many features and I've gotten used to the controls. Also, the power on/off button is located fairly close to the shutter release button but I got used to this within just a few minutes. It really isn't a problem. Unless you're seriously lacking in manual dexterity, you'll get used to it very quickly.

Also, don't skimp on the memory card. I have a 512MB xD card in the camera and keep a blank 256MB card in my pocket in case I fill up the first card before getting a chance to download all the images to my PC. I might just get a 512MB CompactFlash card as well since the camera has a slot for both xD and CF style memory cards.

To quote another reviewer, the Olympus C-8080 is the one to get!

4-0 out of 5 stars A review for the ambitious amature
This is my third digital camera. My first was a canon powershot g3-- A camera I would still be using if it hadn't developed a problem with storing images to CF cards and downloading them to the computer. My 2nd camera is a Canon s100 point and shoot. Just so that you can understand the view point of this review, I will let you know that I consider myself an amature with intentions of improvement. If you are a pro photographer or even an advance amature, this review won't offer you much.

That being said, if your aspirations are like mine, this camera is an excellent choice. I explored most of the major online sites prior to making my choice: Steve's Digicams, DPR, etc. All those sites gave the camera high marks.

What I liked most about this camera was the image quality. It had the least noise, and least chromatic abberation and distortion of any of the 8 megapixel cameras in nearly all the reviews. Since what I wanted most at the end of it all were excellent photos, this was enough for me to make my choice. And if you aren't happy with the shots straight from the camera, you can tweak every thing from sharpness to saturation to achieve the results you want.

Other features that I liked included the wide array of image size, and shooting options available. I felt that this camera could certainly grow with my skill level for years to come.

Many have complained about the placement of the power button. I haven't had any probs with it. I have not accidentally turned it off or on even once.

Now what I would change if I could:
Oh I wish the LCD were a swivel display. I have grown accustom to this with my canon.

The flash does not automatically pop up when you need it.

The EVF is taking some getting used to. I am still wary of weather or not what I am seeing actually represents actually color, lighting etc...

The menu system could use some revision. I am sure it will take me a while to learn to use the camera to its best capacity simply because the menu system is not intuitive. You actually need to read the manual and the one on the CD to work out the ends and outs of the camera.

The camera defaults to the xD card if you have a both and xD and a CF card in place. This has caused me some problems. You will be less frustrated if you only have one or the other installed.

I like this camera more and more every time I use it. I researched my choice exaustively and none of the other 8 megapixels currently available even tempt me when I look at the whole picture. I don't think this camera will dissappoint you . ... Read more


162. Samsung SCD107 MiniDV Digital Camcorder
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0001ELYOQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Sales Rank: 371
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Sleek, compact MiniDV camcorder and digital still camera with 680,000 CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 900x) and image stabilizer
  • 3.5-inch rotating LCD and color viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, built-in video light, 4-in-1 memory card slot, and MPEG-4 recording
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 2 hours

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Returned it with reluctance...
I bought this camera to replace our 7 year old VHS-C camcorder. It had most of the features that I was looking for: MiniDV, Optical zoom greater than 10x, batterly life greater than 1 hour, LCD geater than 2.5", built-in light, and memory card for digital pictures.

I returned it for one main reason- video quality is equal to that of my current camcorder. It gets worse under certain circumstances. (Disabling DIS didn't improve the picture quality.)

Every feature that was attractive to me turned out to be inadequate. Large LCD screen, but the image is not pleasing. Built-in video light barely lights closeby objects. No facility (shoe) to place external light or flash.

Still images are another big disappointment. I realize that I shouldn't expect great still pictures from a camcorder, but I don't think they should come out this blurry, dull, and hazy.

Memory card slot can accept various different media (SD, memory stick, etc.) - I think this is a very neat feature.

I was amazed by Nite Pix feature. Yes, you can record video in absolute darkness, but the objects have to be within close proximity (6 feet or so).

Fading option (between footages) is extremely disappointing. You have to keep the fade button pushed until the image fades out, then push the standby button, and then release the fade button. You have to do the same when you start recording again. Completely manual operation.

We own many Samsung products and I am very satisfied with each one of them. This product is not going to change my opinion on Samsung.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Features, Great Price
I love this camcorder. First off, it's a great deal. I did a lot of research and found this to be the best deal out of the lower cost camcorders. The 107's brother (the 105) is also a good camcorder but the features of the 107 really puts it over the top. The large LCD is great. Playback is awesome on the huge screen. The photo feature is nice to have but I would still use a digital camera in most cases. It can also record MPEG4 with audio. The low-light feature works great. The audio is great and has an input for mics or music. The analog input is great and pretty easy to use. It's a good way to get old home videos on your computer without a capture card. Also, despite other reviews, I think the picture looks pretty good. One tip of advice is to only use the DIS when you have to. If you leave it on that's when it's starts to look grainy. I don't know what else to say. Too many features to mention. Great camera. Would suggest to anyone.

Pros:
Large 3.5" LCD for great playback
Analog Input to save all those old videos
Great Night Recording
Great Audio
Microphone/ Audio Input
Picture looks more than fine for most people
Photo and Video recording on memory card

Cons:
Light isn't that bright
Video can look a little grainy but mainly when DIS is on

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Features and good price
After much research on the internet and in stores, I chose the Samsung SCD107....had it for a week and have been very pleased. All buttons and menus are easy to use. Picture and LCD view are average....very impressed with "nightpix" feature for shooting in the dark....you can shoot in total darkness, though it is a little grainy. Video looks very good hooked up to the TV whether it is in sunlight or indoors. Have also had no problem with tape insertion, read you manual and you will be fine. All in all I am very pleased with my selection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good entry-level cam
I found this DV camera to be an excellent product for the entry-level consumer. I wanted to try my hand at amateur moviemaking, amd picked this camera up cheap at Target, and so far, I've had no problems.
The picture quality is crisp and clear, although if you're looking for a particularly truer, more colorful picture, you would do best to upgrade to a 3 CCD camera.

Battery life is about the same as comparable models. The LCD viewscreen is big and bright, but the viewing angle could be a little wider- sometimes it can be tricky to tell how bright or dark your recorded video will be based on what angle you're looking at the screen with. Luckily, the little viewfinder does not share this problem, and you get londer battery life if you use it.

The package does not include a ieee firewire cable, so be sure to pick one up (a 4-pin-to-6-pin one) if you want to upload video to your computer for editing. When I got the cable, I had no problems importing video onto my Mac with iMovie.

As for the cassette-insertion problem outlined in one of the other reviews, yes, the way to insert a cassette could be a bit more self-explanatory, so I can see how some users might try to force the cassette tray back in and break this thing, but if you're patient and use your noggin, you'll realize it's not that complex. The camera opens, a tray come out, and a little caddy pops up. You put the cassette in the caddy, *then gently push the caddy back down into the tray*. The tray will then automatically retract back into the camera and you can close it up again. Pretty simple.

1-0 out of 5 stars My first review!
The is my intial review of the product. After extensive search, I could find only one other review out there. I bought this camcorder today (5/15/04)and rushed home to try it out. I powered it up, opened the "funky" tape tray, located inconveniently at the bottom of the camcorder, and inserted a tape. Following the directions closely, I attempted to close the tray. I NEVER applied any undue force, just pushed the "push to close" button. Nothing happened! The camera continued to "whirrrr" around inside. I pulled the tape back out and tilted to camera to look inside. When I did a small pin and gear fell out onto my countertop. Disturbing to say the least. It is going back tomorrow to Target. I will probably drive over to Best Buy to re-purchase it, along with an extended warrantee! I'll keep you all posted! ... Read more


163. Canon ZR400 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x Optical Zoom (Dark Metal)
list price: $649.00
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Asin: B0007W2H4S
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 734
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Product Description

Capture Brilliant Videos With DIGIC DVThe vibrant color of a summer sunset, the exhilarating action of a championship goal, and the tender moment of a newlywed kiss are all preserved in spectacular color, clarity and detail by the ZR100. Canon's most affordable, yet exceptionally powerful, digital camcorder brings together a variety of advanced features in one stylish package. Inside the streamlined body of the ZR100 is Canon's DIGIC DV system, which delivers outstanding image quality videos. With the 20x Optical Zoom/400x Digital Zoom lens, you'll also quickly appreciate why the name Canon is synonymous with professional image quality in photography and broadcast television. Another highlight of the ZR100 is its high-resolution 16:9 widescreen recording mode, which lets you capture true widescreen videos. With the ZR100 in hand, all of life's most precious moments are yours for the taking. ... Read more

Features

  • Fast and easy printing
  • From camera to computer with ease
  • Brilliant digital video and photography
  • Vivid Canon optical quality
  • The brilliance and sharpness of megapixel performance

164. HP PhotoSmart 375 Compact Photo Printer
list price: $235.00
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Asin: B0002MK9X4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 30
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Features

  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi color, 1,200 x 1,200 black
  • Color 4-by-6-inch photos in as fast as 60 seconds
  • 2.5-inch flip-up color LCD to preview, select, and enhance photos
  • Simple one-touch buttons; prints stills from video clips
  • USB, memory card, and PictBridge interfaces; optional Bluetooth; PC/Mac

165. Canon Powershot SD20 5MP Ultra Compact Digital Camera (Silver)
list price: $399.95
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Asin: B00064OBL4
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 302
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Features

  • 5-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 13x17-inch prints
  • Exclusive Canon DIGIC Image Processor and iSAPS technology allow faster processing speed, excellent image quality, and vibrant colors
  • Includes five new Scene Modes and a Print/Share button for greater ease of use
  • Intelligent orientation sensor automatically rotates images for playback
  • Four novel colors with refined surface finish are the ultimate in camera couture

166. Canon Powershot SD20 5MP Ultra Compact Digital Camera (Midnight Blue)
list price: $399.95
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Asin: B00064OB1E
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 153
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Features

  • 5-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 13x17-inch prints
  • Exclusive Canon DIGIC Image Processor and iSAPS technology allow faster processing speed, excellent image quality, and vibrant colors
  • Includes five new Scene Modes and a Print/Share button for greater ease of use
  • Intelligent orientation sensor automatically rotates images for playback
  • Four novel colors with refined surface finish are the ultimate in camera couture

167. Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition Photo Flatbed Scanner with Feeder (B11B172171)
list price: $179.99
our price: $169.99
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Asin: B0006TVTGE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 2198
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Real-world solutions so you can rest easy.

Quickly scan stacks of business cards or 4" x 6" photos. With the Epson Perfection&reg; 2480 Limited Edition, it's easy to scan and organize important documents and snapshots, as well as slides and negatives. 2400 x 4800 dpi resolution offers consistently brilliant results. And, the included Multi Photo/Business Card Feeder makes scanning and organizing all your business cards and 4" x 6" photos a snap!

User-friendly software means anyone can work more efficiently and still achieve remarkable results. In fact, the Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition even includes Epson Easy Photo Fix™ for one-touch color restoration of faded photos, slides and negatives. And, this powerful performer speeds through every task thanks to Hi-Speed USB 2.0.

Features:

  • Scan and organize stacks of business cards, or photos up to 4" x 6"
  • Enjoy high-quality scans for brilliant reprints and enlargements
  • Get more done with easy-to-use organizational software
  • Restore faded color photos with just one touch
  • Scan slides and film strips with ease
  • Quickly scan photos and important documents with Hi-Speed USB 2.0
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Features

  • USB 2.0 interface; PC and Mac compatible
  • Up to 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color
  • Scan and organize stacks of business cards or photos up to 4 by 6 inches
  • Built-in film strip and slide adapter and photo/business card feeder
  • Easy 4-button operation to scan, copy, email, and start

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for batch scanning - except for the constant jams!
I have thousands of prints on all manner of different papers.This feeder rarely makes it for more than ten photos before it jams.Still, the scanner and the software are very easy to use, and the software saves each image with an individual file name.So far I have scanned over 1000 pictures since I got the machine last week.

My PC has a 3 Ghz chip and 1 Gig of RAM, and yet the Epson software responds slowly sometimes and seems a little buggy.I also agree with another reviewer's complaint that the Epson software insists on popping windows open on top of whatever else you are working on.

The bottom line is that, when everything is working perfectly, it's a great scanner/software combo for converting your old prints to digital images.Just be prepared to have some patience sometimes.

EDITED AFTER TWO WEEKS TO ADD that the feeder has been working better.Once you get the hang of this thing, you really can just load a bunch of pictures and walk away.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice but not perfect
Interesting, though I like this scanner, I don't rate it quite as highly as others. I didn't have much luck loading more than 8 pictures at a time without the automatic feeder jamming. On further testing however, I realized I wasn't loading the pictures exactly the way the scanner directed. If you lift the automatic feeder and stuff the pictures all the way down, I had much better luck loading larger stacks and jamming less frequently. I did figure out, as others did, that you can keep feeding the stack before it finishes the last one, which saves you from going through 3 verification screens for each new stack.

It had one slightly irritating habit of popping up a new scan window on each picture, so if you're doing something else on the computer, all of a sudden you're typing into the scan screen and hopefully not messing it up. But this wasn't too big an issue. If you don't use their SmartPanel app and go right to the lone "scan" utility, you don't get the popups.

One drawback is that at one point we apparently went through a 5" X 7" picture developing stage which the automatic feeder can't handle. We had quite a stack of these and only 2 will fit on the glass. On the nice end though, if you separated the pictures enough, the scanner was able to provide you with 2 perfectly cropped images instead of 1 big one. It was a nice surprise also to find that it automatically rotates images that are slightly misaligned.

So all in all I'm glad I bought this, it saved me lots of time, but it wasn't perfect. I scanned 1169 images in about 20 hours of time - though I was doing lots of other work while I did this so my time wasn't all eaten up managing the scanner. Could have been a lot worse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Versatile
Over the past 5 years, I have been scanning the family's photos.This involved a very manual process of laying out the pics on the scanner (an older epson), and then marking off the prints and scanning them.

I've been looking for an automatic scanner since I began - one with a photo sheet feeder.I've considered a few, but the reviews all seemed to indicate jamming problems.

When I saw this one for $169, I gave it a shot.

It works incredibly well.The photo feeder will pull in up to 24 pics, scan and eject them.You can define the folders and the scan quality for the process.With photos that are in good condition, I have not had a single jam - very impressive.

A number of photos I have were in albums, and after removing them are curled.The feeder did take these in too, but with occassional jamming.

The automatic feeder in general though is very impressive.

The process is not fast - probably about a minute per print.So this is not something to sit and wait for.Do something else and then come back to add prints, or set it up to do a stack at night.

The scan qualities are very good.Color and sharpness are fine.The quality of the scan is dependent on the quality of the original of course, so expectations can't be too high for pics taken 30 yrs ago on 126 cartridge film. (Remember that?)

I've also scanned using the flat bed - this works very well too.If you put multiple prints on the glass, and separate them with some space, the software will recognize them and scan them in as separate images.

Slide scans are very good - but only 2 at a time.

One note - the sheet feeder is an entirely separate cover for the scanner.To switch between flat bed scanning and sheet feeder, you have to switch these covers.Very simple to do though, and not an issue.

Altogether, this is very versatile, with good scan quality and I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome product
The automatic photo feeding capability of this scanner makes scanning lots of prints very easy.I bought the scanner two days ago and have scanned in 360 4x6 pics with very little problem.Out of the 360 pics I had no jams, and a few pics that did not scan correctly (mostly this meant that the pic was cropped in some way during the scanning process).Over all I am very pleased with the scanning quaility and speed of this scanner.Epson does warn you about scanning valuable originals as apparently there is a chance for the photo to scratched as it goes through the automatic feeder.I did not experience that problem.

Software is ok.Much better than what comes with the HP Scanjet 4070 and the software was much easier to install.

Do follow the directions that one of the other ppl posted about scanning in pics as a tiff and then using a program to rotate and convert them to jpeg.I used Picasa (free from Google) and it worked fine.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good scanner with the unique feeder feature
Cropping issues:Any time you manually place a photo on the glass of a scanner, your placement is likely to be rotated slightly.My Canon LIDE 20 software addresses this conservatively, cropping none of the photo, sometimes resulting in a thin wedge of white at the edges.(To remove this, you need to crop it in a photo editor, or re-scan with correct alignment.)This may be the correct implementation for a platen-only scanner, but it can be disappointing when scanning in quantity.Accordingly, the Epson software crops all edges slightly, up to 0.1 inch, in "Full Auto Mode".Also, my test scans on the glass were cropped 0.2 inch (from the 4x6 original) on the edge that I had butted against the front edge of the glass. Butting against an edge is usual, to help get the angle right.Butting against the left edge instead, increased crop on that butted edge to 0.2 inch.My Canon scanner does not have this problem. The Epson 2480 scanner would probably not be my choice, except for the feeder.The crop may be a little less on feeder scans, and does not suffer from a bad edge.

Comparing TIFFs at 600 dpi on screen:I cropped a section out of some scans, and compared them, as well as the originals.The Canon, Epson (glass) and Epson (feeder) scans were all noticeably different.The Epson scans appear square - no noticeable difference depending on orientation of the scan, when then rotated to be the same for display. The scans from the Canon appear to be slightly out of square, but this could be a problem due to the age of the scanner.The Canon scans are softer and brighter, generally having more accurate color on screen, on my test photo.(Auto-levels in PhotoShop Elements 3 made the Epson scans at least as good, on screen.)To me, the Epson (glass) scans were very slightly better than the Epson (feeder) scans, in image quality (colors were the same).In "Full Auto Mode", you don't get to tweak any options that might brighten the images, etc.(It is worth noting that I cannot calibrate my LCD display - your mileage may vary.)

Lower resolution: Epson scans at 400dpi or Canon at 300dpi are perfectly acceptable on screen, hardly distinguishable from 600dpi.Scans of 4x6 prints will never be any better than the print.If you want an 8x12 of comparable quality, you need to go to the negative/slide, a medium that's meant to be enlarged.The negative/slide scanner is suitable only for occasional use, due to lack of Digital ICE.Get your compressed air ready, to clean those things before scanning - and re-scanning!Dust on the negative is a major issue.The quality of the scans is very good.

Print comparison:I usually use a web print service, but I did not have time to wait.On my Canon i950, I printed (1) Canon 600 dpi, (2) Epson feeder 400 dpi, (3) glass 600, (4) feeder 600, (5) feeder 600 with partial auto-levels from PSE.[All were on Canon Photo Paper Pro - I had to re-do two I had done on Plus paper, which was substantially inferior in color.] The only print that we judged acceptable [close enough to the original]was (4) Epson feeder at 600dpi.The others all were inferior in cropping, sharpness, and/or color.The Canon scan had brighter colors than the original, and was a little less sharp. The major cropping of the Epson platen scan, exacerbated by the Canon printing software, resulted in prints that looked less sharp than the feeder print, probably due to stretching to 4x6.The 400 dpi feeder scan was slightly less sharp than at 600dpi, but otherwise the same.We expect better print quality, with a professional print service.[All scans for this test, Full Auto].

Other:"Always use the document table to scan important, valuable, or one-of-a-kind photos....Dust, friction, or a feed jam may cause damage to the photo... if you load it in the feeder."My test print did eventually get scratched.There is no power switch - you will have to plug and unplug it.(The Canon is USB-powered, making this a non-issue.)When buying a scanner, be willing to pay a little more for a decent return policy - I bought mine at Amazon - they're great!

The Home mode appears useless.In Professional mode, scans require manual cropping, which is relatively easy at scan time.This eliminates the over-cropping problem, at the cost of quite a bit of time.No cropping was needed next to the edge of the glass, indicating a dead space there, though I forgot to check.

Important issue: 4x6 prints are inserted into the feeder 4-inch side first.This results in portrait orientation scans.Landscape (horizontal) scans need attention, to see them sensibly on the computer.Windows XP will rotate these for you, with the click of your mouse.However, if you scan JPEGs, this is a lossy rotation - every time you save a JPEG, you lose something.The compromise proposed by Chris Breeze is to scan TIFFs, rotate them (which is lossless), and then convert them to JPEGs.

I use BreezeBrowser Pro, which will perform lossless rotation of JPEGs.This works great for digicam images, where the image dimensions are usually an exact multiple of the 4/8/16-pixel tile size.However, batch scans from the Epson 2480LE (or most other scanners) do not have these perfect dimensions, so lossless rotation cannot work correctly.Here how I'm getting around this problem:

1. Insert the prints into the feeder face down.

2. Set the scanner to 400 or 600 dpi, for TIFFs, and scan the images to C:\My Pictures\Scans.

3. Fire up BB Pro, go to the Scans folder, highlight all the Landscapes (Ctrl-click as needed) and rotate them 90 degrees in the correct direction.(If the Portraits are 180 degrees off, rotate all pics once, and the Portraits again.)

4. Highlight all the pics.If they are in reverse order, use View - Image Order - Reverse Sort Order.Or, drag & drop as needed, to get the images in the desired order.

5. Use Tools - Batch Rename, As Displayed. I use yyyy-mm-ddd %n name, e.g. 2005-02-23 001 Neat Place.

6. Edit the TIFFs, as needed (select an image, then Ctrl-D, to fire up your configured image editor).

6. Ctrl-A to select all, then Tools - Proofs - Proof Selected, to convert all the images to JPEGs in the Scans\proofs folder (check no boxes).I chose to use 95/100, which resulted in files ranging from 650K to 1.5MB.

7. Delete all the TIFFs (one click) - I set BB Pro so that mine land in a Deleted folder, so I'll have to haul them away later (a real winner, on occasion).

8. Put the JPEGs where I want them....

Bottom line:We decided to keep this scanner.It was a close call, but we have thousands of prints to scan, and there does not seem to be any other affordable option.The Epson 2480LE is definitely at its best for this purpose. ... Read more


168. Sony Cybershot DSCL1 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)
list price: $399.95
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Asin: B0004HPV58
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 184
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Features

  • High-quality digital camera with a compact, convenient body
  • 4.1 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom, and Carl Zeis Vario-Tessar lens
  • 1.5” Hybrid LCD monitor; high-speed USB connection; PictBridge compatible
  • In MPEG Movie VX Fine mode, capture MPEG movies at a smooth 30 frames per second
  • Memory Stick Duo media/Memory Stick PRO Duo media

169. Canon Elura 90 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
list price: $799.00
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Asin: B0007G6QP0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Video
Sales Rank: 844
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

1.33-megapixel CCD * advanced DIGIC DV image processor * 16:9 widescreen video mode * digital photo mode with built-in flash * photo resolution options: 1280 x 960; 640 x 480 * 2-1/2" color viewscreen * ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in slot for SD memory cards and MultiMediaCards
  • Powered by NB-2LH Lithium-ion battery pack
  • Compact MiniDV camcorder with 1.33-megapixel still capability, built-in video light, and still flash
  • 20x optical zoom and 400x digital zoom with image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen with backlight

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Canon ripped me off
I am so frustrated with my Canon Elura. Apparently Canon Eluras have a structural flaw, and after a few months using it a message to eject the tape starts to pop all the time. Some people are even considering a collective lawsuit against Canon. The camera was great when it was working. But I am pretty convinced that the fate of 95% of all Canon Eluras after 6 months are the same as mine: the garbage bin. Just check all the online reviews. If you want a "perishable" good, then go ahead and buy your Elura. If you want a "durable" good, I would recommend you a Sony. Sony pioneered the mini-dv system, and Sony cameras typically last for decades. I read the bad reviews about the Canon Elura 90 and decided to spend several hundred dollars on one. I Lost my money and my camera after a few months (Canon warranty and factory service are a joke). I took my chances. Will you take yours?
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170. Fujifilm Finepix S3100 4MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Zoom
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Asin: B0002AHQLY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Fujifilm
Sales Rank: 260
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Product Description

High performance 6x optical zoom lens assure sharp images throughout the entire zoom range (equivalent to 39-234mm on a standard 35mm film camera). An additional 3.4x digital zoom is available when the camera is set to 640x480 resolution.The S3100 combines the ease of automatic controls, with Scene Position functions and manual settings for custom results.USB Port and supplied Finepix viewer software make it easy to transfer image, video and voice files to your PC.The S3100 lets you record movies at 320x240 pixels at 10fps for up to 60 seconds. ... Read more

Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • 6x optical zoom; 3.4x digital zoom
  • PictBridge compatible; 1.5-inch TFT LCD screen
  • Store images on xD Picture Cards (16 MB xD card included)
  • Powered by 4 AA-size batteries (alkaline included; rechargeable Ni-MH recommended)

171. Panasonic PVGS9 MiniDV Compact Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
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Asin: B0001DB6IQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 621
Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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Blending innovative technologies with new, simple-to-operate controls, Panasonic's entry-level PV-GS9 camcorder is an affordable entry into digital video with powerful features. Panasonic continues to innovate, adding more optical zoom capability while reducing the overall size. This MiniDV camcorder features a 20x optical zoom, ultra-fast 1.3-second start-up time, digital stills saved to tape, and webcam capability. For a step up in price, the Panasonic PV-GS12 offers digital electronic image stabilization and enables you to save digital stills to SD/MMC memory cards.

Optics
The PV-GS9 is equipped with a 1/6-inch, 680,000-pixel CCD and 20x optical zoom It also features a 800x digital zoom that allows you to zoom in on incredible close-ups.

Digital Stills
In addition to video camcorder operation, you can also use the PV-GS9 as a digital still camera. Using Panasonic's PhotoShot function, images are stored on tape.

More Features
The 2.5-inch LCD screen can be opened a full 120 degrees away from the camcorder's body, making it easier to view motion images as they're being captured.

The Quick Start feature enables the PV-GS9 to begin taping 1.3 seconds after turning the power on so those unexpected moments won't be missed.ÊAfter pressing the Quick Start button, the camcorder will bring up the previous settings that you were shooting with--even if they were manually entered.

The PV-GS9 has several built-in digital effects during record and playback, including:

  • Digital Mirror: Creates a mirror like symmetrical image
  • Strobe: Digitally "freezes" a series of images
  • Mosaic: Turns the image into a mosaic pattern
  • Stretch: The image expands horizontally
  • Trail: Forms multiple impressions of all images in motion, which gradually fade-out as the motion comes to a halt, creating a "trail" effect
  • Slim: The image expands vertically

The Soft Skin Detail function detects the different skin tones being recorded and softens the focus to create a realistic blend. Other features include:

  • The image-enhancing MagicPix feature allows for rich videos under low-light conditions.Ê
  • Web cam capability, which is ideal for video conferencing with friends or family, or use as a simple monitoring device when consumers are away from home.
  • The unsnapping hand strap doubles as wrist loops, enabling you to carry the camcorder like a small bag or purse.
  • Black and white viewfinder
Inputs and Outputs
The PV-GS9 comes with the standard DV IEEE 1394 port (also known as FireWire; Panasonic refers to this connection as iLink) for a super-fast, lossless connection to a PC or other DV machines. It also has a USB connection (you'll need an optional USB cable to hook up to your PC).

Dimensions and Weight
This camcorder measures 3.3 x 2.75 x 4.38 inches (H x W x D) and weighs 14.1 ounces.

MiniDV Format
MiniDV is the preferred format for personal and broadcast-quality video, and it is highly regarded for its high audio and image quality. With up to 540 lines of horizontal resolution and minimum color noise, MiniDV delivers a 2 percent clearer picture than analog camcorder formats. This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. A MiniDV tape offers digital recording time of 2 full hours--20 times the capacity of a CD. ... Read more

Features

  • Compact digital Palmcorder MultiCam camcorder and still camera with 680,000-pixel CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 800x)
  • 2.5-inch LCD swings open 120 degrees and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, records stills to tape, and Web cam capability
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes

Reviews (9)

2-0 out of 5 stars Good Camcorder but...
...there are too many things wrong with it. This is the 2nd time I've taken this one home to try out. The first one had great video and I really liked it, but the sound didn't work. I took it back and they gave me another. This one has great video and sound, but full of the mosaic problem I've read about on other digital camcorders. The booklet says this is not a malfunction but a normal instance of digital. Give me a break...why would people put up with this and pay the prices they're paying. No way. I'm waiting until they find a cure and then I'll be back, but I don't believe this is a normal thing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good cam.
I bought this camcorder, like everybody else, because i need small, digital, and low-cost. this camera does all that, and the outdoors video quality is excellent.

It's not fair to compare this model with 3CCD or other much more costly models, but i will say that the EIS is not very good, and particularly poor when used in low light-lots of image smear. Of course, i think EIS stinks, period...

Overall, buy it. Best at price point.

5-0 out of 5 stars molto bene!
For a while, my friends and I have been searching for a digital camcorder to make movies with. We had one already but it was...bad...to say the least. We needed something new.

I got this camcorder and absolutely love it. The picture quality and sound quality is amazing. I can now record at a crisp, clear 720*480 resolution.

Another pro: the zoom is amazing. Don't believe it when it says 800x zoom because that's just false, but if you turn the digital zoom down to 50x, the quality still remains almost the same as optical zoom.

Within minutes after I opened it, I had transfered a video onto my computer using windows movie maker, and saved it as an avi. All you need is a firewire cable (which I bought at the time I bought the camera).

I can't think of any cons for this camera because it has exceeded my expectations in every way.

You can also transfer videos from your computer back on to the camera using the firewire cable, and then record them onto VHS tapes.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it should be
Pros: Really good zoom (sorta)

Cons: When you zoom in, it looses pixels; No extra features; can't connect to PC or MAC without buying the driver from panasonic

Overall - wish i hadn't bought it! Over priced!

3-0 out of 5 stars Just okay!
I have just finished recording my first videotape with the Panasonic PV-GS9 and would like to make the following comments.

First, the camcorder is easy to use and is a basically a point and shoot camcorder.

For the more discriminating users I would like to point out some of the shortcomings of the camera.

1) I have found that the automatic focus is quite slow sometimes and sometimes would not work at all. I was photographing some hummingbirds up close and the camera would not focus on the feeder maybe because the color was white.

2) Dark subjects came out overexposed rather than rendering the intense colors one would like to have gotten.

3) Panasonic does not provide the software or cable to download to one's computer and it has been a real bitch trying to get the folks to respond to e-mail. I currently have three e-mails out to the service folks trying to find out how I might get the software. I received an answer to one e-mail directing me to a site where I could download the software but when I got there the link was a dead link. I have written three times about this and no one has answered my e-mails. Additionally, the e-mail with the dead link stated that the cable for downloading the movies to the computer "...is currently on back order with the factory for 4-6 weeks."

I cannot imagine what one might do if something goes wrong with the camcorder.

Despite the negatives I love the fact that I can get close up shots of birds from a safe distance without disturbing the birds and the camera will focus almost right at the edge of the lens. One could do close ups of ants if he wanted to. One really needs a tripod for the extended zooming range. You cannot hold this camera still at the 50X digital zoom. ... Read more


172. Casio Exilim EXZ57 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B0007KQWD2
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 420
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The EX-Z57 EXILIM Zoom for brilliant picture viewing - The extra-large 2.7-inch liquid crystal display represents an astonishingly easy-to-view screen for brilliant picture viewing without compromising its compact?s stylish design. The EX-Z57 features a 5 megapixel CCD and an optical 3X zoom lens to take photos of remarkable picture quality. Extra-long battery life of approximately 400 shots (CIPA standards) on a single battery charge assures users that they can enjoy shooting and looking at their pictures over and over again without ever worrying about the battery life. EX-Z57 EXILIM Zoom Features High Performance Operation in an Easy-to-Use, Compact Design Equipped with a large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch digital interface TFT liquid crystal display that brings out the true brilliant quality of the pictures. High-resolution images captured by the CCD with 5 million effective pixels. Optical 3X zoom lens in a very compact design Sleek, stylish lightweight aluminum body with a comfortable grip Super Life Battery For Extended Shooting on a Single Battery charge Same battery life as the EX-Z55 - but with a larger 2.7 inch LCD - Approximately 400 shots can be taken on a single battery charge (CIPA standards). Quick Response Thanks to High-Speed Design The camera automatically selects fixed-focus Auto Pan Focus mode for instantaneous response when the shutter is depressed at one push. Direct On function for one-touch operation of either picture taking or playback modes ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included, with charger); stores images on SD cards (camera features 9.3MB of internal memory)
  • 5-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom; extra-large 2.7-inch LCD display
  • Fast shutter speed--images are recorded approximately 0.01 seconds after the shutter is released
  • Approximately 400 shots per battery charge

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Quality Product
I purchased this camera to replace my old and bulky Dimage S414. The dimage used to take a few snaps on a single charge. This camera has a marathon battery life. I used it for my whole graduation ceremony, and coupled with a 1GB card, it served as a great digital video camera too. The profile is slim with an excellent form factor. This does not compromise on the image quality however as it does not use the new type lenses like the Canon T33, T1. (The technology is beta).
Finally, the LCD truly makes the viewfinder obsolete.
A camera from Casio thats better than anything from anybrand short of a digital SLR.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera, loaded with features
Despite reading positive reviews, I initially hesitated before buying this little camera -- I wasn't sure how a Casio would stack up against brands like Canon and Nikon. But a local shop strongly recommended this model, and I decided to give it a try. I'm glad to say that I've been very pleasantly surprised by the EX-Z57's excellent performance and features.

The reason I was buying a new digital P&S in the first place was that my old Nikon Coolpix (a 775) was really, really slow; I missed way too many perfect moments or expressions waiting for that thing to actually take a picture. (In all other respects, I love the Nikon.) My other camera -- a Canon Digital Rebel -- is absolutely awesome, but it's too big and heavy to take with you without a definite reason. For day-to-day shooting around town, I wanted something we could toss into a pocket or bag. (The best way to take good photos is to actually have a camera with you when the opportunity comes up!!!)

So I was looking for a fast, small, high-quality camera. The Casio is fast -- very fast -- when starting up, shooting, and displaying images or menus. The size is perfect. And the quality of the images and performance has been very high.

While researching the Casio, I wondered about the lack of a viewfinder. Again, I've been pleased. The huge LCD is entirely sufficient for shooting pictures -- I haven't missed the viewfinder at all -- and it's great to have such a large screen to work with when you're scrolling through the various features. For example, if you want to check out the "best shot" pre-set modes, you can scroll through screens that have a title, a sample photo, and a one-sentence description of the settings/purpose. It's a lot of useful information that you simply can't display on cameras with standard screens.

The menu and controls are inuitive and easy to learn. The manual provides next to no information, but once you know what the features are -- the Casio site describes them in detail -- it's easy to become proficient.

The image quality has been great -- even for indoor photos. The "docking station" is cool, too -- you can simultaneously charge the battery and transfer images.

So while we've only had this for a few weeks, we've already taken a few hundred photos, and we're really pleased with this little camera. It's loaded with features, easy to use, and seemingly very well made. With the 5 megapixel capacity, I think it's a great buy, especially compared to comparable big-name brands.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
I purchased the EXZ57 and found it to be excellent. The large digital viewer is fantastic and the overall functions is easy to use. The long life battery is a plus and the picture quality is perfect. Highly recommend!

5-0 out of 5 stars Largest LCD in a digicam, but no more optical viewfinder
My local camera store just got their first shipment of Casio's new Exilim EX-Z57 super-slim digital camera, and I eagerly hopped over to check it out.

The EX-Z57 is a very slight upgrade (and one downgrade... read on) of the very popular EX-Z55 model.The Z55 had a 2.5" LCD screen that was considered "huge" just a year ago, but now that so many other digital cameras also sport a 2.5" LCD, Casio decided to release a 2.7" LCD model, hence the Z57.Amazingly, the overall physical size hasn't changed, and the EX-Z55's industry-leading amazing battery life (over 300 even with flash on and LCD on full-time) has been retained, making the EX-Z57 another battery life champ.

As far as I can tell -- and from what the sales clerk told me -- the internals of the EX-Z57 are identical to those of its immediate predecessor.This means very good image quality from such a small camera.Three important issues to keep in mind as you shop for this camera or a similarly ultracompact model:

1. The tiny lens and tiny sensor necessarily limit the sharpness of the picture.If you shoot at the maximum 5MP and print out at up to 5x7", you probably won't be disappointed by the sharpness of the picture.However, as you print larger pictures, you'll see the pictures tend to be softer and noisier than from larger cameras.This is simply a result of the law of physics, and it's a trade-off between size and quality.

2. The small camera also means a small, limited-power flash, so your indoor pictures when the ambient lighting is dim will not come out very satisfactory.Again, this is entirely due to the small form factor.If you want to use this camera to shoot a small group of friends at a dinner party, it's okay.But you should know that as you near the flash range and go beyond, you'll get horrible-looking pictures.

3. A camera this small makes it very hard to hold it steady.Many people with tiny cameras like this complain about blurry pictures.This is because as you press the shutter button, you'll move the camera ever so slightly.With a larger camera body (e.g., a digital SLR), the much heavier camera body requires more effort to hold which has the side benefit of providing a counteracting force to the shutter-pushing force.Hence, with a small camera like the EX-Z57, you must remember to hold the camera very steady as you press the shutter.

Whereas the older EX-Z55 had an optical viewfinder, Casio opted to remove it in order to accommodate the enlarged LCD screen without changing the overall size of the camera.Yes, the Z55's optical viewfinder was tiny and hard to use, but at least it was an option -- and looking through the optical viewfinder instead of at the screen actually helps steady your shots because you hold the camera close to your body (think the principle of leverage).Also, when you are really low on battery, switching to optical viewfinder can squeeze out a few more shots.For a camera purish like myself, it's a pity that the optical viewfinder is no more on the Z57, but for most casual photographers (the Exilim's target audience) this will likely be a non-issue, since they probably would never use the optical vewfinder to begin with.

In summary, the Z57 provides an unbeatable small form factor yet a crowd-pleasing huge LCD screen, amazing battery life and very good image quality (for a camera this size).You can also record movies (albeit only at a stuttering 15 frames per second) as well as sound.It's very intuitive to use, and my friends who have the Z55 are all very happy with it (once I gave them the tip about holding the camera super-steady or on a tripod to avoid blurs).While I don't have money to buy another digital camera at the moment, but if I had some extra spare dough, I would definitely buy this just for the HUGE 2.7" LCD.To a gadget freak like me, it's priceless to be able to impress my friends with something this cool.:) ... Read more


173. Olympus Stylus 410 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
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Asin: B0001DKQXC
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 76
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Amazon.com Product Description

With the Stylus 410, Olympus adds improvements and refinements to its popular all-weather Stylus 400. This 4-megapixel digital camera still features a 3x optical zoom and a splash-proof design that protects the camera even on rainy days. But it also adds an all-weather microphone for movies with audio and Olympus's new TruePic Turbo image processor, which speeds up the camera's start-up, shutter lag, recording and playback time.

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 4.0-megapixel CCD sensor, the Stylus 410 delivers images up to 2,272 x 1,704 pixels and photo-quality 11 x 14-inch enlargements. It also features 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 resolution modes. An Olympus 3x optical zoom (and 4x digital zoom for a seamless 12x total) gives you the ability to fill your pictures with sharp detail and vibrant color. The high-quality, all-glass lens (with aspherical lens elements) is specially designed for digital cameras, and provides a focal range of 5.8-17.4mm (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography).

Movie Mode
The Stylus 410 now adds sound to its movie-making capabilities (thanks to its all-weather microphone). You can record video at 15 frames per second (fps) in two resolution modes: 320 x 240 and 160 x 120 pixels. The length of the recording is only limited by the capacity of the XD memory card.

More Features
The lightweight and ergonomic metal body of the Stylus 410 provides all-weather protection from the elements--perfect for any condition from a downpour to snowy slopes to whipping sea spray on a sailboat. Rubber gaskets throughout the camera's interior insure that rain, sleet and snow can't stop the Stylus 410 from taking great shots.

A range of automatic functions such as TTL autofocus and Digital ESP (Electro Selective Pattern) light metering help ensure best results with the minimum of fuss. The Stylus 410 boasts a scene program for every occasion: Portrait, Self Portrait, Night Scene, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Beach and Snow, Cuisine and Indoor.

The Stylus 410 is the first Stylus model to feature TruePic Turbo, a new image processor that sharpens image clarity, contrast, and color for life-like results. This feature also makes the camera 30% faster in processing images and is combined with a super-fast shutter release time.

With a clamshell lens barrier (pioneered by Olympus) and an artistic design inspired by the beauty of ocean waves, the Stylus line has won numerous awards and accolades such as being displayed at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The camera has a sliding lens barrier attractively accented in silver and gold, and a champagne gold body that blurs the line between technology and artistry.

Use the Virtual Dial--viewed from the 1.5-inch LCD (134,000 pixels) to select from among ten shooting modes to determine the best option for the situation and receive optimum picture results.

Direct Printing
The Stylus 410 is PictBridge compatible, which enables you to transfer pictures from your digital camera to a compatible printer (such as the Olympus P-10), without a PC or image-editing software. All PictBridge devices share three basic features: camera-to-printer connecting, single-image printing, and uniform error messages (in case something goes wrong).

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on XD Picture Card memory cards. The card's small size, about the same as a postage stamp, helps to keep the camera size down. The included 32 MB card will store approximately 16 images at 2,272 x 1,704 pixels (at HQ, JPEG setting). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1 connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98 Rev2Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by a proprietary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (LI-10B; included). It measures 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.3 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 5.6 ounces (excluding battery and storage media).

What's in the Box
This package contains the Olympus Stylus 410 digital camera, 32 MB XD Picture Card, lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger (LI-10B), self-timer remote control (RM-2), USB and A/V cables, wrist strap, quick-start guide, and instruction manual. The CD-ROM features Camedia Master software, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Camera Reference Manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • 3x optical zoom combines with 4x digital zoom for 12x total zoom
  • Quicktime movie mode with audio; PictBridge enabled; 1.5-inch LCD screen
  • Store images on xD memory cards (includes 32 MB xD card)
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery (included with charger)

174. HP Photosmart 2710 All-in-One Printer
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Asin: B0002YT0J6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 816
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Features

  • Produces color prints, copies, scans, and faxes
  • Up to 30 ppm print speed; up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi resolution
  • Up to 30 cpm, reduces and enlarges 25 to 400%
  • 2,400 x 4,800 dpi scan resolution, 48-bit color
  • Ethernet, wireless 802.11g/b, USB, PictBridge interfaces; PC/Mac

175. Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F Color Image Scanner
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B0002OG6JI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
Sales Rank: 3380
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The CanoScan LiDE 500F Color Image Scanner combines sleek styling with heavyweight performance. One convenient cable provides both power and a USB connection, reducing the number of wires around your desk. A USB Hi-Speed interface* enables incredibly fast image transfers to your computer, along with the fastest possible scanning speeds. Previews of your scans are ready in seconds. For added convenience, four easy buttons - Copy, Scan, PDF and E-Mail automate the scanning process, so your projects can get done more quickly. Just position your original, select the use for the image and in seconds it's ready to go.You're going to love the results. The LiDE 500F scanner delivers a maximum 2400 x 4800 color dpi resolution and 48-bit color depth, for over 281 trillion possible colors. The unique Doubled-Hinge expansion top lifts approx. 1 inch vertically and lays flat on the page to help ensure clear, sharp scans with minimal light distortion.Here's a simple solution for all those old negatives you've got sitting in boxes, just place them in the LiDE 500F's film adapter and press the Scan button! These valuable images can be archived on your computer, safe from heat, humidity and dust, and then printed for family and friends. FARE (Film AutomaticRetouching and Enhancement) Level 3 is a built-in film retouching technology that automatically removes much of the dust and scratches that may appear on your originals. The result? The final scans of dusty and scratche ... Read more

Features

  • USB interface; PC and Mac compatible
  • 4,800 x 2,400 dpi optical resolution, 19,200 dpi interpolated
  • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale
  • Double-hinge expansion top for scanning bulky items
  • Scans negatives and positives with included film adapter

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars This was a bit of a let down
Scans photographs OK, but there are blurry areas on other images, around the edges. I've been using scanners for many years, was tempted by the slim design...just didn't work out.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best portable scanner available today
I looked hard at the Canon Canoscan LiDE 20 through LiDE 80 series and found much to admire. Even though I am a committed buyer of older-and-proven tech products, I paid a bit extra to get the newer Canon LiDE 500F. Why? Great design, great portability, great scanning resolution, great software - all for a great price. The LiDE 80 has these too, but the latest evolution of the Canon LiDE concept embodied in the 500F goes much further.

I'm a freelance writer, and I needed a slim and portable platen-based scanner powered through a fast USB 2.0 port to avoid a separate power supply for the scanner. I have a sheet-fed scanner built into my trusty old HP OfficeJet T45, but it's only good for documents neatly printed by PC printers, not odd-sized info from books and magazines that require a platen-based scanner. I use the Canoscan LiDE 500F to "copy" info when gathering research, both with my office desktop PC and in remote locations with my laptop. I use ABBYY FineReader 7.0 optical character recognition to recreate the original document or article's text (complete with the original graphics and layout) saved in Microsoft Word. The offsite alternative to this is a crude, time consuming, and expensive hassle using a local library copier.

The LiDE 500F's double-hinge expansion top design enables the platen lid to fold away flat, so any book or magazine covers the platen for scanning without having to deal with the platen lid at all. The Canon software is quite comprehensive, covering the gamut of customized scanning needs from simple office automation to highly complex scans for graphics. A built-in stand enables the LiDE 500F to stand on its edge in the office, enabling space-saving efficiency and convenience, with it's software-automated buttons for "copying" to a printer, scanning to a bitmap file, scanning to an Adobe PDF file, and inserted a saved scan into an email as an attachment. You will especially love the one-step convenience of inserting a bill or invoice into the scanner while mounted on its edge, and having the scanned item automatically print directly to whatever default printer you preselect. The software also well supports the external film/slide adapter up to the 48-bit 2400x4800 max - including the vaunted FARE Level 3 (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) built-in film retouching technology that automatically removes much of the dust and scratches that may appear on your originals. Canon's FARE Level 3 works, and works quite well to my eyes.

Is this the ideal scanner for the graphic artist or photography enthusiast? No. Desktop-only scanners dedicated to these pursuits are far superior in every way, only lacking the portability and all-round usefulness that the LiDE 500F offers for the price. The LiDE 500F reminds me of why the Olympus DS-330 is such a great voice recorder for both workstation-docked recording of telephone interviews and on-location voice recordings: a combination of great design for both stationary use and mobile use, and great software that handles every contingency for both the professional writer or general corporate user.

Drawbacks? The LiDE 500F is larger than the LiDE 20-80 series, a bit heavier, and a bit thicker. Note that it is almost exactly the same size as an Apple 17" Powerbook, so an Apple neoprene laptop sleeve for that PC fits it perfectly for slipping into your briefcase (if your briefcase is large enough). Just make sure you lock the platen down with the switch on the back before moving it to avoid damage. I've heard that the LiDE 500F is "noisy." It's not, really - no more than any other scanner. Just a low hum when scanning that disturbs nobody in today's noisy libraries, and virtually unnoticeable in any corporate office. I read somewhere that it is "slow." All scanners are slow compared to a high-speed copier, but the LiDE 500F's USB 2.0 interface boosts its performance considerably compared to the earlier LiDE 20/30/35 models that use a slower USB 1.1 interface. The speed of the LiDE 80 should be about the same, as it also uses a USB 2.0 interface. The trick to fast scanning is to limit your scanned resolutions to 300dpi or less. The file sizes will be smaller, and there's less work for your PC to handle for each scan.

If the LiDE 500F is too pricey or fancy for your needs, be aware that refurbished LiDE 20's and LiDE 35's are available today (April/2005) for a song - $30-$50! But they are limited by a slower USB 1.1 interface, lower resolutions for your photos, and don't have the built-in edge-standing office convenience of the LiDE 500F. Note that I have not commented on the quality of the scanning, color faithfulness, or sharpness. I also cannot comment on its long-term durability. To me, the LiDE 500F performs quite well and exhibits none of the weird patterning and faint lines that seem to plague similar slim-profile models from HP. Truth be told, HP printing and scanning products seem to have suffered from shabby quality and design in the past five years, and are no longer the unquestioned "safe bet" they once were. In contrast, the LiDE 500F certainly seems to be a safe bet for those seeking an ideal balance of performance and portability that desktop scanners have never before offered.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance for the price
This is the first scanner I have purchased. Setup was easy, the scanner driver software is simple to use and very helpful if you want to do multiple scans - just scan once - it sends the image to the calling application and then returns back to the scanning page. Repalce your items on the scanner and scan again for the next page - this is pretty helpful if you have to scan a lot of items. My friend has a HP scanner (6210) which does not have this feature.

My first scanner was a defective one (gave calibration errors), but Canon replaced it promptly (in 2 days).

The film adapter is also present for your 35mm scans.

Actually this is the only scanner in the market that has so many positive features

- self powered
- high optical scan resolution
- 35 mm adapter
- IR dust detection and correction (works quite well in the Medium setting)
- very sleek and small - can be easily put in a laptop bag
- has a LED based illumination system unlike other scanners - this means no need to wait for the 'warm up'

So far I haven't had a single problem. This is an excellent buy! 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars What more could you want?
I am quite impressed with this scanner.My last scanner was purchased back in 1999; this new one is in a different league!Scanning is fast and easy and I'm quite surprised by the quality of the images.I've scanned 20 year-old photographs and the quality of the scans easily matches the orginal prints!

Set-up was easy with the USB cable (no power cord needed); it is lightweight with a sleek design; and the software is quite usable.I spent a few hours reading reviews on the Internet before I purchased this and I am convinced I made a good decision.You're not going to do much better in this price range!

5-0 out of 5 stars Feature rich, mobile, quality - produce good scans for the $
Summary
+ Very mobile (no power cord uses USB connection for power)
+ Good quality
+ Plenty of useful software to get you started
+ Good resolution
+ IR image correction
+ Scans negatives (a 6 frame strip at once)
+ Small footprint, and 3 ways to setup the scanner on your desk.
+ Good match with the i950 printer.
+ No waiting for warm-up, just scan away.
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+ Well matched with my I950 printer

- Slower than some of the $90 bulky scanners.
- Lower resolution than some of the bulky scanners.

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I purchased this scanner the day it came out (Jan 31 2005).(...)

There were more features, it was a newer product.So I gambled with the 500f and returned the LiDE80.
The reviews were mixed for the LiDE 80 to begin with.It seems that it's biggest asset was the slim profile.This attribute is compounded in the 500f since it can be setup "vertically".The footprint is minimized on the desktop.

The LiDE technology allows the use of LEDs to illuminate the object being scanned.Other technology uses a cathode/fluorescent tube.The advantages of the LEDs are that there is no warm up and thus no waiting.The life span is much greater for LEDs, and they are not damaged by movement or vibration.Though most cathode/fluorescent tubes can produce just as good a sometimes much better image quality, their lifespan can be shorter and power requirements are much greater.This technology is best realized if you will be moving the scanner, using it adhoc, or if you don't want to wait for a warm-up.LiDE is also what allows Canon to make the thing so thin (1").

The 500f scanner is rather slow at higher resolutions 2-3 sec preview and 30 - 40 seconds full scan.Other tube type scanners offer higher resolution with faster scan speeds for less money.These scanners are fine if you are not interested in the space saving aspect, and don't mind an initial warm-up.

The scanner does a good job at correcting minor scratches and dust on slides and photos.I think the over all quality is fantastic, not to mention the price.

The unit operates pretty quietly and is a good match with my printer (Canon i950 - which is incredible by the way).

The software offered is complete and allows you to really use the scanner.There is a simple tool which scans and saves - a tool for photo editing (feature rich I might add)- a tool for assigning actions to the 4 buttons (mail, pdf, copy, scan).The copy is pretty cool if you want the image to scan and go right to the printer to be printed.You also get a program which scans and converts image to text.If you were to scan the pages of a book the scan would be converted to text.I have not used this text recognition software yet, but it could be useful at some point.

A nice feature of the 500f over the 80 is the fact that you can scan a 6 frame strip of negatives at once.The 80 requires you to manually advance 1 frame at a time.If you're looking to archive negatives, or perhaps make reprints of your negatives, this is a really cool feature simply made better on the 500f.Other scanners offer the 35mm negative functionality as well...

I'm very happy with the purchase of this scanner.People that may feel it is lacking is those who are not in the market for a $109 scanner.If you want a really high end scanner you're going to be paying more than 2 times that amount.However; there are some scanners for less money that produce scans just as good but lack the features.

The scanner is only going to be as good as your printer; and for what I do, its a real bargain. ... Read more


176. Sharp LC-15L1US 15" AQUOS LCD Flat Panel Wireless TV
list price: $1,799.99
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Asin: B00020JOB4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 3943
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With Sharp's LC-15L1U-S 15-inch AQUOS TV, you get remarkable flat-panel TV viewing, no strings attached. Billed as "the first battery-operated LCD television in the U.S.," it's a truly digital wireless TV built with a carrying handle so you can move it easily for both hassle-free indoor viewing in various rooms and outdoor viewing under most dry conditions. Under ideal circumstances (see note below), the set offers crystal-clear TV, video, and DVD enjoyment virtually anywhere in and around the home without attached wires or cables of any kind.



The stylish and cord-free LC-15L1US looksgood wherever you place it.

The LC-15L1U-S features a sleek, silver design created by the world-class industrial designer Toshiyuki Kita, who created the high-style look of Sharp's entire AQUOS line and whose artwork resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Its sculpted, rounded stereo side speakers and built-in easel stand make it simple to transport the lightweight TV from room to room. A built-in, rechargeable high-capacity lithium-ion battery provides approximately three hours of viewing time, allowing plenty of time to enjoy an entire movie, either indoors or outdoors.

The set uses Sharp's SmartLink wireless digital audio/video transmission system, which operates on the 802.11b wireless standard. Just connect the included transmitter to a video source, such as a DVD player, then sit back to watch your favorite movie or TV show in any room of the house. The system transmits digital wireless signals using the 2.4 GHz band high-speed spectrum wireless protocols.

The LC-15L1U-S has an Advanced Super View (ASV) panel with Sharp's proprietary Black TFT low-reflection coating so it can be placed anywhere--even near windows, doors, or other light sources--without sacrificing picture quality. The unit also offers 170-degree viewing angles so viewers get a clear picture from anywhere in the room, and its high contrast ratio (500:1) and high brightness (430 cd/m2) ensure clear, vivid pictures with deep blacks and exceptional color clarity.

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The TV measures less than 3 inches deep without its table stand. A special image-inverting feature even lets you flip the image upside-down or mirror it for hanging in an unconventional manner. Together with its wireless A/V center, the set features multiple composite-video and S-video inputs for your DVD player, VCR, or gaming console, an RF antenna input for older VCRs and cable boxes, as well as a cable-ready, built-in 125-channel tuner. An electronic PLL tuner handles over-air reception of TV programming.

What's in the Box
LC-15L1U-S flat-panel LCD TV, TV battery, docking station, table stand, 2 clamps, 3 fastening screws, a wireless A/V center, wireless center stand, remote control, remote battery, remote holder, a video controller, 2 antenna cables, a connection chart, a user's manual, 2 AC power adapters, a registration card, and a caution sheet.



Both the A/V center and wireless TV have power inputs andaudio and video connections for maximum convenience.

Note: Reception may become bad or impossible under the following conditions: use of the product in a reinforced concrete building such as a condominium building or a house of a metal structure; use of the product near large-scale metallic furniture; use of the product in a crowd of people or close to obstacles such as buildings; and use of the product at locations where magnetic fields, electrostatic, and interference occur due to devices such as Bluetooth, wireless LANs, phones, or microwave ovens, etc., that use the same frequency (2.4 GHz) as the product.

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Features

  • 15-inch LCD TV with battery operation and wireless audio/video transmission; 19.45 x 17.53 x 8.83 inches (W x H x D) with table stand
  • ASV (Advanced Super View) LCD panel offers low reflectivity, wide viewing angles; 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 802.11b standard using 2.4 GHz transmission; includes built-in easel stand, detachable table stand, and stand-alone wireless A/V center
  • 500:1 contrast ratio provides incredible images in dark and bright scenes; 60,000-hour lamp life for years of viewing
  • High (430 cd/m2) brightness means the set can be placed near windows, doors, or other light sources and its picture will remain vivid

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice idea....
My dad bought one from Sharper Image and he asked me to set it up for him. Well, it didn't work right out of the box so we called up Sharper Image and they said their's didn't work either. It's a pretty decent idea, but I would wait for the next generation. Hopefully quality and price will make nice leaps by then. ... Read more


177. Nikon Coolpix 7600 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

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Asin: B0007KQWE6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 853
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7.1-megapixel effective recording * 3X optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens (4X digital/12X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * 14 MB of built-in memory (holds about 4 images at highest quality setting) * 1-13/16" color LCD * In-Camera Red-Eye Fix * Face Priority autofocus for in-focus portraits * ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by AA-size batteries; stores images on SD memory cards
  • 7.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom through a quality Zoom-Nikkor lens (zoom is equivalent to 38-114mm in a 35mm camera)
  • 1.8-inch LCD display; exclusive Nikon In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
  • Macro shooting as close as 1.6 inches

178. Canon PowerShot A400 3.2MP Digital Camera with 2.2x Optical Zoom (Blue)
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0002OGWJC
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 123
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Features

  • New contemporary design 3.2 Megapixel digital camera with 2.2x Optical/3.2x Digital/7x Combined Zoom
  • Extraordinarily fast shutter release with the Quick Shot function
  • Canon Image Processor and iSAPS Technology for faster processing and excellent image quality
  • New print/share button for easy direct printing and downloads
  • Comes in four fun colors: Silver, Sky Blue, Lime Green, and Sunset Gold

179. Canon 15x50 Image Stabilization All Weather Binoculars with Case, Neck Strap & Batteries
list price: $1,600.00
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Asin: B00006I53P
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 747
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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With its wide 50mm objective lenses and high magnification,these rugged, all-weather Canon Image Stabilizer binoculars are destined to set a new and higher benchmark for image brightness, clarity and ergonomic design.

Leave your tripod at home when you use the new Canon 15x50 binoculars. Canon has once again made its world-renowned optical image stabilizer more convenient to use on this all-weather binocular. With a push of a button, bumpy images are stabilized instantly for maximum viewing. Multicoated ultralow dispersion (UD) objective elements add contrast, clarity, and color fidelity. Housed in a rugged, water-resistant, and slip-free rubber body, these binoculars can be used in rain or shine, whether in a football stadium or on the high seas. Stargazing is also possible with these versatile binoculars. The 15x50 is greatly improved over the previous model, with a larger 50mm objective lens, more convenient operation of the optical image stabilizer, and optional antifog eyepieces. Two AA batteries power the device. Also included in the package are a case, neck strap, and eyepiece covers.

Image Stabilization and More
With any high magnification binoculars, most users will experience frustrating image shake. Unless fixed to a tripod, image shake can render high magnification binoculars useless. Canon's IS technology is remarkably effective at eliminating this problem and is widely used by the television industry with Canon's professional broadcast quality video recording equipment. A special VAP (Vari-Angle Prism) corrective IS system sits between the objective lens group and the porro prism on each side of the binoculars. Within thousandths of a second of the binoculars being moved from their optical axis by vibrations, a detection system activates the IS mechanism. The VAP shape alters to refract or 'bend' the light path by precisely the right amount, thus fully compensating for the vibration. It is this essentially immediate response that effectively suppresses image shake.

Super Spectra Coating
A number of optical factors affect the brightness of an image, including the amount of incidental light that is reflected by the lens. An uncoated lens will refelect away as much as 8% of the incidentail light, significantly dimming the image. Canon's Super Spectra Coating prevents that reflection.

What do the numbers mean?
15x50? 8x25? The two numbers used to describe any pair of binoculars are their magnification — 8x, 12x, 15x and so on — and the diameter of their objective lenses — 25mm, 36mm, 50mm, and so on. The larger the first number is, the larger the object will appear to be in the objective lens. For instance, if you use a 10x lens and look at an object that is 100 yards away, it appears to be the same size as an object located just 10 yards away. The second number, the size of the objective lens, is important because the larger the objective lens, the more light it can admit for brighter, more detailed images, and the better suited they will be for lowlight situations.

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Features

  • This pair of binoculars from Canon are unique among high-magnification binoculars because they incorporate Canon's remarkable Optical Image Stabilizer technology
  • The Image Stabilizer technology compensates for handshaking as well as minute vibrations at the touch of a button
  • It also features 15x zoom to accommodate wide-ranging activities
  • A 50mm objective lens for a wide, extra-bright field of view
  • Multi-Coated Ultra-Low Dispersion Objective Elements add contrast, clarity & color fidelity

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars nothing short of spectacular
This is one of the finest optical instruments i ever bought. The Image Stabilizer works so fantastic and flawless you just don't wanna let this bino out of your hand. It even works while you watch from a driving car. You can make out license plate numbers from about 400 ft away. I also bought protective lenses which I use during daytime. When stargazing I realized some mirror effects from the protective lens - so just let those off during nightime. This is the most useful and inexpensive tool for stargazing. Even better than some telescopes for the same price. The AA at 2100 mAh last for about 3-4 hrs. Even with the IS shut off the optics are awesome - but with the IS engaged it is breathtaking. It is definitely worth to spend the extra money to get this system over any other w/o IS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for learning basic astronomy
I bought these binoculars (along with "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide", "Touring the Universe Through Binoculars," and Starry Night software) to learn some basic astronomy. This has turned out to be a winning combination.

While these binoculars weigh 2.6 pounds, they have a very natural, comfortable fit in the hands and are easy to handle.

The image stabilization is amazing and really improves my ability to resolve stellar objects and surface details of the moon.

It does seem a little odd that Canon did not include front lens caps. However the 15x50s are threaded for 58 mm filters, so one can easily purchase standard lens caps. I bought a pair of 58 mm Canon lens caps which fit, although the heavy rubber armor leaves minimal clearance to operate the lens cap release buttons. With filters installed the lens caps fit exactly as they would on a camera lens with plenty of clearance to remove, even if wearing gloves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stellar Performance
These binoculars are spectacular. Point them at Jupiter and you see a bright dot wandering around in the field of view. Press the image stabilization switch and the planet and its moons instantly become visible. While they can't subtract all movement they do get rid of the little shakes that make hand held viewing so difficult. 15x is enough magnification that Saturn is obviously not round.

A complaint about earier versions of the Canon IS line was that your finger went to sleep holding the IS switch down. Now you can press it briefly to turn on the IS circuitry which will automatically shut off in 5 minutes. If you press and hold the switch it shuts off as soon as you release it.

I haven't had my pair long enough to comment on battery life but do see a problem changing them when they are mounted on a tripod. Unlike most binoculars where the tripod mounting is at the objective end where the two barrels rotate on the Canons it is at the bottom of the binocular near the center of the tubes which don't rotate. And the battery compartment is just in front of it so you can't get to it if the binoculars are on a tripod of have a quick release plate attached.

Since the lens barrels don't rotate intra-ocular distance is adjusted by actually moving the oculars. They are kind of stiff but that is good because they stay in place once you get them set.

The tripod mount is lower than the highest part of the lens barrels so if you have a big quick release plate like that of the Manfrotto (Bogen) 410 geared head (highly recommended) it presses against the bottom of the barrels and not the flat between them.

For some reason Canon doesn't seem to fell that the objective lenses need any protection as they don't ship lens covers for them. They do provide lens covers for the oculars but they pop off a lot because the eye cups are so soft. It looks like you need something like 69mm lens caps. They don't tell you in the manual but Canon sales says they are threaded to accept 58mm filters so you can buy solar filters for them.

I can use the binoculars with my glasses on due to the 15 mm eye relief but it is really easier to use them without the glasses.

They are heavy, ~2,5#, but if you support them on the heels of your hands very stable. ... Read more


180. JVC GR-D295U Hi-Band MiniDV Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom
list price: $499.95
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Asin: B0007QS6IU
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 222
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Preserve life's precious moments with this capable camcorder. The GRD295 has powerful features like a 25x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD monitor and Night Alive for full color shooting in exteme low light situations. A multi-function remote control, 800x digital zoom and a digital picture stabilizer are but a few of its other great features. ... Read more

Features

  • Web-camera function (via IEEE 1394), digital still capture, includes two data batteries, NightAlive
  • Power-linked operation, full function remote control
  • Multi-language on-screen (4-language)
  • 1/6-inch 680,000 pixel CCD, f1.8 to f3.2, 25x optical / 800x digital zoom, 520 lines of resolution, 2.5 inch LCD monitor
  • Color viewfinder, DV in / out, HG digital stills (up to 1024 x 768 pixels), LiveSlow, auto illumination light

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Happy to have waited for this one!!!!
Wanted to buy a new Cam at the first of the year but waited on the newer models to arrive. I was looking at Canon's Z300, Sony's HC32, and JVC's 295. I think each has it strong points but in the end it was JVC's zoom, extra battery, great night vison, and crystal clear quality that lead me here. I love this thing. No problems xfering to pc using firewire. Battery life is above average at 1:39... Usable also as a Web Cam..(great quality) All this for $378....cheaper than z300 at $419 and Sony HC32 at $450 ... Read more


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