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January 31, 2008

Which Digital Photo Service is Best?

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We’re going to try and answer that question over the next few weeks. Looking at the major players: Snapfish, Kodak, Shutterfly and Apple. Snapfish has got some great deals for getting started. Apple has taken custom publishing to a new level. We’ll be looking at pricing, turnaround time, range of services, quality of finished product and the overall customer experience. Stay tuned!

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January 30, 2008

Panasonic Lumix TZ5: Camera + Camcorder in One!

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First the iPhone, now this — someday soon we WILL have all functions in a single device, I can smell it. This camera-camcorder is retailing for $350 in March. Here’s the stats:

- 9.1 megapixel digital camera
- 28mm 10x optical zoom lens
- 720p high-definition video recording
- 3-inch LCD screen
- optical image stabilizer
- motion-sensitive ISO control
- in-camera redeye editor

There’s a lesser version of this model (Lumix TZ4) for $300, but the downgrade isn’t worth the 50 bucks. Check out Panasonic’s press release. Stay tuned for where to buy!

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January 29, 2008

15 More Days for Canon $125 Rebate

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Canon's been offering a $125 manufacturer's rebate on select lenses and flashes through Amazon. Here's a few included in the promotion that are compatible with most SLRs, including the popular Canon EOS Digital SLR series:

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Wide Angle Lens
Lightweight and ultra-wide angle, for $650 this is one of 3 lenses you should own.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM SLR Telephoto Zoom Lens
The lens is big, but this zoom will change your life if you shoot sports, birds or just like to spy. Great value under $550.

Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash
The best camera upgrade you can make for $357 to improve your photography is a flash like this. Gives the flash some height so you're away from people's eyes and can control the intensity and even bounce the flash off the ceiling.

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January 28, 2008

Digital Picture Frame Virus! -- Best Buy's Private Label Brand: Insignia

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The news wires are reporting that some digital picture frames sold by Best Buy over the holidays were "contaminated with a computer virus during the manufacturing process." (source) When you connect the frame to any Windows PC via USB, the virus will spread into your computer. The virus will NOT travel to cameras, USB drives and memory cards.

Moral of the story: Run antivirus software on digital photo frames you connect to your computer. This software will detect and remove many viruses. To reduce virus chances in general, get an Apple computer!

Best Buy is NOT recalling the frames. The frame has been discontinued and remaining stock taken off the shelves. The full specs of the frame are below. If you think you've purchased it, get in touch with Best Buy to reconcile the situation. You can get more information at the Insignia site as well.

Insignia 10.4-inch Digital Picture Frame
Model #NS-DPF-10A

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January 25, 2008

flickr Friday: Prenet un Bany (Taking a Bath)

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Oh my dog. It’s a beagle (bigui in French). See more ¡arturii! work at Flickr. He shot this with a Canon EOS 40D— check it out at Amazon.

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January 24, 2008

Cheat Sheet: Digital Photo Frames

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There’s a few things to look at when distinguishing between digital photo frames:

Screen Size — this can range from 6” to 30” and will be directly related to price
Screen Resolution — if you want crisp-looking images, the higher resolution the better
Aspect Ratio — 4:3 is traditional TV dimension, 16:9 is widescreen dimension
Internal Memory — typically you will need to supplement with a memory card
Memory Card Compatibility — make sure the frame supports your memory card of choice
Remote Control — some have remotes to navigate through slideshows
Wi-Fi Enabled — wirelessly send photos to your frame from email, cell phones and RSS photo feeds
Sound — some have built-in speakers and MP3 capability
Video — some will play various video formats (MPG, etc.)
Batteries — some have battery option for a portable frame
Frame Styling — a matter of décor, styles range from modern metal to traditional wood
Price — ranges from about $50 to $1000

Check out one of the best digital photo frames for under $150 from Amazon.

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January 23, 2008

Zink Camera/Printer — the modern day Polaroid

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Zink has come out with a 7-megapixel digital camera that will print 2” x 3” borderless high-quality photos on the spot. Can you believe that? Of course you have to use Zink paper (comes with a sticky back optional). This was supposed to be released in late 2007… we’re waiting…

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January 22, 2008

Pandigital 15-inch LCD Digital Photo Frame — That’s huge!

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15-inches at high resolution — display your photos so they can be seen across a room.

- 256MB internal memory
- 4:3 screen ratio, 1024x768 resolution
- Remote control
- Slideshow, Random Play and Favorites
- Plays video (MPEG 1, MPEG 4, AVI)
- Listen to MP3 through speakers or headphones
- Download photos from computer or direct from camera with USB

This frame comes with black and wood frame styling so you can choose based on your décor.

Reality Check: The 256MB internal memory is a little light considering the size of the screen, so you’ll probably want to get a memory card with another few GB. The good news is that many types are supported — Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Multi Media Card, Compact Flash, xD-Picture Card and USB Flash drives.

We’re thinking a giant digital frame could be a pretty cool wedding gift. Get the Pandigital 15-inch Digital Frame for $269.50 at Amazon 11-inch is available too.

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January 21, 2008

Underwater Photos with a Digital Camera Mask

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Swim with the fishes! Liquid Image has come up with a digital-camera-scuba-mask-in-one. The camera lens is right over the nose, and there's crosshairs in the tempered glass so you can line up the perfect shot. 5 megapixels with a 16MB internal memory -- that'll get you 29 hi-res photos and 45 low-res -- add a Micro SD Card for more memory, or just come up for air and download the shots to your laptop via USB. It can also capture 53 seconds of video. The mask will retail at $99 -- you'll need 2 AAA batteries, but it comes with image editing software (ArcSoft). This could be a lot of fun for kids -- one size fits all, safe for ages 8 and up, and there's a 3 megapixel version for a little less dough. Stay tuned for more news on its release in March!

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January 18, 2008

flickr Friday: Vista del Caos

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© Gustavo Sanabria
Admire this amazing nighttime photo! Translation is "vista of chaos" -- see more photos by sanabria on flickr. This was shot with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi that we talked about yesterday. Certainly taken on a tripod at a long exposure and living proof of the XTi's qualities with color.

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January 17, 2008

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi — Stellar, Affordable, Intuitive

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The Canon Rebel XTi is one of the best deals in the digital SLR market. If you’re looking for megapixel power and creative control, then this is the camera for you. Here’s the stats:

- 10.1 megapixel—will give you quality prints up to 18” x 24”
- 2.5” LCD display—view and edit your photos on camera
- 9-point auto-focus—very accurate upgrade
- DIGIC II Image Processor—natural color reproduction in a range of lighting situations
- It’s fast—0.2 second startup time, records images as fast as 1/4000 seconds, 27 shots per minute
- Comes with 18-55mm zoom lens—standard zoom with close-focus ability of 0.9 feet
- Creative picture style settings—monochrome, landscape, portrait… get film effects shot by shot
- Self-cleaning, dust-detecting—sensor unit cleans itself automatically with ultrasonic vibrations

Beware of lens lust. Once you get going you’ll yearn for a wide angle to get the most out of small spaces, and a super zoom to zero in on that horse. If you’re finding the flash too harsh, try adding a digital flash pack — you’ll be able to bounce it off the ceiling to soften things up.

Pick up the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi at Amazon for $598 — sweet deal.

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January 16, 2008

Digital Foci Releases LED Frames with Traditional Styling

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These are some of the first digital photo frames available with LED backlight (instead of the more common LCD), promising improved color accuracy and reduced use of power. Digital Foci’s newest additions to the Image Moments series is available in 6-, 8- and 15-inch displays with traditional frame styling that will blend in with your home. 200MB flash memory is built-in (stores about 1,500 images) and you can purchase additional memory cards if needed. Frame will also support MPEG-4 and has speakers for audio playback. Load the frame via USB.

This digital glory isn’t cheap — frames will be available in March, from $149-299.

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What exactly is LED?

led.jpg We’ll be collecting mysterious terms just like this one in the new glossary section. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode — you’d think it was a new thing, but it’s been lighting up numbers in digital clocks for years. LEDs are basically tiny light bulbs that are extremely efficient because they do not generate heat when they generate light. That makes them ideal to be inside electronics (no added heat) and an efficient use of power, so if you have an LED screen on a battery operated device, for example, you’ll enjoy extended battery life.

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January 15, 2008

Turn a Camera Lens into a Macro Lens with Binoculars

The Do-it-yourselfer in us wants to learn all the tricks we can when faced with a "close up" crisis. This may well do the trick.

Via Lifehacker

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January 14, 2008

D-Link DSM-210 Internet Photo Frame


We just got word of this D-Link DSM-210 Internet Photo Frame. It's got all the standard benefits of a digital photo frame, but also has the ability to sync photos over wi-fi. Expect all the better digital photo/picture frames this year to have this ability.

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January 11, 2008

flickr Friday: Gecko Out of the Darkness

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Check out this fine photo from gogoldengecko on flickr. It’s his pet gecko, Rusty. He shot this with the Canon PowerShot SD750 that we reviewed earlier this week. Not bad!

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January 10, 2008

Get Slimmer — with the NEW Samsung i8

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OK, we’re impressed with what Samsung packed into this skinny machine:

- 8 megapixel with 3x optical zoom
- 2.7-inch LCD monitor (dims and brightens according to your environment!)
- Personal Media Player (PMP) for audio and video playback
- Shoots MPG-4 video at 800x592 resolution
- 195MB internal memory plus ability to add memory card
- ISO up to 1600 will allow non-flash photography in dim situations
- Digital Image Stabilization helps keep things steady (even if you’ve got the shakes)
- Intelligent Face Recognition & Auto Red Eye Fix
- It’s only 0.8 inches thick!!!

And truth be told, this little number is fancy looking. Glossy, white, reflective — yum!

Amazon’s got it on preorder for $249.99 — get slim!

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January 9, 2008

Photos to Go — Innovage’s Digital Photo Keychain

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It’s time to move on from the mangled, outdated wallet photos when we have digital totes like this one — the Innovage Digital Photo Keychain. You can store 60 color photos — easily loaded by connecting to your computer with a USB cable, just follow directions — and display them on a bright 1.4-inch LCD screen. Rechargeable battery lasts for 3 hours of viewing. This way your spontaneous photo sharing is always up to date with your latest trip, home renovation or cutest kid (or cat)!

Reality Check: Despite being a “keychain” this handy device probably won’t suffer well what the average set of keys go through. Keep that in mind and you won’t be disappointed. It’s a handy gadget at a great price — just treat it more like a pack of gum.

Innovage Digital Photo Keychain is 33% OFF at Amazon — good steal!

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January 8, 2008

Kodak Easyshare SV-710 7-Inch Digital Picture Frame


We like the price and easy use of inserting a memory card. You can also set the mood with music by listening to your favorite MP3s with built-in speakers while you view your photos. We can't vouch for the quality of the speakers - but it should be about the picture right?

View your pictures on the 7-inch 16:9 wide screen featuring Kodak Color Science for vibrant color and crisp detail. It is optimized with Kodak Light Management Film to provide a bright, clear display with excellent viewing angle. Display your frame on a tabletop or on a wall, vertically or horizontally.

At Kodak Easyshare SV-710 7-Inch Digital Picture Frame

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January 5, 2008

Canon PowerShot SD750 7.1MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom


Chic styling and simplicity of use identifies the technologically wonderful SD750. Canon's iconic ELPH design achieves a stunning new evolution with the PowerShot SD750 Digital ELPH. Utterly simple edge lines and cut surfaces gleam subtly with high-grade finishes; now offered in a choice of silver or black and silver. Of course, style means little without substance, and here the SD750 Digital ELPH more than delivers. 7.1 megapixels and DIGIC III create magnificent images, while exciting advanced technologies include Face Detection, Red-eye Correction, and time lapse movies. Always sized to go, the SD750 Digital ELPH is now extra-durable, with a tough scratch-resistant coating on its anti-reflective, brilliantly colorful 3.0-inch LCD screen.

At Canon PowerShot SD750 7.1MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom


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January 2, 2008

Coby DP-769 7-Inch Widescreen Digital Photo Frame with MP3 Player


The new Coby DP-769 7-inch digital picture frame blends traditional functionality with today’s technology and design. Enjoy pictures, music, and movies and capture your most precious moments with family and friends in a new vivid and engaging way. The contemporary acrylic design offers a crisp 16:9 aspect ratio for your viewing pleasure, and interchangeable faceplates and a detachable stand make it simple to present the frame how and where you'd like.

A remote control is also included, allowing you to navigate the frame from your couch or office chair. Plus, you can now free up your hard drive: the Coby frame supports a variety of media formats, including JPEG, MP3, WMA, AVI, MPG and XviD. Additionally, it's compatible with SD, xD, CF, MS and MS Duo memory formats. With the widespread use of digital cameras, camcorders, and camera phones, the Coby DP-769 is the perfect way to store and share all of your special moments captured in digital media format. Includes AC power adapter, USB cable, detachable stand, two interchangeable faceplates (black and white), and remote control.

At Coby DP-769 7-Inch Widescreen Digital Photo Frame with MP3 Player

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January 1, 2008

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