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September 30, 2008

A New Digital Photo Duo: The HP Photo Printer B8550 & Scanjet G3110

Every digital photographer needs a quality printer and scanner to craft their wares. Among the products HP unveiled at Photokina 2008 this year, we thought this was a great combination for home use--all the features you need at a reasonable price. hp_printerb8550.jpgThe HP B8550 Photo Printer ($305) has got a five-ink system (individual cartridges) and an extra-large feed tray that will print photos up to 13x9 with a maximum print resolution of 1200x1200. Other highlights include the multi-card reader and 2.4-inch LCD screen you can use for PC-free printing and editing of images.hp_scanjetG3110.jpgAs for the Scanjet G3110 ($100), you've got a 48-bit color 4800x9600dpi scan resolution for high-quality scans of photos, slides, negatives and even 3D objects. The included software is handy, including editing tools (red-eye, dust, fading) and ability to scan directly to printer or email.

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September 29, 2008

Smartparts' 32-inch HD Digital Picture Frame: Hold Me

smartparts_SP3200.jpgTechnically, we saw Smartparts launch this frame in February, but there's much more hubbub about the SP3200WF since it showed up at Photokina 2008. When a digital picture frame gets this big (and expensive) it begs the question if you'd be better off with a flat screen television. But we think this frame could be ideal in corporate and retail applications... and then for the wealthy few that have the wallspace. At any rate, the Smartparts SP3200WF is impressive and sports traditional wooden styling. Equipped with wi-fi, support for Windows Live Photo Gallery, multi-card reader and a screen resolution of 1366x768. This frame can also handle PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, video and RSS feeds.

Contrary to what the press is reporting the frame is on sale at Amazon for $760. If you're set on this you might want to wait a couple weeks to see if they release an updated edition because it seems fishy to have a debut at this point without some changes... we'd expect this to be sorted out in the next few weeks for the holiday season though.

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September 26, 2008

flickr Friday: First Frost

flickr_firstfrost.jpgOkay, maybe the first frost isn't here yet, but it's lurking. An early frost sure does make for beautiful imagery, like this crystallized rose blossom. Taken with a Nikon D2X. You can see more work from mick y at Flickr.

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September 25, 2008

Sony's Updated Cybershot T-Series: Meet the T700 and T77

sony_t700t77.jpgPerhaps the most notable update on these new Cybershots is the look. Sony has managed to be more sleek and more hip than anyone else on the market right now when it comes to pocket-sized digital cameras. Both cameras feature 10.1-megapixels, Carl Zeiss lenses, a 4x optical zoom and an incredibly thin dimension--only 5/8 of an inch! Here are the differentiating features:

Sony Cybershot T77 ($299)
The 3-inch widescreen touch panel LCD, 11 scene modes and high sensitivity shooting (up to ISO 3200) are among the best-in-class features that make Cybershot a shoo-in.

Sony Cybershot T700 ($399)
In addition to the features you find in the T77, you get 4GB of internal memory and a 3.5-inch widescreen touch panel LCD with an upgraded display meant for photo-album-in-your-pocket viewing.

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September 24, 2008

Get Your Covert On with Spy Glasses from Brando

Unless you're a regular gawker of surveillance equipment catalogs, you probably don't know where to find your next pair of spyglasses. Well, we at Picturesnob are here to help, not to judge. Whether you're trying to streamline your gadgetry, stalk a loved one or just yearn to be a creep, you'll be pleased to find these new offerings from Brando.brando_splyglass_mp3.jpgSunglasses with Camera and MP3 ($165)
The built-in 2GB Flash memory allows you to take over 15,000 photos (yikes!) at 1.3-megapixels. There's a built-in rechargeable battery that's good for up to 2 hours of music or 2-9 hours of photos, depending on how frequently you're shooting. You control the camera with a wireless remote shutter control that you can keep in your pocket for the ultimate discreet operation. Stereo headphones will allow you to set your surveillance to music--Carmina Burana perhaps? Lenses are polarized.brando_spyglass_video.jpg
Sunglasses with Video and Audio Recorder
Similar to the above, but instead of the camera and MP3 functionality you have a video/audio recorder that shoots 30 frames per second at 320x240. The built-in 2GB memory can be supplemented with a 2GB memory card. The design of these glasses isn't as covert, so depending on your operation you might want to go for something more discreet.

(via Computerworld Blogs)

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September 23, 2008

Nikon's D90: World's First DSLR with Movie Function

nikon_D90.jpgAll right, we'll put our Ashton Campaign Disgust on hold just long enough to talk about the newest Nikon digital SLR, the D90. The youngest in a line of notable siblings (D40, D60, D80) the D90 flaunts being the first DSLR with a movie function. Key features include 12.3-megapixels, 3-inch LCD, low-noise performance from ISO 200 to 3200 (can go to 6400) and a multitude of scene recognition settings for optimal auto exposures. As for the movies, it shoots in AVI format at 320x216, 640x424 or 12800x720 and you can use your multiple lenses, so that means movies in macro, wide angle and even fisheye if you are so inclined. Learn more at the D90 microsite.

The verdict? It's a nice perk, the DSLR with movie capability. And you pay for it. But we're still in the conservative mindset that if quality is your game, you are best off with a separate DSLR and video camera. We'll attest to the D90's relative lightweight and its battery's incredible life--we've used it for a 10-hour day of wedding photography and even a week in Rome, so while we advocate keeping a spare battery on hand, there's quite the juice in them. You'll find this sweet machine at Amazon for $1,284 (with lens).

Now for the rant: we despise Ashton Kutcher as the face of Nikon. Watch this ad and tell us Nikon isn't out of touch with its audience. You want to sell a $200 CoolPix with Kutcher, be our guest. You want to sell a $1300 D90 with Kutcher, get a clue. Sigh.

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September 22, 2008

How We Know the Digital Picture Frame Made It: Kitschy Doo-Dads from Nextar and Tao

nextar_pumpkindigiframe.jpgIf you're ever unsure if a technology product has caught on with the masses, just sift through some catalogs and see if you can't find horrific doo-dad applications of it. While we've gotten over the digital photo keychain, this week we're enjoying the fancy pen holder digital picture frame from Tao Electronics (Amazon $87.14) and the pumpkin and princess digital picture frames from Nextar (Kmart $49.99). Snatch them up quick!tao_penholderdigiframe.jpg

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September 18, 2008

NEW from Kodak: World's First OLED Wireless Digital Picture Frame

kodak_OLEDwireless.jpgWowsers! Kodak invented OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology and now they've stuffed it into the first ever consumer-available wireless digital frame. OLED technology gives greater color depth and saturation, and views well from any angle--all in a display panel that is significantly thinner than the usual. In addition, you've got the wi-fi technology (which should pretty much be mandatory in digital frames, in our opinion), a premium audio system and wide screen display.

In November, the frame will go on sale at Kodak.com (later at other retailers) with the whopping price tag of $999. Yeah. In the meantime, you could head on over to Cologne, Germany and see the frame on display at Photokina, the world's largest photo and imaging trade fair.

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September 16, 2008

Ultra Thin & Ultra Cool: Digital Picture Frames from GiiNii

giiniidigiframes.jpgAnother player in the digital picture frame market, but one of few with interesting designs! GiiNii has a variety of digital frames with 8-inch, 7-inch and 5-inch LCD screens. The exact features vary by model, but most include a 4:3 screen ratio, 800x600 screen resolution, remote control, compatibility with most memory cards, USB port and MP3 audio and video playback. For designs, there's everything from pinched wood and tan alligator to silver wedge and pink plaid. Prices range from $75-130.

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September 15, 2008

Epson's All-in-One Printers Under $100: Epson Stylus NX400, NX300, NX200 and NX100

We'll be covering the best all-in-ones on the market this fall. So Epson has recently rounded out its line, first with the Stylus NX400 in June, and now with the recent launch of the Stylus NX300, Stylus NX200 and Stylus100. While we focus on photographic needs at PictureSnob, we find that many people are better served with an economical all-in-one printer for home use. While it's no photo printer, most of us are printing photos less and less these days, opting for web sharing and digital picture frames, and when we do want a photo printed, it's often easier to use a printing service like Shutterfly or myphotopipe.

Below are the specs on the four models. Our recommendation? If faxing is important to you, go with the NX300. If PC-free photo printing is important to you, consider the NX400--the LCD screen will be handy in that situation.

epson_stylusNX100.jpgEpson Stylus NX100 ($69.99)
- 3-in-1: print, copy, scan
- 4-color DURABrite Ultra Ink (individual cartridges)
- Maximum paper size: 8.5"x44"
- 48-bit color, 600 x 1200 dpi scanning
- 5760 x 1400 dpi print resolution

epson_stylusNX200.jpgEpson Stylus NX200 ($79.99)
- 4-in-1: print, copy, scan, photo
- Memory card slots for PC-free printing
- Auto Photo Correction
- 4-color DURABrite Ultra Ink (individual cartridges)
- Maximum paper size: 8.5"x44"
- 48-bit color, 1200 x 2400 dpi scanning
- 5760 x 1400 dpi print resolution

epson_stylusNX300.jpgEpson Stylus NX300 ($89.99)
- 4-in-1: print, copy, scan, fax
- 4-color DURABrite Ultra Ink (individual cartridges)
- Maximum paper size: 8.5"x44"
- 48-bit color, 1200 x 2400 dpi scanning
- 5760 x 1400 dpi print resolution

epson_stylusNX400.jpgEpson Stylus NX400 ($99.99)
- 4-in-1: print, copy, scan, photo
- Memory card slots and 2.5-inch LCD for PC-free printing
- Auto Photo Correction
- 4-color DURABrite Ultra Ink (individual cartridges)
- Maximum paper size: 8.5"x44"
- 48-bit color, 1200 x 2400 dpi scanning
- 5760 x 1400 dpi print resolution

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September 12, 2008

flickr Friday: America's Next Top Frog!

flickr_nexttopfrog.jpgWho knew how good frogs look on blooming sedum? Well. If you kissed this frog it would stay just the way it is. This is a pacific tree frog, captured a year ago with a Konica Minolta MAXXUM. You can see more work from Minette Layne at Flickr.

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September 11, 2008

New Digital Picture Frame and Portable DVD Player from LG

LG_digiframeDVDplayer.jpgWell if it isn't something NEW in the digital picture frame lineup! LG has debuted the LG DP889 ($229), which functions as an 8-inch digital picture frame and a portable DVD player. The frame sports a 3-in-1 memory card slot but you can also pull photos right off a DVD. Also features dual headphone jacks, so you and a friend can settle into a flick on an airplane without bothering anyone else. If you're at home, the built-in speakers are decent for a theater experience. Battery life is 3.5 hours for video playback. We like this innovation!

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September 10, 2008

Photographic Binoculars: Photo & Video Capture at a Distance

barska_photobinocular.jpgIt can be lonely in the viewfinder of the binocular... especially in this age of instantly sharing what we see on camera LCDs, phones and more. There are two types of photo binoculars -- ones that simply mount a digital camera between the binoculars' eyepieces and ones that have the digital camera lenses integrated into the binocular lenses. The former is cheaper but not truly representative of what you see in your lenses and may result in blurry or double vision images--it's the simple math of one lens trying to capture what two lenses are seeing. The latter ensures what-you-see-is-what-you-get in your photos and videos.

What can you do with photo binoculars? They're great for birders and wildlife voyeurs of course, but also Joe Sports Fan might want to bring a set to the game and record some plays for a later debate.

As with any two-in-one apparatus, photo binoculars give you both functions but of course if you want the best camera, just get a camera, and if you want the best binoculars, just get binoculars. You will find photo binoculars to generally have a more limited field of view and width of view than regular binoculars. Here are a few to check out:

Barska Point 'N View 5-megapixel 8x32mm Photo Binocular ($240)
Bushnell Instant Replay 5-megapixel 8x30mm Roof Prism Photo Binocular ($180)
Celestron VistaPix 3.1-megapixel 8x32mm Photo Binocular ($143)

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September 9, 2008

New Photo Card Designs from StationeryStyle for Holidays 2008

stationerstyle_holiday08.jpgOkay, it's early to think about holiday cards, but we're just telling you the companies that be are starting to launch their 2008 designs. Check out the latest from StationeryStyle and if you can stomach an early order, there are discounts to be had -- 10% off at least. They offer free color correction and consultation to help you make your photo look the best.

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September 8, 2008

NEW! The Sony Vaio CP1 Wi-Fi Digital Picture Frame: Sleek and Tasty

sony_vaio_digiframe.jpgSo we know that any foray Sony takes into digital picture frames is quality, given their expertise in digital displays and decades of success in the consumer electronics market. Add to this the innovation of Shoutcast radio streaming in their latest frame, the Sony Vaio CP1. That means you've got a nice set of speakers on the frame from which to play Internet radio.

Otherwise you'll be happy with a 7-inch monitor, wireless networking, RSS feed integration and 128MB internal memory plus compatibility with most media cards and online albums like Picasa. You can have your RSS headlines run over your photos, as well as date and time information. The display itself is a cut above with 16 million colors and a light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the display according to ambient light. Frame goes on sale in mid-October for $300.

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September 5, 2008

flickr Friday: Sloth Binge

flickr_sloth1.jpgOkay, we're kind of into sloths here at PictureSnob. So let's let one shine today! This is a little guy found in a tree in the Amazon. Big claws! But the photographer says he easily domesticated him. Maybe they should start making toupees out of sloth hair, it looks convincing. All shot with a Canon PowerShot. You can see more work from Praziquantel at Flickr. And you can learn more about sloths here.

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September 4, 2008

Samsung Launches Line of Wi-Fi Digital Picture Frames

And so it begins, folks. Get ready to be inundated with digital picture frames in these months leading up to the holidays. That's right, the holidays. We'll do our best to sift through the wreckage for you and bring the real winners to the top.samsung_wififrames.jpgKeep an eye on these frames from Samsung as we see the wi-fi options growing. The 8-inch SPF-85V retails in October at $199 and the 10-inch SPF-105V will be available in November for $289. Both frames feature wireless connectivity, auto rotation and a rechargeable battery as well as InfoLink's free information service to obtain news, weather and stocks via wireless.

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September 3, 2008

Fujifilm Debuts HD Video on New Digital Cameras: Fujifilm FinePix S20000HD

Not to be left in the dust, Fujifilm has gotten on the bandwagon with a new offering of digital cameras ripe for the holiday season (yikes), one of which includes HD video capabilities. Affordably priced and competitive with auto features, here's the lineup to consider:fujifilm_S20000HD.png
Fujifilm FinePix S20000HD ($299.71)

- 10-megapixel with 2.7-inch LCD
- 15x optical zoom with bracketing zoom feature and one-touch 2x digital zoom
- Wide-angle lens capability (27.6mm) and macro zoom (to 1cm)
- Continuous shooting at high-speed 13.5fps (up to 33 Frames)
- 1280x720 HD video recording (up to 15min)
- Image stabilization, face detection, 13 scene modes and manual modefujifilm_F60fd.pngFujifilm FinePix F60fd ($284.35)
- 12-megapixel with 3-inch LCD
- 3x optical zoom
- Auto Scene Recognition makes thorough exposure adjustments
- Image stabilization, face detection, 13 scene modes and manual modefujifilm_J150W.pngFujifilm FinePix J150w ($199.95)
- 10-megapixel with 3-inch LCD
- 5x optical zoom with wide-angle lens (28mm)
- 640x480 video recording (30 frames per second)
- Image stabilization, face detection, 13 scene modes and manual mode
- ISO 1600 sensitivity

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September 2, 2008

August 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgWell August was a smorgasboard, folks. Lots of new photo printers hit the market for back-to-school--most look great, especially Canon and Epson, although we have some envy over what our friends in Japan get to play with. Digital picture frames remain an uneventful constant. Be sure to read about the researchers in the Midwest who are trying to develop a lens based on the human eye that would have incredible implications for medicine and consumer electronics. And on the more practical front, definitely read up on how to make tattoos with your ink jet printer. Thumbnail image for epson_artisan_700_800.jpgProduct of the Month: Epson Artisan Series All-in-One Printers
Yes, Epson, right at the end of the month you blow us away with more great printing options. These are compact, all-in-one (printer, copier, fax) printers that feature Epson's Ultra Hi-Definition Claria photo ink and a handful of other useful features like CD/DVD printing and wi-fi. The Artisan 700 goes for $200 and the Artisan 800 for $300 -- read the full post here.

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