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January 30, 2009

Flickr Friday: Ode to the Groundhog

flickr_groundhog.jpgDon't forget to check for your neighborly groundhog's shadow on Monday. What is a groundhog? It's actually a woodchuck, like this baby one here. Taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT. You can see more work from eva8* at Flickr.

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January 28, 2009

NEW Digital Picture Frames from Acer

acer_digiframes.jpgFrom the folks who bring you snazzy LCD monitors for your PC, Acer is now entering the digital picture frame market--a logical leap, unlike some of the characters you'll find in the market. We're awaiting exact launch timing and pricing but expect to see four new digital picture frames soon--AF318, AF308, AF307 and AF207. They've all got high-end graphic engines, built-in card readers and slideshow, audio and touch screen capabilities. While there's nothing new about these features, we do welcome Acer to the market since they have a reputation for such quality displays.

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January 27, 2009

Beyond Memories: New Ways to Use Your Digital Camera

There are some neat ideas here from Popular Science for you digital camera users. Not only can you capture memories with your camera, but you can use it as a tool for remembering where you're parked, keeping your favorite take-out menu on hand and even as a mirror for the vanity check! (via Popular Science)popsci_tips1.jpg

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January 23, 2009

Flickr Friday: Have a Seat

flickr_frozenbench.jpgSpooky! This looks like something out of a set on a Tim Burton movie, no? But it's just a frozen bench at Jump Off Rock Trails in the woods of Hendersonville, NC. You can see more work from vgm8383 at Flickr.

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January 22, 2009

Floating Digital Picture Frames from Pandigital

pandigitaldigiframe.jpgOh there are still more tricks in the digital picture frame bag... just you wait. Check out the PanTouch Clear line of frames from Pandigital for a fresh new design. The 800x600 display "floats" in a frame of all glass. The stand on the back is also clear, so it works tabletop as well. The line also promises to be intuitive for users and can be commanded via touch icons on the glass surface of the frame. (Mind the fingerprints!) Frames should be available soon with a 7-inch model for $119 and the 8-inch model for $140. So far no press photos to share either. Arg.

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January 21, 2009

Beauty Shot Mode from Samsung in the HZ10W

samsung_HZ10W.pngAh yes... as if smile detection and scene lighting wasn't enough, now we have some automated editing from Samsung. "Beauty Shot" mode will automatically correct the humans in your photo by removing blemishes, evening out skin tone and adjusting dark spots. You'll find this vanity feature in the new Samsung HZ10W, which is available this month for $300. Features are stellar: 12.2 megapixels, 10x super zoom, 24mm wide angle lens, HD video recording at 1280x720 resolution and 30 frames per second, and you can manually control the camera (shutter, aperture, focus) if you so choose, which is a rarity in compact digital cameras.

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January 16, 2009

flickr Friday: New England Fishing Boat

flickr_fishingboat.jpgWe're not sure how much post-shot tweaking went on here... but what a brilliant shot. Amazing wide angle and ceiling of the sky. Almost painterly. Shot with a Nikon D300with a Nikon 18-200 VR lensat 18mm. You can see more work from slack12 at Flickr.

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January 14, 2009

Lego Lives: Announcing New Kids Tech Line of Digital Cameras, MP3 Players and More

lego_bionicle.jpgNow if only Lincoln Logs could stay as contemporary... Lego's gone and partnered with Digital Blue to launch a kids tech line this summer. Expect to see Lego-branded digital cameras, MP3 players, video cameras and walkie talkies... with rumors of boom boxes (seems outdated?) and clock radios. Prices should range from $20 to $60 and products are geared for the 7-11 age group. Pictured here is the Bionicle digital camera. We wish you could move the Lego pieces around on these things at least, but all parts are fixed. You could attach a little Lego person to the top. That's about it for customization.

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January 12, 2009

CES 2009: Superzoom and Wi-Fi, the New Digital Camera Trends

With no rest for the weary technology consumer, last week the industry's event CES 2009 took place in Las Vegas with thousands of companies debuting their latest consumer electronics innovations that promise to hit the market this year. So what's up with digital cameras?
kodakZ980_olympus590UZ.jpgWith most point-and-shoots are offering 10- to 14-megapixels, the megapixel wars are over and cameras are being differentiated by new features like superzoom and wi-fi. The most super of the zooms comes from Olympus in the SP-590UZ ($450 available in March) with an incredible 26x optical zoom at a focal length of 26-676mm. Kodak's launching the Z980($400 available in spring) with a 24x optical zoom at a focal length of 26-624mm. The key to success here? An excellent image stabilization feature.
sony_DSCG3.jpgOn the wi-fi front Sony has the most interesting offering with the DSC-G3($500 available now). The camera is the first to feature a built-in web browser and can upload stills and video. So whether you're in a hotspot or at home on your wireless network, not only can you load photos to sites like Shutterfly and YouTube, you can use your camera to display any photos or videos already on the sites.

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January 9, 2009

flickr Friday: Where Wolf?

flickr_wherewolf.jpgThis is one of those shots noted for great content. There's really nothing to say, best left open to interpretation. Giddy up! You can see more work from Alaina B at Flickr.

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January 6, 2009

December 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgWell we survived an odd December with shortened shopping time, storms, soft economics and whatever other unique things happened to you, Picture Snob reader. Mostly we rounded up some good shopping information for you--from kids digital cameras and ink jet printers to camera phones and certain digital picture frames.
giinii_wedgedigiframe.pngProduct of the Month: GiiNii GN-711W Wedge Digital Picture Frame
We like this innovative design from GiiNii. Just remember it's a desktop frame, this wedge won't work well on the wall at all! It's got a 7-inch screen, all the usual basic functions (no wireless) and you'll find it intuitive to use. Amazon's got it for $80and you can read our full post here.

Camera Phones

Digital Cameras

Digital Picture Frames

Monthly Roundup

Photo Printers

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January 2, 2009

flickr Friday: Snow Dole

flickr_snowdole.jpgHappy New Year folks! Look at all these unemployed snowmen. Sigh. Make sure you support this population by making a snowman at every opportunity. Photo from the Sapporo Winter Festival in Japan. Taken with a Canon EOS 30D. You can see more work from Christopher Chan at Flickr.

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