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December 1, 2010

Picture Snob Monthly Roundup: November 2010

5149742226_debaf31eae.jpgPicture Snob was back with a bang in November after quite a hiatus, and we really hope you like what we're covering. We'd love to hear about what you'd like to see more of - just post it in the comments below or email us at news [at] picturesnob [dot] com. Check out what we covered in November, and happy photographing!

Camcorders

Deals & Promotions

Digital Cameras

Digital Picture Frames

HD Video Cameras

Photo Software

Photographers

Photography How-To

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November 1, 2010

Picture Snob Monthly Roundup: October 2010

photographist.jpgI started at Picture Snob a bit late in the month last month, so the roundup looks a bit light. Expect me to keep pumping out quality posts, camera recommendations, and photo highlights in the months to come, though. Excelsior!

Digital Cameras

HD Video Cameras

Photo Friday

Photography How-To

flickr Friday

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February 3, 2009

January 2009 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgThis year will bring yet more innovation on the digital photography front. While more folks get in the digital picture frame game, the space to watch is digital cameras. The lines are blurred completely between cell phones, cameras and computers. kodakZ980_olympus590UZ.jpg
Product of the Month: Superzoom Digital Cameras

One of the interesting new products to come out of CES 2009 is the digital cameras with superzooms--up to 26x optical zooms! The Olympus SP-590UZand the Kodak Z980are the models of note. You can pre-order now with Amazon but the product isn't set to ship until spring. You can read our full post here.

Digital Cameras

Digital Picture Frames

Industry News

Monthly Roundup

Tips and Tricks

flickr Friday

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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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December 1, 2008

November 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgThe heat is on for the holidays, economic hardship or not. The photography gift of this holiday season is definitely digital picture frames. While many scoff at these devices, we admit that the digital frames have grown on us as their functionality and design has improved and the price point has dropped. While there are many great choices out there, if you can afford it, go for wi-fi features and do not be wooed by cheap prices on unestablished brands. There are some great picks in PictureSnob's Holiday Gift Guide.

If you're not in the market for a digital picture frame, check out the best digital cameras under $250, digital cameras for kids as well as photo software and photo printers.
canon_SD1100IS.jpgProduct of the Month: Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS
Featured among the best compact digital cameras under $250, we have the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS (Amazon $160). The 8 megapixels are ample for most of us and the features we need most (3X optical zoom, image stabilization) work great on this camera. The rechargeable battery, 2.5-inch screen and direct-to-printer features just top it off. Check it out.

Digital Cameras

Digital Photo Services

Digital Picture Frames

Gift Guides

Monthly Roundup

Photo Printers

Scanners

Tips and Tricks

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November 3, 2008

October 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgWell, we're finding that October lacked a little luster, folks. Perhaps the calm before the holiday storm or supreme distraction of economy and election? Whatever the case, we saw a couple new digital picture frames come on the market--Digital Foci's Image Moments 6, some nice new designs from Cagic, the horror show that is the Anne Geddes frame from Westinghouse and finally a couple of wi-fi options from Ceiva.
Thumbnail image for cagic_birchframe.jpgProduct of the Month: Cagic Digital Picture Frames
We're awarding on looks this month. While Cagic's digital picture frames are basic in function (lacking wi-fi, remote control and audio/video) what they do, they do well. And there's a lot to be said for that in the competitive, feature-ridden digital frame market. The frames look great, have ample memory included and work via touch-matting technology. Read the full post here.

Digital Cameras

Digital Picture Frames

Industry News

Monthly Roundup

Photo Printers

Tips and Tricks

flickr Friday

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October 1, 2008

September 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgIt's getting noisy out there. September marks the start of the hubbub for gift givers the world over as we near the holiday months. There's a few new digital picture frames out there, most notable the immense 32-inch frame from Smartparts and the world's first OLED from Kodak. As for cameras, we'll tip our hats to a couple unique offerings, the photographic binoculars and the digital camera spy sunglasses.Thumbnail image for nikon_D90.jpgProduct of the Month: Nikon D90 DSLR with Movie Capability
As much as we loathe the relationship between Nikon and Ashton Kutcher, Nikon deserves some credit for launching the first DSLR with movie function. While the point-and-shoot cameras have blended video, audio and image functions for years, the very technology in a DSLR (in short, mirrors) works against video technology. Until now. Read the post for the full story and start saving, the Nikon D90 costs $1200 with lens.

Digital Cameras

Digital Photo Services

Digital Picture Frames

Industry News

Monthly Roundup

Photo Printers

Scanners

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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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August 1, 2008

August 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgThere were a bunch of exciting products we'd like to remind you of this month. Only stuff-you-can-buy is eligible for Product of the Month, but do take a gander at GigaPan, the little robot who helps you take one sick panoramic. We touched on some lack luster digital frame features--love the frames, getting tired of the gimmicky "features"--and give a big hats off to Parrot for their dynamic digital frame designs. You can read up on dye sub vs. ink jet printers and glean some pointers on ghost photography as well.
framechanel.pngProduct of the Month: Frame Channel
We love this service from Frame Channel--it's simple, useful and a little ahead of its time. It's a free membership you can use to manage the content on your wireless digital picture frame--news and sports feeds, photo sharing with friends and family, you name it. Read the full post here.

Digital Cameras

Digital Photo Services

Digital Picture Frames

Industry News

Monthly Roundup

Photo Printers

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July 1, 2008

June 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgWell, you've wasted another perfectly good month reading PictureSnob. And we thank you. Lots of innovation this month -- the discovery of the BirdCam and Ricoh's GPS camera, the release of the Strobist's lighting tutorials on DVD -- and some crazy animals taking charge of Flickr Friday. We're still being inundated with touch screen digital picture frames, which you know makes us cringe. But hey, when touch screens get us down, we think about the wonderful world of Wi-Fi and we feel better. Don't forget to take a break from the screens in your life and see the real life earth this summer!birdcam1.jpgProduct of the Month: Wingscapes' BirdCam
We like birds. We like cameras. We love the BirdCam! This little machine is simply perfect for capturing our feathered friends on the sly. Attaches to feeder posts and trees, operates by battery with infrared motion-activation. You will be the paparazzi of the birds. Check out the earlier post for the full story or be impulsive and hit up Amazon for the BirdCam at $249.99.

Accessories

Digital Cameras

Digital Picture Frames

Gift Guides

Industry News

Monthly Roundup

Photo Printers

Tips and Tricks

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June 2, 2008

May 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgMay brought forth a variety of news in digital photography. Some happy innovations with Kodak's preloaded frames and Blurb's ImageWrap, new digital frame offerings with Sony's WiFi and Fidelty's Photo Vault, and a few things you never thought you'd hear about: digital picture frame pet urns and astro cameras. As the world turns, folks.

Product of the Month: Kodak Preloaded Digital Picture Frames

While this seems like no big deal, we think Kodak hit the gift nail on the head here by offering preloaded digital picture frames and memory cards. That means you can purchase a frame as a gift and preload it with your favorite photos, saving the recipient from technology anxiety. In fact, you can gift them on a regular basis with preloaded memory cards (just $20) --they'll never have to do more than turn on the frame. Check out the earlier post for the full story as well as our coverage of the Kodak EasyShare Picture Frame line.

Digital Cameras

Digital Photo Services

Digital Picture Frames

Industry News

Monthly Roundup

Tips and Tricks

Updates & Recalls

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May 1, 2008

April 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgThis month we spent a lot of time on photo editing software and photo books. We were surprised how many great, affordable, and even free options are out there for software. We talked about Kodak's lineup of digital frames, including their new wireless model. A great discovery of MyPhotopipe, a high quality digital photo lab -- a great option for enlargements and event photographers. Then there's the crazy Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50S Wi-Fi from Japan. It is cra'zazy. See below for links to all this month's articles.

GE_G1.jpgProduct of the Month: GE G1 Digital Camera

Our hats must go off to GE this month for the wonderfully affordable and feature-packed GE G1. Sometime this year we'll see some updates with the G2 and G3 -- we'll let you know when they hit retail. $119.95 gets you a slim, 7-megapixel camera with zoom, movie and sound capability, and a zillion other features. Read the post to get the whole story.

Digital Cameras

Digital Photo Services

Digital Picture Frames

Industry News

Photo Software

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March 31, 2008

March 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgOh, March. A little bit of everything happened this month. We introduced two new categories--Photo Printers and Scanners--expect more on those topics "moving forward" (corporate speak). There are some great tips and tricks on lighting (featuring the Strobist) and photo books that could save you some aggravation, so be sure to check those out.
Thumbnail image for tinyprints1.jpgProduct of the Month: tiny*prints
By product, we mean service. tiny*prints we dub thee the product of the month. It's the myriad of design options and heavyweight paper that puts tiny*prints ahead of its competition. They specialize in announcements, invitations and many other custom stationery products. See the full post here or visit tiny*prints directly and try them out!

Digital Cameras
Olympus E-420 Superlatives: Smallest, Lightest... Cheaper DSLR
Olympus Stylus 830: All-Weather Body Survives Beach Bums, Ski Bums and Puddle Lovers
Panasonic Lumix FX500 Digital Camera: Touch It!

Digital Picture Frames
Polaroid-style Digital Photo Frame
Westinghouse Digital Photo Frames with MosaicView™ Technology

Digital Photo Services
tiny*prints: There's nothing tiny about them
Apple Photo Books: 6 Tips to Get Good Results

Industry News
The Future Continues to Be Scary: The Auto-Focus Oven
Polaroid-style Digital Photo Frame

Photo Printers

Epson Stylus Photo Series: Proven Ink Jet Photo Printers

Scanners
Convert Negatives to Digital with the Digital Film Scanner

Tips & Tricks

Lighting 101 from the Strobist and Table Top Studio
Apple Photo Books: 6 Tips to Get Good Results

Flickr Friday
Primavera by Berhart Erich
Pointing to Heaven by Extra Medium
Rock of Cashel by Monti 12
A Brand New Bunny by Greefus Groinks
Chikezie! RIP by Mizz Iyabo Opeke

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March 3, 2008

February 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgThis was a big month, kicked off with the latest photo innovations showcased at PMA 08. We put together some comprehensive assessments of digital printing and sharing photo services to help you decide which is best for you -- these services don't need to be like cell phone plans! There are several exciting lines of digital picture frames out now, most notably Sony and Ality. And of course the cameras just get better and better with more megapixels and less body mass. Now go out there and take some shots!
ality_pixxawireless.jpgProduct of the Month: Ality Wireless Pixxa Digital Picture Frame
This actually wasn't a hard choice this month. The coveted Product of the Month award is going to the Ality Wireless Pixxa Digital Picture Frame! The entire Ality line is so impressive and unique. The Wireless Pixxa is right up there with the latest developments and a commendable free service for sharing photos that really embodies the spirit of the World Wide Web. Ality, we like your style and can't wait to see more from you.

Digital Cameras

HD Video Recording is the New Standard for Point + Shoot Digital Cameras
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 Slim Digital Camera
Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is Shockproof, Waterproof, Freezeproof + Crushproof!
Just Released! The Casio EX-S10 is Slimmer than Slim
Smile Detection, Blink-Recognition and Other Intelligent Promises
VuPoint Zippo Digital Spy Camera
New Patent Allows You to Take Movies on DSLRs
RIP: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film
NEW: Sony DSC-W300 and DSC-H50

Digital Picture Frames
Sony S-Frame: DPF-V900, DFP-V700, DPF-D70
Coping with Technology: Smashing a Digital Picture Frame
Smartparts SP3200 32" HD Photo Frame: The Crème de la Crème
DIY: Homemade Digital Photo Frame
Ality Digital Picture Frames: Wireless Pixxa is King

Digital Photo Services
Digital Photo Services: Comparing Apple, Kodak, Shutterfly, SmugMug and Snapfish
Photo Sharing: From Flickr, Facebook and Shutterfly to iWeb, .Mac and Pixamo

Industry News
News from PMA 08: HD Video Recording is the New Standard for Point + Shoot Digital Cameras
News from PMA 08: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 Slim Digital Camera
News from PMA 08: Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is Shockproof, Waterproof, Freezeproof + Crushproof!
New Patent Allows You to Take Movies on DSLRs
RIP: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Tips & Tricks
Coping with Technology: Smashing a Digital Picture Frame
DIY: Homemade Digital Photo Frame

Flickr Friday
Dinnertime by Laura Travels
A Striped Affair by Catherine Reyes
Valentine Altoid Tin by HerArtworks
Inseto by Werner Mathi
Maple Tree Buds by Danno-3

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