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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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