From the monthly archives: "June 2005"

Photoxels review the 4 megapixel Canon Powershot A520:

“The Canon PowerShot A520 is an attractive, compact and affordable digital camera perfect for an aspiring photographer. It improves upon the hugely popular PowerShot A85 with 4 megapixel resolution and 4x optical zoom. It has the image quality Canon is famous for, its 4.0 megapixels resolution allows 11×14 in. prints, and, more importantly, it provides the features and exposure flexibility that allow a beginner amateur photographer to start with point-and-shoot simplicity and then switch to the other exposure control modes to experiment, learn and grow in digital photography.”

You can read my review of the Canon Powershot A520 here.

Fuji F440 PhotoI’ve just uploaded several sample photos taken with the 4 megapixel FujiFilm FinePix F440 – an ultra compact digital camera – smaller than a post-it note. It features a 3.4x optical zoom, and a 2″ screen.

Have a look at the sample photos here.

DPNow review the Vosonic VP2160 X’s Drive II+ – a portable photo backup solution:

“The VP2160 makes a copy of all the files on a loaded memory card to its internal 2.5 inch hard drive so that you can connect and download then to a computer later. Connected via its USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable, the VP2160 also doubles as a portable external hard drive, but that’s the only bonus outside its tightly focussed design functionality.”

PCMag review the new 5 megapixel, ultra compact Casio Exilim EX-S500:

“With its super-slim body, light weight, versatility, and excellent picture quality, the 5-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-S500 is a camera you can carry everywhere. What’s more, the hot colors and “electrical coating” ensure you’ll take it out of your pocket as often as possible to show it off (and maybe shoot some photos, too).”

DPReview review the new Adobe Photoshop CS2:

“The ninth version of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop CS2, is part of Adobe’s Creative Suite 2 and brings a new range of interesting features for digital photographers. The objective of this review is to highlight the new and changed features compared to Photoshop CS. As usual, we will focus on those features which are useful to digital photographers.”

Megapixel.net review the new 5 megapixel, 12x optical zoom Sony Cybershot DSC-H1:

“The H1 is equipped with a 12X optical zoom stabilized with a system called Super SteadyShot, a term currently used on Sony video cameras. Optical stabilization for a digital camera is not new for Sony however, and was available as far back as 1999 with the Mavica FD91 and its 14X zoom.”

PhotographyBLOG review the 6 megapixel Pentax *ist DS Digital SLR:

“The Pentax *ist DS is an entry-level 6 megapixel digital SLR that is also one of the smallest and lightest DSLRs currently available. Highlights of the Pentax *ist DS include a large 2 inch LCD screen, 11 point auto-focus system, interchangeability with a wide selection of existing Pentax lenses and a range of different picture modes for beginners and experienced photographers alike. At a current street price around £650 / $850 / €850 with the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens, the *ist DS represents Pentax’s attempt to capture a slice of the entry-level DSLR market, and is subsequently competing with the likes of the Canon EOS 350D, Nikon D70s and Olympus E-300.”

DPNow review the Panasonic Pro High Speed SD card and a Panasonic BN-SDPC3E CardBus card reader:

“The combination of a Panasonic Pro High Speed SD card and a Panasonic BN-SDPC3E CardBus card reader makes a significant difference when both reading and writing from the card. It will save you the best part of a minute when reading a full 1GB card compared to the combination of other high speed cards and a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed card reader.”