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  • Yup, it's a point-and-shoot: Pentax Optio V20

    Yup, it's a point-and-shoot: Pentax Optio V20

    Those of you who fancy point-and-shoots, listen up! The Pentax Optio V20 is on the way, further complicating your “what digital camera should I buy?” predicament. There’s but so many parameters to keep track of when it comes to point-and-shoots, namely pixel count, LCD size, and what kind of lens you’re working with. A quick scan reveals the V20 to be fairly capable. For… Read More

  • Secret firmware gives Canon point-and-shoots that old razzamatazz

    Secret firmware gives Canon point-and-shoots that old razzamatazz

    There used to be an old myth that said stereo manufacturers basically sold the same stereo and added and removed holes in the casing depending on the price. You paid $100? You got a volume slider. Paid $1,000? They cut the holes for a whole EQ set. CHDK is kind of like that, but it isn’t. Designed to work with Canon consumer point and shoots, CHDK is a homebrew firmware that adds RAW… Read More

  • Samsung claims yet another world's first

    Samsung claims yet another world's first

    So-yeon Lee will be the first Korean to fly into space and accompanying her will be two digital cameras from Samsung. The NV24HD will be the first digital point-and-shoot to be used in space. A GX-20 (DSLR), twin to the Pentax K20D, will also join the fray. I hope they’re sending a slew of ultra wide-angle lenses with that instead of the kit lens. Both cameras underwent shock and vibration… Read More

  • Panasonic's DMC-FX500 point-and-shoot is as expensive as it sounds

    Panasonic's DMC-FX500 point-and-shoot is as expensive as it sounds

    I have to say, for the price of this Lumix, you could almost get yourself my Canon Rebel XT (an old version but still) and a 50mm 1.8 lens. But then you wouldn’t have all the gadget-ness that comes along with a $400 point-and-shoot. An awesome touchscreen where you can touch the person you want in focus, a 25-125mm equivalent lens, and the ability to shoot 720p video. Pretty tempting. But… Read More

  • The random endorsement: Digital SLRs (or why point-and-shoots are a waste of time)

    [photopress:endorse030508.jpg,full,right] There wasn’t an endorsement last week—frowny face—because head whip cracker Biggs had me write that cute Usenet primer. As a result, one of you wants me thrown off the Internet for good, which I wouldn’t be altogether opposed to. But we’re back to basics today; another plain jane, vanilla otherredundantword endorsement for… Read More

  • Panasonic spits out more point and shoots, the TZ4 and TZ5

    Panasonic spits out more point and shoots, the TZ4 and TZ5

    The vital statistics: 9.1 megapixels (8.1 on the TZ4), 10x optical zoom on a Leica 28mm lens, 3-inch LCD (2.5 on the TZ4) It’s got all the usual goodies: in-camera red-eye reduction, a pretty solid optical image stabilization system, face detection, and “constant AF,” which sounds annoying but may be useful — I just don’t want that little mosquito-buzz of a focusing… Read More

  • Nikon's point-and-shoots at ~$200, give or take

    Nikon's point-and-shoots at ~$200, give or take

    If $200 is your estimated budget for a new point-and-shoot, keep reading. Others may want to skip to the next item. Above you see pictured the new S520 ($230) in “tawny.” It and its slightly cheaper cousin, the S210 ($180), have remarkably similar feature sets. 8-megapixel, ISO “up to” 2000 (a modest boast), anti-reflective 2.5″ LCD, a cool face-priority autofocus… Read More

  • Nikon's little superstar, S600

    Nikon's little superstar, S600

    The cream of the crop has got to be the S600. Why? Because it’s the snappiest of the bunch, has tons of great features and it is the best looking. That being said, you can decide based on the specs. The S600, like the S550, has a 10-megapixel sensor, 4x wide-angle 28-112mm zoom Nikkor lens, image stabilization and the fastest start-up time, 0.7 seconds, in its class. ISO sensitivity reaches… Read More

  • Nikon knows when you've blinked

    Nikon knows when you've blinked

    PMA is three days away and Nikon, like everyone else else, is spilling the beans ahead of time to create some buzz. Also added to the Coolpix line is the S550, which is a 10-megapixel point-and-shoot with a 5x zoom Nikkor lens, electronic vibration reduction aka image stabilization and two new shooting modes that are sure to get you the best portrait shots ever. The Smile and Blink Warning modes… Read More

  • Fuji adds even more colors of the rainbow to the Z-series

    Fuji adds even more colors of the rainbow to the Z-series

    For the fun, zany, quirky folks comes the FinePix Z20fd. The 10-megapixel shooter comes in a variety of colors and features a Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5-inch LCD, 45MB of internal storage and a new feature dubbed Dual Blog Mode. What DBM does is quite simple, really. It automagically resizes any image or movie for easier and faster uploading to e-mails or YouTube. Other features like face… Read More