Friday, 29 July 2011

Olympus SP-810UZ

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

Olympus has announced the SP-810UZ superzoom with a 36x (24-864mm 35mm equivalent.) zoom lens - the world's longest optical zoom in a compact camera. Successor to the SP-800UZ, the SP-810UZ also boasts a 14MP CCD sensor, 3.0" LCD and 720p HD video recording. Also included are a 3D capture mode, AF Tracking and Magic Filters including a new 'reflection' effect.

Priced at $329.99, the camera will start shipping from September 2011.

Friday, 22 July 2011

New MacBook Airs

Lion already installed, significantly faster (Wired says they compete with the MacBook Pros), the backlit keyboard is, erm, back, and a Thunderbolt port. When the price of 480GB SSDs come down a bit (the SSD is replaceable), I'm going to be very tempted to replace my 17" MacBook Pro with the 13" MacBook Air.

Prices start at £849, but if you know anyone travelling to the States, they begin at $999 (£619) over the pond.

For everything Apple wants you to know about them click here.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

OS X Lion

Apple's latest OS upgrade has (according to Apple) over 250 new features, the most interesting being multi-touch gesture control (think iPhone-type navigaion), AirDrop (easy mac-to-mac file sharing) and a revamped version of Mail.

It's a download-only product, available from the Apple App Store for £20.99.

For everything you want/need to know about Lion, click here.

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Brett's 2p'orth:
If you don't need any of the features, it might be worth leaving it for a while to let the early adopters discover any gremlins that have evaded the beta-testers. And if you have any older apps that relied on Rosetta to run, they won't run on Lion. Looks like I'm going to have to find an alternative to Adobe GoLive. Gotta hate progress.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Panasonic DMC-G3

Digital Photography Review have published an in-depth review of Panasonic's third-generation Micro Four Thirds offering.

Snippets from the conclusion follow:

"The G3 occupies a unique place in Panasonic's G-series lineup. With its impressive 16MP sensor and high quality built-in electronic viewfinder, this model would seem to hold appeal to DSLR owners looking for a lighter carry-everywhere camera."

"The G3 is a satisfying camera to use. Small and light enough to carry around all day, it can produce usable images even at the high end of its ISO range."

"The G3's rendering of finely detailed subjects stands up surprisingly well against entry-level DSLRs. Along with the more expensive GH2, the G3 represents a benchmark for Micro Four Thirds image quality at this point in time."

"At low ISO values, the G3's image quality compares very well with even the best APS-C based DSLRs in its price range."

"JPEG rendering still exhibits some less-than-pleasing characteristics seen in previous Panasonic models. Color rendition, particularly along the red hue can be inaccurate."

"One of our long-standing criticisms of the G-series, poor skin tone rendering, has been improved in the G3. The G3's default white balance yields more realistic flesh tones among a range of complexions."

"The G3 is a very comfortable camera to carry around on an all-day excursion and using the basic functions of the camera is intuitive."

"The G3's touchscreen interface is a joy to use and makes other manufacturers' implementations feel poorly designed by comparison."

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Brett's 2p'orth:
The DMC-G1 that I have been using for over 2 years is the best compromise between bulk and image quality that I have ever owned. If you're looking for a DSLR-type camera in the £500 price range (including lens) then my advice would be to take a look at the G3.

Me, I'll be holding off from trading in my G1 until I find out whether the rumours of a soon-to-be-launched GF PRO are correct.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Emperor 200 Workstation

MWE Labs reports: [edited]

Hand built to your requirements, the Emperor 200 is the ultimate computer workstation with several exclusive features such as touch screen control center, air filtering system, light therapy, electric powered leather seat, 3 x 24" LED screens and breathtaking sound.

MSRP: €31,400 (computer not included)

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Brett's 2p'orth:
For the skinflints among you, there is a (IMHO better-looking) budget version available for a mere €4,350 (monitors and computer not included)


Friday, 8 July 2011 [geddit? Ed.] reports:

Long hours at the new summer job? Feeling unprofessional when you check your Facebook profile at the office? Well there's nothing more professional than a nice spreadsheet. Sign in with Facebook, and see your news feed rendered into an innocuous corporate form.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Samsung ST30

Register Hardware has run a review of 10 cheap, small compact cameras. The one that stands out to me is the tiny, cheap (£60) Samsung ST30.

Review excerpts follow:

The ST30 (82 x 52 x 17mm [smaller than a credit card, Ed.], 86g [small, old-school mobile phone, Ed.]) is delightfully dinky.

The 2.4in screen resolution is only 112k dots, so it looks decidedly low-res.

Samsung’s 4.1-12.3mm, f3.3-5.9 (35mm equivalent 28-84mm) 3x zoom lens takes surprisingly good macro shots, as well as proving to be a good all-rounder. It’s also quick off the draw at just under 2.5s from start to shoot. The autofocus response was also within respectable limits and coped well for low light and night shooting.

As a step up from a phonecam, the ST30 certainly hits the spot, with the low-res screen and Micro SD storage choices being the only things to grumble about. If you’re content with a 10.1Mp resolution, as a point and shoot snapper, the ST30 puts in a thoroughly respectable performance with good ISO choices, spot on exposures and an autofocus that gets it right just about every time.

Friday, 1 July 2011

HP TouchPad

MacWorld have released a review of HP's new tablet.

Final paragraph:

"I’m glad that HP finally shipped the TouchPad. If it can get developers engaged in its platform and iron out all the bugs while also growing webOS as a smartphone operating system, it might really have something here. But that’s a story about the future, and about potential. For now, the TouchPad is just another iPad competitor that can’t measure up."

Other reviews:

The New York Times

Walt Mossberg

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