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Month: July, 2010

Epson Stylus Office BX320FW printer test / review by Trusted Reviews

28 July, 2010 (13:41) | Epson, Printer, Review | By: Camera News

Epson Stylus Office BX320FW
Epson Stylus Office BX320FW

Trusted Reviews has tested a all-in-one printer from Epson. The printer is called Epson Stylus Office BX320FW and is able to print up to 38 pages per minute or so Epson claims.

Some key features for the Epson Stylus Office BX320FW:
-Print speeds up to 38 pages per minute
-120-sheet feed slot
-Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
-16-character mono LCD display
-Five ink cartridges
-USB and ethernet connectivity

Trusted Reviews ends up giving the Epson Stylus Office BX320FW an overall score of 7 out of 10 points. The printer scores highest on print speeds and a bit lower on features, print quality and value for your money. The BX320FW is a good printer, but there are better printer out on the marked that give you more for your money like the Epson Stylus SX610FW printer.
Read the full review of the Epson Stylus Office BX320FW printer here.

Pentax X90 test / review by Trusted Reviews – superzoom digital camera with 26x optical zoom

14 July, 2010 (14:30) | Compact Camera, Pentax, Review | By: Camera News

Pentax X90
Pentax X90

Trusted Reviews has tested a superzoom camera from Pentax. The digital camera is called Pentax X90 and has an incredible 26x worth of optical zoom. It also comes with 12 megapixels and a triple anti shake system that make your pictures sharper.

Some key features for the Pentax X90 digital camera:
-12 megapixel image sensor
-26x optical zoom lens (26-676mm)
-Triple Shake Stabilized Zoom
-2.7″ LCD screen
-720p HD video with mono audio at 30fps
-Face Detection
-Choice of image format: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1

Trusted Reviews ends up giving the Pentax X90 a total score of 8 out of 10 points. The X90 scores highest on value for your money, a little lower on build quality and features while scoring lowest on image quality. The Pentax camera is really good for a superzoom camera (especially if you look at the price tag), but Pentax could do some more work on improving the image quality in their next ultrazoom camera.
Read the full review of the Pentax X90 digital camera here.

Sony announces Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E interchangeable-lens Full-HD camcorder with E-mount

14 July, 2010 (10:38) | Camcorder, Sony | By: Camera News

Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E
Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E

Sony has announced a new exciting interchangeable-lens Full-HD camcorder. The HD camcorder is called Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E and is able to use lenses for the new Nex system from Sony. The HD-camcorder is able to record videos in 1080i video quality at 24mbps, has an external viewfinder and is even able to take still photos with a resolution over 14 megapixels.

Some key features for the Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E:
-14.6MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
-Able to record 1080i video at 24mbps
-Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone
-Electronic viewfinder
-3” 921,000-dot LCD screen
-Able to capture still shots at 14.2 megapixels
-Uses SD and MemoryStick memory cards

The Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E camcorder will be released in September 2010 in USA and October 2010 in Europe and will cost about €2000 / $1999.95 with a E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens.

Press release:
“Camcorder Redefined” Sony unveils world’s first consumer interchangeable lens HD camcorder Handycam® NEX-VG10E captures cinematic Full HD movie and stereo sound with great depth
14 July 2010

• 14.2 effective megapixel ExmorTM APS HD CMOS sensor (19.5 times larger than conventional camcorder) for stunning HD movies with beautiful background defocus
• Accepts E-mount interchangeable lenses plus A-mount α DSLR lenses (via optional adaptor)
• High quality audio with Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone and external mic input
• 7.5cm (3 inch-type) Xtra Fine LCD and electronic viewfinder

Building on 25 years of continuous Handycam® innovation, Sony introduces the NEX-VG10E – the world’s first consumer HD camcorder with interchangeable lenses. It’s also the first Handycam® featuring an extra-large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that allows the creation of exquisitely cinematic background defocus effects.

Targeting video enthusiasts and photographers, the NEX-VG10E opens up unprecedented artistic possibilities not achievable with conventional consumer video cameras.

Compatible with a choice of high quality E-mount lenses, it’s the first consumer camcorder that offers the same breadth of creative expression enjoyed by DSLR photographers. Alongside the three currently available E-mount lenses, users of the NEX-VG10E can experience a wide variety of A-mount DSLR optics by using the optional LA-EA1 mount adaptor. Picking from a choice of award-winning Sony G lenses, fixed-focal length Carl Zeiss portrait lenses and other models from macro to super-telephoto, videographers will have unprecedented freedom to explore an exciting world in movie creation.

At the heart of the NEX-VG10E is a 14.2 effective megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that’s teamed with Sony’s powerful BIONZTM processor to capture very high resolution video and still images. Approximately 19.5 times bigger than the standard sensor found in other consumer camcorders, the APS-C sized imager also enables an extremely shallow depth of field. This allows videographers to achieve ‘cinematic’ results with beautiful background defocus (bokeh). In addition, the ability to capture DSLR-quality still images gives videographers extra shooting flexibility on assignment with less to carry.

Full HD 1920×1080 video images are captured in AVCHDTM format at up to the maximum 24 Mbps bit rate for superlative detail and clarity. Unlike many digital still cameras including DSLR that support HD video, there’s virtually no restriction on continuous shooting time. Just slip in your choice of either Memory Stick PRO DuoTM or SD media cards and capture Full HD video and JPEG still images for easy transfer into your existing PC storage and editing environment.

The NEX-VG10E comes supplied as standard with an image-stabilised E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens that offers a powerful 11x optical zoom range. Because of its optimized design for video shooting, this high-quality E-mount lens offers smooth, ultra low noise autofocus and iris control. In-built Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation assures clearer video images when you’re shooting handheld. At wide angle settings, Active Mode enhances anti-shake performance even further, steadying jittery images even while walking. The lens also features a circular aperture for the creation of beautiful bokeh effects whether you’re shooting video or stills.

Reflecting the demands of serious videographers, sound quality matches the phenomenal imaging performance of the NEX-VG10E. The Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone uses advanced processing algorithms to combine signals from four separate omnidirectional microphone capsules. The result is exceptionally clear stereo audio with a highly directional response: this allows videographers to capture more sound from the subject they’re shooting, and less of distracting sounds around them. There’s also a jack for adding an optional external stereo mic, plus a headphone jack for audio monitoring.

With a photo-realistic 921k dot resolution, the 7.5cm/3 inch-type Xtra Fine LCD features TruBlackTM technology for an exceptionally detailed, high contrast view of images and menu settings. The LCD is supplemented by a high-resolution (1152k dot) electronic viewfinder that assists easy framing and monitoring. The viewfinder helps operator capture clear images in bright daylight and its angle can be easily adjusted for comfortable operation.

Despite its groundbreaking creative possibilities, the NEX-VG10E is compact, beautifully balanced and easy to handle, even for novice videographers. An intuitive jog dial and hotkeys make it easy to navigate camera menus and adjust shooting parameters. Videographers can also enjoy precise manual control over Iris, Shutter Speed, Gain and White Balance for professional results.

A range of official accessories includes the ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone that attaches to the camcorder’s accessory shoe. There’s also a choice of rechargeable battery options, including the NP-FV100 that provides power for up to 330 minutes continuous HD shooting. A dedicated soft carrying case LCS-VCD is also available as an option.

Offered to customers as a free download, Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 video editing software includes everything you need to produce spectacular HD movies. Powerful tools for video compositing, colour correction and sound mixing make it easy to achieve cinema-quality results in your own home studio. You can also upload movies to web, burn them to Blu-ray Disc™ or author DVDs with custom menus and graphics.

The Handycam® NEX-VG10E interchangeable lenses Full HD camcorder is available from October 2010.

Plustek Optic Film 7400 Film / Slide scanner test / review by

2 July, 2010 (21:32) | Review | By: Camera News

Plustek Optic Film 7400
Plustek Optic Film 7400 has reviewed a film and slider scanner from Plustek. The scanner is called Plustek Optic Film 7400 and is able to scan negatives and slides.

Some key features for the Plustek Optic Film 7400 Film / Slide scanner:
-Scans negatives and slides
-7200 dpi resolution
-Color CCD image sensor
-48 bit/pixel color depth
-Scan speeds at about 112.59 seconds at 7200 dpi ends up giving the Plustek Optic Film 7400 Film / Slide scanner a good review with an overall score of 4 out of 5 stars. The reviewer finds the scanner to be good at scanning and it is very easy to use with the software it comes with. One downside is slow scanning and it is also only able to scan one frame at the time.
Read the full review of the Plustek Optic Film 7400 Film / Slide scanner here.

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