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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2005 0 comments

has introduced two new Lumix digital still cameras with 12x optical zoom and
MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). Models DMC-FZ5 and DMC-FZ4 offer 5.0-megapixel
and 4.0-megapixel resolution, respectively, and incorporate a newly developed
12x optical zoom equivalent to 36mm to 432mm (DMC-FZ5) / 35mm to 420mm (DMC-FZ4)
on a 35mm film camera lens. The 12x optical zoom combined with 4x digital zoom
magnifies images by as much as 48x, enabling users to capture images of subjects
at longer distances. Both cameras feature a high-performance LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT

Panasonic first introduced the MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer with its DMC-FZ1
digital still camera in 2003; and, in 2004, was the first to market a digital
camera with 12x zoom and MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
automatically detects and corrects for hand movement, providing precise compensation
with no image quality degradation. This technology is especially appreciated
when taking telephoto shots or when using slow shutter speeds to capture the
atmosphere in dimly lit scenes.

Panasonic's LSI Venus Engine II handles image processing, LCD functions, and
writing to the memory card simultaneously, making these cameras responsive with
an industry-leading release time lag of 0.008 seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ5
and 0.006 seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ4; and shutter interval of approx. 0.4
seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ5 and 0.3 seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ4. The
LSI also enables fast consecutive shooting capability, capturing sequential
shots at a rate of 3 frames (DMC-FZ5) or 4 frames (DMC-FZ4) per second at full
resolution. An unlimited consecutive shooting function allows the user to take
photos in succession until the memory card is full. The LSI also improves horizontal,
vertical and diagonal resolution.

Auto angle detection, a new feature, records whether an image was taken horizontally
or vertically and displays it accordingly, whether viewed on the camera's LCD
or on a connected TV.

Other features include fast AF; selectable manual functions (such as aperture-priority
AE, shutter-priority AE and manual exposure); a Simple Mode, in which most settings
are made automatically; real-time histogram; color viewfinder; built-in flash,
and more.


DMC-FZ5 April 2005 $499.95

DMC-FZ4 April 2005 $449.95


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 10, 2005 0 comments

MAC Group has announced the release of yet another exciting educational DVD
title from the ShootSmarter DVD series.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 09, 2005 0 comments

Kanguru Solutions has announced the release of the newly redesigned Kanguru
Quicksilver external hard drive. The Kanguru Quicksilver external hard drive
features a high strength exterior alloy casing allows for improved heat dissipation
during prolonged use. It also provides the option for users to lay the product
horizontal or stand vertical to economize precious storage space.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2005 0 comments

Casio, Inc.has released the newest model in its EXILIM digital camera series.
The new EXILIM PRO EX-P505 is equipped with a 5.0 megapixel imaging element and
a 5X optical zoom. It not only takes digital photos but is also capable of shooting
extended video scenes with high-image quality. The EXILIM PRO EX-P505 will be
available at retail the end of February, MSRP $499.99. The 5X optical zoom lens
has macro capability down to 1 cm, as well as aperture priority or shutter priority
automatic setting, along with manual exposure mode for completely manual operation.
The adoption of MPEG-4 technology enables full-scale high quality video shooting
in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second. "Movie BEST SHOT"
allows the user to select from sample scenes for a wide range of shooting styles.
"Short Movie" lets users film short movies during a single shutter,
while other shooting and editing functions such as "MOTION PRINT"
can be used to obtain a still image from a movie.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 04, 2005 0 comments

Distinguished businessman Mitch Goldstone recently started a humanitarian campaign
titled Operation Photo which will provide the families of deployed service members
with digital cameras. These cameras will allow the families to keep in close
contact with their loved ones overseas with the aid of digital images.

As a part of the communications programs, the cameras will be distributed by
the national non profit organization known as Operation Homefront and each package
will include a 40 percent discount when ordering Kodak quality images from the

Both the Eastman Kodak Company and the Olympus Corporation have announced their
participation and support of Operation Photo. The program's website
is currently receiving more requests than their current supply can handle.

Please send your used digital camera in good working condition to Operation Photo,
c/o 30 Minute Photos Etc., 92 Corporate Park Plaza, Suite B, Irvine, CA 92606
and if you include your e-mail address you will receive a 25% off all online photo
orders at
through Dec 31. For more information on this program please e-mail inquires to


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Mike Stensvold Posted: Feb 01, 2005 6 comments

When you focus your camera's lens on a subject, the point focused upon is sharp. Objects in the scene closer or farther than that point appear progressively less sharp as their distance from the focused point increases.

Depth of field refers to the area in front of and beyond the point focused upon in which things appear acceptably sharp in a photograph. Depth of...

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The Editors Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

Good photographs needn't be complicated.

You can often make better pictures by thinking "simple."

Instead of trying to get as much as possible into the shot, try to include as little as possible. Ideally, you should include everything that adds to the picture, and nothing else. But that's a tall order for those new to photography...

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

If you've ever been walking down the street and a picture caught your
eye, but had no camera to capture the moment, then the small, shirt-pocket size
digicams might just be item you're seeking. A number of companies, including
Pentax, Casio and Minolta have already introduced such models, each with their
own unique feature sets. Now, Contax, a name renowned for exquisite cameras
and excellent lenses, has jumped into the fray with their own version, the U4R,
a 4-megapixel camera sporting a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* lens. Those familiar
with the amazing image clarity of this line of lenses will immediately recognize
the name; those unfamiliar with it can be assured that it is a legendary name
in optics. The camera has just under a 3x optical zoom lens, delivering the
equivalent of 38-115mm in 35mm format. There's also a digital zoom if
you need it, delivering over 400mm, but as with many digital zooms it's
really a crop into the frame, and will not deliver the quality of the prime


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Lynne Eodice Posted: Feb 01, 2005 1 comments

When you view a smooth, shiny surface from the proper angle--such as glass, metal or water--you'll see a reflected image. These reflections provide you with a great opportunity to add interest to a photo by showing two different aspects of the environment at the same time. Since the reflected portion of the image is almost always distorted, it often lends a surreal...

Lynne Eodice Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

Robert Farber is renowned for his painterly images. Throughout the years, he's carved a niche with his romantic, illustrative approach to photographing nudes, landscapes and a variety of other subjects that have been featured in books like By The Sea and Farber Nudes.

He's continued this tradition with a new book, entitled American Mood...


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