Peter K. Burian

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

The first digital SLR from Sony, the Alpha A100 ($899, body; $999 with 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens) offers amenities from the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D along with Sony technology. This first camera from the Konica Minolta/Sony collaboration announced in 2005 employs the Alpha designation that was previously used for the Maxxum line in Asia. More than a "re-badged Maxxum...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

The Olympus EVOLT E-330 is the first interchangeable lens digital SLR with a true, full-time Live View feature. Framing a shot with the E-330 is just as convenient as it is with a compact digital camera. You can preview the subject in full color on a flip-out, variable-angle LCD monitor, another first for a digital SLR camera.

In fact, there are two distinct Live View...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

Smaller than a pack of Wrigley's gum--or a mini Bic lighter in some cases--a USB flash memory drive can be a useful device. Its primary purpose is for transferring data from one computer to another: from a laptop used when traveling to your home desktop, for example. A USB flash drive simply plugs into a Mac or Windows computer's USB port where it's...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Every year the PMA Show becomes increasingly digital in its scope, with fewer exhibitors of "traditional" products. The 2006 show confirmed this trend but surprisingly, most of the new lenses (of familiar brands) are of the multi-platform type: suitable for 35mm cameras and digital SLRs with small (APS-C size) or full-frame sensors. That may not prove to be a...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

As Canon's media spokesman Chuck Westfall predicted a few months earlier, "In compact cameras, the megapixel race is pretty much over." Well, that race may never be over but there is a lull in the action, at least for the moment. The majority of the latest digicams fall into the 5- to 6-megapixel category. Granted, I found some new 8-megapixel models at PMA...

Peter K. Burian Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

The first digicam with built-in lens to employ an APS-C size sensor, the 10-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-R1 received a great deal of attention when it was first announced. News sites around the world emphasized Sony's claims of substantially wider dynamic range and much higher sensitivity vs. cameras like the Cyber-shot DSC-F828 with its up until now standard digicam sensor...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Pros
· High resolution, pleasing color rendition, snappy contrast, superb image quality at ISO 100-400
· Supersonic Wave filter is highly effective in removing dust from CCD sensor
· Overall speed should satisfy most photo enthusiasts
· Vast range of features to satisfy both novices and experienced digital...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

As digital SLRs and "prosumer" digicams have become increasingly popular, the need for recording speed has also increased. Anyone who owns a 6- to 10-megapixel camera can really benefit from a very fast memory card. Particularly after shooting a series of images, recording time can be quite short--instead of frustratingly long--so the camera can be ready to...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

As digital SLR cameras have become more affordable, an increasing number of photography and imaging enthusiasts have made the shift to digital capture. But there's one common complaint--the ultra-wide angle lenses designed for 35mm systems do not produce an expansive angle of view with any of the affordable digital SLRs. Because such cameras employ a sensor that's...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

PROS
· Oversized LCD monitor, ease of basic use, and great versatility
· Anti-Shake system provides effective stabilization with most Maxxum lenses
· Quick response, fast 3 fps framing rate, and competitive burst depth
· Excellent image quality; digital noise and JPEG artifacts are very well controlled

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