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Google Android / T-Mobile G1 Manual Download

Posted in Google, Phones by Elliott Back on September 25th, 2008.

If you’re hankering for a quick look at the new Google Android G1 phone, a full manual has already leaked. You can download it from one of many sites:

t-mobile-g1-manual.rar

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Your phone will play the following music file formats:

• MP3
• M4A (iTunes AAC, DRM-free)
• AMR
• WMA (8)
• MIDI
• WAV
• OGG Vorbis

Olympus FE-300 Gets Reviewed

Posted in Cameras, Olympus by Danielle on December 18th, 2007.

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Although the Olympus FE-300 hoped to lure consumers with snazzy features like smile-detection, high ISO functionality (up to ISO 6400), and a 12 megapixel sensor, the Photography Blog found the Olympus FE-300 a little lacking in actual practice. “Around £200 (less, with Internet deals) for a good looking, stylishly designed 12 megapixel zoom compact from a well-known brand looks like a great deal on paper – almost too good to be true. And so it proves in practice. Though the Olympus FE-300 is commendably easy to use – with that now familiar ‘guide’ function on the mode wheel offering novice users reference to what is, in effect, an in-camera manual that automatically makes function selections for you – and it’s reasonably swift in operation, if not a class leader, the resultant images are what lets it down. The real bugbear here is camera shake, an inherent problem with slender camera designs that the Olympus FE-300 fails to effectively address. Bumping up the ISO simply results in detail loss and images that are unusable anyway. If you want a camera for any more than pointing and shooting – and the FE-300 doesn’t offer much more functionality than just that – you’ll be disappointed. That’s unless you really are a first time digital camera user with nothing to compare its performance to. You get what you pay for and if having a good looking compact to win the envy of your mates is more important than the resulting images, then the FE-300 is for you. But for most of us picture quality is all that matters, which means that we can only award the distinctly average Olympus FE-300 a distinctly average score.”

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Furthermore, Digital Camera Review writes that “The Olympus FE-300 provides a whopping 12 megapixels of resolution, but don’t let the thought that “more is better” enter your mind when deciding about whether to buy this camera. With this camera, all that 12 megapixels gets you is large files and the ability to do a ton of cropping. Now, if you are looking for a quality built, slim, entry level, easy to use camera, then consider this camera, but realize that you’ll get average image quality.”
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CNET adds that “The Olympus FE-300 distinguishes itself as one of the lightest, least-expensive 12-megapixel cameras currently available. Unfortunately, its pictures pale in comparison to those from some higher-end, lower-resolution cameras.”

Amazon Leaks the Canon 40D DSLR

Posted in Cameras, Canon, Leaked by Danielle on August 19th, 2007.

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Amazon really messed up on this one. The specifications, launch date, and price of the Canon 40D DSLR were leaked onto the Amazon website. The launch date is September 20, 2007, and will cost $1,299. The most important features of the 40D are the 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC III Image Processor, a large 3.0 inch LCD screen, 6.5fps continuous shooting speed, and a 75JPEG/17 RAW buffer. Engadget caught the Amazon page before Amazon pulled it down; you can view it here.

Full Specifications:
“• 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints

• Large 3.0-inch LCD display with enhanced Live View and broadened color gamut

• 6.5 frame-per-second continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images)

• sRAW mode; 35-zone metering system; integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit

• Powered by BP-511A, BP-511, or BP-512 lithium-ion battery pack; stores images on CF cards

• Resolution: Approximately 10.1 million effective pixels (total pixels: approximately 10.5 million)

• Recording pixels: 3888 x 2592

• Sensor type: CMOS sensor, with primary R-G-B filtration

• Sensor size: 22.2 x 14.8 millimeters

• Pixel size: 5.7 microns square

• Lens focal length factor: 1.6x

• Sensor dust removal: EOS Integrated Cleaning System; active removal of dust by vibrating front low-pass filter; automatic removal of dust spots, in Canon Digital Photo Professional software (v. 3.1 or higher)

• Maximum frames per second: 6.5 frames per second (fps) at full resolution

• Maximum number of frames / burst: JPEG: 75; RAW: 17

• Shutter speeds: 30 seconds to 1/8000, plus Bulb (1/3 or 1/2-step increments)

• Flash sync speed: Up to 1/250, with EX-series Speedlites

• Anticipated shutter durability: 100,000 exposures, based on Canon test methods

• Computer interface: USB 2.0 (Hi-speed)

• Image recording storage media: CompactFlash (CF) cards (type I or II, including Microdrives)

• Card compatibility: “FAT32″ compatible–OK for cards over 2GB

• Image format options: JPEG (choice of “Fine” or “Normal” compression); RAW (Canon .CR2 RAW file format); RAW + JPEG (any JPEG file size available; JPEG file written as separate file)

• Analog to digital conversion: 14 bits per channel (16,382 separate tones from brightest to darkest, for each channel)

• Resolution options: “Large”–3888 x 2592 (approximately 10.1 million pixels); “Medium”–2816 x 1880 (approximately 5.3 million pixels); “Small”–1936 x 1288 (approximately 2.5 million pixels)

• File numbering: sRGB color space: IMG_0001.JPG or IMG_0001.CR2; Adobe 1998 RGB color space: first character is always underscore (_)

• Folders: Automatically created for image storage; new folder can be user-created with “Manual Reset” function; folders cannot be freely selected on memory card by the photographer

• Highlight tone priority: Expands tonal range of bright highlights by about one stop; ISO range limited to 200 to 1600; activated by C.Fn II-3-1

• Data verification: “Original Image Data” can be appended to each image via Custom Function IV-6-1; requires optional Canon Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3 to check authenticity

• Live View viewing options: Camera’s LCD monitor; computer monitor, via USB; computer monitor, via wireless transmitter WFT-E3A

• Manual focus: Viewed on LCD monitor, with option to magnify focus area 5x or 10x

• Autofocus: Possible–C.Fn III-6-1 active, press AF On button; mirror drops down temporarily while AF On button is pressed, allowing AF to function

• Silent mode Live View shoot: Mode 1: First shutter curtain remains open; shooting up to 6.5 fps possible; Mode 2: Quieter option; 2nd shutter curtain doesn’t close until user’s finger is taken off shutter button

• Accessory wireless transmitter: Canon WFT-E3A (optional, dedicated wireless transmitter)

• Attachment to camera: Attaches to base of camera; totally integrated with EOS 40D’s design

• Wireless transfer methods: 802.11b or 802.11g; link speed: approximately 11 megabits/second (802.11b) or 54 megabits/second (802.11g)

• Connection method: Infrastructure or Ad Hoc (802.11g functions in Ad Hoc mode)

• Maximum wireless distance: Approximately 490 feet (150 meters), if “receiver” has its own antenna (depends on environment)

• Wireless channels: 11 (in North American market)

• Ethernet (wired) transfer: Yes; Ethernet 100Base-TX (maximum distance approximately 1,000 feet); link speed: approximately 100 megabits/second

• Transfer options: 1. FTP mode (images sent to folder on host computer); 2. PTP mode (remote control of camera possible from computer); 3. HTTP mode (view camera’s files using web browser; remote firing of camera possible)

• Security options: Encryption: WEP or TKIP/AES; authentication: open system, WPA-PSK, or WPA2-PSK

• USB “host” capability: Plug compatible USB devices into WFT-E2A, for use with the EOS 40D; GPS devices (write GPS time, coordinates, and altitude info into each file’s EXIF info); external hard drive (connect compact external USB hard drive, and write files directly from camera to the hard drive as if it’s an additional memory card)

• LCD monitor: 3.0-inch (diagonal) TFT color; approximately 100% coverage; approximately 230,000 pixels on monitor; approximately 140 degrees viewing angle

• LCD monitor brightness: Adjustable in 7 levels (via Menu)

• Video-out: Yes (to standard TV monitor); NTSC or PAL, selectable on Menu

• Number of AF points: Nine, all cross-type AF points

• Center AF point: Unique hybrid cross-type AF point; world’s first high-precision AF point with both horizontal and vertical high-precision; additional standard precision, cross-type sensors for lenses from f2.8 to f5.6

• AF point selection: 1. Manual AF point selection via 9-way multi-controller on back of camera; 2. automatic AF point selection

• AF activation: Shutter button, or new AF On button at back of camera

• AF modes: One-Shot AF (for stationary subjects); AI Servo AF (for tracking moving subjects); AI Focus AF (auto selection of One-Shot or AI Servo AF)

• AF sensor: Entirely new Canon CMOS AF sensor

• AF sensitivity range: EV -0.5 to 18 (at 73 degrees F / 23 degrees C, ISO 100)

• Shutter speeds: 30 seconds to 1/8000 second, plus Bulb (1/3 or 1/2-step increments); x-sync at 1/250

• ISO range: 100 to 1600, in 1/3-step or full-stop increments; ISO can be expanded to 3200 via C.Fn I-3-1

• Auto ISO: Can be set in any exposure mode, including P, Tv, Av, and M; ISO usually based at 400; typical auto range is 100 to 800, depending on conditions; manual exposure mode: auto ISO fixed at 400

• Exposure modes: Manual, Aperture-priority (Av), Shutter-priority (Tv), Program AE

• Full-auto modes: Green Zone, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Action, Night Portrait, Flash Off

• Metering: 35-zone metering sensor; Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points); Center-weighted metering; Partial metering; Spot metering at center of picture (approximately 3.5% of picture area)

• Metering range: EV 0 to 20 (all patterns, at normal temperatures)

• Exposure compensation: Possible in P, Tv, Av, and A-DEP exposure modes; +/- up to two stops, in 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments (via Quick Control Dial)

• Autoexposure bracketing: Possible in P, Tv, Av, M, and A-DEP exposure modes; +/- up to two stops, in 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments

• Compatible flashes: All Canon EX-series Speedlites, including new Speedlite 580EX II

• Camera menu sets flash: Yes (580EX II only, as of August 2007)

• E-TTL II flash metering: Flash metering not linked to active AF point; distance from compatible EF lenses now used; entire metering area can be averaged using Custom Function 14-1

• Modeling flash: 1-second burst of flash possible at 70Hz when depth-of-field preview button is pressed (580EX/EX II, 550EX, 420EX, MR-14EX, MT-24EX, and Speedlite transmitter only)

• Wireless E-TTL: Fully compatible, including ratio setting over six-stop range

• Flash exposure compensation: Up to +/- 2 stops can be set on camera body (can also be set on compatible Speedlites)

• Built-in flash: Covers lenses as wide as 17mm (27mm equivalent); Guide Number 43 (feet)/13 (meters), ISO 100

• Viewfinder focus screen: New interchangeable “Ef” series focusing screens; standard screen: Ef-A–precision matte screen very similar to EOS 30D; optional Ef-D screen–precision matte with grid lines; optional Ef-S screen–Super precision matte (superior manual focusing with fast lenses, f1.8 to f2.8)

• Viewfinder display: Similar to EOS 30D; new: ISO is always displayed; new: B/W shooting mode icon; new: maximum burst available now two digits

• Dioptric adjustment: User-set from -3.0 to +1.0 (range can be extended using optional Canon dioptric Lens E, plus rubber frame Eb)

• Mirror lock-up: Possible via Custom Function III-6-1

• Eyepiece shutter: None (cover is provided on included strap)

• Color space: Standard sRGB or Adobe 1998 RGB (separate setting on Menu)

• White Balance: Auto; Pre-set (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash); color temperature (set by user from 2500K to 10,000K in 100K increments); custom (shoot white object or 18% gray card, base WB on that neutral object)

• White Balance correction: Fine-tuning of overall color, in any white balance mode; amber-blue correction, in 9 steps; magenta-green correction, in 9 steps; set on graph on LCD monitor, using 9-way controller; both types of correction can be combined

• White Balance bracketing: Three separate files written with a single click of the shutter; can be varied in the amber-blue direction, or the magenta-green direction; can be adjusted up to +/- 15 mireds (equivalent to 3 steps on the 9-step adjust scale); can be combined with standard auto exposure bracketing (9 files written to CF card)

• Picture style: Extensive range of settings for user to tailor color, contrast, sharpness, etc. to their preference; same characteristics as previous EOS SLRs with Picture Style control

• Black and white recording: Set via monochrome setting within Picture Styles menu

• Computer connection: USB 2.0 Hi-speed, via small “B”-type USB connection

• Remote control: N3-type push-in terminal (same as EOS 20D, EOS-1D Mark II, etc.)

• Video-out: Single-pin mini-jack

• Direct Printing compatibility: PictBridge printing to compatible Canon and other brand printers

• Compatible images: JPEG, RAW, or sRAW, if they comply with DCF protocol

• Preview effects on camera’s LCD: Printing effects can be previewed (includes brightness, levels, contrast, color saturation, color tone, and color balance–face brightener and red-eye correction cannot be viewed)

• Connection to printer: Via USB cable included with camera

• DPOF image marking: Compatible; images can be “tagged” while reviewing on LCD monitor

• Battery: BP-511A, BP-511, or BP-512 (rechargeable lithium-ion, same as EOS 30D) (BP-511/BP-512: 1100mAh; BP-511A: 1390mAh)

• Shooting capacity: Approximately 1100 shots (at 68 degrees F / 20 degrees C); approximately 800 shots (at 32 degrees F / 0 degrees C)

• Charger unit: Canon CB-5L or CG-580 (also can be charged with compact power adapter CA-PS400)

• AC adapter: AC adapter kit ACK-E2 (optional; consists of adapter AC-E2, and “dummy battery” DR-400)

• Battery grip (optional): Battery grip BG-E2N or BG-E2

• Date/time back-up battery: CR2016 lithium battery–coin-type; user-replaceable (estimated life 5 years)

• Body exterior material: Magnesium alloy top, front, and rear covers

• Chassis material: Polycarbonate and stainless steel

• Lens mount: EF lens mount; metal; compatible lenses: all Canon lenses for EOS cameras

• Compatible with EF-S lenses: Yes

• Custom functions: 24 custom functions, in four distinct categories; 9 entirely new custom functions

• Operating temperature range: 32 degrees to 104 degrees F, at 85% or lower humidity (0 degrees to 40 degrees C)

• Dimensions (W x H x D): 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 inches (145.5 x 108 x 73.5 millimeters), very slightly larger than EOS 30D

• Weight (without battery or CF card): 26.1 ounces (740 grams), approximately 1.4 ounces (40 grams) heavier than EOS 30D”

Canon HV20 HDV Reviewed

Posted in Camcorder, Reviews by Danielle on August 11th, 2007.

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Canon’s HV20 HDV is a high-def camcorder with a 2.96 megapixel CMOS image sensor, 10x optical zoom, DIGIC DV II image processor, Super-Range Optical Image Stabilization, 24p Cinema Mode, a 2.7 inch screen and HDMI ports. Trusted Reviews writes that “After a slow start with HDV, Canon is back on the form it had when the market was predominated by DV. Not only does the company now produce the best professional HDV camcorder currently available, the HX-A1, it has the most successfully realised HDV model for serious consumers as well. The HV20 may not have every feature the semi-professional might want, but it has the most important ones on offer, with excellent image quality to match.”

CNET writes “Despite our handful of gripes, the HV20 will likely be a big seller for Canon. We wouldn’t be surprised if it’s among the top-selling nonbudget camcorders this year, especially if retailers drop the price to less than $1,000. The HV20’s stunning high-definition video and comfortable operation make it a great choice for nonprofessional, HD-happy videographers.”

CamcorderInfo reports ” The Canon HV20 is that rare camcorder that bursts onto the scene, and sets a new standard in its niche. This is not a perfect camcorder by any means, but it has an intelligently assembled set of features that make it a viable tool for professionals, as well as a stellar point-and-shooter for enthusiasts stepping up to HDV. The camcorder’s physical handling is just mediocre, and most people will find the top-end cams from Sony, Panasonic, and JVC rest more comfortably in their hand. Some basic controls are awkwardly placed, and the zoom rocker feels like a first draft that somehow made it into production. The HV20’s manual control suite is also far from the most robust, or independently adjustable on the market. Unlike Canon, the aforementioned manufacturers offer independent iris and shutter speed control on their HD cams, and Panasonic adds gain control to the mix.

What the Canon has that these other contenders do not is a manual control suite and interface that was designed from the ground up with the shooter in mind. A handful of key image controls are always quickly accessible in any Recording Program mode, including: focus via the dial; exposure, audio levels, End Search, iris (Av mode) and shutter speed (Tv mode) via the joystick; and white balance, Recording Program settings, and Image Effects at the top level of the menu. The HV20 adds Focus Assist at the touch of a button, which combines peaking and magnification, and makes manually focusing an HD image (on a 2.7” screen!) feasible. Once you’ve learned your way around the control interface, you’ll find controlling your image is nearly as fast as on a full-bore prosumer cam. You’re operating in a confined space on the HV20, and options are more limited, but the important features are eminently usable. Sony seems to have missed the forest for the trees by equipping the HC7 with great handling – and a terrific feature set that’s a pain in the neck to actually use.”

Panasonic Lumix TZ3 Digital Camera

Posted in Cameras, Panasonic by Danielle on May 11th, 2007.

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Panasonic’s Lumix TZ3 is a 7.2 megapixel digital camera with 10x image stablized optical zoom, a 3.0 inch LCD display, a SD slot, and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Cameralabs reviewed the Panasonic Lumix TZ3 digital camera and concluded that, “It’s hard to find cameras to compare the Lumix TZ3 against because it simply represents a unique proposition on the market. After all, while there’s plenty of super-zooms with stabilisation, none can squeeze into a trouser or coat pocket like the TZ3.

The lack of manual control can be annoying for enthusiasts, and the performance at 400 ISO is, like other Panasonic compacts, nothing to be proud of. But these are about the only downsides to the TZ3. Leave your creative options to various scene presets and limit the sensitivity to 100 or 200 ISO and you’ll enjoy some great-looking photos…it’s a highly compelling proposition for anyone who wants the flexibility and power of a long zoom with the carry-everywhere convenience of a compact. And by improving on its predecessor, the TZ3 earns itself our Highly Recommended rating. It may not be perfect, but it sure is good.”

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