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November 6, 2008

The Best Compact Digital Cameras Under $250

PC World has come up with a 5-camera short list for those of you looking for a compact point-and-shoot under $250. This is a great list, and we're going weigh in--go for the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS--it's the best of all worlds. Image quality is great, camera is compact and nicely styled and there are some unique features like direct print and high ISO.
canon_A590IS.jpgCanon PowerShot A590 IS ($117)
8-megapixels, 4X optical zoom, image stabilization, face detection, 2.5-inch LCD screen, video/audio capture, AA batteries. Read the full review here.

casio_EXZ150.jpgCasio Exilim EX-Z150 ($158)
8.1-megapixels, 4X optical zoom, 28mm wide angle lens, image stabilization, face detection, 3-inch LCD screen, video/audio capture, rechargeable battery. Drawback: shutter delay. Read the full review here.

pentax_optioA40.pngPentax Optio A40 ($191)
12-megapixels, 3X optical zoom, image stabilization, face detection, 2.5-inch LCD screen, high-quality video/audio capture, rechargeable battery. Drawback: noise in low light. Read the full review here.

canon_SD1100IS.jpgCanon PowerShot SD1100 IS ($160)
8-megapixels, 3X optical zoom, image stabilization, face detection, high ISO, direct-to-printer features, 2.5-inch LCD screen, video/audio capture, rechargeable battery. Read the full review here.

nikon_coolpixS210.jpgNikon Coolpix S210 ($149)
8.1-megapixels, 3X optical zoom, time lapse feature, many scene modes, high ISO, 2.5-inch LCD screen, video/audio capture, rechargeable battery. Drawback: susceptible to shake and blur. Read the full review here.

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November 5, 2008

Wasteful Printers: How to Get the Most Out of Your Ink Cartridges

wastefulink.jpgIf you were raised on leftovers and clean plates, you may be dismayed by the wastefulness of your desktop printer. Have you ever gotten a low ink warning sooner than you thought possible? PC World has done some investigative reporting on our behalf, to examine just how much ink is left in an "empty" ink cartridge. The results? While all ink cartridges are hideously wasteful--up to 50% of ink still in an "empty" cartridge--third-party ink cartridges (Staples brand, for example) tend to require replacement sooner than the branded cartridges (Epson, HP). So while you may save a few bucks at checkout, you may find yourself checking out more often. So how can you save yourself? You can refill ink cartridges yourself--there are a variety of companies (try 123refills) that offer refill solutions for half the price of a new cartridge. Keep in mind that this is best for average home printing--if you're making nice glossy photo prints, stick with the new cartridge. There's also a bunch of simple tips you can use to cut down on the amount of pages you print, especially when printing web pages that tend to print oddly. (via LifeHacker)

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November 4, 2008

zbezt.com: Replacement Frames for Digital Picture Frames

zbetz_replacementframes.gifSo suppose you have a digital picture frame and you change the decoration in the room where it lives. Or Mittens, your kitty, scratches it. Or you muck it up with some unidentified sticky goo. Well, now there's a glimmer of hope. Zbetz.com stocks a bunch of replacement frames that fit GiiNii, Kodak, Pandigital, Philips and Shomi products. Remember these are the outer decorative frames, not any of the technical components. Prices start at $14.99 and you'll find designs in leather, wood and acrylic.

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November 3, 2008

October 2008 Monthly Roundup for PictureSnob

monthlyroundup.jpgWell, we're finding that October lacked a little luster, folks. Perhaps the calm before the holiday storm or supreme distraction of economy and election? Whatever the case, we saw a couple new digital picture frames come on the market--Digital Foci's Image Moments 6, some nice new designs from Cagic, the horror show that is the Anne Geddes frame from Westinghouse and finally a couple of wi-fi options from Ceiva.
Thumbnail image for cagic_birchframe.jpgProduct of the Month: Cagic Digital Picture Frames
We're awarding on looks this month. While Cagic's digital picture frames are basic in function (lacking wi-fi, remote control and audio/video) what they do, they do well. And there's a lot to be said for that in the competitive, feature-ridden digital frame market. The frames look great, have ample memory included and work via touch-matting technology. Read the full post here.

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October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween: The Pumpkins Will Get You For This

flickr_pumpkin1.jpgSo this is a prime example of a pumpkin mutilated at knifepoint. It's obviously been sedated or drugged in some way to be issuing this expression during such anguish. You people are sick, just sick. Taken with a Nikon D200. You can see more work from minipixel at Flickr. flickr_pumpkin2.jpgflickr_pumpkin3.jpg

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October 30, 2008

Say Cheese! In Your Very Own Photo Booth

photobooth.pngIf you're sad about the demise of Polaroid, pick yourself up with this photo booth from Hammacher Schlemmer. That's right. Whenever you're home alone thinking "technology doesn't make me happy anymore" you can tuck yourself into this booth, draw the shade and one button push later, you'll have 4 wallet shots of crazy you to cheer you up. Sigh. The prints are made with a Polaroid-designed thermal printer, producing 2-inch square 72dpi monochrome images. Booth comes with 2 rolls of film, which translates to 800 sessions (4 photos a session). You'll need an AC outlet for this. Oh, and $10,000. And another $2,000 for shipping.

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NEW Digital Picture Frames from Ceiva: Connects to Family + Friends

ceiva_lifeshare.jpgThese two new interactive digital picture frames from Ceiva feature wi-fi connectivity and even Ethernet and phone line connectivity for the cord-lovers among us. CeivaLife ($160) is an 8-inch frame with a 640x480 display, multi-card reader and connectivity via wi-fi, phone or Ethernet. CeivaShare ($130) is also an 8-inch frame but with a 600x800 display, multi-card reader, wi-fi connectivity and image enhancement software. Both frames are compatible with PicturePlan, a subscription service ($99.95/year) that facilitates sharing photos online with family and friends. The design of the frames is nice, a little different flair.

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October 29, 2008

Hello Kitty, It's Me, Selphy.

canonselphyCP770.jpgKonnichiwa! Only available in Japan for now, where the folks give Hello Kitty the respect she deserves. It's that same bizarre bucket design the Canon Selphy CP770 is famous for, but in pink, with that bow-bedazzled, mouthless kitty staring at you, her eyes unsettlingly far apart. While the CP770 is a trusted friend to the Portable Printing Population (PPP), we urge you to take a look at the recently released Canon Selphy ES3 and ES30. These guys are a little more advanced in features... the design is still frightening, but looks aren't everything.

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October 28, 2008

The Truth About Megapixels: Americans Hoard Them

PMAmegapixelstats.jpgNow here's a poll that won't get you down. In August 2008, PMA (The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations) reports that almost 80% of digital cameras sold in the US had 8-megapixels or more. To boot, 27% of digital cameras sold in the US had 10-megapixels or more. Compare this to August 2007, where only 20% of digital cameras sold in the US had 8-megapixels or more. In 2007, DSLRs accounted for just 10.3% of digital cameras sold in the US. We don't have more recent numbers on that fact, but it'd be interesting to see what kind of camera bodies people are housing their megapixels in. There's a distinct correlation between dollars and megapixels and at a certain point, you're not benefiting from the megapixels in a low-end camera body. Kind of like putting ground rib eye in meatloaf. You dig? (via ZDNet)

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October 27, 2008

When Babies You Know Aren't Enough: Anne Geddes and Westinghouse Partner for NEW Digital Picture Frame

If you're one of millions of Americans who like to ogle stranger babies in even stranger situations, then you are in luck. Westinghouse has just announced a frame pre-loaded with images from Anne Geddes. You'll be able to add your own photos into the mix. No vital stats yet on the frames (or the price), which kind of ticks us off. In the meantime you might want to scan your favorite Anne Geddes book and load it into another digital picture frame.
westinghouse_annegeddesDF.jpgNow, the idea of using a digital picture frame to display bona fide artwork is kind of interesting. Samsung announced a partnership with Thomas Kinkade earlier in the year and we urge you to explore that launch (complete with specs).

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