Archive for the 'digital cameras' Category

Panasonic DMC-G6 for $534 on

This is a great deal on one of my favorite Micro Four Thirds cameras. Not only are the still photographs great, the video from the DMC-G6 is absolutely amazing, it looks broadcast quality! A few days ago my fraternity little brother Ted bought the outfit below, upon my recommendation. http: I love the Olympus lenses […]

Panasonic DMC-G5 on for $299

Amazon Deal of the Day! Panasonic DMC-G5 camera with kit lens for only $299, reduced from $699! Get it while you can!

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5 with kit lens, only $399

Regular readers know I am a big fan of the Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless system cameras.  My preference usually runs towards Olympus but Panasonic is a player as well.  Panasonic is especially notable for their great lenses. I’ve owned and used the Panasonic 20mm/1.7 for years and absolutely love it. The latest Panasonic bodies are a […]

Samsung NX1000 and NX1100: super cameras, super bargain

I’ve been testing Samsung’s NX1100 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (compact system camera) and have to say, I like it a lot. You will read about it more in an upcoming column, but for now I will say it is a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor camera with excellent image quality, an intuitive user interface, and WiFi for […]

Ricoh CX6 Digital Camera

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Weekly column: Infrared remote enables 2-room TV use, Canon SD4500IS

Originally published second week of December 2011 Q. I have a 42-inch plasma TV monitor that does not have a TV tuner. I used to hook it up to a cable DVR, which cost an extra $15 a month on my cable bill. Since I did not use it often, I returned the DVR to […]

Weekly column: Blu-ray player needed for HDTV? Pentax Q

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Column for first week of December, 2011 Q. I have a 40-inch Samsung LCD HDTV. What is your advice on buying a Blu-ray player for it? I have a Roku box, so I don’t need streaming and Internet capability. BOB POIRIER Martinez, Calif. A. Even though you have a Roku, […]

Kodak Easyshare Max: A great superzoom camera for only $220, on sale at

The Kodak Easyshare Max has proven to be an excellent superzoom camera with a very impressive specification. It has a clear and sharp 30x optical zoom lens from top-tier lens manufacturer Schneider of Germany, optical image stabilization, 1080p HD video, fast shooting speed, good low light capability and a f/2.8 28mm lens at the wide […]

The $499 Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 : The best value in interchangeable lens cameras?

  Olympus recently introduced three new PEN Micro Four-Thirds cameras and as might be expected, the top-of-the-line E-P3 ($899 with kit zoom lens) received the most attention. Rave reviews quickly followed, praising the E-P3’s image quality, focusing speed, and 1080i video as well as its beautiful touch screen and built-in flash. Advanced photographers will undoubtedly […]

Sound Advice Week 11, 2011 : Connecting computer and sound system, image stabilization and unsteady hands, under $1,000 complete home theater with soundbar and streaming

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 11, 2011 Q. I have a desktop computer I use with powered computer speakers. Nearby I have a vintage stereo receiver with speakers. Is it possible to run the computer audio through my receiver and speakers, and will it work when using Netflix or iTunes? -Dale Nielsen, Shoreview, MN […]

One more post about the Pentax Q

Engadget has some nice video coverage of the Pentax Q. Pentax claims it can produce good results at ISO6400 and did a demo to prove it. They only used the camera’s screen and it is a preproduction model, but it looks and promising. Image noise is easily seen on a camera’s playback screen and if […]

Pentax enters the interchangeable lens camera market with the Pentax Q

The Pentax Q  is not what many of us expected when predicting a Pentax interchangeable lens camera.  One of the main reasons to buy an interchangeable lens camera is the large sensor such as the APS-C sensor found in Sony’s NEX cameras.  Internet message boards have harped on Pentax’s outstanding Limited series of prime (fixed […]

Digital camera shopping tip

A common mistake many consumers make when shopping for a digital camera is paying too much attention to the telephoto end of the zoom range. Having enough magnification is rarely a problem, and if you can’t get close enough you can always crop in software. A bigger problem is when the camera lens isn’t wide […]

Casio Exilim EX-FH100 : Get one while you can!

Here’s a sneak peek at a product higlighted in my upcoming column, in which I mention the Casio Exilim EX-FH100.  The EX-FH100 has recently been discontinued and if you can find one on sale it represents an excellent buy.  (I have seen it as low as $227, down from the regular price of $299.)  It […]

Olympus E-PL1 on sale this week for under $400

Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four-Thirds interchangeable lens camera with 17mm lens (zoom lens also available in $399 kit) I have written about digital photography a good bit recently, which is natural with summer here and lots of people going to weddings, going on vacation, etc.  Many readers are sending questions about cameras and photography. Ever since […]

Pentax X90 megazoom camera for only $264.60 on

The Pentax X90 is a very nice, capable megazoom camera with very good image quality.  (It is a megazoom with its 26-676mm equivlaent.)  I reviewed its predecessor, the Pentax X70, on a trip to South Florida a couple of years ago and was quite impressed with the results, which have the beautiful, colorful “Pentax look” […]

Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera

The Olympus XZ-1 is a camera I have been meaning to write about for a while, and a recent column I submitted reminded me of it.   It definitely  belongs on your shopping list if you are looking for a well-built compact camera that can produce truly outstanding images.  Introduced at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show […]

Sound Advice Column Week 4, 2011: Olympus PEN vs. Sony NEX

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 4, 2010 Q. I am purchasing a compact interchangeable lens camera and have seen you discuss the Olympus PEN and Sony NEX models. Both look good but I am leaning towards the Sony. Which one would you pick for yourself? -Katrina Chan, Pittsburgh, PA A. I love this class […]

The fast-growing compact interchangeable lens digital camera category

  Olympus E-P1 (left) and E-PL1 (right)     Ever since the introduction of the Panasonic DMC-G1 and Olympus E-P1 Micro Four-Thirds cameras, the compact interchangeable lens camera (CILC, my term) category has been smokin’ hot.  The compelling combination of digital SLR-like image quality along with compact bodies and lenses seems to be just what […]

Photography week at

I’ve received an awful lot of questions about photography lately as people gear up for vacations and look to but new equipment.  I am also working on a new photography-related website that should be launching in a few months, one that will be rather unique on the web.  With that in mind I am going […]