Archive for the 'Digital Photography' Category

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tamrac Zipshot ultralightweight instant tripod

  Every dedicated photographer knows that the times you most need a tripod are the times you did not bother to bring one.  Given the bulk and weight of even modern carbon fiber tripods you can hardly blame someone for not bringing a tripod everywhere.  With the incredibly small, incredibly light, incredibly easy to use [...]

Photography week at soundadviceblog.com

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 [...]

Panasonic DMC-ZR1 Digital Camera : Product of the Day 15, 2010

Don’s Panasonic DMC-ZR1 Digital Camera at CES The Panasonic DMC-ZR1 is a great digital camera.  I should know, because I have one! Though I usually prefer to use my digital SLRs or Micro Four-Thirds cameras, there are times when I want something I can just put in a coat pocket and forget about.  My Panasonic [...]

Pentax K-x Digital SLR Camera : Product of the Day 13, Day , 2010

Pentax K-x with 18-55 Lens I’ve long been a Pentax fan, going back to my pro photographer days when I cut my teeth using a Pentax 645 medium format camera.  I bought it because it was affordable and had a good reputation; what I did not know at the time is how much I would [...]

Samsung NX10 Camera: Product of the Day, Day 7, 2010

Samsung NX10 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera As photographed by Don at Pepcom Digital Experience, CES 2010 Regular readers of my column and this site know I am a fan of the Micro Four-Thirds digital camera format.  For those who are unfamiliar, Micro Four-Thirds is an digital camera format that features interchangeable lenses and live view, [...]

Recommended Micro Four-Thirds Cameras Page Posted

  Recommended Micro Four-Thirds Cameras Page Now Online I am making fast progress on the Recommended Products Pages… the new format and templates make it easy!  Check out my Recommended Micro Four-Thirds Cameras page to learn more about this exciting new digital camera format that is taking the photo world by storm.  Small cameras, interchangeable [...]

Product of the Day, Day 44 :Olympus E-520 Digital SLR Camera

E-510 pictured (E-520 looks identical) If you want to take great pictures, a digital SLR camera is the best not only for image quality, but for the fast response times necessary for photographing children and sports.  Interchangeable lenses and available accessories provide the ultimate in flexibility.  If this interests you in the least bit, the time to [...]

Olympus PEN E-P1 Video Sample

Here’s a sample Quicktime video of site mascot Gabby showing her stuff, recorded with the Olympus Digital PEN E-P1 in 720p movie mode, shrunk for web use.  Compared to my Canon HF10 it looks a little soft on my 70-inch TV  but I am still learning the camera and expect things to get better.  You [...]

The Olympus PEN E-P1, Cameraland

Extras from Cameraland are a nice, personal touch! Soon I will be writing about the new Olympus PEN E-P1, a compact interchangeable lens camera that is causing a frenzy right now.  I wanted one for myself but could not find one amongst the usual online vendors… all were sold out or backordered.  I finally found [...]

Product of the Day #43: Targus Aluminum Memory Card Wallets ($1.98 at Radio Shack)

I was at Radio Shack yesterday and came across these nice little memory card wallets for only $1.98 each!  I could not find them on Radio Shack’s website so in seems to be an in-store only deal. addthis_url = ‘http%3A%2F%2Fwww.soundadviceblog.com%2Fdigital-photography%2Fproduct-of-the-day-43-targus-aluminum-memory-card-wallets-198-at-radio-shack%2F’; addthis_title = ‘Product+of+the+Day+%2343%3A+Targus+Aluminum+Memory+Card+Wallets+%28%241.98+at+Radio+Shack%29′; addthis_pub = ”;

K-7 Video Sample

I was looking for samples of the K-7′s video today and found some beautiful stuff.  Though the operation is not as seamless as an ordinary camcorder, the video looks simply spectacular in low light.  With camera’s like the Pentax K-7 and the Panasonic DMC-Gh1 we are seeing a bright future for a single camera that [...]

Pentax K-7 event in Minneapolis- UPDATE with location and time

There has been an official announcement regarding the Pentax K-7 event in Minneapolis: “Join PENTAX for the first K-7 tour stop which will take place in Minneapolis.  You will be able to try out the K-7 along with an assortment of PENTAX glass.  Meet and greet with other photographers and enter to win a K-7.  [...]