Category: Cameras & Photography

The Wait is Over — iPhone 5S and 5C Are Here

If you have been anxiously waiting for the new iPhones to be announced like I have, the wait is over. However, you may be a little disappointed, as I am.

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HDR App Produces Spectacular Photos

Today’s cell phones with cameras are making digital cameras obsolete. The pictures are getting better and better.

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Kodak EasyShare Z950

Kodak is such a longstanding name in photography that you might think that any Kodak camera would be great in all respects. Unfortunately that is not necessarily true. When I recently reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z950, I found that it had many pluses and many negatives, as well.

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JVC Picsio GC-FM-1 Review

Have you ever wanted to have a video camera that you could have in your pocket to capture those “magic moments”? There are several camcorders that you could purchase for this purchase including the Flip and the Kodak. However, if you want the best quality videos, you may want to look at the JVC Picsio GC-FM-1 camcorder.

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Canon Rebel T1i Review

Okay, I think I am in love with a camera! I’ve never said that about a camera before, but the Rebel T1i has really turned my head. I looked at the Rebel about 3 years ago and thought it was a good camera, but the changes that Canon has made have turned it into a really good camera.

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Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 Digital Camera Review

 

If you happened to see the commercial of the little boy who uses an Olympus Tough camera as a “throw and fetch” stick for his dog, you might wonder if a camera could be that durable. Well, I am here to tell you that it can. While I might not be as careless as that little boy, I put the Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 through some pretty rugged testing and it took everything I threw at it without blinking. It is waterproof, shockproof, and basically — very tough!

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Fujifilm FinePix Z30 Camera Review

FujiFilm Z30
FujiFilm Z30

FujiFilm Z30

The Fujifilm’s FinePix Z30 is a pretty point-and-shoot camera with a somewhat unique design. It comes in a shocking  pink, an intense bright orange, and a vibrant purple. That plus its rounded corners certainly set it off from the crowd.

I love bright colors, but unfortunately, the bright metallic look of this camera make it look a bit toy-like.  Also the designers didn’t take functionality seriously enough. The camera has no place to comfortably place your fingers to hold it when you take a picture. Although the two rows of rubberized buttons on the back look good, every time you want to press one, you have to put on your glasses to find just the one you want. Oh, and you have to open the battery door to plug in the USB cable.

The Z30 is a 10-megapixel camera with a 3x optical lens and a nice-sized CCD. Although the pictures were good, I found that many of the flash pictures had unevenly distributed lighting.

Have I said enough?? Take a pass on this camera. What is amazing to me is that the A150, a similarly priced and sized camera from the same manufacturer (Fujifilm), was one that I really liked. The A150 had impeccable design and took great pictures. (Check out my review of the A150).So take a pass on this camera and check out the A150 for a good entry-level digital camera.  The Z30 retails for $149. The A150 goes for $129. So a higher price is not necessarily a better camera.

Here are my pros and cons fro the Z30:

Pros:

  • Compact size
  • Good manual on CD
  • Numerous continuous shooting, self-timer and flash modes

Cons:

  • Poor lens placement
  • Body feels flimsy
  • Control buttons too small and close together
  • Poorly placed USB port
  • No place to grip
  • 4-way directional control which is on the buttons, is difficult to use
  • Not many manual controls
  • Nested menus that can be difficult to navigate

My full review with pictures, specs and more details is at Hardware Secrets.

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