Janice Chen

<p>Janice Chen is an editorial consultant and has been covering technology for over two decades. Serving as editor in chief at CNET and Computer Shopper magazine for many years, she oversaw product coverage for the CNET and ZDNet websites. She has appeared on most of the major morning TV news programs and was featured weekly on CNN Headline News' Hotwired segment recommending personal tech ranging from digital cameras to notebook PCs. Prior to that, she appeared with Anderson Cooper on a monthly technology segment for ABC World News This Morning. Quoted in numerous publications such as the New York Times, USA Today, and People magazine, Janice has also evaluated tech products for BusinessWeek, USA Weekend magazine, and Parenting magazine among others.</p> <p> Janice got her hands on a Nikon Coolpix 900 back in 1998 and has been a digital camera enthusiast ever since. A graduate of Cornell University, she resides in Maplewood, NJ, with her husband (a professional photographer who shot his last roll of film in 2003) and their two daughters. </p>

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What happens at PMA...

What happens at PMA...

I'm headed off to PMA in Vegas tomorrow morning, but it's obvious that what happens at PMA doesn't stay at PMA...it often comes before PMA. So here's a rundown of the pre-PMA camera announcements so far. Check back tomorrow evening for an update after I attend the PMA 08 Sneak Peek press briefing.

January 29, 2008 by in Hardware

The best cameras of the Olympus Pre-PMA blitz: 20x megazoom and a new waterproof model

The best cameras of the Olympus Pre-PMA blitz: 20x megazoom and a new waterproof model

PMA 2008 doesn't officially begin until January 31, but the onslaught of new camera announcements has already begun. Olympus announced 10 new cameras in the U.S. today ranging from four new models in its FE line of compact cameras to the much-ballyhooed SP-570 (which Olympus describes as having the body of an ultrazoom and the soul of an SLR). Herewith are my two faves of the bunch:

January 22, 2008 by in Hardware

Photoshop plug-in developer onOne acquires Liquid Resize technology.

Photoshop plug-in developer onOne acquires Liquid Resize technology.

Calling all digital photographers: If you haven't seen this video from Siggraph 2007, you must check it out. Ignore the monotonous voice of the narrator--he doesn't sound nearly as excited as he should be--and watch his demo of "Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing" presented by Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir from the Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab (I promise, it's much more exciting than it sounds).

January 18, 2008 by in Developer

The coolest camera at CES was one you build yourself.

The coolest camera at CES was one you build yourself.

Okay, so CES may be ancient history, but if everyone can still be blogging about Gizmodogate, I can put up one more post about Bug Labs. This company was at CES showing off its open source modular gadget platform, called BUG. For the true gadget geek, this has got to be one of the coolest ideas since sliced bread. Essentially, you pick and choose your electronic modules and snap them together to build your own gadget.

January 14, 2008 by in Open Source

The best Kodak (yeah, Kodak) camera at CES

The best Kodak (yeah, Kodak) camera at CES

None of the serious digital camera reviewers typically gives Kodak the time of day. Case in point, of the nine cameras Kodak announced at CES, CNET didn't cover a single one in its extensive show coverage. And I dread to think what the first commenter from my previous post (the photographer who shuns Samsung) thinks of Kodak cameras. So perhaps I shouldn't admit it, but I think there is something to be said about the company's "you press the button, we do the rest" mantra.

January 10, 2008 by in Hardware

The most exciting cameras at CES, continued...

The most exciting cameras at CES, continued...

CES may not be a big show for cameras traditionally, but some of the camera vendors that aren't waiting for PMA this year have outdone themselves with sheer numbers. Samsung announced eight new cameras cameras alone and Kodak trotted out nine of its own. Samsung wins my vote for the most interesting of the bunch:

January 9, 2008 by in Samsung

The most exciting cameras at CES (so far)...

The most exciting cameras at CES (so far)...

This week, I'll be doing some armchair reporting on digital camera announcements at CES 2008 (it would be cruel and unusual to make me fly out to Vegas twice in one month, so I'm saving it up for PMA 2008 in late January). Though most camera vendors save their big product announcements for PMA, a few interesting digicams are already hitting the show floor at the REALLY BIG SHOW in Las Vegas.

January 7, 2008 by in Mobility

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