Every product has its naysayers out there and Adobe's Photoshop Express is no exception, but I think Adobe's entry into photo sharing and Web-based photo editing (public beta launched yesterday) is awesome for several reasons (in no particular order): Robust online photo-editing tools with an unmatchable pedigree; super-slick, Flashy, Flexy, Web 2.
Digital Cameras & Camcorders
Gadget geek Janice Chen delivers real-world buying advice of the best digital photography gear to get.
Janice got her hands on a Nikon Coolpix 900 back in 1998 and has been a digital camera enthusiast ever since.
As folks in the storage industry like to say, backing up your hard drive is like flossing your teeth. We all know we should do it, but most of us don't do it as often as we should. Few things are as irreplaceable as your personal photographs, but without a backup solution it takes just one hard drive failure to lose years of memories.
I was a big fan of Panasonic's DMC-FX35 until today. Panasonic just announced the new DMC-FX500 that has everything I like about the FX35 and then some.
While camera enthusiasts may be reluctant to count the Korean electronics giant among "real" camera vendors, Reuters is reporting that big names like Canon and Nikon are (and should be) worried about Samsung's big push into the digital camera market. Quoting IDC research, Reuters reports that Samsung more than doubled its digital market share in 2006, making it the fifth-best-selling digital camera maker (after Canon, Sony, Kodak, and Olympus).
If the five Canon digital cameras announced at PMA in January weren't enough for you, you're in luck: The company just announced three more Digital ELPH point-and-shoots yesterday: the PowerShot SD890IS, SD790 IS, and SD770 IS. Might it be time for another Digital ELPH rundown? Perhaps, but for now I'll just give you the lowdown on the newest models.
The PMA is reporting that the popularity of digital photo frames has almost doubled in the last year. According to the 2008 PMA U.S. Digital Imaging survey, 11 percent of all U.S. households owned a digital photo frame in 2007, up from only 6 percent in 2006.
The two most exciting things about Casio's new EX-Z9 announced last week are the pink and orange body color options (it also comes in black and silver) and its low-low $159 price.
Okay, so it's barely any smaller than its predecessor, the E-410, but Olympus needs a hook so the camera vendor is touting its latest DSLR as the "World's Smallest Digital SLR." At roughly 5.
Check out this video of the first working prototype to come out of Sony's odo project, which generated a lot of buzz at Tokyo's Eco-Products 2007 exhibition late last year. Developed at the Sony Design Center in Los Angeles, the project has a lofty goal of helping to establish a sustainable society by setting a good example through environmentally and socially responsible product models.
Or I should say, what to do with one of those old 35mm film canisters. Turn it into a DIY diffuser for your DSLR's pop-up flash. Those little built-in flash units are convenient, but tend to produce fairly harsh light and very deep shadows especially when shooting closeups of people indoors. A diffuser can soften the effect.