Janice Chen

Janice got her hands on a Nikon Coolpix 900 back in 1998 and has been a digital camera enthusiast ever since.

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New Ricoh R8 sports wide 7.1x zoom lens in a compact body.

I'm a big fan of extra-wide point-and-shoot cameras so I'm looking forward to getting a closer look at the new Ricoh R8, announced yesterday. Like its predecessor the R7 (which wasn't released in the U.S.), the R8 sports a fairly wide f/3.3-5.2 28mm-200mm-equivalent 7.5x zoom lens.

February 20, 2008 by Janice Chen

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What to do with your old digital camera--reuse, reduce, recycle!

Between the flurry of new camera announcements at CES and PMA and year-end holiday purchases, chances are pretty good that you or someone you know has a new digital camera. The question is what to do with the old camera. If it's in working order, you could pass it along to someone less fortunate than yourself (in my case, my 9-year-old niece who love, love, loves the old 4 megapixel snapshooter that was festering in my defunct electronics drawer). But if your old camera is beyond repair and not worth foisting on some poor unsuspecting Luddite, then seeking out an option to recycle the product will win you some karmic points with the environment.

February 14, 2008 by Janice Chen


Getting a Canon Rebel XSi or Nikon D60? Stow it in this.

With so many recently announced entry-level DSLRs hitting the market (besides the Canon Rebel XSi and Nikon D60, there's the Pentax K200D and Sony's sub $900 trifecta, the A200, A300, and A350), this new backpack from LowePro is going to come in handy with a lot of folk.

February 10, 2008 by Janice Chen


Canon's take on Sony, Nikon, Geotagging, OLEDs, and more

I apparently caught a "flu-like virus" according to the doctor (despite having had a flu shot this year) and have been sick as a dog since shortly after returning from Vegas, so apologies for the dirth of posts this week. In the meantime, check out this great News.com Q&A with Chuck Westfall, camera tech guru and the technical adviser for Canon USA's professional products marketing division. Lots of great info, including his take on the competition, geotagging, battery technology developments, and more.

February 7, 2008 by Janice Chen


Live from Las Vegas: Sony announces two more DSLRs under $900

There wasn't much exciting at the PMA 08 Sneak Peek press event this afternoon (Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, and Pentax all had tables showing the same cameras we already know all about). But Sony has sparked some excitement with two sub-$900 DSLR announcements today.

January 30, 2008 by Janice Chen


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 Janice Chen