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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The best of five new digital cameras from Canon: The Canon Rebel XSi

No big surprises here. Canon's pre-PMA (mini) blitz serves up only five new models, all of which are incremental upgrades to existing Canon cameras. That's not to say they're not exciting new cameras--just not unexpected. The Canon Rebel XSi (an upgrade to the Canon Rebel XTi) has been spinning about the rumor mill for a while now...

January 24, 2008 by Janice Chen


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 Janice Chen


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 Janice Chen


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 Janice Chen


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 Janice Chen


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 Janice Chen


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 Janice Chen


Headed to CES? Don't pack your extra Li-Ion batteries!

First it was the nailclippers, then the liquids, now it's rechargeable Lithium batteries. As of January 1, the US Department of Transportation is limiting loose Lithum-Ion batteries in your carry-on luggage, and restricting them altogether in checked luggage.

January 6, 2008 by Janice Chen