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Monday, December 13, 2010

Nikon Coolpix S8100 Digital Camera Unboxing and First Impressions Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

The Nikon Coolpix S8100 is a point and shoot digital camera in what I like to call the "Pocket Superzoom" category; you get 10x to 12x zoom on most cameras in this category, but in a camera body that's small enough to easily slip into your pocket. The S8100 has 10x zoom (30mm to 300mm) and an f/3.5 to f/5.6 lens. The lack of a nice f/2.0 aperture and the 1/2.3" image sensor means you're not going to be getting those nice photos with a blurred background, but hey, you can't have everything at this size/price point. The macro close-up mode works at 1cm, and the three inch 921K screen is a TFT LCD with an anti-reflection coating. Read more...


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z: A Powerful, Capable Office Computer

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:35 PM

This is my review video of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one desktop computer. The M90z features a 23 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 touch screen display, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, a DVD burner, uses the Intel GMA HD GPU, and is powered by an Intel Core i5 650 running at 3.2 Ghz (with turbo boost up to 3.46 Ghz). The i5 CPU has two cores, and supports hyperthreading, so up to four threads of processing can occur. The M90z I'm reviewing now has 64-bit Windows 7 Professional on it, unlike when it was first unboxed. Being able to access the full 4 GB of RAM instead of only 2.8 GB helped me gain a bit over a 10% improvement in the PC Mark Vantage score; details are in the video.

Other features on the M90z include gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi, a 2 megapixel Webcam with a physical privacy screen and dual microphones, six USB ports, DisplayPort out for running a second monitor, VGA input for using the M90z as a display (laptop, gaming console, etc.), an SDHC memory card reader, and audio in/out. It has a three year warranty. Read more...


Friday, November 19, 2010

Nikon D7000 vs. Canon 7D: FIGHT!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.digitalrev.com/en/nikon-...97-article.html

"So, we reviewed the Nikon D7000 just a few days ago and we liked it a lot. With the upgrades, it really has been upped a class, what with the 100% viewfinder, 6fps continuous burst, metal body, as well as 1080p video recording. So, it's only natural that lots of people have been asking us - Canon 7D vs Nikon D7000: which one is better? Well, we take a look in this video by taking photos of a model named Kinki cleaning a BMW."

What I find interesting about this match up isn't that Kai ended up choosing the Canon 7D as the better overall camera; it's that not once in the video does he bother to mention that the Nikon D7000 is about 25% less expensive. Some people, myself included, feel that the D7000 matches up against the Canon 60D, though the 60D is a couple of hundred dollars cheaper. Anyway, it's an interesting review - especially the high ISO performance, where the Nikon D7000 takes the crown.


Monday, November 1, 2010

DigitalRev Goes Hands-On with the Nikon D7000

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

"The D7000 has finally landed and our presenter, Kai W, has been fondling the camera lovingly. So, what's new about this successor to the D90? We've all seen the specs sheet, and it looks pretty good even when compared to the D300S and other such cameras like the Canon 7D and Pentax K-5. But what is it really like to use? Find out in this review."

Kai is in fine form in this video; you can tell he's a fan of Nikon cameras, and has been waiting for the D7000. It's a seriously nice camera - I'm slightly tempted myself because this eclipses my D300 in several ways, but I'm waiting for the D300 successor...because if you look at what the D7000 brings to the table, you just know that Nikon is really going to bring the heat with the D300 replacement!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

DigitalRev Looks at the Nikon D3100

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

The ever-friendly Kai looks at the Nikon D3100, considered by some - including me - to be one of the top entry-level DSLRs on the market today. I discovered a rude surprise today though: Nikon changed their raw format with this camera, so Adobe Lightroom 3.2 can't import the raw files. I sure hope Adobe releases an update for Lightroom soon!


Friday, September 24, 2010

The Nikon D3100 DLSR: Unboxing and First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:30 PM

The D3100, announced back in August, is an entry-level DSLR from Nikon, but the list of features and specs might surprise you: the 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor is at the heart of this camera, giving it ISO 100 to 3200 (with a high ISO 12,800 option), 3 frames per second continual shooting, 1080p 24fps MPEG/h.264 video with continual auto focus, an 11-point autofocus system with 3D tracking, 420-segment RGB II metering, automatic image sensor cleaning, in-camera retouch options (including trimming of video clips), and a built-in pop-up flash. It's a very capable camera for just under the $700 mark.

I've had a few entry-level Nikon DSLRs over the past couple of years; I got a Nikon D60, sold it, then bought the Nikon D5000 (and reviewed it here), and sold it to purchase the D3100. I quite liked the D5000, but the video functionality was hobbled by the lack of auto-focus. The D3100 brings 1080p video with auto-focus to the table, along with a slight bump in resolution and several other enhancements over the D5000. Check out the two-part unboxing and first impressions video after the break. Fire your questions my way after watching the videos. Read more...


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One Desktop Computer Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is my review video of the Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z, an all-in-one desktop computer designed for the SOHO market (small office/home office). If you haven't already watched my unboxing and first impressions video, check that out first.

This is a corporate-looking machine, so it doesn't win any awards in the looks department, but it gets the job done in a compact, power-efficient manner. Prices start at $499 USD; the model I was sent for long-term review costs $729 USD. The A70z I was sent has an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 CPU running at 2.93 Ghz, 2 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 4GB), a 320 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, an Intel GMA X4500 GPU, built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a 19" 16:10 matte screen (1440 x 900 resolution), built-in 1.3 megapixel Webcam and microphone, a CD/DVD drive, and built-in speakers. Read more...


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

DigitalRev Samsung EX1/TL500 Hands-on Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:34 PM

It seems like the Samsung EX1 (TL500 outside of Asia) has a lot going for it - the materials and construction look fantastic - but by sticking it with the tiny sensor, Samsung partially nullifies one of the advantages of the f/1.8 lens...the DOF bokeh. It's still appealing from a lens speed point of view...but if this had a bigger sensor, it would be much more appealing. Oh, and HD video is a must as well.

I really like my Panasonic GF1 for instance, but would be perfectly happy if it had a non-removable lens. Yes, that's a core advantage of the micro-four thirds system, but what matters more to me is the speed of the auto focus, and the image quality - I have a DSLR for lens flexibility. Since I only have the 20mm lens for it, I have the speed (f/1.7) I want, but no zoom. If I could get a camera with the sensor of the GF1 and the lens of the Samsung TL500 (f/1.8 to f/2.4) I'd be quite happy. Does such a camera exist?


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

DigitalRev Sony NEX-5 First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 03:30 PM

I always enjoy the DigitalRev reviews - that Kai guy is pretty funny - and the hands-on video with the Sony NEX-5 gives you a good overview of what this camera offers. Maybe there's a full review coming up, but it would have been nice if they covered the low-light performance of the NEX-5 versus the Panasonic GF1. In a nutshell, the NEX-5 is a good upgrade for someone who's looking for a higher performing compact, but if you're more into the whole "photography" thing, the GF1 comes out on top.


Friday, March 26, 2010

The Slim and Gorgeous Dell Vostro V13 Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is my review video of the Dell Vostro V13, a shockingly thin (0.65 inches) and light (3.5 pounds) laptop from Dell. If you missed my unboxing and first impressions video of the V13, you can check it out here. This particular model I'm looking at features an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 CPU at 1.3 Ghz, Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit), 2 GB of RAM, a 320 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 802.11n WiFi, a 1.3 megapixel Web cam, a 13.3 inch LED-backlit display (1366 x 768), gigabit Ethernet, a VGA-out port, a USB port and a combo USB/eSATA port. It also has a 34mm ExpressCard slot, a microphone jack, a headphone jack, and a 5 in 1 memory card reader. It has no optical drive. The V13 uses the Intel GS45 chipset, and the Intel GMA4500 GPU. Read more...


Thursday, March 25, 2010

The New Dell Mini 10: Great Battery Life

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is a review video of the new (as of February 2010) Dell Mini 10, a netbook. If you missed my two-part first impressions video, you can find it here. The New Dell Mini 10 is powered by an Atom N450, part of the Pinetrail chipset, running at 1.66 Ghz. It has 1 GB of RAM, and this model I purchased from Dell has a 5400 RPM, 250 GB hard drive. It features 802.11b/g WiFi, but this model I have doesn't have Bluetooth. Check your local Dell Web site to see if they're offering Bluetooth. It has a 56WHr Lithium-Ion Battery (6-cell), a 10.1" wide screen display (1024 x 600 pixels), and an integrated 1.3 megapixel Webcam. It's using Windows 7 Starter Edition for the operating system. Read more...


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Most Fun I've Ever Had With a Digital Camera: The Panasonic Lumix GF1

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is my review video of the Panasonic LUMIX GF1 [affiliate], easily the most unique camera I've ever had the opportunity to look at. It's similar to a DSLR in that you can change lenses, but the micro four-thirds system doesn't use a pentaprism or mirror, so it's not a DSLR. Panasonic calls it a DILC: Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera. I don't see "DILC" taking off as a term, but this camera is hot stuff. And I'll state right up front that I'm an unabashed fan of the Panasonic GF1. As I explain in the video, there's something magical about getting DSLR-like performance and image quality from a camera that's not much bigger than a point and shoot camera. Panasonic is on to something really special with the GF1, and I'm glad that I purchased this camera - I've used it to capture some really special memories already, and that's what I want from every camera I buy. Read more...


Monday, March 15, 2010

Nikon's D5000 DSLR: Small and Feature-Packed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is my review video of the Nikon D5000 DSLR. The D5000 has a 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, can record 720p videos at 24fps (MJPEG format). The 2.7 inch screen flips down and rotates around to face the front. It also has 19 auto-exposure scene modes, up to 4fps shooting, one-button Live View, ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200, built-in image sensor cleaning, 11-point autofocus system with 3D focus tracking, auto active D-Lighting, in-camera image retouching with special effects, and more. Read more...


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dell's New Mini 10: Unboxing & First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Above is part one of an unboxing and first impressions video of the new (as of February 2010) Dell Mini 10, a netbook that represents Dell's second generation product. The New Dell Mini 10 is powered by an Atom N450, part of the Pinetrail chipset, running at 1.66 Ghz. It has 1 GB of RAM, and this model I purchased from Dell Canada has a 5400 RPM, 250 GB hard drive. It features 802.11b/g WiFi, but this model I have doesn't have Bluetooth (nor was it an option at the time I purchased it). Check your local Dell Web site to see if they're offering Bluetooth. It has a 56WHr Lithium-Ion Battery (6-cell), a 10.1" wide screen display (1024 x 600 pixels), and an integrated 1.3 megapixel Webcam. It's using Windows 7 Starter Edition for the operating system. After the break is part two of the video. Read more...


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Panasonic LUMIX GF1 Unboxing and First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:15 AM

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the Panasonic LUMIX GF1 [affiliate], easily the most unique camera I've ever had the opportunity to look at. It's similar to a DSLR in that you can change lenses, but the micro four-thirds system doesn't use a pentaprism or mirror, so it's not a DSLR (which I think I got wrong in one of these videos when I said it was a DSLR). Panasonic calls it a DILC: Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera. I don't see "DILC" taking off as a term, because it sounds vaguely dirty, but this camera is hot stuff...it's been selling out everywhere, and Panasonic is struggling to keep up with demand. It uses SD cards and supports SDHC, so you can slap a 32 GB memory card in there for a massive amount of pictures and videos. Read more...


Monday, November 30, 2009

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZS3 Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

This is a review video of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 digital camera. This is a 10 megapixel point and shoot digital camera with an impressive 12x optical zoom, starting at 25mm and reaching all the way to 300mm. That's a lot of zoom! It uses Secure Digital memory for storage, and is SDHC compatible, allowing for up to 32 GB cards to be used. It also takes 30fps 720p videos in either AVCHD Lite or MJPEG formats, has optical image stabilization, and you can zoom while shooting a video - a feature many comparable cameras lack. I didn't do an unboxing/first impressions video of this camera because I bought it and immediately wanted to start using it - so instead what you have is my review after having used it for a couple of months. You can see all the specs here. If you're interested in buying one, Amazon.com has them in our affiliate store. On to the sample pictures and video... Read more...


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nikon D5000 Unboxing & First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the Nikon D5000 DSLR. The D5000 has a 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, can record 720p videos at 24fps (MJPEG format). The 2.7 inch screen flips down and rotates around to face the front. It also has 19 auto-exposure scene modes, up to 4fps shooting, one-button Live View, ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200, built-in image sensor cleaning, 11-point autofocus system with 3D focus tracking, auto active D-Lighting, in-camera image retouching with special effects, and more. Read more...


Friday, September 11, 2009

Dell's Adamo Laptop: A Looker, but Light on Power & Speed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is my review video of the Dell Adamo laptop - please check out my unboxing and first impressions video if you haven't already. This is easily the most impressive Dell product I've ever looked at from a design perspective - if you took the name Dell off the laptop, you'd never know it was created by the world's second biggest computer maker. The materials, the design, the build-quality, the fit and finish, the attention to detail: all are mind-blowingly excellent. But the hardware performance and price tag that comes with it? Much less impressive.

This is the "Admire" model, which features a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (SU9300), 2 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD drive, Windows Vista 64-bit, a 13.4 inch 16:9 aspect ratio 1366 x 768, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, Bluetooth 2.0, a back-lit keyboard, two USB ports, one USB/eSATA combo port, gigabit Ethernet, Display Port out (it comes with an adaptor for Display Port to DVI), 802.11n WiFi, built-in speakers, and a 40-watt hour battery that's rated to last five hours. As you can tell from my video, five hours would only be possible if the display was so dim it would only be readable in the dark, and you couldn't actually use it for anything during those five hours. Read more...


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The HP Mini 110: A Refined Netbook

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

This is an review video of the HP Mini 110 XP Edition [Affiliate], a follow-up video to my unboxing and first impressions video. This netbook is a second-generation unit, following on the heels of the HP Mini 1000 released in 2008. The HP Mini 110 that I'm looking at features a 1.6 Ghz Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM (easily upgradeable to 2 GB), a 160 GB 5400 RPM hard drive, integrated 802.11b/g WiFI, and a 10.1 inch LED Anti-glare (matte) 16:9 aspect-ratio wide screen at 1024 x 576 resolution, driven by an Intel GMA950 graphics processor. It's running Windows XP SP3.

There's a webcam of unknown resolution (likely VGA), and the finish is "Black Swirl". "White Swirl" and "Pink Swirl" are also available. There is no CD/DVD drive, and the version I'm looking at has a 3 cell battery. Read more...


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

HP Mini 110 Unboxing and First Impressions Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:30 AM

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the HP Mini 110 XP Edition [Affiliate], running Windows XP SP3. This netbook is a second-generation unit, following on the heels of the HP Mini 1000 released in 2008. The HP Mini 110 that I'm looking at features a 1.6 Ghz Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM (upgradeable to 2 GB), a 160 GB 5400 RPM hard drive, integrated 802.11b/g WiFi (but no Bluetooth), and a 10.1 inch LED Anti-glare (matte) 16:9 aspect-ratio wide-screen at 1024 x 576 resolution, driven by an Intel GMA950 graphics processor.

There's a webcam of unknown resolution (likely VGA), and the finish is "Black Swirl". "White Swirl" and "Pink Swirl" are also available. There is no CD/DVD drive, and the version I'm looking at has a 3 cell battery. Prices start at $329 USD from HP.com. Read more...


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