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Friday, April 15, 2011

Panasonic's Viera TX-P50GT30 Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

"We thought last year's Panasonic GT20 plasma TVs were good, but the P50GT30 knocks the spots of its predecessors. It ramps up the online functionality that's becoming such an essential item of 2011's TV feature counts, sports a drastically improved design, and best of all serves up the best 2D and 3D picture quality we've seen from a mid-range TV."

Panasonic makes some very, very good plasma TVs - I very nearly bought one a couple of years ago but ended up going for an LG model - and despite what some people might think, plasma TVs are still alive and kicking in this era of LCD TVs. The Panasonic Viera TX-P50GT30 appears to have a lot going for it, not the least of which is an attractive outer shell. The LG TV I bought? One of the reasons why is that it looked much nicer hanging on my wall. Nice to see that Panasonic has re-vamped their outer shell!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Life in HD: The Samsung HMX-T10 HD Camcorder Reviewed

Posted by Don Tolson in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Handheld HD Camcorder
Manufacturer: Samsung
Where to Buy: Amazon [affiliate]
Price: $245 USD
System Requirements: SD or SDHC memory card required; suggested 8G minimum.
Specifications: NTSC/PAL recording to 5MP CMOS sensor; 10x optical, 100x digital zoom; 2.7 in (68.5mm) touch LCD screen; auto/manual focus; comes with built-in Intelli-Studio software for PC. Full specs are here.


  • Able to record in full (1080i) HD (1920x1080) using h.264 format;
  • Small and lightweight -- easily fits into a pocket or purse;
  • Can take photos 'on the fly' without having to switch out of video mode.


  • Have to open up the screen to use the camera;
  • Can't see HD results without purchasing a separate mini-HD cable or downloading to the PC;
  • May be able to hear zoom and autofocus mechanisms in quiet situations.

Summary: The days of tape for video recording have long disappeared -- replaced by small, handheld devices which record directly to memory cards. The earliest versions gave us convenience, but only standard (480p) resolution, but now we are starting to see even smaller cameras which are capable of full HD recording. The HMX-T10 is Samsung's latest offering -- combining full HD capability with simple, lightweight operation. Read more...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lenovo Offering Hard Drive/Solid State Drive Hybrid

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:52 PM

"You know, making that jump from HDD to SSD still costs an arm and a leg, so how about somewhere in between that gap? That's what Lenovo's offering as an option for the IdeaPad Y460 and Y560 coming in March. The idea with this RapidDrive technology is that you can have a 32GB or 64GB PCI-E SSD installed alongside your regular HDD (up to 500GB option), and the two drives will effectively be combined into one."

I was just complaining about the cost of SSDs today on Twitter, so this news is welcome - assuming that it's something that other manufacturers do with their laptops and it's not some sort of Lenovo exclusive. Let's hope we see this technology everywhere in 2010!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Flip Releases the Flip UltraHD

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:30 PM

"The Flip UltraHD camcorder combines Flip Video's signature shoot-and-share simplicity with the power of vivid, vibrant HD video. With 120 minutes of record time, you'll never miss another minute again. And because of UltraHD's pocket-sized portability, you'll truly be able to capture HD video anytime, anywhere."

Flip continues to evolve their product line, this time releasing an update to their Ultra line, boosting it with HD video capture. I have the Mino HD, courtesy of a Microsoft Mobius event, and it's a pretty nice camera as long as there's enough light in the scene. You don't buy these cameras for quality video capture, you buy them for how convenient they are. What does this Ultra HD offer over the Mino HD? The Mino HD records up to 60 minutes; the Ultra HD records up to 120 minutes. The Ultra HD has a slightly bigger physical size, with a bigger screen size, and is also $30 less expensive if the MSRP prices are accurate. Want to learn more about the Flip UltraHD? Then check out Gear Diary's review.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

MOXI for the Masses

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

"Gone are the days when you could only get your hands on a MOXI DVR in limited cable TV markets. The company is now delivering their TiVo butt-kicking, CableCARD compatible 500GB HD DVR to the masses via for $799 (subscription fees: $0, advertising: none)."

Subscription fees were always the thing that kept me away from Tivo. But, this seems a bit on the pricey side and while the CableCARD compatibility is great in theory, unless you can actually get one from your cable provider, you are probably not going to be getting any premium or HD channels from your cable provider.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Is there a New Chinese Competitor to Blu-ray?

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

"Everyone assumed the high definition format war was over after movie studios abruptly bailed on the HD-DVD format seemingly over night, but could it be just beginning? China certainly hopes so, whose China Blue HD (CBHD) just received a shot in the arm from Warner Brother's announcement that it plans to support the format with several films in the first half of 2009."

To even have a chance this would have to be absurdly cheap. Cheap as in a $50 player and movies priced comparable to normal DVDs that were preferably dual disks like many HD-DVD's were. Even then, I'd say the chance of success is doubtful. More than likely, this is a play by Warner Brother's to get some kind of concession from the Blu-ray camp.

Tags: hardware, dvd, hd, blu-ray

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

flickr Welcomes Everyone's Videos

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 PM

"Video for all? Previously limited to our Pro members, video on Flickr is now available for all. Our free account members can now share 2 videos a month (you’ll need to install Uploadr version 3.1.4 — now available from the Flickr Tools page). So, this is a perfect time for you to check out video mode on your camera."

flickr has now updated their services so that free and Pro members alike can upload and share videos. HD Video viewing has been expanded to everyone, though flickr is apparently re-processing all HD video to make it look "more beauteous." I like flickr. It's simple, easy and great for sharing and seeing everyone else's photos. Having all your image and video content in one place has to be a big plus and may help keep people from splitting their content with other sites like YouTube.

Tags: video, hd, flickr

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Creative Vado Now Available In HD

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 PM

"Creative introduced today the Vado HD, the successor to the Vado released back in May. It captures video in 720p and is the only pocket video cam to feature HDMI connectivity and an included HDMI cable that provides 1080i output to an HDTV. It also comes with 8GB of built-in memory that can hold up to two hours of HD video. The Vado HD also features a 2-inch LCD screen and a built-in USB connector so you can quickly connect to your PC and share your videos using YouTube or"

While I don't have a camcorder myself, the release of these tiny digital HD camcorders makes them more tempting each year. I'm sure there's still a large market for large, high quality video cameras, pocket camcorders are much easier to carry, making it that much more likely for me to have it when opportunity knocks. The big attention getter about the new Vado for me is the HDMI connectivity, which makes it easy to connect it to a TV. Unfortunately, I find the estimated two hours of recording time a little tight. Anyone who has gone on vacation knows this means you'll have to cart along your laptop to offload every day or two.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sony's AM/FM/HD Radio: Music for the Holidays

Posted by Richard OKane in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 PM

"You want one of these and you might not realize it yet. Want to know why? Because it just might be the best ever made. I'm talking about Sony's XDR-F1HD AM/FM/HD Radio tuner. This is a radio tuner. That means you have to plug it into a hi-fi or home theater setup to listen. It receives local AM and FM stations as well as all the new HD channels. HD is the new digital method for U.S. broadcasters to deliver over-the-airwaves audio and data in addition to their analog signal. If radio stations choose to broadcast in HD, they can add one, two or more digital channels on the same frequency as their analog station."

Those of you who read my introductory post know that I am a big fan of Sirius XM. Satellite radio is the cure for the remote areas of Canada. From what I've read, HD radio sounds great and provides commercial-free music, so why bother paying for satellite radio, right? How do you make a profit running commercial-free music with no subscription base? That's a separate discussion, but you can't debate the price on this radio: $100 or less [Affiliate].

Tags: radio, hd, internet

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

3-Way Movie Box Battlemodo

Posted by Jeremy Charette in "Smartphone Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 PM

"A few weeks back, I wrote up a piece on Vudu's high-definition video falling short of my expectations. Today I bring you a more thorough report of the three most compelling set-top boxes and their video-download capabilities. Apple TV, Vudu and Xbox 360 all have a lot going for them, but by looking at them side-by-side, you can see how their makers are all taking different paths to get to the ultimate desired end. Dive into the chart, then have a look at the screengrabs from three movies, to really get a feel for the progress, or lack of progress, in the world of HD downloads."

Interesting comparison, though in the end, there's no clear winner. I find myself a bit more opinionated though. The Xbox 360 is a very capable media player and the best Media Center Extender on the market. In both my experience and in detailed technical comparisons, downloaded HD video from Xbox Live Marketplace is very nearly comparable to HD DVD or Blu-Ray. VUDU and Apple TV don't hold a candle. Unfortunately the Xbox 360 has one huge hurdle to get past: perception. Consumers think of it as a game console first, a media player a distant second. If only Microsoft would do a better job marketing all that the 360 is capable of.

Tags: xbox, 360, hd, apple tv, vudu

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hauppauge Intros PC HD Video Recorder

Posted by Jeremy Charette in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

"Hauppauge obviously decided to leave one big surprise until later in the week at CES. Yesterday it introduced an HD video recorder for the PC, known as the HD PVR. It connects to the computer via USB, and records HD TV in real time, converting into the ISO standard H.264 format. The HD PVR can connect to high definition cable TV or satellite TV set top box receivers using standard component can also create AVCHD recordings (the format used on Blu-ray high definition players). As part of the software applications which will be shipped with Hauppauge's HD encoder, a DVD burning application will be provided which can take AVCHD formatted recordings and burn them onto a conventional DVD disc. These discs can then be played in Blu-ray DVD players. About 2 hours of Blu-ray HD content can be recorded on a 4.7 GB DVD disk."

I like the idea of a PVR device for my computer that works with my cable box, but not if it takes complete control of the box itself. In order to record two different shows at the same time, I'd need two HD PVRs and two cable boxes. That seems like overkill if you ask me. I'll take a TiVo HD instead, thanks. Now that this WILL be good for is capturing video from component video sources such as game consoles or HD DVD/Blu-Ray players for archiving or encoding to H.264. I haven't seen a reasonably priced HD capture device on the market up 'til now.

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