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DPReview’s in-depth hands-on preview of the Olympus PEN E-P3

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Andy Westlake and Richard Butler of DPReview gives you an extensive hands-on preview of the Olympus PEN E-P3:

The E-P3’s similarity of appearance to its predecessors could, all too easily, suggest that Olympus has again been subtle with its changes. But this isn’t the case at all, and the new model brings with it a whole raft of updates and refinements. Olympus has addressed many of the key criticisms of the older models, to the extent that we’d be tempted to say that the E-P3 is finally the camera that the PEN has always promised to be.

I’m always impressed with the utter depth and thoroughness of the reviews of the guys over at the Digital Photography Review website. Whenever I read any of the reviews from their site, it feels strangely enough as if I am about to read some sort of dissertation or a doctoral thesis–only, written in lay man’s terms. In other words, they write their reviews as if their very lives depend on it. Everything you ever wanted to know about every bit about the cameras they review is there. For me, DPReview is where you need to go on the net when you want to read greatly exhaustive camera reviews.

Too bad though, where it actually may matter, it would seem that the picture sample galleries for each camera reviewed usually fails to match the awesome quality of the written reviews. The way I see it, the pictures they show are not as interesting as the reviews themselves. In my opinion, the pictures in the reviews never live up to one’s expectations of the kind of images the cameras can do, and it can be a little bit of a let-down. One may be inclined to wonder, “Is this the only kind of picture that this camera can take?”

Great reviewers aren’t necessarily great photographers.

The new Olympus E-P3

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Tim Moynihan, PC World (syndicated in Macworld):

The E-P3 introduces a 3-inch OLED touchscreen, a revamped 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor, and a new imaging engine. The new “Fast AF System” supports 35 individual focus points and touch-to-focus controls while shooting still images; Olympus claims that the camera’s focus speeds are faster than those on any other compact interchangeable-lens camera on the current market.

If you are in the market for a new DSLR camera, something that’s small, but also full-featured, take a look at the new Olympus E-P3.

Choose the best printer for your business

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Melissa Riofrio of PCWorld (syndicated in Macworld) helps you choose the best printer for your business:

The classic monochrome laser business printer continues to sell surprisingly well, but the best printer for your business might be an inkjet, laser, LED, or solid-ink; and it might be a multifunction or single-function model.

How do you decide which technology and function level are best for your business? How much can you afford to spend? Take time to think about what you print, how much you print, and whether you need extra features or room to grow. Remember to check the cost of consumables to make sure your ongoing costs will be bearable.

Read the rest of the article here.

Fireworks photo tips

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Just in time for the 4th (in the US) or the 1st (in Canada), Dave Johnson of PC World (syndicated over at Macworld), came up with a very nice basic set of 6 tips on shooting fireworks. To this, I’d like to add a 7th: Practice.

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June 29, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Pentax Q

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The camera has evolved:

Introducing the PENTAX Q, the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with a tiny body and a 12.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor that carves out an entirely new camera category.

Tim Moynihan, PC World (syndicated on Macworld):

The world of compact interchangeable-lens cameras continues to grow–and shrink. Pentax is the latest big-name company to throw its hat into the mirrorless ring with the Pentax Q, a 12-megapixel camera that’s smaller and lighter than anything we’ve seen thus far in the interchangeable-lens category.

Hmmm … this is mighty interesting.

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June 23, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Most popular camera

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Daniel Ionescu of PC World reports:

The iPhone 4’s 5-megapixel camera is now officially the most popular camera used on Flickr, according to the photo sharing site’s own statistics. The iPhone 4 outclassed Nikon’s D90 for the top spot in Flickr’s rankings, and it’s the only phone in the top 5, alongside three other Canon EOS cameras. Since its launch in 2010, the iPhone 4 has seen a slow and steady rise in popularity on Flickr. The device is followed by the Nikon D90, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi, and Canon EOS REBEL T1i.

Wow, who would have thought!

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June 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Shoot first, focus later

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Kai Wong of DigitalRev on Lytro:

I don’t feel much excitement about this product at all photography is not just about these technological wonders, it’s primarily about the image. The image quality matters most: whether the lens is good, the processing, the hardware, etc. I couldn’t care less if a car had a good GPS system in it if it drives like diarrhoea and, likewise, if the images that come out of the camera look awful then what’s the point of being able to choose focus after you’ve taken the shot?

And then he asks: What do you think – great invention or dumbing down of photography?

UPDATE: Yes, people all over the world are beginning to take note. Everyone, it seems, is talking about it.

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