ces 2011

At first glance, the Samsung NX11 could be mistaken for the NX10.  In fact, the cameras are very similar in ergonomics, controls and overall specifications. I had a chance to spend a few minutes with preproduction NX11 at CES.  Read on for my initial impressions of the camera. [click to continue…]

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Canon XA10 Hands-On Review

by on February 17, 2011

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The Canon XA10 is the new low-end model in Canon’s pro camcorder lineup.  Featuring full 1920 x 1080 HD video capture, along with a carry handle and dual phantom-power XLR inputs, the XA10 is a force to be reckoned with.

Read the full hands-on review at Tech Tilt:  Canon XA10 Hands-On Review

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Sony WX9 Hands-On Review

by on February 10, 2011

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The Sony Cyber-shot WX9 is 16.2MP compact camera that fits somewhere in the middle of Sony’s early-2011 lineup.  The image sensor is Sony’s rather impressive back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, which is backed up by the power BIONZ image processor that allows the WX9 to deliver up to 10fps in burst mode and capture 1080i AVCHD video.

The WX9 is a close mate to the WX10, although it takes a step down in a couple parts of the feature set.  Check out my first impressions of the WX9 below. [click to continue…]

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Benro introduced its new Travel Flat tripod series at CES 2011.  As the name implies, Benro’s new tripods are built with the traveling photographer in mind and “feature an innovative, patent pending design that changes the traditional tripod model of triangular profiles, adopting instead a flat unified “spider” or connecting hub, which contributes to its compact size and ultra portability when folded.”

Two big advantages for travelers are the tripods weight and size.  Aluminum models range between 2 and 3.1 pounds, while carbon fiber models weigh in at 1.5 to 2.4 pounds.  Folded heights for all models are around 16-17 inches – and, of course the lay-flat design aides in the compactness.

Even though the tripods are designed to conserve weight and overall dimensions, they still own some professional specs in load capacity (ranging from 13-26 pounds) and maximum height (ranging from 61-66 inches).

Aluminum models carry retail price tags between $107 and $169, while carbon fiber models range between $286 and $406.  You can find the Benro Travel Flat series at B&H Photo.

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Sony WX10 Hands-On Review

by on January 31, 2011

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The Sony Cyber-shot WX10 is a 16.2MP point and shoot camera with a 7x optical zoom that debuted at CES 2011.  I had the opportunity to go hands-on with a preproduction version of the compact shooter for a few minutes at Sony’s CES booth.  Below you will find my initial impressions of the new camera. [click to continue…]

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Tenba introduced new models of its Messenger bag series at CES 2011.  The new bags are geared toward iPad, small laptop and small camera systems.

The Mini Photo/Laptop model carries an iPad or 13-inch MacBook (or similarly sized netbook/laptop), along with a DSLR body, 2-3 lenses, and a flash.  Alternatively, the Messenger Small Camera Bag accomodates a DSLR with 2-3 lenses, speedlight and misc. accessories – but not a laptop or iPad.

The Tenba Messenger Mini Photo/Laptop model carries a retail price of $84.95, while the Messenger Small Camera Bag runs $114.95 retail.  Both new Messenger models are available in black, olive and burnt orange.  Additionally, the Mini Photo/Laptop Bag is available in blue, chocolate, platinum and plum.

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