March 11 2007 - Photo Jottings

March 11 2007


Looks like I might finally get a Sony 16-80mm Carl Zeiss lens this month.  They are taking orders on the SonyStyle websight with shipping “on or about” 3/23/07. I placed my order today so let’s cross our fingers and hope they don’t screw it up again. I’m also going to do a full review of the mighty Olympus SP-550 UZ which will probably be ready sometime next month.  I’ll most likely do some quick comparison shots with my Sony and Nikon zooms sometime in the next couple of weeks or so to see how the 504mm top end holds up.

{I added this camera a couple of days ago and forgot to update the site}  Sony has introduced a $600 photo viewer cleverly marketed as a high-tech digital camera capable of wireless image transfer.  The camera uses DLNA or Digital living network alliance, if you don’t know what this is you’re not alone.  It isn’t very common or useful right now, unless you have another devise that has it.  Also, the Sony DSC-G1 6mp camera has a nice 3.5″ LCD, featuring 921,000 pixels which the Sony sales rep reports “that’s four times higher than the average compact digital camera and all previous Sony Cyber-Shot models”.  Do not confuse the sneaky “four times higher” with four times the resolution.  If I use my grade school math I come out with somewhere around 50% more resolution compared to a 2.5″ 230,000 LCD, (2.5″ LCD equal to approx. 460,000 pixels).  That’s still a nice, sharp screen.  It’ll be perfect for people who like to snap a whole bunch of pictures and send ’em to their friends just for kicks-assuming they also have DLNA.  With a whopping 2GB of storage, yes 2GB-and a MS duo slot for even more, it’ll hold 7,500 VGA pics!  Imagine the quality time spent viewing thousands of someone Else’s snapshots!
It seems to me $600 is an awful lot, I bought my laptop for less than that and I could still buy a decent digital camera with the money left over.  OK, it’s a lot more handy than a laptop.  Check out the specifications here.

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