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FujiFilm FinePix S100FS reviewed: surprising results from smaller CCD

FujiFilm FinePix S100FS reviewed: surprising results from smaller CCD

FujiFilm's FinePix S100FS is intended to bridge the gap between the company's point-and-shoot digicams and its pro DSLRs, with an 11-megapixel 2/3-inch CCD, continuous RAW shooting and efficient shortcuts. InfoSync World have been playing with the S100FS and sound impressed:

"If you want 99% of the functionality of a DSLR but without blowing all sorts of coin and space on multiple lenses, then the S100fs is right up with the Sony DSC-R1 as a viable SLR alternative" Chris Coleman, InfoSync World

nVidia Quadro FX series gets entry-level and mid-range cards

nVidia Quadro FX series gets entry-level and mid-range cards

the Quadro graphics cards are pretty amazing, primarily used in professional settings such as engineering, medical fields, digital video editing, and some financial fields. They can get pretty pricey to with some of them hitting the multiple thousands of dollars range.

Well now there are some considerably cheaper options namely the FX 370 and the FX 1700. These new GPUs will also support the CUDA technology which allows the PC the card is installed in to offload some mathematical processing onto the GPU which excels at math computations.

CEDIA 2007 – Pioneer launch flagship Elite Amplifier

CEDIA 2007 – Pioneer launch flagship Elite Amplifier

"Talk about an impressive ass!"  That was my first thought on seeing Pioneer's new Elite SC-09TX flagship amp, which has a rear-panel positively bristling with connectivity.  Things round the front are no less exciting, however; there's a huge LCD as the centrepiece, which is all the more necessary when you consider that not only will the Elite work as your surround sound amp (pumping 200W out of seven channels simultaneously) but access media on a connected iPod and any networked PC.

 

CEDIA 2007 – JVC launches flagship Procision A/V range

CEDIA 2007 – JVC launches flagship Procision A/V range

If Sony thought they were going to have things all their own way with the launch of their stonking Bravia projectors then they obviously hadn't paid attention to fellow CEDIA 2007 attendee JVC.  The company's new flagship Procision range is intended for custom installs and prosumer home cinema fanatics, and at its pinnacle are two D-ILA front projectors, the DLA-HD1 and DLA-HD100.

 

IFA 2007 – Nikon unveils high-end D3 and D300 Digital SLR cameras

IFA 2007 – Nikon unveils high-end D3 and D300 Digital SLR cameras

None of this point-&-shoot nonsense for Nikon; they used IFA 2007 to launch their D3 and D300 digital-SLR camera bodies.  If high-quality photography is your thing, then one of these two models may be the choice for you: the D300 is a relatively compact, super-fast shooter, with a new 12.3-megapixel DX format CMOS sensor coupled with a Nikon-exclusive digital image processing system, while the D3 is a true heavyweight contender, packing Nikon's original 12.1-megapixel FX format sensor and extreme ISO support.

12.34-million pixel Fujifilm Digital SLR

12.34-million pixel Fujifilm Digital SLR

If you're in the market for a high-resolution digital SLR camera, then Fujifilm reckons it might have the model for you.  The FinePix S5 Pro boasts an expanded dynamic range thanks to its use of a double pixel Super CCD SR Pro sensor that can recognise 6.17 million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels to give an effective 12.34 million pixel count and 400% wider range than a single-pixel CCD.  Fujifilm have also thrown their RP Processor Pro into the mixture, giving a frankly boggling ISO equivalent sensitivity of 3200.

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Canon EOS 400D digital SLR unboxing

Canon EOS 400D digital SLR unboxing

I'm not all that big of a photographer, so my Sony T7 and the 3-megapixel camera in my Nokia N80 suit me fine; however, there are lots of you out there who I know are drooling for prosumer digital SLRs like the Canon EOS series.  Jenneth at Girls Gone Mobile has just taken delivery of the EOS 400D and, showing great restraint, has documented the unboxing and put the battery on for a full charge before using it. 

Gryphon Mirage delivers audiophile distributed audio

Gryphon Mirage delivers audiophile distributed audio

If you're an audiophile who wants distributed audio around the house you've got plenty of choice of manufacturers to favour.  Well, Gryphon would like to add them to their list, and their Mirage amplifier is just the product they're planning to lure you in with.  A pre-amp main box with detachable control section that can communicate wirelessly, as well as a chunky aluminium remote that they're insisting on calling a wand, it takes advantage of the AMX and Crestron interface software (sold separately) that Gryphon have developed to integrate as a multi-room audio system.

Canon XH G1 and XH A1 HDV Camcorders

Canon XH G1 and XH A1 HDV Camcorders


This morning Canon USA and Canon Inc. announced the release of two prosumer HDV camcorders, the XH G1 ($7000) and XH A1 ($4000). Both sports the identical imaging system as Canon’s XL H1, including three 1/3-inch 16:9 CCDs and the ability to record 1080i HDTV recording in both 60 interlaced and 24 frame rate modes. Other features include an image-stabilized 20x optical zoom lens that isn’t interchangeable and a 2.8-inch LCD view screen. These two new HDV camcorders are a welcome update to the 4-year old GL2, which remained unchanged during that time.

Earlier, I’d mentioned the XH G1 and HX A1 are identical, so why the $3,000 difference? The XH G1 is professionally equipped with “jack pack” of input and output ports like HD/SD-SDI, Genlock and TC in/out. This allows streaming uncompressed HD footage for recording to another format with less compression than the consumer HDV taps.