First off, where have we been for the past four months? It's a long story and we don't want to bore you. So, let's just say we're back now, better than ever. Well, maybe not better. Give us some time, dudes. But back, for sure.
In news of the day, we talk about some exciting and cool products:
- The Canon HV40, a very sweet high-end consumer videocam that shoots beautiful HD video. I got this through the Amazon Vine program and, although I have some quibbles with it (you can read them on my review on Amazon; if you click on the above link, it will take you to the product page. At the time I'm writing this, my review is the third one that appears, but if more people find other reviews more helpful, it may move down).
- Backup solutions Mozy and Drobo.
- It's a floor wax and a desert topping: The sexy new Nikon S1000PJ is the first camera with a built in projector. Just think of all the people you'll be able to bore with your unedited pictures! Check out the unbelievable video here. I kind of want this now, but I'd prefer the technology in my iPhone or laptop.
- The lovely Nikon S70, with its multitouch OLED screen, appeals to me in a lot of ways. I love OLED screens, and having been spoiled by the iPhone, I'm similarly enamoured of touch screens. This sexy beasts combines the best of both worlds. Why couldn't they have made this B002KANXI4 the S1000PJ's projector? Although, from my experience with the iPhone, I can tell you a touch screen isn't the best way to snap a picture - how will pressing on its back NOT make your camera shakier? I can see accidental blur being a problem with this design.
- I recently bought the Panasonic Lumix TZ5S as a gift for my partner. It's a good, not great point and shoot. Bought it for the ability to shoot HD video, its beefy 10x optical zoom and because it starts at a rare but highly desired 28mm at the wide end. It also zooms while shooting video, something which most point and shoots can't do for some reason. On the negative side, I find it a bit poky, with slight but annoying shutter lag and a sluggish shot-to-shot time. Overall, though, it's a lot of camera for $230 or less.
- Michael's a little less enthusiastic about the water-resistant Olympus Tough 6000 he bought. He wishes he sprung for this little cutie. But then, he might not have been able to afford the super-hot Nikon D300s he's waiting for. If he were new to the world of DSLRs, he might have started with other just-announced option from Nikon, the entry-level D3000. This is a lot of camera for $600.
- Do you have money to burn on something pointless and vaguely disturbing? If so, check out the Sony Party Shot. This is the accessory for those of you who are too lazy to point and shoot your point and shoot.
- 50% off your SmugMug service at any level (enter code "Flickr" at checkout). This is a fantastic discount and you should take advantage of it in time to share your holiday photos!
- A free camera strap to any listener of Digital Photography Life: This one is just crazy. A high-quality camera strap that replaces the neck-slicing piece of canvas that your camera's manufacturer condescended to include with your DSLR. Get your freebie here.