We compare three high-definition compact cameras to see which
captures the most cinematic footage
By Theano NikitasPosted 10.22.2008 at 11:24 am 2 Comments
New point-and-shoot cameras capture video in the 720p high-def format you've seen on TV networks such as ESPN. But all HD is not equal. The algorithm, or codec, that compresses the video onto a memory card affects the quality of the footage and your ability to edit it. We tried out three cameras, each sporting a different codec, to find the best mobile movie rig.
Final thought: "It's almost everything I've wanted"
By Sean CaptainPosted 09.18.2008 at 12:35 pm 3 Comments
OK, so it came as no big surprise that I loved the new Nikon D700. How could I be disappointed with a $3,000 professional camera (equipped with a $500 lens), based on the D3 and D300—two models that already wowed me in previous tests?
New sets adjust the color themselves whenever the light changes
By Sean CaptainPosted 06.18.2008 at 11:57 am 1 Comment
To give you a perfect picture no matter how your room is lit, new TVs automatically tweak their on-screen colors to complement say, the orange glow of incandescent lights in the evening or the bluish tint of midday sunshine. We sat with two new self-adjusting screens by day and night to see if we could notice the changes.
Polaroid goes digital with pocket-size PoGo photo printer
By Jessica ChengPosted 06.16.2008 at 5:19 pm 4 Comments
Photo printing just got faster and easier. Instead of waiting until you get home, you can use Polaroid's pocket-sized PoGo to print on the spot. Using Zink's "zero-ink" technology—paper that contains layers of heat-activated color dye crystals a few microns thick—PoGo eliminates the clunky ink cartridges of traditional printers. The device—weighing just eight ounces and measuring 4.7 by 2.8 by 0.9 inches—goes on sale July 6 for $150.
We pit the leading digital-delivery TV boxes and services from Netflix, Apple and Vudu against DVD and Blu-ray. Who will reign supreme?
By Sean CaptainPosted 06.04.2008 at 6:21 pm 9 Comments
Battle of the Video Boxes
We put the leading set-top video boxes to the test (L to R: Apple TV, Vudu, and Netflix's Roku) vs. Blu-ray. Who emerges victorious?
We live in interesting TV times. DVD players are as common as toasters. Basic Blu-ray players offer high-def flicks at prices we can (almost) afford. And now, if you can't bother to go to the store or wait for a disc to arrive, you finally have some enticing download options.
The biggest news, of course, is the recent arrival of Roku's streaming Netflix Player, which is finally giving the company a service to match its name. The Netflix Player joins two other on-demand boxes: Vudu, which premiered last September, and Apple TV, which got upgraded to a movie-playing box in February. So, what's the best way to go?
Nikon and Olympus reinvent autofocus so you can grab better action shots
By Sean CaptainPosted 04.18.2008 at 1:59 pm 0 Comments
Digital SLRs shoot as fast as machine guns, but all those pictures are useless if they come out blurry. Autofocus often fails in low light and with quick-moving subjects such as athletes or toddlers. We pitted two cameras that promise faster, more accurate autofocus technologies against both each other and top competitors from Canon.