It's time for me to come clean.
A couple months ago, I left my digital SLR on the roof of the car and drove away without it. There was a thumping noise as $1,000 worth of camera equipment bounced off the trunk en route to the road. It was in a bag, but even so I got lucky: the only damage was a lens cap bashed into the UV filter.
Confirming what the blogosphere so graciously leaked over a week ago, Nikon has officially announced its new entry level digital SLR, the 6.1 megapixel D40. A followup to the company's D50, the D40 includes the same processing engine as the D200 and the same 420-pixel sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering system found in the D80, while sporting a body that makes it the smallest Nikon dSLR to date.
One of the most interesting things about this camera is its new graphical user interface. Rather than the usual text-centric interface, Nikon has developed a cute and intuitive … Read more
If you're like me, you try at all costs to avoid having your photo taken. I know it's silly, but I almost always hate the way I look in pictures. As Fujifilm explains in its new Best Face Forward Web site, you don't have to look bad. And since there are times when you have to pose nice for the camera--think driver's license--you may as well learn how to look your best when someone points a lens your way.
Of course, Fuji also takes the opportunity to give you the hard sell on their face-detection … Read more
We wondered what took so long, but a major battery manufacturer is finally trying to make a play in the iPod arena. At a CES preview event in New York City, we got a peek at Duracell's new accessory, the PowerFM, which is due out soon and designed to be coupled with the iPod Nano.
Its claim to fame: The company says PowerFM is the only iPod accessory that will provide extra juice for your iPod, allow you to transmit your tunes to any FM radio, and protect your Nano with the included silicone case (it fits over both … Read more
Have you ever wanted to feel like Inspector Gadget, but actually growing mechanical appendages wasn't a viable option?
The Quik-Pod (which despite its name, mercifully has nothing to do with digital audio) is an extendable handheld tripod. It screws in to the tripod hole of a camera and when you click a button, it extends your reach 18.5 inches.
This could be cool. It might mean my self-portraits are no longer blocked by my arm, but I can get over that pretty quickly. The Quik-Pod is $24.95, and collapses to 7.5 inches in your pocket.
Of … Read more
Ever since Engadget posted some not-so-pretty FCC photos of Etymotic's funky-looking, new, Bluetooth stereo headphones, the ety8s have been getting a bad rap. Engadget called them "the wireless abomination whose name shall not be spoke."
Well, the folks from Etymotic dropped by to show us the real McCoy, which should be shipping in a couple of weeks. The fact is the ety8's offer one of the most distinct headphone designs ever created, and when you see them you realize there's a fine line between really cool and wireless abomination. They surely lend new meaning to … Read more
I think the headline and pictures say it all, but here's a few more details on Belkin's new line of accessories, due out soon for the Microsoft Zune portable media player. According to Belkin, the cases will be available in North America in mid-November, while the TuneBase FM and TunePower will be available in late November. Click here for the full press release (yes, I'm being lazy, but Belkin does such a good job of describing its gear, I really don't think I could add anything substantive).TuneBase FM Transmitter - $79.99
Folio Kickstand Case … Read more
Almost anyone who's tried to use the "shuffle" functionality to create automatic playlists can attest that randomizing song lists or libraries is no easy task. I always seem to get one or two songs that appear far too often and some artists who never show up at all.
Enter The Filter (download it at CNET Download.com), a Windows plug-in for iTunes backed by musician Peter Gabriel. The Filter uses artificial intelligence and the All Music Guide database to manufacture custom iTunes playlists based on a variety of user inputs, such as a few songs of your … Read more