The Sony KDL-EX700 is the second edge-lit LED-based we've tested from Sony this year, and readers of the review of the first, the KDL-NX800, will notice more similarities than differences. The price disparity--of $400 between the two series' 46-inch members--gets you improved styling, Wi-Fi networking, and a couple of other minor niceties on the NX800, but for some reason loses you the innovative "presence sensor." That feature turns the EX700's picture off automatically when you leave the room, and can really save power use if you're prone to leaving the on. Even ignoring … Read more
Though budget cameras aren't exciting news, they are what a lot of people end up buying--especially as gifts for friends and family. Casio's low-end models are better than most, too, which is what makes them even more worthy of coverage. The EX-S7 and EX-Z35 are updates to 2009's EX-Z33 and EX-S5.
The 12-megapixel S7 uses Casio's Exilim Engine 5, improving image processing and battery life (it uses a rechargeable lithium ion). On its front is a 3x f3.1-5.6 36-107mm-equivalent lens. On its back is a 2.7-inch LCD and, along with the camera's … Read more
Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it has set up a new deal to swap patents with LCD TV maker Funai.
Funai, which makes TVs sold in the U.S. under the brands Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania, and Emerson, will gain access to Microsoft's exFAT file system, an enhanced version of the company's older FAT (file allocation table) used to store and organize data on a disk.
The exFAT (extended FAT) system supports much higher-capacity drives and devices than can FAT and will quickly save files onto SD cards, USB drives, and other portable gadgets. Microsoft sees it as the … Read more
LAS VEGAS--As Samsung and other vendors continue their CES-LED onslaught, not even giant Large Format Displays (LFD) are safe, as the company announced what it claims is the first LFD displays to incorporate LED Backlight Unit (BLU) technology.
The Samsung Syncmaster LED LFD 460EX, 460EXn, 550EX, and 550EXn are new LFDs with LED backlight tech. According to Samsung, the LED LFD series is Samsung's thinnest, lightest, and most energy-efficient professional LCD display in the 46-inch- and 55-inch-screen class to date. They will measure a small 1.6 inches deep and will boast a purported 43 percent weight savings over … Read more
Unless you follow Casio's camera developments closely you probably don't know what the company's Dynamic Photo feature is. Hell, there's a good chance that even if you know about it, you're not entirely sure what it does or why you'd want it. But Casio must be getting some kind of good feedback on it because they've added the feature to three more cameras.
The quick explanation is that the cameras--the EX-H15, EX-Z2000, and EX-Z550--are capable of creating a motion image from a burst of shots. The moving subject can then be clipped from … Read more
The Exilim EX-FH100 is very similar to 2009's FC100 in features, but out front is a 24mm-equivalent lens with a 10x zoom range. Essentially it's a marriage of the FC100 and Casio's H10. But that's not the whole story.
The FH100 features a high-speed back-illuminated 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor (the FC100's wasn't backlit). The back illumination improves overall sensitivity, which should reduce noise levels in low-light photos. The speed of the sensor helps it shoot up to 30, 9-megapixel images at 40fps. It also enables up to 1,000fps high-speed movie recording, though at … Read more
Microsoft on Thursday said it has started licensing the technology behind another flash memory format.
The company announced a program to license out the Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) format, which is an updated version of the file allocation table format. Microsoft also licenses out that format, though its patents there have been the subject of contention, particularly since many distributions of Linux include the FAT formats.
The newer format, exFAT, can work on far larger-capacity devices than its predecessor--256 terabytes, as opposed to 32GB for FAT. It also allows for faster file saves on Secure Digital Extended Capacity cards … Read more
When Panasonic, Fujifilm, and Canon announced rugged cameras this year, it was odd that Casio didn't pop one out, too, given its predilection for shock-resistant products. Well, I guess November isn't too late to join the market, as Wednesday the company added the Exilim EX-G1 to its digital camera lineup.
The $299 0.8-inch thick, ultracompact 12-megapixel camera can withstand a 7-foot drop because of a two-layer construction with a stainless steel outer casing, a resin ring protecting the lens, and a polycarbonate cover on the body side near the shutter. The wrist-strap holder is made of die-cast … Read more