We’ve always had a soft spot for Canon’s G-series of prosumer compacts, and it looks like the new G10 won’t be any exception — Photography Blog just put the boxy camera through its paces and found that it’s “undoubtedly the best ever” in the line. High marks were particularly given to the new wider-angle 28-140mm lens (which suffers less barrel distortion than the G9), higher-res LCD screen, and the new exposure dial, which allows you to fine-tune exposure settings without a trip to the menus. The new 14.7 megapixel sensor didn’t receive the same praise, however: ISO 400 images were quite noisy, and the 800 and 1600 settings were “virtually unusable.” That’s not exactly news for the G-series, but it’s pretty unfortunate — especially considering that the G10’s $499 pricetag edges into low-end DSLR territory. Still, if you’re looking for a compact with deep manual controls and real optics, it sounds like the G10 is worth a look — hit the read link for the full review.
Monthly Archives: March 2009
We can definitely see where this is headed. Hot on the heels of Denon’s DVD-A1UD and OPPO’s BDP-83 comes yet another Blu-ray player that does just a pinch more than handle audio CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Unveiled as a prototype over in Munich, the Marantz UD9004 is just one format shy (it’s lacking DVD-Audio support) of being a complete “universal” Blu-ray player. Said device, which is slated to get official sometime in 2009, is built upon the $6,500 SA-7S1 SACD player (pictured) and features a 10-bit Silicon Optix chipset, 14-bit video DAC, an SD card reader, RS-232 control interface, support for BD-Live and an Ethernet port. Outside of that, details are nonexistent, but we’ll definitely be keeping an ear to the ground for more.
Ah, the Verizon Hub. A curious beast this day and age, wouldn’t you say? For those of you who spent the better part of Super Bowl Sunday setting one of these crazy contraptions up in your domicile, we’re eager to hear of your experiences. Has it made you want to throw away your cellphone? Are you already regretting the contract you’re now locked into? Are the widgets sufficiently useful? We found ourselves a bit torn as to whether or not the Hub was even a device worth considering given the monthly fee attached, but now that it’s sat in your place for well over a month, we’re anticipating some better feedback from those who’ve used it a time or two. Spill your guts below. by Darren Murph
Not that we’re far removed from Stealth’s last fanless mini PC, but hey, there’s no harm in having options, right? The company’s latest, dubbed the LPC-625F, is a 7.9- x 7.9- x 2.4-inch machine that somehow houses a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB of RAM, your choice of 2.5-inch HDD or SSD, integrated Intel graphics, gigabit Ethernet and a surprisingly plentiful array of ports including HDMI, four USB 2.0, RS-232 and DVI. The stock configuration sits at $1,595, but it doesn’t take too many tweaks to cross the two large mark.
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