A protective, easy-access mode of transport for your SLR camera can be hard to come by if you’d like to carry it with a laptop and other common digital photo gear. As with traditional camera shoulder bags, a photography-specific messenger pack can be bulky and heavy enough that you end up with an aching back. Luckily, we found Lowepro’s new Fastpack series of camera bags, which combine the right amount of storage with an easy-to-carry design.
Like many of its features, photos taken with the 10-megapixel Kodak Z1085 IS look good initially but lose their luster on closer inspection. Most images are stippled with visual noise, and background details often jumble together. An optical image stabilizer keeps many handheld shots steady, and a manual mode even lets you set the aperture and shutter speed. HD-video mode captures high-resolution video, but muddy quality looks worse than footage at a low resolution. We can’t get too excited about the Z1085, but it does manage to cover the basics.
Bling! It is made specifically for anyone who photographs items to post online. In particular, they’re going after users who sell on sites like eBay; in other words, people who don’t have the budget to hire a professional photographer and who need to get the best possible image online quickly.
The EX-F1 is an unevenly performing camera that almost always seems to present a downside to counter each amazing high point. Its most unique feature is its ability to capture video at amazingly high framerates, all the way up to 1,200 frames per second. Five seconds of real-time footage turns into more than three minutes when played back, transforming a bumblebee’s flight and falling raindrops into a backyard ballet. But faster speeds severely limit resolution, curbing possibilities in both recording and playback. Still photos look good, with bright, accurate colors, but RAW images drastically slow down the camera.
Take this 3-ounce videocam everywhere, and never miss a shot again.
Criticizing the Mino is easy on paper. The video quality isn’t any better than what your point-and-shoot digital camera can do. It doesn’t look (or feel) like a “real” camera. It doesn’t take standard batteries. But the truth is, none of those things matter once you actually use one.