If you use a pocket camcorder, you’re used to crummy, tinny audio being captured alongside your HD video. So, what if manufacturers turned such low consumer expectations on their ear and designed a high-quality audio recorder that just so happens to do video -- complete with a bump to 1080p HD? Olympus’ new recorder is just that -- a capable video device for audio enthusiasts that’s unfortunately hampered by one unique design decision.
Do you like your digital cameras raw? Well, good, because Apple is serving up a cold dish of compatibility updates. Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Updates 3.3 was released today for Aperture and iPhoto users.
Slackers might chuckle at the numbers in the Evolt E-420’s name, but this entry-level DSLR is as hard working as any competitor. Stocked with important features, including a live-view mode to frame shots on the 2.7-inch LCD screen and the full-manual controls we expect, the Evolt gives beginners a taste of advanced features. And the 10-megapixel pictures live up to these qualities. While not perfect—high ISO situations and busy backgrounds are a challenge—photo details are often stunning. Minor, persistent issues disappointed us, but the advanced features and sharp images make the Evolt a great value.