are choices for the photographer who wants a combination of manual and
automatic options in a 10-megapixel sub-$1000 DSLR. In this comparison
review, we're looking at the three most prominent cameras – the Sony
Alpha A100, the Canon Rebel XTi and the Nikon D80. The Canon and the
Sony are both available online for under $900 with a lens and both
offer dust removal and reduction features. The Sony has in-camera image
stabilization – Super Steady Shot technology that moves the sensor in
response to camera shake. The Nikon lacks dust technology and
stabilization, but goes for about $1100 with a similar lens (it's under
$1000 for the body alone). Is there a separate niche for each of these,
or is one simply a better buy?
November 6, 2006
– Researchers at Penn State University have developed a tagging
algorithm to add text to photos automatically. Called the Automatic
Linguistic Indexing of Pictures – Real Time system, ALIPR for short,
the picture auto tagging is available at www.alipr.com, launched last
know what you’re thinking: “I just read this review a few weeks ago.”
It’s true that we gave you our first impressions of the Fujifilm
FinePix S6000fd from the show floor at Photokina 2006, but this article
was written after spending more time with the camera and subjecting it
to our thorough testing process. Rather than snapping photographs in
the strangely lit overcrowded convention center, we’ve run the S6000fd
through a battery of tests in and out of the studio and taken hundreds
of pictures with it. This FinePix comes with a long 10.7x optical zoom
lens and a face detection system that is the model’s headline feature.
The 6.3-megapixel digital camera retails for $499 and has been on the
market since September.
November 3, 2006
– Apple Computer Inc. released yesterday an update to their photo
management software Aperture version 1.5.1. Version 1.5.1
corrects over 100 issues with keywords, loupe, cropping, metadata
presets, and iPhoto Library import, among other performance problems.