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SONY SLT-A58K Black 20.1 MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good luck finding a better camera. 01/12/2015

This review is from: SONY SLT-A58K Black 20.1 MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Pros: The camera spells out affordable professional grade DSLR all over it. The frame is robust. Detachable 50mm lense (can be swapped for other types). Provides great manual control for professionals, as well as easy automatic features for novices. Uses a good video codec. Battery life is extremely long (took a two week vacation, tons of videos, no recharge was needed). Picture grade is absolutely amazing (even shots of the sun with proper filters). LCD adjustable for different shot angles.

Cons: The eye piece has a sensor that detects if you are trying to use it. When it detects that you are, it shuts off the LCD. When taking pictures in difficult angles or in the dark, this sometimes gets annoying. Also, the eye piece and the LCD are too level with each other. So, when you use the eye piece, your face is ALWAYS touching the LCD. Using stuff like sun block gets all that oil on the LCD.

Other Thoughts: While the camera does have picture enhancing features, it does support Sony's version of a RAW picture format. Using applications like Photoshop CSx (close source) or UFRAW w/GIMP (open source) will enable you to work with these images.

The eye piece should have an attachment option as dirtying up this high quality LCD screen is a real bummer. Also, Sony should have provided some form of intro attachment catalog for people wanting new lenses, flashes, HDMI attachments. It takes real homework studying to figure out what can be used for a camera, a real money maker opportunity lost for them.

5 stars because a detachable lens 20.1 DSLR with these features and RAW format support under $500 is almost impossible to find.

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SAMSUNG Laptop Series 3 NP365E5C-S01US AMD A-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7640G 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have to admit, I am very impressed. I honestly thought this laptop was going to be just powerful enough to run minimal business applications. However, when I was able to run the game League of Legends and play it unhindered, I was entirely in awe.

Cons: Does not have a supportive docking station, but it isn't a business machine either so that's not going to effect how I rate it.

Other Thoughts: Microsoft Winblows 8 kills this laptop. I put all the blame on Microsoft. I'm aware they are more interested in moving into modular computing, but when you have a guest come over and they want to setup Netflix, Microsoft gets in the way unless I use another computer with Windoes 7. And no, there are no misspellings.

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Western Digital Scorpio Black wd5000bpkt 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: If it is a HD it is Western Digital or it was given to me for free, at least that's how its been since the 80386 computers. Once again, WD has proven itself to me to provide quality hard drives.

Cons: Western Digital hasn't thanked me for being obsessed with their products since the dawn of computing.

Other Thoughts: I would like to see WD get more involved with SSD drives, as I'm itching to get one.

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Christopher J.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher J.

Date Joined: 11/15/07

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 04/23/13
  • Last Review: 01/12/15
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