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Panasonic DMC-LX5 Black 10.1MP 3.8X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Point and Shoot 11/23/2010

This review is from: Panasonic DMC-LX5 Black 10.1MP 3.8X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

Pros: The biggest pro is the f/2.0 aperture for shooting in available light. Next is the 24mm equivalent wide end of the lens for landscape, city, and crowd shots (among others). The manual switches for aspect ratio and focusing settings are very handy for having quick control while shooting, though they are also fairly easy to change by accident. For my purposes, the AVCHD Lite video recording is a plus for being so efficient.

In terms of image quality, the default JPEG processing trends toward brightness, which can be pleasing in low light shots. Colors are good & not over-saturated, though some may find that they don't pop like a Canon's will. Attentive RAW processing will retain more detail. The bundled SilkyPix may not be the best software out there, but I don't understand why some LX users complain about it in forums; it's free and it offers enough tools shy of advanced processing techniques to render good JPEGs from RAW files, which is what bundled software is supposed to d

Cons: The LX5 does not offer the best image quality in its class, though the gap there is quite small and this assessment may well depend on personal preference. Noise begins showing up relatively unobtrusively at ISO 200. At higher ISOs the LX5's noise has a less grain-like appearance, and is therefore more intrusive. The LX5 is also on the big end for a P&S. However, to be fair, the LX5 offers possibly the fastest auto focusing in its class (P&S cameras that shoot RAW and offer manual controls), and will enable you to get some kid shots that others will miss out on.

Other Thoughts: Had to send the first shipped camera back for an RMA. At ISOs of 800 and above, the right side of the frame exhibited pencil thin lines in the exact same placement in all images, though they were most apparent in low-light shots. So far, the replacement camera doesn't exhibit the same problem. Thanks to Newegg for a fast and efficient RMA process for exchanges.

Finally, the Case Logic TBC-303 fits this camera. The key when looking for a case is getting one with sufficient depth to fit in the lens housing, which extends from the camera beyond what Panasonic cites in its specs.

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HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good card if you're looking to upgrade an older system, or if you're looking for an entry level graphics solution for getting into computer gaming. The cooling system is quiet and efficient, and the Catalyst Control System software makes the unit very easy to tweak. Probably one of the best graphics solutions you will find that doesn't require a power connector.

Cons: Given how high up the hierarchy Tomshardware places this card over the 8600GT (my old solution), I was expecting a bigger and more noticeable boost. Then again, WOW may not be the best software by which to gauge the difference, since it is not the most graphics intensive game. Nonetheless, fps did improve.

Other Thoughts: This card will occupy two slots, so keep that in mind if you're planning to use it with a microATX board. That being said, it fit perfectly fine in my microATX build. HIS recommends a 400w psu, but my Antec Earthwatts 380w seems to handle it just fine. Also, FYI, this unit does not run Crossfire through a bridge; instead, it says it does it through software.

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Western Digital WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Just bought a second one of these to expand storage in my new build. Lots of space, fast, quiet, and cool.

Cons: Packaging for shipping could still be improved, but the drive seems to check out okay. A little unnerving to see the shipped from address as the "RMA Warehouse," but the drive came in a sealed anti-static bag.

Other Thoughts: If you don't already have a favorite utility that you like better, don't forget to download WD's fee diagnostics tool to check out your drive after installing.

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