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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70K Black 16.1 MP 60X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast start up, low lag
Big zoom range (extra wide 20mm to extra tele 1200, 35mm equiv)
Clear LCD
Sharp lens for a P&S
Dizzying amount of features, e.g. an automatic panorama mode (but only at 20mm).

Cons: 1. Small apertures, as expected for a compact zoom P&S, but particularly at the telephoto, the aperture range is f/5.9 to 8. No amount of optical image stabilization (OIS) is going to help at 1200mm with that combination of aperture and reasonable ISO. And the OIS in this camera is nowhere near what a DSLR or even the Olympus OM-D cameras can do.
2. Sensor is small to accommodate a reasonable sized super-zoom camera, so don't expect great low light performance.
3. Non-tilting LCD makes it harder to shoot off angle, but the LCD has a relatively wide field of view.
4. Non-touch screen LCD. Unlike Panasonic m4/3 cameras which had touch screens even a few years back.
5. Electronic View Finder (EVF) is bright, but not high res compared to the GX7 (a $1000 camera), and the eyepiece is hard plastic. No rubber cup accessory from Panasonic as far as I can tell.
6. Switching between EVF/LCD is manual--there is no eye sensor for auto switching. The manual switch is easily located within the right thumb's reach.
7. Tripod mount is offsetted from the lens' axis by about 2.5cm/1in. This matter if one is trying to do panoramas manually.
8. Raw files is a proprietary format, may not be readable by your software. Even between various Panasonic cameras, there are different versions of their RW2. The included software (SilkyPix) is hard to use.

Other Thoughts: Great advanced point and shoot camera. With its long zoom range, it is a grab and go camera that is capable of great results if you take into account its limitations (see Cons section). You can search for other professional reviews.

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Tek Republic TUH-200 USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 4-Port Hub
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Not quite working with Surface Pro 10/30/2013

This review is from: Tek Republic TUH-200 USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 4-Port Hub

Pros: Small form factor, light weight, good LED indicator

Cons: Single USB 3.0 port (not clear in the product title). I had another one from TekRepublic that had 4x USB 3.0 port that looked identical. Should have checked carefully. Problem is onceI plugged in other USB 2.0 devices (mouse and keyboard), the USB 3 port drops to USB 2 speed or lower, when compared to plugging in the external drive directly to the Surface Pro. The Surface Pro needs a multi-port device, but this isn't it.

Other Thoughts: Get one that have truly segegated USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 controllers for best throughput.

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T NVIDIA Tegra 3 1GB DDR3 Memory 16GB Flash 10.1
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Refurb unit at low price--great price/performance ratio, esp with the keyboard/battery pack. Because of its smaller size, way easier to hold than Microsoft Surface RT. Still awkward in portrait mode, just less so than the RT. Mine came installed with Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), not 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) like the spec says.

Cons: Touchpad and keyboard sensitivity cannot be adjusted, so any stray palm touch can completely derail your pointer position, or twitchy finger gets you double letters like other users point out.

Updating to Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean 2) was haphazard. Asus's server was not responsive (keep getting server busy error). Downloaded the package onto an microsSD card, but it took a while for the machine to recognize there is an update on the microSD. Had to give the file an .apk extension to get the machine to recognize it.

Other Thoughts: Not high res like the Nexus 10 or the Transformer Infinity (T700) but doesn't create eye strain even at this lower res.

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Date Joined: 04/10/07

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  • Last Review: 11/12/13
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