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Michael G.

Michael G.

Joined on 11/17/05

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Most Favorable Review

Great Starter/Casual Scanner

Canon CanoScan LiDE 25 0307B001 1200 x 2400 dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner
Canon CanoScan LiDE 25 0307B001 1200 x 2400 dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner

Pros: I bought this as an emergency replacement when I had less than $50 to spend. For the technology involved (LED), this unit has been quite a performer. Ease of use. No power supply needed (USB connection provides the juice). No light leak from the lid. Lightweight. Portable. Quiet. For a sub $50 unit, it performs extremely well.

Cons: None. See "Other thoughts"

Overall Review: Keeping in mind the technology used, there are some limitations. Slow scan speed. OCR software is a JOKE. Color "Blocking/Bleed" on small images scanned at lower resolutions. While these critiques may seem like "Cons", they are more in the nature of th "limitations" of the technology, not the unit itself.

10/11/2006

An informed first look

Canon PowerShot A480 Silver 10.0 MP 3.3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot A480 Silver 10.0 MP 3.3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

Pros: Price Compactness Features Performance - Overall Performance - Battery Usage For a 10MP P&S the A480 delivers a lot of bang for the $. A sleek, compact, easy to handle body, coupled with fast response times and a wide range of features make for an excellent choice in what I would consider an entry-level Point & Shoot camera. One of the outstanding features I appreciate is it's apparently miserly use of battery charge. Using the included Panasonic "Industrial" Alkaline batteries I have taken 50+ shots so far, ~95% w/Flash and have not experienced any appreciable slow down in camera response or flash charge time.

Cons: Non-Intuitive menu interace. Read speed of included SD card. Included hard-copy manual The camera menu could use a THOROUGH redesign to make it a little more intuitive and/or eliminate menu options that are not available in the currently selected shooting mode. Including these unavailable options clutters up the display. With my years of experience with both consumer and pro Digital Cameras, I was easliy able to navigate thru the cameras functions. A first time Digital Camera user or novice may experience some frustration with the menu system. The package contained an 128MB SD card. I would suggest using it to level an off-kilter chair or table. The read/write speed is so slow, I thought my workstation was bogged down. I purchased a 2GB PNY SD card with the camera. Formatted, it allows for 1.8GB of storage. At the cameras highest settings (which will produce the largest files sizes) this allows for ~730 images. The hard copy manual that came with it is almost useless.

Overall Review: I ran out of room in the cons to include one final issue. I personally consider it a design FLAW that the SD card slot is only accessible thru the battery compartment. The reason I consider this a flaw is the battery compartment door is hinged. This is the weakest physical point of this or any other camera designed this way. Experience has proven that no matter how careful you are, repeated openening & closing of the battery compartment door will eventualy weaken the hinge mechanism. To stave off the day when the hinge fails necessitates the transfer of images to your computer via the USB cable and software. No matter how good your software is, this is always slower than popping the memory card into a reader and opening the images in your software directly from the memory card. I will try and remember to update my review in 3 months. I have owned 15+ digital cameras over the last 12 years. From simple Point & Shoots to a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and a Nikon D3x.