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This review is from: HP ZR2440w (XW477A8#ABA) Black and Brushed Aluminum 24" 6ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight Monitors - LCD Flat Panel 50 to 350 nits cd/m2 1000:1 (static) / 2000000:1 (dynamic)
Pros: Cheap IPS monitor, great for photo/video enthusiasts on a budget.
Cons: I don't have anything bad to say about this monitor. It is great for what it is - a budget IPS monitor. I wish for 2 HDMI plugs and my Dell Ultrasharp series monitor at work renders text sharper but it it may be just configured differently. It's a solid offering and if you keep your expectations reasonable it won't disappoint.
Other Thoughts: I am getting serious about photography and I realized I won't get anywhere without a calibrated monitor. TFT technology (the majority of LCD screens) can not display true color. I was editing pictures at home on a TFT monitor, posting them online and then the next day I would look at them in horror at work on my IPS monitor. My home TFT monitor just wouldn't let itself to manual calibration. I considered buying a calibration tool but they go for at least $100. I figured I should buy a good monitor instead and do manual calibration.
After some research I found out HP and Dell offer budget IPS monitors. This HP monitor was cheaper and had more features than the current Dell offerings but my Dell Ultrasharp at work may look a bit better. I can't decide if it's just the room light or configuration or a better quality panel. In any case my pictures great on both monitors and most importantly - they look the way I intended them to.
I'm happy with this purchase, I recommend it.
This review is from: FUJIFILM FinePix F40fd Silver 8.3 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
Pros: AMAZINGLY vibrant colors!!, very accurate shots, best bargain for the price!!, quick startup, quick and accurate focus, decent flash, night shots aren't horrible, huge battery life, great video quality, great screen
Cons: you can't zoom in during recording in the video mode :-/ . not enough manual controls for freaks like me. the flash is not terrible but only works well for a few feet. no stabilization but you don't need any. pictures might be grainy sometimes but there are ways to remedy that.
Other Thoughts: shoot with iso at 400AUTO in the manual mode to avoid grains ;-)
i've been buying high-end ultra-compact cams for years. after my expensive canon got stolen i decided to try out something mid-range. don't be fooled by the price tag on the f40fd, you won't find anything better. the picture isn't always as sharp as the canon models but the trade-off is stunningly vibrant colors!!
This review is from: Canon PowerShot SD630 Silver 6.0 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
Pros: - huge lcd. the best selling point of this camera. all my friends love it.
- small and stylish. this camera is light and fits in my pocket perfectly. the design is awesome.
- easy controls. that's what sold me eventually. i hate cameras with the rotary button. i hate devices that turn on by accident in your pocket. this camera has an awesome feel to it and all controls are right at your fingertips.
- easy menus. i never opened the booklet. it's so easy to operate, it makes you feel like a pro.
- it takes sharp photos with a little effort.
- the touch of a single button switches the lcd from normal to superbright mode. it helps a lot sometimes.
- best flash i've ever had.
- i got a discount from newegg and a free sd card with it. now i see it's even cheaper than what i paid.
Cons: - the lcd will get scratched easy. be careful.
- the battery indicator only shows up right before the battery dies!! oops! hopefully they come up with a firmware to fix that.
- the battery life seemed decent, not much worse than an older camera i had but i would buy a spare battery for a vacation trip.
- no viewfinder. not a big deal, only a problem at a very bright light. use your intuition, point and shoot. apologize to your friends for having their heads cut off, lol.
- i know that i can't demand high quality from the ultra-compact type but on certain settings this camera takes awfull grany pictures. auto mode is almost always fine.
- the pictures are crisp and clear but lack the colors which i would get on my old olympus. oh well, photoshop to the rescue!
- it performs poorly on extreme light or extreme darkness(no flash).
Other Thoughts: you have to understand that when you go for the ultra-compact type you substitute quality for space. you can take awesome looking pictures with this camera but unless all conditions are good, it's tricky and it takes some time to get it right. i'd say if you are on a tight budget go with something cheaper and quality-wise you will be still there. the best selling points of this camera are the big lcd and the easy of use. it's a very elegant camera and it turns heads.
i've had a few ultra-compact cameras and to tell you the truth they are all the same. when you spend more money you don't necassarly get a huge difference in quality.
i used to have an olympus and i was never impressed with it. then when i got this camera i suddenly became obsessed with my old olympus. this camera takes awesome pictures in auto mode but if you take away the flash and try to take 'artsy' pictures you get cr4p. the olympus would take cr4py pictures normally but some would come out incredible.