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Hitachi DZ-MV730E

Early generations of DVD camcorders were clunky, half-baked efforts at taking advantage of the inevitable onslaught of DVD in the home. It took a few years before a DVD camcorder arrived that could even remotely compare to a miniDV camcorder with reg...

JVC GZ-MC500

The JVC GZ-MC500 looks like a spy camera, with matte black steel construction, an integrated flash and a rotating grip, allowing the camera section to move 45 degrees up and 45 degrees down. It fits snugly into the hand, with limited controls laid ou...

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C1

One of the smallest and lightest video cameras on the market at only 155 grams, the Xacti VPC-C1 looks more like a large clamshell mobile phone than a video capture device.

Wacom Intuos3 PTZ-630

The Wacom Intuos3 graphic tablet straddles the line between enthusiasts using the Wacom Graphire3 and high-end professionals using Wacom Cintiq display tablets. The resolution of the Intuos3 is 5080 lines per inch both horizontally and vertically, an...

Sony DCRHC32

One of the smallest miniDV-based palmcorders on the market, with dimension of only 55 x 90 x 112mm, the Sony DCRHC32 has a sparse layout, with most of the controls accessed through the LCD screen. The LCD transforms into a touch screen panel when you...

Panasonic NV-GS75

Camcorders using 3CCD (charge-coupled device) systems process the three colours that make up a video image (red, green, blue) with separate chips for each colour. This generally produces more accurate and cleaner colours than found in the more common...

Panasonic NV-GS35

Priced, at the time of writing, at just over $1000, Panasonic's NV-GS35 is a solid consumer-quality camcorder with all the features that make taking video great fun. Of particular note is its 30X optical zoom--one of the largest on the market.

Canon MV800i Series

More than 20 percent lighter than the Canon MV300i series, models in the MV800i series nonetheless pack more features than their predecessors. The three video cameras in the range share the same compact dimensions (53 x 91 x 130mm) and light weight (...

Panasonic NV-GS250

The Panasonic NV-GS250 is ideal for the more experienced videomakers and for video camera owners purchasing their second or third camcorder. At just over $2000 at the time of writing, it represents some of the best value around.

Canon MVX330i

The Canon MVX330i is ideal for both inexperienced videomakers and for video enthusiasts purchasing their second or third camcorder. An Easy mode takes care of all the exposure settings for you--or you can take creative control by choosing the appropr...

Canon PowerShot Pro1

Although providing a similar 8Mp resolution and 7X optical zoom, the PowerShot Pro 1 at 545g is considerably lighter than the recently-released 955g Sony DSC F828. The design of the PowerShot Pro 1 is reminiscent of the ground-breaking Pro 70 and Pro...

Serious photo imaging: Paint Shop Pro 9

Paint Shop Pro 9 is the only serious competitor to Photoshop CS when working with images at the pro­fessional level. It presents a user interface and workflow that is clean and efficient, without the gimmicks and wizards that define many entry-level ...

Creative digital imaging: Ulead PhotoImpact 10

Ulead PhotoImpact 10 provides some strong tools for digital still camera users, as well as refinements to existing tools. However, the most noteworthy improvement to the latest version is the interface, bringing pallet and menu controls into line wit...

Photoshop for the rest of us: Adobe Elements 3.0

Photoshop Elements 3.0, Adobe's latest image editing package for the non-professional, has been given a substantial facelift. Besides the revamped interface, improved tools and new features have transformed Elements 3.0 into a substantial image editi...

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC F828

Continuing a design introduced with the Cybershot F505 several years ago, the DSC F828 is an 8Mp digital still camera that allows you to print high-quality images at up to A3 or poster size. Standout features include a seven-shot burst mode and a mor...

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