Show notes 2009-09-15: Netbooks and camera

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For this show it turned out by chance to be all about netbooks and cameras. As it happened I had two Sony cameras in the office and they both show some of the exciting things going on in digital cameras right now. The netbook is a good example of what’s on offer for those of you that want something cheap and small.

Samsung N120 netbook

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, 10.1-inch display (1024×600 pixels), 1.3-megapixel webcam, three USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3-in-1 memory card reader.
  • Great keyboard, almost “full size”.
  • 2.1 speakers, stereo on either side of the display, sub woofer underneath.
  • Windows XP home.
  • 6-8 hour battery life.
  • AED1499.

Sony WX1 camera

  • 10.1-megapixel.
  • 2.7-inch display.
  • 24-120mm 5x zoom lens.
  • First digital still cameras that use so called “back-illuminated” image sensor, 200% increase in sensitivity.
  • Built in HDR (High Dynamic Range) functionality, takes six shots, Basically better pictures in less light.
  • Sweep panorama, up to 100 pictures in a 256 degree panorama, automatic stitching.
  • Shoots 720p video at 30fps (1280×720).
  • US price $350.

Sony A330 DSLR

  • Positioned as a simple entry-level DSLR.
  • 10.2-megapixel.
  • 2.7 inch tilting LCD screen.
  • ISO range of 100-3200.
  • Anti-shake that’s built into the body.
  • Eye-start auto-focus.
  • Body small and light but feel plasticky, I’d be concerned with durability.
  • They’ve reduced external controls to make it easier to use but I don’t think that’s a good thing.
  • “Smart teleconverter” button which is just digital zoom.
  • Can shoot RAW.
  • Even in Live View it’s as fast focusing and taking pictures because of as secondary sensor.
  • US Price about $600 with 18-55mm kit lens.