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Sony Digital Photo Frames: Photo Display At Its Best

The rising popularity of digital cameras has brought the slow decline of Polaroid cameras, together with the reduction in the popularity of photo albums and frames – most photos today are displayed on social networking sites instead of frames and albums. Despite this, Sony aims to bring back the personal touch that photo frames add to a home, with a touch of techie-ness, through its three new digital frames: the DPF-XR100, DPX-VR100, and DPF-D830).

The said photo frames are not only digital; they’re also ultimately modern with their top-of-the-line features. The first two (XR100 and VR100) are incorporated with AVCHD video playback through a media card, so they can display not just photos but also videos. Meanwhile, the D830 is the first digital frame from Sony to be battery-powered (built-in rechargeable battery). The two former frames features a high res WSVGA LED backlight LCD and 256 megapixels. The XR100 is also incorporated with Sony’s TruBlack technology, ensuring a stronger contrast and reduced reflection for a better appearance. Add in an alarm mode, a stereo audio, and Sweep Panorama playback (XR100 and VR100) and you can’t ask for anything more. For the D830, you get SVGA LED backlight LCD display. All three frames have a 2GB internal memory. They also have an auto-resizing feature that will allow you to store more photos internally even without a memory card. Plus, they allow you to copy your music (MP3) to the said memory.

You’ll also find a Sony Digital photo frame when you browse Amazon. So far, however, the three mentioned models are among the most advanced.

Sony DSLR-A580 and DSLR-A560 – High-Performance Cameras with Full HD

Photographers who wish to take their works and photography level to a new height now have great gadgets to choose from – the DSLR-A580 and the DSLR-A560. These high-performance digital cameras from Sony deliver unmatched level of imaging refinement. At the heart of both units is a modern Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor processor matched with the latest version of Sony’s mighty BIONZ imaging processor. Both DSLR cameras support high-speed shooting along with a sophisticated array of digital image compositing and processing functions. With the camera’s Speed Priority Continuous Advance mode, you can freeze fleeting photo opportunities at up to 7 fps.

You also will love Sony’s Quick AF Live View system that’s more efficient than ever. Both the DSLR-A580 and the DSLR-A560 are outfitted with 15-point phase-detection autofocus system that keeps even those moving subjects in pin-sharp focus. These cameras are also compatible with a wide selection of more than 30 A-mount interchangeable lenses of Sony and Carl Zeiss. They also offer SteadyShot INSIDE, an in-body sensor shift image stabilization system providing up to four expeosure steps of anti-shake correction when shooting handheld.

What’s great, both the A580 and A560 provide users with Full HD video shooting. All you need is to press the Movie button and presto! You can record detail-packed HD videos and crisp stereo sound in AVCHD 1080i or other web-friendly MP4 formats. Also, their 7.5cm Xtra Fine LCD offers bright, high contrast view with amazing colors and details. These DSLR cameras will be available from October 2010. If you can’t wait to own a DSLR cam, you better check out the available choices of Sony DSLR at Amazon.

The New Panasonic Lumix FX75

The Panasonic Lumix family has a new member, a super-slim, sleek, and stylish camera that packs huge features – the Lumix FX75. It features 14.1 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, touch-screen, ability to record HD video in AVCHD format, and the highlight feature: 24-mm ultra-wide angle F2.2 lens.

A not very common camera feature, the ultra-wide-angle feature of the FX75 will give you 213% larger viewing space. The HD video recording capability in AVCHD format offers twice the recording time compare to MotionJPEG format. However, in case you want to record using the latter format so that you can see the video on your PC, that is also possible (together with WVGA and VGA format). The touch-screen and Auto Focus features of the camera are also amazing. When you click on a subject on the screen, the Auto Focus feature tracks that subject even when it’s in motion. And when you want to record a video, all you have to do is click on an area (on the screen) that you want to be focused prior to pressing the button.

Other features of the Panasonic Lumix FX75 are iA or Intelligent Auto mode, combined with Motion Deblur mode for a high shutter speed. Another is POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) for blur reduction during times when you take photographs with your subjects moving or your hands shaking. This camera is not yet in the market, and there’s also no mention about its price yet. Meanwhile, if you want to check out similar cameras from the Panasonic Lumix line-up, you may want to see the Panasonic LUMIX hd video at Amazon.

AG-AF100 for High-Definition Video Recording

Do you want to be a proud owner of the world’s first professional micro 4/3-inch video camcorder that’s optimized for high-definition video recording? Then you shouldn’t think twice in getting yourself an AG-AF100 as soon as it is released in the market. This AVCCAM HD camcorder will sure set a new benchmark for digital cinematography. Aimed for the video and film production communities, the AG-AF100 will give you the wider field of view and shallow depth of field of 35mm movie cameras.

The AF100 features a 4/3-inch, 16:9 MOS imager. The camcorder is capable of recording 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p (native) as well as 720/60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p (native) in AVCHD’s highest-quality PH mode. To make it ready for global preparation standards, this camcorder is designed to be 60Hz and 50Hz switchable. Maximizing the capabilities of the camcorder’s high-resolution imager is its built-in ND filtering and considerably reduced video aliasing. Among the AF100’s standard professional interfaces are HDMI, HD-SDI out, built-in stereo microphone, time code recording, and USB 2.0.

Moreover, the AF100 is equipped with two XLR inputs with +48V Phantom Power capability and 48-kHz/16-bit two-channel digital audio recording. It also supports LPCM/Dolby-AC3. As the newest AVCCAM from Panasonic, it is also the first to enjoy the advantages of modern SDXC media card compability aside from the camcorder’s existing SDHC card support. Because of its two SD slots, the AF100 is capable of recording up to 12 hours using two 64GB SDXC cards under PH mode.

The company will start shipping this product by the end of 2010. In the meantime, you can check out the Panasonic cinema video camcorder which is available at Amazon.