Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 camera

The 16X-optical-zoom Panasonic Lumix ZS10 is the touchscreen-equipped successor to last year's Lumix DMC-ZS8. The sum of the DMC-ZS10's parts is a fast-focusing, versatile pocket megazoom with high marks for zoom range, scene modes, 3D still shooting, and in-camera extras. But like many Panasonic cameras, this one presents users with an Auto mode that produces somewhat underexposed images. As a result, you must use the camera's manual settings to get the highest-quality output from it. The camera's GPS capabilities make it handy to have on a road trip, but its in-camera mapping features fall far short of the ones we've seen in the Casio Exilim EX-H20G.

Hardware and optics

The 14-megapixel CMOS-based Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 kicks off its impressive hardware specs with a 16X (24mm to 384mm) optical zoom lens, which is stabilized by excellent "Power OIS" stabilization. The camera counters movement at full telephoto with a fluid floating motion, so you'll rarely have to struggle to frame a shot.

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Acorn 3.0 brings layer styles, live gradients, more

Looking to do some graphics work without all the bulk and expense of Photoshop? Flying Meat’s Eddy-award-winning image editor Acorn provides a lot of the functionality for a fraction of the price, and the latest update, version 3.0, adds even more in the way of features.

Chief among the new capabilities are layer styles, which let you non-destructively add effects to your layers. Don’t like it? No worries; you can just remove the effects without any damage.

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Eye-Fi Mobile X2 brings camera, smartphone integration

On Tuesday, Eye-Fi released the latest model in its popular digital camera memory card line, the Eye-Fi Mobile X2. The Mobile X2 is an 8GB SDHC memory card that works with many popular digital cameras and, like the company’s previous products, it bakes in a special ingredient: Wi-Fi.

Like earlier Eye-Fi cards, the Mobile X2 can send pictures to your computer or certain photo-sharing sites without the need for any cables. But the Mobile X2 also marks the addition of a powerful new feature, Direct Mode, which was first teased in January. Direct Mode allows users to connect their digital camera to their smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi, and then use an iOS or Android app to store the pictures, transfer them to other apps, or upload them wherever they like.

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Best DSLR cameras under $1000

If you're looking for a digital SLR camera that won't break the bank, these models provide great image quality and decent features for less than $1000. They're perfect for beginners, but also a good option for more advanced photographers who want a second body. Read more »

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Fujifilm releases ultra-sensitive Z900 EXR camera

Fujifilm has unveiled its new fully-loaded FinePix Z900 EXR point-and-shoot camera. The Z900 has a 16-megapixel, backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that is especially sensitive to light. The camera is an upgrade to the Z800 model and will retail for $280.

The Z900 is the latest model in Fujifilm’s Z-series stylish compact camera line. But the camera is more than just glossy good looks and an 18.2mm thin metal body—it also packs an impressive array of features. It has a wide-angle, 5x optical zoom lens; shoots full 1080p HD movies; and sports a 3.5-inch wide LCD touchscreen. The camera is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at up to 12 frames per second (fps), and can capture high-speed videos at an impressive 320 fps. Other fun modes include 360-degree panoramas, face detection, and red-eye removal.

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Light painting with a MacBook Pro and a cadaver

Painting with light is a favorite low-tech project of DSLR owners. You put the camera on a tripod in a dark setting, set the shutter speed to an extra long exposure, and create designs with a flashlight or other focused light source.

Croix Gagnon and Frank Schott have taken that concept and given it a beautiful and eerie new spin using a MacBook Pro, a Hasselblad H2 camera with a digital back, and 1,871 photographed cross-sections of an executed murderer's cadaver. Project 12:31 is the resulting series of seven long-exposure photographs that show ghostly figures floating in outdoor settings. The images were captured by moving the laptop during the exposure while it played an animation of the compiled images.

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Nikon announces the new D5100 DSLR camera

Nikon released a new addition to its entry-level DSLR lineup on Monday, the D5100. The 16.2-megapixel camera has an adjustable LCD screen, continuous auto-focus in movie mode, a maximum ISO of 25600, and a new Special Effects mode with four filters that work on both still images and movies.

The $800 D5100 is an update to the $630 D5000 that was originally released in April 2009. The D5100 falls between the D3100 ($700) and D7000 ($1200) in Nikon's current lineup. It combines features from both models and throws some beginner-friendly creative modes and filters into the mix.

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