Stories by Richard Baguley

Are HD camcorders ready?

Making HD movies is rather different than watching them, and there are several good reasons why it might still be too soon to go high def for your home movies.

Video, camcorder jargon decoded

With the possible exceptions of nuclear physics and brain surgery, few topics are more jargon-filled than digital video: If you were to join in a conversation with a group of video geeks, you'd be assaulted with terms like "24p" and "HDV." Nobody lik...

Sony DCR-DVD803

In our tests, the Sony DCRDVD803 produced excellent results, capturing strong, bright colours and smooth movement in both indoor and outdoor lighting.

Windows Media Player updates podcasts

Podcasts bring personal broadcasting to the masses: Anybody with a microphone and a PC can share their bons mots with the world. Instead of using iTunes or downloading new podcasts to your MP3 player manually, let Windows Media Player 10 do it for yo...

Nikon D70s

Compared to some other digital SLRs--such as the bulky Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro or the heavy Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D--the Nikon D70s feels small and lightweight. The D70s fits comfortably in the hand and weighs only 800 grams without a lens.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D

Although many of the digital SLRs that we have tested have a plentiful supply of buttons, the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D probably has the most: 24 dials and buttons spread around the camera. But this approach has a big upside: it makes the controls muc...

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro

The FinePix S2 Pro is a heavyweight in every sense of the word. At 900 grams for the body alone (with batteries), it is one of the heaviest cameras we've reviewed. It's also one of the biggest.

ASUS MyPal A730

The MyPal A730's 3.7" screen is one of the best-looking PDA displays we've seen, with bright, vivid colours and sharp text. It's also one of the few PDA screens with VGA (640 x 480) resolution. The A730 runs Windows Mobile 2003 OS Second Edition, whi...

IAUDIO X5

From its stylish black case to its bright colour screen, the Cowon iAudio X5 is a class act. Weighing 145g and measuring 103.7mm tall by 60.8mm wide by 14.3mm thick, this hard drive-based digital media player crams in plenty of features.

Sony DCRHC42

Although the Sony DCRHC42 is a lightweight in both price and heft, it's far from lightweight in quality. The DCRHC42 produced great-looking video in our tests, with smooth movement. It also captured strong, accurate colours, even under difficult ligh...

Small player, big features: iHP-120

iRiver’s iHP-120 packs a lot into a small space. About the size of a deck of cards, the 20GB hard drive–based MP3 player is the most feature-rich I’ve ever seen.

Personal Video Station 3

Dedicated digital video recorder (DVR) boxes that let you auto­matically record, watch and pause live TV programs without using VHS tapes are all the rage in the US, though they have yet to arrive in Australia. It is possible, however, to achieve som...

Adobe launches DVD editor

Adobe Systems is expanding its line of multimedia management products to include Encore DVD, a Windows tool for high-end DVD authoring.

CES - Sony sends your video directly to DVD

DVDs are everywhere at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, even on camcorders. Sony Corp. is launching a new series of models here that record video to rewriteable DVD discs.

NewTek Video Toaster 2

Want to make professional-looking videos for a fraction of what you'd pay a production company? Take a look at NewTek's Video Toaster 2, billed as a TV studio in a box. In my tests, the system managed to make good on that ambitious claim, although it...

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