Stories by Denis Gallagher

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 ...

New Wacom Tablet

The Wacom Intuos 3 graphic tablet straddles the line between enthusiasts using the Graphire 3 and high-end professionals using Cintiq display tablets. The resolution of the Intuos 3 has doubled to 5080 lines per inch both horizontally and vertically...

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...

Getting that film look

Affordable, high quality DV camcorders have opened up the world of movie making to a wider audience than ever before, and independent film making is at an all-time high. However, despite the image quality of your typical MiniDV camcorder, a significa...

Semi-pro DVD authoring: Ulead DVD Workshop 2

Ulead has been supporting the DVD authoring market for a couple of years, with strong products such as MovieFactory proving popular among new users. However, Ulead’s professional level DVD Workshop 1 and 1.3 have been unable to reach the same level o...

Working with old video and film

Digital video allows PC users to produce high-quality movies with ease. But what about all that archived analog video that you shot on 8mm or VHS tape, or even 8mm film reels?

Entry-level video editing: Studio 9

Pinnacle has improved its consumer-based video-editing program over the past couple of revisions, pro-viding a reasonably solid application for new users. Studio 9 doesn’t force the user to follow the strict ‘step-by-step’ process favoured by program...

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