TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Gift Guide for Geeks 2003: Share

Volume Number: 19 (2003)
Issue Number: 11
Column Tag: Review

Gift Guide for Geeks 2003: Share

by Ilene Hoffman

The gadgets to help you share those moments of life

How often do you take pictures at a gathering, and promise to send copies of the prized photos to the other folks? Do these copies ever make it to your friends and family? My guess is no.

So, my first gift recommendation is, of course, a nicely priced digital camera. Generally speaking, you can't go wrong if you buy a digital camera from any of the major companies, such as Canon, Olympus, Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, or even Sony. I own old Fuji and Olympus digital cameras, and I've been very happy with both of them. I also own Olympus, Nikon and Pentax film cameras, but won't buy another Olympus film camera. Three of the Olympus film cameras I've owned didn't make it past the second year of use without breaking. My basic Olympus Stylus, with a glass lens has performed well and I recommend it highly for a little travel camera (about $80).

Olympus digital cameras seem a bit more robust and with their zoom capabilities are more versatile. My Dad swears by his. Nikon's Coolpix digital cameras are highly praised by their owners (and I know quite a few). One of the recent Nikon CoolPix cameras, the 5400, is particularly nice. It is practically a professional grade camera, with a full range of functions, as well as add-ons and lenses. The 5400, however, doesn't quite fall into the nicely priced category. I've found the Fuji digital cameras to perform exceptionally well in poorly lit situations.

The bottom line is, you need to try the cameras out at a store prior to buying. I'm very picky about the eye piece and prefer Nikon's viewfinders. You should also look for a digital camera that is has at least a 3 mega-pixel resolution, so that you can produce good looking prints. Lower resolution cameras are ok for posting onto the Internet, but you can't really edit them to produce a decent 4 x 6 close up shot. A 3-megapixel camera can produce a good 8 x 10 photograph, if needed. Digital Camera HQ has a comparison page of many 3 mega-pixel cameras at:

www.digitalcamera-hq.com/3-megapixel-digital-cameras-ratings.html

Although, I'm usually not prone to recommending stores, I do want to make note that the Ritz Camera chain has an honorable 30-day money back guarantee, even on expensive cameras. Most retailers only have a 7 to 10 day return policy.


Figure 1: The File menu of RunRevVeez

If you have a digital camera, there's an easy solution to the "Where's that photo you promised me?" problem, which is my second gift recommendation. Hewlett Packard makes this little 2.9 pound printer that is a mere 9.1" x 4.4" x 4.9," so it can fit into computer bag easily. The HP Photosmart 245 compact photo printer has built-in slots for every type of digital media (CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMedia, Memory Stick, and xD-Picture Card). The built-in 1.8-inch LCD screen allows you to scroll through your pictures, do basic editing, and pick and choose your prints. A contact sheet with tiny thumbnails is also a print option. Basically, you just plug in the printer, pop in your media, hit print, and you're good to go. Can it get any easier than that?

The printer is fast, convenient, prints excellent quality pictures on Epson and HP 4" by 6" photo paper, and is one of the simplest printers to set up that I've ever used. It is a little pricey with a $199.99 MSRP, but if you want to forego the LCD display, you can get the Photosmart 145 for $149.99. The LCD screen makes the stand-alone unit more usable, though. Both models also connect to your computer with a USB cable that you supply.

Sharing those captured moments of life is always a great gift, and giving, or getting, the cool tools to do it is even better. Nearly any digital camera, and one of these printers, will turn you into a one person, photo producing machine in no time.


Ilene Hoffman

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Pocket Arcade Story (Games)
Pocket Arcade Story 1.00 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes) Description: Here comes a new challenger: it's the arcade simulation game you've been waiting for! Build your very own gaming... | Read more »
How to get coins faster in Rodeo Stamped...
There comes a time in a cowboy or cowgirl's life when all the riding and lassoing skills in the world aren't enough. You're going to need some cold, hard cash to keep your sky zoo expanding in Rodeo Stampede. [Read more] | Read more »
How to out-do Cam Newton in Can You Dab?
The thing about dance crazes is that you're never really sure when they've run their course. Take the Dab, for instance. Propelled by its adoption as the touchdown celebration of choice for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the Dab seemed... | Read more »
Artik Games releases Splashy Cats for An...
Splashy Cats had us hooked from the title alone, and when we found out the game was literally just zig-zagging one of our favourite pop-culture references, guised as a playable cat character, down a river – our appetites were whetted to say the... | Read more »
Battle Cars (Games)
Battle Cars 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Welcome to the world of Battle Cars. Battle Cars is a classic arcade top-down racing game with fast mini cars and funny weapons to... | Read more »
How to get started with live.ly
One could be forgiven for thinking that there are already plenty of streaming video apps out there. It's just that the App Store charts would insist that you're mistaken. [Read more] | Read more »
Rodeo Stampede: Guide to all Savannah an...
A "gotta catch 'em all" joke seems appropriate here, even though we're talking animals in Rodeo Stampede and not pocket monsters. By now you've probably had plenty of rides, tamed some animals and built yourself a pretty nice zoo | Read more »
Is there cross-platform play in slither....
So you've sunken plenty of hours into crawling around in slither.io on your iPhone or iPad. You've got your stories of tragedy and triumph, the times you coiled four snakes at one time balanced out by the others when you had a length of more than... | Read more »
Rodeo Stampede guide to running a better...
In Rodeo Stampede, honing your skills so you can jump from animal to animal and outrun the herd as long as possible is only half the fun. Once you've tamed a few animals, you can bring them home with you. [Read more] | Read more »
VoxSyn (Music)
VoxSyn 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: VoxSyn turns your voice into the most flexible vocal sound generator ever. Instantly following even subtle modulations of pitch and... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Why Use Indie Opera And Vivaldi Instead Of Sa...
For many years my web browser workhorses were various permutations and spinoffs of the Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox Open Source platform, and the Norwegian indie browser Opera, which I took a shine to... Read more
Western Digital Launches Worlds Fastest 256GB...
At the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai Western Digital Corporation this week introduced a new suite of 256 gigabyte (GB) microSD cards, which includes the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I... Read more
KeyCue 8.1 Integrates With Typinator To Displ...
Ergonis Software has released KeyCue 8.1, a new version of the company’s keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. KeyCue 8 introduced a new way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be used to... Read more
Save up to $600 with Apple refurbished Mac Pr...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac Pros available for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The following... Read more
21-inch 2.8GHz iMac on sale for $1199, save $...
Amazon has the 21″ 2.8GHz iMac (model #MK442LL/A) on sale for $1199.99 including free shipping. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (Apple refurbished...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros... Read more
MacBook Airs on sale for up to $50-$100 off M...
B&H Photo has 13″ and 11″ MacBook Airs on sale for up to $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air: $849 $50 off list price - 11″ 1.... Read more
Brexit Vote Result Forecast To Slash UK 2016...
Uncertainty and economic volatility can be expected to increase over the next nine months, as the Brexit and concerns over the future of the EU hit IT investment, say Canalys market analysts, with... Read more
13-inch 256GB MacBook Air on sale for $1149,...
Amazon has the 2016 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air (model MMGG2LL/A) on sale for $1149.99 including free shipping. Their price is also $50 off MSRP. Read more
Haven App Launches New Age Of Wirless 911 Eme...
Haven from RapidSOS represents a transformation in access to emergency services from a phone call solely dependent on voice to a robust data connection for voice, text, medical/demographic data.... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions, Willow...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.