Category Archives: Tests

Samples: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Sony just recently updated one of my favorite waterproof cameras, DSC-TX10. The DSC-TX20 looks and handles pretty much the same as the DSC-TX10.
And to me, this is pretty much the same camera with a new design. But thats specs, images and video shows a lot more. It handles quite well and its diffidently the ultimate beach and vacation camera. Just as all $150+ Cyber-shot cameras these days, focus is blazing fast. Would i pick the TX20 over the TX10 at the current price, no.

I took this puppy for a spin. These photos were straight from the camera on Auto.

I took some video as well:

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Sony Alpha 57 (A57) – Video & 12fps samples

It finally arrived today, the Sony Alpha A57. I was eager to try out the video mode, cant say I’m impressed. The HX9V delivers better than this. Come an, Sony.
The colors are washed out and looks like it barely has 720 lines.

The full clip is available here:

On the other hand, if you want an good DSLR for the family, this camera is a treat. It’s as easy as a point and shoot and does really deliver when it comes to photo quality.
Don’t forget their 12fps with continues focus, perfect for soccer mom’s to use at their kids sports events or the amateur wild life photographer.


Click the image to see 12fps continues auto-focus in action.

Issue: Olympus OM-D – Discolored pixels? (Hot pixels)

Update: Turns out it was a DOA. New one works as it should.

I took the opportunity to try out Olympus OM-D at work today. I was excited to try out the 5-axis image stabilization but came across this odd issue.

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Looks like hot pixels or similar, the odd thing is they show up randomly, even in video. Shown below here:

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I tried resetting the camera as well as changing lenses. Still the same thing. It doesn’t show on screen while recording.
Am i alone in this?

Feel free to comment if you’ve experienced this.

Side by side: Sony HX9V vs Sony HX20V

Finally, its here. The Sony DSC-HX20V. Did this quick and dirty comparison with the old HX9v. The first thing that strikes me is the contrast out of the box on the HX20V. Looks a lot more pleasing to the eyes and will aid people not too fond of post processing. The angle of view is a little off since the HX9 has a 24mm lens and the HX20, 25mm.

If you want more of the basic stuff about the camera, check it out over at dpreview.com

If you liked this a want more, please support by getting the Sony HX20 at Amazon using this link.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model)

Review: Sandisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader/Writer (SDDR-289-X20)

The Sandisk ImageMate All-in-One has been around for ages in different types and forms. This is their latest and fastest version to date. First off, don’t mistake this for the older SDDR-289-A20. They do look similar but its redesigned and does now support the UHS-1 cards to the fullest.

The reason i’m writing this is because i had such trouble finding a review for it. I wanted to know if it was fast at all since the box or the specs doesn’t reveal anything but the max speed of USB 3.0 (500Mb/s).
Ive had a lot of memory card readers in the past and the read & write speed has differed on every single one.

For the test i used a SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB SDHC UHS-1 95Mb/s and Check Flash 1.16.2.

The speeds were really desirable to say the least, its hard to know if its the reader or the memory card that max out at these speeds.

Read: 83.67MB/s
Write: 74.77MB/s

The price might seem much ($44, €30, 290SEK) but totally worth it.

Available here internationally SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0 Reader/Writer SDDR-289-X20,White

Sample video collection: Nikon Coolpix P510

The Nikon Coolpix P510 sports a 42x optical zoom lens (24mm-1,000mm) coupled to a 16.1 MP CMOS sensor. I had this camera for a few days to try it out.
I have collected the videos down below:

Macro video

42x zoom focusing test

120fps video

Iso test

Moon test (42x on tripod)

If you liked it, be sure to support me by purchasing this bad boy over at Amazon.