Sunday, 18 May 2008

Sunday, 4 May 2008

12x Optical zoom on the Canon Hf100

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Review of HF100 Canon Camera on New Egg

Superb Camera
Reviewed By: David on 4/28/2008 Tech Level: average - Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
This user purchased this item from
Pros: Very feature rich camera. Amazing digital quality especially considering the convenience of filming onto flash and instantly downloading it onto a computer. The camera is designed to give you the best images regardless of conditions, bright, low-light etc. This camera will get your shot where other cameras fail. Using the Transcend 16 gig flash memory bundled with the transcend USB memory reader all from NewEgg with excellent, reliable results.

Cons: It is about the highest quality consumer camera available but I think it tops out at consumer quality - it would take a tremendous amount of skill especially in video conversion abilities to take it to the prosumer level. It seems that all images whether 24p or 30p still convert to 60i in the camera.
Other Thoughts: I found the previous review very helpful in deciding on this camera and I agree with the reviewer that this type of flash memory camera is the future in digital recording. I have not tried to edit any video (.MTS or .M2TS) files yet. A free windows program called 'Media Player Classic' (klmcodec345) has been the best for playing the .mts camera files and once it was installed Windows Media can now play the files with both video and sound. Some people are renaming the .mts files on their computer to .mpg and that is helping software to play the video files. I expect AVCHD to be a common standard with a bunch editing software.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

the build in SD Card slot on the Lenovo X60 can only read SD card up to 2GB, is there to get it to read the SDHC the anser is Yes it can

The 923293 hotfix adds support for SD High Capacity memory cards in Windows XP
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This article discusses a hotfix that adds support for SD High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards in Microsoft Windows XP.
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Hotfix information
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem, submit a request to Microsoft Online Customer Services to obtain the hotfix. To submit an online request to obtain the hotfix, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
Note If additional issues occur or any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. To create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
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The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.File name File version File size Date Time Platform SP requirement
Sdbus.sys 6.0.4069.5 78,720 19-Dec-2006 16:16 x86 SP2
Sffdisk.sys 6.0.4069.5 11,904 19-Dec-2006 16:12 x86 SP2
Sffp_mmc.sys 5.1.2600.3051 10,240 19-Dec-2006 16:12 x86 SP2
Sffp_sd.sys 6.0.4069.5 11,008 19-Dec-2006 16:12 x86 SP2
For more information about how hotfix packages are named, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
816915 ( New file naming schema for Microsoft Windows software update packages
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824684 ( Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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First Look: Canon's first flash memory HD camcorder

First Look: Canon's first flash memory HD camcorder 7:56PM, Monday 21st April 2008

Canon's first flash memory HD camcorder, the HF10, is finally getting its European launch, and we've just had our first hands-on test. The HF10 has 16GB of built-in flash memory, which will store around three hours of video at the highest quality setting. There's also an SDHC memory card slot, so you can add more storage if required.
The camcorder feels sturdily built, but is still lightweight at only 380g. An Easy mode makes it simple for casual users, while a small joystick beside the LCD lets you navigate the menu and adjust a wide range of settings. However, there's no manual focus dial, as seen on Canon's HV30. The battery sits flush with the back of the camcorder. A larger spare could be fitted, but it would protrude from the rear.

The HF10 is an AVCHD camcorder

with a maximum resolution of 1,920x1,080 at 25fps in progressive mode (1080p). Like many camcorders using this video standard, the HF10 has a maximum bit-rate of 17Mbit/s. Previous models we've seen with this specification have failed to compete in image quality with MiniDV based HDV camcorders.

Its compact design puts it directly in competition with Panasonic's excellent HDC-SD9. The HF10 is a little larger and heavier, but has some useful extras - like a microphone input and accessory shoe - that will interest enthusiasts. The 12x optical zoom is impressive in such a small device, measuring only 64x73x129mm, and optical image stabilization is included. The LCD has a respectable 211,000 pixels, though we've recently been impressed by higher resolution displays on HD models from both Panasonic and Sony.

We'll be spending the next couple of days putting Canon's latest model through its paces. Our first impressions of its performance, along with sample clips and images, will be available here over the next couple days.