By James Hunt
Repairing your car yourself can save you time and money but it can also be difficult for you to find auto parts to complete those repairs. There are many places both on and off the internet where you can find the car parts that you need to finish the job. If you know ahead of time that you have a certain repair that you need to perform on your car you may want to get those auto parts before you start the repair. This way you won’t be disappointed when you go buy those car parts at the store and find that they don’t have the part that you need in stock. By planning ahead of time you can obtain your parts and have them ready when you start working. The internet is a great way to get the parts that you need at a very cheap price. This is because many online stores are able to get car parts in a bulk package at a discount price, passing the savings on to you. If you run into the situation where the local store where you live needs to order your auto parts you can try buying the same item online. Most online stores never run out of inventory and can usually have the part to you in one day.
Make sure that when you order your car parts that you’re buying the right parts for the make and model of the car that you’re repairing. You don’t want to
Google’s Latest – The Reaper for Second Life?
Second Life has always been an interesting concept and one that some corporations have used for marketing, but has Google come up with something better? Something that could be the death sentence for Second Life?
Whew!! Home Depot Reclaims and Recycles CFLs
There is growing concern that the trace amounts of mercury contained in CFL bulbs can pose a health hazard if these bulbs are simply tossed in trash dumpsters. The following post appeared on Grist (http://www.grist.org/), an environmental news Web site: Home Depot will collect CFLs for recycling Home Depot announced last week that it will collect compact fluorescent light bulbs and send them off to be recycled. The home-improvement behemoth hopes the new program will keep the bulbs, which contain a small amount of mercury, out of household trash and recycling bins. IKEA also collects CFLs for recycling but doesn’t have the market saturation of Home Depot; more than three-quarters of U.S. households are estimated to be within 10 miles of a Home Depot store. The company’s 1,973 U.S. stores will also switch to CFLs in light-fixture showrooms by the fall, a move expected to save it $16 million annually in energy costs.
Subprime makes it big…
at least in the Merriam-Webster dictionary….Yesterday the folks at Merriam-Webster announced that they’ve added over 100 words to the latest version of their Collegiate Dictionary and the word “real estate” now has a new companion – “subprime”.
Uncle Bill’s Departure and the Future of Microsoft…
Last Friday the richest geek in the world had his last day at work…
Not Crazy About CFLs
OK, this may sound blasphemous, but I don’t like CFL light bulbs. Am I alone on this? The reason is simple: These bulbs contain mercury, and mercury causes birth defects—really bad birth defects. GE, the primary manufacturer of these bulbs, contends that the amount is trace and safe; however, in a recent report on NPR Radio, GE admitted the mercury could be a real problem if sales balloon (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7543075). If you break a CFL bulb in your home, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urges you to do the following:
Habitat for Humanity’s Home Improvement Store
Habitat for Humanity has entered a new market: building supplies. The group has a Home Improvement Store in Gardena, whereby builders can donate their castoff building supplies and avoid sending these materials to the landfill and do-it-yourselfers can purchase low-cost supplies. Donations to the store are tax-deductible. Reduce and Reuse. Gotta love it. For more information, contact (310) 323-4663 x 127 or http://www.shophabitat.com.
The Passing Of A Legend – Stan Winston
Those that know me, know that movies are one of my passions and deep loves. So while this post has nothing at all to do with real estate, because of the admiration of and love that I have for the work of Stan Winston I had to say a few words on his passing.
This is great! I just discovered this Blog as I accidentally stumbled upon it while in the C.A.R .legal section. This is actually my second blog entry ever so I’m not sure how this all works, but I was very disappointed to see that there have been zero comments! I just recently earned my EcoBroker designation and am a big supporter of the green movement in real estate. The biggest struggle I’m having is finding green properties to sell! Any hints on a green MLS or green inventory? thx! Alessandro_Fraschetti_03459
The BUZZ Club
While this blog’s intention is to educate and inform real estate professionals on technology…I thought this program was plug worthy…especially since it could translate into some extra cash. No…this is not some pyramid scheme, or web rip-off… 😀
The New iPhone…
Yesterday after a very long and boring keynote Steve Jobs announced the new iPhone 3G.
make a mistake and end up with the wrong part since this can put you behind even more in the repair of your vehicle. Once again, planning ahead speaks for itself. You want to be as organized as possible when it comes to any repairs that you’re doing yourself on your car. This will lead to less frustration later and make for a positive experience.
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* Comes with guitar controller, drum controller, microphone, USB Hub and game software
* Over 40 tracks to play with – Including acts like Metallica, Bon Jovi, Stone Temple Pilots and the Ramones! Learn to play songs spanning all genres of rock.
* Guitar controller utilizes a five-way FX switch that allows flanger, wah-wah, echo and chorus effects
* Drum controller features four pads, a kick pedal and real drum sticks
* Microphone can be tapped against your hand to play percussion instruments, such as tambourine and cowbell
Nearly a decade ago, Konami released the first installments in the DrumMania and Guitar Freaks series, which used drum and guitar peripherals. Though neither franchise was a huge hit, the Japanese publisher did sell millions of its dozen-plus Karaoke Revolution games worldwide.
Given Konami’s primogeniture in the instrument and karaoke genres, the publisher was likely none too happy when developer Harmonix combined drums, guitars, and singing into one game–Rock Band. Since its release last November, the MTV Games-published, Electronic Arts-distributed title has sold more than 3 million $179 bundles and more than 10 million song downloads. MTV’s parent, Viacom, went as far as to name-check the game in its annual earnings report in May, crediting it with increased profits.
Now, it appears Konami is expressing its displeasure in legal form. According to a report on the Bloomberg news service, this week the Japanese publisher filed suit in a Marshall, Texas, court against Harmonix, MTV Networks, and Viacom. Its suit claims that Rock Band violates a series of US Patents registered in 2002 and 2003 relating to “simulated musical instruments” and “musical rhythm-matching game.”
Bloomberg’s report did not outline what Konami wanted in terms of compensation from the suit. However, the legal action’s timing comes shortly after the announcement of Rock Band 2 and Rock Band: Japan as well as the release of Rock Band: Special Edition for the Wii. It also comes less than two months after Konami announced its own peripheral-based, guitar-drum-vocal title, Rock Revolution, due out later this year.
[UPDATE] Unsurprisingly, MTV Games and Harmonix will not be taking the suit lying down. “Konami’s actions are extremely surprising,” an MTV representative told the company’s Multiplayer gaming blog. “Unfortunately, successful products such as Rock Band can often become targets for baseless litigation. We have substantial defenses to this claim and intend to vigorously defend it.”
The mylo COM-2 Personal Communicator lets you connect to Wi-Fi hot spots, talk, chat and surf the web without a contract. The Wi-Fi Sony mylo personal communicator gives you what need to stay connected. It conveniently uses wireless LAN technology so there are no monthly bills or long-term contracts. Call your friends on Skype for free or IM them on AIM, Google Talk, or Yahoo! Messenger using the backlit slide-out keyboard and enjoy unparalleled communication in the palm of your hands. You can also browse the Web, take photos and share them on the 3.5″ LCD touch screen. With COM-2’s backlit keyboard you can type wherever you want to regardless of how much light is available. COM-2 comes with several pre-installed widgets that range from basic like the Google search widget and the Facebook Notifier that tracks activity on your Facebook page to more advanced apps like the My Contacts widget that works as a consolidated buddy list for all the IM applications on the mylo. With the built in 1.3-Megapixel Camera imaging and everything you do online are at your fingertips. 1.3-Megapixel Camera with macro mode Built-in Speakers 3.5mm headphone jack via remote controller USB Ports – mini USB jack Formats Supported – JPEG, PNG, BMP8, MP3, WMA, AAC, and ATRAC Type Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Expansion Slot (up to 8GB Memory Stick(R) Duo/PRO Duo supported) Memory Size – 1GB Internal memory Battery Type – Removable Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery 3.7V 1200mAh Battery Life (Approx.) – Up to 6 hours Internet calling, up to 20 hours music playback, up to 7 hours video playback, and up to 6 hours Web Browsing Web Browser Type – Access NetFront with Adobe Flash Lite 3 Internet Voice Calls – Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, Skype or AIM Dimensions – 5 1/4 x 27/32 x 2 5/8 (130.8 x 20.7 x 64.6mm) excluding protrusions Weight – 6.8 ounces (193 grams) including rechargeable battery
Enjoy your favorite online activities right under your thumbs. The mylo? (My Life Online) personal communicator lets you stay connected with your friends from just about anywhere with instant messaging, web browsing, music, pictures and videos-all concentrated in the palm of your hand. All you need to do is connect to an open WiFi hotspot (802.11b) and you can, browse the web with the built-in HTML web browser. With the built-in Skype software you can reach out to any Skype user on any Skype-enabled device and talk for free. Mylo is also a music player that allows you to share your playlists and stream songs between two mylo devices. The mylo communicator features a full QWERTY keyboard, a vivid colorful screen and no monthly service fees, allowing you to IM, chat and share with your friends nonstop.
What’s Up Screen
The unique What’s Up screen is an at-a-glance overview of your choice of friends, showing who’s available for IM or voice calling. The What’s Up screen also displays what music is currently being played.
Reach friends on three of the fastest-growing instant messaging services: Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and Skype. Use the Info button to switch among multiple IM conversations.
Send and receive email with many of the most popular web mail clients: Yahoo! Mail ?, GMail? and more. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard means you can type without the hassle of the repeated key-presses you’d need on the number keypad of the typical mobile device.
The mylo communicator allows you to browse virtually any HTML website allowing you to scroll horizontally and vertically through the page, fit to the QVGA width of the communicator screen or you can zoom in to display web pages at full resolution or zoom out to fit pages to the width of the screen (50%-150%). Mylo communicator’s web browser is HTML not WAP like the browsers found on many portable devices.
Internet Voice Calls
Skype lets you enjoy free Internet phone calls to and from any Skype enabled device, anywhere in the world. Or SkypeOut to any phone number for a nominal fee.
The mylo communicator plays back MP3, ATRAC or WMA (secured and unsecured) audio formats. Play music you’ve purchased from many online music stores. Perfect for multi-tasking, you can listen to music while you IM or surf the web. With Sony’s Ad Hoc communication mode, you can share your play lists and stream songs directly between two mylo units–one at a time.
Enjoy MPEG-4 personal videos on the color screen. View files from a Memory Stick PRO Duo? media card (optional) or the devices internal memory transferred using Sony’s Image Converter 2 software (optional).
Long Battery Life
Mylo communicator’s Lithium-ion battery life offers up to 3.5 hours of talk time in internet calling, up to 8 hours video playback, and up to 45 hours of Music Playback5.
Download and view hundreds of JPEG pictures from the internet or from your digital camera. Transfer pictures using the supplied mylo Image Transfer software, by dragging and dropping or view from an optional Memory Stick PRO Duo? media card.
There are millions of WiFi hotspots including over 15 million American homes, almost every university campus, plus shopping malls, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, hotels, airports and border-to-border coverage in a growing number of U.S. cities. Enter your current location and the mylo communicator will direct you to the nearest of over 20,000 free and pay public hotspots in the U.S.
The New York Times Crosswords makes a perfect pairing: The intellectual challenge of the New York Times crossword puzzles & the stylus control of the Nintendo DS. Write your answers into each puzzle with the stylus or use a Touch Screen keyboard to enter letters. Various modes of play will challenge even the most savvy wordplay enthusiasts.
* Amazon Sales Rank: #3 in Computer & Video Games
* Brand: Majesco
* Released on: 2007-05-22
* ESRB Rating: Teen
* Platform: Nintendo DS
* Dimensions: 1.00 pounds
* Over 1,000 crossword puzzles — use the Touch Screen & stylus to enter
* Play Puzzle Me Quick for a fast word fix
* Puzzle Week for extended play with progressive difficulty
* Try Challenge Mode, with adjustable time and difficulty settings
* Cooperative and competitive 2-player wireless
I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.5
Vocabulary is not my forte, but I love games, so I wasn’t sure if I would like this game or not. I ended up really enjoying it – it has different levels, so it was good for the vocabulary-challenged, like myself. Helps me to learn new words, too.
I also have fun playing with my son, who has his own DS – we can play two players with two different DS’s.
i wish there were lists of clues…3
I love doing crosswords so of course for my new DS Lite I got The New York Times Crosswords, the end all be all in the puzzle world. I can normally do a monday puzzle in fifteen minutes but it took nearly an hour with this game. And it didn’t seem any harder except that there is no list of clues to scan as in the printed format of puzzles. You get one clue at a time in the upper screen. I also found it very frustrating when a puzzle clue referred to other answers in the puzzle it being nearly impossible to view the entire puzzle with the numbers showing. I would seriously consider how you do puzzles before you buy this game. Do you scan the clues until one jumps out or do you methodically go through in numerical order? I think this game could have used a little bit more input by people who do daily crosswords then they might have had a list of clues. Also I would have preferred a vertical orientation of the ds lite it seem it would be easier to hold and write. Get a subscription to the times or any other daily paper that carries their puzzles or do The Onion’s online. This just isn’t the easiest way to enjoy a good puzzle. Do not buy this game if you think fifteen minutes to do a monday is a long time…you know who you are. I still love you Will Shortz.
Great for quick bursts of crosswording5
I actually got a good deal from Amazon when I bought this game last year. They had a buy 1 get 1 and it came out to $7.48 each. I would’ve definitely bought this for its full price. It’s been in my DS for months now. There are TONS of puzzles and what’s nice is it has varying levels of difficulty. You also get to save your game and pick up where you left off, so there’s no need to finish a puzzle right then and there.
The stylus control is decent, but sometimes the DS will mistake my “R” for an “M” or my “i” for an “L” so you will have to watch the letters at times as you write them. There is an option to turn off the music, which can get annoying. Asking for a hint will cost you a “grade” or two (you have the option to turn off the timer and grading), but you will eventually get a hang of the clues. Best of all, there is no newspaper to recycle and erasing is easy. There’s no significant lag in the game, but if the DS doesn’t understand your written letter, it will not write anything. The game tells you to alternate between writing in capitals and lowercase so that it “learns and recognizes” your handwriting. There are 4 name slots so if you share a DS, then everyone can have their own “account.”
I have yet to test out the multi-player. I like how you can either do a “quick puzzle” or “challenge” (where you can select the day and difficulty of the puzzle). Mondays are easiest so start there. There is also an option for left-handed and right-handed.
ASUS Eee PC 12G (8.9″ Screen, 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU, 1 GB RAM, 12 GB Solid State Drive, XP Home) Pearl White
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The Eee PC 900 offers you more options for your mobile computing needs. Incorporating a shockproof design and weighing less than 1kg, you will find it “Easy to learn, work and play” ? making it your best outdoor companion anywhere, anytime.oof design. Connect with friends and family with just a few clicks.
* Amazon Sales Rank: #4 in Personal Computers
* Size: 8.9″ screen
* Color: Pearl White
* Brand: Asus
* Model: Eee PC 900 12G-Pearl
* Dimensions: .79″ h x 8.86″ w x 6.69″ l, 2.18 pounds
* CPU: Intel Celeron 900 MHz
* Memory: 1000MB DDR2 SDRAM
* Hard Disk: 12GB
* Processors: 1
* Display size: 8.9
* Compact notebook for students and road warriors with full QWERTY keyboard, 8.9-inch screen, and integrated webcam
* Powered by 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU and pre-installed Linux operating system (compatible with Windows XP)
* 12 GB solid-state flash memory drive; 1 GB RAM; 10/100 Fast Ethernet; 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
* Over 40 built-in applications for learn, work and play; up to 3.5-hour battery life
* Connectivity: three USB 2.0; VGA output; microphone and headphone; Secure Digital card reader
Amazon.com Product Description
The newest generation of its popular Eee PC line, the Asus Eee PC 900 provides the power of a full-sized laptop in a compact body with a larger 8.9-inch screen. Even with the larger size of the Eee PC 900 when compared to the original Eee PC, the new model still weighs under 2 pounds–perfect for students toting to school or road warriors packing away to Wi-Fi hotspots. And because it uses flash memory instead of a hard drive (with 12 GB of storage), the Eee PC 900 is optimal for weathering rough handling and sharing space in overstuffed bags.
The Asus Eee PC 900’s 8.9-inch screen is easier on the eyes, and the integrated webcam makes video chats a snap.
Other features include a 1.3-megapixel webcam integrated into the bezel above the LCD, a Secure Digital memory card slot, Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g), multiple USB ports, and a VGA output for connecting to a monitor. It comes preinstalled with the Linux operating system, and it’s also compatible with the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.
For the students and professionals, the Eee PC comes with a powerful selection of software to maximize personal productivity–over 40 built-in applications. The Open Office suite of software enables the user to open, edit and create documents, presentations, spreadsheets and databases that are compatible with Microsoft Office. For journalists, photographers and other professionals who need to use a computer in the field to create, to communicate and to collaborate with other colleagues, the Eee PC’s combination of power, extreme portability and rugged build makes it the ideal computing solution.
No technical manual required with the specially designed, user-friendly, and intuitive graphic interface..
It’s also a great choice for young students, with a built-in Dictionary that’s great for homework, and it includes two modes of intuitive graphic user interface design to accommodate both experienced and inexperienced PC users. The Eee PC also handles your digital images, movies, and music as well as Internet radio.
Nicely light at just 35 ounces, the Eee PC 900 has an 8.9-inch wide TFT LCD with a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution (WXGA)–making it more comfortable on eyes than its predecessor. Under the hood is a 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU with integrated Intel graphics processor, 1 GB of RAM (not expandable), and 12 GB of flash memory solid-state drive (SSD). The SSD provides quiet performance and helps save energy, while its shock-proof solid state design helps to guard against data loss or shock-related damage if the laptop is dropped.
In addition to its wireless LAN, it also offers wired Fast Ethernet connectivity and a 56K modem. The Eee PC includes software for Web browsing (Firefox), e-mail, OpenOffice 2.0 for creating and editing word processing documents and spreadsheets, and a suite of other productivity software to help keep you on track.
You get three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output for connecting to external monitors, headphone and microphone jacks, and a Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot. The rechargeable battery provides up to 3.5 hours of battery life (depending on usage). It’s backed by a 1 year warranty for parts and labor.
* Internal memory: 12 GB solid state disk
* Memory expansion: Slot for MMC/SD(SDHC) cards
* RAM: 1 GB DDR2
* Processor: 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU
* Operating system: Linux (supports Windows XP)
* LCD: 8.9 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels
* Networking: 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), 10/100 Fast Ethernet
* Peripheral connectivity: Three USB 2.0
* External video: One VGA
* External audio: One headphone and one microphone port
* Webcamera: Yes, 1.3 megapixels
* Battery life: up to 3.5 hours
* Weight: 2 pounds (32 ounces)
* Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.7 x 1.33 inches
Asus EEPC 900 Great Laptop5
I love this laptop, it is great for travel, Internet, and with Win XP allows me to transfer programs from my home PC to the laptop with the use of a memory card with ease.
When traveling, I listen to my local radio station’s no matter what part of the world I am in with the WiFi or LAN connection at my hotel.
Cramped keyboard but awesome portability4
I really love how portable this thing is. Even when I throw it into my laptop bag where I’m carrying my work laptop, I hardly notice the added weight or bulk from the Eee PC. And the WiFi has worked like a charm — I’m able to connect from the public library and at free hotspots such as Panera Bread without any problems.
On the downside, that keyboard is a bit cramped. You can adjust and get reasonable touch-typing speed but nothing approaching what you can do with a regular keyboard. Still, for jotting down notes and replying to emails it’s been fine.
I’m also not a fan of the mouse buttons beneath the touchpad. They are pretty stiff — you have to strike them with a fair amount of force before they’ll register the click. I’ve taken to carrying a tiny mouse, which just plugs into one of the USB ports. Even though it does drain the battery a bit faster using that mouse, it’s a lot less frustrating to click than the touchpad buttons on the Eee PC.
Best choice I found for cost and weight4
I was looking for a laptop that would run GPS atlas software for a long car trip (but would also do most other things as well, email, web, digital pictures), also it had to be familiar to my wife who is not a computer enthusiast. The Eee PC fits this bill very nicely. At around 2 pounds it’s weight is barely noticeable. The battery life is good and it slips into and out of sleep mode quickly to save on power when not being used (though it can be a pain if you are just staring at the screen and not touching it for five minutes…not common at least). I also liked that it came with Windows XP and not Vista. No DVD drive means you need to buy an external but that’s okay for my uses. The only thing that’s been hard to adjust to is the smaller keyboard size. At first I was missing a lot of key strokes but that is improving with continued use.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5A 9MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Blue)
9-megapixel effective recording * 10X optical zoom (4X digital/40X total zoom) * 3″ color LCD screen with automatic 10-step brightness adjustment * optical image stabilization * wide-angle lens for shooting landscapes and large groups * 35mm equivalent focal length: 28-280mm * top JPEG resolution: 3648 x 2736 * face detection adjusts focus and exposure settings for better portraits * scene recognition identifies shooting conditions and selects optimal settings * intelligent ISO detects subject movement and adjusts camera settings to prevent blur * high sensitivity mode for better low-light and flash-free shooting * variable ISO sensitivity (film speed equivalent) settings * variable burst mode lets you select shooting resolution and speed (up to 10 frames per second) *
* Amazon Sales Rank: #89 in Camera & Photo
* Color: Blue
* Brand: Panasonic * Model: DMC-TZ5A
* Released on: 2008-03-07
* Dimensions: 4.13″ h x 1.44″ w x 2.34″ l, .70 pounds
* Display size: 3
* Included Software: Yes
* 9-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-sized prints
* 10x optical zoom Leica DC lens; Face Detection
* New Panasonic Venus Engine IV improves noise reduction, elevates the detection accuracy and corrective effects
* 3.0-inch LCD; Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO
* Captures images to SD memory cards (not included)
The 9.1-megapixel Panasonic DMC-TZ5 packs a 28mm wide-angle, 10x optical zoom Leica DC lens in a compact design, ideal for the active photographer who needs a versatile camera. By combining a 28mm wide-angle lens, which lets you capture a wider-framed shot when compared to a traditional 35mm camera, with the TZ-Series 10x optical zoom, you’re empowered to take expanded shots, both wide and far. Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto technologies are also expanded, with new Intelligent Exposure and Digital Red-eye Correction.
With the addition of Intelligent Exposure and Digital Red-eye Correction, Panasonic’s Advanced Intelligent Auto mode consists of seven intuitive technologies, all which are specifically designed to help make photo-taking an enjoyable and seamless process unnoticed by the consumer — helping them to take clear photos. When in Advanced Intelligent Auto mode, the following technologies all operate automatically; no settings need to be manually changed.
Also new to the TZ5 is the Venus Engine IV, Panasonic’s new high-performance image processing LSI. The Venus Engine IV produces higher-quality pictures than its predecessor, the Venus Engine III, by using a more advanced signal processing system. The new Venus Engine IV also improves noise reduction, elevates the detection accuracy and corrective effects in both Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO and reduces the shutter release time lag. Both models also incorporate Intelligent LCD, which detects the lighting condition and controls the brightness level of the LCD in 11 fine steps, to offer optimal clarity in any situation, whether dark or light; indoors or outdoors. With a newly developed 460,000-dot high resolution in the TZ5’s 3.0-inch LCD, photos can be easily viewed on the display, regardless of the shooting environment.
The TZ5 is also capable of recording 720p high-definition motion pictures, and because of its support of SD memory cards, is easily compatible with Panasonic Viera plasma HDTVs that have an integrated SD memory card slot, so viewing photos is simple. Also, with the newly added HD component output capability, users can also connect the TZ5 to an HDTV and watch a slideshow complete with mood-appropriate music, choosing from natural, slow, urban and swing.
Lumix DMC-TZ5A Highlights
Intelligent Exposure With this new feature, photos will no longer be under- or over-exposed. Instead, the TZ5 instantly analyzes the framed image and adjusts the brightness in areas that are too dark because of dim lighting, backlighting or the use of the flash. The camera will automatically adjust the brightness accordingly.
Digital Red-eye Correction This feature helps to eliminate the red-eye problem that sometimes results when taking flash shots at the night. Incorporated into the built-in flash, the camera emits a small preliminary flash before the main flash, detects red-eye and will digitally correct it.
Mega O.I.S. Gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens system shifts to compensate, helping to prevent hand-shake from creating a blurry image.
Intelligent ISO With Intelligent ISO, the TZ5 can determine if the photo subject is moving and change the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly, thus giving a blur-free photo.
Intelligent Scene Selector Intelligent Scene Selector senses the ambient conditions, recognizes the shooting environment and will automatically select the appropriate scene mode from: Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode. This intuitive technology, helps you use the most common scene modes that are built into the camera, but often go unused, without making any manual adjustments.
Face Detection Panasonic’s Face Detection detects faces anywhere in the frame and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear and crisp. Detecting up to 15 faces, Panasonic’s Face Detection can even track a face if the subject is moving.
Continuous AF The Continuous AF (auto focus) system maintains focus on the subject even without pressing a shutter button halfway, thus minimizing the AF time.
this camera is really nice! Takes beautiful pictures. Easy to use, lots of options on menu that are easy to use as well. It is my first digital without a view finder…..a learning experience for me. I think the only improvement panasonic could make is to add screen protectors to the packaging.
Versatile, sophisticated, compact; but a few points to improve4
Zoom x10 with image stabilizer – great! (even x13.5 with 5M resolution)
Resolution 9M – sounds good, but quite meaningless with the noise level.
“Intelligent auto” mode actually works very good, saves much time.
Sound is noisy, maybe due to the upward location of the microphone.
Compactness makes a big difference, you just carry it with you any time.
Video size is huge due to the awkward MJPEG format, I convert to MPEG4.
Lack of reclining screen is quite inconvenient in difficult positions.
Overall, a great camera for any condition, just don’t use high ISO values.
very pleased with the purchase4
This camera shipped to me 24 hrs after buying it her on Amazon in perfect condition. I opened the box and immediately put the battery in the charger. After a day of fully reading the manual and having the camera right next to me to see what the manual was describing – I was ready to go. I’ve been out now shooting pictures with this camera for 3 straight weeks with my tripod and have had excellent results. I’m a tad bummed however that you cannot set the aperture when taking 15sec, 30sec or even 60sec exposures 😦 this means that you can only really take open exposures of night time scenarios. Also, the colors this camera captures are great for $300 – but nothing compared to an SLR so don’t fool yourself. Lightweight, convenient, beautiful, and quick/responsive AND a FANTASTIC ZOOM is all I can really say for this 4 star camera. E N J O Y !