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2x DOT-01 Replacement Sony BX1 Batteries + Charger for Sony RX100 AS200V PJ440 WX350 RX100 III HX400V AS20 HX300 WX300 AS30 MV1 RX1R RX100M2 CX240 PJ275 RX1 HX50V AS100V CX405 CX440 HX90V WX500 X1000V
2x DOT-01 Replacement Sony BX1 Batteries + Charger for Sony RX100 AS200V PJ440 WX350 RX100 III HX400V AS20 HX300 WX300 AS30 MV1 RX1R RX100M2 CX240 PJ275 RX1 HX50V AS100V CX405 CX440 HX90V WX500 X1000V
Offered by DOT-01
Price: $15.99
5 used & new from $13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, December 15, 2014
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The best capacity of the aftermarket batteries I have used.


Halcyon 1200 mAH Lithium Ion Replacement Battery for Panasonic DMW-BCN10 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Digital Camera
Halcyon 1200 mAH Lithium Ion Replacement Battery for Panasonic DMW-BCN10 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Digital Camera

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, December 15, 2014
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The best capacity of the aftermarket batteries I have used.


2x DOT-01 1200mAh Replacement Nikon EN-EL19 Batteries and Charger for Nikon Coolpix S7000 S6900 S6800 S6500 S6400 S100 S4300 S5200 S5300 S3600 S32 S3500 S33 S3700 Digital Camera and Nikon ENEL19
2x DOT-01 1200mAh Replacement Nikon EN-EL19 Batteries and Charger for Nikon Coolpix S7000 S6900 S6800 S6500 S6400 S100 S4300 S5200 S5300 S3600 S32 S3500 S33 S3700 Digital Camera and Nikon ENEL19
Offered by DOT-01
Price: $15.99
2 used & new from $15.99


DSTE® 2x DMW-BCN10 Battery + DC146 Travel and Car Charger Adapter for Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 LF1K LF1W Camera as DMW-BCN10E
DSTE® 2x DMW-BCN10 Battery + DC146 Travel and Car Charger Adapter for Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 LF1K LF1W Camera as DMW-BCN10E
Offered by DSTE Technology
Price: $14.39
2 used & new from $14.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on all counts., December 15, 2014
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Excellent price, excellent function, and an excellent charger. Great value as compared to OEM.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 12 MP Digital Camera (Black)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 12 MP Digital Camera (Black)
Offered by Green's Camera World
Price: $479.95
3 used & new from $372.12

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spectacularly Good Compromise, December 6, 2014
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The Panasonic DMC-LF1 is a unique camera, that technically wildly excels at practically nothing. However, it is an appealing combination in a very small package that competes with the Canon S110 and S120 cameras.

Despite its small size, it has a slightly larger than common 1/1.7 inch sensor, the same size as the cited Canon models and the Panasonic LX-7. Its battery life (CIPA 230 images) is better than the Canon models, but not as good as the LX-7 (CIPA 330 images).

The obvious appeal is the electronic viewfinder and the longer, 7.1 x zoom as compared to the 3.8x LX-7 and the 5x Canon models. Rather than a clip-on lens cap as is the case with the LX-7, it has an integral sliding lens cover like most small compacts, making the camera handier to use.

The larger, heavier LX-7 was and is an excellent camera with a far brighter lens. The LF-1 lens does not compare favorably with the LX-7 f/1.4 - f/2.3 lens that seems to make its own light. Yet, the reach ability of the LF-1 is far from trivia. The LX-7 has a 24-90mm equivalent, while the LF-1 is 28-200mm. While it doesn't necessarily make the LF-1 "better," it makes it more practical, versatile, and usable. The LF-1 is the same camera as the $699 retail Leica C, without the red Leica logo.

The LF-1 is a competent extreme low-light no-flash camera, but only if you lay off the zoom at keep it at the 28mm widest angle setting. In that case, you have both the f/2.0 brightness and the larger sensor working for you. But, the extra reach comes at a price, for the maximum aperture closes very quickly in concert with increased focal length, listed as follows.

28mm = f2.0
35mm = f2.4
50mm = f3.3
70mm = f4.2
90mm = f4.7
135mm = f5.5
160mm = f5.6
200mm = f5.9

While the LF-1 starts out at a bright f/2.0, it closes to f/5.9 at maximum zoom, as dim as many inexpensive pocket point and shoots. The LF-1 does add Wi-Fi and NFC, though, and it is truly a pocket camera. It is a lot of horsepower in about a 6-1/2 oz. package. At its initial launch price of $499, the LF-1 struck me as no bargain, much less its overpriced twin, the Leica C. That's changed, though, for now it is a $230 purchase. At that price point, it is a very appealing package at an attractive price point.

The Canon S120, with the same sensor size, similar form factor but one ounce heavier, currently sells for $399. The Canon has a 24-120mm lens that starts out bright at f/1.8, but hits f/5.7 at its 5x 120mm limit. The longer reach Panasonic LF-1 is a comparative screaming deal, offering not only reach, but the EVF, and longer battery life at over $150 less.

The approx. 7x zoom is a hardly extraordinary by today's standards, but the "Intelligent Zoom" nets you a 14.2x times zoom with usable images and that covers a lot of ground as a practical matter. While the lens offers more optical zoom and little else, the sensor helps out substantially in lower light conditions. While the LF-1's video capability is not as strong as the LX-7, again, you have a lot more zoom that largely compensates for it.

Compared to the typical long-zoom, compact, 1/2.33 inch sensor batch of cameras, the LF-1 adds significant amount of capability. You can shoot in RAW for post-processing, the EVF is a real life-saver in extremely bright outdoor conditions, the 20 mbps 1920 x 1080p (MP4) video is more bitrate than needed for YouTube, that reprocesses video at 8 mbps anyway. You can take 9 meg stills during video as well and the image stabilization on this camera is excellent.

Panasonic's "Intelligent Auto" mode is as good as ever, making this a simple point and shoot in operation if that is your preference. While the "Intelligent Zoom" is just a buzzword for digital zoom, it does do a good job within reason, and this little camera is a good up to 14.3x still and video unit. If you have no intention of going with large prints and want to shoot in the 5 meg "EZ" mode, it is a 20x zoom camera. The lens ring on the camera lets you instantly change ISO modes, and also can be used as step zoom. Inexpensive after-market batteries rated at 1100 - 1200 mAh are readily available (vs. supplied 950 mAh battery) that have already pushed the battery life for me comfortably past 300 still images along with some video.

Those looking for superior image quality with an EVF, compared to this camera, can certainly find it in the 1 inch sensor Sony RX100 III. Yet, the Sony offers a puny 2.9x optical zoom, is quite a bit heavier (10.2 oz.) and sells for about 3-1/2 times the price of this LF-1 at close to the $800 mark. Without the EVF, the Sony RX100 II currently sells for around $650, with a f/1.8-4.9 lens with a still anemic 3.6x zoom.

For my purposes, the Lumix DMC-LF1 is a "Five Star Camera" based on capability for the dollar. It is unfortunate that many reviews force a star rating, for that doesn't mean much as my uses and your uses may be completely different, and most certainly are different.

So, a brief explanation is in order. I rarely print anything larger than 8 x 10, and my print-published articles rarely fill more than half the page. For event coverage, I find the 3x - 5x zoom category cameras limiting, for I want to fill the frame. Video performance is important, but note that ESPN (for example) broadcasts in 720p: the 1920 x 1080p 30 fps capability of the LF-1 handily exceeds that. The bitrate of the easier to edit MP4 capture mode (20 mbps) is more than double what YouTube HD can use.

If you are looking for better images than smartphones, better images than most 1/2.33 inch sensor cameras, yet want something that is truly a small, lightweight pocket camera, this camera is remarkable at $230. Until you hold it in your hand, it is hard to appreciate how compact and light (6.7 oz.) this camera is. In terms of capability for the ounce and capability for the dollar, it is hard not to be impressed with this camera. I am, for the reasons mentioned here.

Copyright 2014 by Randy Wakeman. All Rights Reserved.


Nikon COOLPIX S6500 Wi-Fi Digital Camera with 12x Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Nikon COOLPIX S6500 Wi-Fi Digital Camera with 12x Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Offered by Speedy Mobile
Price: $182.99
16 used & new from $58.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value in a very Small Handy Point and Shoot, November 28, 2014
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Good Value in a very Small Handy Point and Shoot

Compared to other cameras, the Sony WX-350 delivers in a few remarkable areas: very small size and light weight, and extremely good battery life. That will be enough to please many, although in all other respects the WX-350 is just average. In terms of shooting performance, the Fuji F850 and the Panasonic ZS-15 are noticeably faster, while the similarly sized Nikon S6500 is the slow-poke of the bunch.

As is common with small digital cameras, the lenses are not particularly bright. The Sony starts out at f/3.5, closing down to f6.5 at full zoom. The ZS-15 goes from f/3.3 - f5.9, the Nikon from f/3.1-6.5, and the Fuji from f/3.5-5.3. As primarily a still camera, the Fuji is my pick of the litter, particularly when shooting in its "M" mode, or 8 meg mode, which allows the EXR processor to do its thing. For video, though, its battery life isn't good enough to be of much cold weather field use, as is the case with the Nikon S6500.

The Fuji also has the most visible, enjoyable LCD, the Panasonic having the weakest, which the only thing that I could consider a flaw of sorts with the ZS-15. Still, the Panasonic focuses faster than the WX-350, is better in low light (none of these cameras are great in that regard), and the Panasonic has the full PASM set of controls to work with. Though the Panasonic's battery life is not superb for video (260 CIPA still shot rating) by dimming the LCD as much as possible and going with higher capacity (1200 mAH vs. 895 mAH OEM) aftermarket batteries, I've been able to squeeze out over an hour and fifteen minutes of video capture between battery changes.

While the WX-350 delivers on lightness, low-bulk, and very impressive battery life, the rest of the camera is just wonderfully adequate, and not good enough to best the Fuji F850EXR as a 20x travel zoom, nor good enough to beat the older Panasonic 16x ZS-15 in terms of speedy shooting performance, video, or general still image quality.

What of the Nikon COOLPIX S6500? Well, for the money ($100 or so as of this writing), it is an excellent value. It is very small, easy to use, and sells for about half of the similar form-factor longer-zoom WX-350 Sony, with a better LCD. While its shooting performance is not blazing fast, its battery life is adequate for stills but not for video.

With good optical stabilization and a very useable 12x zoom range, it is the type of camera that you can take anywhere without much bulk or weight. It isn't class-leading, by any means, but it also doesn't have a class-leading price, either. For the dollar in a handy little point and shoot, it is quite a satisfying and fun little camera.

Copyright 2014 by Randy Wakeman. All Rights Reserved.
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Sony WX350 18 MP Digital Camera (Black)
Sony WX350 18 MP Digital Camera (Black)
Offered by Video & Audio Center
Price: Click here to see our price
32 used & new from $179.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sony WX-350 and other small Travel Zooms, November 27, 2014
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Sony WX-350 and other small Travel Zooms

The Sony WX-350 delivers in a few remarkable areas: very small size and light weight, and extremely good battery life. That will be enough to please many, although in all other respects the WX-350 is just average. In terms of shooting performance, the Fuji F850 and the Panasonic ZS-15 are noticeably faster, while the similarly sized Nikon S6500 is the slow-poke of the bunch.

As is common with small digital cameras, the lenses are not particularly bright. The Sony starts out at f/3.5, closing down to f6.5 at full zoom. The ZS-15 goes from f/3.3 - f5.9, the Nikon from f/3.1-6.5, and the Fuji from f/3.5-5.3. As primarily a still camera, the Fuji is my pick of the litter, particularly when shooting in its "M" mode, or 8 meg mode, which allows the EXR processor to do its thing. For video, though, its battery life isn't good enough to be of much cold weather field use, as is the case with the Nikon S6500.

The Fuji also has the most visible, enjoyable LCD, the Panasonic having the weakest, which the only thing that I could consider a flaw of sorts with the ZS-15. Still, the Panasonic focuses faster than the WX-350, is better in low light (none of these cameras are great in that regard), and the Panasonic has the full PASM set of controls to work with. Though the Panasonic's battery life is not superb for video (260 CIPA still shot rating) by dimming the LCD as much as possible and going with higher capacity (1200 mAH vs. 895 mAH OEM) aftermarket batteries, I've been able to squeeze out over an hour and fifteen minutes of video capture between battery changes.

While the WX-350 delivers on lightness, low-bulk, and very impressive battery life, the rest of the camera is just wonderfully adequate, and not good enough to best the Fuji F850EXR as a 20x travel zoom, nor good enough to beat the older Panasonic 16x ZS-15 in terms of speedy shooting performance, video, or general still image quality.

Copyright 2014 by Randy Wakeman. All Rights Reserved.


Samsung PN51F5300 51-Inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV (2013 Model)
Samsung PN51F5300 51-Inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV (2013 Model)
Offered by Snap 'em Up Deals
Price: $1,599.99
2 used & new from $750.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get One While You Can!, July 4, 2014
For the money, discounted to $550 or so, this set cannot be beat . . . assuming you can control the lighting in the room. As many have learned, Samsung is ceasing manufacture of plasma displays in November, 2014, joining Panasonic and LG is likely to follow. This set does not compare with the industry-leading F8500 series, the "last great plasma" and perhaps the only plasma currently available suitable for bright rooms. The F8500 is several times the price, however.

The room I decided to upgrade is a den with a fireplace and this 51 inch Samsung replaced a 40 inch Sony Bravia LED. It is a huge upgrade in viewing real estate, obviously, and for Blu-ray cinema, this Samsung is stunningly good . . . as long as you don't put it in a bright room. As long as you can control the ambient lighting, you will be "wowed" by this set compared to conventional LEDs in the same price category.

This Samsung shines when the light doesn't, so if evening viewing or a dimmed room is how you enjoy video, this is a wise purchase based on picture uniformity, the wide 70 degree viewing angle, and overall picture quality. In a bright room, the reflectiveness of the panel makes this a weak choice, and you may well find LED's more suitable.

For a controlled lighting situation though, this Samsung is stunning . . . and at $550 or so, a stunning value as well.


EVGA 02G-P3-2639-KR GeForce GT 630 2048MB GDDR3, DVI and HDMI Graphics Card
EVGA 02G-P3-2639-KR GeForce GT 630 2048MB GDDR3, DVI and HDMI Graphics Card
3 used & new from $395.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Upgrade for Older PC's, May 15, 2014
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Noticeably faster than the GT 430 it replaced, it makes both video editing and light gaming (WoW) faster and more pleasant with older PC's, while not stressing the OEM 300 - 350W power supplies. A very nice upgrade at a decent price.


Fujifilm FinePix S1 16 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)
Fujifilm FinePix S1 16 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)
Offered by DealalotUS
Price: Click here to see our price
58 used & new from $217.89

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the Weatherproofing, May 15, 2014
In brief, the Fujifilm FinePix S1 has little to offer over the bargain-priced ($279) Fujifilm SL1000 except for the touted sealing and weatherproofing. For better image quality, generally better build quality, the larger-sensor (2/3 in.) Fujifilm X-S1 12MP EXR is currently a steal at $349, despite having "only" a 26x zoom.

Fuji is to be applauded for the weather-sealing efforts, yet for most folks the significantly less costly SL1000 is every bit as good for general use.
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