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Panasonic Lumix TZ5S Review

The Panasonic Lumix TZ5S is a great little point and shoot camera. We were able to take 400 shots on a single battery charge and were pleased with the speed of operation, ease of use and quality of the 9 megapixel photos.

The Lumix TZ5S features a Leica Lens, 10x optical zoom, image stabilization and the ability to take both still photos and VGA resolution video. The camera is made in Japan and feels good in the hand but not as solid as a Canon digital ELPH. It doesn’t feel cheap just a bit light for its size. However, it travels well and can be crammed into pants pockets if necessary so it makes a great everyday point and shoot camera.

This camera performs best under ideal lighting conditions. Late afternoon sun in Orange County yielded beautiful results. Indoor pictures require a bit more finesse with the settings. Overall we were very pleased with the quality of the pictures.

One of the biggest complaints with cameras in the $200 or less range is the slow speed and recovery times. I’ve seen moms become irate trying to capture their kids with a cheap camera when they really need a digital SLR. Of course, it’s not convenient to carry around a high-end piece of gear to the park or Chuck E. Cheese, so a point and shoot camera with reasonable performance is a good option.

The Panasonic Lumix TZ5S performs reasonably well with prefocus and optimized ISO speeds. Sure, you’ll miss some great shots but you’ll capture some too. With or without a digital SLR in your arsenal the Lumix TZ5S is easy and fun to use and you won’t hesitate to bring it with you when bigger gear would be a burden.

Visit Panasonic for more information.

Insignia NS-DXA1-APT Converter Box Review

If you haven’t done so already it’s time to sign up for the TV converter box coupon program and grab a box before the last of the 30 million or so coupons are issued. LG makes a good box that is sold under the Zenith brand as the DTT900 and under the Best Buy Insignia brand as the NS-DXA1-APT.

The Insignia NS-DXA1-APT adds analog pass through to a well made and very functional converter box. We hooked the box up to a vintage Mitsubishi 26 inch TV using a passive RCA antenna. The results were awesome. We pulled in two dozen stations with crystal clear picture quality.

The converter box installs as fast as you can connect cables and provide power. The initial setup is intuitive and takes very little effort. The menu is nothing special visually but it works. Once it’s setup it’s basically a tuner with a remote used to change channels. That’s it. With the forty dollar coupon the NS-DXA1-APT will cost you $20. It’s well worth it and one of the best boxes available under the government coupon program

We prefer the Insignia brand over some others because it’s sold by Best Buy, one of the last standing electronics retailers. We would not recommend buying anything from Circuit City these days. If you have a problem with the product it’s good to know there will actually be a store where you can take it back.

Visit The Digital TV Converter Coupon Website for more information.

Monster Power 3500 Review

The Monster Power Pro 3500 is a professional reference power center designed for music professionals. It features stage 3 isolated audio and video filters, 14 total outlets with 2 front mounted unswitched outlets and front and rear for adjustable 12v LED light. The unit boasts 2775 joules of surge protection. Just about anyone, pro or hobbyist can benefit from clean power in the home or a full blown studio.

The Pro 3500 is a substantial well made unit that says quality right out of the box. However, the 12v LED light never worked. While not visibly broken we never got it to work. It’s a shame because it would sure come in handy while plugging things in on the back of the unit or simply for added light in the studio.

The Power Pro 3500 has a series of lights on the front panel that indicate power status, ground, wiring fault, clean power, abnormal voltage and protection is operating properly. The unit correctly identified a wiring fault in the building which was later corrected.

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