What factors should I be looking at when considering the purchase of a new digital camera. I know that a lot of people think more megapixels = better quality. But I have a 4 megapixel SLR that takes *infinitely* better pictures than a friend's 10 megapixel camera. Looking at the cameras, it is obvious: my SLR has huge lenses that are expensive, his has a tiny hole in the front. But I have no objective idea what makes the difference. Some cameras have "big lenses" that seem to be mostly for show. So I am trying to figure out what really goes into making a good picture, and how to calculate it. What specs should I look at and how should I look at them? [more inside]
I want to understand more about the switch from analog to digital television. Why is the FCC doing this, and how are the analog waves now going to be used? Where can I go to find out more information?
Please help me decide whether I should have my digital camera (Casio Exilim EX-Z750) a) professionally repaired, b) upgraded at a discount, c) replaced with a completely different one or d) repaired by myself. [more inside]
Where should I get my underwater camera film developed in San Francisco (or by mail, if there's a good option)? [more inside]
I'm looking for the right Wacom tablet and drawing software. [more inside]
I'm looking for music that features really good stutter processing of vocal sounds (any really good stuttering of other sounds is welcome too, but I'm especially interested in vocals). Benchmark tracks would be Trentemoller's Moan, Modeselektor's 2000007, Funkstörung's Fat Camp Feva, Ellen Allien's Sehnsucht, and Look at Me by Villeneuve. [more inside]
Where can I get the cheapest possible DTV converter box? [more inside]
What's the best digital camera and equipment to use for high-quality photography during geophysics fieldwork? [more inside]
My friends and I would like to observe the switch-off of analog TV. The FCC has mandated that all analog TV stations stop on February 19, 2009. I'm planning to procure a bunny-eared TV to watch the signal go dead. Can anyone help me pinpoint when this moment is going to be? (This is going to be SO much better than New Year's)
I'm trying to find the best/simplest wireless solution for playing music/streams from my PC through my home stereo. Currently, I'm doing it the wired way: headphone line out (from laptop) to auxiliary input (using a cable that is adapted to rca plugs) on my Kenwood receiver. I'd like to buy a wireless solution and need advice on where I can find something that is both functional and affordable. I don't need anything fancier than what will work for streaming the PC output.
Help! I live near DC and I want to be able to watch the Ravens game on Sunday. How do I boost my rabbit ears to receive the Baltimore transmission? [more inside]
Really small TVs & digital conversion - For many years, I have had a really small Sanyo TV (Model TMP 2175). It has AM/FM, a clock and a real small black & white 2 inch diagonal screen. My favorite feature of this little gizmo is that you can set an alarm so the TV turns on for about an hour - I've found this a very effective morning alarm...TV sound blares on, screen shines enough in my eyes to wake me up. . How can I make this thing work when things go digital? [more inside]
Is their an affordable way to print small yardages of fabric? [more inside]
I want to get my dad a watch for the holidays. I've tried before, but he always goes back to his plastic women's Ironman digital. Any suggestions for a thin, smallish, digital but still fashionable watch for everyday, casual wear? It doesn't need tons of functions -- time and alarm. Stopwatch would be a bonus but not necessary.
Help me help my wife's parents make this DTV conversion work with their VCR [more inside]
I'm interested in printing a few of my wife's digital photographs as a gift to her. I don't know a thing about photography (my wife is the expert), so I'm looking for some advice. Here's some details: I have the original hi-res versions (she uses a Nikon D70, so I think the files are large jpegs). I'm interested in pretty large prints - probably around 24" x 18". I'm not too concerned about cost - my priorities are the highest possible quality, and longevity. Ideally, I'd love to use someone local (Boston, MA). Can anyone recommend a printer? What specifically should I ask for? (Types of printing, types of paper, etc.). Many thanks in advance!
How do I stylize a digital photo of my daughter to resemble the character portraits in the Chuck title sequence? [more inside]
Does anyone know anything about the digital expert shopping engine "Digital Jones" that was purchased by Shopping.com / Dealtime.com in 2000? Pictures, Videos, Some old website? Checked Wayback machine and had no luck. [more inside]
Where can I find a functioning digital compact cassette deck in Austin, TX? [more inside]
EmergencyRecordingFilter: What are my options for a reasonably-priced, Cubase-friendly, fully multitrack-enabled control surface right now? [more inside]
Will my old black and white battery operated television be defunct after the analog to digital switch? [more inside]
Best bang for the buck in an inexpensive digital video camera? [more inside]
Where in the UK can I send my 24 + 36 exposure camera films to have them transferred to CD/otherwise digitalised? [more inside]
With digital OTA coming in February and the possibility of dipping into HD in the near future, help me give my 2 year old HTPC a facelift. [more inside]
I am a hobbyist photographer starting to do some serious studio work and I need help deciding on lighting equipment. [more inside]
What is the smallest digital (USB) recoding device that outputs mp3s? [more inside]
Do you know of a digital frame that can play high quality video well? [more inside]
I really want to watch the olympics. Here's why I can't: [more inside]
Why does a tv station's digital signal lag behind its analog signal? [more inside]
I have $200 to spend and am looking for a high quality digital camera. I want I camera that's light weight, small: that's easy to take hiking and not bulkily. I want really hi res so I can use many of the photos I take for stock photography. Please suggest a few cameras.
Please help me find a photography related quote! [more inside]
I'd like some advice about replacing the analog Nikon SLR and Tokina lens I lost 3 years ago with a new/used digital SLR/lens. [more inside]
I need an electronic welcome sign for my office. Currently we are using printed signs in a frame to welcome clients and prospects to our financial services office. We would like to change that to a large digital frame that can also show some photos from client events. The large part seems to be giving me trouble. [more inside]
Mac osx/canon hg10 cannot get stills off camera. Video yes, stills no. We're supposed to have a baby any day now and this sucker ain't behaving (the camera-mac connection). I haven't had this kind of problem with a mac in 10 years. [more inside]
In terms of output, what are the benefits to using film cameras over digital? [more inside]
I'm trying to find on OLD casio (i'm pretty sure) digital musical watch. Any ideas either where to look or at least identify the model? [more inside]
Is there any sort of code available / software / how would I design a digital download distribution model for an independant band? [more inside]
I am looking to buy 2 1T drives. I'm doing some final cut work but mostly for media storage. I'm looking at the Western Digital 1 TB My Book Premium Edition II Triple Interface ($236) and the G-Tech Q drive which retail at $445. That's almost twice the price of the western digital. [more inside]
I'm trying to record audio on my Mac Pro from a hardware source using the digital Line In on the Mac, but am only getting "digital noise" as the recording. [more inside]
I'm heading off to college in a few months and I'm absolutely overwhelmed by the myriad of point-and-shoot cameras on the market. I ran through some pictures (well, actually many pictures) on Flickr to try and get a feel for what I was looking for, but some pictures are naturally more appealing than others and the quality is affected by various factors, so I ruled that method out as an objective option. I'm pretty sure more megapixels isn't always more quality and that there are other factors to account for, such as noise and shutter speed, but I'm at a loss at what really matters in a digital camera. I hope I don't sound completely uninformed, but I've scoured previous topics and while they're very helpful, they're a little outdated. I would really appreciate recommendations on a compact/ultracompact camera that takes pretty pictures! I'm willing to spend up to 300, but hopefully no more than that :) Thoughts? Suggestions? Jeers? :(
Long term storage of digital media that is too big for DVD's... what's best practice? [more inside]
Please help me use my new DSLR camera. Are there guides/tricks for specific cameras online? [more inside]
I need recommendations for a digital video recorder designed for multiple video inputs, including sound, (four cameras point at an animal enclosure at a zoo) that's designed to allow for easy access to the videos recorded. Networkable would be really great, or standard removable storage (USB/SATA). I'd prefer it if the device recorded directly in a standard video format so no conversion from a proprietary format is needed.
Will I still have cable next year? [more inside]
My new Canon SD750 suddenly displayed the dreaded black screen. Help! [more inside]
Can anything interesting be done with a broken SLR zoom lens? [more inside]
I'd like to create a stock photo service for a client. Does anyone have any recommendations for existing services such as photostockplus.com or those that focus on selling digital content such as tidwit.com or the now defunct blish.com. Is there a leader in this marketplace? [more inside]
Hey Metafilter electronic hardware folks: I want to set up a digital picture frame that I can control via software on a Linux desktop to toggle between two different images on command. What should I buy? [more inside]
Anyone know of a good, cheap (< 300$) digital point and shoot with above average underwater shooting capabilities?