The MobiBlue DAH-1500i and Canon EOS 5D this week in reviews
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"We want one," and "the official smallest MP3 player in the WHOLE WORLD" are just a few of the accolades you'll find written about the new MobiBLU DAH-1500i MP3 player. "Packed with an outrageous amount of features given its diminutive frame," which is less than a square-inch...
this gadget weighs in at less than one ounce and uses a dongle to handle charging and USB data. It plays MP3, WMA and protected WMA files. Plus, it is "actually the second generation in this line; [adding] Windows DRM support, but only for purchased downloads, not subscription-based services." And though it's tiny, we are glad to report that it even comes with a four-line OLED display. "Very bright and easy to read in most situations," this display is definitely, well, small and can be harder to read in direct sunlight. We like the interface, with the play, FF/REW and volume buttons on the right face and "arranged in the same way as those on Apple's players." The menu and hold buttons are located on the left face. The headphone jack "is unique among players we've seen" because it cleverly doubles as a USB 2.0 port as well as using the headphone wires as a radio antenna. Nicely done. We think it's a winner so far, offering "a boatload more features than the iPod Shuffle." Our one complaint? It's the small size that makes it so cool, but while the buttons are usable, "they are pretty stiff and will pose a problem for those with large fingers."
Canon EOS 5D
Availability: October 2005
A nice surprise for everyone this summer, this fifth realease of Canon's new CMOS sensor since April 2004 was being rumoured in "Loch Ness Bigfoot monster proportions," until it's announcement this past week. Canon's press materials say the 12.8 Megapixel EOS 5D "defined a new D-SLR category," and though we don't usually sign on for the full marketing seminar, "this particular statement is clearly pretty accurate." With a 35.8mm x 23.9mm CMOS sensor, this camera is "certainly unique and will no doubt be of great interest to a variety of photographers." The max burst rate is 3 times per second at full resolution, with a capacity of 60 consecutive JPEG captures and 16 RAW images. And we especially love the fact that the CMOS sensor "gives a full angle of view without magnification or cropping effect." Be sure to check out the "additional custom Picture Style files" that can be downloaded from Canon's website$mdashreplacing "internal image processing previously controlled by setting processing parameters and color matrix." This new camera may not make "the splash the original EOS DIgital Rebel did, but hard-core enthusiasts and entry-level pros with a stable of Canon lenses will likely line up to get one."