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Sanyo Xacti E60 Digital Camera - Black (6MP, 3x Optical Zoom) 3.0'' LCD
Sanyo Xacti E60 Digital Camera - Black (6MP, 3x Optical Zoom) 3.0'' LCD

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanyo Xacti E60 ? You can' t go wrong !!, 22 May 2007
Replacing the Xacti E6 - the E60 continues the impressive tradition set by its predecessor.

Quite simply you have a lot of photographic power in a camera the size of a bar of soap ! Pictures are sharp with true colouring and lowlight performance is fine although the flash is rather average on this small cam.

What's hot ?

The 3 inch lcd screen was a ground breaker on the E6 and looks just as impressive on the Xacti E60 ! Movies and stills look fantastic - get ready to amuse and amaze your friends ! WOW !!

The 3 x optical non-protruding lens from the Konica Minolta range does a great job and you don't have the worry about those sticky out lens which can get damaged in your pocket if you accidently switch it on !!

The optional touch sensor focus shutter is clever and useful - but takes time to master. Yes, its fast !

The menu system is simple and the optional scene select mode is more than adequate.

Image stabilization works fine in the excellent movie mode.

On board red eye correction does make the difference.

32mb on board memory is useful.

Buttons and controllers are positioned well and easy to navigate.

The camera is stylish and minimalist !

Lots of help options - and the camera can even talk you through the process ! (But I switched this off after the novelty wore off .)

Takes SD cards.

First class macro option !

What's not ?

Average limited flash.

Red eye flash mode produces varying results.

Movie mode is great but eats up a lot of memory !

Overall, a well designed piece of kit. Sanyo are major producers and innovators in the camera industry - and the E60 (although with a few shortcomings)is an example of design/ build quality.

Lovely piece of kit . You can't go wrong here !


Michael Bentine's Potty Time - Series 1 [1973] [DVD]
Michael Bentine's Potty Time - Series 1 [1973] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Bentine
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £9.89

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Potty for Bentine's Classic Kids TV Show !, 13 Feb. 2007
As a child I thought this series was fantastic ! And watching these gems today I am pleased to say that they are still absolute quality ! Bentine's Goon humour is in full swing and this is entertaining to kids and adults - even by today's standards. Bentine writes and voices the Pottys and you can hear echoes of those early Goon Shows. Even the old Thames TV jingle at the start of each show brings back memories of ITV in better days !

Please Amazon - tell them to produce more of Bentine's Potty little classics !


ATMT 3.5" 160GB External Hard Drive With USB2, Silver/Black
ATMT 3.5" 160GB External Hard Drive With USB2, Silver/Black

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice piece of kit !, 6 Jan. 2007
When Amazon have this item on sale at a very reasonable price, it sells out very quickly. Its a competent piece of kit at a good price. I was impressed with the dual interface - take your pick of USB2 or Firewire - and I pleased to say that both cables were in the box ! I found firewire connection easy and fast - infact surprisingly fast. The solidly built silver/black aluminium box is small/slim and apart from the occasional hum - it is fairly quiet. No problems with NTFS partitioning and there are paper instructions and various notes on the enclosed CD. Pleasingly it explains how to remove the hard drive from the aluminium box - which means in theory you could replace it with a new hard drive with a lot more gigabytes ! A really nice touch. In short, impressed so far...........


Western Digital My Book 250GB Essential USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
Western Digital My Book 250GB Essential USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far - very good ! UPDATE: Look Elsewhere !, 29 Nov. 2006
Sorry, but...this hardware has become unstable and produces Delayed Write Errors. As a result the HD may not be recognized by XP or data accessed. I have found that data and pics have been corrupted. WD do not provide a straight forward solution to this issue - and things have got worse. I will not trust this kit with important stuff - look elsewhere and do some homework before purchasing....

I appear to be not alone in this matter.

Below is original review (I kept my receipt - did you ?) :

It was time to start backing up my photos since my PC is at least 5 or 6 years old and I haven't changed the internal hard drive. CDs and DVDs are great but my writer was playing up - and this forced a change of tactics. This unit was recommended by a friend and so far it has worked really fine. I struggled with converting to NTFS but that was ignorance rather than the product. This works seamlessly, fast and looks quite cool. Windows has started throwing up 'Delayed Write Failure' messages which is most likely a problem with the operating system rather than WD. I have read elsewhere that this is an issue with Windows coping with overload on USB2.0 devices. Worth watching out for.

On the whole, very pleased. But still early days.... yep, hold on to the receipt.


Sanyo Xacti VPC-E6EX Ultra-compact Digital Camera [6MP, 3 x Optical Zoom]
Sanyo Xacti VPC-E6EX Ultra-compact Digital Camera [6MP, 3 x Optical Zoom]

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Congratulations Sanyo ! The E6 is a gem !, 2 Nov. 2006
Purchased this camera from Pixmania via Amazon Marketplace a week ago and so far I am very pleased with the product. It feels solidly built and well designed and people comment on its simplicity and good looks. An impressive 3 inch screen is superb for playing back stills and movies and is clear to use on sunny autumn days when framing a shot. The Konica Minolta styled non-protruding lens produces clear and sharp pictures with pleasing realistic colours. These lenses are more convenient than those which stick out when you press the 'on' button. Macro mode looks effective and the innovative sensor on the shutter makes for near instant snaps in good light. The sensor detects your finger and focuses swiftly -some people may find this a bit too swift and will need to get used to this clever bit of techno ! (You can turn this mode off !)

Movie mode was a very positive surprise ! Pleasing results on the computer and various audio options come as standard on this little gem. I haven't purchased the Xacti for this function - but will be happy to use it when necessary knowing the results will be fine.

The camera buttons handle well and the menu software is easy to understand but will take a few minutes to appreciate if you wish to dig deeper than just point and shoot. This pocket sized digicam can talk you through various help menus (switched this mode off !)... although entertaining at parties ! The telephoto lens runs smoothly and there are ample options for framing shots and playback and scene select (best shot for different situations) is available.

But what about lowlight performance ? This was an issue for me when considering a camera. On balance the performance is generally OK here. I do not expect fantastic pics from ultra compact cam in lowlight - this is after all, just a glamorous point and shoot jobbie ! I have used it in a buffet reception in lowlight conditions and most of the results were fine - but the flash is quite limited. Red - eye is still a problem and some adjustments will have to be made when downloaded to the pc. (Note: red-eye is an issue with most point and shoot cams). In short, I didn't expect miracles in lowlight - but I am not too unhappy with actual results.

How does it compare ? Well I tried out the Casio Exilim Z600 and Panasonic FX-01 both more expensive and both claim to have either software or optical image stabilization..... and both went back to the shop after a week. Why ? Inconsistent pics ranging from washed out results in autumn sun and grainy results in average lowlight. Image stabilization is great - but the camera has to produce good overall pics day in, day out. Then I ummmed and arrrrd over Canon.... but took a plunge with the Sanyo after reading user reviews, Steves digicams and letsgodigital write ups. With new models coming out - Sanyo is one to watch in this business....... just keep those prices nice and low please !!

Update: Returned from a holiday in Lanzarote. Using a Viking 1 gb SD card from Amazon I am very pleased with the results. Lowlight results were OK and the Xacti shot some great clear pics of my daughter in mid air while leaping (safely) into the hotel swimming pool. Everyone adored the playback of stills and movies on the screen !

Update: Printed pictures on my Canon printer and via a web photo printers... great results. Friends have started purchasing this little gem for presents. This will produce some lovely memories....


Sanyo VPC-E6 [6MP, 3x optical zoom] plus  512 MB SD card, Lowepro case and two year warranty
Sanyo VPC-E6 [6MP, 3x optical zoom] plus 512 MB SD card, Lowepro case and two year warranty

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanyo - I am mightily impressed !, 20 Oct. 2006
Purchased this camera from Pixmania via Amazon Marketplace a week ago and so far I am very pleased with the product.It feels solidly built and well designed and people comment on its simplicity and good looks. An impressive 3 inch screen is superb for playing back stills and movies and is clear to use on sunny autumn days when framing a shot. The Konica Minolta styled non-protruding lens produces clear and sharp pictures with pleasing realistic colours. These lens are more convenient than those which stick out when you press the 'on' button. Macro mode looks effective and the innovative sensor on the shutter makes for near instant snaps in good light. The sensor detects your finger and focusses swiftly -some people may find this a bit too swift and will need to get used to this clever bit of techno ! (You can turn this mode off !)

Movie mode was a very positive surprise ! Pleasing results on the computer and various audio options come as standard on this little gem. I haven't purchased the Xacti for this function - but will be happy to use it when necessary knowing the results will be fine.

The camera buttons handle well and the software is easy to understand but will take a few minutes to appreciate if you wish to dig deeper than just point and shoot. This pocket sized digicam can talk you through various help menus (switched this mode off !)... although entertaining at parties ! The telephoto lens runs smoothly and there are ample options for framing shots and playback and scene select (best shot for different situations) is available. The li-ion battery pack is charged in the camera which hooks up directly to the mains - great, no cradle ! It appears to last quite a long time to.

But what about lowlight performance ? This was an issue for me when considering a camera. On balance the performance is generally OK here. I do not expect fantastic pics from ultra compact cam in lowlight - this is afterall, just a glamourous point and shoot jobbie ! I have used it in a buffet reception in lowlight conditions and most of the results were fine - but the flash is quite limited. Red - eye is still a problem and some adjustments will have be made when downloaded to the pc. (Note: red-eye is an issue with most point and shoot cams). In short, I didn't expect miracles in lowlight - but I am not too unhappy with actual results.

How does it compare ? Well I tried out the Casio Exilim Z600 and Panasonic FX-01 both more expensive and both claim to have either software or optical image stabilization..... and both went back to the shop after a week. Why ? Inconsistent pics ranging from washed out results in autumn sun and grainy results in average lowlight. Image stabilization is great - but the camera has to produce good overall pics day in, day out. Then I ummmed and arrrrd over Canon.... but took a plunge with the Sanyo after reading user reviews, Steves digicams and letsgodigital write ups. With new models coming out - Sanyo is one to watch in this business....... just keep those prices nice and low please !!


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