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5.0 out of 5 stars Great long heavy duty leads, 23 Mar. 2015
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Really top notch quality leads, nice and long and very heavy duty with very sturdy clamps, excellent


Kodak AZ526 16MP Bridge Camera - Black.
Kodak AZ526 16MP Bridge Camera - Black.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value Superzoom, fun to use, 23 Mar. 2015
Great value superzoom, I have used loads of different long zoom cameras and this Kodak is the best value so far, nice and quick, excellent video and very good results, as good as the best from Sony/Canon/Nikon etc, this is the same as a AZ521 but with an electronic viewfinder which I cant be without.
Li-Ion rechargeable battery rather than AAs which would be expected at this price and excellent results at full zoom are possible IF you brace the camera to prevent shake, I am very pleased
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Sony NEX3KS Alpha Compact System Camera - 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens - Silver
Sony NEX3KS Alpha Compact System Camera - 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens - Silver

52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony have another walkman IMO, 9 July 2010
This is a brilliant camera, forget what you have read about the user interface, its easy to use, looks great has amazing DSLR image quality. If you fit the 16mm pancake lens, this camera is no bigger than a compact like a Canon G11, yet the low light performance is just miles ahead of any small sensor compact, its just great

Indoor shots in low light without flash are remarkably good, the White balance is also spot on, the metering works very well indoors and for the most part, intellegent Auto will get it right for you by choosing the most suitable ISO and shutter speed, image noise (graininess) is very low with this camera even at high sensitivities

When shooting outdoors, I find that the metering is not to my taste in Auto mode and there is a tendancy to overexpose, this is easily dealt with by shooting in P, A, S or M modes (P is the easiest to use) and applying at least -0.3ev and more often -0.7ev or even -1.0 ev, again this is very easy to do and when you get the hang of the metering, you will find that it is very consistent, which is the main thing really, the camera remembers your last setting, so its not like you have to re-do it every time

You get auto HDR (high dynamic range) which shoots three exposures and combines them to amazing effect giving great dynamic range, only previously possible with post processing software, you also get to keep the middle single exposure too so its a win win

The design is sleek and elegant, build quality is lovely and shoots terrific video, I mean really really good video, there is only a small removeable flash, but really flash is just not needed in many situations because the sensitivity of the big sensor is so good, even low light shots allow a fairly high shutter speed....the camera automatically sorts all that out for you

Battery life is not as good as a DSLR, but its OK, I havent counted, but on an important shoot, I would take a spare battery!!

Tilt LCD, a really good sweep panorama feature that really works and the availability of a tiny super wide 16mm lens (24mm equiv) at low cost make this a must have super cool camera for everyone, its a remarkably good camera, the outdoor metering needs to be mastered, but after that the image quality is top notch....totally recommended by me, love it


Canon PowerShot G11 Digital Camera (High Sensitivity 10.0 MP, 5x Zoom, 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD)
Canon PowerShot G11 Digital Camera (High Sensitivity 10.0 MP, 5x Zoom, 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD)

63 of 78 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Convinced....consider carefully, 16 Mar. 2010
This is a good camera and it takes great photographs, but I have sold it and bought an Canon IXUS SD880 to replace it, and as far as I can tell, the 10mp IXUS has identical image quality, was less than half the price and is about 1/3 of the size and weight of this brick, which IMO is the worst of both worlds, in other words, it is too big and heavy to be really convenient, but offers few of the advantages of a DSLR, it is entirely likely that the internals of an IXUS are exactly the same as this camera, and what you are paying all this money for is an overblown body and a load of buttons that you dont need, but if thats what you want....then fine

The articulating screen is nice (but how often will you use it ?), the optical viewfinder is OK, but now I have the little IXUS, I realise that I really dont need all that on a compact, and the screen quality on the new compacts is so good now even in bright light that you really can manage without.

OK, how about all that advanced control ?.....well, adjusting the aperture on a small sensor camera like this is a very ineffective way to control depth of field, nothing like as good as on a bigger sensor DSLR....to me one of the great charecteristics of a compact is the fact that almost everything is always in focus....you can adjust the aperture till the cows come home on a small sensor camera like this and the effect on DOF is minimal....so why bother ?

Build is good if you like that sort or thing, but seriously, the little IXUS has the same 28mm equiv wide end, is also beautifully finished, and has just enough control...ie controls that you will actually use, the G11 has custom presets but I never used them

So to sum up, the G11 is great, its lovely to use and takes good photographs, but, its not a DSLR and never can be, a smaller lighter cheaper Canon SD880 with a similar focal range can do just as good a job as this camera and it fits in the smallest of pockets.....so my opinion is that a compact should be compact, a camera of this size has none of the convenience of a compact, and few of the advantages of a larger camera, there is a market for this kind of thing, and Canon know that....but thay meke little sense really IMO
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Devolo dLAN Wireless Extender Starter Kit (HomePlug)
Devolo dLAN Wireless Extender Starter Kit (HomePlug)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to extend your wireless coverage, 2 Feb. 2010
This may seem an expensive kit at first glance, but if you want a simple, neat and effective way to boost your wireless coverage and give yourself an additional remote ethernet port into the bargain....this is the answer

Basically, you plug the homeplug adaptor in at the router/modem end, and plug a network cable from the router/modem into the adapter......your home ring main is now a giant network cable, so any Devolo device that you plug in anywhere on the same ring main is part of your LAN

So if you then plug this amazing little box into any mains socket, anywhere in the house (as long as it is on the same ring), you will have another wireless access point.....your PCs will see it as another device, so I have 2 wireless networks now (named Devolo and Belkin), and for simplicity, I set both WEP passwords to be the same so I dont get confused.

Actually, it worked straight out of the box, I literally just plugged it in and bingo.....but you obviously should set a WEP password to secure your network....that took about 10 mins. Managing the device is done by running a programme from any PC on the network which brings up a browser where you set the password,you can do lots of other stuff that I dont need, so I didnt bother going any further....it really is very simple

Another amazing feature is that not only does this device give you a wireless extender....but also on the bottom is a LAN ethernet port, into which I have plugged my old HP Laserjet4 network printer, and that is also now wired back to the router via the mains

Now if you buy any other Devolo product like another Homeplug.....you can have a LAN socket anywhere in the house, or even onother wireless extender (but you really would need a big house as the range is great)

To say I am impressed is an understatement......brilliant I call it !!


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Alpha since the A700, 2 Dec. 2009
Wheras with the A230/A330/A380, the A330 is the standout model....I would be hard pressed to say which of the two A5xx models I prefer, they are both really good, but in the end, I opted for this one...the A550....and very good it is too

The A550 is a bigger camera than the A330 (my other Alpha), but is somewhat smaller than the A700, personally I think the A550 is just right, having a comfortable grip and the option of a vertical grip if required, this camera is well suited to big photoshoots...and its really fast, the A550 will blast out 7 frames per second using the optical viewfinder and even in live view mode will shoot at 5 frames per second, now that is fast enough for me.

The A550 has a really excellent LCD, which is even better than the already good LCD on the A500, very bright and clear with high resolution, and as with other Alphas the LCD is articulated allowing shooting at angles that could not be attempted with an Optical viewfinder (such as overhead for example)....Now you may read elsewhere that the optical viewfinder is poor.....well that all depends on what you are used to....because of the unique Sony Live view system, which is widely accepted to be the best implemented of any manufacturer, this does compromise the size of the optical viewfinder somewhat....but dont beleive reports about the viewfinder being really bad...its not, it is just a little smaller than some other cams, but still pretty good, I find the viewfinder to be perfectly acceptable , and the upside is that you get an excellent live view system.....quick definition of Live-view....LV is the ability to frame your shot on the LCD as you can with a compact or a digicam, previous DSLRs have not had this ability, instead you could only use the viewfinder to shoot....Sony allow you to choose to use the LCD or the optical viewfinder by flicking a switch, and in this respect, the camera can be used in a manner much more like a bridge/compact camera, if that is what you are used to.

Battery life, particularly if you use the optical viewfinder is outstanding....literally hundreds and hundreds of shots...I havent counted, but I would estimate between 500-1000, and even in Live view mode, the battery just seems to last forever, there is also an optional vertical grip that takes extra batteries for extended shooting....but I cant imagine ever needing it really...it does give the camera a purposeful Pro feel though

Kit lens is excellent (18-55) this is a big improvement on the previous 18-70 kit lens (which I didnt like), this new lens is standard with all the new Alpha kits....and it is a worthy offering that is a keeper ...its a really respectable lens...no complaints

Twin memory card slots for SD and Sony Memory stick...there is a little switch inside the cover that swaps cards, I like this, it gives you a backup card slot, and also the ability to seperate your shots on to different cards, recently, at a wedding, my friend borrowed the camera half way through a shoot, I flicked the swich, all his shots went on to the memory stick, all mine were on the SD card...I then just gave him the memory stick....just a small thing, but I like it.

No complaints whatever about the image quality, all modern DSLRs are good now, this camera is no exception with very good high ISO results (low light) and even in dull conditions, if you need to use really fast shutter speeds, you can safely jack up the ISO to 1800 or more and use super fast shutter speeds with great results...I cant imagine many people having any issues with the photo quality

OK....only problem is, I am struggling to think of any negatives....but I have to put some just for the sake of balance.....no video (not really a negative, but some other cameras have it), Optical viewfinder smaller than some competing cameras...but the Live View is by far the best....so that cancels out in my opinion...and thats it !!.....the best APS-C Alpha so far ?......hmmmmmm....yes I think so, well the A500 is also great..but this one just has the edge
All in All....thoroughly recommended by me
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devolo dLAN duo (HomePlug) Starter Kit - Ethernet or USB
devolo dLAN duo (HomePlug) Starter Kit - Ethernet or USB

5.0 out of 5 stars Worked straight out of the box....brilliant, 2 Dec. 2009
I was really at a loss as to how to get my old Laserjet4 printer to work, as we had moved the router, the printer needed to stay wher it was, and the printer used to plug straight in to a port on the router.
A wireless print server was not an option as the printer has no USB, just a LAN port...then I saw this product.
I was sceptical, but I just plugged one unit in next to the router, one at the printer end ...and bingo, just like having a very long LAN cable between the devices because it uses the mains wiring as a Lan cable...totally and utterly brilliant, and it is guarenteed for three years too.....highly recommended


devolo dLAN Wireless Extender (HomePlug)
devolo dLAN Wireless Extender (HomePlug)

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Devolo wondergadget !!, 22 Nov. 2009
If you have not yet bought any Devolo gear, you will also need a Devolo Homeplug to go at the router/modem end....but its worth it
Basically, you plug a homeplug adaptor in at the router/modem end, and plug a network cable from the router/modem into the adapter......your home ring main is now a giant network cable, so any Devolo device that you plug in anywhere on the same ring main is part of your LAN

So if you then plug this amazing little box into any mains socket, anywhere in the house (as long as it is on the same ring), you will have another wireless access point.....your PCs will see it as another device, so I have 2 wireless networks now (named Devolo and Belkin), and for simplicity, I set both WEP passwords to be the same so I dont get confused.

Actually, it worked straight out of the box, I literally just plugged it in and bingo.....but you obviously should set a WEP password to secure your network....that took about 10 mins. Managing the device is done by running a programme from any PC on the network which brings up a browser where you set the password,you can do lots of other stuff that I dont need, so I didnt bother going any further....it really is very simple

Another amazing feature is that not only does this device give you a wireless extender....but also on the bottom is a LAN ethernet port, into which I have plugged my old HP Laserjet4 network printer, and that is also now wired back to the router via the mains

Now if you buy any other Devolo product like another Homeplug.....you can have a LAN socket anywhere in the house, or even onother wireless extender (but you really would need a big house as the range is great)

To say I am impressed is an understatement......brilliant I call it !!
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Microlink DLANUSB Networking Kit Microlink Duo Starter Kit Devolo
Microlink DLANUSB Networking Kit Microlink Duo Starter Kit Devolo

5.0 out of 5 stars Worked straight out of the box...brilliant, 7 Nov. 2009
I was really at a loss as to how to get my old Laserjet4 printer to work, as we had moved the router, the printer needed to stay wher it was, and the printer used to plug straight in to a port on the router.
A wireless print server was not an option as the printer has no USB, just a LAN port...then I saw this product.
I was sceptical, but I just plugged one unit in next to the router, one at the printer end ...and bingo, just like having a very long LAN cable between the devices because it uses the mains wiring as a Lan cable...totally and utterly brilliant, and it is guarenteed for three years too.....highly recommended


Sony Alpha A230L Digital SLR Camera With 18-55 mm Lens
Sony Alpha A230L Digital SLR Camera With 18-55 mm Lens

214 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Performer from Sony, 12 Sept. 2009
This is Sony's entry level DSLR and whilst well specified, it does not have the Live view or the tilt screen of the A330/A380, in all other respects it is the same camera....which is a good thing

For me, and I have tried the A230, the A330 and the A380, the choice is between the two 10MP cameras (the 230 and the 330), I would forget the 380 with its 14.2mp sensor...the 10mp version as used in this camera gives cleaner, more punchy results, and its cheaper too

So, great things about this camera...smaller and lighter than the camera that it replaces, better user interface which will have you snapping away in no time....there is really nothing bad to say about this DSLR only that you may want to handle one first as some people say the grip is too small....I personally think its just fine, and I have big hands.

Sony have really established themselves in this market now, and there is really no longer any reason to choose a Canon or a Nikon over this camera, Sony Alpha DSLR's are here to stay, and Sony now have a really decent system on the market which is getting more and more established as time passes...no-one dismisses the Sony Alpha cameras anymore...they are excellent, so any lenses and accessories that you buy will transfer to future Alpha cameras

Just a definition of live view if you are unsure.....on a compact camera, you can see the image on the screen before you press the shutter button....on this camera you cant do that, you need to use the viewfinder at all times...thats all OK if that is what you are expecting, if you want that feature on this camera (many people are not bothered)...then you need the slightly more expensive A330....and as I say...forget the A380

So to sum up...good reliable entry level Sony Alpha which takes great photographs which are at least as good as any other 10MP DSLR on the market (Sony supply the image sensors to other manufacturers anyway...so the image quality is the same), its fast, lightweight, has a decent kit lens and it is nice to use, the handgrip has been criticised but in my opinion its fine, and last of all, the price is very competitive....you cant go wrong really

I give it a Recommended
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