Daily Archives: 8 November 2005

Nikon v. Pentax and 19-inch Monitors Reviewed

The folks over at Tom’s Hardware recently compared the
Nikon D50 and Pentax istDL digital cameras
. After putting
both through their paces, the verdict was:

The Nikon D50 seemed to us to be the model with the best
overall performance. It was also the easiest to use, since the
photos it produced in automatic mode (with no corrections made)
were usually directly usable.

That said, the reviewer also felt that the Pentax “still
offers certain very attractive features, such as depth-of-field
preview, and the ability to use all kinds of lenses, including
older ones that are available at low prices.” Hence, if money is
a concern, then you may want to favor the Pentax. Otherwise, the
Nikon is the better choice.

Also of interest is a review of 19-inch LCD monitors. Included
in the comparison are the Philips 190B6CS, Iiyama E481S, LG L1950S,
Hyundai B90A, Sony SDM-HS95P, Samsung 930BF, Eizo FlexScan L778,
ViewSonic VP191b, and Soyo DYLMO19A. Although they are very
impressed by the Eizo’s fantastic colors and amazing 1075:1
contrast level, they are left wondering about the $750USD price
and the relatively slow response times (between 18ms to 30ms). So
the overall recommendation? The ViewSonic. Even though the
ViewSonic wasn’t the fastest panel in the market, it is right up
there while, at the same time, providing “performance [that] is
clearly above that of the competition.” They go on to point out
the ViewSonic’s superb color reproduction at a reasonable (for
them – ed.) price of $520. YMMV. Insert disclaimer here.