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Best of 2007 Electronics

UPDATE: Several new models has been released since this list so consider the list already outdated:-). Yep, that’s how fast things go in electronics.
 
Here’s my (biased) best of 2007 common electronics list. Note price is from B&H or Costco.com. You can use pricegrabber.com to shop around.
 

 

Category

Price

Recommendation

(click for review)

Pro/cons

Confidence best choice

Best HD Camcorder tape based (mini-dv)

$749

Canon HV20

– Best consumer HD video quality (and good in low-light)

– Audio: tape motor is often audible on recording (recommended fix: Ohrwurm mic)

High

Best HD Camcorder HDD based

$798

Canon HG10

– One of the best HDD based video quality due to higher bit rates. No tape motor noise since HDD

– MPEG4 format: very few software can read/edit this format at the moment

High

Best advanced compact camera

$450

Canon G9

– Great photo quality outdoors at low ISO

– Huge number of features and manual controls

– Noisy at high ISO and like most compacts you end up with high ISO indoors quickly

High

Best entry compact camera (indoors)

$199

Fuji F40fd

 

Kodak Z885 (for its ISO8000 only)

F40fd:

– Great low-light performance

– No manual controls

– Outdoor pictures bit undersaturated which can be corrected with computer (look at Canon A or SD series for mainly outdoor, example A650)

Kodak Z885: offers full manual control and amazingly high ISO8000 which isn’t very pretty but might be still acceptable for most. If you don’t care for ISO8000 or manual go with Fuji

Medium

Best affordable digital SLR camera

$549

Olympus E-410

– World smallest and lightest SLR (around 700mg)

– Costco price: includes 2 lenses,  bag and memory!

– Good quality

– ISO goes effectively only to ISO1200 and kit lenses with cam are slow

Medium

Best entry-level compact SLR Camera

$700 – $800

Canon EOS 400D or Nikon D40X

– EOS400D ISO perf is slightly better but D40X max ISO is 1 stop higher

– EOS400D kit lens is not great and D40x lens is little bit better

– If you can wait then wait until March/April. Most likely a new EOS450D will be presented

Medium

Best 1080p 42” Plasma TV

$1400

Panasonic TH-42pz700u

– High rating

– RGB input

– not cheapest model and 1080p resolution will only

be visible at less than 10”  

Medium

Best 1080p 46” LCD TV

$2800

Sony KDL46XBR4

– Quality very close to plasma but double the price…

– Most people will be just fine buying a LCD at half that price. Note Sharp LC-42D64U is one of the few that appears to accept PAL+NTSC composite input

Medium

Best Full HD 1080p projector

$2200

Sanyo Z2000

– 1920×1080 native resolution, great picture quality, quiet

– little bit deeper in size than previous models

High

Best Photo printer

$110

Canon Pixma 4500

Note: best entry level photo printer. Better more expensive printers exist (but not a huge difference)

High

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