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Why a DSLR

The new Olympus Evolt E-520 digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera delivers brilliant images thanks to advanced technologies that help take the blur out. Industry leading Image Stabilization built into the portable camera body compensates for movement so that images are sharp and blur-free with any lens and even at slow shutter speeds. Autofocus Live View brings subjects into sharp focus on the camera’s HyperCrystal II LCD. Together, these technologies produce amazing results, along with the following features that further expand the DSLR experience:

  • In-Body Image Stabilization with Supersonic Wave Drive technology provides blur-free images when using any of the more than 30 digital-specific lenses;
  • Face Detection Technology targets and locks on faces to ensure they are in focus and blur-free for amazing portraits;
  • Shadow Adjustment Technology opens up detail in the shadows that other cameras would render too dark or underexposed while maintaining detail in the highlights; and
  • Perfect Shot Preview enables photographers to view and select White Balance and Exposure Compensation effects right on the LCD, and see how the image will look before they even capture it.

Evolt E520 Highlights

10-megapixel Live-MOS Sensor Get amazingly detailed, colorful and clear images with the 10-megapixel Live-MOS image sensor. This high-resolution sensor captures all the detail needed to make large prints, or even crop without losing detail. The E-520 sensor’s high dynamic range, accurate color rendition and low noise characteristics let you capture great images, even at high ISO settings.

Enhanced In-Body Image Stabilization For the first time, in-body Mechanical Image Stabilization has three modes for increased versatility. IS-1 mode for general shooting adjusts the sensor on both the X and Y axes to compensate for movement by the photographer so images stay sharp even at slow shutter speeds. To capture the motion of athletes and animals, and other moving subjects, the Evolt E-520 offers two specialized modes. IS-2 mode is ideal for capturing a racecar flying down the track, preserving the sense of motion while panning with the moving subject and holding the camera horizontally to dramatically portray the car’s high speed. For sharp images of moving subjects like a basketball player charging up the court, the IS-3 mode allows a photographer to hold the camera vertically while panning. The artistic effects of panning enhance the shot and render the player in sharp detail with blurred background.

The Live View Experience The portable E-520’s advanced autofocus Live View enables photographers to compose their images and bring them into sharp focus on the HyperCrystal II LCD — just like a point-and-shoot camera. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway, subjects come into focus on the LCD, so when the perfect moment occurs it is easy to compose, focus and capture sharp images while viewing on the LCD. Live View makes it possible to shoot upward from a low angle for dramatic composition, in close for detailed macro photos of an exotic insect, or over a crowd of people at a tennis tournament.

Keurig B40 Single-Cup Brewer

The Keurig B40 was the first K-Cup brewer made by Keurig for the consumer market.

 

Being the first, it doesn’t have some of the extra features you’ll find on their more recent models, the B60 and B70.

 

That said, what it does have is the exact same brewing system.

 

You
simply add a K-Cup, close the lid and press the brew button. And the
cup of coffee it makes is just as good as those made by the more
expensive models.

 

Best of all, the Keurig B40 costs less than $100, which puts it well within the price range of many of the coffee pod brewers.

 

So why a K-Cup brewer rather than a pod brewer, which uses coffee pods?

 

One reason becomes apparent only after you have used both types of machines for a while.

 

With
a Keurig brewer you literally “drop” the K-Cup into the holder and
close the lid. But with a coffee pod brewer you are using coffee pods
and have to be quite careful about how you place them in the pod holder.

 

In
other words, instead of being able to casually drop a K-Cup in, you
have to place the pod carefully, and make sure its edges don’t overlap
the edge of the holder. If not placed correctly, the seal between the
lid and body of the pod brewer is not complete and the whole thing can
leak badly when you start brewing.

 

While the
Keurig B40 Elite is certainly the base model, with only one brew size, it
does have one additional feature that is very welcome…

 

It
has an auto-off feature that turns the brewer off if it isn’t used for
two hours. This is useful, because if you leave it on all the time, it
is constantly keeping enough water hot for your next brew, and adding
to your electricity bill in the process.

 

If you
are on a budget, or are looking for a second Keurig brewer for your
office or even a dorm room, the B40 may be exactly what you’re looking
for.

The Keurig B40 was the first K-Cup brewer made by Keurig for the consumer market.

 

Being the first, it doesn’t have some of the extra features you’ll find on their more recent models, the B60 and B70.

 

That said, what it does have is the exact same brewing system.

 

You
simply add a K-Cup, close the lid and press the brew button. And the
cup of coffee it makes is just as good as those made by the more
expensive models.

 

Best of all, the Keurig B40 costs less than $100, which puts it well within the price range of many of the coffee pod brewers.

 

So why a K-Cup brewer rather than a pod brewer, which uses coffee pods?

 

One reason becomes apparent only after you have used both types of machines for a while.

 

With
a Keurig brewer you literally “drop” the K-Cup into the holder and
close the lid. But with a coffee pod brewer you are using coffee pods
and have to be quite careful about how you place them in the pod holder.

 

In
other words, instead of being able to casually drop a K-Cup in, you
have to place the pod carefully, and make sure its edges don’t overlap
the edge of the holder. If not placed correctly, the seal between the
lid and body of the pod brewer is not complete and the whole thing can
leak badly when you start brewing.

 

While the
Keurig B40 is certainly the base model, with only one brew size, it
does have one additional feature that is very welcome…

 

It
has an auto-off feature that turns the brewer off if it isn’t used for
two hours. This is useful, because if you leave it on all the time, it
is constantly keeping enough water hot for your next brew, and adding
to your electricity bill in the process.

 

If you
are on a budget, or are looking for a second Keurig brewer for your
office or even a dorm room, the B40 may be exactly what you’re looking
for.