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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 22, 2005 / 10 Nisan, 5765

Olympus' digital wonder-worker

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's the Olympus Evolt (stet) E-300 digital camera — and then there's everything else. That may be a bit over the top, but having shot the better part of 100 pictures in the course of three days — indoors, outdoors, daytime, dusk and at night — I'm more than a tad smitten by this lightweight wonder.

The Evolt E-300 (list price $999 with lens; expect to find it in stores for around $899) is a fairly lightweight camera, about 9 ounces less than the Fuji S-1 I normally carry. The Evolt is an 8 megapixel camera, versus the 3.5 megapixels of the S-1. And while the Fuji uses Nikon-mount-compatible lenses, the Olympus relies on Zuiko Digital lenses, made by the camera maker.

But those differences only begin to tell the story. The Evolt's lighter weight makes it easier to handle and shoot; I found myself less inhibited when taking pictures. Its autofocus is fast, its recycling even faster, allowing me to shoot a series of images more quickly than I could imagine with the Fuji, or with a Nikon D-100 I also used recently.

The lens system on the Olympus is designed to all but eliminate the possibility of liquid damage. The seal is so tight and precise that almost no dust could enter the camera; if any does, the camera sensor — the electronic part that records the photographic image — is self-cleaning.

Professional or semi-pro photographers will find a lot to like about this camera. F stops and speeds can be adjusted with a flywheel control; image modes from standard quality up to RAW (stet) can be set from an easy-to-learn menu system; there's a whole "white balance system" you can use to set the white light balance for your shooting, and it works very nicely. I also like Olympus' use of the CompactFlash (stet) memory card standard, which ranges up to 1 Gigabyte of storage in something roughly 1.4 by 1.6 inches. The cards are widely available, and depending on the image quality selected, you can range from 38 images (for ultra-high resolution RAW files), up to more than 2,500 very low-res images on a 512 Mbyte card, which retails for around $60. (Translation: that's a lot more image storage and flexibility than any roll of film in history.)

The viewfinder is optical, meaning you see "through" the camera lens and provides quick info on shutter speed and other settings as well as battery strength. And, frankly, the rechargeable battery found in the Evolt is another strength of this camera: it's much easier to deal with than the multitude of batteries my Fuji S-1 requires (four AAs, two lithium cells and a memory backup battery) and it charges quickly.

Once you've shot a bunch of pictures, the built-in picture viewer is a gem. Press the green "play" button on the rear of the camera and you'll see your last shot. Rotate the flywheel and you'll see thumbnails of the pictures you've taken, up to 12 at a time. Select a given shot, turn the flywheel and you can zoom in up to 10-times magnification as well as "pan" around the image, to make sure its sharp and clear.

If there's something to dislike about this camera, I haven't found it yet. Olympus may not have the high profile of some digital camera makers, but they have a winning product in the E-volt, and it's one you might want to check out before the blossoms of springtime are just a memory. Details are online at http://www.olympusamerica.com/.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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