Ep. 203: Road Test Video
A fine follow-up to last year's M3xx series, the Canon Vixia M4xx series should please most home-movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need the EVF, the M400 is your best buy, but if you'll be shooting a lot in sunlight, it's worth it to step up to the M41.
The iPad 2 just launched, so we brought Seth in to talk about keeping your data safe on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Or an Android device. Also, Rafe tests the new Synology DS411slim home server, and we opine on using a DVR as an archival store for videos (in a word: don't).
Rafe and Tom talk about the long-term use of gadgets like TiVo, the MiFi, and more. We even get a road test report on FreeNAS from Dave the psychologist!
While it's more expensive than its sub-$600 competitors, the Canon Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 deliver a more extensive feature set for the extra money. The HF200, which lacks internal memory, is probably a better buy than the HF20, though the HF20's all-black body is a bit classier looking.
Like its cousin, the flash-based HF11, Canon's Vixia HG20 delivers excellent HD video quality and performance, albeit in a slightly larger, heavier package. However, you get more storage space at a lower price.
Molly Wood and Jeff Cannata take the BlackBerry Z10 for an epic Road Test in Spain. Plus, they unbox the Sony Xperia Z smartphone.
While they're an excellent trio of camcorders, the Vixia HF S21, HF S20, and HF S200 are significantly more expensive than their respective competitors, especially since the S20 and S200 lack electronic viewfinders. If you can forego some of the subtleties of its manual controls, you can probably get what you need with a cheaper camcorder.
The most requested gadget for Molly Wood to torture? The iPhone 4S. Molly Wood puts the popular phone through the toughest torture test yet! Will it survive?
The iPhone 5 ships this week; Molly unboxes the Kindle Fire HD; Torture testing the original Kindle; and a Road Test of the iPhone and HTC One X from 10,000 feet in the air!
Today, Rafe and Josh rescue you from the indignities of working in a cubicle. We've got your rearview mirrors, your headphones, and should all else fail, your USB foam rocket launchers. Because, you know, work is war. Also: How to stream music on an iPhone, how to test your home network for open ports, and much more.