Sally Wiener Grotta
Sally Wiener Grotta is the president and lead analyst of DigitalBenchmarks test lab (www.DigitalBenchmarks.com). The scripts she created for various tech publications for testing and evaluating digital cameras, image quality, software and related technologies have become industry standards. Among her numerous books is the first major volume on image processing “Digital Imaging for Visual Artists” (McGraw-Hill), co-authored with Daniel Grotta. Her hundreds of reviews, stories and columns have appeared in scores of magazines, journals and online publications.
The Arlo Pro is an excellent wireless security camera with great video, free cloud storage, powerful motion detection and programmable scheduling.
An annoying assembly process, limited software and poor video quality make the Amped Wireless Apollo Pro a security camera to avoid.
The YI Home Camera 2 produces decent video, and has great audio, but it registers motion alerts only once every few minutes.
The EZVIZ Mini is easy to set up and attractively priced. But it has limited features, confusing interfaces and a poor build quality.
The Oco is a great device for sharing video online, but it has blurry video and uneven audio.
The D-Link DCS-2630L is easy to use and offers very good video quality along with effective motion and sound detection.
The Kodak CFH-V20 is an intelligent webcam with excellent motion detection and easy-to-master software, but its video quality is only fair.
The MyFox BU 4001 security camera has a unique, attractive design, but comes up short on features and functionality.
Don't settle for blurry, out-of-focus shots of nighttime fireworks. We tell you what to turn off, how to play with composition and what gear you'll need.
If you love to edit and play with your photos, Pixlr Mobile is a powerful app that has almost any tool you could want.
VSCO Camera provides great tools and filters for traditional photography corrections and adjustments, but it lacks fun special effects.
Adobe's Photoshop Express Mobile is a simple photo app that delivers on image quality and ease of use, but it doesn't offer as many tools and controls as other apps.
PaintShop Pro X7 is good for families with varying skill levels; though less versatile and powerful as Photoshop Elements, it’s far cheaper.
Elements 13 delivers easy guided photo-editing, fun projects, a creative learning experience and accessible power for more-experienced users.