What is an EVIL Camera?

You might have been misled into thinking that there is such thing as an EVIL camera. That probably this camera has supernatural powers and it can do evil things. In reality, what many photographers refer to as EVIL camera is an acronym for Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable-Lens Camera. This camera was so called because instead of using a through the lens (TTL) optical viewfinder to compose a picture, an electronic viewfinder does the purpose.  Why should a camera use an electronic viewfinder instead of the conventional TTL optical viewfinder? This is to compensate for doing away with the conventional mirror system to reflect the subject and enable the photographer to see what he wants to photograph. Doing away with the mirror system simplifies and reduces the bulk of mechanically or electronically operated mirrors associated with digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras that gained popularity after the gradual shift from the old, film-based cameras of the past. Thus, the ...

What is a RAW File?

Many professional photographers take pictures and record these in RAW files. Also, photography tutorials advice photographers to take pictures as RAW files to be able to explore a wide range of options to develop the pictures.  Why take pictures in RAW file form and why take the time to develop those pictures? As the term connotes, RAW pictures are those pictures recorded by the camera without any processing. It's much like the negatives photographers once use before they have it developed in the photo laboratory or before developing the film themselves. Developing pictures from exposed film gives the developer some leeway to make some tweaks on the resulting picture. He can saturate the colors, make the outlines sharper, make the picture light, overexpose it, darken it, among others.  The same thing could be done with RAW files taken by the digital camera. A software is used to make adjustments from an original RAW file.  For example, a RAW file taken using a Panas...

Top 5 Photography Tips for Better Pictures of Human Subjects

Better pictures of human subjects can be achieved through knowledge and application of five photography tips that not all photography enthusiasts are aware of. You may have noticed that there are times your pictures of people are pleasing while at times they do not evoke appeal at all. Those pleasing pictures adhere to some photography principles or techniques that are easy to follow, and of course, work. To reduce less pleasing pictures especially if you are still a novice in the photography world, you may explore the following techniques using your brand new digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera otherwise known as the EVIL camera, or just your simple compact camera for as long as it has the capacity to do the following photography tips. These techniques will work in any of these types of cameras. 1. Use a zoom lens or lenses with at least a focal length of 100 mm or more in taking portraits of chubby subjects. Tele zoom lenses or zo...

The Reinvention of the Polaroid Camera Film

Ask anyone who Dr. Edwin Land is and they will most likely tell you with assurance that he invented the Polaroid camera. They’re right but he started making his mark in science and on humanity nearly three decades earlier. It’s hard to pinpoint whom first discovered polarized light. Most authorities attribute that discovery to Erasmus Bartholinus, a Danish mathematician, in 1699. Using Iceland Spar, a clear, optical quality calcite mineral (CaCO3), he first split one image into two. Some claimed that the Vikings had discovered polarization of light using Iceland Spar 900 years earlier than Bartholimus but there isn’t any documented proof to that claim. After Bartholimus, progress was made in the science of polarizing light by leaps and bounds but all involved the use of the calcite Iceland Spar until professor Edwin Land stepped up to the plate in 1929 for his turn at bat. He took his swing at what had been an unsolvable scientific problem until then, polarizing ligh...

Waist Level Viewfinder for Your DSLR: Reviewing the H-RAV Professional Right Angle Viewfinder

Like most freelancers who have embraced the digital revolution, I would never think of going back to shooting film again. The DSLR and the digital darkroom have too many advantages for most to even contemplate going back to film cameras. Still there are some things about my old film cameras that I miss from time to time when shooting with one of my DSLRs. One of those things was the waist level viewfinder on my old twin lens reflex cameras and on my medium format SLR cameras. Like most photographers, I’m willing to do almost anything to get the shots that I want to get, even if it means getting down on my belly and wallowing in the mud. The problem with that, besides having to listen to my non-photographer wife complain about my muddy laundry, is that the older one gets the harder it becomes to get down in the mud and get up again. With my old twin lens reflexes and medium format SLRs, all I had to do was kneel down and lean forward at the waist instead of stretching out prone ...

Digital Photo Printing Services Comparison: SnapFish vs. Kodak Gallery

There is nothing more valuable than preserving precious memories in your life than having printed photos of these moments. For this reason, many digital photo printing services are available to help you cherish those moments. When choosing the best service for your digital photos, some of the criteria that should be taken into account are print quality, ease of use of their web interface, and of course, the value for money. This report is a comparison between two renowned digital photo printing services that are available today, SnapFish and Kodak Gallery. This comparison report presents details of the features offered by both services, advantages/disadvantages of using these services, as well as details on pricing for both.

Using the Cloning Tool in Paint Shop Pro to Touch Up Photos

As a photographer working in digital post-production I often find it necessary to make certain visual adjustments to a photo. Sometimes there is a light right next to the head of a person in a photo. Sometimes there’s a hair out of place, and the surrounding space makes it easy to make that hair disappear. Both of these situations require a device that most people think is quite simple to use, but ends up being a very tricky tool- the clone tool. The easiest thing to do when using the clone tool is really mess up a picture. It takes a delicate, patient hand, (and head) to learn the subtle intricacies of this very handy tool. Now, when cloning, I prefer to use the paint program called Paint Shop Pro, which is probably available anywhere, like maybe Ebay, as its maker, JASC, got bought up by Corel, so its probably worked into Corel’s paint offerings now, and not as Paint Shop Pro. It first caught my attention because if had a LONG list of file types it could look at. But, I am s...

Digital Photography Basics: 10 Tips

After closely studying, experimenting, and gaining experience on taking pictures using his film-based and digital cameras, the author has finally come up with his collection of digital photography basics which he posted in his website Palawaniana. Palawaniana compiles information about Palawan Islands in the Philippines. The site also features his photographs, mainly on the island's unique wildlife, taken from various places in Palawan which he grew fond of.  He compiled his 20-year experience in photography into digital photography basics which he posted exclusively here in Knoji. This took approximately 50-hours of writing and figuring out the best ways to  take pictures using his digital cameras, particularly using the popular Panasonic Lumix LX5 which allows for manual adjustment of aperture and shutter speed. And the camera can shoot in RAW format. Here is a list of 10 articles describing digital camera basics out of the 22 articles compiled together in ...

How to Take Pictures of the Moon

Seeing a full moon at night can be a captivating scene that you would like to record in your digital camera. However, taking pictures of the moon can be tricky. You might think that the beautiful moon you see at night will be easily captured by your camera but the truth is, it takes some experimentation to come up with an interesting picture. The author got the opportunity to take a picture of the moon in its fullness last night upon prompting by lady colleagues on his way home. After dinner, he set up his camera on the lawn and looked for a good vantage point free of distraction. He pulled off his Panasonic Lumix LX5, a very versatile compact camera, and mounted it on a sturdy tripod to avoid unnecessary movement for anticipated slow exposure shots in a generally dark environment. The only source of light is the moon in the sky. Initially, he took several shots but was not able to take decent shots of the moon. The pictures appear to be overexposed even with variations in ...

Photography: How to Take Close Up Pictures of Wild Life

Taking pictures of wild life presents many challenges to amateurs and professionals alike because of the variety of conditions during which wild life is being photographed. Unlike human subjects, wild life will not pose for the photographer. You need to understand the situations and conditions by which you have to exploit when taking such pictures of wild life.  Here are three situations exploited by this author in taking probably marvelous pictures of wild life occurring near his home. He used his knowledge and experience in photography to take the following pictures under a set of unique circumstances. The aperture values and shutter speed were included in each picture as reference during the discussion. 1. Zebra dove (Geopelia striata) preening its feathers.  A zebra dove was preening its feathers with another dove when the author spotted them. The author initially took a picture from a distance of about 8 meters then gradually approached the birds while busy preening t...

SLR Vs. Point-and-shoot Digital Cameras - What's the Difference?

By far, the most used camera I know of is something known as an SLR. WHATZAT? SLR. These letters mean something very important, as they distinguish how the operator looks at the image, and how it works. There is also another type to look at, but first the SLR. Lets start out with the SL. That means single lens. This means that the operator and the film/cell pad are looking at the exact same image, through the same lens. Doing this involves the last letter-R. It stands for reflex. It means that the film/cell pad is looking directly at what the lens is showing, but the operator is looking through reflections. The operator can see the image because his eye is looking through 3 mirrors! First, the eye catches a reflection in a mirror straight in front of the rear eyepiece, known as the viewfinder. This mirror is banked up to catch the reflection of a mirror located in the roof of the camera. That camera is catching the reflection from mirror that hangs on a hinge, and reflects what the le...

GoPro HD Hero 2: Never Compromise

In the world of technological gadgetry, few devices offer every necessary feature. Most inexpensive gadgets lack in performance, and high-performance gadgets lack in affordability. However, technological progress is reducing the size and cost of devices while increasing their performance. A perfect example of this trend is the GoPro HD Hero 2. Of the hundreds of cameras, camcorders, and other recording devices in existence, few offer high quality video, miniscule size, an affordable price, and an indestructible frame in the same package. The GoPro HD Hero 2 does all of these and more. The GoPro’s durability, performance, and popularity with professional videographers are only three of the reasons that make this camera legendary. For most cameras, durability is not an option. After a couple drops, dips, and kicks, most devices would be broken beyond repair. Such is not the case with the GoPro HD Hero 2. GoPro cameras have survived exploits into space, falls from moving cars, and...

Does Digital Image Manipulation Affect the Value of Images?

Although many would argue image manipulation affects the value of images, that statement is also incorrect as the statement varies, depending on each individual’s opinion. It is believed digital image manipulation does not affect the value of images as the image is still classified as a image, a genuine production as it is not copying the idea of another image but enhancing its features. According to “dictionary.com” image is defined as: a physical likeness or representation of a person, animal, or thing, photographed, painted, sculptured, or otherwise made visible. According to Oxford’s The Australian Dictionary, manipulation is defined as: to arrange or influence cleverly or craftily, to alter or adjust them to suit one’s purposes. Therefore a digitally manipulated image is still considered a image as it a edited photograph, it may be considered a photograph or a image that has been made visible that has been altered to suit a specific purpose. Humans ...

3 Tips on How to Take Close Up Pictures of Small Animals

Taking close up pictures of small animals require knowledge of your camera's aperture and speed settings. You also need to decide which feature of the subject you want to highlight to come up with your intended effect. Since today's cameras are mostly digital, choosing cameras with manual settings is desirable to allow you to choose your camera's aperture and speed settings. Film Cameras and Digital Cameras I have been using a Pentax film single lens reflex (SLR) camera for many years. This allowed me to familiarize and experiment with different aperture and speed settings and see the outcomes of those settings. This knowledge came in handy upon the advent of digital cameras. Of course, the trend nowadays is to use digital cameras as you can enjoy your pictures without having to spend a lot on developing and printing the pictures which will cost a fortune. Seeing those pictures in your laptop or desktop within a few minutes can help you decide which combinations of aperture and shu...

How to Use the Flash in Taking Pictures

While many digital cameras nowadays have sensors and clear lenses that allow more light to pass through dispensing of the need to use the flash, there are times when the flash is a vital requirement to ensure that pictures remain crisp as much as possible. But improperly using the flash can lead to overlit (overexposed) or underlit (underexposed) pictures. This necessitates a good understanding of ISO sensitivity settings, source of light, and control of flash output. The following photography tips explain the effect of these factors in detail. Flash Photography Tip #1: Be Mindful of ISO Settings ISO settings can be adjusted in advanced compact camdras like the Panasonic Lumix LX5, Canon S95, or similar cameras. Fully automatic cameras do not have this feature as these cameras rely heavily on the camera manufacturer's  defined combination of aperture, shutter, and sensor sensitivity. However, despite this setback, it is still possible to get good quality pictures by choosing com...

Panasonic Lumix LX5: A Camera for Advanced Photographers

The author had the opportunity to buy a Panasonic Lumix LX5 two months ago in Japan. Selection of this camera was made after surfing the internet for a good quality camera which is light and works like a pro. Pro means the ability to take photos using user specified settings much like using the old single-lens reflex (SLR) camera that he once used to take photos of his favorite wildlife and landscape subjects. This is also with the end in view of uploading quality photos in his website as well as the desire to attain good picture quality of small subjects which are interesting if taken up close. All of these requirements for photo quality were achieved using the Panasonic Lumix LX5 despite the fact that the author bought the camera with Japanese menus. He had no trouble understanding the settings because there are available English versions of the manual in the internet. Further, he bought a PDF version manual of Panasonic Lumix LX5 which explains the nitty gritty of the camera's sett...

Acer-The All-in-one Mini-Computer

The laptop with all of the functions of a personal computer yet the flexbility of a Samsung notebook is the Acer laptop.  The model that I am reporting on is the Aspire One 756 Series manufactured by Acer Systems.  The portable mini computer has all the built in ready to use functions of an Apple laptop plus free McAfee spyware for three months.  It is a very impressive fully loaded laptop with Skype and interactive phone calling as well as a built-in camera with UTube capability.  I was actually shocked when I unpacked my 14 inch laptop.  Without any difficulty, I connected to my Internet provider.  There on my screen were icons connecting to eBay, Skype, and Nook.  You can connect to e Bay as quick as clicking the pre-loaded website from the icon on the Acer laptop.  You can also connect to Skype and start talking to family and to friends using the pre-loaded phone connections using your Internet connection in full face phone calling.  Yo...

An Introduction to Point and Shoot Camera Flash Modes

"Grandpa Jerry, what do all these symbols mean?" That's what my next to oldest grand daughter asked me when I gave her a Canon Sure Shot camera for her tenth birthday a few months ago. My oldest grand daughter, an experienced digital photographer at thirteen tried to explain to her sissy all about camera modes but couldn't quite make her little sissy understand why it was necessary to have so many different flash modes. When I thought about it, I came to realize that many new digital photographers, no matter what their ages, are just as confused by the many different flash modes available on their cameras. Why so many different flash modes? Are so many different flash modes necessary? Which one should I use and when should I use it? I hope that by the end of this introductory article that I will have answered all those questions to your satisfaction. On second thought, I hope that I don't answer all those questions completely because there's no way that I will be able to cove...

How Good is a Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens?

Micro four thirds lenses for electronic viewfinder interchangeable-lens or EVIL cameras like that manufactured by Panasonic and Olympus are increasingly getting popular among photographers. Micro four thirds lenses are smaller and lighter than those used for digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. For Panasonic EVIL camera photographers who are fond of taking pictures of wild life, there is a need to include a tele zoom lens in their arsenal of micro four thirds lenses. A Lumix 45-200 mm G Vario tele zoom lens is one of these relatively smaller lenses that fit the Panasonic G series and Olympus Pen E series of camera housing. Considering that a tele zoom lens as Lumix G Vario is not easy to keep stable when shooting subjects from far distances, manufacturers integrated a stabilizing featurein the lens to enable photographers to take still good pictures even with a little shake from an unsteady hand. A Mega Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) switch in the tele zoom lens was provided...

What Are the Different Types of Cameras?

For someone new in the field of photography, familiarization with the different types of cameras is necessary in order to make the correct decisions in buying a camera. Different types of cameras produce different picture quality. Thus, if you are particular about the pictures that you take, getting to know the different types of cameras will make you choose better and get to enjoy your pictures.  Basically, there are four types of cameras. These are the compact, the single lens reflex (SLR), the digital single lens reflex (DSLR), and mirrorless interchangeable lens (MILC) or electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lens (EVIL) cameras. 1. Compact cameras Compact cameras are also called point-and-shoot cameras. This means that what you just have to do if you have this type of camera is to point to the subject and push a button to record the image on film or a memory card. All the settings are automatically done by the camera. These cameras are the smallest, cheapest and lightest ...

How Different Shutter Speeds Affect Your Pictures

How do different shutter speeds affect your pictures? Using a slow or fast shutter speed in using either the conventional film or the modern digital camera will determine what kind of pictures will be produced. It's a matter of preference as different shutter speeds have their own ideal circumstances for use.  There are general rules to remember, however, when playing with the settings of your camera's shutter speed, i.e., if your digital camera will allow you to do it. Varying the shutter speed is possible in cameras which have shutter speed priority settings. These are usually marked 'S' in the camera's setting. If you want to know if your camera has this feature, you should consult your camera's manual and find out if it does have manual features. Manual means you are given the option to deviate from the 'normal' or automatic settings of your camera. There are instances that you want your pictures to appear a bit unique from the usual so manual settings will make this possible...

Digital Camera Features: How to Use the Depth of Field Preview Button to Make Better Pictures

When I first went digital several years ago, I kept all of my old film camera and still use them from time to time. My film cameras had many features that I missed when I first went digital. A couple of the features that I missed most with my digital cameras were the depth of field table on the lens that use to tell me at a glance how much of the scene will be in sharp focus. That table told me in feet and meters how much of the foreground and how much of the background would be in sharp focus for the f-stop I selected to shoot at. Another feature that worked right along with the depth of field table was the Depth of Field Preview Button. I got my Depth of Field Preview Button back when I moved up to high-end DSLRs. Today, even high-end point and shoot digital cameras have this feature. The think with all modern SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras was the fact the lens remained wide open to make focusing in low light conditions easier. No matter what f-stop number you selected, the camer...

How to Succeed in Stock Photography

Stock photography is one area a part-time or a full time photographer can test his photographic skills. Stock photography differs in the way pictures are taken in daily life. If you intend to join stock photography sites and expect to earn from photos that you submit, here are things to consider before doing so. 1. Have the necessary knowledge and experience in taking pictures.  To be successful in stock photography sites, you need to have considerable experience taking pictures that appeal to a wide range of audience. You should be able to illuminate your subject sufficiently and avoid harsh shadows that diminishes the quality of your pictures. The rule of thirds [1] in composing your pictures must be borne in mind. Snapshots are a no-no in stock photography. You risk your account suspended if you submit such pictures. More of the tips on the qualities of a photographer and digital camera to use can be found here. 2. Have the necessary equipment. Pictures taken using a simple...

Photography 101: Aperture Priority Vs Shutter Priority

The first rung on the ladder to learning how to use your camera in the full manual mode is to switch from shooting in one of the fully programmed modes is to switch to using one of the semi-manual modes, the aperture priority mode or the shutter priority modes.In the aperture priority mode the photographer selects the lens aperture (f/stop) that he or she wants to use and the camera then selects the proper shutter speed based on the lighting conditions.With shutter priority, the photographer selects the shutter speed that he or she wants to shoot at and the camera then sets the proper lens aperture based on the lighting conditions. The question is, the, which mode should you use and when should you use it. Aperture Priority mode The lens aperture setting (f-stop setting) determines the depth of field. Depth of field settings determines how much of the foreground and how much of the background is in focus. The larger the aperture, the smaller the f-stop number, the shallower the depth...

Review: Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM Lens

Under the rain, a tiny little ant walks through a petal of a beautiful flower and shows its hard work as it carries a heavy load of grain; isn’t that a wonderful scene to capture? If you are dreaming to become a professional photographer someday, you need to acquire a camera that will provide you with quality images. Not only that, a camera lens perfect for your Canon EOS SLR camera will produce excellent results.Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras is highly recommended so you can capture everything and anything you wish to. You can explore and experiment on taking photos with a camera lens that guarantees satisfaction. Canon EF 24-105mm Provides the Highest Optical Quality Possible Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Camerascontains an image stabilizer that is responsible in the reduction of image blur which is caused by a shake of the camera when taking shots. Unwanted vibrations are avoided and the correction causes the alteration ...

How to Select a Good Camera for Photography

Anyone interested in photography needs to familiarize himself first with the rudiments of the trade. A photography enthusiast must be well aware of the different techniques of taking pictures such as how to take close up photos, how to use different shutter speeds, how to control for depth of field, how to take pictures at night, among others.  To be able to achieve the desired results using the techniques above, a photographer must be thoroughly familiar with the features of a good camera for photography. What are the features of a good camera for photography? Hereunder are the things that photographers usually look for and consider before buying a camera: 1. Camera brand. New as well as veteran photographers have the tendency to look for camera brands which have good reviews. Camera brands do matter because brands bring with them a camera manufacturer's reputation. The once single lens reflex (SLR) and compact camera market dominated by large and long-time camera manufacture...

What is Bokeh in Photography?

If you are a photography enthusiast, you may have at one point encountered the word bokeh. What is bokeh, how is it achieved and what are examples of bokeh? This article discusses this interesting characteristic of pictures taken using a shallow depth of field. What is bokeh? There is much confusion and various understanding of the word bokeh. Bokeh, in fact, is defined in many ways. Here are three definitions of the concept: 1. Bokeh refers to the quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photograph. 2. It is the aesthetic quality of the blur in out-of-focus areas of a picture. 3. It is a term used to describe the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of an image. The term bokeh that came to be known in the photography world sometime in  1997 actually came from a Japanese word that means "blur" or "haze". But many photographers say it is not really blur but something that has got to do with the quality of out-of-focus areas in a photograph created by the lens. Dif...

What Are Micro Four Thirds Cameras?

As cameras shifted from film-based to digital, so are digital cameras evolving into something else to fill niches and interests among photographers. Recently, the micro four thirds camera standard, a new standard made well known by Panasonic and Olympus, are gradually populating the digital camera market.  What are micro four thirds cameras? The term micro four thirds derive its name from the four thirds system standard developed by Olympus and Kodak for digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera design and development. The four thirds system originates from the size of the image sensor used in cameras. This sensor type is commonly referred to as a 4/3" type or 4/3 type sensor with an imaging area of 17.3×13.0 mm (225 mm2). This imaging area is smaller than the 35 mm "full frame" sensor size of 36 x 24 mm (864 mm2) of high end digital cameras but nine times larger than the 1/2.5" sensor size of digital compact cameras (see Figure 1). Larger sensors a...

Photography Tutorial: How to Take Pictures at Night

Interesting pictures can be taken at night if you are equipped with the right equipment as well as the right knowledge and skills. During this Christmas season, there are many opportunities and beautiful night scapes that merit a photographers' interest and test their skills. Even if you are just new in photography, it is possible to get good pictures at night using available light. The key in photography has always been light. Adequate amounts should be received by the camera to make the proper exposure and reveal details of objects taken at night.  Central to taking pictures at night, therefore, will be to bear in mind the following things: 1. The type of camera that you use. You can take pictures at night using your automatic camera as long as you can find a bulb setting or if it has a manual setting like what you can find in a Panasonic Lumix LX5. The bulb setting is usually indicated in your camera's dial with the letter "B". If you cannot find it, then you nee...

RAW Vs JPEG Pictures: Things You Need to Know

For those new in photography, the terms jpeg and raw could be baffling terms that need to be understood. These terms are applied to pictures taken using digital cameras. But what is the difference between JPEG and RAW pictures? RAW vs JPEG Images are normally taken in RAW format by the camera. This latter format contains most of the possible data derived from the sensor of the camera. It is called RAW because no manipulation yet has been done to render sensor-captured data into something that looks pleasing to the eye. It's much like the negative of the once standard film-captured pictures. On the other hand, when the image recorded by the camera's sensor has undergone processing by the camera at the moment a photographic subject is captured, the resulting picture is commonly in JPEG format. JPEG is a popular format that can be read by many software applications used to read files recorded in cameras. JPEG is acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group. This group of photogra...

Compact System Cameras: Lighter Gadgets with the Punch

The evolving age of digital photography has not only brought the emergence of digital cameras with advancing sensors from a minimal 4.0 megapixel the way I started with my Olympus mju 400 a decade ago but to such a staggering 40 megapixel sensor existent on a Pentax 645D which carry a price tag ten times more expensive than an average DSLR camera. With these “data hungry“ gadgets come the requirements for high capacity memory cards to store images and save HD videos and while I recall having used a 16MB XD card on my first compact digital camera, a 32 GB SD card or higher will be common in today's existing DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras. An Olympus mju 400 with 4.0 megapixels, my first digital camera A Pentax K-r with a 12.4 megapixel sensor, a DSLR camera In the aspect of changing camera design with improved features also brings with it the basic philosophy of portability and compactness which saves for extra weight on the part of the photographer. As f...

Top 40 Bestselling Video Cameras for 2011

If you're thinking about buying a video camera, but not sure which one, then check out this list of the top 40 bestselling video cameras on the market, today: Flip UltraHD Video Camera - Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera (Black) Panasonic TA-1 Ultrathin HD Pocket Camcorder Enabled with Skype and iFrame (Dark Grey) Flip MinoHD Video Camera - Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL Flip MinoHD Video Camera - Brushed Metal, 8 GB, 2 Hours (2nd Generation) Kodak PlaySport (Zx3) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera Bundle (Black) Flip UltraHD Video Camera - White, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL Kodak PlaySport (Zx3) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera (Blue) Kodak PlaySport (Zx3) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera (Black) Panasonic HDC-SD60K SD Based Hi-Def Camcorder with 35X Intelligent Zoom (Black) Flip UltraHD Video Camera - White, 4 GB, 1 Hour NEWEST MODEL Kodak ...

Digital Photography: Optical Zoom-Vs- Digital Zoom

“Grandpa, why do my pictures appear out of focus when I zoom in on them?” My grand daughter, the young photographer, asked me a few days ago as we sat in my digital darkroom processing pictures we shot of the beautiful Helderberg Mountains. Like many point and shoot camera photographers, she had fallen into the trap of relying on digital zoom to get her even closer to her subject when the optical zoom had reached its maximum focal length. Like many point and shoot camera owners, she really didn’t understand the differences between optical zoom and digital zoom. Like most point and shoot camera owners, she didn’t know that a serious photographer ever uses digital zoom. Almost all point and shoot photographers are used to optical zoom features because even 35mm point and shoot cameras had built in optical zoom lens along with auto focusing. Digital zoom didn’t make the photographic scene until the invention of the digital point and shoot camera. A great dea...

Sony Bloggie Touch Camcorder

With the new developments Bloggie Sony , the Japanese manufacturer has to end its proposal: a very compact camera, easy to use and specially designed to carry e Place a compact camera in the current technological landscape is complex: on the one hand and optical sensors installed on smartphones are increasingly offering better quality and, secondly,traditional camcorders have reduced its size significantly while prices have more moderate few years ago. Sony's engineers have used the latest technology to offer high definition recording (1080p, 30fps) and photographs of up to 12.8 megapixels in a device the size of a mobile phone equipped with a capacitive touch screen and very intuitive interface - sony Bloggie touch camcorder . The inclusion of a touch screen minimizes physical buttons. The sony Bloggie touch camcorder comes in a meticulously packaging and accompanied by all necessary accessories for its implementation. In a surprising first contact their excellent quality of constr...

Digital Camera Metering Modes

Personally, I think that all of us who started out in the days before digital photography have an advantage over those starting out with a digital camera. I say that because in the days of film camera, especially if it was before film camera started having programmed shooting modes, every photographer had to learn how to work with aperture settings (f/stops), shutter speeds, ASA settings, light meters, etc. Today’s DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflects) camera allow the photographer to make all these adjustments themselves but many starting out with a digital camera never progress beyond using the camera’s programmed shooting modes because they really don’t know how to use all these features. Learning how to use these features will make you a more creative photographer. If you don’t use all the features your expensive DSLR has to offer you, you might as well sell it and buy a relatively inexpensive point-and-shoot digital camera because they will produce equally go...

How Many Megapixels? Optical Zoom? Demystifying Digital Cameras.

Buying a digital camera to enter the world of digital photography? Before you start shopping for a digital camera, or even considering switching to one, it will be helpful if you know the lingo. Understand what the salespeople are talking about when they drop these digital camera terms. HOW MANY MEGAPIXELS? A megapixel refers to one million pixels. The amount of detail that the camera can capture is called the resolution, and it is measured in pixels. A pixel is a tiny square on a computerized display that is so small it appears as a dot. The display screen is a solid grid of these squares or dots, which can be easily seen with a magnifying glass. The more pixels or dots that make up the display screen, the clearer the resolution or image will be. The picture quality capability of Digital Cameras is measured in megapixels. A 3.1 megapixel camera can take pictures with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, which equals 3,145,728 pixels. That is, the resulting image will be made up of 3....

Photography: Why You Should Upgrade from Your Point and Shoot Camera to a Professional DSLR

Everyone's a photographer these days with the availability of cell phones and high quality compact point and shoot cameras. Compact cameras are very affordable, and anyone who likes to take photos should have one in their pocket or purse. These small, easy-to-use point and shoot cameras have many advantages--they are easy to master, quiet, inexpensive, easy to care for, and can be slipped into a pocket and are ready to use at any time. Even professional photographers will use their point and shoots at times when a bulkier, heavier camera just doesn't work for the occasion. Running around with active kids who want your hands free to play with them or help them in the playground is one such example. Having a heavy camera around your neck simply does not work in this type of situation. There are also times when you want to have a camera available in case you see an unexpected event or happen to run across something you want to capture with a camera, but you really don't want to carry aro...

Photography Tutorial: Depth of Field and Zoom Lens

Camera zoom lenses for digital single lens reflex (DSLR) and mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras (MILCs) are not created equal. The capability of zoom lenses are usually described using f value ranges. These f values translate into different ranges of depth of field in pictures. Before understanding how zoom lenses operate and which works best in certain situations, there is a need to understand the concept of depth of field.  What is depth of field? The depth of field is the range of distance that appears clear in your photographs. Perhaps you have noticed when you use single lens reflex cameras, it is possible to make an object clear relative to those around it. The distinctively sharp area is the depth of field of the camera (Fig. 1).  Fig. 1. Mangrove skink photographed using a zoom lens (f = 5.6, exposure time = 1/400). Notice in the above picture that the head of the lizard is relatively clear than the rest of its body and the background. The degree of sharpn...

Photography Equipment Review: PocketWizard MultiMax 32 Channel Transceiver Radio Slave

Back in the days when I got my start in photography almost every camera designed for the advanced amateur and the professional photographer came with a flash-sync cord connector. They had to because there were no hot-shoe connectors for on-camera flash units. Hot-shoes were still a thing of the distant future. Today almost all cameras come with hot-shoes and no sync cord connectors. Back in the day, we packed a supply of sync cords of varying lengths to connect our flash units to the camera when working with off-camera flash. Long sync cords were dangerous to use. People tripped over them, hurting themselves and/or damaging expensive cameras and other equipment. Excessive voltage drop on long cords caused us to lose shots when the flash unit failed to fire. Then they developed wireless remotes. The early wireless remote technology used several different  technologies to control off-camera flash units-radio waves, ultrasonic, and infrared technologies. They all had their unique pr...

How to Take Close-up Photos of Small Animals

One of the most satisfying hobbies in the modern age of electronics is taking photos of wildlife. Many photographers devote their entire life on documenting animals which are interesting to look at. There is some sort of need fulfilled when viewing beautiful photos of wild, aggressive animals in the comfort of the computer screen or television. Scope of Wildlife Photography Wildlife photography varies in its scope. Some wildlife photographers specialize on taking photos of birds, some mammals, others reptiles or amphibians while others who do not want to give much of the excited chase content themselves on taking pictures of small animals or wildlife which, due to their small size, are not easily seen. This kind of photography requires macro lenses, or camera lenses that can magnify small objects to sizes that photos are easily viewed. This is referred to as macrophotography. Macrophotography Defined Macrophotography is a kind of photography where very small subjects are enlarged a...

Macro Photography Techniques Using a Compact Digital Camera

Macro photography or close up photography of small objects using digital cameras has its rewards. What the naked eye cannot see can be revealed by a blown up picture of an easily overlooked subject. Small animals, particularly, are not usually appreciated because the inherent beauty they possess is so small to notice.  One typical example of an interesting subject is the hermit crab, a common decapod crustacean belonging to the superfamily Paguroidea.[1] They usually take over empty gastropod shells and carry them around as if their own. But this is not about the hermit crab per se, but the interesting features that can be featured out of their scavenging activities, aside from the wide array of choices on the color of the shells they occupy. The author chose this crustacean as a subject to show the various effects that could be achieved by varying the camera's depth-of-field, shutter speed, and ambient lighting conditions. It is easy to catch one and watch the animal come ...

How to Buy a Used DSLR

Buying a used DSLR from a private seller is like buying a used car, you can either find a real bargain that worth the money you pay for it or you can get stuck with a lemon. Buying used from private sellers is the way to get professional grade equipment on a consumer budget if you know what to look for when looking at a used camera. With that said, lets kick the tires and take a used DSLR for a test drive, so to speak. How many actuations has the camera undergone? The first question that you want to ask the seller is, how many actuations has the camera gone through? How many pictures has the seller taken with the camera? He or he probably won’t be able to give you an exact figure but he or she should be able to give you a good estimate. Why does actuations or shutter releases matter? Camera shutter has a lifetime measured in actuations with most pro cameras rated for between 50,000 and 100,000 actuations. Research the camera that you are about to look at before hand because you ...

How to Take Pictures of a Bee in Flight

Bees are interesting insects that take the fancy of many photographers especially those with passion for close ups or macro photos. While bees may be easily spotted with just a basic knowledge of their behavior, there are more things to consider when taking pictures of bees in flight.  So what should a photographer do to take pictures of bees? And not just simple pictures of bees, but bees in flight? This is a real challenge to both amateur and professional photographers because bees in flight are difficult to capture. They are just so fast moving and would just zip quickly at any one point from flower to flower. How would you isolate the bee from the rest of the scene? Here are some tips on how to take pictures of a bee in flight. 1. Be at the right place, i. e., in the flower garden.  Bees, of course, frequent areas with flowers as these contain the nectar that prompt them to visit and extend their proboscis to sip the sweet liquid out. Find a mature flower that mo...

What To Know About Camcorders for Kids

Technology allows itself to be enjoyed by all ages – adults and kids. It is always great to reward our kids with something especially if they made a great achievement. This serves as a positive reinforcement for them and will encourage them to strive more next time. One of the best things to reward our kids with is a camcorder. Camcorder for kids are great no only to have your kids capture the moment they like but also for them to extract their creative juices. The best time to give them such presents is during special occasions. Special occasions like Christmas and birthday parties are usually lively and are really a perfect timing for capturing moments. Camcorders for kids should not be that expensive. We cannot leave out the fact that kids treat anything as toys and it’s the same for camcorders. They do not understand yet the real value of money and how hard it is to earn so to save your wallet, purchase those camcorders that are not so expensive but still of good qual...

Why Small Camcorders Will Take Your Shooting Experience to a Higher Level

The world is getting more and more fast-paced and with that, we do not have a choice but to follow this trend for us not to be left behind. Today, everyday should be compact and portable. Being compact and portable but still of good quality and performance is what this world needs. This is why small camcorders are really a great. Not only they give you a chance to keep a record of the good things around you, but also because they are easy to bring and they will never let you leave out any interesting thing around you. Whether you are travelling or out on a business trip, small camcorders will prove to be very handy. It is perfect for people who are always on the go. Thanks to technology, things become much easier to use and bring today. Small camcorders are not small feature-wise. They capture videos and images with great and clear quality. They also capture HD videos that bigger camcorders capture as well. If for people, big size matters because it shows strength, for camcorders, s...

What is ISO in Photography?

Technical terms in photography sometimes baffle novice photographers as they start to embark on their newly found hobby. One of these technical terms is ISO, particulary the numbers that go with it. What is ISO, the significance of the numbers associated with it, and how can this information be used in taking good pictures? This article provides answers to these questions. The Definition of ISO ISO actually is an acronym that stands for International Organization for Standardization, a non-governmental organization. This organization sets the international standards for quality of products, services, among other things. Based in Switzerland, the organization is composed of a network of institutions that sets guidelines for quality in the various member countries. The central purpose is to serve the needs of society in general by ensuring that businesses, whether government or private, deliver goods and services that adhere to certain agreed standards of quality. The S...

What Kind of Digital Cameras Suitable for Teenagers

Teenagers are considered the peak of socialization and friendship getaways. It is also in this stage where most of your happy memories are really worth keeping and recalling. This is why digital cameras are great gifts for teenagers for them keep and value their exciting moments with friends and family during regular or special events. It’s also a great way for parents to take a sneak peek of what their teenage kids are doing. Well, before going out and buy the digital camera, it is important to know first if what teenagers prefer for a digital camera in comparison to their active lifestyle. • Size would be small, just enough to fit in their bag, pouch or even their pocket. It would be so uncomfortable to go to the party or an outing with big and bulky bag all the time. Most digital cameras released since the early 2009 were almost the same as the size of a deck of cards. So, there’s no problem in choosing for bunch of cameras. • Weight is preferably lightw...

Top 20 Bestselling Digital Cameras for 2011

If you're thinking about purchasing a digital camera, but don't know which one, here is a list of the top 20 bestselling digital cameras on the market today: Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens by Canon Nikon Coolpix L22 12.0MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) by Nikon Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) by Canon Nikon Coolpix L22 12.0MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Red-primary) by Nikon Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens by Nikon Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20K 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Black) by Panasonic Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)by Panasonic ...

Buy a Flip UltraHD or Flip MinoHD Video Camera at Amazon & Get a Free Accessory! + FREE Shipping (Watch Video)

Buy a New UltraHD or MinoHD Video Camera, Get a Free Accessory For a limited time, get a free accessory with the combined purchase of a new qualifying UltraHD or MinoHD video camera from Amazon.com. To take advantage of this offer, simply add a UltraHD or MinoHD video camera and your choice of a qualifying accessory to your Shopping Cart and we'll automatically apply the discount at checkout. Applies only to purchases of products sold by Amazon.com and does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the Amazon.com site. Offer is only available while supplies last. For additional restrictions, please read their terms and conditions. View complete list of video cameras eligible for this offer > View complete list of qualifying accessories for this offer > I recommend... Flip UltraHD Video Camera - Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL by Flip Video Price: $199.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping!...

Does Digital Face Detection Technology Really Work?

The Nikon Coolpix 5000, Fujifilm Finepix F40fd, Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital Elph, Pentax Optio A30, and the Samsung NV11, are six of the compact digital cameras on the market today with Face Detection Technology. Does it work? Is it worth the money it costs? The answer to both of those questions is yes. Shooting a frame filling close up with today’s point and shoot cameras is an easy task for the shooter and for the camera. Their AF (Auto Focus) system focuses on what’s in the center of the viewfinder and the AE (Auto Exposure) System sets aperture and shutter speed by the light reflected from what’s in the center of the frame. Most point and shoot cameras use center-weighted metering systems. This is a good point to point out that Digital Face Detection Technology works in conjunction with the AF System. Shooting a frame filling close up isn’t a problem for digital point and shoot cameras without face detection technology but what happens if you subject is...

Review Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera

The Canon Powershot G12, a long-awaited successor to the Canon G11. Dramatic changes are not. New features of HDR and Miniature mode, sensor and image stabilization were reviewed, HD video enables a new wheel built. No big changes, rather conservative facelift. Canon's timing is right anyway, because the G12 comes almost simultaneously with the conceptually similar Nikon P7000 on the market. Housing & Handling Was praised in the test, the proper and safe handling of the Canon G12. The processing quality was described as very good. Compared to the average of the Canon G12 compact cameras is quite large and heavy - but a good performance and image quality equipment needs to be a space. The tripod mount is not in the optical axis, and quick release plate attached to the battery and memory card will not be changed. On the back is as with the G11, a 2.8-inch display that offers a very good resolution of 461,000 pixels. According to the test, it offers a wide viewing angle and a crisp,...

Nikon COOLPIX S52: the Best Digital Camera That Fits in Your Purse or Pocket

The best compact digital pocket/purse camera What is the best compact digital camera on the market today? When it comes to choosing between a Canon, Nikon, Leica, or some other major camera manufacturer, it becomes more of a personal preference then comparing brands. I started my photography experience sixty years ago with an old Kodak 620 box camera. Over the years I have acquired and used cameras made by Canon, Leica, Mamiya, Honeywell, Bell & Howell, and several other manufacturers, but have finally chosen Nikon as my camera of choice because of their rugged construction and unbeatable record for dependability. Although I primarily shoot with a digital SLR, I do have and use several compact digital point-and-shoot Nikons as well. In my humble opinion, the best pocket/purse digital camera is the Nikon COOLPIX S52 because it packed the power and features of a professional grade camera in a very tiny package. The COOLPIX S52 measures 3.6” X 2.3” ...

A Simple Guide to Flash Memory Camcorders

Flash memory is most popular among digital cameras. However, thanks to the modern world and this technology has now been passed to camcorders as well, thus, the creation of flash memory camcorders. There are two ways of how these camcorders make use of flash memory to store videos and photos. First, the memory can be built in but expandable. This means that there is already an initial memory for you to use but you can still use external flash memory cards for expanded memory. The other way is the external memory. This means that you are completely reliant to flash memory cards such as SD cards to store the videos you captured. Why should you purchase flash memory camcorders? First, they are lightweight. That is right. Flash memory cards are relatively lighter than the hard drive counterparts. This will make carrying and shooting more comfortable and convenient for you. Aside from their light weight, they are also very compact. Flash memory is initially compact so it also does not take...

Digital Camera Buyer's Guide: 4 Things to Look for

Like with many things when it comes to electronics, the big companies that produce them have gotten into a habit of comparing numbers in order to try and induce a sense that their camera is better than another. They'll throw numbers at you like megapixels, optical zoom, digital zoom, making it seem easy to pick out a camera. Well, if Camera A has 8 megapixels and Camera B has 10 megapixels, and they're the same price, I should go with Camera B! The problem is this isn't like a computer where the number is everything. You have to remember that this is a camera. The goal of a camera is to take light coming off of an object or group of objects and turn it into 1's and 0's that your computer can translate into that same image on your screen later on. Note that only the last part of the process has anything to do with numbers, so why make it the first selling point? Here are some basic principles of photography and what you should be looking for in your new or used digital camera. Lens: ...

Kodak EasyShare C180 Digital Camera-Review

Kodak EasyShare C180 Digital Camera is a popular digital camera which has several unique features compared to other cameras in this range. With a 10.2 mega pixel strength this camera enables its users to get the best in town photos. Anyone would love to review such a good digital camera. Along with its features this digital camera can be bought at cheap price online. Kodak EasyShare C180 Digital Camera Review Kodak EasyShare C180 Digital Camera has a range of features at a cheap price. This digital camera is sold like hot cakes in the market due to its affordability. Its features are listed in the following passage. • Good 10.2 mega pixel quality that enables us to take large poster size images. • 3X optical zoom function that enables user to zoom in objects at a distance without any loss in the quality. • Can capture HD pictures at extreme quality and offers 16:9 aspect ratio. • 2.4 inch large wide screen display that offers users to view the photos that hav...

Qualities of a Good Photographer and a Good Digital Camera

What really matters in taking good pictures? Is it the camera that matters or the photographer? This is a tricky question as the answer could either be one or both. To help answer the question objectively, this author compiled the qualities of a good photographer as well as the qualities of a good digital camera as it is now commonplace. Qualities of a Good Photographer 1. Must be fond of the outdoors. Being fond of the outdoors allows a photographer to see opportunities to shoot a wide range of subjects. For a wildlife photographer, this is really a must, unless wildlife is just nearby and presents itself to the photographer (which is rather rare). 2. Curious. Curiosity can lead photographers to compose interesting shots. Observing how the spider spins its web and documenting its movement can be an interesting picture to present to wildlife enthusiasts. 3. Willing to Make Mistakes. Not all pictures are created equal. The best ones are chosen after taking a lot of pictures. This i...

The Poor Photographers Guide Three Professional Photography Tools You Can Make at Home for Under Five Dollars

This guide is designed to show you how to make three common and important tools in the professional photography field that can end up costing hundreds of dollars, or can simply be made at home for under five dollars. These tools can be used for traditional film cameras and any digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera. This guide will show you how to make an 18% gray card for custom white balance setting, a reflector panel for unique and professional lighting, and a soft-box to use with any off-camera dedicated, synched or tethered flash system. 18% Gray Card Tools you will need: exacto knife or scissors, duct tape or sharpie, 1 sheet of 18% or TV gray matte board A gray card allows you to make custom white balance settings in your D-SLR, and can determine proper exposure with film cameras. To learn how to do a custom white balance setting on your D-SLR consult your manual or find it on your manufactures website. Using custom white balance settings allows you to tell the camera what...

The Intel Reader: A Digital Camera That Turns Any Text into an Audio Book

Do you know someone who's dyslexic, visually impaired, or functionally illiterate? If so this would be the perfect Christmas gift to give them but it's a gift with a hefty price tag attached, $1,500. The Intel Reader invented by the Intel's Digital Health Group. Because of its name, it's often confused with trendy ebook readers made for Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Sony Corporation, but there's no comparison. With any of those trendy ebook readers, like Amazon's Kindle Reader, the book has to be downloaded on the reader as an ebook file, with the Intel Reader, all you have to do is hold it over the printed page and the Intel Reader translates the text into audible sounds and words. The Intel Reader has some very respectable specs. The Intel Reader has a 4.3-inch LCD display, with 4 gigabytes of flash storage and USB slots for adding more memory. At 6.5" X 5.35" X 1.3" and 1.38 pounds, it's small enough and light enough to carry in a coat pocket or purse. The Intel ...

Why You Should Consider 8mm Camcorders

It is true that 8mm camcorders are losing their popularity these days because new technologies have emerged which includes the flash memory camcorders and hard drive camcorders. In fact, only a few companies are now manufacturing such camcorders and some companies have actually stopped distributing them. However, even if this is true, 8mm camcorders are still a great device for taking pictures and videos. You can actually take advantage of the current situation because they are most probably very cheap now. 8mm camcorders have features that really make a good video. These features are the CCD technology, image stabilization and infrared technology. So before you purchase one, be sure to have these features listed in the specifications of the camcorder. What are the benefits of these features? First, the CCD technology creates a better quality video as compared to those without CCD image sensor system. The image stabilizing system, on the other hand, allows the users to capture still p...

Picture Taking on a Flight Trip

As getting carried by the scenes along the way aboard a ride on a bus or train, a commuter ride on a plane could be twice as exciting. But of course the majority of commuters don’t take a flight to Paris or New York just to afford themselves of the scenes that unfold by the aircraft’s window. It is the business at the end of the journey that merits everyone’s full attention. However so like all trivial things in life that catches one’s attention the unexpected and unscheduled moments that arise along the way are deemed more precious and cherished. Those moments could only be retrieved for the remembering however if you have the right equipment to freeze them in images to be framed on your wall when you get home. Today’s trend could allow for 7 out of 10 people to carry digital cameras while they travel. Be it full sized DSLRs, compact or simply those that come in mobile phones, the increased sensor rating from a mere 5.0 megapixel to 8.0 megapixel on most...

Optical -Vs- Digital Zoom: All Zooms Aren't Created Equal

Optical -Vs- Digital Zoom: What do these numbers mean? Are they equal in quality? Which is best? Camera manufacturers use these numbers as selling points for their cameras. The unaware look at these combined figures and think they are getting a great deal. The Kodak Easyshare Z10151 IS boasts a 15X optical zoom and a 5X digital zoom for a total zoom of 75X. This camera has a lens with a 35-mm equivalency of 35 to 420 mm optical zoom lenses. The extended digital zoom turns that great little lens into a 2100-mm zoom lens. Wow! That's just what the doctor ordered for the nature photographer on your Christmas shopping list, right? Not necessarily so. To understand why, you need to understand the differences between optical zoom and digital zoom features work. Before I continue, I want to make it clear that the Kodak Easyshare Z10151 IS is a great camera for the price and would make a great gift for anyone on your shopping list but not because of its extended digital zoom feature. The 15X ...

Factors to Consider When Buying a Digital Camera

No doubt digital cameras are more expensive than regular cameras. But despite of the price difference, many people still opt to buy digital camera due to its computer connectivity, the convenience that it provides for immediate viewing, no film needed and it has multiple storage for images. Below are important factors to be considered when deciding to buy a digital camera. Buy a 100% glass lens camera. Check additional features like indicator of the remaining time of the battery, AC adapter to connect to a television and USB connectivity in order to connect the digital camera to your computer port.  Check zoom capabilities as this will be the feature that you will often use. Choose a camera with the highest RAM that you can afford to pay. With this, you will be able to save plenty of pictures and will not be bothered to erase often old pictures to give room for new ones. Evaluate flash modes, if there are any. Examine battery saving features, chargers and its batteries. F...

Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera Review

The Canon PowerShot S95 digital camera is a 10 megapixel camera with a wide angle lens and LCD screen designed to take high quality photos without having to teach yourself the intricacies of a SLR camera. However, this camera is not limited to only taking still photos; it can shoot HD video in 720p, and then play it back on a HDTV through a HDMI input or be transferred to a computer to be edited and burned onto a DVD. The HD video is legitimately HD; there are no interlacing problems or lag involved when taking videos with this camera. With other digital cameras, it is somewhat common to see cameras claiming to have HD video capabilities but have bad video quality after recording. The camera includes a blur free system that tries it’s best to minimize the motion blur in shots, and does a fairly good job of doing so. Of course, no tool like that will be perfect, and it’s still a very nice addition to the camera that can really help out amateur photographers. I find that t...

Nikon Cameras Take Nice Pictures

Nikon cameras take nice pictures. “Saying a camera takes nice pictures is like saying a guitar plays nice melodies.” I’m not sure whom I’m quoting here because I read this on one of the online photography sites that I participate on. An anonymous contributor posted it as a quote but I couldn’t express it any better so I’m going to use it here today. I’m a Nikon man through and through but my Nikons, neither film nor digital, take nice pictures; they are the tools that I use to make nice/great pictures. It doesn’t matter whether you have a pro camera costing thousands of dollars or a simple point and shoot camera that cost less than one hundred dollars, neither will take nice pictures for you. It is your skill as a photographer that enables them to make great pictures for you. The skilled amateur photographer with an entry level DSLR can make better pictures than an unskilled professional photographer with a pro-DSLR costing thousand of d...

Digital Cameras: A Full-Frame Sensor or A Cropped Sensor - Which One Is Right For You

Are you an advanced amateur photographer or a new professional photographer, then this article is a "must read" for you. This article is also a must read for you if you have a photographer on your Christmas gift list and you are thinking about buying him or her a new digital camera for Christmas. It's a must read because most people, including some of the pros, are confused about the differences between a full-frame sensor and a cropped sensor and which one is better. Does the benefits of a full-frame sensor justify the additional cost of the camera body? Yes! Definitely! I'm a Nikon man, as most of you who follow me here on Factoidz know. My wife tells me that I have enough Nikon cameras and lens to start my own camera store and she's probably right. She never really gives me a hard time when I add a new Nikon to my collection because everyone of them has paid for themselves many times over. She didn't protest too loudly when I sunk $1500 into my Nikon D300 a couple of year...

Best Canon DSLR: Canon EOS Rebel T2i

While there might be a new Canon Rebel in town, the recently released T3i, the Canon Rebel T2i is the best choice for amateur to intermediate photographers looking at Canon as their preferred provider. Technical Specifications This Rebel was released in the spring of 2010 and is a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR). These lines of cameras are on the premium end in photography and puts more focus on removable lenses. This can be an expensive hobby to get into, so choosing a DSLR with the right features is especially important. This Rebel offers an 18 megapixel sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor and ISO range of 100-6400. Many DSLRs only offer a viewfinder, however this one offers a live view on its’ LCD screen (like most point and shoot cameras). This is a nice addition that can be a very useful feature when shooting things at awkward angles. The LCD screen is three inches wide and can give you a high-quality example of how your photos will turn out once uploaded onto a c...

Digital Camera Features: How To Use Focus Lock

In my last article, I discussed the Depth of Field Preview feature found on 35 mm SLRs and on most state of the art DSLRs as well as on some high-end point and shoots digital cameras. Here's the link to it https://knoji.com/how-to-use-the-depth-of-field-preview-button-to-make-better-pictures/?sb=1. Another feature found on almost all digital SLRs that will make your life as a photographer easier and more enjoyable is the Focus Lock feature. This feature is also found on most modern 35 mm SLRs as well. In that way those of us who started out shooting film has a legs up on those of you who are starting out in photography using a DSLR. Much of what we learned while using 35-mm equipment is transferable. What is Focus Lock and why is it important to master it. When a digital camera is to set full auto or to one of its semi-auto modes-modes like aperture priority or shutter priority-the camera continues to focus and refocus. As a rule with auto focus the camera focuses on whatever is in th...

How to Finding Cheap Camcorders

Covering important events in your life does not have to cost so much. There are a lot of cheap camcorders that offer great deals for every individual who want to have a perfect shoot! Money should never be a hindrance for you to do what you want to do. Even if cheap camcorders do not cost so much as the others, they still work great. If you know what to look for in a camcorder – features and specs, then you do not have to worry about. Your money will definitely become a good investment. To have you an idea as to which cheap camcorders you should purchase, here are some of the features that you should not miss. SD. This is also known as “Standard Definition.” If you just want to capture special events such as birthday parties, graduation ceremonies or trips, then a standard definition camcorder will do. High definition (HD) camcorders are of course of better quality. However, they also cost more. It will be easier for you to find cheap camcorders once you drop the HD...

Photo Christmas Cards: Personalized Greeting Cards

People enjoy using personalized greeting cards at any time of the year. With specialized software, talented people can make these cards at home on their computer. However many people pefer to get assistance from professionals who offer this service. They are suitable for Birthdays, graduations and even the award of a new position in a workplace, or the purchase of a home. By personalizing a card with both pictures and words, people feel freer to express their own sentiments. Many online and offline stores make this facility available to clients. It is thought that more customers prefer being able to add their own photos when they can do it from anywhere in the world. Shops that have the software to do this and make it possible for patrons to add family photos from the comfort of their own home make the entire process more convenient. When people have to think about driving over to a store, they sometimes delay doing it or do not get it done at all. For other individuals, it just is n...