Posted on September 24th, 2008
Most digital cameras on the market now, including a lot of point and shoot cameras, are capable of capturing video. Most SLR cameras, however, do not have the same advantage over the point and shoot cameras in the way of video capture, as they do when it comes to capturing higher quality images. Nikon, however, has revealed a DSLR camera which can capture HD video.
You may be asking yourself what the big deal is. Every day, digital gets better, and its uses extend further. A few years ago, it was not as common for the general population of digital camera owners to put together DVD’s, slideshows, or presentations featuring their family vacation, but with the advances in resolution, software, and overall ease of use, many more are getting into it.
Sharing is the key word. How do you want to share your digital visual media? Bigger, better…higher resolution? Indeed. That is why the Nikon D90 is a big deal. It captures 1280x720p high-definition video with sound. Additionally, rather than focusing on higher mega pixel count (although at 12.3MP, most uses should not require any more), the D90 has borrowed the APS-Csized CMOS sensor from the higher-end D300, making it a significant improvement over and able replacement for the D80 in many ways.
However, there are a few disadvantages to the D90 when it comes to video. The most noticable difference between the D90 and a similar quality (and definition) digital camcorder, is its frames-per-second rate. While DVC’s will generally give you 30fps, the D90 tops out at 24fps. Additionally, the sensor chip can overheat with extended use, and by extended use, we mean 5-25 minutes of constant video capturing. Basically, at the camera’s highest definition and quality settings, the user is limited to 5 minutes of recording time. At a more standard definition, between 640×480 and 800×600, the capture can last up to 25 minutes.
The estimated price for this piece of equipment is set at around $1,000 for the body, or $1,300 to include a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, but we just wont know until it hits the market.
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Posted on September 15th, 2008
The short answer? Yes, Absolutely. Here’s why.
- Point-and-shoot cameras offer very limited capture options. While sufficient for family photos in which one can stand still, smile, and say cheese, DSLR cameras offer far more in the way of quality, stability, and capture options. In addition to greater optical zoom and a higher quality sensor chip, there is no delay with a DSLR camera. What you see when you snap is what you get.
- DSLR cameras are made of higher quality parts. Period. Digital photography, no matter what the brand or model, is image capture technology at its best. However, the DSLR camera is digital image capture technology at its very best. Since point-and-shoot digital cameras are made for casual use, the megapixels only go so high, which means sensor chips need not be of superior quality, nor does the point-and-shoot lense need to reach a high level of optical zoom.
- Interchangable lenses. DSLR cameras have them, point-and-shoot cameras do not. While many might view the option to buy extra lenses as an unnecessary expense, anyone from the ambitious amateur photographer to the professional can appreciate the value of a telephoto-lense or a micro-lense. The likelihood of snapping the exact image you want is only as high as your options are many. With more lense choices, manual settings options, and a better sensor and resolution, investing in a DSLR is the best way to give you the advantage over the elements.
There are many more reasons to invest in a digital single lense reflex camera, but we thought these were the most important to most photographers. For more information on digital single lense reflex cameras, please visit the 42nd Street Photo website at 42photo.com or visit our store, located at 378 5th Avenue (between 35th and 36th St.) New York, NY 10018.