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  • 42nd Street Photo Recommends the Sony DSC-T300 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

    Posted on January 28th, 2009 Staff Writer

    If you’re a big fan of the iPhone, you’re going to like this. In the vain of touch screen technology, Sony has released the Cyber-shot DSC-T300 Touch Screen Digital Camera. It’s quite the mouthful, so let’s agree that it will suffice to say that this is the second generation of ultra slim touch screen digital camera from Sony…come to think of it, is there a concise name for the DSC-T300 that reveals all its splendor? It is near impossible to sum up the features of this Cyber-shot in a simple title, so a review of considerable length seems necessary.

    For starters, take a look at it: It is slender, sleek, sexy, and sophisticated – and that’s just the front. Behold the back of the camera, which doesn’t look like the back of a digital camera so much as it resembles a compact, high-quality, mini-television. It kind of makes you wonder why there are lots of buttons on most portable electronics. Say goodbye to the four-way controller that has plagues humanity since the beginning of the digital age! Alright, that’s a bit dramatic, but you have to admit that a touch screen is way more convenient than a bunch of buttons with different features on each menu, since most four-way controllers work in such a manner.

    Concerning the touch screen, you will also notice the 16:9 aspect ratio, which, as impressive as the size and quality of this screen can be, cannot begin to comprehend the 3648 x 2736 high-resolution images this device can capture. Of course, without a good sensor, all the resolution in the world means nothing more than more pixels of a poorly captured image – which is why this Cyber-shot is packed with a 1/2.3″ Type CCD sensor chip. And if you’re worried about taking a good picture with the T300, don’t fret – image stabilization comes standard on the camera.

    Along with a plethora of options, the Sony DSC-T300 has a max ISO of 3200, Shutter speed of 1/1,000 of a second, 5x optical zoom, 2x digital zoom, and a 3.5″ Touch-sensitive Hybrid TFT LCD screen.

    If you’re not one for technical specs, all you need to know is that this camera takes fantastic digital photographs, is compact, and is as easy to use as it is to reach out and touch it. For more information on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 Digital Camera, please visit 42nd Street Photo on the web.

  • 42nd Street Photo Recommends the Sony HDR-SR 12

    Posted on January 16th, 2009 Staff Writer

    When it comes to true high definition video, it doesn’t get much better than the Sony HDR-SR-12 digital camcorder. Perhaps the best feature of the SR 12, in terms of convenience, is the 120GB of hard disk space on board the unit. Many people worry about running out of space or not being able to shoot enough video on a high resolution, but with 120 gigabytes ready for you, worry not. Additionally, this saves the hassle of carrying tapes or mini-DV discs. Just pack up the camera and you’re ready to roll.

    Although the 1920 x 1080 resolution is a great perk, they don’t stop there. Great resolution means nothing without great translation of real life motion capture, and the SR 12 captures colors brilliantly. From all the talk about the SR 12, many people will tell you not to bother looking into technical specs, and let your eyes be the true judge of quality. To add to the visually stunning video the SR 12 captures, it’s body design is equally sleek and sophisticated.

    The Sony HDR-SR 12 has 48 hours of continuous recording at lower definition settings, and 14 hours at its impressive 1920 x 1080 resolution. If that wasn’t enough, it can store 8GB worth of video or pictures on a Pro Duo memory stick, which makes transfering  files very easy (as if simply pluging your camcorder onto your computer wasn’t simple enough for transfering files).

    All in all, the Sony HDR-SR 12 is a sure bet for anyone, whether you’re a professional, student or just want to capture some fond family memories. For more information on the SR-12, please visit 42nd Street Photo on the web.

  • 42nd Street Photo Feels the Winter Spirit

    Posted on January 9th, 2009 Staff Writer

    Here at 42Photo.com, we love Winter. It may be cold, but New York City is beautiful this time of year, and for any photography enthusiant, that means photo-opportunities. While taking pictures of the big city during the Winter time isn’t so different from snaping images in the Summer, there are a few things that amateur and professional photographers alike may want to take advantage of while around this season. That’s right, we’re talking about snow – but more specifically, snowflakes.

    In 1898, Wilson Bentley stated the theory that “no two snowflakes are alike”. Bentley has snapped pictures of over five-thousand flakes in his time, and we’re going to let you in on the secrets for doing so with your point-and-shoot digital camera.

    1. Shoot from multiple angles, from as close to the flake as you can possibly get. Usually, this will be around around two inches away, and if you hold the camera steady, you can get a good couple of shots.
    2. Large, soft flakes are easiest to capture, while small and bright crystals may reflect too much light, and you can lose the details within. The best conditions for these flakes is a bitter cold day with a lot of moisture in the air.
    3. Photograph the snowflake on a surface to which the flake will stick, and not melt quickly. Snapping a flake on skin will prove much more difficult than capturing it on branches and clothing. It also helps to catch the flakes on a darker background.
    4. Calm days are ideal, since wind can carry your subject away before you get your award-winning shot. Cold and calm is key.