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  • Digital Cameras and Megapixels – Is More Always Better?

    Posted on June 24th, 2011 Staff Writer

    Earlier in the 21st century as digital cameras were really starting to get popular resolution like megapixels was more important than it is now. Low resolution usually meant smaller prints and not so sharp an image. Things have changed though and a higher megapixel number is not always better.

    First let’s discuss what a megapixel actually is. A megapixel is one million pixels and a pixel is a single point or dot on a graphic image. If your camera is 8 megapixels, it means that any pictures it takes on the highest quality setting will consist of 8 million of these pixels. Somewhere around 5 megapixels will give you good quality 8×10 shots. Most people think that a higher pixel rating will give you better pictures and that is not true. The higher megapixel camera merely contains more pixels and a higher resolution in the photos it takes, but it’s not necessarily any sharper than a lower megapixel camera. This is a great theory but actually this creates a terrible photo with more dots. There are many factors that affect the quality of the shot besides the megapixels.

    Other factors to consider besides megapixels are sensor size, type of camera, and quality of the camera. Image noise and ISO also will factor into your shots. There is no real advantage to having a 12 megapixel digital camera and the pixels will actually make your photo less attractive when image noise comes into play. The more megapixels you add to a sensor the more densely they are packed together which will result in image noise and unclear shots. Once you get past 7 or 8 pixels in a point and shoot camera most sensors are struggling to keep up.

    The best cameras all use larger sensors but in turn they are much more expensive and fall in the category of DSLR. These larger sensors produce less image noise which results in a much clearer shot. These cameras also usually have a higher ISO setting which also contributes to a better photo. When are out looking at point and shoot cameras keep these facts in mind, compare sensor sizes to the megapixel rating. In the end you could be saving yourself quite a bit of money.

  • Great Deals on Leatherman Tools at 42nd Street Photo

    Posted on June 13th, 2011 Staff Writer

    If you are looking for Leatherman Tools in New York City then you need to stop in at our store location of 42nd Street Photo or check out the stock of our Leatherman Tools online. If you have never heard of Leatherman Tools then let tell you about them as I think you will be very impressed. This tool is like having a small toolbox that fits in the palm of your hand and they are made to endure anything.  Leatherman also makes very durable hunting knives and pocket knives. Check out some of the items below.

    Leatherman Core Stainless Finish With Leather SheathThe Core is great tool for the toughest jobs. This single tool has over a dozen tools like needle nose pliers, wire cutters, screwdrivers, wire stripper and much more. The handles are rounded perfectly to give you a firm grip when working.

    Leatherman Kick with Leather SheathThis a great and efficient tool with a lot of engineering put in to it.  The Kick has the same strong pliers as the other Leatherman just a bit narrower and light weight.  The Kick comes with over a dozen tools as well.

    Leatherman Klamath Folding Blade Hunting KnifeThe knife is well made and holds the edge very well. When opened it locks securely with a strong lock back mechanism. A sheath is also included and includes a diamond sharpener in the handle.

    Leatherman Expanse ( E33B) Knife with Drop-PointThis is a smaller knife than the hunting knife and is made from 154CM stainless steel. This in turn allows the blade to last longer. It also includes a bit driver with bit storage in the handle for added screwdriver functions. It also features a  bottle opener and carabiner clip to hook to a belt loop or on a backpack.

    These are just some of the Leatherman tools you can find at 42nd Street Photo so stop by and check out our great selection.