Posted on February 18th, 2011
The Sea & Sea DX-1200HD 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera is a high efficiency camera with high resolution capabilities and a wide variety of technical features. The new camera & housing have been completely revised and the housing has been designed so even beginners can enjoy taking pictures easily. With the durable plastic waterproof casing, there is no worry that water or sand will get in vital crevices.
The Sea & Sea DX-1200HD Underwater Digital Camera has a 3 inch LCD monitor, which is the largest monitor of its class for compact digital cameras. This screen allows you to view your pictures down to the smallest detail. The LCD monitor hood and inner hood allows improved water visibility and you can also take pictures while on the move. This underwater digital camera is very lightweight and compact allowing for easy travel and concealment.
The Sea & Sea DX-1200HD is an overall awesome camera that comes with all the extras you need when diving or on vacation.
- High definition CCD 1/1.72-inch primary color CCD with 12.19 effective megapixels (maximum number of recording pixels 12.43 megapixels) and 3x optical zoom lens (35 to102 mm).
- Features SEA&SEA mode, a still image mode for optimal underwater photography.
- Several White Balance settings available (Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Sunset, Custom) to suit any particular scene.
- Exposure compensation function (±2EV in 0.5EV steps).
- ISO speed can be set up to ISO 3200.
- Movie function up to 1280×720 pixels (HD Video) at 30 frames/second (30 fps).
- 16MB built-in memory. Can record on SD / MMC / SDHC memory cards (up to 8GB).
- Specially designed lithium-ion battery and battery charger included.
- When you turn the retractable cable socket lever, the fiber-optic cable socket slides and is aligned with position of the built-in flash and fixed.
- Flash Light Diffuser function: Effective diffuser that softly diffuses the light of the built-in flash.
- Strong and durable build, with a depth rating of up to 45m / 150ft.
Posted on December 27th, 2010
The Canon Rebel T2i is an 18MP DSLR that follows up the popular Canon Rebel T1i. The Canon EOS Rebel T2i incorporates a number of advanced pro-DSLR features in a compact and very affordable camera body. The Rebel T2i handles much like the Rebel T1i; however, the Rebel T2i has a number of subtle changes like new button designs and a new 3:2 format LCD. This is the first Canon DSLR with a display that is actually the same shape of the sensor. The EOS Rebel T2i can also capture full 1080p HD video with monaural sound, or stereo sound when using (optional) 3.5mm external microphones.
In addition to the camera’s bright eye-level optical reflex viewfinder, the Rebel T2i also features Advanced Live View (with a dedicated Live view/Movie button) for composing and editing your stills and video using the T2i’s 3.0″ Clear View LCD, which contains a whopping 1.04 million dots of resolving power.
The buttons on the rear of the camera are flatter than they were on the T1i and are easier to use, which almost gives the camera controls on the rear a point and shoot feel. The Q button on the rear brings up the quick settings display and is very easy and intuitive to navigate using the 4-way controls on the rear panel.
The Canon EOS Rebel T2i records imagery onto a choice of SD memory card, SDHC memory card, or SDXC Memory Cards and powers off an LP-E8 lithium-ion battery, which is good for up to 550 still exposures or 1 hour and 40 minutes of video recording. The EOS Rebel T2i is compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S optics. For CAEDRT2IK only – The Canon Rebel T2i kit comes with an image stabilized Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS zoom lens, which has an equivalent focal range of a 28.8 – 88mm lens on a full-frame (24x36mm) 35mm camera.
- 18MP CMOS sensor with a 4-channel readout (the 7D has an 8-channel readout)
- ISO 100-6400 (up to 12,800 with boost)
- DIGIC 4 Processor
- 3.7 fps continuous shooting speed (34 high-quality JPEGs, 6 RAW)
- 9-point auto focus system
- 63 zone dual layer metering
- 1080p HD video at 24, 25, and 30 frames per second (fps)
- 720p HD video at 50 and 60 fps, VGA at 50 and 60 fps
- manual exposure option in video mode
- external stereo mic input
- new movie crop mode
- new LCD with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1.04 million dot resolution
- Quick control button
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (adding compatibility with SDXC cards)
- size/weight: 5.1×3.1×3.0 inches (close to the T1i) weight 18.7 oz
- Typical battery capacity – 550 shots without flash (430 shots with 50% flash)
The Canon EOS Rebel Digital T2i makes a great impression.
Posted on December 20th, 2010
If you are looking for a camera with the best photo quality without picking a full-fledged DSLR then the Canon Powershot S95 is what you are looking for. The Canon Powershot S95 is the predecessor to Canon Powershot S90. This digital camera carries some features that would become valuable information for many photography enthusiasts. This is probably the best point-and-shoot camera on the market today for taking photos. The Canon PowerShot S95 is a compact designed 10 megapixel digital camera with HD video and RAW support. The new Canon Powershot S95 does 720P HD recording, a huge improvement over the S90, which didn’t of course. One drawback is that during video recording the use isn’t able to zoom in/out nor focus.
The fast f/2.0 lens of the Canon PowerShot S95 camera allows the user to shoot without a tripod or flash in darker conditions. The ability to shoot at higher ISO speeds and maintain high image quality is another key feature of the Canon PowerShot S95 digital camera. Not only can you capture photos from ISO 80 up to ISO 3200, you can choose the degree of control you want (from total control to total automatic) over exposure, white balance, focus, and much more, from an extensive menu. You can automatically produce High Dynamic Range, panoramic, fisheye, low-light and many more specialized photos with built-in programs. The HS System is a powerful combination of high-sensitivity sensor coupled with the latest DIGIC 4 image processor for outstanding image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions, including low light.
Image Sensor: 10.0 million effective pixels.
Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted average, spot.
Sensor Size: 14.9mm CCD.
Lens: Canon f2.0-4.9/6.0-22.5mm (28-105mm as 35 SLR equivalent).
Shutter Speed: 15 to 1/1600 second.
Continuous Shooting: 0.8 to 1.9 images/second.
Memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMC plus cards.
Image Sizes (pixels): 3648×2736 to 640×360. Movies: 1280×720, 640×480, 320×240 at 30 fps.
LCD Screen: 7.6cm LCD (461,000 pixels).
File Formats: RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG, Motion JPEG.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80 to 3200.
Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI mini, AV.
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC input.
Dimensions: 99.8×58.4×29.5 WHDmm.
Weight: Approx. 193 g (inc battery and card).
The S95 is a simple point-and-shoot camera, and it’s a serious image-making machine.
Posted on November 30th, 2010
If you’re a serious photographer looking for SLR-inspired creative control but in a smaller form, the P7000 is your kind of camera. The Nikon COOLPIX P7000 is a compact, high-performance digital camera offering superb image quality and precise imaging control. The Nikon P7000 is an entirely new design inside and out from its predecessor, the interesting but flawed P6000. Where this Nikon really shines is when you switch it over to manual mode for composing more advanced shots. You choose the aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, and focus settings to give your images the exact look you want. The P7000 puts those important controls at your fingertips.
Sporting a 1/1.17-inch, 10.1-megapixel CCD image sensor that rolls back the MP rating from the P6000 (which used a 13.5-megapixel chip), the Nikon P7000 is aiming to improve image quality through a “less is more” approach. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 also boasts an optically stabilized 7.1x zoom lens with a focal length range equivalent to 28-200mm on a 35mm camera. The Coolpix P7000 features Nikon’s EXPEED C2 image processor, which allows an ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 6,400 equivalents at full resolution.
- 7.1x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens – Versatile 28-200mm lens ranges wide to capture landscapes, zooms in to get close to the action. In the NIKKOR tradition of precision optics, the high-quality ED glass lens delivers superb color and razor-sharp results.
- 10.1-megapixel, large 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor for stunning images.
- Optical VR Image Stabilization by lens shift minimizes the effects of camera shake.
- Hybrid VR Image stabilization by lens shift and electronic VR.
- Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and ISO to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
- High ISO up to 6400 at full resolution for optimum results when shooting in low light or photographing fast-moving subjects.
- Nikons Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to ten shots while the shutter is pressed, then selects and saves the sharpest image
- EXPEED C2 continues to expand the possibilities of photography with improved levels of image quality, fine detail and processing speed. Custom-optimized for each COOLPIX model, Nikon’s renowned digital image processing engine ensures outstanding images
- Dial controls for key functions including ISO, white balance, bracketing, exposure compensation and more
- PSAM (Program, Shutter, Aperture, Manual) exposure control, custom function control.
- ISO can be set as high as 6400 at full resolution; 12,800 in Low noise Night Mode (3-Megapixel).
- Tone Level Information provides photographers with 9 levels of grey scale information about the scene for fine exposure analysis according to user’s creative needs.
- In-camera editing functions include Exposure Compensation, COOLPIX Picture Control, Noise Reduction Filter, Quick Retouch, D-Lighting and Active D-Lighting.
- Electronic Virtual Horizon Display enables precise leveling of the camera in landscape or portrait orientation during LCD monitor shooting.
- COOLPIX Picture Control can be customized for Image Sharpening, Contrast, Saturation, Filter Effects, and Tone.
- Ultra-fast start-up, autofocus and shooting.
- Subject Tracking tracks a moving subject to ensure sharp focus.
- Shoot Continuously up to 45 pictures at approx. 1.3 fps at full resolution.
- Interval Timer Shooting captures images at specified time intervals
- 3-inch Ultra-High Resolution (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display for still images and movies that come alive with rich detail and improved contrast. The large LCD’s wide viewing angle and anti-glare coating make it easy to compose, view and share pictures.
- Large Optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment dial.
- Remote control operation with optional wireless ML-L3.
- Optional Wide Angle Converter (WC-E75A) for 21mm coverage (requires UR-E22 adapter ring)
- HD (720p) Movie with Stereo, Mic Input Jack and HDMI Output Records at 24 fps with Zoom, Autofocus and stereo sound. Mic Input Jack allows for optional microphone to be used during recording and HDMI output allows easy in-camera playback or convenient playback on HD-TV or computer.
- Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when your subject smiles.
- In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects most instances of red-eye as you shoot. You may never see red-eye again.
- Face-Priority AF. Nikon’s face-finding technology automatically detects up to 12 faces.
- Skin Softening smoothes skin tones at three different levels for optimal portraits; can be applied while shooting or during playback.
- Blink Warning alerts you if a subject has blinked.
- Built-in Flash plus i-TTL Flash function when used with optional Nikon Speedlight System.
- 18 Scene Modes, including Scene Auto Selector for optimized shooting in a variety of settings and situations.
- Scene Auto Selector automatically recognizes the scene you’re shooting and selects the most appropriate scene mode; offers six scene modes plus auto.
- Macro shooting as close as 0.8 inches.
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 is a great compact digital camera. Users can take great pictures with this Nikon compact digital camera.
Posted on November 17th, 2010
The Panasonic HDC-TM20K is a sub $600 camera that really seems to be an excellent deal. This one is at the cheaper end but that doesn’t always mean that you lose out in terms of performance. This is a entry level camcorder but as far as we can see it certainly doesn’t miss anything on technology. The Panasonic HDC-TM20K is a sleek black unit that thankfully has refrained from the red stripe around the lens, and is not too heavy on the branding and writing which is a definite improvement. The unit is small and neat and follows the standard format of most camcorders.
The Panasonic HDC-TM20K has 16x optical zoom function, and the quality of images captured on zoom is excellent and clarity is not lost. One of the best features of the Panasonic HDC-TM20K HD camcorder is the iA (intelligent auto) mode. When this mode is selected, the camcorder automatically selects the optimal settings to produce the best video quality. This camcorder has the standard OIS technology, which means that any shake of the hand is compensated for and the picture adjusted to make sure this is not noticed on playback.
This is a camcorder that will appeal most to the home use. The quality of the HD videos is very good, accompanied by crisp and clear audio. The lens cap is built in and opens when the unit is switched on, which again is a nice touch and means there is nothing separate to lose. For the money and quality we recommend the Panasonic HDC-TM20K 16GB High Definition Camcorder.
Posted on November 3rd, 2010
The Leica V-Lux 20’s simple yet attractive metal body screams ‘serious photographer’. At approximately 103 x 62 x 33mm you could say it’s on the bulky side, but when you take it’s 12x zoom lens and built-in GPS into consideration, it certainly isn’t. The camera feels built to be used, the design and layout of the buttons and controls is exceptionally well thought out – everything is exactly where you’d want it. The menu system is straightforward and easy to use.
The high-performance Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera features a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3 – 4.9 ASPH lens. This is a high-performance super-zoom with a 35mm equivalent of 25-300mm. This 12x zoom allows you to go from wide-angle to super telephoto without adding an accessory lens.
The camera has many automatic settings, and scene modes for the beginning photographer, but it also has manual settings for the image maker who wants total control. All of your composing and playback takes place on the bright 3″ LCD display, and images can be stored on SD, SDHC or SXCD memory cards.
When shooting HD video, you can use the 12x zoom lens and all the other camera features, including the GPS feature. This innovative feature records the geographical coordinates of the location and the local time of every picture shot and stores the information in the EXIF data of the image files. The GPS also provides a variety of fascinating options and benefits. When traveling, the camera displays all the sights in the immediate neighborhood.
Other Items Included
* BP-DC7E Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
* Battery Charger
* Battery Case
* USB Cable
* A/V Cable
* Wrist Strap
* Software-DVD, CD including Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
* User Manual
The V-LUX 20 will only be produced in small quantities, so will retain their value for much longer than most other brand‘s cameras and a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 or Mac or PC comes free. Lets not forget – you are getting a Leica, a brand many photographers aspire too.
Posted on October 15th, 2010
Halloween is celebrated by those young and old. Kids and adults alike enjoy the costumes, candy, and parties during this time of the year. At the same time you want to capture these memories and shoot the best photographs possible. With Halloween just a couple of weeks away I figured we would provide some helpful tips for Halloween photography.
Pictures at Halloween can be great but you can also get very creative with your shooting. Use vintage costumes and plugins and filters to shoot your photographs. Try making your photos really stand out.
Let’s talk Jack-O-Lanterns for a few minutes. Be sure when you finish your jack-o-lantern that wherever you place it to shoot a photo that the background or setting does not distract from the jack-o-lantern. Try placing the jack-o-lantern in a garden or background of leaves. If you decide to wait until night to take the picture of your jack-o-latern you may not get the effect you are looking for. You want to have at least 3 candles inside your jack-o-latern to get that inside glow. Then be sure and override the flash by put your finger over it. This will cut down on the amount of light thrown on the subject.
Next we talk about all the creatures that go bump in the night. Everybody enjoys putting on a scary Halloween costume and having fun. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that in recent years, sales of costumes for adults have outpaced costumes for kids! Make sure to take a photo of your favorite creature with and without the mask. Let’s say you want to take a portrait of your little boy (or kid brother) or even a friend in a “scary” costume before he goes out trick-or-treating or going to a costume party. First, figure out what’s the best part of the costume. Then get in close and fill the frame with the parts you’ve decided are best.It’s usually better if you don’t shoot from head to toe since shoes are often the weakest part of a costume.
Other basic tips:
Rule of Thirds
Fill Your Frame
Increase your ISO
Slow Down Shutter Speed
Use a Larger Aperture
Try all these things when shooting photos for Halloween. As I said above, be creative, take as many photos as you can and play with all the settings to get that Halloween effect. You don’t have to go with a expensive camera to do this as most basic digital cameras will take awesome photos for this time of the year.
Posted on September 18th, 2010
Olympus has rewritten the rule book for how powerful a point-and-shoot camera’s zoom can be with the launch of the new 26x optical zoom SP-590 Ultra Zoom. Its extremely versatile zoom lens can capture extraordinary images at virtually any distance–from a delicate flower close up to wide-angle photographs of friends posing before the vast Grand Canyon, or even images shot from the back row of the stadium that look like they were taken courtside.
Olympus offers a new option for those seeking the ease of a compact digital with the control of an SLR. At the time of its introduction (February 2009) the 26x optical zoom lens is the largest lens available on a compact digital camera. With a focal length equivalent to 26-676mm on a 35mm camera it has both wide angle and extreme telephoto capabilities. With a focal length equivalent to 26-676mm on a 35mm camera it has both wide angle and extreme telephoto capabilities. The SP-590 UZ also has a full set of manual exposure controls including aperture priority and shutter priority. Manual focusing is available too. In super macro mode you can get in as close as 1cm from your subject.
The SP-590 UZ looks like a mini-DSLR, following the design trend that has largely characterized the ultrazoom class since at least back in the days when 10x represented the high water mark for zoom multiplication. The composite matte black body is punctuated with a brushed silver metal barrel that encases the lens. This is a beautiful camera and worth the price.
- 12-megapixel resolution for photo-quality, poster-size prints
- 26x wide-angle optical dual image stabilized zoom
- Pre-capture scene modes: Multiple Exposure, Soft Background Focus and Beauty Mode
- 2.7-inch Advanced HyperCrystal III LCD screen
- Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards (not included)
Posted on August 25th, 2010
The Samsung TL220 12.2 Megapixel Digital Camera opens a whole new dimension in camera design with its DualView technology. While a 3.0″ rear LCD offers touchscreen operation and a wide platform for composing shots, a second 1.5″ LCD located on the camera’s front lets you compose perfect self-portraits and group shots.The Smart Auto Technology optimizes every shot automatically, the Perfect Portrait system ensures great shots of friends and family. With traditional digital cameras, you’re stuck behind the lens, snapping shots of what everyone else is doing, but leaving yourself out of the excitement. And then, we all know what happens when one tries to take a self portrait — you end up with poorly composed shots that are out of focus and crooked, but no with this camera.
The Samsung TL220 features a 12.2 megapixel 1/2.33″ CCD image sensor behind a Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan-branded 4.6x optical zoom lens. The TL220′s lens has actual focal lengths of 4.9 – 22.5mm, and 35mm-equivalent focal lengths of 27mm – 124mm – a generous wide angle through to a moderate telephoto lens. Maximum aperture varies from F3.5 to F5.9 across the zoom range. The TL220′s lens includes optical image stabilization, which should help reduce the likelihood of blur caused by camera shake, as part of what Samsung terms “Dual Image Stabilization”. The other part of the function is Digital Image Stabilization, which combats blur using the camera’s firmware, which makes this camera must have.
Other Listed Features Include:
Front and Back LCD Screens
Rear LCD Touch Screen
12.2 Megapixel Resolution
27mm WIDE Angle lens
Perfect Portrait System
This little camera is great and at a reasonable price, check out soon and we are sure you will be impressed.
Posted on August 10th, 2010
Summer is here and that presents many photo opportunities and these are usually outdoors and you might even find yourself at the beach. Heat and sand can easily damage your digital camera if you don’t take the correct precautions. Remember that at the beach, your most loved photographic equipment is exposed not only to sand and water but also to heat and salt. These elements are not good for the camera so make sure to keep them away from the device at all times.
If you take your camera to the beach I would suggest wrapping it in something like a zip-lock bag and then a towel. When you take your camera out to get some shots do not leave it on the sand. The mixture of the sand, heat, and salt can do extensive damage to your camera.
If you’re a hobbyist and are heading to the beach avoid changing lenses while you’re already at the beach so you don’t expose them to sand. If you must change the lens then go to your car or any enclosed area or in a car park where you’ll be away from sand that could be blown by the wind.
Make sure to clean your bag as well when you get home. Giving it a vacuum is the best way to get rid of sand.These are just a few tips you might think about if you are heading to the beach with your digital camera.
Posted on June 24th, 2010
The Nikon D3000 is a beginner-friendly digital SLR featuring a 10.2 megapixel DX-format sensor, 3.0 inch LCD, and Guide Modes for tips on making adjustments for a variety of shooting situations. Compact and capable, the D3000 is compatible with a broad range of world-famous Nikkor lenses and includes the versatile 3x, 18-55mm Zoom-Nikkor with Silent-Wave Motor auto-focusing and Nikon VR image stabilization to combat picture blur caused by camera shake for sharper hand-held pictures. The D3000′s split-second shutter response eliminates the annoyance of shutter lag. To further simplify picture-taking in special situations such as portraits, sports, landscapes, and more, the D3000 features icon-identified Scene Modes that deliver beautiful results automatically in otherwise complex situations. Additionally, the camera encloses Trim, Red-eye Correction, Soft Filter and many more functionalities that help you capture snaps in detail.
- 10.2-Megapixel DX-format Imaging Sensor – Delivers extraordinary image quality for breathtaking prints up to 20 x 30 inches.
- Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens – Legendary NIKKOR optical quality and fast, accurate autofocus means vivid color, striking contrast and crisp detail, while VR image stabilization assures your sharpest pictures ever.
- Nikon’s Smallest D-SLR
- Split-second Shutter Response – Eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss.
- Continuous Shooting up to 3 Frames-Per-Second – Capture fast action, precious moments and fleeting expressions confidently.
- In-camera Image Editing – The Retouch Menu provides creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering 13 easy editing functions, including Trim, Red-eye Correction and Soft Filter.
- Nikon EXPEED Image Processing – Assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed.
- Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning – Ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot.
- 11-point Autofocus – Fast and accurate autofocus delivers razor-sharp pictures.
- Active D-Lighting – Restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.
The D3000 packs all the innovation and enhanced engineering into a light, compact body. Its leading-edge technology resides behind a user-friendly interface that makes it extraordinarily simple to take the kinds of photos you’ve always wanted to take.
Posted on May 5th, 2010
The Pentax Kx is a 12.4-megapixel camera is a great camera with sensor-shift image stabilization, a 2.7-inch LCD, Live View mode, and a 720p movie mode. Capable of 4.6 frames per second, the Pentax K-x’s top shutter speed is 1/6,000 second. The Pentax K-x also includes the K-7′s HDR modes, and it also has the Digital filters, as well as a new Cross Process mode that randomly emulates several results that you’d only get by cross-processing film with different types of developer. Though it’s small, the Pentax K-x’s grip is good, with an ample thumbgrip on the back. The Mode dial now includes Movie mode as well. This is a great buy as far as a SLR camera goes and is very affordable for all the features that come with the camera.
* Type: CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor-movement system
* Size: 23.6 x 15.8mm
* Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
* Effective pixels: 12.4 MP
* Total pixels: 12.9 MP
* Recorded resolutions
o Still: 12M (4288×2848), 10M (3936×2624), 6M (3072×2048), 2M (1728×1152)
o Movie (resolution/FPS): 1280x720p24 (16:9), 640x416p24 (3:2)
* Quality levels: Best, Better, Good
* Dust Removal: Image sensor movement combined with SP coating (Dust Alert available)
* Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
* Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
* SDM function: Yes
* Power zoom function: n/a
* Type: TTL phase-matching 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
* Focus modes: AF Auto, AF Single (w focus lock), AF Continuous (available in Action mode including Auto Picture Action, Kids, Pet, Stage Lighting, Night Snap, P/A/S/M/B/Sv), Manual
* Focus point adjustment: 11 point auto, 5 point auto, AF point select, center/spot
* AF assist: Yes, via built-in flash
* Type: Pentamirror
* Coverage (field of view): Approx 96%
* Magnification: Approx 0.85X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
* Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte II
* Diopter adjustment: -2.5 to 1.5
* Depth of field preview: Optical & Digital (available via programmable Green button)
This item also includes the following
Software CD-ROM S-SW99
USB Cable I-USB7
Hotshoe Cover FK
Body Mount Cover
AA Lithium Batteries (*4)
We hope you get a chance to try this camera out. We think you will be as impressed as we were.
Posted on April 29th, 2010
Olympus Stylus Tough cameras already are world-renowned for being shockproof, waterproof, crushproof and freezeproof powerhouses. These cameras not only endure more than any other cameras, they also capture images as vivid as the adventures you live. The Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 is a compact 14-Megapixel digital camera with a 28mm 5x optical zoom lens designed for people with an active lifestyle. The camera has features that allow you to capture the action even in low light. Dual Image Stabilization will keep your images sharp, and if the image is better captured in motion.
- 14-megapixel effective recording
- 2-11/16″ LCD screen
- waterproof to 33 feet
- freeze proof to 14°F
- shockproof up to 6.6 feet
- Optical Sensor Resolution: 14 MP
- Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
- Optical zoom: 5 x
- Maximum Aperture Range: F/3.5-5.1
- Minimum focal length: 5 millimeters
- Maximum focal length: 25 millimeters
- Lens Type: Zoom lens
- Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3″
- Included Flash Type: Built-in flash
- Display Size: 2.7 inches
- Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO auto, ISO 64, ISO 1600
- Image types: JPEG
- Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode
- Exposure Control Type: Cuisine, Candle, Beauty, Underwater macro, Snow, Underwater wide 2, Underwater wide 1, Documents, Landscape, Portrait mode, Underwater snapshot, Beach/snow, Night portrait, Self-portrait, Pet, Fireworks, Panorama assist, Night scene, Sports mode, Sunset, Indoor
- Width: 3.9 inches
- Depth: 0.9 inches
- Height: 2.5 inches
- Weight: 7.6 Ounces
If you are looking for a great buy then look no further than the Olympus Stylus Tough-8010.
Posted on June 30th, 2009
Here at 42nd Street Photo, there’s a good reason we’re in the business of digital cameras. Photography is a hobby for some and a necessity for others, but for all of us, it’s a way to remember people, places, events, and more. Photography and motion capture may very well be the closest we ever get to time travel, and while it may not make for a really cool science-fiction flick, there is a reason why we as people have coined the term “a picture is worth a thousand words”.
All of us, through our lifetime, will lose someone we love. This could be a grandparent, a parent, or other family member; it could be a friend. Whatever the case, having something physical to remind you of someone is a way to remember certain people and to help us get past the pain we feel from losing them.
Everyone will miss someone at some point as well, and being able to see a picture of someone you care about but can’t see in person is a great way to get through that time as well. The beauty of digital photography, and one of the main reasons 42nd Street Photo is in the business of digital cameras, is the ease of sharing. Film cameras will always be a classic way to share image captures, but for those who simply want to see someone a thousand miles away, digital photography makes it easy to snap a picture and send it to anyone in the world at the speed of light. With digital photography, there is no need to wait and no need to worry if a one-of-a-kind print was lost in the mail.
While every person experiences tough times during which photographs can help, each of us will also share happy times with another. Family gatherings, special events and precious moments are all things we’d like to remember, and with digital photography, saving these memories is simple and cheap. If we at 42nd Street Photo could travel through time, we’d probably go back to when cameras were first invented and give one to every family that didn’t have the technology, because it really is a shame that before these times, many people could not afford to capture the memories that others might take for granted.
We certainly are lucky to be living in a day and age that makes it so easy to get in touch and capture memories with little boxes. We may not be able to go back in time, but with a digital camera, we just might have the next best thing.
Posted on June 18th, 2009
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3, however, is a great suggestion, in our honest opinion. It’s versatile, affordable, and of great quality, both for image and video capture. If you’re an amateur photographer, or a casual one, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 just might be the perfect camera for you and your budget.
The TZ5 model, as a precursor to the ZS3, was a great camera, and highly recommended by friends and family alike. The ZS3, in all it’s glory, has improved upon everything that made the TZ5 great.
With a newer processor, wider and more powerful 12x zoom lense, HD movie mode and improved face detection, image capture is not only easier, but of much higher quality. It has a 3″ LCD screen (460k pixels), 10.1MP resolution, 25-300mm focal length, and stereo sound recording.
It might not be classified as a super-compact POS digital camera, but this Lumix is lightweight and travels very well. And while many who purchase the camera may not do so because of it’s appearance, no one can argue that the ZS3 is a great looking camera.
Posted on June 11th, 2009
It has been the experience of the folks here at 42nd Street Photo that taking pictures is not an art form for everyone, but all of us like taking good pictures, especially of those we love. While photographing your family and friends may not be rocket science, we’ve found that a lot of people are unhappy with the way their portraits and group shots turn out, so we’re here to help with some handy tips that might help.
First off, you need a good digital camera. This doesn’t mean that you need to go out and buy the best DSLR on the market, it simply means that you should purchase a camera that suits your needs and can do what you need it to do.
The first step is to determine how you want to share your pictures:
- If you know for a fact that you will only be sharing your image captures online, then you don’t need to get a camera with a ton of mega-pixels. Anything over 8.0 is more than you’ll really need for digital sharing through email and to put on your personal websites.
- If you plan on sharing these images on a HD television however, check the resolution of the TV to see how large it goes. It’s best to capture these images at the same size as the TV if you want clean and clear pictures to be displayed correctly.
- If you wish to print your pictures and share them that way, it’s best to go with a larger MP count, at least 12.0 or greater – 14.0 is a great resolution, but for 4×6 or 5×7 printouts, 12MP should do the trick.
The second step is to determine what kind of pictures you will be taking. Do you tend to take a lot of pictures at your families sporting events or special occasions, or do you primarily plan to photograph those that stand still, smile and say “cheese”?
- If you only plan to take portraits, a fancy DSLR with a high shutter speed is not necessary. Simple point-and- shoot cameras go up to a great enough MP count that one of these will work for digital or print sharing purposes.
- If you tend to capture images of others in action, such as dancing at a wedding, playing sports, running, etc., you may want to get a camera with a broader range of features. Many POS cameras will tend to take blurry pictures when action is in the scene, so a higher-end POS or a DSLR with a good shutter speed and aperture is the key to sharper action shots.
The next step is anticipating your shot.
- For still shots, you have all the time in the world to tweak the settings on your digital camera, so unless you are shooting in auto all the time, it is best to read the manual that came with your camera to figure out the best settings for close to medium range portrait shots. Frame the shot however looks best to you, keeping in mind the position of lighting around you. Generally speaking, portraits come out best when the flash is not needed, and the camera is mounted on a tripod, so there is no worry to hold the camera steady. Light should come from behind you (or whoever is taking the picture) but at a slight angle, so the facial features stand out better.
- For action shots, manual settings are best, and a DSLR camera is preferred. The great thing about DSLR’s over most POS cameras is that they snap the picture right away, so that you wont get stuck with nothing but a foot or hand in frame, and miss out on the good stuff. Also, many DSLR’s have better auto settings, if you’re not comfortable with manual mode. Still, you should check out the manual and learn what the settings do, and experiment with different types of action shots in different lighting conditions.
When it comes down to it, practice and experimentation helps a lot to ensure better pictures. If you only take pictures when you want good shots, you may not be satisfied with the results. If you get in the habit of carrying your camera with you everywhere you go, feel free to snap away (since you wont be wasting film!) and if you think of it, mark down in a photo journal what the conditions and settings were, so you can make a reference later if you do or don’t like the way it turned out.
Posted on May 28th, 2009
When it comes to competing in the world of digital photography, Nikon has always held it’s own, but with the D5000 Nikon is surpassing expectations. The D5000 has been referred to as “the poor man’s D90 (made by Canon)”, but such a brief description, while accurate, doesn’t do much justice to the value of this diamond in the rough.
Unorthodox is the keyword here, from the model number to the appearance of the D5000, but this is likely what amateur and financially sound professionals alike are looking for in a digital SLR camera.
While it lacks the heft and solidity of many of it’s competitors’ digital cameras, the folks here and 42nd Street Photo have enjoyed the more compact size, lighter weight and ease of use. It doesn’t feel expensive, because it’s not (compared to the Canon D90), but this doesn’t mean the D5000 doesn’t take great pictures.
First off, the display is as unorthodox as the rest of the camera – but this just places the D5000 in a class all it’s own. This camera is one of the few which boasts a fully articulate preview display screen, which means the user doesn’t have to take pictures only from behind the lens, but from the top, bottom, and sides as well. This could prove very handy for those tough “over-the-crowd” shots, or for getting low-to-the-ground image captures. As if the sharp display, vivid colors and unmatched brightness weren’t enough, Nikon has added it’s GUI to the 2.7″, multi-angle display. This makes the extra 0.3″ of the Canon D90 seem almost pointless, at the sacrifice of these other features.
Compared to the Canon D90 (as it seems appropriate since these two models share so much in common), the Nikon D5000 takes strikingly similar pictures. The main difference we’ve noticed between the two is the saturation. While the D90 takes more vivid image captures, the D5000 captures the same amount of detail and clarity, which is most important. Since most photographers perform some manner of post-capture editing, a quick color correction is all it takes to bring the captures from the D5000 to perfection.
All in all, the D5000 isn’t the best of the best, but at it’s low price tag, it’s the best money can buy. Generally speaking, what you pay for is what you get with a digital camera, but the D5000 throws in just a little extra where it really counts.
Posted on May 11th, 2009
It’s wedding season, that’s for sure. Most of us have likely been to a few weddings already, which means there are probably more to come in May, June, maybe even July and August! It seems everyone carries cameras with them today, especially to special events like weddings, and other celebrations, but most couples would prefer to hire a professional to ensure their wedding snapshots will preserve those memories the way they remember them. It definitely helps to work with your wedding photographer, but many times it can become a chore to pose for pictures. Here are some simple tips from your friendly neighborhood New York digital camera store to make the process go easy and the result beautiful.
- Hire a Professional – there are a lot of people that like to call themselves photographers, and chances are that one of your friends fall in to this category. Whether or not they have the skill and the experience to be entrusted with the memories of that once-in-a-lifetime celebration is ultimately up to your best judgement, but if someone really knows how to use a camera and capture quality snapshots, they will certainly have a portfolio that you can look at. Additionally, knowing your in good hands will relieve a lot of your own stress about the day, and while having a friend handle the task in order to save a little money might seem like a good idea, why not let your friend enjoy the day with the rest of the guests, instead of being trapped behind the lens for a day?
- Be Yourself – it’s easy to get a little controlling throughout the day at your wedding. What you might not have considered is the affect this will have on your pictures. Sweat, redness in the face, fatigue – these things are all physical symptoms of stress, and there is only so much post-capture editing any digital photographer can do, so why not relax and see your better side appear in that wedding photo album. Many people would recommend a professional wedding planner, if you can afford it, but it may be just as well to entrust the task to a loved one, as long as you don’t have to worry about them enjoying themself while the planned events take place. Stress is no ones friend, and although your wedding should be the perfect day, we all know that this is not always the case, so letting a few things slide may be the difference between a stress-free or a stress-filled day.
- Take It Slow – a wedding should be planned with plenty of cushions around events to leave ample time for conversation, interaction, transportation, and photos. One wedding-specific event that comes to mind where people may rush is walking down the isle after the vows are confirmed, the bride and groom say “I Do,” and the kiss seals the deal. When walking down the isle as “Mr. amd Mrs.” for the first time, this is a great opportunity for some truly magical photos. Walk slowly, look at eachother, smile at your friends and family, and soak it all in. You only get to do this once, so make it last, and ensure some better images by which to remember the moment at the same time.
- Plan with Photographs in Mind – while you may have your hands free planning which flowers the bride’s maids should hold, what playlist to dance to, etc., planning your wedding with photography in mind should be just as important. Consider the time of day or night the ceromony and reception take place. Would it be better to take pictures of your party in a softer morning light or a bright afternoon sun? How about some moonlit shots of the bride and groom by the lake? The fact is, lighting has everything to do with photography, so while leaving some cushions between events can you get some extra shots, planning when photographs should be taken will only ensure the quality that much more.
All things considered, if you have a photographer that knows what he or she is doing, the worry on your end should be minimal. However, don’t forget that they are working for you, so try to take care of all the details beforehand so that they can concentrate on taking good pictures, and you can concentrate on having the best day of your life.
Posted on May 5th, 2009
For photographers of all shapes, sizes, styles and experience, Canon knows how to cover their bases. With quality digital cameras in the DSLR and POS arenas, Canon has something for everyone. But they also have one camera that may suit anyone just right, the Canon Powershot G10.
With it’s first glance wide range of features, generous display, and 14.7 megapixels, it’s hard not to take a closer look. Once you do, you’ll probably find what many other photographers, from the amateur to the professional, have found. The Canon G10 is the kind of digital device that gladly meets, and proudly surpasses expectations, especially for the price.
While not the cheapest digital camera on the market, the G-10′s modest price tag is the clincher for many. Still, for others, it’s the 28mm wide angle lens, 5x optical zoom, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, or perhaps it’s compatibility with a wealth of accessories that can spark that creative edge. Whatever your bread and butter, the Canon G10 has something, if not everything, you would want in a compact point-and-shoot digital camera.
42nd Street Photo offers plenty of other POS digital cameras, so if the G10, though unlikely, doesn’t fit your needs, come on in and we’ll help you find one that will, at a price that’s right for you!
Posted on April 8th, 2009
If you’re a more-than-casual photographer looking for the package deal, the SONY Alpha DSLR A 200K just might be the perfect camera for you. From a company known for finely crafter electronics and superior quality, a single-lense reflex digital camera with all the features should be a no brainer, but in case you’re still not convinced, we’ll give you all the details.
This DSLR from the Alpha series by SONY comes paired with a 18-70mm zoom lense, which will come in handy for those far shots. With a 10.2 megapixel resolution and a 2.7″ clear LCD screen, along with on-board shooting info and histogram display for confirmation of an image well shot, knowing that you have captured your perfect shot is much easier. Add in a center-cross 9-point autofocus with SONY’s exclusive Eye-Start activation, which automatically focuses when you look through the viewfinder, and you’ll be taking professional quality digital photographs in no time.
All DSLR cameras run the risk of dust contamination between lense changes, it’s just a fact – however, the Alpha DSLR A 300 lens (available for purchase separately) employes a built-in self-cleaning sensor system to keep shots clear and free of grit. Additionally, pictures are perfectly balanced by an advanced D-Range Optimizer, which automatically adjusts lights and darks for a beautifully balanced image.
As you can see, the Alpha A 200K comes standard with a load of features which increase the quality of your photos drastically over any point-and-shoot digital camera, as well as beyond that of many DSLR’s in its class, plus the option to upgrade your lenses is alway nice. Feel free to stop by the 42nd Street Photo website to view the complete list of accessories available, or simply visit the 42nd Street Photo store located in New York, NY.
Posted on March 16th, 2009
The Sony Cybershot DSC W300 is everything you would expect from a digital camera with the Sony name on it. It is stylish, durable, reliable, and with a massive 13.6 megapixel resolution, it captures every detail stunningly. For a point and shoot camera, it does just that quite well. While many point and shoot cameras leave little room to adjust settings, the Cybershot DSC W300 offers more options than most, and yet is one of the rare breeds that doesn’t need to, because the automatic features packed into this semi-compact digital camera are smart and effective.
While higher resolution images do not always mean higher quality captues, this Cybershot captures where it counts. The extra features, high resolution, and 3x optical zoom may make this relatively inexpensive gadget worth the investment for some, but for others, it may fall just short of exceptional.
One of the main drawbacks of the DSC W300 is its internal memory – or lack thereof. With only 15mb of storage, this is definitely a digital camera for the casual photographer. This isn’t a large drawback, as 2gb and 4gb memory cards are relatively cheap these days, but for a semi-compact, it could be better.
Another drawback for some might be its size. Most people invest in a compact camera for the convenience of carrying it in their pocket or purse, but this Sony Cybershot is a little thicker than most would probably prefer. The finish is gorgeous, with a charcoal grey titanium body, but if price is not an issue for you, and 10 megapixels is as high as you need to go (give or take), something from the the Canon Powershot line might be the better bet.
Posted on February 19th, 2009
For a lot of people, photography isn’t so much a hobby as it is a daily part of their lifestyle. Everyone knows someone that carries their camera with them everywhere they go, whether to work, a family outing, or a night on the town with their friends. If you don’t know someone like this, chances are you’re that person, and this is the perfect camera for you!
The Nikon Coolpix S60 is considered an ultra-compact digital camera, as it fits nicely into a pocket, or can act as a fancy, image-capturing bracelet around one’s wrist. It’s sleek and simple design may confuse users as to where all the settings are, since the only buttons on it’s body are the on/off button and the shutter to snap pictures. The 3.5 inch touch screen handles the rest.
While the response on the S60 touch screen has been known to lag a little, this will probably go unnoticed by the casual photographer, for whom this Coolpix model was designed. However, even though it is a casual user’s digital camera, this does not mean that it is not packed with the features that larger compacts come with, like 5x zoom, 10 megapixel image-capture, optical image stabilization and a mini HDMI port for directly connecting the unit to an HDTV.
The Nikon Coolpix S60 comes in six fashionable colors, so you’re bound to find one that fits your style.
For more information on the complete line of Coolpix digital cameras, please visit 42photo.com.
Posted on February 6th, 2009
At 42nd Street photo, in New York City, we’re not biased towards any particular kind of camera. While we might recommend a DSLR camera to more serious photographers, point and shoot cameras like the Canon Powershot G10 must be given due credit. While not a digital single lens reflex camera, this next model of the popular Powershot series has stepped up to the plate and is batting with the majors.
Featuring 14.7 Megapixel resolution, and a CCD sensor to match, the Canon Powershot G10 surpasses many DSLR cameras in quality and image pixel-count. It also has a 5x optical zoom (a 44-128mm equivalent to 35mm film), superior face detection via DIGIC 4, and 80-1600 ISO.
Along with its impressive technical specifications comes a vivid 3.o” color LCD screen, and the capability to shoot in high quality RAW format, like many DSLR’s can. The body design is nothing as spectacular as the Sony DSC-T300 we previously mentioned, but it is a good looking camera at a relatively small size (just above compact), and a fairly light weight of 12.3 ounces.
Along with the Canon Powershot G10, like with most point and shoot digital cameras, comes the convenience of auto settings, as well as the ability to shoot in manual settings. It is versatile, convenient, and a good buy for anyone from the casual the professional photographer. Pick up this incredibly affordable digital camera and 42nd Street Photo today, online at 42photo.com or in our New York camera store.
Posted on February 3rd, 2009
At 42nd Street Photo, we always try to offer the best possible price on digital equipment, but more importantly, we try to offer the best brands for the price your paying. It definitely helps when the manufacturer makes a fantastic product for a good price, and this is most certainly the case with the Lumix DMC-FZ28k from Panasonic.
While Panasonic is is no stranger to quality and affordability, the Lumix DMC-Fz28k packs a little extra for the money you’ll spend on it. Everyone knows that Canon makes a fine digital camera, but many have hailed the Lumix as the better buy over it’s direct Canon competitor, the SX10 IS. It is said to be faster, lighter, brighter, and on top of that, it shoots movies in HD, while its Canon counterpart does not.
In the DSLR world, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28k has it where it counts, and doesn’t add any fluff. Compared to its predecessor, the FZ18, it offers 10.1 megapixels, versus the FZ18′s 8.1 mp. The HD movie capture is an improvement, as well as its wide angle capabilities, zoom range and quality.
While many might view the upgrade from the 18 to the 28k a natural progression, we view it simply as building on something that already exceeded our expectations.
Posted on January 28th, 2009
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.
Posted on December 1st, 2008
A lot of people were worried about Olympus until earlier this year. To make a long story short, each consecutive model released by the company was not the best upgrade when compared to the heavy-hitters such as Canon and Nikon. Needless to say, the Olympus E-3 DSLR was going to make or break the future of the company.
Here at 42nd Street Photo, we take digital photogrpahy seriously, which is why we offer great deals on top-of-the-line digital cameras and camcorders (along with many other digital audio and video products), so carrying the Olympus E-3 is not only a service to our customers in terms of offering fine equipment, but also a service to ourselves as a 40-year experienced digital camera store that takes pride in the products we offer to our customers.
While Olympus has always been recognized for the fine quality of glass in their lenses, a great lense wont take a good picture if the rest of the parts aren’t up to par. This is why it is important that the E-3 stepped up the sensor quality, megapixel count, focus speed, etc. A digital camera works a lot like the human eye in the sense that one less-than-optimal part can cause a problem with the picture it sees – or captures.
Posted on October 31st, 2008
42nd Street Photo has been one of New York’s most trusted digital camera stores for over 40 years now. The biggest reasons to shop Christmas with us though, are our great prices! If you’re looking for a high quality digital camera that’s easy to use – be sure to look at the Casio EX-S10 . It’s on sale right now for $219.99! It will make a great gift for that loved one who’s looking to take better pictures.
If your loved one has an interest in photography and wants the camera that does everything, they might want the Nikon D300. The D300 is one of Nikon’s top of the line 12.3 megapixel cameras. There are very few digital SLR’s on the market that capture stunning images like these. Visit our store for more Christmas bargains!
Posted on October 14th, 2008
We all know that sharing digital image captures is easy through email, blogs, and photo sharing websites such as Flickr! However, printing your images to share with family, or stick into a photo album, can prove to be a bit more difficult of a task. Either you need a good printer, or you need to spend a little extra to have them printed professionally.
If you’re one of those that likes to have a lot of pictures to pass around, you may want to think about investing in the Epson R2880. Not only does Epson have a good reputation, but their hardware is consistantly improving. The R2880 does photo printing right, which is due in large part to the 8 cartridges of UltraChrome K3 inks. In other words, the transitions between colors on most printers can change from matte to shiny in appearance, especially in blacks – but the R2880 maintains consistancy between shades.
In addition to the improvement in the ink, the particular algorithm used to translate the colors from screen to print was developed in conjunction with the Rochester Institute of Technology. This translation is known as Radiance technology, which is unique to Epson. When compared to other inkjet printers, the difference is as noticable as the bands that others will create between colors. Also, black and white prints come out astoundingly close to the appearance of traditionally developed black and white photography.
Here at 42nd Street Photo, we want you to get the most out of your digital photos, which is another reason we created this blog. To learn more about the Epson R2880, check out the official Epson website, and to learn more about us, check out 42photo.com.
Posted on October 3rd, 2008
It may come as a surprise to some of you that knowing how to use a digital camera is just the beginning. Still, to some, it may be common sense – don’t feel bad if you are of the former, as there is enough technology to force even the most savvy consumer to turn their head 360 degrees. Sure, the digital age is moving faster than ever, but that doesn’t mean that the staff at 42nd Street Photo need a crash course – they know digital like you know your own children.
So, what about this whole HDTV thing? Obviously, many of us are taking the neccessary steps to ensure we don’t get stuck without our digital converter box for broadcast television, come February 17, 2009. But how many of us know about other areas of compatibility? This one area of which we speak, is of course, the compatibility between your digital photos and your HDTV.
Wait, you don’t have an HDTV, you say? Well, then you may want to consider it.
While the purchase of a high definition, flat screen television is not neccessarily a must, there are many advantages to owning one, including a great way to view your digital photos. Many models are now built with SD card slots, and if you’re one of those “always prepared” digital photographers, you more than likely use SD cards as your preferred storage device for images captured with your digital camera of choice. This is good.
As of now, the highest resolution available for an HDTV is 1920×1080 pixels, and most DSLR cameras can capture better resolution images than that. Furthermore, if you decide to purchase one of the more modestly sized HDTV’s, you will get around a 1280×720 pixel resolution. Either way, there is little to no concern for the images not displaying well on an HDTV.
Before you begin wondering why the best resoultion HDTV’s have a lower pixel count than many digital cameras, consider the fact that larger images require more memory, so all your images can be taken at (or resized down to) your televisions resolution for the best compatibility. Unless you’re shooting photos for a magazine, newspaper, or other print media, there is no need to capture your images at the highest resolution your camera offers, nor is there a need at present for an HDTV to display as many pixels, since pixels displayed on a screen are displayed differently from pixels printed on paper. SO, what does this mean? It means your images will look better at the same resolution as your HDTV than they will at a larger resolution, and it also means you have a lot more room to store images.
But, in case you are still hung up the HDTV peak at 1920×1080 resolution, let us educated you as to why. While some would debate this fact (probably those with eagle eyes), that particular resolution is best viewed at a distance from the television equal to, or greater than, twice the height of the screen. If they were to squeeze any more pixels into the screen, there would be no significant difference in the quality you view at that distance. So why pay more for resolution you’re not going to be able to appreciate?
A lot of times, we need to sit back and enjoy the digital age, instead of pushing for more memory, better resolution, faster processors. Digital is moving fast enough as it is – we don’t need to speed it up, we need to enjoy it, and with an HDTV, you’ll have a whole new way to enjoy your digital photos.
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.
For more information on Digital Cameras, please visit 42nd Street Photo at 42photo.com.