Posted on February 15th, 2012
The Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 is a very impressive camera with a combination great build quality, excellent performance and top of the line image quality. This is a camera meant for the more advanced to professional photographer.
The Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 is called a compact full frame camera but there is nothing compact about this camera. The measurements are 156.3 x 116.9 x 81.9mm. The body layout is very similar to the A700. The Alpha DSLR-A900 is a very versatile control interface. The main shooting functions can be accessed by buttons on the top panel. It comes with many options for both JPEG and Raw shooting mode. The biggest and probably most talked about feature is the viewfinder. The viewfinder uses a high-quality optical glass and has 100 percent frame view, which is like watching a high definition television.
Other Great Features:
- 24.6 Effective Megapixels
- 35mm Full-frame Exmor CMOS Image Sensor
- APS-C Size Capturing
- RGB Primary Color Filter
- SteadyShot INSIDE In-camera Image Stabilization
- The Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Digital Camera Body has dual card slots
- Burst Mode: Maximum 5 Frames per Second
- 3.0-inch TFT Xtra Fine LCD Screen with Approx. 921k Pixels
- Optional User-replaceable Focusing Screens
If you want to read more about this camera visit 42nd Street Photo.
Posted on January 21st, 2012
Most cameras are not built for high impact or to be dropped in water. You can purchase such cameras but they don’t really shoot the high quality photos that a photographer wants or needs. If you own a camera that is not water or impact resistant you need to take extra care of your camera when you are out shooting. Depending where you drop your camera and where the impact occurs can have adverse effects on different parts of the camera. Dropping your camera in the water more than likely this will cause complete loss in functionality. Here are a few tips to use if you drop your camera or if it’s submerged in water.
Camera Dropped on Hard Surface
If your camera is dropped on a hard surface the first thing you need to do is check the condition the physical condition of the camera. Check to make sure there are no dents, scratches, cracks or broken parts on the camera. Next you want to check the condition of the lens. If the camera was OFF when it hit the ground the body may have protected the lens if it’s not a DSLR. If the camera was ON then take a look at the lens. If the lens has been broken, scratched or cracked then you will need to take it in for repair.
After checking the lens the next step is to check that the camera is still functional. Try turning the camera on and check all functionality. Be sure and check the zoom to see it’s stuck or moves in an irregular motion. Also check to see if the lens was possibly bent. This might be an easy fix without much effort. Last try shooting off a few photos and make sure everything works correctly and there is no abnormalities in your photos. If the camera no longer turns ON or some on the functions do not work properly then take it in for repair.
Camera Dropped in Water
If your camera is dropped in water when the camera is ON more than likely the camera is done. You will probably have to go buy a new camera. If the camera was turned OFF then dry off the camera and remove the batteries and memory card. More than likely water has reached all circuits and the sensor. You can try drying the camera out with a hair dryer and then letting it sit for a week or so to let all water evaporate. Afterwards with batteries and memory still out take the camera in for repair.
It’s hard to save a damaged camera and you will probably have to take the camera in for repair. Use your camera carefully and try to avoid these type of accidents.
Posted on December 12th, 2011
When using an outside setting for your photographs can be fun and exciting, it is very important to take care of your camera in cold weather. Most digital cameras’ default settings can be adjusted to compensate for the weather but some cannot. Here are a few helpful tips to avoid damaging your camera and capturing unwanted photographs.
Keep your batteries and camera warm. Some photographers don’t even put batteries in until it is time to photograph. To conserve batteries, turn of any extra feature such as the LCD to save energy. Also keep a spare of batteries in your pocket close to your body.
Place your camera in a plastic bag to avoid any potential condensation from developing on the camera lens. If the camera is in the plastic bag, take it out for photos then immediately place back in the bag for safety. This will prevent the camera from appearing “Foggy”. If condensation does form, immediately stop using the camera, remove the batteries, lens cap, and memory card
Once the photographer has returned home, immediately give the camera time to adjust to the temperature change. Place the camera in an unheated room for about 30 minutes. Also keep the camera in the camera bag to minimize any condensation.
These are just a few tips for protecting your camera during the cold weather months.
Posted on December 4th, 2011
After we take a picture so many people are too quick delete a portrait. I look awful, the picture looks blurry, it’s too dark; these are all things we have said at one point after a photograph is taken .Don’t be so quick to delete the photos on your digital camera just yet. There are some reasons the picture looks bad.
- The LCD screen at the back of your camera has a different calibration than that of the actual picture. So if the picture looks bad on the LCD screen then wait till you can get to a bigger screen to determine the actually quality. At this time there is no way to calibrate the LCD to your liking so just be patient and wait till you get to your big screen.
- Sometimes when so quick to delete a photo we accidentally delete the wrong one. So the best way to avoid this situation is to simply wait till the images can be uploaded to a computer for further review.
- Back to the LCD. LCD takes up a lot of battery to view those images just captured. If you spend a lot of time deleting or configuring an image then you waist battery supply and end up with a dead camera.
- A good photographer can capture many images at a time. If you waist time deleting images right then and there you are also wasting time on potential photos that can be captured at that time.So the simplest fix to photos that appear unflattering at the moment is to just don’t delete until you can view them the way they are suppose to be viewed.
Posted on October 17th, 2011
If you own a digital camera or cameras then you probably know about the different types of memory involved. There are multiple types of memory cards and depending on the type of camera you own you need to know which type is right for your model of camera. The most common memory types are CF or compact flash, SD card or secure digital card, memory stick, and XD cards.
The Compact Flash card or CF card is the biggest camera memory cards. This type of card is meant for holding large amounts of data and is usually found in larger cameras. The card itself has over a dozen pin holes that’s connects to the card reader. You can usually find this memory in higher end Canon cameras.
The most common camera memory card is the SD card or Secure Digital card. This memory is great because of its small size and storage. The card itself looks like a rectangle with one of the corners slanted. You can find SD cards in most cameras like Canon, Panasonic, Kodak, Nikon and many others.
The memory stick is solely used by Sony. The Memory Stick also includes the Memory Stick Duo and Pro. They look a lot like SD cards except they are longer in size. You can also find this type of memory not only in Sony camera but in the Sony PSP.
The XD card is another memory card that is only used by one company and that’s Fujifilm. The XD card is about half the size of the SD card. Fujifilm as of lately though has been replacing the XD card slots with SD card slots in their newer cameras. You can still find older camera models that use the XD card.
We hope this helps with any decision you might be making for your next digital camera.
Posted on October 4th, 2011
The new Samsung NX100 is one of the best in its class with its big sensor, mirrorless interchangeable lens, and manual controls. Samsung boasts a 720p HD video, and an APS-C sensor with 14.6MP, all in a compact and lightweight camera. The Samsung NX100 has a brand new feature called iFunction, which enables you to make camera adjustments via a new button on compatible lenses. The iFunction feature lets you set up an extra layer of communication between camera and lens , so you get to use the Samsung NX100 lens’ focusing ring to adjust aperture, exposure compensation, and other key settings. This is a very tough and sturdy camera worth checking out.
Image Sensor: 14.6 million effective pixels.
Metering: Multi pattern, centre-weighted and spot.
Sensor Size: APS-C-sized CMOS (23.4×15.6mm).
Lens Factor: 1.5x.
Lens: Samsung NX mount.
Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/4000 second, Bulb.
Continuous Shooting: three/ten JPEG shots/second (LCD on/off); three RAW shots/second.
Memory: SD, SDHC cards.
Image Sizes (pixels): 4592×3056 to 1280×1280.
Movies: 1280×720, 640×480, 320×240 at 30 fps.
LCD Screen: 7.6cm LCD (614,000 pixels).
File Formats: JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW, MPEG4.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 6400.
Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI, AV, DC.
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC input.
Dimensions: 120.5x71x34.5mm WHDmm.
Weight: 340 g (inc battery and card).
You can find this great buy at 42nd Street Photo.
Posted on September 21st, 2011
The Panasonic DMC-ZS8 is everything you want in a basic digital camera with megazoom and great photo quality and shooting performance. The ZS8 includes a high resolution 14.1MP CCD sensor, a super zoom 16x ultra wide-angle 24-384mm Leica lens and 1280 x 720 high definition video. This camera is vey compact as well as user friendly. This camera also packs one USB port, a component video output, an SD memory card slot and more. The ZS8 is also capable of burst shooting at a rate of up to 1.9 frames per second at full, 14.1 megapixel resolution. Also included is Intelligent Auto Mode, auto focus, face detection and subject tracking.
Panasonic DMC-ZS8 Hightlights
- 14.1MP CCD Sensor
- Leica 16x 24-384mm (Equiv) Zoom Lens
- 3″ TFT LCD Display 230K-Dot Resolution
- 1280×720 HD Video
- Manual Exposure Mode
- Intelligent Scene Selector Mode
- Easy Upload to Facebook/YouTube
- Advanced Face Recognition Mode
- Image Stabilization
- Intelligent Resolution Function
The Panasonic DMC-ZS8 is great camera for the price. Stop by 42nd Street Photo and pick it up today.
Posted on August 22nd, 2011
The new Canon EOS Rebel T3i is the newest high end camera that is just above the Rebel T3 and last year’s Rebel T2i. The biggest difference between the Rebel T2i and the Rebel T3i is the new flip-out and rotating LCD display on the T3i. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i still includes the 18.0 MP sensor which was included in the T2i. Trust me when I say the T3i will not disappoint you with the picture quality no matter if shot in low light or with high ISO. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i also carries the DIGIC 4 processor to keep your performance level at top speed when snapping pictures. No matter what the picture quality is high even when shooting at 6400 ISO. This camera also includes full HD video recording and live view shooting.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
- 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor
- 3.0″ Clear View Vari-Angle LCD
- 100-6400 ISO
- Full HD Movie Mode w/ Manual Exposure
- Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
- 3.7 Frames/Second Continuous Shooting
- 63 Zone Dual-Layer Metering / 9-Point AF
- Intelligent Auto Mode
If you are new to photography this camera is not for you. This is for the experienced photographer who is already well versed with Canon products and DSLRs. This camera offers the best options for a camera of its price with outstanding results.
Posted on July 23rd, 2011
Ever asked how some people take the most perfect photographs? Would you to like to become a better photographer? We are going to cover a few tips that will help you do just that.
Light – Light is important in every picture. It will affect your photo in every way. For natural light we suggest early morning or late evening. If you have to be out during the day its best to have the sun at your back.
Direct Eye Contact – This can be as important as light when photographing your subject. Try to be ay there level and capture those great smiles. This adds more of a personal feeling in the picture.
Background – Put a background behind the subject that isn’t cluttered. Use something simple that will allow the subject to stand out.
Settings – Understand the settings on your camera. Read through your manual, this will help ion the long run to get those photographs you always wanted.
Flash When Outdoors – This might sound crazy for those of you that have never tried this. Using the flash outdoors will eliminate shadows. This will help the person stand out in your picture.
We hope these few tips get you going in the right direction. Remember don’t be shy about taking picture. Let your digital camera loose and take as many pictures as you can. You start getting it right as you go.
Posted on July 7th, 2011
The summer is here and the temperatures are hot. More than likely at some point this summer you will probably find yourself at a poll of your own or with friends. This also provides a great chance to take some great photo with your digital camera. Here are a few tips to try out when poolside and you are snapping shots.
- Understand your digital camera, read your manual, play with the settings
- Batteries and memory cards. Make sure your batteries are new or charged and you have plenty of room on your memory cards
- Keep your camera stores when not using it. Be sure you have a case or a bag to place your camera in when not using it. Keep out of the sun and away from the water
- Beware of the sun, natural light is great but when at the pool try and get the sun behind you. Understand your ISO settings will also help when there is a lot of sun.
- Take a lot of photos, you can’t go wrong here. Not all your photos are going to be perfect so take as many photos as you can.
- Make sure you have stable footing and a good foundation; you don’t want to find yourself and your camera in the pool.
We do hope you have a great summer and take some great photos. Thanks for stopping by.
Posted on June 24th, 2011
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.
Posted on April 27th, 2011
When the Olympus SP-800UZ was released it was one of only two digital cameras to have a 30x zoom leans. The lens covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28-840mm. Maximum aperture varies from f/2.8 to f/5.6 across the zoom range. Shutter speeds range from 1/2,000 to four seconds. Seven white balance settings are provided, including automatic and six presets. The Olympus SP800UZ stores images in JPEG format, and is also able to record movies at high-definition 720p resolution or below, using MPEG-4 compression. The camera also includes a 14-megapixel sensor, a 3-inch wide-screen LCD monitor, 720p HD movie recording capability, mechanical image stabilization, high-speed continuous shooting at various speeds and resolution settings, and 2GB of internal storage plus SD card compatibility. The camera allows you to create stylized looks for your photos with Creative Art Filters, and use the Panorama mode to create one large image.
The Olympus SP-800UZ is designed for the digicam owner who wants to move up to a 30x zoom with Super Macro. With a feature set that matches up against the likes of the Nikon P100 and Fuji HS10, the Olympus SP-800UZ has some serious competition in the superzoom department.It’s very light weight camera consuidering such a long lens.
Olympus SP-800UZ digital camera
LI-50B Lithium-ion battery
Lens cap and cord
Quick Start Guide
Instruction manual and ib software on internal memory
This is great camera for the size and price and especially for those photographers who want some great closeups.
Posted on April 7th, 2011
This is a great Canon camera that has a long zoom in a small frame. The 14-megapixel PowerShot SX210 is just that type of camera from Canon. The photo quality is above average to excellent for a camera this size. The amount of noise this camera produces is low which makes this a great camera for beginners. Canon’s PowerShot SX210 captures still images in a choice of 12 JPEG file sizes (including 2 @ 16:9) as well as HD 720p(1280×720) video clips (with stereo sound) up to 60 minutes (or 4GB per clip) as well as 640×480 @ 30 fps and 320×240 @ 30 fps for lower-resolution applications. And when shooting hand-held, walkabout video, the SX210 takes advantage of Canon’s Dynamic mode to dampen the bumps along the way. The SX210 is also available in black, purple and gold versions.
Compact cameras like these start giving softer images when you go beyond ISO 200 and so did this Canon. The photos will get much softer when you go beyond ISO 400 but still 8×10 inch prints look great on this camera. For hassle-free shooting, Canon’s Smart AUTO mode automatically analyzes the scene and sets the best exposure based on 22 predefined shooting situations. For shooting under low lighting conditions, the ISO sensitivity of the PowerShot SX210 IS can be dialed up to 1600, and when shooting in Low Light mode, expanded as high as an equivalent of ISO 6400.
The cameras controls aren’t really made for big hands. Canon makes the flash pop up every time you start the camera but you can push it down and it will stay down. With the flash up, the camera is very awkward to hold because you don’t really have anywhere to put your fingers. This is really the only issue I have found with this camera. Overall this camera ia great camera for the cost.
Items included with this camera:
Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-5L
Battery Charger CB-2LX
Wrist Strap WS-DC9
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
AV Cable AVC-DC400
Posted on March 6th, 2011
The Casio EX-FH20 is the next in line to the FX1, released in early 2008. It’s smaller, lighter, and less expensive as a 9 megapixel camera. The FH20 still offers awesome velocity at 40 frames per second continuous shooting and 1000 fps high speed movie mode. The 9.1 megapixel, CMOS-sensor equipped EX-FH20 meets or exceeds the definition of an ultrazoom camera. The Casio EX-FH20 has a simplified user interface, a significantly lower price tag, a smaller and lighter overall package. The FH20 has the same smaller 1/2.3-inch 9.1-megapixel CMOS as the FC100. It also has a completely different lens. Casio has built memory into the EX-FH20, instead of bundling a memory card. There’s just under 32MB of onboard memory on the FH20, so you will probably want to purchase a larger memory card right away. The EX-FH20 uses four AA batteries for power. They also include a lens cap and retaining strap to protect your lens from harm. It fits tightly which is a good thing.
What else is included?
- The 9.1 Megapixel Exilim EX-FH20 digital camera
- Four AA alkaline batteries
- Lens cap w/retaining strap
- Shoulder strap
- USB cable
- A/V cable
- CD-ROM featuring YouTube Uploader, Adobe Reader, and camera manual
- 33 page Basic Reference Manual + full manual (on CD-ROM)
This camera is by far and away the most affordable high-speed consumer camera around.
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.