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Nikon Coolpix S570 Compact Digital Camera – Nikon’s Junior Camera Is Stacked With Excellent Features
The CoolPix S570 is one of the junior models of Nikon’s impressive range of ultra compacts, at the other end of the spectrum from the technologically advanced S640 and S630. However while it may be a budget model very few corners have been cut on design or construction. It has a strong and well finished all-aluminium body, and is available in black, red, blue, pink or the silver finish shown here. It’s a small camera, measuring 92 x 56.5 x 21.5mm, and quite light at 137g fully loaded, although it does feel slightly heavy for its size, adding to the overall feeling of quality.
Despite its size the Nikon Coolpix S570 handles extremely well. The finish has a slightly matt texture, making it easy to grip, and the rear panel control layout leaves room for a decent sized textured thumb grip at the back. The controls themselves are quite large and mostly well labelled, although the black-on-black etched symbols on the D-pad are a bit hard to see in dim light. The S570 is designed to be easy to use, and the controls and menus are very simple. The zoom control is a rotary bezel around the shutter button, and it is a bit jerky, but with 12 steps between minimum and maximum it’s capable of fairly precise framing. The overall impression of using the camera is good; it feels responsive, capable and easy to get along with.
Nikon Coolpix S570 Features:
- Image Sensor Type: CCD
- Total Pixels: 12.39 million
- Effective Pixels: 12.0 million
- Image Area (pixels): 4000 x 3000(12M)
- LCD Monitor Size: 2.7 in. diagonal
- LCD Monitor Type: TFT-LCD with anti-reflection coating
- LCD Monitor Resolution: 230,000 Dots
- Lowest ISO Sensitivity: 80
- Highest ISO Sensitivity: 3200
- Storage Media: SD & SDHC
- Internal Memory: Approx. 47MB
- Image Stabilization: Electronic
- Movie Modes: Movie with sound
- Interface: Hi-speed USB
- Lens Zoom: 5x
- Lens Specification: 5x Zoom-NIKKOR; 5.0-25.0mm (35mm  format picture angle: 28-140 mm); f/2.7-6.6; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm  format picture angle: 560 mm)
- Focus Range: Approx. 1ft. 6in. (45cm) to infinity, Macro close-up mode:1.2 in. (3cm) to infinity
- Battery Type: Rechargeable
- Battery / Batteries: EN-EL10 Lithium-ion Battery
- AC Adapter: EH-62D AC Adapter (Optional)
- Battery Charger: MH-63 Battery Charger
- Battery Life (shots per charge): Nikon Rechargeable: 200 shots (CIPA)
- Approx. Dimensions:
Height: 2.2 in. (56.5mm)
Width: 3.6 in. (92mm)
Depth: 0.8 in. (21.5mm)
- Approx. Weight: 4.2 oz. (120g)
- Supplied Software: Software Suite CD-ROM
Although the Nikon CoolPix S570 has a fairly average specification and lacks a number of useful and popular features, it is very well made, easy and fun to use, and handles extremely well. It has above average performance, works well in low light, and the image quality is also better than most others in its class. All in all, the S570 is excellent value for money.
The FH20 has a smaller, lighter body than the rather bulky F1, something far more in line with other recent super-zoom cameras such as the Nikon P90 or Olympus SP-590UZ. It’s still quite far from petite, measuring 122.6 x 81.4 x 84.5mm and weighing a hefty 585g including four AA alkaline batteries, but it is very solidly made and the large comfortable rubber-coated handgrip provides superb handling. Of the super-zoom cameras I’ve looked at recently it’s certainly the nicest to hold.
In terms of performance it almost goes without saying that the EX-FH20 is very impressive, although it’s a bit slow to start up and shut down again, taking a little under four seconds for either operation. However in single shot mode at the highest resolution it can shoot very quickly, managing a frame every 1.3 seconds. I’ve already covered the camera’s remarkable performance in its numerous continuous shooting modes.
As usual with Casio cameras the autofocus system is very fast, and operates very well in low light or at longer zoom ranges, although like many zoom cameras it has some problems coping with both low light and extreme magnification. The camera has a bright green AF assist lamp with a range of about two metres for shooting in very low light conditions.
The Casio Exilifilm FH20 is a very versatile camera, but as is often the case with hybrid or multi-purpose gadgets it doesn’t do any one task particularly well, when compared to dedicated single-function products. It can shoot HD video, but not as well as a camcorder; it can take still images, but not as well as other recent super-zooms. Even its party-trick high-speed capabilities are eclipsed by its own stablemate the EX-F1, or the slightly cheaper FC100. It’s quite a nice camera to use, but is that enough?
While the Exilim EX-FH20 is an attractively designed and well made camera with superb handling and outstanding performance. It has some almost unique features, and although the high-speed continuous shooting is great for action photography, the 1000fps video mode is little more than just a novelty. Image noise can be problem.
Just as a picture is worth a thousands words, a camera can cost a pretty penny depending upon what you need. Any person planning on being a serious hobbist or professional photographer, should expect to spend money on equipment. You can get started in photography for under $100, or you can go all out and buy a complete set of top of the line gear for as much as youre willing to spend. Since there are so many options for new photographers, lets skip all of the cool accessories (filters, lenses, tripods) and break down your most important first purchase: The Camera.
What Do You Need in a Camera?
The first thing to consider when buying a camera is to determine why you want a camera and know what you want it to do. For example, an all manual DSLR (like Canon’s Rebel) is great fun for photographers but is likely a major hassle if you’re taking pictures of your friends out having fun. Heres a few key questions to ask yourself to help decide what you need:
- Do I want to use film or digital?
- Am I shooting for fun, or for a career?
- How comfortable am I operating a manual SLR?
- Is image quality important to me?
Since every camera works differently and has it’s own pros and cons, you’ll need to figure out what you want so you won’t be overwhelmed with the choice in equipment. Professional photographers or those seeking to become professionals may not want to sacrifice image quality for cost, while the average shooter may not need that extra 0.5% of clarity for their family collage picture frame display. Its all up to you.
What Can You Spend?
The sky is the limit when spending money on cameras. You can pick up a little pocket camera for around $100, or you can spend as much as $10,000 on a top of the line digital. Even a manual film SLR can be expensive so make sure you know what you want before making a purchase. Before you pull out your wallet, ask yourself these questions:
- Can I really afford this camera?
- What features do I really need?
- Is this camera suitable for the activities Im buying it for?
Sure, a camera with 13,000 frames per second shooting option and a giant touch screen would be great, but it is overkill for taking a few family photos. Don’t go overboard but if you want to work as an professional, don’t sacrifice on flexibility and results just so you spend less out of pocket in the beginning. You’ll end up having to buy a better camera later, so it’s often best to wait a little longer so you can buy exactly what you need. You will be happy you did.
If youre honest with yourself about what you need from your camera and how much you can spend on it, youre going to be a lot more satisfied with your purchase down the line. If you need help working out what you need or how different cameras perform in different situations, do a little online research, read customer reviews, or talk to the guys and gals at your local photo shop (not the drugstore!).
If you’re buying a camera to take pictures of family and friends, your camera will likely give you what you need regardless of what you spend.That’s because most consumer level cameras shoot just fine in 90% of shooting situations. Mostly because the majority of people take pictures to put them in a picture frame at their home or office.Some of the photos in a recent Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated were shot with a disposable camera so dont think for a second that a lower budget is a handicap. As always, the most important thing is to have fun and take great pictures so you can enjoy looking at them whether you hang them on your wall or display them in a decorative picture frame on your table..
The Panasonic DMC ZS3 is a full-featured, compact digital camera with full high-definition video recording built-in. Available in 4 bold colors, the stylish, ergonomic body is easy to carry and fun to use. The 10.1 megapixel image sensor captures all of your memories with rich color and remarkable detail. Whether you’re shooting wide landscapes or an action-packed sporting event, the 12x Leica VARIO-ELMAR zoom lens will completely satisfy your vision.
Panasonic’s newly developed Intelligent Exposure (iA) Mode simplifies face detection autofocus, AF tracking for moving subjects, optical image stabilization, scene mode selection, and ISO to make great pictures as simple as point-and-shoot. Concentrate on the subject in front of you–let the camera do the rest.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS3 brings HD video to your digital lifestyle like never before. Recording in full 1280 x 720 at 60 frames-per-second in AVCHD format brings smooth, broadcast video quality to your family vacations, sporting events, and other memories. And with the included YouTube Uploader software and integrated HDMI port, it’s easy to share your videos and pictures online or on your HDTV. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 meets all the needs of the 21st century digital lifestyle.
The Panasonic Lumix ZS3 has these features:
- Leica optics is world-renowned for their high quality and exceptional value. Coupled with the Lumix DMC-ZS3, the 12x Optical Leica Vario-Elmar lens provides dramatic wide angle to telephoto coverage. This range represents an excellent 35mm equivalent of 25-300mm. From landscapes to portraits, macro to sports action shots, this optic ensures first-class image quality in an ultra-convenient focal range.
- Taking great photos should be as simple as point-and-shoot. That’s the philosophy behind the Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto Exposure (iA). Combining face detection autofocus, AF tracking for moving subjects, image stabilization, scene mode selection, and auto ISO selection, the DMC-ZS3 delivers consistently beautiful photographs.
- The Lumix DMC-ZS3 is equipped with Panasonic’s industry-leading MEGA Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) that automatically detects and corrects for camera shake. Even under low-light conditions, the DMC-ZS3 provides consistently sharp, crisp, photographs you can be proud of. The technology works seamlessly with or without a flash.
- Using the professional AVCHD format, the DMC-ZS3 is able to capture stunning high definition video at 1280 x 720 resolution at a smooth 30 frames-per-second (Class 6 SD card required). A built-in stereo mic brings Dolby Digital sound to all of your video recordings.
- With 45MB of built-in memory, the DMC-ZS3 has ample space for storing and sharing your favorite photos. Share your holiday photos, vacation snaps, and other treasured memories without sacrificing space on your memory card.
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Canon has unveiled the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, the addition to its compact DSLR series. The upper-entry-level camera features a 15.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor with 1080p HD video recording at 20fps and 720P at 30 fps. It also offers a 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dot resolution and an ISO sensitivity range expandable up to 12800 equivalent. It includes a faster DIGIC 4 image processor offering better noise reduction at higher ISO’s and continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4 fps delivering 170 large JPEG images in a single burst.
The EOS Rebel T1i is similar in design to the other Rebel series consumer digital SLR, like the XSi or XS, but T1i adds features with more resolution and high-def video recording. The Rebel T1i is made to offer any photographer, regardless of shooting experience, an easy-to-use camera that is able of total control or just pointing and shooting.
The Canon Rebel T1i performs excellent for this class of digital SLR. Waking and shooting in a quick 0.2 second the camera can focus and shoot in a fast 0.3 second in bright conditions, and can even deliver a 0.6 second shot lag in dim conditions. The shot-to-shot time runs at about 0.4 second, for both raw and JPEG formats. The camera’s continuous shooting speed is a respectable 3.3fps. The frame rate and nine-point AF system should be able to keep up with most running children and pets.
The EOS Rebel T1i’s improvement in low-light AF may be a compelling upgrade for current XSi owners; the higher resolution and video capture capability may provide some allure as well. If you need to get an entry-level Canon, the Rebel T1i won’t disappoint, and if you need high resolution, good high ISO performance, or 30fps movie capture in this price range, it’s the model to outdo from any manufacturer.
The Canon EOS Rebel T1i is a bit on the light end, yet the construction still feels solid. For the camera’s price point, you’d be hard pressed to find any DSLR out there which gives you all the capabilities and growth range of the Rebel T1i. The camera is intuitive enough for those new to photography to pick and learn easily, yet configurable enough for advanced amateurs.
For more information, have a look at Canon EOS T1i.
Nikon has been producing cameras for greater than half a century. Though brands like Canon and Sony might appear to be the most well-liked when it comes to novice cameras, any photography veteran will strongly suggest a Nikon digital camera if you are serious on getting started in professional photography.
Nikon’s DX sequence has been out there for fairly just a few years now and have generated a large following. Its final mannequin, the D60 was probably the greatest-selling cameras in the marketplace, creating a number of anticipation for the new model. No less than, the Nikon D90 DX is finally right here and let me just say that it does not disappoint one bit in any way.
One of the biggest enhancements on the Nikon D90 DX SLR is its design. Although it houses all of the features of the older model and extra, the brand new model seems extra compact and has a extra solid design. A number of new direct access buttons has been added to allow you to select sure options with out going by the menu. Compared to the older D60, the new Nikon D90 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera matches higher in my palm despite the fact that it just a tad bit heavier.
Visual readability on the brand new Nikon D90 DX SLR is enormously improved by way of the introduction of the 18 – one zero five VR lens. There’s a whole vary of image modes to select from to create the fitting results that you simply want from an image. Like most excessive range digital cameras, the D90 comes with a light meter. The sunshine meter on this model is very delicate and will be positive tuned to your needs and preferences.
The new Nikon D90 DX 12.3MP has a wide range in terms of ISO settings. I personally use the auto-ISO setting more often than not as the outcomes are at all times impressive. You can even customise the ISO to a sure stage in order that then digicam can routinely modify the ISO to the optimum stage throughout particular lighting conditions.
It seems like almost everyone has a digital camera these days that can take photographs of just about anything in a matter of seconds. Using digital photographs instead of the traditional film and paper print photos is cheap, there is no wasted paper to end up in the garbage and they take up almost no physical space at all!
Whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur photography novice you’ll still like the convenience of digital photography. And what’s better than just taking lots of digital photos is the easy way you can display them to others. There are lots of different ways to share your photos, from digital picture frames to printing them out to storing them on your cell phone.
One of the most fun ways to share your photographs to others is with a photo blog. A blog is a website that allows an photographer to post instant updates onto World Wide Web about just about any topic imaginable. A photography blog can feature the digital photos you took on any given day or trip. You can include your written thoughts about your photos and you can inform people about why you took the images and what was happening when you took them.
To begin a photography blog you just need to find some free blogging software and pick a blog name. Most blogging sites are easy to get started with. You simply type your comments out in a post, upload your digital photos from your camera and the blogging software pretty much does the rest. When you are satisfied with a post you “publish” it and anyone on the internet can instantly view it!
With a photo web log you can not only allow others to see your photos but you can also allow visitors to write comments on your posts. If you allow comments on your posts then you can also discover what other people like and don’t like about your photos. Getting feedback from visitors to your blog is part of the fun of posting your photos online. If you are a nature photographer then you might use a website to show off your recent portfolio of work.
Remember not to worry about always composing a article that’s perfect. It’s your photography blog and you can post pictures of whatever you like. You can share photos of a a recent trip one day and then post photos of some trees in your front yard the next day. Just try to have fun with the ability to publish your electronic images so quickly with your own blog!
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