Digital Cameras, Video Cameras
We learned the hard way what kind of compact camera we really need. After accidentally destroying two cameras, we concluded it was time to get a waterproof product. Since prices for waterproof compact cameras have become reasonable, all active people who enjoy outdoors life may consider a waterproof camera as their primary compact camera choice. Also Samsung has introduced a waterproof compact camera, the 12 megapixel WP10.
When the small and really easy-to-use Flip video cameras became available, we were thrilled. Finally, someone had seen the opportunity and designed a simple digital camcorder for people who didn't want to know about zoom, focus or video formats. Since then, new models have improved the original hardware and software. Until now. The Flip SlideHD video camera will have tough times as it is trying to secure its place in the market among other Flip cameras and powerful smartphones.
For years, we have been telling people not to worry about the number of megapixels featured on a digital camera, but to look at the image quality. It's the quality that matters, and megapixels don't deliver it. We have a new recommendation for people considering a video camera; go for pixels. The name of the game is HD (high-definition), and Samsung is among the first brands that has launched an affordable full-HD camcorder.
Although plenty of fine point-and-shoot digital cameras are available, only a few can be characterized as plug-and-play cameras as well. Taking pictures or shooting video on practically any digital video camera is pretty easy, but when you want to share the valuable images on the Internet or archive them on a PC for future use, cables, software CDs and configurations step in the way. With its built-in software, the Flip Video Ultra digital camcorder is taking a major step towards easy sharing of videos.
If an army of paparazzi is not traveling with you everywhere you go, but you occasionally want to take a picture of yourself in the frame as well, you need extra help or specialized technology. The XShot extendable camera arm is a solution that allows you to capture pictures or videos with you in the frame as well. All you have to do is to attach the XShot to your camera's tripod mount, take a test shot to find the right angle, and make sure your hair looks good.
In order to take beautiful pictures, underwater photography not only requires some practice, but also some waterproof gear. Choices include getting a generic waterproof case for an existing camera (excellent value, but camera buttons may not be easy to access), a dedicated waterproof case for the camera (expensive, but easy to access the camera controls), or a waterproof camera that can be used on dry land as well. The compact, 6 megapixel SeaLife Ecoshot camera has been designed for underwater photography with a price tag that appeals all divers.
Most photographers who want to capture beautiful nature photos, sceneries, or action-packed sports images are constantly craving for a longer zoom lens. Avid photographers know that using digital zoom tends to ruin picture quality, and only apply optical zoom. Fujifilm has designed an affordable digital camera, the Finepix S8000fd, that comes with a 18x optical zoom. Fine, but isn't it almost impossible to take sharp photos with a long zoom? The S8000fd camera comes with an image stabilizer, manual exposure controls, and 8 megapixel image sensor.
Dive into the Sea or Trek into the Rainforest with the Waterproof Digital Video Camera Sanyo Xacti E1
Underwater photography is so much fun that every photographer should try it. It opens up a whole new world of images, but also presents a new world of challenges. You need waterproof gear and you need to able to record video while swimming, paddling, or holding something in the hand. The waterproof Sanyo Xacti E1 is a digital camcorder that you can hold in one hand, record videos and take 6 megapixel still photos.
The number of megapixels has very little to do with sharpness, colors, contrast, and other qualities that make up a high-quality digital image. The number of megapixels only defines the dimensions of a picture when it is stored and managed in digital format. Although the compact Panasonic DMC-FX100 comes with 12-megapixel image sensor, the product has some other qualities that makes it an interesting digital camera.
Even if you didn't have an HDTV in your living room yet, you have a high-definition screen (in video or TV terms) on your PC. If you are into video recording, but you are not saving the important moments in life in high-def video yet, you might regret it later. Think of the first two-megapixel digital camera pictures snapped a few years ago that look small in comparison to today's five or six megapixel images. Now, budget is less of an issue because you can start your high-def era with the Aiptek GO-HD camcorder today.
The Flip Video from Pure Digital is quite unique digital camcorder. This pocket-size video recorder comes with its own USB plug that allows you to post videos from the camera to YouTube without you having to learn the art of uploading files from a PC to the Internet. Two choices for memory capacity are available: 30 minutes and 60 minutes. Both Flip Video models are reasonably priced.
When you want to view the life of creatures living under the water, you usually protect your eyes with a diving mask before dipping into the sea. When you want to take your camera with you into the water, you have to protect it with the right equipment as well. Being in water requires you to change some photography techniques, but we have a few tips to get you started with underwater photography >
Perhaps the most common reason for blurry photographs is a slight movement of the lens when the photographer pushes the shutter button. Sure, you can screw your camera tightly into a tripod, but then you have to lug the damn thing around. It usually doesn't take long before the tripod is left behind. Mini Camera Pod is a small, new product that you can attach to an object such as a bottle, window, or book to use as your tripod >
Taking nice photos in low light is not easy. Typically, you would use your digital camera's built-in flash, attach the camera on a tripod, or just hope that your hands are steady and nobody in the frame moves. Olympus wants to help us and has developed Bright Capture technology to improve photography in low light. We tried it out to see if Bright Capture could help shutterbugs to take better pictures >
No matter how long the zoom lens is in your digital camera, the bird watcher next door can spot more distant objects than you can. His secret weapon is a telescope. His problem, on the other hand, is that he can't capture the moment, store it on a memory card and show it to other people. Unless he is into digiscoping. Digiscopers can achieve both goals by attaching a digital camera to the telescope and taking photos of remote objects >
When you are snapping pictures with your digital camera, there's no need to worry about being tangled up in cables. Only when you want to print your photos or copy them to your computer, you usually have to attach a cable to the camera. Wi-Fi wireless technology is now available for some digital cameras. How does the wireless technology help you with your digital photography and is it worth the money >
Countless photos have failed because the camera slightly moved when the photographer pressed the shutter button. In low light or when you have to zoom in on an object, your chances of capturing blurry photos dramatically increase. Anti-shake and image stabilization technologies have come to the rescue >
So you have the latest compact digital camera, know a thing or two about framing, focal length, megapixels and you have even tinkered around with Photoshop. You have also realized that you want more control over your images, but aren’t sure if you are ready to make the investment and learn a more complex camera. To make it easier on you, we show you the pros and cons of moving up to the digital SLR camera >
When photographs from a digital camera begin to fill up your computer's hard disk, it would be nice to be able to organize and find them more easily. It would also be nice to be able to improve the color balance of beautiful, but miserably dark pictures as well, but the software that you got with the digital camera doesn't really help. This is a common situation in many homes, but easily solved with an imaging software package that takes you to the next level in digital photography >
Many casual photographers tend to take pictures only in the sunshine, or indoors with help of a flash. They miss a large number of once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities, because digital cameras can't be exposed to wet or dusty conditions. However, shooting nice photos despite water or dust is possible, affordable, and easy with the right gear >
There comes a time for every photographer when something could be improved in those familiar photos from important events in one's life. But what exactly can make these images better? Creativity and an eye for composing a frame are a good start, but there are a few simple things you can do that may lead to better results as well >.
You wouldn’t use a toaster to make coffee, or a hammer to change a light bulb, or a hair dryer to fry an egg. So why would you use a camera phone to snap a photo if a digital camera can do a better job, or vice versa? Because each has a character of its own >.
What is the best digital camera for your needs? Does your family need more than one digital camera? How to share and print digital photos? Download your practical guide to digital photography >
In addition to great photos and exciting stories behind them, you'll need cables for connecting the display and photo equipment. Also, consider downloading a photo album software that will improve your odds for running a sucessful show. Advice on digital photo slideshows >
It's show time: a photographer's hour to present her work in front of an audience. Setting up the required technology in your own living room allows you to prepare yourself well. After all, you'll want your photos look great and your guests to enjoy the show. Advice on digital photo slideshows >
Once children realize how easy it is to snap photos on a digital camera, instantly view them on the screen and watch photo slideshows on a computer monitor or on a TV, questions will be asked. Be prepared and enjoy the marvels of digital photography with the whole family. Advice on digital photography >
Thinking about buying a new camera and not sure whether to go digital or stick with a film camera? Digital cameras can open up a world of potential; the real question is whether you are ready to take advantage of what the technology has to offer. Advice on digital and film cameras >
Snapping photos on a digital camera is such a joy that the number of photos can easily grow to a point when it doesn't make sense to print all of them. If you don't want to use a computer for photo printing, your best bets are getting a PictBridge-compliant digital camera and printer, using wireless Bluetooth connection, or getting a printer that can read digital camera memory cards. Advice on photo printing from a digital camera >
Taking photos with a camera phone is easy, economical and fun, but it still is a mobile phone that can capture digital images. We took a side-by-side look at the most common sizes of photos captured by camera phones and digital cameras. Advice on camera phone photo quality >
What a delight it is to set off on a journey, take a digital camera along and shoot as many photos as the heart desires. But the longer the trip, the more important it is to know how to save all the precious photos without paying many times the price of the camera for extra memory cards. Advice on traveling with a digital camera >
If you have decided that it's time to get a digital camera, you are not alone. The overwhelming selection of digital cameras may feel confusing at first, but finding the right type of camera is only six steps away. Advice on choosing a digital camera >
Digital cameras have changed the rules of photography - a photo is ready the instant it is shot. It is up to the photographer if he or she wants to view it on the camera’s display, on a computer monitor or a TV, email it to someone, or print it on paper. Advice on printing digital camera photos >
Whether you are snapping occasional holiday photos or shooting beautiful landscapes as a profession, it is time to make the transition from film to digital image. In addition to a wide variety of digital cameras available, new camera phones may provide some snappers the photo quality they need. Advice on camera phones and digital cameras >
Digital cameras have become so popular that they are now selling better than traditional cameras in the United States. Before joining the long queue of digital camera shoppers, you should narrow down your choices and find the product price category and functionality that best suits your needs. Full story>