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Dec
8

Several things to look for when shopping for a digital camera

Filed Under Digital Camera Reviews, Digital Photography, Digital Photography Tips

Looking for the right digital camera to buy? To find the camera that is just right for you, first, you will need to determine what it will be used for. There are many online and offline sources that can help you figure out the perfect digital camera for you. Some of the things you need to know about are megapixels, LCD viewscreens, resolution, ISO sensitivity, and optical zoom.

ISO sensitivity is an indication of sensitivity to light. The normal ISO sensitivity setting for most cameras is 100. Sensitivity settings can range from 50, 200, 400, 800, or even as high as 3,200 on the more expensive high-end digital SLRs. Digital cameras automatically select the ISO, but you can change it by your self on most of the cameras. The auto ISO works the best most of the time for bright scenes. The higher the sensitivity is set, the less light you will be need to make an exposure. The higher sensitivity can cause the picture to be more grainy. Lower ISO sensitivity results in images with the least visible noise, which is desirable. However, shooting at a lower ISO number requires more light than shooting at a higher number.

If you are just starting out in using a digital camera, you will need to get more experience taking pictures. This will allow you to become familiar with such important things as lighting, stabilization, and what ISO sensitivity is needed for different types of shots. For people just looking for an easy to use camera for personal home use and family photos, the main things you would want is a digital camera with a high megapixel, large storage memory for holding photos, and a fairly large LCD screen for easy viewing.

If you are looking for a cheap digital camera, you can check the various shopping deal websites that will give you great deals and important information on finding the camera you are looking for. They can give you comparisons of many different cameras on various online stores and websites, and many even list the features, stats and reviews on the latest digital cameras. Another way to get good information from experts in the field is to go on the various photography forums. You can learn from others and also share your knowledge with other people who share your interest. The people in the digital photography forums are very helpful and would be happy to share their knowledge with you.

It is not a good idea to just buy a camera because it is made by a well known manufacturer. You want to ensure that the pictures you take will look great in that digital photo album or album. You should look for specific details like mega pixels, storage memory size, zoom functions, LCD screen size, and ISO sensitivity, to make sure the camera will be right for your needs. You should also look into other relatively unknown brand names so you can find a camera with the features you want at a cheaper price. Look hard enough and you will be sure to find the right digital camera for you with all the features you need.

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Jul
29

Nikon Coolpix P90 Review

Filed Under Cameras and Equipment, Digital Camera Reviews, Digital Photography School

Nikon’s Coolpix P90 is a camera that can not only make you smile but capture them as well … then shoots people only with their eyes open. We hope you find our review of it helpful below.

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It looks a little like an interchangeable dSLR but it’s far smaller and lighter (500 grams). Then you look at the lens: a 24x Nikkor zoom — just try and find one for a dSLR!

The zoom at the wide end (as a 35 SLR equivalent) is 26mm and racks out to a tele setting of 624mm.

The CCD captures 12.1 megapixels and can seize a maximum image size of 4000×3000 pixels.

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Nikon P90 Features

The 7.6cm vari-angle LCD screen rolls through a vertical arc of 135 degrees but does not swivel laterally (bummer!) … The turret finder is also an LCD — not an optical one.

External controls are relatively few, while the viewfinder menu confirms image size, ISO speed etc. The mode dial offers options of auto, Program AE, shutter or aperture priority plus manual. There are two custom positions that can store personal settings like ISO rating, white balance, metering mode etc.

Face detection: The P90 can detect as many as 12 faces in shot, locking in correct focus and exposure. Then there’s the Smile Timer, which releases the shutter only when the subject smiles. A Blink Proof function automatically shoots two sequential frames and saves only the shot with the subject’s eyes wide open.

The P90’s vibration reduction uses an optical system, built into the lens. This works on stills shooting but an electronic method is used to stabilise movie shooting.

Movies? The P90 only captures 640×480 pixel SD quality. A camera at this price level screams out for High Def video.

The ISO range can run up to 6400, but ISO 3200 and 6400 sensitivity can only be used with a smaller image size. At higher ISO levels you may also have to use the P90’s noise reduction feature — supported at shutter speeds of ¼ second or less.

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Nikon Coolpix P90 Lens

The lens is well-corrected with only a little barrel distortion at the wide end of the zoom and no sign of any problems at the tele end. The camera as a clever menu ‘fix’ that can remove this problem in-camera: setting the camera to correct distortion gives you a final shot with the barrel distortion removed.

Continuous shooting of full size images can be made at a speed of 1.4 fps but if you’re happy with a smaller image size you can tap into Sports Continuous mode and shoot 45 1920×1080 pixel shots at 15 fps in the 16:9 aspect ratio. This would deliver impressive High Def movie clips of sports action.

A useful cache continuously stores the 10 frames immediately prior to firing the shutter, so you should never miss the peak of the action.

The P90 is close to a dSLR in style yet brings that experience without the penalties of weight and size.

I found in my tests the zoom’s range a whiz! The only thing you may face is that, in tele, over a long distance that atmospheric haze may spoil your shot.

Our Nikon Coolpix P90 Recommendation/Review: A high quality compact digicam with a magic zoom!

Nikon P90 Specifications

  • Image Sensor: 10.9mm. 12.1 million effective pixels.
  • Lens: Zoom-Nikkor f2.8-5.0/4.6-110.4mm. 26-624mm (35mm equiv). 4x digital zoom.
  • Focus Range: Normal: 50cm-infinity; macro: 1cm-infinity.
  • Metering: 256-segment matrix metering, centre-weighted metering, spot, spot AF area.
  • Vibration Reduction: Image sensor shift VR.
  • Image Sizes (pixels): 4000×3000, 3264×2448, 2592×1944, 2048×1536, 1600×1200, 1280×960, 1024×768, 640×480, 3984×2656, 3968×2232, 2992×2992, 1920×1080.
  • Movie Clips: 640×480, 320×240.
  • File Formats: JPEG, WAV, AVI movie.
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 64 to 6400.
  • Flash: Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, forced on and off, slow sync, rear-curtain sync.
  • Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, AC.
  • Dimensions: 114×83x99 WHDmm.
  • Weight: Approx. 460 g (minus batteries and memory card).
  • Price: Amazon currently has the P90 priced at $359.99.
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Nikon Coolpix P90 Review