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New Sony DSLRs Support SD Cards!

May 18, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Digital Cameras

New Sony DSLRs Support SD Cards!

Sony’s new Alpha DSLR-A230, A330 and A380. But for those who are fans of the maker’s cameras, here are the useful facts (courtesy of Crave):

Model
A230
A330
A380

Sensor
10-megapixel CCD
14-megapixel CCD

Sensitivity range
ISO 100 – ISO 3200

Viewfinder
95 percent coverage
0.83x magnification
95 percent coverage
0.74x magnification

LCD
2.7-inch fixed
2.7-inch tiltable

Live View
No
Yes

Continuous shooting
2.5fps

Autofocus
9 points

Dimensions(W x H x D)
5.0″ x 3.8″ x 2.7″
5.0″ x 3.8″ x 2.8″

Weight(ounces)*
15.9
17.3

Replaces
A200
A300
A350

Price
$549 (with 18-55mm lens)
$749 (with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses)
$649 (with 18-55mm lens)
$849 (with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses)
$849 (with 18-55mm lens)
$1,049 (with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses)

*add about 1.8 ounces for battery and card
Most interesting about all three new models though is its support for SDHC cards, on …read more

The Fatal Flaw of SLRs

April 15, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cameras, Digital Cameras

The Fatal Flaw of SLRs

Turns out single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras have a flaw in their design that leads to more camera shake. Camera shake is of course bad for photography, because even the tiniest movement occurring while acquiring an image leads to lower-quality pictures. Ever been frustrated with blurry pics caused by hands that can’t keep still? That’s camera shake in action.
Anyways, the classic design of an SLR causes camera shake—even if said camera is perched securely on a tripod. That’s because in an SLR, the mirror which allows the user to see the image literally through the lens flips up when the shutter …read more

Stuff Needed to Turn Bottle into a Tripod

April 13, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cameras, Digital Cameras

Stuff Needed to Turn Bottle into a Tripod

Who woulda thunk it?
The following:

Drill with 1/4-inch bit
Screwdriver
Wrench

Well… well, continue reading please…

Why Even Point & Shoot Users Need Tripods

April 12, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cameras, Digital Cameras

Why Even Point & Shoot Users Need Tripods

Visit this album on Multiply and you’ll definitely appreciate the perks of having a rich aunt who owns a house in an upscale resort village. Photographic opportunities abound, especially if you’re looking for unobtrusive views of the sunset and moonrise for your photo album.

The problem is, you’ll need a perfectly still hand to properly capture these kind of scenes. And unfortunately, since no one can keep perfectly still (our heartbeats cause the tiniest kind of motion in our hands), it would do well to use a tripod.
Any photographer serious about capturing great photos—and even point and shoot owners are serious …read more

Probably the First dSLR Lens You’ll Buy

April 2, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cameras, Digital Cameras

Probably the First dSLR Lens You’ll Buy

So you’ve spent on your first dSLR, and it probably comes with kit lens. Eventually, you’ll realize working with just one set of lens is pretty limiting. The prospect of buying new lens to increase your versatility becomes more enticing.
That’s the subject of a great article on Gearlog, which attempts to take the literally endless suite of lens options and trim the list down into something not too overwhelming for dSLR newbies.

Photojojo’s 90-Degree SLR Spy Lens

March 31, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Digital Cameras

Photojojo’s 90-Degree SLR Spy Lens

A perfect example of “Now why didn’t I think of that?” making perfect sense: Photojojo recently made its Super-Secret Spy Lens available for purchase on its website. For at least $50, you get an SLR lens attachment that contains a 90-degree mirror inside, allowing users to point their camera away from the subject and still get the desired picture.

The setup works because it blends in with the camera very nicely, making your actual lens look longer than it really is. Perceptive subjects-to-be may suddenly notice that gaping whole on the side of your “lens” though.
This accessory is definitely a welcome …read more

Tip: Turn Your Vacations into Wallpapers

March 30, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Digital Cameras

Tip: Turn Your Vacations into Wallpapers

A great way to maximize your vacation expenses is to use your camera to save memorable moments for posterity. This could be photos of you and your loved ones, with a wonderful vista set as the backdrop.

But no one said you could snap these vistas without anyone posing in the foreground and use them as wallpapers. Better yet, if you have your own website(s), you can offer these home-made wallpapers as downloads to attract readers to your online properties.
Sometimes you come by these wallpaper opportunities thanks to pure luck. After a night of drinking at the beach, I ended up …read more

What are Your Most Important Gadgets?

March 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Digital Cameras

What are Your Most Important Gadgets?

Perhaps within our lifetimes, the kinds of gadgets out there will become so many that it will become hard to keep track of all of them. But I also think that my Nokia E63 and my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 will continue being my important gadgets.

In other words, I believe the cell phone and camera will remain crucial in my life, regardless of whatever gadget-related developments we’ll face over the next few years.
Obviously, cell phones allow people to communicate with each other. And who wouldn’t want to take snapshots of important events in their lives for posterity? I bet a lot …read more

Casio Exilim FC-100 Makes All Your Action Movie Dreams Come True

March 16, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Digital Cameras

Casio Exilim FC-100 Makes All Your Action Movie Dreams Come True

The folks over at CrunchGear had nothing better to do than test out the Exilim FC-100’s super-slow motion capability. After some editing and slapping a soundtrack, here’s what they shared with us:

Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Killer Feature: Waterproof Up to 10 Feet

February 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cameras, Digital Cameras

Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP Killer Feature: Waterproof Up to 10 Feet

A point-and-shoot with a 2.7″ preview display, 3x optical zoom, and 10 megapixels of capturing power is pretty much standard nowadays. But, what if you throw waterproofness into the mix?
That’s the key feature of Fujifilm’s FinePix Z333WP. Aside from allowing you take photos in relatively deep water (like the Olympus Stylus 850), this FinePix also records video at VGA resolution, benefits from 12 on-board photo editing functions, and comes in black, green, and pink.
List price on Amazon: $200.
(image from Amazon)

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