Digital Cameras

Digital Cameras&Digital Photography17 Sep 2009 05:47 am

For the lensman who likes to have complete command over each nook and cranny in his or her camera, the Nikon D3x is unquestionably the one to choose. A detailed Nikon D3x review shows better features over previous D3 digital SLR, which received positive feedbacks for its ergonomic design and excellent portability.  Take note however that this camera is on the heavy side, its body registering in at 43 ounces (1.2 kg).

The more significant change can be seen in the sheer number of megapixels, imagine a mind numbing 24.5! Sporting Nikon’s new technology, FX-format CMOS sensor, this camera increases the sensing area to 35.9 x 24.0mm. That equates to its full resolution, as commented on by Trey Ratcliff in his Nikon D3x review, in his much visited travel blog, Although he acknowledges that this great feature alone increases the sticker value significantly and is not necessary for small photographs, it is absolutely a must for him, since he needs always to take the best shots. With its high resolution, he added that the Nikon D3x makes it perfect for giant screens, even in very close range.

Some other good point going for this camera is the ability to shoot up to 5 frames per second at the highest resolution, and up to 7 frames per second in a lower resolution, the DX format in 10.5 megapixels. This aspect makes it perfect for sports and nature photographers, when every fraction of a second is the difference between a magnificent shot and a poor one. Given, it is not the fastest on the market, but the camera specs offer high ISO, starting at ISO 100 up to ISO 1600. If that is still not sufficient, there are options to increase or decrease the sensitivity range. There are more options to adjust two stops higher or one stop lower, that extends the possibilities of the shots taken, reaching a high of up to ISO 6400 or a low to ISO 50 once more making this a suitable choice for photographers who wish to manipulate and predict precisely the outcome of every shot.

Other nice features are the room for two CF cards and the ability of the battery to operate up to 4,400 images per charge. The monitor provides vivid viewing with a bright three inch super density 920,000 LCD screen. Does Nikon D3x camera have any drawbacks? Trey Ratcliff, remarked in his post, complains of the step progression that is programmed to be one step at a time, whereas he would like to be able to program steps by twos. However, those details aside, he declares that this camera is his favorite and exlusively uses it, because he wants a companion that is extremely reliable, that taking second chances when in remote locations is not possible. For certain it shows in his pictures the absolute capabilities of this camera.

For many, the price could be considered its biggest drawback. With price starting from roughly 8 thousand dollars, exclusive of its zooms and accessories, the reviewed Nikon D3x camera is definitely for professionals or those who only want the best. And sometimes only the best is good enough.

Check out for more of Nikon D3X, other camera reviews and my travel photos.

Digital Cameras&Digital Cameras&Digital Photography06 Aug 2009 07:24 pm

Why do so many people who are on the lookout for top performance digital cameras with lots of advanced features buy CoolPix P80 cameras? It’s because, despite its small-scale size and affordable price tag, these cameras get the function done. The P80 ticket, these cameras get the Nikon CoolPix Performance Series after all. And it doubtlessly performs, sometimes above and beyond what you might expect. There was a age when, in order to get a camera with the features you desired to produce near professional quality pictures, you had to sacrifice something, namely compact size. But the P80 has a lot of function packed into a small, streamlined package.

One of the primary reasons compact size. But the P80 digital cameras is the telephoto lens. Before the P80 came along, cameras this bitty just didn’t have telephoto lenses. In order to enjoy the benefits of that feature, you had to accept that you would be lugging around a camera that was a little bulkier and more cumbersome than you liked. Then along came the P80, which Nikon called “The World’s Most Compact Super-telephoto Camera.” And it wasn’t false advertising.  In fact, the P80 is equipped with an 18x Optical Wide-Angle Zoom NIKKOR Lens. Pretty important considering the camera’s size. With this lens, you can capture everything from the sweeping grandeur of the Grand Canyon, to a bee setting reality, the petal of a flower.

Another of this camera’s extensive features is Optical Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization. Which essentially means the camera compensates for shaky or unstable conditions. More than one great image has been ruined because the photography was jostled by something. Maybe they were in a automobile driving over shoddy roads, or on a ship sailing on choppy waters. Whatever the cause, the shakiness can result in blurry, unfocussed visuals. But thanks to Nikon’s VR system, the pictures you take on your next boat trip will be crisp, ruined as the waters are a little choppy.

The P80 has many advantages over regular cameras. And one of them is that it can do more than take great pictures. It can also record home movies. Imagine it. You are at your annual family picnic, taking pictures of the festivities when, suddenly, the young at the picnic start to dance. It’s a moment you just have to capture. And while taking some pictures would the waters are a great way to do that, you can do even better. So you aim your camera and press record. And, just like that, you aren’t just taking snapshots, you are filming a home movie, complete with sound. Later, all you have to do is connect your camera to your television set, and you can relive that moment as many times as you want. begin to dance. It’s a few of the great features those who buy CoolPix P80 cameras can enjoy. In fact, photography buffs will find that discovering each new feature, and learning to use it to its fullest, is part of the joy of owning this exceptional camera.

Digital Cameras&Digital Cameras&Digital Photography06 Aug 2009 07:23 pm

Being asked to be the photographer for a wedding is a big responsibility.If you are doing it as a favor, or if you are doing it as your profession, following these 5 tips will help you do the job right.

This tips are coming from first hand experience as a San Diego wedding photographer.You could be a seasoned pro, or you could be an amateur, but by following these tips, you will do the job smoothly without second guessing yourself.You will be ready for whatever may happen.

Our first tip is a simple thing you can do and that is to have the couple and the families go and make a shot list.  When the day is hectic and chaotic, this will help immensely when you are trying to get family and group shots later on in the day.Imagine how wonderful it will be to just go down your list and know that you aren’t leaving anything out.

The second tip on our list is to not delete any shots.  In this day and age of digital cameras, most photographers use them.Even though they are great, it is also tempting since it is so easy, to delete a shot.  Don’t even look at the previews.What you think may be a great photo, can differ widely in what the couple considers a great photo.You never know, they might like all those so called un “professional shots.

A third tip to consider is making sure you get candid shots.  A good wedding photographer will not just try and get the typical shots, like family group shots, wedding party shots, or your standard bride and groom.  But they will also try and capture the emotions of the day through the shots of all the people that were there.  And that includes some of the things that could go wrong, like a flower girl not making it all the way to the front, or the ring bearer dropping the rings.Every photo matters.

The fourth tip is which is often overlooked is to make sure you have several cameras and other equipment as backup.Do you even want to think of the horror of not being able to take any more shots of the wedding because of a broken camera.  Plan for anything that could go wrong.  Being prepared will help you avoid that uncomfortable moment of not having a working camera to capture the rest of the day.

Lastly, make sure to practice for your lighting. The difference between the lighting in the church and the outside reception can throw you a curve ball, so just practice for all different lighting situations. Think about seeing if you can go to the locations of the big day and look for the best spots to take pictures as well as study the lighting needs.

Doing these 5 tips will help you immensely.  It will prepare you for whatever might go wrong, it will prepare you for capturing what goes right, and it will prepare you to help contribute to this wonderful day by being the best photographer you can be.  Take it from my years of experience as a San Diego photographer.

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