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Your Questions About Sony Digital Camera Reviews

John asks…

What kind of camera would be good for serious artistic photography?

I want to get into serious photography, and I’m looking to buy a camera that is good for artistic photography (macro, portrait, landscape) but would also like a casual shot capability (family trips.. etc.) I had my eye on the Sony DSLR a350. Does anyone have it? What do you think of it? (and if you don’t have it) What would YOU recommend for a good digital camera? DSLR or not? Good brand? Any input is great! :)

Pip answers:

Check these out (links to owner reviews, professional reviews, and detailed specs are on the page): http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=canon_eos450d%2Csony_dslra350%2Csamsung_gx20&show=all

I would go for any of these three, but I would prefer the Samsung GX-20 simply because its dust and weather resistant seals make it more suitable to my own personal needs. Plus it has (very slightly) better features than the other two.
:D :D:D

Charles asks…

How well does the sony cyber-shot t70 digital camera work?

I already posted a question like this before, but only two ppl answered it.

does anyone know if that camera works good?
like no blurry pics, it doesnt make your hair look greasy.
i read about it online, i like it’s features and everything but i want to know if it takes good pictures.

does anyone have pictures from that camera?
if so, can i see them?

Pip answers:

Http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sony_Cyber-shot_DSC_T70/outdoor_results.shtml

http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2008/01/22/Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T70/p7

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2008_reviews/sony_t70_samples.html

http://www.quesabesde.com/camaras-digitales/camaras/sony-cyber-shot-dsc-t70-muestras,3171.html

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/review/2007/10/17/7176.html

http://www.cameras.co.uk/camera-reviews/photos.cfm?photo=sony-dsc-t70&title=Sony%20DSC%20T70

Most of those professional analyses of the Sony T70 have photographic galleries with many samples. They also have a text review that tests most, if not all of those things you need to know about the camera. I suggest you check them, particularly the first three.

Regards.

Ruth asks…

what digital camera is good for landscape pictures?

well like the title says what digital camera is good for landscape pictures?
im going to Europe and im wondering what camera i should get
it needs to be REALLY good a camera professionals would use up to about 2000
but im always happy to safe a few bucks
so what to get???
any ideas??
thanks

Pip answers:

I suggest looking at the Pentax K-7. It has several features that should appeal to you. First, its weatherized. Second, it has a focus motor in the camera body – not found in Nikon below the D90. Third, the K-7 has in-camera Image Stabilization (IS) so every lens used becomes an IS lens. Canon and Nikon don’t have this feature since they have their versions of IS in some of their lenses.

Since the K-7 uses the Pentax K lens mount introduced in 1975 every K mount lens ever made can be used with it. Of course there will be limitations with the older manual focus lenses but they can be used.

Pentax K-7 w/18-55mm zoom lens $981.95 at B&H.
Pentax 50mm f1.4 lens $359.95 at B&H.
Pentax 10-17mm fisheye to wide-angle zoom lens $519.95 at B&H.
Total: $1,861.85

Review at http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxk7/

Another worthy contender for your money is the Sony A550. It also has an in-camera focus motor and Sony’s version of IS is also in-camera. It also features in-camera HDR – you can set it up to take 3 exposures with one release of the shutter. The A550 uses the Minolta Maxxum A lens mount which dates back to 1985. Any lens ever made for the A mount will be right at home on the A550 and will be an IS lens.

A550 w/18-55mm zoom lens $949.99 at B&H.
Sony 50mm f1.4 lens $369.99 at B&H.
Sony 11-18mm zoom lens $649.99 at B&H.
Total cost $1,969.97

Review at http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonyalphadslra550/

B&H: http://www.bhphotovideo.com

You can, of course, buy either the K-7 or A550 body only and add lenses you think would be best for your needs. I made suggestions based on your desire to make landscape pictures which is why the wide angle zooms are listed. The only lens that I believe should be in any photographer’s kit is the 50mm f1.4.

Since you mentioned landscapes, I suggest buying a tripod. A tripod is all but mandatory for good landscapes. Check the Benro “Travel Angel” series at B&H. You’ll also want a quality Skylight or UV filter to protect the front element of every lens you have. Choose from B+W, Heliopan, Tiffen, Hoya.

Robert asks…

I would like to buy a 10MP compact digital camera – which is the best?

I regularly crop photos, hence the desire to have a 10MP camera. I have been overwhelmed by the number that have come on the market in the last few months and would like some help and advice on which to buy.
None of the main digital camera magasines have done 10MP comparision tests yet and I have not found any comparisons on the web.
From my research the Sony DSC-N2 seems good, as does the Pentax Optio A20. I would love some advice though please!

Pip answers:

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of current 10+mp digital cameras:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp

The new Samsung NV10 also has good reviews.

Chris asks…

How do i use digital zoom?

I have a sony cybershot dsc-w80 digital camera. It has 3x optical zoom and 6x digital zoom. When I want to take a picture and need to zoom in i can do it using the optical zoom. Should I not be able to zoom in further using digital zoom? as it will not let me do this. It will only use the digital zoom when reviewing a picture already taken

Pip answers:

If you look at this picture and find it on your camera as well, it’s the ISP button this should start the option and use the same w/t zoom button to change it:

http://www.cyberindian.net/wp-content/uploads/sony-cybershot-dsc-w80-camera-1.jpg

Hope it helps!

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Your Questions About Canon Digital Camera Repair

Maria asks…

How to Repair Canon PowerShot 230 Digital Camera–white and purple lines on display.?

Hello. I have no idea what happened. I charged my batterey and put it in. When I turned on the camera all that showed through the display were white and purple lines that changed according to how much light there was. I took a picture and it took it just like that…with white and purple. I can’t afford a new camera, and it costs too much to repair. Anyone know how to fix it?

Pip answers:

Bad news, good news.

Bad news is your CCD image sensor has failed. The good news is Canon has a service advisory for failed CCD image sensors:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=223&modelid=8044&keycode=2112&id=29819

It’s a free repair. They’ll even pay for shipping both ways! The whole process takes less than a month, and you won’t have to buy a new camera. Give them a call at 1-800-828-4040 Monday – Friday – 8:00 AM to 12:00 midnight; and Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Hope that helps!

Charles asks…

Canon Camera?

when i try to click onthe start button it works just fine, but when i try to set for the picture to take pics it doesnt work. There is a blurred scene coming and doesnt allow me to take pictures at all. Is there something really wrong with it? Please suggest where they fix canon digital cameras. Thank you everyone.

Pip answers:

Hey , i have had similar problems with my canon cameras, in fact i’m in the process of sending my camera to the u.s to be repaired. What is it with canon?? Lol. Well something seems wrong with the image sensor or the LCD screen. As long as you bought it a year ago, it should come with a warranty, nothing to fret about. I know that when something goes wrong with a camera that want to send it to their main factory:

Canon Factory Service
1440 Chase Ave.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Telephone: (800) 828-4040
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight ET, and
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET (excluding holidays)

that is where they told me to send it to, everything should be free ( if you have a warranty), all you’ll have to pay for is the shipping .

Hope everything turns out with the camera,
if you like my answer, you know what to do ;)

good day,
Nathan Grammatico

Mandy asks…

How much does it cost to repair a Canon camera? ?

I used Canon Powershot SD 500 for 4 years close to 5 and I bought a new one, a really good one may I add, but my mom somehow wants the old one to keep working. I accidentally dropped it and the screen is always black and trust me, I pressed the display button numerous times, but it still won’t work. The power is fine. I need to fix this on my own allowance, do you know how much it will cost? Approximately? I don’t need answers such as buy a new one.

Pip answers:

The cost of repairing a camera is at least 25% more than the cost of a new camera so will provide you information on the cost of a much better Canon that would be much less than the repair cost.

You could check out the battery contacts which could have been bent or distorted when you dropped the camera and the instructions on cleaning camera and battery electrical contacts in the first source link.

In new cameras, look for optical viewfinders (LCD invisible in bright sun) and check battery prices. High mega pixel settings take longer to process and may not be needed unless required for large pictures or enlarging parts of pictures. Maximum print size for a 3 mega pixel setting is 8 x 10 inches. Click links below for more details.
Http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=398&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=2039 …
Http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/mpmyth.htm …

Just saw this camera at Best Buy and think it is a great camera and a best buy. It has an optical viewfinder, image stabilizer, auto focus, and uses NiMH rechargeable batteries. Read as much of the following as you can for other information and help with choosing a camera.
Canon A590IS $129.99 at Staples yesterday.
Http://bountii.com/deal-1523871-canon-powershot-8-0-megapixel.html …

There is no one particular place to get great buys, but you may see something above that really helps you find the best buy. Click on the link in the information above for an example then search for your camera of choice at the upper left. Camera prices at this link change often.

While most of the cameras out there are really good, I would choose Canon over Nikon because it seems like more camera for the money. Some would say Canon withholds their best technology for high end cameras and Nikon implements their best at all levels. Before you decide, read all the text and links in the information below because it will help you know what to look for in a camera.

There are so many cameras out there it is difficult to say which is best, but digital is definitely the way to go. The second source link will be very helpful as it list most of the cameras out there with prices. The following information should help you know what to look for in a camera.

What gives a camera its picture quality?
The short answer is that it is mostly the skill of the photographer that produces high quality pictures. The lens and camera are very important, but the ability to set the scene, adjust the cameras settings, and hold the camera very still or use a tripod with auto or remote shutter actuation when required is what gets the great pictures.

Lots of great camera tips in these two links. Http://www.danscamera.com/Learning/going_digital/#resolution …
Http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=38/10468/6368/333&pq-locale=en_US …

The information about my camera is just to show that you don’t need the biggest and best. Just know how to use the one you have.

My camera has 5.2 mega pixel, but I use 3 most of the time because it gives great results, is faster, and takes less memory. Also, it only has a 3 x optical zoom and 7 x digital zoom. I never use the digital zoom because making pictures larger works better on the computer. This is an old camera, but everyone is impressed with the quality pictures it takes … Like magic.

Check with the Geeks in several stores and compare prices. Ask what cameras they own, but don’t believe everything you hear. Once you select a camera read all about it in the owner’s manual. Just learned that my camera has red-eye prevention and correction. It also has adaptive lighting. You may be able to view owners manuals at this link, but will need to Login. Http://www.retrevo.com/s/digital+camera …

The source links will show most of the cameras out there with prices and help make digital cameras work better with complete instructions on cleaning camera and battery electrical contacts.

Source:

http://www.google.com/base/a/4210404/D13701973093918363271

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/ …
Http://dpreview.com/ …

Ken asks…

where should i send my canon digital camera for repair?

im talking about the camera customer service warehouse. my camera has broken and is still under warenty

Pip answers:

Look up customer service on the Canon web site. They have all of the instructions. We have used the service a couple of times and they are pretty good. We have no complaints.

Lizzie asks…

My Digital Canon Camera Not showing images.?

I have a Canon Powershot A300 digital camera that has been working well since 2005 until last week when I suddenly couldn’t see images. The LCD is just black when I try to focus or take a picture. But I can scroll and see the items in the display and menu areas as well as all the images recorded in the memory card. My batteries are excellent and I have always opened the apperture for the lens when taking pictures.

How could the image sensor become faulty all of a sudden? How can I have it repaired or anything replaced because I wonder if the warranty is still applicable after 5 years. I have been using it in Kenya, East Africa.

Please advise if you have had a similar problem or know how to resolve this.

Pip answers:

That camera came out in 2003. It has only 3MP, which aren’t very many compared to the cameras out there today. And it doesn’t have any zoom either, It does have a viewfinder though, doesn’t it? Can you look through that to take your pictures?

The warranty is only good for one year on most compact cameras, so it would cost you a lot to get it fixed. I sure wouldn’t put any money into a camera that old. For the money it would probably cost you, providing they still have parts for one that old, you could buy a new camera.

If you are in the US, you could call Canon at 800-OK-CANON and see what they say, but as I said, I wouldn’t put any money into one that old.

Most of the Canon Powershot A series cameras have viewfinders, which I feel are very important. If you can find a Powershot A590IS, they have had a very good rating for an inexpensive camera. You could get one for less than $150. It has 8MP, Image Stabilizer to help you get steady shots, a viewfinder, 4x optical zoom and you can even manually set the aperture and shutter speed. But there are other ones out there that are good, too. You can look at some of them here—

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sidebyside.asp

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Your Questions About Nikon Digital Cameras Costco

Ken asks…

Nikon Coolpix digital cameras???

I am getting a digital camera in like 6 days, but i havent made up my mind yet on which one I want!

I either want the Nikon Coolpix S51 or the Nikon Coolpix S52.

My parents are willing to spend at the most $180.00. (which is okay because at walmart the cost is $159.99)

My first question is what is the difference between these two cameras? they look exactly the same! is it that one is 8mp and the other one is 9mp?

My second question is where can i find a red or a green one that is under $180.00?? ( at my walmart they only have a blue one)

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
:)

Pip answers:

Depending where you live, Costco will have the S52 on sale for about $159.00-$169.00, reg price $229.00 in the middle of May ’08. The camera comes in either black or a maroon-ish. Its also comes with a case & 1 GB memory card.

Daniel asks…

Looking to buy a digital camera?

Looking to buy a digital camera, price needs to be reasonable. I don’t want to spend money on something that is crap. Anyone with experience with digital cameras please give input.

Are these any good?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Kodak-12.2-MP-M341/12429474#ShortReviewTitleBar

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nikon/13432996

Pip answers:

I love canon cameras. Digital ones especially. I have a canon sd1200 power shot! LOVE IT! Definitely love it! Worth the extra money! I got mine at costco. It came with 100 free prints and a 2GB memory card.

John asks…

Nikon Coolpix P500 price help?

On Google, when I type in Nikon Coolpix P500, it says (exact quote)
“Shopping results for Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)
578 reviews – $140 – 86 stores – Nearby stores – In stock”
And when I click on that, it says (exact quote)
Nikon Coolpix P500 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)

Nikon Coolpix P500 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)

$140 online, $200 nearbyOnline stores Nearby stores Related items Features Reviews Details Accessories Videos
Online stores
Your location: ************** – Change
Google Checkout
Free shipping
New items

Best Buy
*************************************
(***) 955-**** – Open today 9am–9pm

$199.99
Limited stock

But when I go to bestbuy.com, it says that the price is like $350?!

WHY?

Pip answers:

I got mine from a Costco a few days ago for $230, however, it comes with a carrying camera bag and a Class 6 4GB SD CARD.

Mandy asks…

Which Digital camera is better?

which one is better and why?
SONY HX100v
Nikon coolpix p500
Canon sx40
thank u!!! and is there any website to compare a same scene captured with these cameras?

Pip answers:

My mon bought the Nikon Coolpix P500 at Costco in July, and it is the nicest camera I have ever used! It has a really long zoom, it is super clear and 100% awsome! You will really like it, I started getting back into photography because of it.

Http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Compact-Digital-Cameras/26256/COOLPIX-P500.html

Sandra asks…

What digital camera would be best for me a Canon or Nikon?

I’v nevery had a great camera but am looking for one know. I heard that these two brands are one of a kind. I love photography so it would have to have decent settings, and also Love to model so I need one that will not look blurry when their taking pics of me. I want one that will take awesome clear pics, and will last me quite a few years. The problem is I don’t know which one?I’m willing to pay up to $400 max so anything below that would be great. Please help! And list the pics of camera. Thanks. I’m beginner.

Pip answers:

They are both just as good as one another. Its up to you to decide which is best. You need to find a local camera store to test out both brands.

I like Nikon because of how easily I was able to learn the menu and settings.I’ve also found that if you’ve used one Nikon body you’ll pretty much learn them all. I’ve found that Nikon has kept its menu layout very similar from generation to generation. They have just added more features over the years. I also like Nikon’s lenses for there contrast sharpness and build quality.

Someone else though will think the same about what Canon or Sony has to offer.

Basically its up to you to decide not us. The only advice I can give you is make sure you go to an actual camera store. With “big box”stores like Best Buy or costco you’ll just get egg heads who will just try and sell you anything.

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Your Questions About Digital Cameras

Ken asks…

Is there any difference between and digital camera and a digital camcorder anymore?

Have digital cameras and camcorders evolved to the point now where they are both the same thing or are they still marketed as different or have advantages/disadvantages. I mean, any half decent camera should be able to take 1080p videos these days and any decent camcorder take high res photos. So if they are still different, what differences would you typically expect?

Pip answers:

Not true. A camcorder that can take decent still images and a Camera will take decent video.
You need to look at the quality.

DSLR’s are a different story, there considered digital cameras though.

A Professional Camcorder has way more manual control/adjustments.

It really depends on the quality of video/image acceptable to you.

Chris asks…

is there always a delay on digital cameras btwn time shutter is pushed & photo taken?

Seems digital cameras have a delayed reaction taking a photo from time I push shutter til a second later when photo is actually taken. My camera is on fine setting & has 10 megapixels. (Canon sureshot). How is flash involved with this? Camera is less than a year old.

Pip answers:

By way of explaining what’s really going on. All automatic cameras, which digital cameras are, have what’s called shutter lag.

This lag time allows the camera to focus and expose. This procedure, though very fast, isn’t instant, can’t and won’t happen. Without this time all your photos would be out of focus (fuzzy) and either over or under exposed.

Get the drift? Perhaps some reading on how automatic cameras work would be in order.

Richard asks…

a digital camera that has a quality of a professional camera?

I want a camera for under $400 that is digital but has the quality of a professional camera. I like pictures that are really clear but i notice most digital cameras all have that digital camera look. Can anyone recommend any specific brands and models.

Pip answers:

Http://www.reviewgist.com/best-slr-professional-digital-camera-price-under-400
Olympus PEN E-PL1
Sony Alpha DSLR-A290
Canon PowerShot SX30IS
Canon EOS 1000D
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Lizzie asks…

What is the best digital camera to buy?

I know nothing about digital cameras and want one that is easy to operate and reasonably affordable. However, I also want one that takes good pictures. I want to take family and vacation pictures. Will any camera work with my Dell computer?

Pip answers:

The Canon PowerShot A550 Digital Camera is a nice very inexpensive camera, If you want it I saw it at Ritz Camera, they also got some promos at http://www.prioritycodes.com/Electronics/RitzCamera.com-Priority-Codes/index.html for a discount

David asks…

What are the best digital cameras out now?

I’m looking for a smaller camera because I can’t afford to carry my SLR with me everywhere in case something should happen to it. What I want to know is what are the best well rounded digital cameras out now? Value for money would be nice too… Nothing above €250.
Thank you!

Pip answers:

- Canon PowerShot SX150 IS as best digital cameras.

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Your Questions About Nikon Digital Cameras Amazon

Susan asks…

What is the cheapest, best underwater digital camera?

I’m looking for an underwater digital camera thats £40 or under, of course I won’t be expecting super shots, but just something that works, preferably something that has a memory card slot as I’ve heard a lot of underwater cameras, if you lose battery life, you lose all your photos.

Whats the best camera?

Pip answers:

The least expensive (cheap refers to poorly constructed things) underwater camera is probably the Nikon S30 about £75 on Amazon UK.

The best may be the Nikon AW100 (with built-in GPS) at about £220

“… If you lose battery life, you lose all your photos”

This is NOT true since memory is non-volatile and do not need power to keep images in memory

Sandy asks…

What is a good digital camera at a low price?

I want to buy a good digital camera but i’m not sure which to get. I was checking out the kodak v1233 camera it’s 12 MP, and it sounds pretty decent, but i’m getting some mixed feedback on it. is it any good.

i want a camera on a budget of 100-150ish. under 200.
i’m into photography so i would like a camera that is pretty good for that.

does higher MP mean better pictures.

Pip answers:

Don’t get that kodak camera, it’s terrible, they have nothing good to say about, when you have so many megapixels in such a small camera, it could sometimes be a bad thing. Stay away from kodak, they have nothing good for you ( in my opinion ). On amazon.com those cameras that say they have all those megapixels, leave them regretting their purchase. I would suggest you go with one of the following

CANON
NIKON
SONY

in my opinion, and experience, those are the most trusted cameras, and have been for many years. They each have cameras in your price range, canon especially, i know that nikon has some high-end ones, and go above and beyond your budget.

Therefore, i think you should go with canon

try the following on

http://amazon.com

and just type them in to look at the pros and cons

the canon powershot a550
the canon powershot a560
the canon powershot a570is
the canon powershot a630
the canon powershot a580

those are the ones i recommend, and i have experience with the canon powershot a550, and i didn’t have any complaints.

Yours Sincerely,
Nathan Grammatico

Mark asks…

My hubby and I need advice on buying a new digital camera?

My hubby and I are looking to upgrade to a better digital camera. We currently have a Kodak Z710. While it is an all right camera it does not take the quality of pictures we would like in certain situations. We would like to spend no more than $700. We would like to find something that takes good action shots, good landscape shots, as well as ones in low light. We were considering a Cannon or Nikon. Any help would be appreciated.

Pip answers:

If you are considering moving to a DSLR, the most bang for the buck now is the Nikon D40 with both a 18-55 mm and 55-200 mm lens for under $550.

Since you like shooting in low light, at present, the Nikon D3 and D700 have sensors that can capture images at 6400 ISO that look as good or better than other DSLR’s at 800 ISO. A full four stops difference.

Once you start building your system, you can later buy the camera body with the excellent low light performance.

What you want to consider it that what the pro-level cameras have now, will trickle down to the entry level and sub-$1000 cameras in just a few years.

It seems that even after the pixel myth was exposed, people still seem to want to believe the the marketing people instead of working pros. Amazing … 6 MP is still enough for shooting professional images.

Http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/mpmyth.htm

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SDPMEI/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=photo

Betty asks…

What is a cool new digital camera that is in style right now?

My sony digital camera broke so I need a new digital camera. Please no big camera as I already have Nikon d60.

Pip answers:

You can consider Nikon Coolpix S3000 12 MP Digital Camera
* 12.0 megapixels for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches
* 4x wide-angle Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens; bright 2.7-inch LCD
* 4-way VR Image Stabilization System
* Capture 640 x 480 movies with sound at 30fps
* EXPEED Image Processing; Smart Portrait System

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=Nikon+Coolpix+S3000&x=0&y=0&ih=1_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0_0.3984_1&fsc=-1&tag=ya-ans-camera-20

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/675085-REG/Nikon_26211_Nikon_CoolPix_S3000_Digital.html/BI/6846/KBID/7390

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574865779&toolid=10001&campid=5336440665&customid=nktprk&mpre=http%3a%2f%2fphotography.shop.ebay.com%2fi.html%3f_nkw%3dnikon%2bs3000%26_sacat%3d31388%26_dmpt%3dDigital_Cameras%26_odkw%3dCanon%2bPowerShot%2bA490%26_osacat%3d31388%26_trksid%3dp3286.c0.m270.l1313

John asks…

Anyone know of a digital camera without a shutter delay?

I am so sick of all these digital cameras which wait as long as 2 seconds between when I press the shutter button and when the camera actually takes the picture! Aren’t there any digital cameras that don’t have that delay for normal or portrait shooting?

Pip answers:

The cameras you’re complaining about are either a few years old or cheaply made. But don’t worry — you can do much better these days!

In the lower price range, you have a few options for cameras without shutter lag.

Fujifilm is probably the best value, speed for money. The Fujifilm Finepix F20 can go up to ISO 2000, which means it’s very fast! I use it and have yet to experience shutter lag in good lighting. And if I can often get sharp (not blurry) pictures at night too! You can find it for $120 on ebay. Newer versions — like the F50 — sell for more in brick-and-morter shops.

The least expensive camera I know of that doesn’t have noticeable shutter lag is the Nikon Coolpix L10. Its ISO up to 800 is good for daylight and indoor situations. Wal-Mart has it for $90. The newest version, the L18, is better at night and sells for $140 on Amazon.

In the upper price range — say, above $200 — many cameras will satisfy you. For best results, stick with newer models from these brands: Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, and Sony.

By the way, megapixels (resolution) have nothing to do with speed. In fact, excessive megapixels can slow down a camera’s processor. And since you only need 5 or 6 MP to decently print a poster, buying a camera just because it’s 8 MP isn’t really worth it.

If you are concerned with speed, check the camera’s maxiumum ISO (shutter speed) instead. Anything above 800 is decent, anything above 1600 is great.

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Your Questions About Backing Up Your Digital Photos

Susan asks…

Digital photo album for my grandmother?

Okay. So my grandmother asked me to make her family photo albums digital and she said she would pay me. There are about 250-300 photos and I have to scan them by page and then crop them. About how much should I ask her for?

Pip answers:

I think 250USD would be alright.

It helps you do a better job
Digital Album Master–Choose to burn your photo on TV onto a video disc (VCD, SVCD or DVD) for play back on ordinary DVD players. No more squeezing in front of a computer monitor to showcase your pictures. The slideshow can be enjoyed on a big screen in the comfort of the living room. Share your slideshow online via Web Export. The web slideshows are created in Flash format.
Http://www.makemymtv.com/

Robert asks…

How should I organize my digital photos?

I have like 6000+ photos stored on my computer. Right now I have them all under a folder called my pictures and then sub folders with names like the zoo, christmas, birthday, umm, yeah…. And they are all mixed up and it is very hard to find the one photo I am looking for. I was thinking about sorting them by year and then by sub folders. But does anyone else have any suggestions?? Also what do I do if like I only have one photo in a sub folder?? Also what do I do if some of the photos do not really fit into a category?? Thanks!!

Pip answers:

You will have to go back and make up some additional folders

I use a main folder that has the year the photos were taken. Under that I list the clients name, under that sub folders of the dates of each shoot or working name of shoot (like Canal, Tucson house, San Carlos Hotel, etc) Within each group, I have a sub-folder which is called BofB (Best of best) where the marketable shots are kept and in a sub-folder under that, the images picked by the client.

In your case you already have the sub folders, all you have to do is edit out the okay images, from the best and to help identify images you may want to find from time to time.

Have you added any key words to the EXIF data on each image file. I usually do a batch edit of each shoot with my copyright notice, my contact data, subject information and key words using Bridge associated with Photoshop CS2 and newer.

To assist in finding specific image files, rename them so you can later search for just the one you want. I keep a list of all the images in my library so I can find images easier.

After you have re-organized all your images, you may want to edit (sort) all your images soon after you have copied them to your computer after each shooting session.

Hopefully you are backing up all your images on CD’s or DVD’s so when you hard drive eventually files, you will still have copies of all your work.

Lisa asks…

Best way to print 1500 digital photos??

When I say “best” I really mean “cheapest.” Photos are 4×6 (I’m pretty sure). Thanks!

Pip answers:

Arts Cow is the cheapest, and quality is decent. If you are a new member, you get 200 free 4 x 6 photos, then the cost after that is 6 cents each. They are printed in China, so there is about a 3 week wait until you receive them. You will have to endure the long, tediious upload process though.

Http://www.artscow.com

I really suggest you put all the photos on CD or DVD and take them to Sams or CostCo or some such place and pay the 19 cents or whatever for the photos and be done with it. Leave the CD with them and go back and get the photos when ready in a few days.

Steve

Thomas asks…

What Digital photo camera should I buy after selling my Digital SLR?

Hello everyone and thank you for taking the time to view my Question!
I recently sold my Canon SLR D550 because I wasn’t able to manually do all the settings needed in each scene. I thought I wood Had the time to learn all about SLR but too much work at the office held me back from my hobby. So I eventually sold It and now I want a very good digital camera with good autofocus. Good sharpness and good color.I dont mind about price range I Just want great quality.I know It probibly will not be any where near SLR but what are the best choices out there?

Pip answers:

Well I have the Canon powershot 200is. It takes really nice photos but I got it about a year and a half ago. I really would suggest Canons because I think they take the most natural and beautiful looking pictures. Check here and do some research…

Http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras

Good luck!

Mandy asks…

What is the best digital photo frame to buy??…..?

I have a Samsung one, and I’m having no end of bother with it. I deleted all the photos from my camera’s memory card so seen as I also have all my photos on a usb stick I thought I would just pop that in the back and it would work, well it keeps saying, connected, then not connected all in the space of 10 seconds, so I tried another usb stick and the same thing. I think my frame is faulty or something. I’ve downloaded some photos manually with my usb cable instead and although it works, the manual says the frame can hold upto 400 photos but everytime I try to add more than around 50 it just says its full!!! I can’t work it out, any ideas? Anyway, I want a really good frame for my parents for their anniversary that I can put a usb stick into the back of (preferable one that works – not like mine!) as I think this is a much easier way, and given that they dont take many photos but I do, then I can put different photos on their stick reguarly and update it all for them. Any ideas on this?

Pip answers:

Well I did not even know that Samsung made digital photo frames. The problem with the USB thing could be that its USB 1.1, while computers use USB 2.0. The pictures might also be very high resolution, that could be why it could only store 50.

I use the Sony DPF-V900 digital photo frame right now and have no complaints with it at all. It has a lot of space 512MB and uses a USB 2.0 port, so I don’t have to bother with memory cards like with most other digital photo frames. You can try amazon for it, or use a price comparison like this one: http://www.idealo.co.uk/compare/942891/sony-dpf-v900.html to find the best price.

The only problem is it doesn’t play music or videos like the Kodak EasyShare SV710, so if you want that, but without the USB 2.0 and large memory, then the Kodak would be a good choice.

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Your Questions About Digital Cameras 2013

Lisa asks…

Is this a good camera to buy?

I need a good camera for a reasonable price..is this camera a good one. Im need it to be waterproof for my vacation pics. OLYMPUS CORPORATION – TG-830 iHS 16.0-Mega pixel Digital Camera with 5-25mm Lens’ in Digital Cameras

Pip answers:

Olympus release 2 waterproof cameras this year. TG-830 is the budget one and there is more highend one, Olympus TG-2 iSH whch is $379 at Amazon.

This year most camera brands has already released their 2 waterpoof cameras and TG-830 probably the best one with features in budget line but also the most expensive one.

Http://www.camerausa.net/waterproof/waterproof-cameras-2013.php

James asks…

James Webb Space Telescope better than Hubble?

Just curious if you have heard about this telescope that is supposed to be launched in 2013.

Here’s the link:

http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/index.html

Also, I’m trying to recall a certain imaging technique that combines x-ray images, infrared images and I believe UV images. After taking multiple images of space with those different cameras, they align them on top of each other to create astounding images.

Pip answers:

Certainly will be far more superior than hubble which is great because hubble has seen billions of years into the past at high resolution. They’ve picked out regions of space wider than tennis ball or base ball and have generated stunning images of many galaxies and nebulal. So the JWST will be superior in that Hubble is over 20 years old, physically and in design. Even with upgrades [to Hubble], a new telescope will blow Hubble out of the water. I just hope they don’t have to launch a rescue missin because something “was off.”

As for the imaging they used for the Hubble Deep Field and Hubble Ultra Deep Field images, they used a technique called drizzling. The technical nomenclature is: Variable Pixel Linear Reconstruction, or just Linear Reconstruction.

CCD’s are used in all types of imaging right down to cheap digital cameras (and expensive ones). The beauty of CCD’s is that they can be designed and programmed to capture just about any wavelength of light, from gamma-rays down to radio waves. Of course, in space, comsic radiation is powerful and causes quite a bit of interference and they have to correct for that.

Check out the links below:

Donald asks…

Best Digital Camera in 2013?

I’m looking for a digital camera with the following:

* Awesome, detailed shots for both amateur and professional photography use
* Fast, extreme action modes with instant, non-blurry shots (no delay unless optional)
* Full 1080p Quality Video with Excellent Sound and no buzzing/noises
* Great Image Stabilization
* Lovely Zoom with little to no shaking and annoying sounds
* Ability to record beautifully in both low light and very bright settings
* Easiness to learn, maintain, and adjust to
* Durable and lasts for maybe 20 years

A lifetime warranty for a camera product would be nice, but I doubt it exists. I’ve looked at the newest Canon Rebel (zoom/sound issues), Nikon D7100 (seems too stiff in certain settings), some Panasonic models, etc. I am on a budget and want to record high quality music videos and shorts, and take fancy pictures with the camera I am seeking. I want to spend no more than maybe $650 on my ideal product. What are your suggestions and knowledge of expertise?

Pip answers:

Sony DSC-RX100 20.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor Digital Camera
Link: http://tinyurl.com/qjgt4f3

Pros:
1. The auto-focus is super fast and very accurate.
2. It charges with USB, I can attach it to my car charger
3. It has build-in lens cap, which makes it smaller and a LOT more convenient than those in real life shooting.
4. ISO can be as low as 80, compensate some margin for the 1/2000s shutter speed(E-M5′s 200 base iso is a horrible decision from Olympus)
5. The software(operation system) is derived from Sony Alpha DSLR, unlike the NEX’s bad UI implement from Sony P&S digital camera. It gives you 3 custom profiles, with their own iso range setting. Different picture quality setting etc.
6. The face detection can be set on for ALL light metering and focus mode. This is a big evolution from NEX(which can only used with matrix metering and multi-focus).
7. 20m pixels is very good with pixel peeping or cropping, thanks to it’s large sensor and quality lens, lots of details with base iso.
8. It still keep the Sony camera’s features:
Sony’s color profile. I really like this kind of realistic color rendering. Way better than Panasonic’s wash-out plain dirty image and Olympus bluish white, more graduation than too much contrast Nikon, and less pink from Canon.
9. Leaf shutter is almost silent.
10. 10fps shutter stream with live view, this is a huge plus from NEX, and the buffer flush is very quick compare to NEX-7 with sandisk ush-i 45mb SD
11. Almost no screen lag between shots-to-shots(after you turn off the quick review, another trick from NEX/Alpha)
12. Dual dials control is very good, comparable to NEX-7 and E-M5(NEX-7′s tri-dial is a totally hoax, most of the time, 2 of the dials are redundant with same function. )
13. Lens is exceptional, f1.8 can be used but there maybe some halos in daylight, starts from f2.8 is razor sharp. Macro shoot is amazing(see my photos uploaded to the product gallery)
14. Photo replay can be zoomed-in and then roll-over each photos to compare the zoomed parts. (NEX-7′s tri-dial is useless here, all of them have the same function of roll-over to next photos)
15. Lots of customization with buttons.better than NEX-5n and comparable to NEX-7
17. Video function is better than NEX-7, it have more control, and concave dedicate movie button, which in comparison, NEX-7 have a protrude button, can be easily pressed by accident and record unnecessary movie.(Shame on you! Sony, 8 months w/o firmware fix for this!)
18. Video active stabilization is effective, panning and zooming is butter smooth.
19. Dedicate modal dial, with memory recall and movie mode. Memory recall can set up to 3 memories for the most distinguish settings, such as 1 for portrait(low iso base range, med shutter speed, portrait color rending, face detection ), 2 for landscape (80 iso, vivid color rending, small aperture), 3 for in-door flash portrait. You can alway record video in any mode with press the movie button, but in dedicate movie mode, you can set to automatic or manual, or Av, Sv and filters for your fine tune of movie style.
20. Flash can be set to bounce with your fingers, produce nice in-door photos. (good trick from NEX-7)
21. White magic rgbw screen is very good, more vivid and bright than NEX-7 outdoor.
22. Battery is generally good in this category , I shoot 700 photos for half a day, So prepare 2 spare battery for a night and day shoot session.
23. Since Adobe released Lightroom 4.2 RC, Raw file can extract more details for high ISO setting, but jpeg out of camera is better than what I expected as well as the vignetting, distortion, purple fringe compensation.

Cons:
1.front dial is smooth, the smooth dial is excellent for manual focus, but I prefer tick dial to adjust values.
2.modal dial is a little tighten to turn.
4.no dedicate on/off button for flash. It can only be triggered with menu option to use flash.
5.Lens zoom out/in speed is not very fast, if you drop the camera, it may not survive…
6. Aperture decay fast compare to the focal length, hopefully it can provide 28-35mm with f2.8
7. No grip, even its small but you’d better have the wrist strap.
8. No external battery charger for spare battery.
9. No sd card buffering write indicator nor any sign of indication on screen.
10. Photos and movies in separate replay menu, Sony’s old problem though…
11. Manual can only be downloaded from Sony support website. (No CD manual or Raw converter for a enthusiast camera? )

Mary asks…

Best Digital Camera in 2013?

I’m looking for a digital camera with the following:

* Awesome, detailed shots for both amateur and professional photography use
* Fast, extreme action modes with instant, non-blurry shots (no delay unless optional)
* Full 1080p Quality Video with Excellent Sound and no buzzing/noises
* Great Image Stabilization
* Lovely Zoom with little to no shaking and annoying sounds
* Ability to record beautifully in both low light and very bright settings
* Easiness to learn, maintain, and adjust to
* Durable and lasts for maybe 20 years

A lifetime warranty for a camera product would be nice, but I doubt it exists. I’ve looked at the newest Canon Rebel (zoom/sound issues), Nikon D7100 (seems too stiff in certain settings), some Panasonic models, etc. I am on a budget and want to record high quality music videos and shorts, and take fancy pictures with the camera I am seeking. I want to spend no more than maybe $650 on my ideal product. What are your suggestions and knowledge of expertise?

Pip answers:

I have a dream that someday anyone who decides to take up photography as a hobby will first know and understand this: “It isn’t the camera its the photographer.”

A person with zero knowledge of light, composition and exposure will be unable to use any camera in any mode other than Program or Auto, allowing the camera to determine ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Even then, zero knowledge of just composition will usually produce mere snapshots.

In 42 years I have never owned a camera that made really good pictures.

In 42 years I have never owned a camera that made really bad pictures.

However, in those 42 years I have used a camera to make some really good pictures and some really bad pictures. The camera is just a tool and gets neither credit nor blame for my results good or bad. That’s all on me.

Buy the least expensive DSLR you can find. Read & study the Owner’s Manual. Then enroll in photography classes. Take notes. Practice. Make changes to aperture or shutter speed or ISO only when you understand why you’re making them and what the results will be.

A 20 year old digital camera will be as useless as a 20 year old computer is today.

In many states a “lifetime” warranty is considered 7 years. Some high-end lenses (translate as a lens costing a few thousand dollars) have a 5 year warranty. Most DSLR bodies have a 1 year warranty.

Carol asks…

I need a new digital camera!!!!?

I really need a new digital camera! It needs to take good to decent photos and I would like it to be water proof. My budget is from 100-150 or a little higher depending on how much I like the camera. If you have a recommendation please leave a link to the camera below. I also wanted to ask what camera brand is better than the others I know Kodak is terrible then there’s Sony, canon, Nikon which are the most familiar to me. I know there are the goods and the bads of each brand but in general which is the best for digital cameras. Thank you for your time best answer gets 10 points !!!!! ????

Pip answers:

Popular Photography’s April 2013 edition covers waterproof cameras. They make the following suggestions:

Sony Cyber-shot TF1 – $198 (need reviews)
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 – $198
Pentax WG-3 GPS – $297
Nikon Coolpix AW110 – $347
Olympus Stylus TG-2 – $379
Panasonic Lumix TS5 – $399

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=sony_dsctf1&products=fujifilm_xp60&products=pentax_optiowg2gps&products=nikon_cpaw110&products=oly_tg2&products=panasonic_dmcts5

http://snapsort.com/compare/Fujifilm-FinePix-XP60-vs-Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TF1

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Your Questions About Sony Digital Camera Battery

Ken asks…

Can any kind of batteries work in my Sony digital camera? (BEST ANSWER!)?

..or do they have to be specific Sony batteries?

EASY 10 POINTS!!!

Pip answers:

I hope you’re talking about cybershot models which use Alkaline AA batteries or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries since Lithium ion batteries have to be the ones manufactured by sony itself. You make the best of your cybershot only if you use specific sony alkaline batteries, still better if you use sony Ni-MH rechargeable batteries, yes they may be costly but they are the best and ensure that your cool cybershot takes brilliant pics. Trust me, I’m in love with sony’s cybershot line of cameras and I have 6 of them. One is a DSC-S700 which uses alkaline batteries and once I put in a different battery and it gave a beep and was switched off, it terrified the hell out of me because I love my cybershots more than I love my parents. DON’T PUT IN BATTERIES OTHER THAN THE AUTHENTIC SONY ONES. Isn’t cybershot a great camera line? People who shout “canon canon” don’t know how cool it is.

Carol asks…

sony cybershot digital camera t90?

Can someone do a mini review for me? Such as video quality and battery life, ect.

Pip answers:

Sony T90 is a good compact camera.The photos are beautiful. The intelligent scene recognition mode is great but like both point & shoot camera that lag between the time the photo is clicked.The video quality is extremely good.Battery life is around 110 minutes or 220 pictures
http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26ref%255F%3Dnb%255Fss%26field-keywords%3Dsony%2520t90%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Dphoto&tag=computer0bd-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957

Helen asks…

batteries for sony s700 digital camera?

what type of batteries can i use for this camera and where can i buy it from?

Pip answers:

This digital camera takes AA batteries. You should buy rechargeable batteries. They are more expensive at first but you can recharge them 1000 times, so it will end up being much cheaper than non rechargeable ones.

Go to your local Batteries Plus store ( http://www.batteriesplus.com ) if you live in the US, they not only sell hard to find batteries but they’ll be able to give you great infos and advices if you have any battery related questions.

James asks…

I have a sony digital camera and it uses batteries real fast,even the real good ones! I can only get 3-4 pics?

any one know why?

Pip answers:

Sony batteries suck! Try looking on ebay for a 2nd battery that fits your model the higher the MAH the longer the charge. I also have a sony camera but bought a better battery for about 10 bucks that doubles the charge time

Nancy asks…

Is there a better battery for my Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera?

I currently have the N Type battery, Lithium Ion NP-BN1.
I want to know if there is a better battery I can use instead that will last longer without needing to be recharged. What’s the best battery I can use for this camera?

Pip answers:

Actually the best rechargeable battery IS the one you have.

If you use good energy management, you should be able to get at least 220 shots per charge.

Those of us who shoot professionally or are long time digital camera users, charge our cameras batteries the night before we plan on using them

If you avoid using the LCD and flash, you will get much more from your fully charged Li-ion battery.

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Your Questions About Canon Digital Camera Reviews

Betty asks…

digital cameras?

which are better sony cybershot or panasonic lumix? If there are better digital cameras please list…price no problem…quality main concern

Pip answers:

As far as cameras are concerned, again, it depends on what you want.

The highest quality Digital cameras are the Digital SLRs, and Pentax makes the best with the K10
( http://www.pentaxslr.com/bodies/k10 ) around $899
-These allow you to swap in and out all Pentax lenses, for professional level photography.

However, you may be looking for something smaller (of the point and shoot variety if you dont want to be swapping lenses or buying separate lenses).

If you want a good quality point and shoot, Cannon offers the PowerShot S5 IS which has one of the best zooms out there (12X Optical & 4x digital for a 48x Zoom) at around $379.99

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=144&modelid=15207

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8297513&type=product&id=1172881524725

If you want a good waterproof camera, there is the Pentax Optio W30 7.1-Megapixel Digital Camera at around $299.99

http://www.pentaximaging.com/products/product_details/digital_camera–Optio_W30/reqID–9587364/subsection–optio

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Pentax-Optio-W30-7-1-Megapixel-Digital-Camera/sem/rpsm/oid/189962/catOid/-13062/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

If durability is a concern, there is the compact Olympus – Stylus 7.1MP Digital Camera 790 SW which is shockproof up to 5 feet and crushproof up to 220 pounds, and freeze and water resistent to a certain degree for around $299.99

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1314

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Olympus-Stylus-790-SW-7-1-Megapixel-Digital-Camera-Silver/sem/rpsm/oid/191631/catOid/-13062/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

So, it really all comes down to what you are looking for. I would suggest going to a BestBuy and/or Circuitcity and checking out some of these cameras before you make a decision on buying.

Best in quality are the Pentax Digital SLRs, 2nd is probably the Cannon Digital SLRs. For point and shoot, if you want quality I’d go with the Canon PowerShot S5 IS.
My sister uses the PowerShot S3 IS (a couple models ago) as a biologist photographing different animals down in the rainforest, and the zoom and quality are unbeatable for a point and shoot in this price range.

If choosing between the sony cybershot or panasonic lumix, I would pick the panasonic since it has the much better total zoom.

Panasonic Lumix FZ50 ($650)
Optical: 12x
Digital: 2x / 4x pre-select (Max. 48x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)

DSC-H9 Cyber-shot® Digital Camera ($429.99)
Optical Zoom 15X
Digital Zoom 0-2.0X (Precision) -which equals 30x combined zoom)

Here are reviews on both the and the PowerShot S5 IS that I mentioned earlier and the Panasonic Lumix FZ50, so that you can get a little bit of a comparison:

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/canon-powershot-s5-is/4505-6501_7-32441341.html#more

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz50s/4505-6501_7-31975860.html?tag=prod.txt.1

And here is one for the Sony CyberShot:
http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/sony-cyber-shot-dsc/4505-6501_7-32391282.html?tag=prod.txt.2

Ruth asks…

digital camera?

I want to buy new digital camera ,because i had 3 but no luck this time i need to be more careful my bughet is about 300 to 400 hunderd and i need something not big so i can carry all the time , and very nice picutres so i can use these picutres in my website too. please help me with that and let me know what can i buy best for my buget, thanks

Pip answers:

If you’re looking for a point & shoot, user friendly digital camera, I have to say, I like Canon. Nothing against other the other brands. I prefer Canon based on personal experience and their reputation.

Consider the Canon PowerShot models, the A630 or the A640. These compact models have helpful pre-set shooting modes that you choose for the particular picture situation you are about to shoot. Like: auto(matic), portrait, nighttime, landscape, indoor, snow, beach, kids & pets (subjects that won’t keep still), and more… You can also be creative with these models, where you can choose special FX settings as you are shooting a pictures and have the option to program/set your own manual setting, so check the specifications. You should bear in mind, with physical size of the camera, (subcompact/slim/flat vs. Compact), you compromise features that are available on the compact/slightly larger models.

I own the Canon PowerShot A620. My favorite feature of this model is the vari-angle (flip and twist) display/LCD screen. It protects the screen when not in use, and helpful for odd angle shots. Especially if you want to take a picture of yourself, or yourself with others. Picture taking is instant! I have found lag time is not an issue, with this camera, compared to my first digital camera. They now have an updated version of my A620… the above mentioned A630 and A640. Here is a review and its features (keep scrolling to see the vari-angle screen), up close and personal:

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/powershot_a630_a640-review/index.shtml

Here is where I go to shop on-line for the best price for digital cameras. (Which I found to have considerable better prices than going locally to your nearest digital camera dealer). Just type in your camera model in the ‘search keyword’: http://lowpricedigital.com/category.asp?master_category_Id=1000 Buy soon or check daily, for prices changes daily amongst merchants. Also check if the camera is being sold ‘new’ or ‘refurbished’.

If you’d rather buy from the store, check the usual places, Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal-Mart, Target, and camera stores. Even consider Office Max, Office Depot, CostCo/Sam’s Club—any store with a camera department.

I hope you have better luck this time!

Daniel asks…

digital cameras….?

I have been looking into buying a digital camera for the holiday seasons that are about to approach us. Now, which ones do you think are the best brand, quality, all of that stuff. I dont really care just a couple specifics: need to be able to see the pic on the screen, and not extremely costly. HELP!

Pip answers:

Consumer Reports for November 2006 has ranked the Canon Powershot A620 as the best compact digital camera. It is becoming almost a legend for longevity at the top of various consumer lists. It looks like this model has been replaced by the A630, which I would expect to be just as popular. The A640 appears quite similar and shares the “600″ series numbering, so I guess it’s just another upgraded version of the now-classic A620. It looks pretty much the same except for baing a 10 MP camera. The continuous drive is a little slower, but the files are larger, so that’s no surprise. I own a few Nikon DSLR’s and I’d buy the Canon A630 or A640 for myself.

With this camera, you will find the memory card is a cute little token of thanks from Canon, but not much more. Buy a 1 GB Sandisk Ultra II or Extreme III card. You will NEED the increased capacity and write speed to fully realize the benefits of your camera.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=canon_a620%2Ccanon_a630%2Ccanon_a640&show=all

If you want to trim the budget a little, the Canon Powershot A430, A530 or A540, are all great choices. You will still need a decent memory card as discussed above, though.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=canon_a430%2Ccanon_a530%2Ccanon_a540&show=all

Lisa asks…

Canon SD1100 digital camera question?

Does the Canon SD1100 digital camera come with Image Stabilization or is there a version out there without it? I ordered it through Dell with a 2 GB memory card and it doesn’t specify whether or not it has IS with it. Please let me know. Thank you!

Pip answers:

Yes, the SD1100 has image stabilization.

Here is a review for the SD1100:

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/powershot_sd1100-review/

It’s a very nice compact camera, My sister and brother have one and they like it very much.

Donald asks…

Should i buy Canon Powershot SX10IS 10MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom? Review?

Should i buy Canon Powershot SX10IS 10MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom? Review?

ALso tell me where should i buy it from?
Thx

Pip answers:

I recently bought that camera, and it’s by far the best digital camera I’ve ever purchased. The zoom is spectacular, but the closer you zoom, the more difficult it becomes to not get a blurry photo (unless you have a tripod). I have shaky hands and the image stabilized zoom helps, but it only helps so much. If I get to about 15x zoom (for me,), the pictures seem to be a bit blurry. It’s an excellent camera for the price.
I bought mine at Best Buy. You can also buy it off their website and amazon.

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Your Questions About Digital Photography Magazine

Sandra asks…

What is the best way to sell my Photography? What are my most lucrative options?

I produce Digital Images of Nature and Models (Real Women); all of my work is online.

Pip answers:

There are a multitude of ways to actually make money with photography. Whether you do nature, candids, pets, weddings, etc.

In your case, however there is a few best approaches that hopefully I can help provide you with.

Option 1:: You can try to approach local newspapers / magazines. Sometimes they are looking for photographs of the local area and are very happy to see if the work comes from someone local also.

Option 2:: A lot of towns and smaller cities have annual trade shows (or craft shows). People can purchase a booth space and show off their work. You see stuff from quilts to photographs to knives at these things. THis is a great place to show off your work. However, if you intend on selling you have to have sellable work that is printed and usually mounted (framed is optional).

Option 3:: Nature photographs work great as inspirational prints. If you were to print some nice 20×30 or 24×30 prints you may be able to sell them to local businesses, shops, companies, etc.

Option 4:: I’m not sure what you mean by ‘real women’ (as apposed to a fake one I guess), but if you have built portfolios for these models, take them to local modeling agencies and offer to cut a deal with them. A photographer I worked for got a lot of business from a semi-local agency that referred models to him. In return, he referred anyone interested in becoming a model to them.

Option 5:: Word of mouth. Take a nice print, mount it and frame it and have it put up in a friend or family’s house. Also, leave a business card with it. THis way, when people ask about it, your name will get dropped and you may get a sale out of it.

Option 6: Sell your stuff online. Sign up with multiple stock-photo companies and sell online. I’d suggest signing up with 2 or 3 big companies (istockphoto, dreamstime and gettyimages) and submit your work to them.

Option 7: Check out local art galleries. They are usually more than happy to help out a local artist of any type.

Hope that helps.

Mandy asks…

What is a good advertising/graphic design magazine to subscribe to?

I am a year one design student, and my major is advertising. So I am learning graphic design and advertising in one setting. As a young grasshopper, I am constantly searching for relevant news, information, tips, and ideas to help me learn.

I’ve been eyeing IDPURE Magazine (Swiss), and Creative Review. A one year subscription to IDPURE, however, is only 4 issues. Is there a different magazine that will suit my needs? I know of Computer Arts, but I don’t want a magazine focused heavily on tutorials that I could find elsewhere online. I am shifting more towards Advertising, with a graphic design influence, if that makes sense.

Could anyone offer any advice?

PS – I am in Canada, and there are no good American/Canadian advertising/graphic design magazines from what I hear.

Pip answers:

A List Apart
Magazine explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
CGIndia
Online computer graphics magazine providing information on 3d, Animation, Computer Graphics and Visual Effects (VFX).
Cmyk Magazine
Showcase of student work in advertising, design, illustration and photography.
Communication Arts
Magazine featuring the top work in graphic design, advertising, illustration, photography and interactive design.
Computer Arts
Magazine for digital artists and designers, providing advice on creating digital art and illustrations. Find tutorials, tips and tricks for web design, typography, 3D, animation, motion graphics and multimedia.
Design Edge Canada
National news and trends magazine and web site for graphic designers, including profiles, features, surveys, and new releases.
Design is Kinky
Graphic design magazine acting largely as a gallery of artwork. Also includes commentary, interviews, profiles, mug shots.
Digital Output (DO)
Business magazine for electronic publishers and digital imagers. Features news and articles on digital graphics industry.
Digital Web Magazine
Online magazine intended for professional web designers. Find articles, tutorials, features, reviews, and classifieds.
Eclipse Ezine
E-zine for web and graphic designers. Includes templates, designer bulletin, job postings and tips.
Eye
UK magazine for graphic designers and other professionals in the art and business of visual culture.
Graphic Arts Monthly
Authoritative magazine covering applied technology for the printing industry. Provides industry news, product reviews, features, events, calendar, and stock information.
Graphic Design Basics
Features graphic design competitions, news, articles, tips, and resources.
Graphic Design USA
Business-to-business magazine for professional graphic designers and related creative and production professionals.
Graphic Exchange
Canadian magazine for professionals in graphic communications and graphic arts.
Graphics.com
News and reference site for the web and print design community. Features gallery, forums, tips, and software downloads.
How Magazine
Graphic designer’s resource for ideas, techniques, and business advice.
Net magazine
Delivers practical advice on the full range of topics essential for today’s web builders: design, development, marketing, usability and accessibility, e-commerce, information architecture, security, copywriting, advertising and more.
Also take a look at these links:

http://www.youthedesigner.com/2008/09/08/10-amazing-graphic-design-magazines-part-1/

http://www.dexigner.com/directory/cat/Graphic-Design/Magazines.html

http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/01/14-essential-magazines-for-graphic-designers/

My favorite is Computer Arts, I hope this help you.
Good luck.

Joseph asks…

What are some great photography websites/blogs?

I have a digital SLR and I love learning about different picture-taking and photo-editing tips, techniques, and tricks. Links to the websites/blogs would be VERY appreciated!

Pip answers:

Http://www.photo.net – community, image share
http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/ – lighting/photography blog
http://www.deviantart.com/ – community, image share
http://www.kenrockwell.com/ – everything photography blog
http://www.scottkelby.com/ – excellent photoshop blog
http://www.jpgmag.com/ – communtiy, magazine, image share
http://www.flickr.com/ – community, image share

You can start with these, they’re usually set as quick links in my browser so I can check them daily.

Ruth asks…

I want to study photography in college, but I already have a extensive knowledge. What should I do?

I am really interested in photography and have already had a work experience as a photographer for a magazine. I also shoot pictures for my school. So I have quite a extensive knowledge of photography already. Like using manual modes, composition, editing, etc. I have a Nikon D600 and a Nikon FM2. So I know how to use both digital and film. I want to go to college to learn more. Like studio lighting and deeper composition. Learning about the history of photography. How to make a business out of it. All that. But I have only seen Colleges providing courses from the very beginning. Like how to use shutter speed and aperture settings. They work up from there to the more important stuff like seminars and business. I don’t need the basics.

So what should I do? Are there colleges that provide courses that don’t start at a beginner level? Should I even be trying to attend a college? Or would I be better off being a self-thought photographer?

Thanks

Pip answers:

First, I believe you meant “self-taught photographer” not “self-thought photographer”.

There’s an old saying that rings true: “He who teaches himself has a fool for a student.”

Second, find a college that offers photography classes and then inquire as to whether or not its possible to test out of the entry-level classes by taking proficiency exams. If that’s not a possibility then go ahead and take the classes from the beginning. You may discover that you really aren’t as knowledgeable as you think you are or you may find an opportunity to be a mentor to those students who are struggling to grasp the concepts you’re already proficient in. Often an explanation from a knowledgeable peer is easier to grasp than an explanation from an instructor.

Please answer the questions based on this and email me the answers : “A photographer is shooting a city skyline at night. Using ISO 200 and a 100mm lens at f11 his exposure is for 30 seconds.”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/4048051455/

A) If he used ISO 100 and f11 what would his exposure be?

B) If he used ISO 200 and f8 what would his exposure be?

C) If he used ISO 100 and f8 what would his exposure be?

D) If he used a 200mm lens at f11 and ISO 200 what would his exposure be?

Betty asks…

How do i get started in Photography?

Other than a camera, how do i start in photography? I think i want it as a hobby. What would i take pictures of? How do i edit them? I need to know everything i can about it.

Pip answers:

*Take up a class in your local college
* Buy any photography magazine
* Take images of what interests you, and what you enjoy.

You haven’t clarified whether your doing 35mm photography or digital photography.

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