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Your Questions About Backing Up Digital Images

Mary asks…

advise on digital camera?

If I want to keep taking pictures and getting them developed at the photo shop is it worth getting a digital camera/ I like that you can see the picture on the camera after you take them but how do you get them developed if you do not have a printer to do so . And would prefer to just get the ones you like developed? Or can you, thanks for any help.

Pip answers:

Digital pictures don’t get developed in the same sequence as in a film camera. I don’t know of any film cameras which will allow you to see a digital image before taking the picture, but many single Lens reflex film cameras ( and all double lens reflex, like Rolleiflex) display the image on a screen on back of the camera. It is not digital, and can’t be “stopped” like a digital, but you can use it for composing.

Digital pictures are stored on a media called a memory stick, or card. The cards can be removed and used at the photo shop to print only the photos that you select. Or, you can load the pictures directly into your PC, and then upload them to a photo processor ( such as Walgreens, or Walmart) for developing. This is so fast that you can upload the ones you choose, at home, get in your car, run down to your friendly drug store, and pick up your pictures for less than you’d pay for having the film processed!

For permanence, your digital images need to be saved on some media other than the card in the camera. This can be your hard disc drive, a thumb drive, or CD-R. Once removed from the camera’s memory, the images are “gone”

Michael asks…

How to transfer images from your computer on to your camera?

I have a Canon digital IXUS 60, and i use zoombrowser Ex…would like to know if it is possible to transfer images to the camera……I can load them onto canon image gateway-whats this?

Pip answers:

On the computer, copy the images to the memory card of your camera. Then put the memory card back to your camera and view the images that you copied. ;)

William asks…

Digital Image Editing Q?,?

Hi, I’m a Wedding Photographer. I wanna some cool suitable Back ground images for Photo mixing.
could u give me the link where kud i avail diz type of Back ground images.

Pip answers:

You should find these helpful:

http://en.softonic.com/s/photo-mixing-3d-background

http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/25/windows/image-photo/fotomix-create-one-photo-by-mixing-multiple-photos.html

Richard asks…

Contax 645 Digital Vs. Nikon or Canon DSLR?

Hi folks,

I’ve asked a couple of camera-related questions on here before and gotten some excellent advice for which I am most grateful. (I’ve felt funny about having to choose a “best answer” when all of the answers I’ve received have been so helpful.)

Anyway, my latest dilemma is this: I have a Contax 645 film outfit which I’m VERY happy with, but I want to go digital. I am thinking about adding a PhaseOne digital back, which would give me 16 megapixels and Zeiss-quality images (my three Zeiss lenses are absolutely ridiculous in terms of sharpness and tonal range).

On the other hand, I’m also considering either a Nikon D2Xs or a Canon 5D, both of which would give me 12+ megapixels and more lens options (not exactly Zeiss quality, however). Other advantages would be faster autofocus, better portability, etc.

My question is: if money were no object, would you go for the PhaseOne/Contax setup or the Nikon or Canon? Which option would give me the best image?

Thanks very much!
Btw: The DB I’d be looking at is a PhaseOne H20 and the capture software is Capture One 3.7.5. A friend of mine is willing to unload it on me for $2000…

Thanks again!

Pip answers:

I admit that this is speculation on my part, as I do not have personal experience with medium format digital backs. Perhaps some film experience will translate and perhaps comparing smaller sensors to larger sensors will also translate.

If image quality is your ultimate goal, I think the Contax digital back is the better way to go. As we see in smaller cameras, if you were to compare a 10 MP sensor in various sizes, we find 1/2.5″ (5×4 mm), 1/1.8″ (7×5 mm), 23 x 15 mm, and 29 x 19. (Approximate sizes; examples that I can actually find and verify) In general, the larger the sensor, the better the image quality. The more square millimeters you have to accomodate the sensor elements, the less digital artifact and noise you will get. I went to the Capture Integration site and looked around a bit. The 16 MP sensor is not a full 60×45 mm format, but “only” 36.9×36.9 mm. This makes sense, since the film take up nearly the full dimension of the film back and there is a lot of hardware involved in packaging the sensor. If money is no object, why not get the P45 back? It has 39 MP and it is 49.1×36.8 mm.

Let’s look at pixel density for the various sensors:
1/2.5″ (10 MP) = 500,000 per mm^2
1/1.8″ (10 MP) = 262,000 per mm^2
D2Xs (12.2 MP) = 32,788 per mm^2
Phase One P45 (39 MP) = 21,585 per mm^2
5D (12.7 MP) = 14,699 per mm^2
Phase One P20 (16 MP) = 11,750 per mm^2

Of course, image processing software will account for some differences in the final image quality, but you can see quantum leaps of difference in pixel density as you go from the P&S sensors to the SLR sensors and then to the Phase One sensors. The 5D is right up there with the large format backs. I’m not an engineer and I only have a rudimentary understanding of these things, but it seem obvious that the P20 would have better image quality than the D2Xs or 5D. And, the raw dimensions would be larger than either camera, so you would not have that apples to oranges problem. (I don’t know. It’s 2 AM and I may not be thinking straight. AND I’m rambling.)

I checked out the sample images for 4×5 film (which is not identified and is obviously scanned and might be “less than optimal”) and the P20 back. Personally, I’d choose the P20 images 7 days a week over the 4×5 images. I hope that they did not intentionally bias this test, but I like the definition and true colors of the P20 much better than the film. The image is a little smaller, which I assume is due to the smaller size of the sensor (compared to film) and not due to changing lenses, which was not disclosed in the test.

Anyhow, if image quality is your holy grail, I’d stick with the 645 camera with a digital back.

If real world considerations enter into the picture, of course, as we always say, it depends on what you are going to do with your camera and how it feels in your hands. If you are comfortable doing your job (whatever it is) with your Contax, surely you have no thirst for speed. If you need more than three lenses, buy more. Yeah, I know the back is $10,000 (+/-) and you could buy the Nikon or Canon plus 2-3 top quality lenses for that money, but you’ve already got 3 lenses that you love.

I see Capture Imagination has a rental program. Why not rent a back for a month and see how it feels?

Http://www.captureintegration.com/rental.html

As much as I love my D200, I think the Canon 5D is a very desirable camera for the money; even NOT for the money. It’s a great camera. It’s relatively easy to handle, compared to the larger dSLR’s. The full format sensor is awesome, too. If I had $10,000 to spend and was not concerned with abandoning a nice Contax 645 setup, I’d buy the 5D and 3 or 4 L-series lenses in a heartbeat.

Laura asks…

Converting photo negatives into digital image files?

Has anyone ever heard of this before? Is it possible?

Pip answers:

Yes, it’s very possible. Here’s how:
1) at time of development, you can simply check a box to have the negatives scanned and get a CD of images back, for a small fee.

2) after development, you can have slides or negatives turned into digital files by:
a) using a dedicated slide/negative scanner like a Nikon Coolscan.
B) Use a flatbed scanner like an Epson 4490 to scan the slides or negatives
c) using a slide adapter on a digital SLR to photograph the slide, turning it into a digital file
d) finding a “service bureau” that will scan your slides/negatives and create digital files for you on recordable CD. This is getting harder to find.

The least expensive route for a “do it yourself” job is to use a flatbed scanner that has a top which accepts negatives (there’s a light in the lid that shines through the negative to the sensor below the glass–giving better results). You can find such scanners at epsonstore.com, where flatbed scanners that can scan negatives sell for as low as $80.

Next up would be the dedicated film scanner. If you go this route, get one that has a USB connection. Used scanners are all over eBay so you should be able to find a bargain. Try a Nikon Coolscan. A coolscan III or better with USB should be fine.

Hope this helps!

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Your Questions About Canon Digital Cameras Wiki

Ruth asks…

Buying a SLR camera?

I’m want to buy my girlfriend a camera for christmas.
I can ask her what she wants cause then she will know what I’m getting.

All i know is she wants a SLR camera that is not digital.
Any help?
Thats Cheap!!!!

Pip answers:

SLR is the type of lens: Single-Lens Reflex.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-lens_reflex_camera

They are a lot faster than regular digital cameras (in capturing an image and producing it, etc.)

So I suggest going to best buy or futureshop and trying out the Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Nikon D40-D70, and so on.

They are higher up in price, but offer a lot more options and ofcourse more professional photographs than regular cameras.

I hope that helps
:D

Good Luck

Sandy asks…

Will a Canon 540 EZ flash fit my Canon DIGITAL camera?

Pip answers:

You need to check that the camera you are considering has a hot shoe (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_shoe)

SLR line will almost certainly have it (http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ProductCatIndexAct&fcategoryid=111), Point and Shoot (SD- and A- series) will likely not have it, high end powershot may have it (see http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ProductCatIndexAct&fcategoryid=113)

I am able to use 540 EZ flash with Canon EOS 20D.

Ken asks…

How much is a Canon EOS kiss X4?

If you know the prize of the Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 50mm? F1.4 kindly tell it to me too :) THANK YOU!

Pip answers:

The Canon EOS 550D is an 18.0 megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera, announced by Canon on 8 February 2010. It was made available starting 24 February 2010 and to US dealers starting early March. It is known as the EOS Kiss X4 in Japan, and as the EOS Rebel T2i in the Americas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_550D

Canon – EOS Rebel T2i 18.0-Megapixel DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm Lens
$599.99

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+-+EOS+Rebel+T2i+18.0-Megapixel+DSLR+Camera+with+EF-S+18-55mm+Lens+-+Black/9778635.p?id=1218171770784&skuId=9778635

Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 8 Element Manual Focus Lens For Canon EOS EF Mount
$194.95 (used)
http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-Super-Takumar-Element-Manual-Focus/dp/B004LCZG8Y

Lizzie asks…

Do Apple make Digital Cameras?

Pip answers:

No. In Apple Stores they sell Nikon, Canon, etc.

In the 90s when digital cameras first came on the scene, and were considered more of a computer accessory than a photographic tool, Apple sold a line of cameras called QuickTake: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_QuickTake

Daniel asks…

Will the Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens work with the Canon EOS D60?

I am looking for some cheap lenses for the Canon EOS D60 (under $200) and I was thinking about buying the Canon EF-S 18-55mm second hand from eBay.
I am talking about this camera: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_D60 so don’t get mixed up with any other ones.

Thanks.

Pip answers:

From the wiki article:
“The Canon EOS D60 is a discontinued 6.3 megapixel digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera body, announced by Canon on February 22, 2002[1]. It is part of the Canon EOS range, and accepts Canon EF, TS-E and MP-E lenses, but not Canon’s later digital-only EF-S lens range.”

The lens that you have in mind is an EF-S one, so it won’t work on that camera.

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Your Questions About Sony Digital Cameras India

Lisa asks…

Is Sony S 950 Cyber Shot is good for me?

Hi I am from India and want to purchase a digital Camera up to Rs. 10000/- i hv selected Sony S 950 Cyber Shot on internet. Is it good for me or suggest me what i should buy.

Pip answers:

Sounds good to me
go for it

Ruth asks…

which brand and model of mobile phone has the best digital camera?

I am asking about the ones available in India only
How is Nokia X2
ok, and also the fairly good ones at a lower price, say a little above or around Rs 6000/-.
and how gud is a 2MP camera?

Pip answers:

Any Sony Ericsson with the cybershot label :-)

Lizzie asks…

sony digital camera T900 price in india ?

Pip answers:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900 Digital Camera
Price : Rs.18925
The Sony CyberShot T900 is beautifully easy to operate. The 3.5″-inch wide Xtra Fine LCD touchscreen gives a detail-packed view of your pictures, as well as fingertip control of camera settings.There^s a new Intelligent Auto mode that makes operation simpler than ever. The Sony T900 camera automatically analyses the scene and sets the appropriate settings for the subject, for the best results with any scene.

Go with this camera.. A good one with good overall performance, best image quality in all conditions, and value for money..
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George asks…

Where to buy Sony digital camera – Dubai or India?

I plan to buy a digital camera around Rs.10000. I’m looking for Sony Cybershot camera.I stay in Chennai. My friend is in Dubai. he has enquired about the price and quality there. he says he can get a good sony DSC-W130 with 8.1MP,4x optical zoom, 1GB card,case,lithium battery with 1 year warranty for Rs.12000. How much does it cost in India with the same configuration?
I want to know whether its equal or cheaper when compared to India and whether the quality will be better than in India? how about the price difference?
Please tell me where can i buy it?

Pip answers:

Pls visit www.sony.co.in
the cost of the camera is around 13,990 rs.
So u should decide where to buy…
Usually when buying abroad, you wil some accessories along with a camera for a good price….sometimes in india…other than these, u should look for international guarantee and other stuff….if u are going to be in india itself, better buy it in india comprimising the money u might spend to buy some accessories..so that in future u could get good service……think practically…..good luck….

Nancy asks…

Is there any sony digital camera service centre in hyderabad[india]?

Pip answers:

I would contact

Ms Puneet Chandok
Public Relations Officer
Sony India Private Ltd
Phone – 011-55006600
e-mail – chandokp@sid.in.sony.com.sg
Toll Free Number 1600-1111-88

OR

http://pro.sony.com.hk/contact_home.php

Telerad
2-2-647/A/3, II floor, Karur Vysya Bank Building Shivam Road, New Nallakunta, Hyderabad-500013
Tel: (91) (40) 2742 3064/ (91) (40) 2760 3584/ (91) (40) 2766 3064
Fax: (91) (40) 2766 3064
Business Hours: 9:30am – 6:00pm (Monday – Saturday)
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Your Questions About Nikon Digital Cameras Target

David asks…

How to clean my Nikon digital camera screen?

And not scratch it or pay alot?

Pip answers:

I use a lens cleaning wipe, I got it at Target in the Glasses section. They are little disposable wipes that you can use to clean your lens and they also work well for the screen!

Richard asks…

For a Nikon D40 what should my settings be for snow?

I have a Nikon D40 and would like to take action shots of snowboarders in the snow. Which settings should I put for the best results? Please also tell me for both sunny or cloudy because I don’t know what the conditions will be.

Pip answers:

This is a difficult question to answer in a brief manner with a blanket solution. I am assuming that whether cloudy or sunny, you will be shooting during the day.

You MUST learn how to change the exposure and read the exposure light meter. Do lots of reading (the manual). This will help you get the best shots possible.

But for a quick answer, try this:

For moving targets try Dynamic Area Auto-Focus (AF)
Here is a link discussing AF use shooting sports: http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=25922

You will likely want to use “Shutter-Priority” mode when shooting.
Use shutter speeds longer than 1/100th of a second to get some motion blur. Shutter speeds shorter than 1/250th of a second will freeze the action and make the subjects look less motion blurred.

If you pan the camera with the snowboarder and use a shutter speed longer than 1/100th of a second, you may get the snowboarder to appear crisply and the whole background to be motion blurred.

When shooting pictures of air, the lower the camera is, the higher the air will look… And ideally the camera is on the peak-side, facing down the hill (if the camera is facing up the hill to look at a jump, there will not be any visual reference for height.

For a very bright, sunny day – try ISO100 first. The lower the ISO, the less digital noise your images will have and the crisper they will be. If ISO100 makes the shutter too slow or images two dark, adjust it up to 200 or 400. When you exceed 400, the noise will drastically increase. It is unlikely that you will need to go that high in daylight conditions.

800 and 1600 should be reserved for dark or indoor shots only, when you would not otherwise get the shot… Or when you want a noisy grainy shot (sometimes people like noisy black and white shots).

These ideas should work in most cases; but seriously… It is all about trial and error with exposure settings… And nobody can tell you precise settings without being there and metering the light.

If you know how to, meter your shots every step between -1 to 0 to +1 EV… And when you find the most appealing setting, use that.

If you shoot in RAW, you can adjust brightness and contrast a little bit without image degradation… When you get home and put them on your computer. This only gives you a little bit of wiggle room though, not a lot.

Good luck

Mark asks…

What is a good, cheap digital camera?

Hi, I need to get a new camera and need to keep it as cheap as possible. I know some of you may say “yuck”, but I had a Kodak Easyshare (can’t remember which #). It only cost like $97 and I really liked it in general. It really took nice pics, but eventually, the door where the batteries go busted right in half and fell off. Kinda cheap junk!

Anyhow, I need to know what to look for and maybe some personal experience with specific cameras. I need it to be as cheap as possible (FOR SURE under $200, preferably less!) I just need something to take nice snapshots, as I don’t print out a lot of them and if I do, I rarely make them extra big, so the quality of larger prints is not a major issue.

Also, I don’t have a lot of time until I need it, so online resources may be interesting, but I would prefer if anyone could tell me where to GO get one, so I don’t have to wait for it to come in the mail.

Thanks!

Pip answers:

Shop in a Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples or an actual local camera store, if you don’t want to order a camera and wait. This is a good idea anyhow, so you can see if the thing fits right in your ownhands.

Here’s my standard “Best Cheap Camera” answer…

Some of our best answerers always recommends the Fujifilm FinePix F20 camera as the best-for-less choice. I have to say that I like the sample images at Steve’s site (below). If Morey000 or SpaceCowboy show up after me and make this recommendation, choose them as the best answer, because I’m just passing along their suggestion. I have no personal experience with this camera.

Http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/fuji_f20.html

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Fujifilm/fuji_finepixf20.asp

My brother has the A540 and my mother-in-law has the A530 – on my recommendation – and neither one has stopped speaking to me yet. Based on this and experience with other Canon Powershot cameras, I am now recommending the A550 as a nice and relatively inexpensive camera. The A550 has more pixels than the A540, but offers less user control.

The A540 has been discontinued, but I’ve seen it for $140 in some stores like WalMart and Target.

The A550 costs $160 at B&H and, of course, you’ll need a memory card.

A550 review: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/a550.html

Steve’s reviews updates the “Best Camera” list periodically:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/best_cameras.html

Consumer Reports from May 2007 has a short article on digital cameras and they recommend 10 different point and shoot cameras in the following order within groups according to camera design:

**COMPACTS**
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 (Overall score 75) [$410]
Kodak EasyShare C875 (Overall score 73) [$165] – Rated better for shutter lag
Nikon Coolpix P4 (Overall score 65)

**SUBCOMPACTS**
Canon Powershot SD500 (Overall score 72)
Casio Exilim EX-Z850 (Overall score 72)
Sony Cybershot DSC-W50 (Overall score 70) [$180] [Similar to W55] – Rated better for shutter lag
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 (Overall score 69) [$200] [Similar to FX-10, FX-12]
Olympus Stylus 720SW (Overall score 61) [Similar to 770SW - $360] (Waterproof)

**ADVANCED COMPACTS (“Near SLR”)**
Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd (Overall score 77) [$300] – Rated better for shutter lag
Fujifilm Finepix E900 (Overall score 73) [$250]

[Things change so quickly in digital cameras that I can not find all of these models listed for sale and it's not even May yet. Prices are from B&H Photo, April 2007.]

James asks…

Which digital camera would you suggest buying?

I’m looking to spend less than $150, but will go up to $200 if necessary. I’m just looking for the best camera I can get for a low price. Which digital camera would you suggest and why?
Thanks! :)
Answers are great so far! Just a couple more details on what I’m looking for : small, easy to carry, used mostly to take pictures of outings (more people than scenary, but probably that too). Thanks! :)

Pip answers:

Some of our best answerers always recommends the Fujifilm FinePix F20 camera as the best-for-less choice. I have to say that I like the sample images at Steve’s site (below). If Morey000 or SpaceCowboy show up after me and make this recommendation, choose them as the best answer, because I’m just passing along their suggestion. I have no personal experience with this camera. I see it at B&H Photo (available through Yahoo! Shopping) for $150; $190 with a 1 GB Sandisk memory card.

Http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/fuji_f20.html

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Fujifilm/fuji_finepixf20.asp

My brother has the A540 and my mother-in-law has the A530 – on my recommendation – and neither one has stopped speaking to me yet. Based on this and experience with other Canon Powershot cameras, I am now recommending the A550 as a nice and relatively inexpensive camera.

Canon just introduced the A550, which has more pixels, but offers less user control. I’d be happy with the A540, but the A550 is probably also worth considering, especially since the A540 has been discontinued. I’ve seen it for $140 in some stores like WalMart and Target.

The A550 costs $160 at B&H and, of course, you’ll need a memory card.

A550 review: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/a550.html

Steve’s reviews updates the “Best Camera” list periodically:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/best_cameras.html

Consumer Reports from May 2007 has a short article on digital cameras and they recommend 10 different point and shoot cameras in the following order within groups according to camera design:
**COMPACTS**
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 (Overall score 75) [$410]
Kodak EasyShare C875 (Overall score 73) [$165] – Rated better for shutter lag
Nikon Coolpix P4 (Overall score 65)
**SUBCOMPACTS**
Canon Powershot SD500 (Overall score 72)
Casio Exilim EX-Z850 (Overall score 72)
Sony Cybershot DSC-W50 (Overall score 70) [$180] [Similar to W55] – Rated better for shutter lag
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 (Overall score 69) [$200] [Similar to FX-10, FX-12]
Olympus Stylus 720SW (Overall score 61) [Similar to 770SW - $360] (Waterproof)
**ADVANCED COMPACTS (“Near SLR”)**
Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd (Overall score 77) [$300] – Rated better for shutter lag
Fujifilm Finepix E900 (Overall score 73) [$250]

[Things change so quickly in digital cameras that I can not find all of these models listed for sale and it's not even May yet. Prices are from B&H Photo, April 2007.]

Jenny asks…

What’s the best affordable point and shoot digital camera?

I’m replacing my Kodak Advantix T570 APS Camera.

Pip answers:

Http://www.target.com/Canon-PowerShot-10-0MP-Digital-Camera/dp/B0032JRRY8/ref=br_1_7?ie=UTF8&id=Canon%20PowerShot%2010%200MP%20Digital%20Camera&node=1038668&searchSize=30&searchView=list&searchPage=1&sr=1-7&qid=1287963924&rh=&searchBinNameList=target_com_category-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin%2Cstyle_name%2Cprice%2Coptical_sensor_resolution_derived%2Coptical_zoom_derived%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Cdisplay_size_derived&searchRank=pmrank&frombrowse=1

http://www.target.com/Nikon-Coolpix-10-0MP-Digital-Camera/dp/B002T964IM/ref=sc_ri_1?ie=UTF8&node=1042096

http://www.target.com/Nikon-Coolpix-12-0MP-Digital-Camera/dp/B0034XIL60/ref=br_1_4?ie=UTF8&id=Nikon%20Coolpix%2012%200MP%20Digital%20Camera&node=318708011&searchSize=30&searchView=list&searchPage=1&sr=1-4&qid=1287963867&rh=price%3A10000-14999&searchBinNameList=target_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_category-bin%2Cstyle_name%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin%2Cprice%2Coptical_sensor_resolution_derived%2Coptical_zoom_derived%2Cdisplay_size_derived&searchRank=pmrank&frombrowse=1

http://www.target.com/Nikon-Coolpix-12-0MP-Digital-Camera/dp/B0034XKDN4/ref=br_1_1?ie=UTF8&id=Nikon%20Coolpix%2012%200MP%20Digital%20Camera&node=318708011&searchSize=30&searchView=list&searchPage=1&sr=1-1&qid=1287963867&rh=price%3A10000-14999&searchBinNameList=target_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_category-bin%2Cstyle_name%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin%2Cprice%2Coptical_sensor_resolution_derived%2Coptical_zoom_derived%2Cdisplay_size_derived&searchRank=pmrank&frombrowse=1

http://www.target.com/Samsung-Dual-12-2MP-Digital-Camera/dp/B0035EFZPI/ref=br_1_9?ie=UTF8&id=Samsung%20Dual%2012%202MP%20Digital%20Camera&node=318708011&searchSize=30&searchView=list&searchPage=1&sr=1-9&qid=1287963867&rh=price%3A10000-14999&searchBinNameList=target_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_category-bin%2Cstyle_name%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin%2Cprice%2Coptical_sensor_resolution_derived%2Coptical_zoom_derived%2Cdisplay_size_derived&searchRank=pmrank&frombrowse=1

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Your Questions About Digital Photography Review

Helen asks…

What’s the best digital camera for photography?

I’d eventually like a film camera but i don’t have the money to keep buying film. So what’s the best digital camera for taking still photography, nature pictures, landscape pictures, and that i can put get a fish eye lense for?

Pip answers:

Canon is really good in my opinion;

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Best-Canon-Digital-Camera-Reviews&id=1022138

Ruth asks…

What is a good inexpensive professional digital camera for a beginner?

I’ve recently decided that I would really like to get into photography. I’m just curious on how much these camera normally run for. I know they are quite expensive. From what I’ve looked at.

Pip answers:

If you are really on a budget and want the best quality for the money, check out the P&S Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 which has more features than most pro DSLRs that require auxiliary lenses not even equal to the single initial full-range lense that comes with the FZ28. It is reviewed at:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2008_reviews/panasonic_fz28.html

It just came out on November 4, 2008.

It’s an all-in-one 10.1 megapixel DSLR camera which includes (i) built-in image stabilization; (ii) HDTV quality video [Quicktime]; (iii) a 18x zoom [27 - 486 mm (35mm equiv.)] “Leica” lense for nature photography; (iv) up to 0.39 inch macro option; (v) up to 6400 ASA; (vi) takes up to 380 pictures per 120 min. Battery charge; (vii) has a “burst speed” of 13 fps; and sells new for $270 at samys.com [tax free].

Here’s an actual handheld picture of the moon:

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/bf/1b/a83ac060ada0881604bad110.L.jpg

Good luck!

Linda asks…

What is a good digital camera to buy?

I’m just getting into photography and I’ve been looking around for a good camera or camera brand around 1,000-1,200. I just want a really nice dependable one with a good amount of Mega pixels. Thanks for the help.

Pip answers:

I highly recommend the Canon EOS 60D. IT is one of the best cameras in the market now. Its features are:

- 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor; ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800)
- Includes 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD standard zoom lens
- Improved EOS HD Video mode with manual exposure control; Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor
- 5.3 fps continuous shooting; enhanced iFCL 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system
- Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-60D-3-0-Inch-18-135mm-Standard/dp/B0040JHVC2/ref=sr_1_4?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1331932084&sr=1-4&tag=faumioe-20

I found a really helpful review from a user about the overall performance of the camera. It will help you make your decision:

http://www.amazon.com/review/R2OJP9U6VZXWKC/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0040JHVC2&nodeID=&linkCode=&tag=faumioe-20

Carol asks…

What is a good camera for beginners of photography in high school?

I am going to be a freshman next year, and I will be in a pre-ap photography class. The class hands out cameras but I want one for home and being with friends. Something a little advanced and not so compact. Please help me out. Thanks for your time.
My budget is around $500

Pip answers:

If you are taking a class that requires a film camera then get a 35mm SLR that will allow for manual control of the aperture and shutter speed but if you need a digital camera then you should invest a DSLR camera. DSLR cameras have the larger sensor so you get a higher quality images. You can change lenses which can be valuable, by allowing to adjust to different needs.

There are a number of good brands so don’t be sold on the idea one brand is better than another. I would keep your costs down. I would get a DSLR with a short zoom (like a 18-55mm) to start. No reason to spend more than $425 to $550. Either a 10MP or 12MP will do just fine.

Below, I listed some links, the first link listed below is to a web page that lists the 3 DSLR cameras I am recommending. This list will let you compare features and specs, also it has links to reviews of the cameras, the reviews include sample images from the cameras. Also I included some links to some dealers so that you can try and get the best price. Some dealers have some nice extras, free shipping is very common, and sometimes they are offering a free memory card and/or camera bag. Sometimes you have to click in the “add to cart” button to see the actual price.

Here are some models that I think are well worth researching including estimated price range:

Nikon D3000 10MP DSLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens – $460 to $480
EOS Rebel XS (1000D) 10MP DSLR Digital Camera Kit w/18-55mm IS Lens – $499 to $525
Pentax K-x 12MP DSLR with 18-55mm Zoom (has HD Video also) – $485 to $525

Pick a price range, some features you know you want, and even consider which camera feels good in your hand as a factor. Plenty of great cameras, get one you like and start learning the principles of photography and you will be on your way to making some great images.

Most people go with Nikon or Canon but, I think the Pentax could be of special interest, since it can do HD video and has excellent quality at higher ISO settings which can be useful in low light places and helping get the picture. These features, especially the HD video, on a Nikon or Canon will cost you $100 to $200 more.

If you have any questions and if you think I can be of help then please do contact me.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

Mark

marksablow.com

Joseph asks…

Which digital camera would be best for me?

I want to pursue photography and have high hopes of getting a camera by end of this year. However, I’m looking for a not-so complex camera that can take good shots of objects both near and far. At the moment, I have no idea how to operate the big bulky type of cameras since I’m just an amateur. My current budget is between $400 – $600. If anyone has any ideas of a camera that would suit a beginner like me, but can provide the simplicity and qualities of an expert’s camera, please let me know. Thanks.

Pip answers:

When you say that you want to pursue photography, it sounds like you are looking at a possible career down the line somewhere. Even if that’s not true, you might want to consider a digital SLR now, since there are some excellent choices that fall within your budget. You can put them in “AUTO” and you don’t need to know any more than how to push a button – the same as a point and shoot – but the image quality is much, much better.

The Nikon D40 is a great little camera, very easy to use and quite reasonably priced. It’s just under $500 with a lens. It has a few “consumer friendly” totally automatic modes that make it very easy to use, but still offers total photographic control when you are ready to take charge. It will get you in the Nikon family which is a great place to be. If you buy accessories and lenses, you will be able to use everything on any Nikon that you might upgrade to later on. The user manual is among the easiest to use, also, including three pages of “frequently asked questions” that could put Yahoo! Answers out of business.

Check out Nikon’s “Picturetown” promotion, where they handed out 200 D40′s in Georgetown, SC. Http://www.stunningnikon.com/picturetown/

Here are a few reviews, in case you have not read them yet. Be sure to note that they are several pages long and some of the reviews also have some sample images that you can look at.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond40/

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/nikon_d40.html

http://www.popphoto.com/cameras/3756/camera-test-nikon-d40.html

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40/d40-recommendations.htm

I hate to see people slam the camera because it can’t autofocus with older Nikon lenses. It is true that there is a “slight problem” with older Nikon lenses not autofocusing on the D40, but if you do not own a bag full of older lenses, it is not going to be a problem. It is barely a problem anyhow. If you check www.nikonusa.com for “AF-S” lenses, which are ALL 100% compatible with the D40, you will find 23 lenses, including 7 “VR” (vibration Reduction) lenses and one true macro lens with “VR”. There are another 25-plus lenses in the current catalog that provide all functions except autofocus as well as many (possibly dozens) “out of print” lenses that will work just as well. In addition, although these lens will not autofocus, most of them will still give focus confirmation. From the D40 manual: “If the lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 of faster, the viewfinder focus indicator can be used to confirm whether the portion of the subject in the selected focus area is in focus. After positioning the subject in the active focus area, press the shutter release button halfway and rotate the lens focusing ring until the in-focus indicator is displayed.” (See http://www.members.aol.com/swf08302/nikonafs.txt for a list of AF-S lenses or see http://www.nikonians.org/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=read_count&om=16715&forum=DCForumID201 for even more…)

The D40 only has 3 autofocus zones arranged horizontally at the center, 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions. This might be considered a limitation, but realistically, most people will find this perfectly adequate, especially if you are moving up from a point and shoot with only a center zone.

There is no “Status LCD” on top of the camera, but Nikon chose to use the rear LCD for this information. This is actually a nice move, as the display is bigger than the top display and you aren’t using the read LCD for anything BEFORE you take the picture anyway. This is not a step backwards and it actually makes sense to me.

You can get the D40 with the 18-55 kit lens at B&H Photo available through Yahoo! Shopping or at 1-800-622-4987) for $500 (October 2007). Add a Lexar Platinum (60X speed) card for $25 or 2 GB for $35. Or – get the D40 with 18-135 lens and 1 GB Lexar card for $700. This is a decent lens and it is very versatile. You will find it suitable for pretty much anything you want to do, other than really long telephoto shots. It will let you explore the range of focal lengths to decide where to start filling in your lens collection. If you don’t want to buy any more lenses, this one will carry you through pretty much everything. B&H also have used D40′s with the lens from $475.

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Your Questions About Digital Cameras For Dummies

Ken asks…

What is the best photography book for beginners?

I just bought a good camera and would really like to learn how to use it. What is the best photography book will you recommend me for beginners like me? or something better.

Pip answers:

Scott Kelby has a nice book or two that will get you started in actually using your new camera to good advantage. “The Digital Photography Book”. 1 and 2. These are hands-on, here’s how to set up a picture like this, use these camera settings etc etc type of books, but while following instructions you will learn.

The “Dummies” series are always good, particularly if you haven’t had much experience with digital photography before.

But these are just for the casul ones, if you are really serious for a photography career or even a great amature one, you need to take a course for it, start with a online course.

Michael asks…

I just bought a new DSLR camera and I’m a complete noob at this. Can someone recommend me a book?

I need a book about photography for beginners. I was thinking about Dummies series but I’m sure there are a lot of others that are better. So any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.

Pip answers:

Read and refer to your manual as you go along… And get “Understanding Exposure” by Bryan Peterson, it will teach you the relationship between, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Another good book is “Digital Photographer’s Handbook” by Tom Ang, it explains digital photography in a clear and consice manner.

Good luck with your new camera.

Carol asks…

how to i down load photos to my pc from my sony cyber shot w220 camera?

I no longer have the instructions for my cyber shot camera, i’m having dificulty uploading my photos to my PC

Pip answers:

You should remove the memory card from the camera, use a card reader for your type of memory card and plug it into your computer. Using the camera attached to the computer can cause damage to either or both pieces.

Http://www.digicamguides.com/store/memory-card-transfer.html

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/transfer-images-from-a-digital-camera-to-your-pc.navId-323809.html

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-transfer-photos-from-your-digital-camera-to-computer.html

Lisa asks…

What would I use this lens for?

I have a canon t3i, I have read the manual and I have a huge digital camera for dummy’s book, but I hope you will tell me when to use this second lens that came with my camera. It’s an EFS 55-200mm image stabilizer lens.

Pip answers:

That’s your telephoto lens. I use a similar lens when shooting outside (sporting events, wildlife, etc.). Use it whenever you need to zoom in farther!

Mandy asks…

Digital cameras and transferring to computer?

I am a total dope when it comes to loading pictures onto my computer. If you are an expert. Please tell me how to transfer my pictures to my computer and than mail them via email. No step is too basic for I am totally inexperienced. Please start with the moment the picture is snapped to the moment the picture is sent. Thank you.

Pip answers:

Http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-transfer-photos-from-your-digital-camera-to-computer.html …
How to Transfer Photos from Your Digital Camera to Computer

The above is a really good video and it should show you everything you need to know.

I like a service called Snapfish because it helps you send lots of photos to lots of people faster than e-mail and allows them to order prints of the pictures they like. Http://www.snapfish.com/ …

The best deal on prints is at Wolf/Ritz/Kit camera stores where you can get 4 x 6 digital prints on Tuesday and Wednesday for only 5¢.

You can find and use the software that came with your camera and move pictures to the computer with a USB cable, but I like to use the computer memory card slots or a memory card reader (Targus $8.88 at Walmart).

CAUTION To prevent data loss and memory card corruption, wait for lights to stop flashing then turn camera off before removing memory. For memory card readers, double click Safely Remove Hardware, Stop, and OK.

Click the source link for other camera tips and help with making digital cameras work better.

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Your Questions About How To Backup Digital Photos Without A Computer

Sandra asks…

What’s a good site to place some computer pics on?

A little while ago, I started to doodle around in MS paint just for the heck of it. I’ve noticed after a while, that I started to get good at doodling, so I decided to bring back my childhood imaginative creations on the computer. I want to show these things on the internet, but I’m afraid someone will take the idea, as I’m starting to do a lot more work on these things. Is their a safe site that I can safely put up pics on the web without worry of someone taking it (like getting a mini-copyright sorta thing)?

Another thing, is there any way to turn off that auto-shade feature on MS paint (where it changes the color a little bit to make the pic look “better”)?

Pip answers:

Http://zoto.com/
Zoto is an online photo sharing company unlike any other. While most photo sharing sites provide limited online sharing features, Zoto focuses on providing powerful ‘application-like’ features that give you the ability to store, organize, and share ALL your digital photos online – ensuring they are safe and secure, and available to you anywhere in the world.

Http://www.expono.com/

A safe place to store, organize and share your photos. A feature rich social photo sharing platform built with your privacy, data portability and security in mind. With Expono your photos are stored in their original formats and sizes. Your originals are kept unmodified for backup and restore purposes. Photos uploaded are location tagged automatically if they contain GPS information. You define who can see this information in your privacy settings. And there are so many other features as well.

Http://www.imagedash.com/

Fast, free image hosting geared towards the minimalistic user. We make it easy to upload high resolution images without resizing, popups, or other annoyances.

Http://www.flickr.com/

Flickr want to help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them. Maybe they want to keep a blog of moments captured on their cameraphone, or maybe they want to show off their best pictures to the whole world in a bid for web celebrity. Or maybe they want to securely and privately share photos of their kids with their family across the country. Flickr makes all these things possible and more!

Http://www.troovi.com/

Troovi is an easy photo exchange platform to share your photos in high quality. There’s no need to register – Simply choose the photos you want to share and upload them. To share the photos with others all you have to do is to send them your unique link.

Http://divvyshot.com/

Divvyshot solves photo sharing, especially among groups of friends and family members. It is doing this with effortlessly simple products that are a pleasure to use.

Http://www.showzey.com/

Showzey is service which liberates all your photos. Showzey will collect all of your photos along with shared photos from your Gmail mailboxes, Facebook account, Picasa albums, and Flickr albums. You can share photos, copy them between sites, make funny captions, create RSS feeds, etc.

Http://tinyalbum.com/

With TinyAlbum you can create albums, upload photos, and share with your friends. Protect your private albums using passwords. You can upload as many pictures as you want, it’s Free.

Http://qollage.com/

Qollage lets users create digital qollages by adding photos, video, text, audio and maps. Users can also insert images from SmugMug or Flickr, video from YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, etc. Then share their qollages with friends and family.

Http://www.ipernity.com/

With Ipernity you can:- Publish whatever you like : blog, photos, videos, audios- Customize your own Ipernity page (like at Myspace)- Share what you want with people who matter to you or with the whole world- Create a powerful page with only the stuff that matters to you

http://multiply.com/

Multiply gives you an easy way to share all kinds of digital media, including photos, blogs, videos, music and more, all in one convenient place: your own personal web site. With Multiply, you can share and discuss your stuff with everyone in your “social network,” and also be alerted whenever they have something new.

Richard asks…

Image hosting site that has a slide show program that can hold 2 GB of photos?

Hi there,

I am trying to make a photography site with high quality, large photos, which amounts to about 1.93 GB. I would like to use a slide show like picasa, but they only allow you to include one GB of photo storage. I clearly need more. I understand you can rent more space from Picasa, but I want to keep costs to a minimum; a free site would be preferred.

Anybody know of sites that can give me more space to make these?

Thank you, any help is appreciated!
I need to add the slideshow to a website, which I would like to be free too.

Pip answers:

Http://www.webon.com/
Make the site you’ve always wanted now, instantly build, publish & share. Create interactive, stylish & ad-free pages, with Webon’s powerful site creation platform.

Http://www.webs.com/

Webs (Freewebs) is one of the easiest site building tools around that helps you create professional good-looking site for your family, friends, customers or just for yourself. Users are given 40MB free space and 500MB bandwidth per month.

Http://www.weebly.com/

Weebly is the easiest way to create, upload a website, and share it with the world for free. From personal to professional sites, Weebly will enable you to spend your time on the most valuable part of your site, its content.

Http://www.lifeyo.com/

Lifeyo lets people make websites. It is a simple and free website creation tool that lets anyone have a great looking website.

Http://kafafa.com/

Kafafa enables the user to create professional-looking websites with no programming knowledge.

Http://www.stribe.com/

Create, publish and manage easily your community on your website. Get your own social network in a very short time.

Http://qollage.com/

Qollage lets users create digital qollages by adding photos, video, text, audio and maps. Users can also insert images from SmugMug or Flickr, video from YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, etc. Then share their qollages with friends and family.

Http://photie.com/

Photie is a free photo sharing website that gives you unlimited storage and no file size restrictions. Photie is focused on simplicity. Upload your photos and embed them on the web in seconds. There are useful features designed to make your life simpler, like automatic resizing of your image into the common sizes, ability to view the most popular photos, tag clouds, tag lists, photo information and a super quick upload system.

Http://www.photoshow.com/

Upload photos from your computer, any MySpace account, or photo URL. After uploading photos, you can customize your music, captions, transition styles, and more.

Http://www.fliptrack.com/

Fliptrack is a free service that allows you to easily combine your photos, effects and popular music into a video mashup. Filptrack technology allws you to match images to the beats or lyrics of songs, so you can create a real sondtrack for your photos. Your creations can be easily shared with friends and family.

Http://zoto.com/

Zoto is an online photo sharing company unlike any other. While most photo sharing sites provide limited online sharing features, Zoto focuses on providing powerful ‘application-like’ features that give you the ability to store, organize, and share ALL your digital photos online – ensuring they are safe and secure, and available to you anywhere in the world.

Http://www.expono.com/

A safe place to store, organize and share your photos. A feature rich social photo sharing platform built with your privacy, data portability and security in mind. With Expono your photos are stored in their original formats and sizes.

Http://zumodrive.com/

ZumoDrive is the hybrid cloud storage for all of your media. You can access your music, photos, and documents from anywhere with your favorite applications. You don’t have to think, or sync your files again, it just works. ZumoDrive’s hybrid cloud storage also means you will never have to worry about running out of space.

Http://www.livedrive.com/

With Livedrive, you get all the normal features: backup, sharing, mobile access and a web portal to manage and upload your files. In addition, you’ll get an L: drive on your computer so you can access your online storage directly without having to use the web. This means you can just drag files onto your Livedrive like any normal USB drive.

Http://www.zshare.net/

With zSHARE you can upload files, images, videos, audio and flash for free. Simply use the upload form below and start sharing! You can also use zSHARE as your personal file storage: backup your data and protect your files.

Http://drop.io/

Each drop.io is a private place for storing and sharing photos, video, audio, notes, docs, etc. Each is accessible only to those whom you tell exactly where to look.

Http://www.photosnack.com/

PhotoSnack is a photo sharing service that allows you to create photo slideshows and online photo albums for free. The Photo Snack photo slideshow maker enables you to share your photo albums with your friends and family.

Http://www.picturetrail.com/

PictureTrail offers several services that enable you to express yourself. Photo sharing, cool photo slideshows, and image hosting will enhance your online community experience.

Http://www.mylivegallery.com/

MyLiveGallery enables you to instantly create live galleries, photo albums and slideshows online. Use it to turn your photos into attractive galleries and share them with others.

Http://www.imageloop.com/

With Imageloop you can make great slideshows and save unlimited photos for free. For MySpace, blogs and many other communities.

Http://www.slide.com/

Slide delivers your favorite digital content to your desktop or Web site in the form of a simple, sleek Slide show. Whether you want personal photos, stuff to buy or news and entertainment, Slide brings it all to you.

Http://www.slideroll.com/

Slideroll is a photo slideshow maker that you can use to create cool slide shows with your digital pictures. Upload your photos to Slideroll and publish slide shows on the internet, make MySpace slideshows, and e-mail them to friends

Maria asks…

websites to store 500+ photos?

i’m looking for a free website where i can store a lot of photos just incase i lose all my pics on my laprop i want to know i have these stored for backup. there are photos of my son so i want these to be private so only i can access them. i tried this on photobucket but others could see them too. know any other websites ? how long are the photos stored for ? thank you

Pip answers:

Http://zoto.com/
Zoto is an online photo sharing company unlike any other. While most photo sharing sites provide limited online sharing features, Zoto focuses on providing powerful ‘application-like’ features that give you the ability to store, organize, and share ALL your digital photos online – ensuring they are safe and secure, and available to you anywhere in the world.

Http://www.expono.com/

A safe place to store, organize and share your photos. A feature rich social photo sharing platform built with your privacy, data portability and security in mind. With Expono your photos are stored in their original formats and sizes. Your originals are kept unmodified for backup and restore purposes. Photos uploaded are location tagged automatically if they contain GPS information. You define who can see this information in your privacy settings. And there are so many other features as well.

Http://www.itookthisonmyphone.com/

ITookThisOnMyPhone is the easiest way to get photos off of your camera phone and make them usable. Once the application is installed on your phone all you need to do is take pictures. As the pictures are taken they are wirelessly transmitted to your own personal photo gallery on our website. From your photo gallery you can view your photos, download them to your local computer, and share them with friends by email.

Http://drop.io/

Each drop.io is a private place for storing and sharing photos, video, audio, notes, docs, etc. Each is accessible only to those whom you tell exactly where to look.

Http://www.yogile.com/

Yogile is a photo sharing service that makes it incredibly easy to share images privately and within groups. Take a wedding for example. Dozens of attendees take their own photos, all from different cameras and angles. While you might try asking everyone for their shots afterward, Yogile offers a smart alternative by giving everyone your customized album URL or e-mail address.

Http://www.troovi.com/

Troovi is an easy photo exchange platform to share your photos in high quality. There’s no need to register – Simply choose the photos you want to share and upload them. To share the photos with others all you have to do is to send them your unique link.

Http://divvyshot.com/

Divvyshot solves photo sharing, especially among groups of friends and family members. It is doing this with effortlessly simple products that are a pleasure to use.

Http://www.showzey.com/

Showzey is service which liberates all your photos. Showzey will collect all of your photos along with shared photos from your Gmail mailboxes, Facebook account, Picasa albums, and Flickr albums. You can share photos, copy them between sites, make funny captions, create RSS feeds, etc.

Http://tinyalbum.com/

With TinyAlbum you can create albums, upload photos, and share with your friends. Protect your private albums using passwords. You can upload as many pictures as you want, it’s Free.

Http://qollage.com/

Qollage lets users create digital qollages by adding photos, video, text, audio and maps. Users can also insert images from SmugMug or Flickr, video from YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, etc. Then share their qollages with friends and family.

Http://www.livedrive.com/

With Livedrive, you get all the normal features: backup, sharing, mobile access and a web portal to manage and upload your files. In addition, you’ll get an L: drive on your computer so you can access your online storage directly without having to use the web. This means you can just drag files onto your Livedrive like any normal USB drive.

Http://www.adrive.com/

ADrive is free online data storage community, offering the largest amount of free storage on the Internet. ADrive provide their users with secure solutions for storing, backing up, and accessing files from virtually anywhere, at any time. ADrive serves as an online, centralized vault for all file types including: music, videos, photos, documents, and more.(50GB storage for free)

http://www.driveway.com/

DriveWay allows you to select files to park – 500 MB max for each upload, unlimited total storage, no download limits. Also, create multi-user capable editable links for your office documents for collaborative sharing using Driveway patent pending edit widgets technology. You can now edit shared documents with a single click from desktop instead of traditional method of saving it to your local computer and emailing it back.

Http://divshare.com/

divShare to provide a simple and reliable way to show off photos, documents, music, and all your other creations. Whether you’re just posting one file or setting up an account and personalizing your download pages, best way to put your stuff in the spotlight.

Http://www.scrapblog.com/

If you love sharing photos, you’ll love Scrapblog. With Scrapblog, you can easily create stunning multimedia scrapbooks featuring your photos, videos, audio and a bunch of creative elements. We made Scrapblog drag-and-drop-easy so that everyone can tell their stories and share them online or turn them into high-quality photo books and DVDs. Best of all, it’s free and there’s nothing to download.

Http://multiply.com/

Multiply gives you an easy way to share all kinds of digital media, including photos, blogs, videos, music and more, all in one convenient place: your own personal web site. With Multiply, you can share and discuss your stuff with everyone in your “social network,” and also be alerted whenever they have something new.

Http://www.ipernity.com/

With Ipernity you can:- Publish whatever you like : blog, photos, videos, audios- Customize your own Ipernity page (like at Myspace)- Share what you want with people who matter to you or with the whole world- Create a powerful page with only the stuff that matters to you

http://www.zumodrive.com/

Unlimited Storage that Feels Local: Always have your music, photos, and documents with you on your computers, NetBook, and iPhone.
Don’t Hassle with Sync: Unlike sync, ZumoDrive doesn’t copy your stuff everywhere. It works even when you are low on space.
Secure and Reliable: Don’t worry about backup or losing your files again. ZumoDrive will keep data important to you safe.

Http://spideroak.com/

SpiderOak provides an easy, secure and consolidated free online backup, storage, access, sharing & sync tool for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (Ubuntu & Debian).

Http://syncplicity.com/

Backup, Synchronization, and Sharing – Syncplicity makes sure you always have the files you need at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere.

Http://nomadesk.com/

As the amount of unprotected data stored on multiple devices increases, it becomes harder to synchronize and easier to lose. Keeping data secure, synchronized, backed up and available can be expensive and require in-house IT expertise.

Http://www.libox.com/

Add all of your High Def video, photos and music to LIBOX and it is instantly available to enjoy on any device. Share your media privately with your friends, for free.

Http://picsorlinks.com/

PicsOrLinks is a website for sharing pics, links, and image hyperlinks called plicks. It’s the first website to provide both free image hosting and URL redirection services.

Http://www.gigatribe.com/en/home

GigaTribe lets your friends download directly from your hard drive any file you’ve shared:
•There are no limitations on quantity or file size,
•Photos and videos remain in their original format,
•It’s secure and private.
You let your friends download the files they like but you keep the control.

William asks…

I have a lot of pics In Yahoo Photos?

Where does anyone suggest I go with them. My favorite feature is being able to share them long distance without the viewer having to download.
I appreciate all answers

Pip answers:

Try free picasa
Organise
Picasa instantly locates and organises all the pictures on your computer.
Edit
Turn a grey sky into a picture-perfect day.
Share
Send photos via email that are a joy to receive.
Prints & Products
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Paul asks…

Suggest a photo sharing/backup service?

I’m looking for a good photo sharing/backup service to store my photo collection on to, here are my criteria and I hope you can suggest based on your own experience;

* It must offer some sort of free/trial account so I can test it before I decide to subscribe/pay (which I’m willing to do if I like it).
* For paid account there should be an unlimited storage space/bandwidth or adequately large*.
* For paid account there should be no limit for photo resolution/size or adequately large**.
* Flexible privacy controls are a must! I need to able to control privacy settings per-album AND per-photo (VERY IMPORTANT).
* For paid account, the ability to download photos or entire albums while maintaining original resolution is also a must.
*

I tried “Picase Web Albums”, it’s pretty easy to use and the paid account is pretty cheap BUT the privacy controls is limited since they don’t offer per-photo permissions which as I said earlier is a must for me.

After searching for a bit it seems Webshots or Flickr might suite my needs but I’m not sure yet, so I’m hope someone tells me from experience, also I’m open to suggestions of other services that fit the criteria.

Thanks in advance.

Pip answers:

Http://zoto.com/
Zoto is an online photo sharing company unlike any other. While most photo sharing sites provide limited online sharing features, Zoto focuses on providing powerful ‘application-like’ features that give you the ability to store, organize, and share ALL your digital photos online – ensuring they are safe and secure, and available to you anywhere in the world.

Http://www.expono.com/

A safe place to store, organize and share your photos. A feature rich social photo sharing platform built with your privacy, data portability and security in mind. With Expono your photos are stored in their original formats and sizes. Your originals are kept unmodified for backup and restore purposes. Photos uploaded are location tagged automatically if they contain GPS information. You define who can see this information in your privacy settings. And there are so many other features as well.

Http://www.itookthisonmyphone.com/

ITookThisOnMyPhone is the easiest way to get photos off of your camera phone and make them usable. Once the application is installed on your phone all you need to do is take pictures. As the pictures are taken they are wirelessly transmitted to your own personal photo gallery on our website. From your photo gallery you can view your photos, download them to your local computer, and share them with friends by email.

Http://drop.io/

Each drop.io is a private place for storing and sharing photos, video, audio, notes, docs, etc. Each is accessible only to those whom you tell exactly where to look.

Http://www.yogile.com/

Yogile is a photo sharing service that makes it incredibly easy to share images privately and within groups. Take a wedding for example. Dozens of attendees take their own photos, all from different cameras and angles. While you might try asking everyone for their shots afterward, Yogile offers a smart alternative by giving everyone your customized album URL or e-mail address.

Http://www.troovi.com/

Troovi is an easy photo exchange platform to share your photos in high quality. There’s no need to register – Simply choose the photos you want to share and upload them. To share the photos with others all you have to do is to send them your unique link.

Http://divvyshot.com/

Divvyshot solves photo sharing, especially among groups of friends and family members. It is doing this with effortlessly simple products that are a pleasure to use.

Http://www.showzey.com/

Showzey is service which liberates all your photos. Showzey will collect all of your photos along with shared photos from your Gmail mailboxes, Facebook account, Picasa albums, and Flickr albums. You can share photos, copy them between sites, make funny captions, create RSS feeds, etc.

Http://tinyalbum.com/

With TinyAlbum you can create albums, upload photos, and share with your friends. Protect your private albums using passwords. You can upload as many pictures as you want, it’s Free.

Http://qollage.com/

Qollage lets users create digital qollages by adding photos, video, text, audio and maps. Users can also insert images from SmugMug or Flickr, video from YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, etc. Then share their qollages with friends and family.

Http://www.livedrive.com/

With Livedrive, you get all the normal features: backup, sharing, mobile access and a web portal to manage and upload your files. In addition, you’ll get an L: drive on your computer so you can access your online storage directly without having to use the web. This means you can just drag files onto your Livedrive like any normal USB drive.

Http://www.adrive.com/

ADrive is free online data storage community, offering the largest amount of free storage on the Internet. ADrive provide their users with secure solutions for storing, backing up, and accessing files from virtually anywhere, at any time. ADrive serves as an online, centralized vault for all file types including: music, videos, photos, documents, and more.(50GB storage for free)

http://www.driveway.com/

DriveWay allows you to select files to park – 500 MB max for each upload, unlimited total storage, no download limits. Also, create multi-user capable editable links for your office documents for collaborative sharing using Driveway patent pending edit widgets technology. You can now edit shared documents with a single click from desktop instead of traditional method of saving it to your local computer and emailing it back.

Http://divshare.com/

divShare to provide a simple and reliable way to show off photos, documents, music, and all your other creations. Whether you’re just posting one file or setting up an account and personalizing your download pages, best way to put your stuff in the spotlight.

Http://www.scrapblog.com/

If you love sharing photos, you’ll love Scrapblog. With Scrapblog, you can easily create stunning multimedia scrapbooks featuring your photos, videos, audio and a bunch of creative elements. We made Scrapblog drag-and-drop-easy so that everyone can tell their stories and share them online or turn them into high-quality photo books and DVDs. Best of all, it’s free and there’s nothing to download.

Http://multiply.com/

Multiply gives you an easy way to share all kinds of digital media, including photos, blogs, videos, music and more, all in one convenient place: your own personal web site. With Multiply, you can share and discuss your stuff with everyone in your “social network,” and also be alerted whenever they have something new.

Http://www.ipernity.com/

With Ipernity you can:- Publish whatever you like : blog, photos, videos, audios- Customize your own Ipernity page (like at Myspace)- Share what you want with people who matter to you or with the whole world- Create a powerful page with only the stuff that matters to you

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Your Questions About Canon Digital Camera Reviews

Joseph asks…

Digital camera??

I am going overseas soon and going to buy a new digital camera on ebay… But i dont know where to start! So many brands and models.
Can anyone please recommend one to purchase???
Thanks in advance =)

Pip answers:

I like canon

All of the major brands are good. Choose a brand that appeals to you. Then you have to think about getting a spare battery, what size memory card, if you want an extended warranty, how much you can afford, what size zoom, if you want manual controls, the size of the camera, finding a reliable place to purchase it, and the list goes on and on and on…….

The first thing to realize is that almost any digital camera will take good pictures. If more people would read the manual more than once, they would be able to take better pictures. Usually, the person assumes it is the camera when it could be them not knowing exactly what to do. Just give yourself more photographic knowledge by doing more reading on the internet.

I really believe buying a camera is an individual choice.
The person needs to read alot of reviews on cameras so they can decide on the features that they really want and need.
Go to the store and hold them so you can see if they feel comfortable in your hands. If possible, take some pictures in the store to check the quality of the pictures.
I can only give a suggestion of what to look for in a new digital camera.
Good Luck

my suggestion
go to yahoo shopping
digital cameras
digital camera GUIDE
be sure to check titles on the left side
the guide should answer your questions

Chris asks…

Canon Digital Cameras?

From what I’ve heard from photographers, Canon is the best brand. I’m looking into buying a Canon digital camera in the $300 or under price range.. any recomendations to one that takes quality photos, and is a good camera altogether?

Pip answers:

Well Canon is the only brand I would consider. It consistently gets top marks, and I have had mostly very good experiences from the brand.
All cameras have an auto mode which means the camera will choose the aperture and shutter speed depending on lighting conditions. Others also have manual controls where you can be a bit more creative and have a little more control of certain settings.
It really depends on what sort of photographer you are and what experience you have…

There are 3 Canon cameras I am really liking at the moment and would recommend either…….(not including the digital slr cams of course!)
A good choice is the fairly compact A620, which has 7.1MP, 4x zoom, excellent image quality and has a very handy flip out and twist (vari-angle) LCD screen. The reviews for this cam have been very positive.
The new S3 IS, is a bit larger in size and has 12x optical zoom, 6MP, optical image stabilization and takes very good video in stereo sound…probably not a good choice for an absolute beginner.
Another one which i am liking the sound of is the new Powershot SD 700 IS/or Digital Ixus 800 IS in some countries. It has 6 MP, 4X zoom and is primarily a point and shoot camera, with limited manual control, takes excellent quality pics, is extremely compact and has the added benefit of having optical image stabilization to lessen the chance of blurry pics. It would be the sort of cam you could carry with you all the time, say in your pocket or handbag.
Just remember though, that most digital camera pics need some sort of post processing via Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro or other software on your computer to get the best results. Check out these sites for an insight into different cameras…

Ruth asks…

Canon Digital Cameras?

Hi, can someone please tell me the best or one of the best canon digital cameras from a $200-300 price range? And can you tell me a store where I can buy it – I live in Canada. Thank you very much. :)

Pip answers:

Http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/canon-powershot-sd850-is/4505-6501_7-32441340.html?tag=prod.txt.2

Cnet.com has reviews of hundreds of cameras, including this one that is getting close to your $300 price. They list places it can be purchased online and with your Canadian Looney at an all-time high against the US dollar, you should do pretty well. I know there are some taxes you’d have to pay, so maybe you could find it at a retailer close to you.

Donald asks…

Canon PowerShot A1000IS Digital Camera Review?

Is there anyone who could tell anything about Canon PowerShot A1000IS? I want to buy this digital camera but first I’d like to hear a couple of reviews

Pip answers:

For a budget entry level camera, the A1000 IS gets good reviews. It’s main weakness (like many other point & shoot cameras) is high noise levels in low light, due to it’s poor ISO capability. ISO 400 is about as high as you would want to go…anything higher will produce lots of noise and image degradation.

Check out the reviews in the links below…

Lizzie asks…

canon digital cameras?

hey i’ve been looking to find a new digital camera. i love taking pictures of things whether it’s my friends and me or flowers. i want something w/ nice zoom and that makes good quality pics. i also would like a canon camera…i think they’re really good. can anyone tell me a nice canon digital camera that isn’t too much money? i mean something below like 400…300 would be my highest probably! i like slim and small so that it fits in my purse and i also said that i like nice zoom…any ideas? thnx :-)
ya well i just want something that has better zoom than the crappy sony one i have now! i’d be happy w/ 4 or 5x zoom it doesn’t have to be like 10x or whatever! i need better zoom because i take closeup photos of flowers and other things like that…i think i’m pretty good
but the sony makes the pics come out all fuzzy and everything…my dad’s works much better
plus i’m going to france w/ my school in two years when i’m in tenth grade so i’d want something small and not too big so i can put it in a little purse or something

Pip answers:

I LOVE my Canon PowerShot A620. It’s a 7.1 mp camera which takes awesome still shots, and just as awesome video. Great for vacation and home use. A great all-around camera.

I had a Sony, and I gave that to my daughter, and purchase the Canon PowerShot A610 for my teenage son. The Canon A610 is exactly like my A620, but is a 5 mp digital camera. They both take GREAT pictures, but my favorite thing about the camera, is the vari-angle LCD screen. It is very easy to use, and a camera you can grow with.

I’m a bargain hunter. I purchased both NEW Canon this past late spring. My son’s was under $200 and mine was $204. Just Google or Yahoo! Search for Canon A620, then for the merchant with the best price, and order on-line. The price is waaaay better than going physically to the stores. If you need it right away, just upgrade the shipping. It’s still cheaper than buying at the stores. No matter what model camera you’re searching for, better prices are on-line.

One of my favorite settings our A610/A620 has is,called “kids&pets”. Typically you use these on the subjects that usually has a hard time keeping still. But I also use this setting when taking pictures of my soccer team during game play. I’ve also taken pictures of my kids, nieces and nephews jumping in the air, a la cheerleader jumps, with great results. Lag time is very, very, very minimal. (i.e. Delay from pressing button to actual camera capturing the shot).

I don’t know if you’ll find these models at the stores. They have newer models, the A630 (8mp) and the A640 (10mp), they boast more mega-pixels. But 5mp, more than suffices for most users. What I did was physically touched and feel the camera at the store, then go on-line to purchase.

Here is the link if you’d like to check out the specs on these Canon cameras: http://www.usa.canon.com
and go to ‘products’ to ‘consumer products’ to lead you to the cameras. Check out the zoom on this and other Canon models.

While you’re searching on-line, you’ll also find many reviews on these cameras. All raving about the camera. You’ll also find information on these cameras in Yahoo! Tech.

Hope this helps.

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Your Questions About Digital Photography 101

Charles asks…

How do I view cricket picture mail online ?

Pip answers:

Here you go

http://www.google.com.au/imgres?q=cricket+action+shots&hl=en&gbv=2&biw=1280&bih=666&tbm=isch&tbnid=ez2e0aYXY1whpM:&imgrefurl=http://digital-photography-school.com/forum/sys-archive/64847-cricket-action-shots-india-v-nz.html&docid=xxsYSAXpEPXLTM&imgurl=http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2458/3652523292_637a65157b.jpg&w=493&h=500&ei=SuPeTvmZMOGdmQXzrdiBBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=357&vpy=296&dur=198&hovh=226&hovw=223&tx=101&ty=119&sig=112993637476770339680&page=1&tbnh=165&tbnw=159&start=0&ndsp=16&ved=1t:429,r:6,s:0

Ken asks…

what kind of camera would you recommend me?

I want to be a professional photographer when i grow up.
I’m a junior at sphs. also im really good at photoshoping (if it counts).

i want to buy a good quality camera, practicing before going to the college & become an photographer

help me? :) thanks

Pip answers:

I own a rebel xti.
Most photography places are becoming digital, so i would not recommend a film camera, even though they do wonderful work..
My aunt had a photography studio and in 2009 her equipment will be obsolete. The film people will be no longer able to print from her negatives..
Canon is the only brand i trust, although there are other great cameras out there… Here is a link to the canon site for their cameras. .. Http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ProductCatIndex1Act&fcategoryid=101
you will probably want an eos or slr camera..
Photo-shopping does help, but the camera you use helps a whole lot more (eliminates time you spend on photo-shopping)

David asks…

What is a good book to learn photography?

Pip answers:

I completely disagree with both of the previous posts. Books are a great place to turn if you don’t have a person available to teach you photography. Professional photographers spend hundred and hundreds of dollars to be in clubs with each other and to go to classes to learn from other photographers, so why wouldn’t those same people recommend books? I do agree that just reading a book isn’t enough, yu do have to put a lot of time in behind the camera, but to completely ignore all of the wealth of information out there in books is silly. One book that I would recommend for a beginning photographer is written by Scott Kelby. It is either called photography 101 or digital photography. Good luck.

Nancy asks…

Does anyone know a site where i can learn how to use Nikon D80?

Because i live in a remote are there are no classes i can attend to. Does anyone know a site where i can learn how to use and understand Nikon D80?

Pip answers:

Canned answer alert. It’s been six months since I used it though. Maybe there is something here that will be useful to you.

Photography 101 – Camera Basics

I’d suggest that you step back and take a breath. We have one member here who made the switch from point and shoot to a digital SLR and was ready to toss the camera after the first week. It’s not a direct translation of skills from one to the other.

If you have changed anything in your menus, do a total reset. See page 44. Press the [+/-] and [AF] buttons simultaneously for at least 2 seconds.

I’d also suggest that you don’t ever use anything but P,A,S, or M, if you want to learn your camera. When you use the other modes, the camera will change the settings to all kind of preconceived notions about what works best for a scene and you will never actually learn these things for yourself.

After reading your other question, I will suggest that you use the center-weighted setting for your meter for now and save the others for later. You could get a shot off quicker if you just use the matrix meter, but you are not going to learn much this way. For now, set your meter and focus spot to the center spot and lock it there. (There’s a switch to do this.) Aim at your main subject for the reading and focus. Half press the shutter button, hold it, and then recompose and shoot.

If you start with the “P” mode, it’s almost the same as the fully automatic mode. You do have the option of using it as “variable program” on the D80, so you can start to learn what changes in settings create when effects in your pictures. Leave your camera on ISO 200, unless you can’t get a good reading. (More on this later.) Most of your pictures should be coming out okay. If you want to use a different aperture or shutter speed, turn the thumb wheel to change the settings. They will both go up and down together at the correct relation for a proper exposure, but you get to choose which setting you want to emphasize.

If you just can’t get an exposure reading, change the ISO to 400 and try again. Go to 800 if you need to.

Once you are getting decent shots with the variable program mode, introduce “S” and “A” modes. If you are paying attention to your results, you’ll see what happens. You can find this in any basic book or in any one of a thousand sites on-line.

See this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfeinstein/2214186090/
or this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfeinstein/2095011822/
or this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfeinstein/sets/72157603455598439/
if you don’t know when to change the aperture setting.

Don’t think about using “M” until you have mastered “A” and “S” modes.

I think the biggest thing to get satisfactory results is to learn how to use your meter. Take my tips on how to use the center-weighted meter and keep at this until things start to come out right almost all the time.

Now…

Once you get a good capture, you’ve got to know what to do with it in “post-processing,” but that’s a whole other lesson.

You SHOULD be able to get decent images without any post-processing at all, but when you want to move to the next level, it’s time to start learning how to do more on your computer.

Your camera does have saturation and contrast settings that you might learn later on, but don’t mess with them yet. I only “go there” when I am bored or looking for some special enhancement, as the basic camera settings are usually just fine. I offer this as evidence: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfeinstein/tags/nophotoshop/

If you don’t want to wade through 3 pages of thumbnails, here are the ones tagged with NoPhotoshop and D70s: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=7189769@N04&q=d70s+AND+nophotoshop&m=tags
and NoPhotoshop and D200: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=7189769@N04&q=d200+AND+nophotoshop&m=tags

Your D80 should be every bit as good as the D200, so look these over. Click on “More details” to see what settings and meter mode I used. Take some time instead of just saying, “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” so you might understand what a large aperture of slow shutter speed did for the images. Maybe it’s more important to see what metering mode I used and try to figure out where I took the reading. I do see one “vivid” shot here, so there you go. I guess I used it at least once.

Chris asks…

I’m really interested in learning photography as a teen.What would be some great cameras?

Pip answers:

Any good old manual 35mm film camera. The Pentax K-1000, Nikon FM, Minolta SrT-101… Anything along those lines. Full manual exposure control without all the bells and whistles.

If you must learn on digital (which is actually easier to do, but is almost too easy) any beginner or mid-level DSLR. You can probably find 1st or 2nd generation DSLR kits for a couple hundred dollars.

The difference is that with a film body, you need to keep a log of your exposure settings as you shoot. Not knowing what you did when you look at the prints doesn’t help you, other than being able to see that you did something wrong. But this also makes you think about your settings and shots much more than simply pointing the camera in the general direction of the subject and letting it do all the work. With digital, all exposure information is actually recorded in the image file, and can be reviewed along with the image on your computer. Most DSLR’s actually let you see this when reviewing images on the camera screen.

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Your Questions About Nikon Digital Cameras Best Buy

James asks…

Trying to get my new camera software setup on my mac?

I’ve bought a nikon coolpix digital camera. I hooked up the camera to my mac just now, and my mac doesn’t seem to be responding at all. my camera is turned on while it is plugged in. is this camera not mac compatible? if it is, how do i get it to display my pictures?

Pip answers:

You have not read the instructions is my guess.

Why you are not just inserting the SD card in the SD slot on your computer is beyond me. That IS the most efficient way to transport image from memory cards to computers in any case.

As far as the software that comes with your Coolpix, it is compatible with Mac OS X version 10.3.9 and 10.4.11 in most cases but check in your user manual to be sure

ALL digital cameras are compatible with all current operating systems, but even if they were not, the images files on them are.

Lisa asks…

Which digital camera should i buy? Nikon coolpix L110 or Fujifilm finepix s 2500 HD?

I want to buy a bridge camera. Please suggest me to choose between these both cameras with reasons.

Pip answers:

The Nikon Coolpix L110 is worth the hard earn money you will us to purchase it. The camera is very easy to use with a nice viewing screen. The buttons and menu’s make it simply easy for most people to navigate. The photo quality is vivid and clean, the HD video is great for outdoors, and well lite rooms (remember it’s not a camcorder people) lol, the price is right and I have recommended the camera to friends and would recommend the camera to you as well. I did however test out the camera at my local Bestbuy before I purchased the camera online. It was the best move I made because I got to see other makes and models up close and was able to make the better chose because of it.

I use the camera for both work and leisure so I can get the most out of it.

Favorite feature is the sports mode.

You should try going to the store and testing them out before buying.

I hope I was able to help.

Linda asks…

which is the best digital camera brand to buy?

i’m looking for digital camera in the range 5000 to 7000 pls suggest me the best one i don’t need it for professional use. only need it for occasions.
occasions like b’days, family get together, traveling purpose

Pip answers:

Hi,

Nikon is the best brand of digital camera. Nikon Coolpix S3100 is equipped with 14 mega pixels delegated CCD sensor for more impressive power clicking. Nikon Coolpix S3100 is a sleek, fashionable and reasonably priced digital compressed camera intended at the point-and-shoot user. The 5x optical Zoom NIKKOR glass lens comes with electronic Vibration Reduction and Contrast-detect Autofocus. The most important thing is that it is very easy to use.

Sandy asks…

help with buying a digital camera…?

I’m looking for a good digital camera and I would like to get it for under $1000. I’m leaning towards Cannon or Nikon now, but what are your opinions on these brands? I want to get a combination package with a lens in it too. I also wanted to get some kind of photoshop. I know Adobe is one of the better ones, but do you suggest something else?

Also, I’m buying a new laptop next year for school and am thinking about a Mac. Especially with photography, do you think a Mac or a PC is better? Right now i have a PC but I have always loved Macs.

Thank you for all your help!!

Pip answers:

Nikon D3000 is a better choice.It is a Digital SLR camera which can take far greater pictures than point & shoot camera like Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR.DSLR’s have much better optics, much larger sensors, better faster processors.The sensors on most DSLR’s are nearly 15 times larger than the sensors on point and shoot cameras. Therefore the pixels are 15 times larger. Larger pixels deliver better detail and less noise than smaller ones.
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Steven asks…

i want to buy digital camera,panasonic DMC fz50 OR nikon S500?

i am planning to buy a digital camera.can anyone tell me which one is better,panasonic dmc fz50 OR nikon S500?

Pip answers:

They are two totally different classes of cameras- so there is no way to compare them.

If you instead asked, should I buy a Nikon S500, a Panasonic FX30, or a Canon SD1000- I could at least try to describe the differences.

The FZ50 is a large, semi-pro, ultra-zoom.
The S500 is a standard compact camera.

The FZ50 is one of the top cameras in its class.
The S500 is pretty run of the mill. It’s a fine camera, but there are others like it.

What kind of camera do you want to own?

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