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Your Questions About Nikon Digital Cameras Wiki

Michael asks…

Is Nikon N90S (F90X) good camera?

Need to knw how many battery there and want to know if it Digital?

Pip answers:

It’s very good 35mm film camera from 1992 – just a notch below Nikon’s professional bodies.

It uses 4 AA bateries.

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_F90

Mary asks…

Will the model “Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime Nikkor Lens” work on my Nikon D3200?

The link to the prime lens I want to order:

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Prime-Nikkor-Digital-Cameras/dp/B001GCVA0U

I’m getting really confused. It says that this model will work for the DX series, which includes my d3200. But then when on the Amazon site to order, I clicked on this little box that says Will This Work On Your Camera? and I entered in the Nikon d3200 and it said that it may not work on that camera but in reviews it says that it works and other sites as well… So will it work on my camera or not???Helpp? :/

Pip answers:

No problem. Any Nikon AF-S lens has the internal autofocus motor that your D3200 needs for full compatibility. The D3200 is a very new model and may not have been entered in their database yet.

For future reference, look here to see which lenses will autofocus on your D3200 and other entry-level Nikons.
Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nikon_F-mount_lenses_with_integrated_autofocus_motors

Lizzie asks…

are film cameras good?

i was just wondering if film cameras are good to use
for example canon ae-1 with 400 film??
can someone give me a example of a pic?
thank u

Pip answers:

Well I bought my First SLR in 1960 Nikon F with F-36 Motor drive from the factory I use it every day. I also use my Calumet 4×5 View Camera at least once a week for those special shots both Cameras are film. Why would you want to sacrifice speed for quality? If they tell you Digital is better they are lying to you most sales people work on Commission or they are lying to themselves they know full well film is better. I also have my own darkroom I wouldn’t take a picture of my neighbor’s Dog with a Digital Camera.
And just think how much money you will save buying a SLR Camera or Large Format Camera as opposed to a Digital Camera.
History of the Camera

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

This site will not let me upload from my pictures please send me your e-mail address yahoo won’t let me send e-mails I must use Windows Live mail.

Joseph asks…

Nikon d1300 or d3100 ?

Does the d1300 exist or is it the same thing? Thanks.

Pip answers:

D1300? No such critter.

Nikon DSLR’s:

High-end (Professional) – FX/Full Frame sensor
Nikon D3, August 23, 2007
Nikon D3X, December 1, 2008
Nikon D3S, October 14, 2009
High-end (Prosumer) – FX/Full Frame sensor
Nikon D700, July 1, 2008
High-end (Professional) – DX sensor, high resolution
Nikon D1, June 15, 1999
Nikon D1X, February 5, 2001
Nikon D2X, September 16, 2004
Nikon D2XS, June 1, 2006
High-end (Professional) – DX sensor, high speed
Nikon D1H, February 5, 2001
Nikon D2H, July 22, 2003
Nikon D2HS, February 16, 2005
High-end (Prosumer) – DX sensor
Nikon D100, February 21, 2002
Nikon D200, November 1, 2005
Nikon D300, August 23, 2007
Nikon D300S, July 30, 2009
Midrange – DX sensor
Nikon D70, January 28, 2004
Nikon D70S, April 20, 2005
Nikon D80, August 9, 2006
Nikon D90, August 27, 2008
Nikon D7000, September 15, 2010
Upper-entry-level – DX sensor
Nikon D50, April 20, 2005
Nikon D5000, April 14, 2009
Nikon D5100, April 5, 2011
Entry-level (Consumer) – DX sensor
Nikon D40, November 16, 2006
Nikon D40X, March 6, 2007
Nikon D60, January 29, 2008
Nikon D3000, July 30, 2009
Nikon D3100, August 19, 2010

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_DSLR#Digital_single_lens_reflex_cameras

Ruth asks…

Advice on buying a camera?

Hey there,
I don’t own my own camera but am wishing to invest in one soon. I’m going to be travelling over Europe in a few months so I want a camera that takes amazing pictures and offers more than a simple point and shoot (maybe something like the Nikon 1). I don’t know to much about cameras so any advice and information or recommendations would be appreciated! thank you!

Pip answers:

Hi *Paiger*,

If the Nikon 1 model is the type of camera that suits your preferences and is in your price range I would suggest that you compare it to other brands with similar features. The Nikon 1 is a relatively new model classified as a Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (abbreviated MILC). Excluding the full frame Leica interchangeable lens camera models that do not have the same compact form factor (and are much more expensive) this type of camera is aimed at producing superior quality images in a more compact and lightweight digital camera design that is also less costly than a typical Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) model.

While the Nikon is an interesting camera and is getting positive reviews you may find a better selection from Olympus/Panasonic MILC models with a much wider selection of models and accessories using the Micro Four Thirds standard. Sony also has several models of MILC cameras designated NEX with a more fully developed product line.

Other than the Leica models that evolved from their 35mm film camera products, Panasonic, Olympus, Samsung and Sony (in that order) were the earliest companies to develop MILC type cameras and they are now being pursued by many other competitors but they are the leaders in this genre.

Here are links to some general information on the MILC type cameras and details on Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony products -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirrorless_interchangeable-lens_camera

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_1_series

http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/body.html

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10151&facetlist=true&N=4294947253&catalogId=10551&identifier=S_NEX&categoryId=8198552921644718498&viewTaskName=CategoryDisplayView&navigation=Category&XID=O:sony%20nex:dg_nex_gglsrch:e&k_id=1f3f0743-d967-69c9-bbfc-00004b07ed7c

We use one of the Olympus models for our “family” camera.

Here are a few photos of/with that camera -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/robs-photo-memory/sets/72157626263466331/

Whatever camera you decide on I recommend getting at least one spare battery and buy the camera soon enough that you have 2~3 weeks to try it out and get used to using it.

In my opinion both Nikon and to some extent Sony have lost one advantage of the compact form factor when compared to Olympus and Panasonic because they have not designed compact lenses to complement their cameras.

Hope that helps. Email me if you need more details.
Good luck
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Your Questions About Backing Up Digital Photos

David asks…

Of 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 8×12, 11×14 digital photo prints, which are the most accurate format?

I am guessing digital photo prints have standard formats because it’s cost effective (5×7, 8×10, 8×12, 11×14). But which format is closet in dimensions so that it most closely imitates the dimensions of your LCD screen, so what you see is basically what you get, assuming you don’t do cropping? Also, can you create odd-sized print dimensions?

Pip answers:

Other than the medium format digital camera backs, most digital cameras (point and shoot and DSLR’s) are either 3:4 or 2:3 ratio. The 2:3 ratio is what 35mm cameras produce on film (24x36mm). Your LCD screen is only an approximation of the composition.

Therefore depending upon which sensor is in your camera, some of the formats will need no cropping.

Doing the math, you will be able to figure out which print size most closely matches your sensors rectangular ratio. Obviously the matching paper size for the more standard 2:3 sensor would be 4×6, 8×12 and 12×18 inches.

Each photo program will allow you to crop to any ratio you wish. I like the 9:16 which resembles closely the dimensions of the new HDTV’s which are becoming so popular.

It is true that when I print such an image on a sheet of paper (ink-jet or true photographic) there is going to be a margin around the image. This margin is useful when matting the photo for framing.

Sharon asks…

Digital Photo Processing.?

When I get my pictures back from Boots, they always end up cropping either the top or bottom. Why is this? It spoils many of my pictures, especially ones that I edit in camera. Is this a common occurrance ?

The pictures are normal when viewed on my laptop.

I have a Samsung L85.
I get 6×4 prints. Would a different ratio help?

Pip answers:

The aspect ratio of the pictures that are taken on your camera are different from a 4×6.

Before digital cameras became so readily available to consumers, everyone had a 35mm camera. The 35mm aspect ratio became the standard at many labs and the 4×6 format picture was the norm. Although the aspect ratio on digital cameras is different now and closer to the proportions of say your television, your laptop computer, and 8×10, labs still have the 4×6 format available and some of the mini labs only have the capability to print bleed and need to crop your image to make it bleed or fill the 4×6, otherwise you would have borders. It’s similar to the way one would view a movie film on television, there are borders on the top and bottom of your screen. Online, on http://www.kodakgallery.com/Welcome.jsp you can upload your photos and place a custom crop, print full frame, no cropping, etc.

Most photographers think ahead to the final output and frame their images accordingly. Account for cropping when you shoot.

Ken asks…

keychain digital camera photos?

i recently went on a trip to Las Veagas and took a lot of photos but when i got back home today and hooked it up to my computer it said there were no photos on the camera because when i took pictures in the hotel it beeped and it said i have 156 pics left.But now im at home it says LO when i press the mode button but when i hook it up to the PC it shows PC on the camera but it says no photos on the computer software and i really need those photos so how can i retrieve my keychain digital camera photos?

Pip answers:

If the battery went dead the photos are erased.
There may be hope. Search for a Photo Recovery software, to get back deleted pic’s.
Check out www.c/net.com and www.corel.com both have free trails and downloads for photo editing.
I’m sorry for the troubles, I would cry if I lost photos.

Sandy asks…

any place to print-out digital photos with past print-stamp on the back??

I have checked Kinkos, Walgreens, Ritz Camera, CVS… they all cannot change the print stamp on the back.

This is for my immigration stuff. We have been taking photos for last two years using digital camera with the data stamp on photos but stupid of me never printed out just collected on my hard drive; now my attorney is telling me that the officer will say that anyone can put that date there so she said to try to find a place where they can put a past stamp, just in case so the immigration office will have one less thing to worry about. I dont find it illegal, since photos were really taken in the past, unfortunately all those places have pre-programmed machines and cannot change date.
Any ideas??
yes I could buy high quality printer.. but still it will not print a time stamp on the back as professional as those other large machines…

Pip answers:

Don’t know what your situation is, but it sounds serious enough that what you may want to do is buy your own printer. A print shop will usually only print the date it was actually printed. To get a custom date printed on the back, you probably would need to find a low volume print shop. But since I imagine you’ll have several different dates you need printed, it’s going to be a big hassle for them to change the date for each picture, so they may not even take your job.

Your best bet is to buy a high quality printer such as the Canon Pixma Pro 9500. That printer combined with high quality paper gives visual quality compared to what you could get at CVS, Walgreens, etc. Then you can turn it over and print the date you want on the back.

George asks…

digital photo manipulation?

does anyone know if its possible to change the hair style of a person in a digital photo, i have some photos that are very special to me, but my hair is terrible, no one told me, i just need a fringe put where it should be, copy and paste it in some how…

Does any one know

i think it is possible to change the head on a photo so i could swap it with one of me with good hair in same position…..

does anyone know how i can get this done, i am rubbish with technical stuff..

thanks in advance

Pip answers:

Theres lots of ways to do this, but all require a degree of knowledge with regards photoshopping.

Ok, heres how.

1 get original image,
2 select new hairstyle
put a mask around it, and copy to clipboard

3 paste as new layer onto origianl and select vector adjustment to resize it to fit, then
4 use transparency tool so you can see what youre overlaying where, and simple erase the edges (feather) so you get a good alignment and put the transparency level back to 100%.

Itll take a bit of practice, and you need photoshop / paintshop pro or gimp to do it…

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Your Questions About Digital Cameras

Robert asks…

what are the uses of digital cameras in the workplace?

I’m doing a certificate one in information, media and digital technology and a question that I have to answer is “Digital cameras are convenient, useful tools for business to use. Give three specific examples of how digital cameras can be used in the workplace.” I can’t think of any ways so please help!

Pip answers:

You use digital cameras in many workplace environments.

To give you 3 specific:

1. Police, to document demonstrations, riots, crime scenes etc.
2. Any workplace to document eventual damages that have to be reported to insurance companies.
3. In a workplace which have a company blog. With many employees, it’s very convenient to have a picture on a face you only talk to over the phone.

Sandy asks…

What is a good digital camera for a beginner photographer?

I am really interested in photography and I am thinking about giving it a shot, but at this point I know nothing about digital cameras. Any suggestions on a good digital camera for a beginner photographer would be great. I have a very plain and simple dig. cam but I think I need something with a little more quality. Thanks a bunch.

Pip answers:

The camera I suggest is a bit more in features than just point and shoot. But it is a point and shoot type. It’s the Canon PowerShot A570 IS. It has an image stabilizer in case you have shaky hands, aperture/shutter priority, takes 2 rechargeable batteries and the price is quite good . Can be bought between $155-$170+a memory card. Anyone who buys a digital camera has to buy a memory card. I suggest for a 7 megapixel camera which this camera is , get at least 1 GB memory card. The camera has a viewfinder which won’t drain your batteries like an LCD screen does. It’s 4X optical zoom.
This camera and a memory card should cost you no more than $190- to $200-. Minimum for an SLR( which is really getting into photography) is about $500-a SLR kit.
So you have to ponder the thought, do I have the time and money to really get into this hobby(possibly business) and start out with a SLR camera.
Take a trip to your local library and read about different features on cameras in Nov’07 Consumer Reports. Also check out Website dpreview.com for reviews of many cameras and prices.

Chris asks…

What qualities should I look for when purchasing a digital camera?

There are sooooo many different brands to choose from when it comes to digital cameras. I’m familiar with most of them but I’m still not sure what I should be looking for (besides the brand name and mega pixels). I’m a casual shooter but want that professional quality, but don’t want to spend over $200. Any suggestions on which camera might suit me best or what qualities I should be looking for? Please be specific. Thank you.

Pip answers:

It can be intimidating trying to figure out which digital camera is right for you. There are just so many factors.

1. Determine how much money you want to spend. Setting a budget, or at least a budget range, will help you avoid cameras that you could never afford. You can more easily target which models are affordable for you.

2. Carefully consider what you will usually be photographing. Is it family pictures of the kids playing? Will you be traveling often, and shooting landscapes? Look for cameras that have the best features for your needs. For instance, if you typically shoot sports and action, find a camera that can shoot at high speeds.

3. What is your experience level? If you are a beginner, look for models that seem easy to use. Go to the stores and handle the cameras personally. Find a camera that is as automated for things like flash, aperture, and so on. If you are more experienced, you will want a camera that gives the user more control.

4. Figure out what your photo printing needs are. For casual use and simply sharing 4×6 vacation photos with family, a basic 2-mega-pixel model is perfectly fine. If you plan to make larger prints, and make them frequently, you will need more mega-pixels. A 4-mega-pixel will produce good 8X10 photos.

5. How do you plan to store your images? If you have a computer with very little memory available and no CD burner, I don’t recommend getting that hot, cool 7-mega-pixel camera even if your budget allows it. The images will be too large to store. If you do have a way to convert images to Cd’s or have a huge hard drive, go for it.

6. Do you already have devices that use one type of memory card? If your digital camcorder and PDA all use the Secure Digital memory card, this may be a major deciding factor when purchasing a digital camera. Why spend so much money on multiple styles of memory card when you can just use the same card with all those gadgets? Best camera reviews http://www.camerareview-blog.com

Donald asks…

are there digital cameras that are less harsh than others?

You know how film has that richness and ability to pick up light in a very nice way, while digital cameras seem a little sharp or washed out? What determines this, and do some digital cameras have a more film-like look than others?

Pip answers:

Digital appears to have a more ‘striking’ clarity than some films but I’m not certain that there’s really a difference anymore between the two, otherwise I would still be shooting film.

Of course, I always have to revert back to the photographer’s skill levels rather than suggest one camera over another but, I can say this with reasonable certainty,… The quality of a camera can provide a great contribution to the ability of the photographer to reproduce excellent images.

I would have, in the not too recent past, been argumentative to include cell phones as quality instruments capable of producing publishable images but now I would have to eat those words. Image technology has made leaps and I’ve seen images from cell phones that I would never have attributed to such a device.

Image resolution (pixels/inch) has much to do with image quality, of course. Most images, if less than 300 dpi (dots per inch) will look soft or grainy depending on the clarity of the image. If your file size is greater than 10Meg (Million Megapixels) and resolution is 300dpi, the image will have film-like quality provided the digital processor in the camera can produce good color rendition (the best to date is the Fovean Chip currently ONLY available in Sigma Cameras). Everyone else uses CMOS or some reasonable facsimile.

I was quite impressed with the Nikon P-500 when I got it because it’s 36x optical zoom rivaled my f/4 600mm Nikkor in clarity (the Nikkor retails at nearly $12,000 while the P500 was under $400). Imagine how thankful I was that it wasn’t as fast as my big glass, thus justifying my keeping it.

My favorite film of all time has been Velvia by Fujichrome (yes, it is a less forgiving slide film). I still pick up my F5 Nikon every now and then just to shoot this amazing film and enjoy the quality of a slide without having to photoshop the digital to get similar saturations and tonalities. Problem is, now my D90 can produce the same results by adjusting it’s Kelvin characteristics in camera.

Is nothing sacred?

Ruth asks…

How do I install my digital concepts digital camera?

I just got one of those small digital cameras from wal mart and i dont have a cd to install it with. How do I install it and begin taking pictures?

Pip answers:

The digital cameras usually come with a small flash memory card that goes in a slot on the camera. This should be included in your package, however, it’s probably got minimal storage and you should get another one with more storage so that you can take many pictures. Depending on the amount of pixels your camera shoots with, you can get about 500 photos to store on a 512MB card. These cards are relatively inexpensive and available at Wal-mart or any camera shop. One thing to remember though is that there are two different physical sizes to these cards, so take your camera and ask the salesperson which one is right for you. Good luck.

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Your Questions About Digital Photography Basics

John asks…

What to include in a three meeting class on photography for senior citizens?

I you were to present a three meeting course to senior citizens on how to improve their photography, knowing they would most likely all be rank beginners using just point and shoot cameras and with no desire to ever become pros…what would you teach them?

Pip answers:

1. Frequent bathroom breaks …

2. A clearly written handout (in large type)

3. And, oh yeah, the basic pointers about how to take decent pix of their grandchildren and pets (with lots of illustrations)

Well, yeah … OK … I’m kinda kidding here. But … Being a senior citizen myself (just turned 65!), and having taught many, many seminars on the basics of digital photo for seniors and others … Well, all I can say is: have fun with it!

I’m serious about the handout, though.

Helen asks…

What do you do in a college photography class?

I have never taken photography and it is a required course for my major so I was curious what exactly you do. I have the actual class and then the lab which together is 6 hours. What on earth can you possibly do for 6 hours if you don’t have any pictures ready to develop? If anyone has taken a photo class please let me know what types of things you do during class time other than developing your pictures in the dark room.

Pip answers:

You will learn soon enough that even six hours may not be enough time to produce prints of near perfect quality, especially toward the end of the semester when you are reprinting past assignments to get a better grade on them and finishing your end of term portfolio.

In lecture you will learn the basics of exposure. How shutter speeds, lens apertures and ISO interrelate when taking a photo. You will also learn how different focal lengths effect the field of view and how to choose the proper lens length for the subject you are shooting.

There will be a lot of emphasis on proper exposure, proper development of the film and how to use the resulting negatives to produce near prefect prints, where there is detail in both the shadow and highlight area of the final print.

All these skills will follow you as you later move into shooting with a digital SLR.

Take really, really good notes so you don’t miss anything that will later cause you to have to re-shoot the assignment.

Sharon asks…

Where can I find a list of Colleges that have a Photography program?

I am trying to get a list of colleges that have a photography degree program, and I can’t find any. It doesn’t matter what state. I have a list of Photography Schools, but I don’t have a list of schools that carry a photography program and that is what I am looking for. Thanks!

Pip answers:

If you have a lot of money, you can go to a graphic arts photography school such as Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara or Art Center College of Design in Pasadena or a pure fine arts college such as Cal-Arts in Visalia; and spend some $125,000 for a 2-3 year college degree.

And if you merely want to take beginning classes which will teach you all the basics beginning with composition, film processing and eventually digital imagery than perhaps a local city college or trade school would be the best bet. Currently, the most highly ranked junior colleges in Los Angeles County for photography training are:

1) Santa Monica City College,
2) Pasadena City College,
3) Los Angeles City College, and,
4) Los Angeles Trade Tech College.

The total tuition fee for the above colleges is under $1,000.

And the key to successful promotion of a photography enterprise is to advertise your portfolio via a website which can be found on major search engines such as Google and Yahoo. Setting up a portfolio website using IWeb and hosting at .mac seems to be the most popular method used by upcoming photographers and linking a domain name via a redirection service to mask the .mac URL will give the impression to Net surfers that one’s website has a professional looking domain named website.

Good luck!

Maria asks…

What the best budget to mid range Digital SLR camera?

My sister needs a camera for her university work. She is doing some photography modules and needs something that can produce quality shots. Not sure if she needs a SLR or a Compact. She would like to be able to use the camera after her course finishes as well. Any suggestions what her options may be? Thanks.

Pip answers:

She may need a 35 mm SLR for the first couple of semesters while taking the basics of photography. A good used Nikon or Canon 35 mm SLR with standard zoom lens will cost less than $150 on craigslist in a city near you

Have her check with her instructors and see what she really needs. It would be a shame to spend $1,200 on a mid-range camera and standard zoom lens only to find out that she will be using film for the first year in school

The two mid-range DSLR’s I would recommend is the Nikon D90 with 18-105 mm lens or the Canon 50D with 18-135 mm lens.

Here they are head to head.

Http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/eng/Image-Quality-Database/Compare-cameras/(appareil1)/267%7C0/(appareil2)/294%7C0/(onglet)/0/(brand)/Canon/(brand2)/Nikon

NO photo module will allow a student to use a compact P&S camera. They will need a camera that is fully adjustable to complete their courses in photography and NO compact digital camera can do that

Ken asks…

What are the basics I will need to start a business in photography?

The kind of photography I would like to be a part of is: new born and baby, family, fashion, landscape, and objects. So a very wide range. I was also wondering what camera would be best for me. One that is fairly high quality but still affordable. Say in the range of $1500-$4000. Thank-you!

Pip answers:

If you’re considering starting your own photography business, then you’ll need to consider what you need in order to get your business going. Some of the basic elements required for starting a photography business are photography equipment, setting up your legal business structure, and an plan for promoting your new business.

The first element required for starting your own photography business is your equipment. Since this is what you need in order to produce your product which is pictures, you’ll have to consider a number of different pieces of equipment in order to do so. The most important piece of equipment is camera or cameras. You’ll want to purchase a digital camera that will provide you with the best quality pictures possible since this is what you want to provide to your clients.
There are many different types of digital cameras including point and shoot, SLR, and digital SLR cameras.
The SLR digital cameras are going to give you the most functionality, but are also going to cost more. You should be willing to invest a little more since you would hope to be able to get that money back after doing enough business.
Other pieces of equipment need include light stands, backdrops, tripods, and more. All of these items can make your photo taking process much more successful, and can help you produce higher quality pictures.

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Your Questions About Digital Cameras For Kids

Ruth asks…

How can I prevent others from seeing my photos on a digital camera? How are they saved?

I’ll soon have use of a digital camera, but will be sharing the camera with my child who plans to use the camera often with friends. How can I be sure my pictures are not stored on the camera itself, or mixed in with other pictures?

I was told I’ll need some type of memory card. Are all the photos ONLY saved on those cards(and no where on the camera itself similar to a computer), which means I would simply use a seperate memory card from my child? Thanks
p.s. I read that digital cameras, have built in computers, and I know on computes, even when you erase or delete things, they can still be retrieved by someone with enough knowledge. Is that not the same with digital cameras?

Pip answers:

Yeah, i would say that the best way is to get 2 memory cards. One for you and one for your kid, just remember to set it up on your camera to save everything to the memory card (if they have that option). Because I know that some camera have like a small amount of built in memory, like about 2MB, so when there’s no memory card inside, it will automatically save them there. And be sure to label your memory cards too, so they don’t mixed up. And get a bigger capacity for you and a smaller on for you kid.

Lizzie asks…

How can I attach a digital camera to my telescope?

I have a Canon SD780 digital camera and an Orion Apex 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope, and I’m wondering if anybody knows of any products, kits, or tricks to take pictures. All I’ve been able to find, so far, is an attachment for 35mm cameras.

Pip answers:

Hi.My old Canon A80 had an attachment similar to a “T-ring”. The real problem is focusing. It is hard to get points (stars) to register across pixels when the light is close to a pin point. Tends to hit a R,G, or B cell.

Edit. Went online to look for an adapter but no joy. You could use afocal photography, even hand held.
Edit 2: Nyx has a link to a device. Http://www.telescope.com/Astrophotography/Camera-Adapters-T-Rings/Orion-SteadyPix-Deluxe-Camera-Mount/pc/-1/c/4/sc/62/p/5338.uts Looks a bit unsteady but I wanted to point out an old astronomers camera trick, usually called the hat trick (no kidding). Set up the camera and place a hat or other dark material in front of the ‘scope. Press the exposure button and remove the hat. Put it back when you are at the end of the exposure. Prevents movement induced blurring. Good luck!

Linda asks…

Which digital camera do you think is better the Cannon 50D or the Nikon D90?

I am debating buying a digital camera and have narrowed it down to these two. Nikon has a camcorder feature on this model, and while that is nice, it really doesn’t factor in to the purchase. I’m looking for quality of picture and ease of using the camera. I’m familiar with the Cannon cause I have a 35mm EOS already. I will primarily take pictures of things not people, with the exception of my kid. Any information would be helpful.
I have looked at comparison and rating websites, and I have been to a photo specialty store to actually handle both the cameras. I was basically looking for others’ experiences with either of the cameras.

Pip answers:

All I can say is I spent 3 months comparing and contrasting the 2. I finally ended up buying the D90. I am happy with my decision. I suggest going to the store and handling both cameras. You may find the 50D a bit too bulky. I will be taking my camera everywhere so I went with the slightly more portable Nikon.

Robert asks…

what’s the best compact digital camera for capturing VIDEO?

The grandparents want to see videos of the kids. It’s faster and more convenient for me to upload videos online using my digital camera. So my camcorder goes unused and I’m capturing lots of video with the camera. But my camera is a few years old and the video quality is not that good. Also, there is a long shutter delay when I take pictures. So i want a new compact camera that has fast picture taking and better video.

Pip answers:

The Canon S3 IS gets good reviews for it’s movie modes. Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons3is/

One of my students bought it several months ago and we tested the movie mode. It had very good results. The camera also takes great still images. Circuit City has it for $329.99. For less expensive cameras they’re all about the same, it would be best to stick with the top brands though like Canon and Nikon.

Richard asks…

What factors should I consider in buying a digital camera?

Well, my digital camera broke, but it’s fine because I noticed it was a little outdated compared to the much smaller new ones. Other than size, what makes a good digital camera? I know there’s megapixels, but I’m not sure what any of it means. I’m not in to do professional photography or anything, I just need a good digital camera for outings, pictures of my daughter, and just other fun stuff. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Pip answers:

I’ve been looking at a lot of Canons in the SD series. They’re mostly small and very good cameras. For any kind of photography now-a-days you need 5 mega pixels or more. I’m getting the canon sd750. It’s about $260 on amazon.com and I’ve read a lot of great reviews for it. It’s small and has the “face detection” technology. There’s also a setting called “kids and pets” that seems to focus better while subjects are moving. My favorite feature though is “color accent” where you can pick a certain color to stay, while the rest of the photo is black and white. Good luck!

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Your Questions About How To Backup Digital Photos Without A Computer

William asks…

Anyone know of a site like Photobucket where I can store some pics without them being deleted?

I have some pictures I don’t want to put onto my external (partly because I can’t find the power cord lol) and I was wondering if there was a free website like photobucket I could store them. And some of them are erotic fantasy, from artists like Luis Royo. I keep them up in order to link. :) Let m know, thanks.
And I need to store them because our hard drives are about to take a dump.

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.

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://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.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.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://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.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://divshare.com/

divShare to provide a simple and reliable way to show off photos, documents, music, and all your other creations.

Michael asks…

Computer HELP!! PLEASE!!!?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-i570-5189PBK/14335609?
Item Description

With the Inspiron 570 desktop PC from Dell, you’ll get everything you want in a desktop and nothing you don’t. Utilizing exciting AMD processing technology and 6GB of shared dual-channel system memory, you’ll blaze through every task with lightning-fast speed, no matter how much you’re trying to do at once. Store your massive amount of multimedia content on the desktop’s 1TGB hard disk drive, and marvel at the included 23″ Full HD widescreen digital flat panel display, powered by ATI Radeon HD4200 graphics. Plus, Windows 7 Home Premium is there to keep you organized.

Key Features & Benefits:
AMD Athlon II X4 630 processor
For fast, powerful multitasking performance

6GB DDR3 system memory
Gives you the power to handle most power-hungry applications and tons of multimedia work

1TB SATA hard drive
Store 666,000 photos, 285,000 songs or 526 hours of HD video and more

16X Multi-Format DVD Burner
Watch DVD movies on your computer; read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats

10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, Dell 1525N Wireless-N Wi-Fi
Connect to a broadband modem or a wired broadband router with wired Ethernet, or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with Wireless-N built right into your PC

23″ diagonal LCD widescreen display
Integrated ATI Radeon HD4200 graphics
Additional Features:
19-in-1 digital media card reader
6 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x headphone jack, 2 x microphone jacks, 1 x VGA port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x line-in, 1 x line-out
Integrated audio with Dell AX210 stereo speakers
Software:
Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition (To learn more about the features of Windows 7, click here)
Microsoft Works 9
McAfee SecurityCenter with Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Firewall (30-day trial)
Backup & Restore options built into Windows allow you to create safety copies of your most important personal files, so you’re always prepared for the worst.

Hi, ?
I am going to college in about 2 months and thinking of buying a decent Desktop. ?Please click on the link to see what I might buy. I think 6 GB RAM + 1 TB Hard ?Drive is sufficient for my school work + games. However, I do not know much about ?video cards. I only know that in order to have great gaming experience, I need a good ?video card. I would like to know if this video card {Integrated ATI Radeon HD4200 ?graphics} will run games like 2moons and WoW efficiently without lags. Thank you ?for any help. Also, please feel free to recommend some desktop around $750 for my ?needs. ?

Pip answers:

I recommed you to use Leawo Free DVD Creator It can burn videos to dvd easily and quickly.You can find Leawo Free DVD Creator here:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&newwindow=1&q=leawo+dvd+creator&aq=f&aqi=g2&oq=

Wish it can help, good luck!

Richard asks…

which one of these is better ?

1. kaspersky internet security 2012
2. kaspersky PURE 2.0
3. kaspersky ONE
4. kaspersky antivirus 2012

Pip answers:

Kaspersky’s PURE 2.0 covers just about everything. This includes a password manager (works only with 32-bit browsers, blah) a file shredder, backup for your digital photos and PC Clean Up Tools to keep your PC running smooth.

If you prefer to just have solid PC protection, go with Kaspersky’s Internet Security 2012. It does everything that PURE 2.0 does, but without the added bloatware.

However, as you can install Kaspersky on up to 3 computers, the PURE 2.0 does have one added benefit. Their ‘Control Center’ where you can easily adjust your anti-virus and cloud settings from one location for all 3 computers.

Both are excellent choices.

Good Luck!

Ken asks…

Another site like Photobucket?

I’m looking for another site like photobucket, that won’t slow down my computer as much. I want a site that I can upload pictures on, and get the link to where I can post on a webpage.

All answers appreciated – thanks!

Pip answers:

Http://virl.com/
Virl is a small tool to help you share photos, shorten URLs & spread the news. Use Virl for Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Delicious or Blogs & Websites Everywhere.

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.

George asks…

Please give child safe, free, no-signup online image host site … :) Thanks?

that does not shrink image byte size or dimension
yeah, what you upload is what you get :) child friendly.

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://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://www.steekr.com/

With Steekr you can:-Store your music ,your pictures, your videos and all your personal files online. -Play and listen to your digital files directly in your browser. -Share your files with your friends or relatives.

Http://www.personalgrid.com/

PersonalGrid allows you to upload any file to their system, and privately share it with anyone you want.

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.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.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’s 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://www.mydatabus.com/

The free service allows you to transfer, store, browse, retrieve and share documents, photos, music and videos on any desktop or laptop.

Http://tinypic.com/

Tinypic™ is a photo and video sharing service that allows you to easily upload, link and share your images and videos on MySpace®, eBay®, blogs and message boards. No account required.

Http://www.esnips.com/

eSnips is the one place where you can share anything you want, about any topic: your thoughts, your photos, your music, your videos, your flash files, stuff you find on the web, and many other media types. Once you create different folders for each of your passions and interests, you decide what files to put in each folder, and you control who is allowed to view each folder – just you, a select group, or the world.

Http://www.iimmgg.com/

Free Image Hosting with multiuploader and photo editing.
Upload multiple pictures, manage them in galleries. Quick rotate, flip and resize of pictures.
Complete image editing with Picnik.com integration.

Http://www.pict.com

New easy-to-use image hosting. Upload, link and share your images with one click.
Features:
Multiple uploads with one click
Easy-to-use interface
Automatic image resizing
Unlimited uploads
No banners
Fast and reliable servers
Firefox plugin
& much more to come (albums, tools, free registration, etc).

Http://www.picamatic.com/

Picamatic enables you to upload images in one click. Easier than ever before.
Picamatic is a powerful, fast and easy online service for uploading and sharing images, pictures and photos.

Http://www.echopic.com/

A clean and family friendly place to store your images on the web. You find it useful and I am always open to suggestsions.

Http://www.imagedash.com/

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

Http://fumpr.com/

fumpr is the fastest and easiest photo storage solution on the internet. It is 100% free and no registration is required!

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Your Questions About Sony Digital Camera Battery Charger

Susan asks…

Problem: Is it the batteries, the charger, or the digital camera?

I have a Canon digital camera (2 years old), brand new low-discharge rechargeable AA batteries, and a Sony charger (2 years old).

I charge the 4 batteries until the little light on the charger goes out (a few hours), then put one set in the camera. Nearly immediately (like a few days of hardly any use) the camera says “change the batteries”. In goes the new set, and the same thing happens.

I can’t figure out if it’s the batteries, the camera or the charger. I’m not sure what to do! I thought a new set of low-discharge batteries would do it. I hate to buy a new charger, but perhaps that’s the problem.

Any ideas would be welcome.

Pip answers:

Actually nothing is amiss.

Rechargeable AA batteries do not hold their charges very long. After charging, they are best when used right away.

The state of the art Li-ion batteries do not lose their charges in a short time. They also can be used for many years.

The fact that the charger shuts off after the batteries are charged show it is working well.

You may find that using good energy management will provide you with more shots per charge.

Richard asks…

Sony Camera Battery search?

i cant find any store that carries a charge for a sony cybershot DSC-W370 digital camera, it has a k-type battery. if you can find any store that carries it please let me know.

Pip answers:

Are you sure about the K?
According to

http://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dscw370

it uses Lithium-Ion NP-BN1 battery & charger
They are not always right.

According to BHPhoto the charger for the N battery is the
Sony – BC-TRN Travel Charger

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/675571-REG/Sony_BCTRN_BC_TRN_Travel_Charger.html

If it really is the Sony NP-BK1 battery (Are you sure?), BHPhoto has a compatible Pearstone brand

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/582416-REG/Pearstone_CM_NPBK1_Mini_AC_DC_Battery_Charger.html

The Sony BC-CSK Battery Charger is available from some third parties through amazon.com.
Http://www.amazon.com/Sony-BC-CSK-Battery-Charger-NP-BK1/dp/B001NPPOOS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303969052&sr=8-1

Lizzie asks…

does the SONY cybershot digital camera need a charger?

IT has the memory card,batteries,does it need a charger(If it does what it is called,where do i get it,how much does it cost)

BTW:My camera wont even turn on,so im guessing it does need a charger.

Pip answers:

It depends.

If the batteries are AA, then no, however your camera is optimized to use NiMH batteries, and they use chargers.

Without a model number we really cannot give you an accurate answer. Most Sony cameras use Li-ion batteries and they come with chargers

Michael asks…

Best digital camera batterys?

I have just bought a sony digital camera my first 1! s730 what are the best batterys to use for it
thanks

Pip answers:

I use the Sanyo enloop batteries and here is why. Most rechargeable batteries will lose 1/2 there charge after 1 month. The enloops only lose 1/10th. You should think about buying 4 batteries and a charger. Mark 2 of the batteries with an A and 2 with a B. You don’t want to try and recharge 1 battery that is low with one that is fully charged. This way you can use them as a matched set. And keep 2 in your pocket as spares. Walmart has the Enloops funny name great battery.

Thomas asks…

I lost my Digital camera battery charger.?

The digital camera that i have is this…

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10965608

& The battery is a SONY And the model is a NP-BK1

I was wondering where can i buy a new battery charger .

I don’t know what to do so please help peoples.

Thanks :)

Pip answers:

I’m introduce website you can buy new battery charger model NP-BK1.

Http://astore.amazon.com/sale-underwater-digital-cameras-20/detail/B0012DCFWA

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Your Questions About Canon Digital Camera Repair

Jenny asks…

is my canon digital camera under warranty?

serial # 2922216168

Pip answers:

Call Canon and ask. 800.OK-CANON

They will know and they can tell you where your closest authorize repair station is too.

Lizzie asks…

Digital SLR Camera repair cost?

My basic question is this: since digital SLRs (specifically the SD14) are so expensive, if I find a broken one for dirt cheap, is it worth getting and having it repaired? Or am I throwing my money away? What would the typical repair cost be? Thanks.

Pip answers:

Ask your question again, but substitute car for camera. It really depends upon how much damage it sustained.

You would be better off buying a re-manufactured or reconditioned (with warranty) DSLR.

The Sigma uses lenses that are proprietary in that there are not a lot of used ones around like for the Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras.

My guess is that you are intrigued by the Foveon X3 sensor and want to try it out before spending a lot of money on a new body and five or six lenses,

It is too bad that Sigma didn’t make the body available in Nikon or Canon lens-mounts so we could have used that new technology to make our own tests. The first DSLR cameras made by Kodak did come with those lens mounts.

David asks…

digital camera repair?

where can i take training for digital camera repair? kodak, canon, nikon, fuji, minolta, polariod. thanks in advance

Pip answers:

You can go to a camera shop, or drop it off at a best buy and they can send it in for repair. Just take it to their geek squad counter for anout of warranty repair.

Ruth asks…

repairing digital camera?

i have had my camera for less than one year. it is an ixus 900TI model that i bought in south korea. there is a problem with the lens that i would like to get fixed as soon as possible. i am currently travelling in south asia.
any ideas on how to take care of this problem?

Pip answers:

Most P&S cameras have a one years wattanty. Check with Canon and see what they can do for you

Betty asks…

digital cameras?

i am looking to update my digital camera. i want one that has a Carl Zeiss lens, under $300-$350 of price and is 8 megapixels and up. one of my choices is the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-T200, 8.1 megapixels..it has the touch screen LCD and such. i was wondering if anyone else knows what cameras maybe by Canon could offer the Carl Zeiss lens for a digital camera. also suggestions about camera models are accepted as i am confused on what to get and when.

Pip answers:

You might want to drop the Carl Zeiss requirement as you’ll most likely end-up with a Sony digital camera, which, like what the other answerer said, costs a lot more.

Canon, Panasonic, and Casio are very good and dependable digicam models. Panasonic, from the Nov 2007 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, makes the least repair-prone cameras. And they also offer Leica lenses with wide angle of 28mm.

Canon is a good camera maker per se, be it SLRs, or point-and-shoot, you can’t go wrong when them. Casio cameras have innovative features like voice recorder, photo-id/passport photo maker, document maker, etc. All these brands use the more popular (and much less expensive) SD cards.

Other manufacturers like Nikon, Olympus, Fuji, Pentax, Samsung, etc, have shortcomings either in picture quality/features, or media (e.g., xD cards). Nikon’s compacts are not rated as high as their SLRs.

Also, please note that, unless you print large photos all the time, the megapixels really do not matter. 7MP should be decent enough for occasional blow-ups. You might also want to take into account that more large photos in your computer’s hard disk means more space requirement.

Sony’s touch screen feature is nice but will probably leave you with a screen full of finger marks all the time. So you have to make sure you bring along a wiping cloth so you can see the screen during bright daylight.

Bottomline, try out the other brands before commiting to a Sony.

Also check websites like dpreview.com for more info on the latest.

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Your Questions About Nikon Digital Cameras Costco

Daniel asks…

Best digital camera?

want something with a flexible ISO rating and shutter speed. Good amount of megapixels. Recording videos has to be high quality in good sizing with sound of course. I like to do photoshopping and have fun working with videos. I need atleast high quality pictures to have fun and mess around with while still displaying incredible quality.

My budget is about 500 max. Any suggestions? please show links and describe why camera(s) are in your approval.

SLRs are not in my interest really…
Would anyone recommend any of these two cameras?

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T2

or

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_reviews/a630.html

or what about this one??

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8285615&st=lumix&type=product&id=1171672224311

Pip answers:

A week ago I dropped my $350 Nikon 8mp perfect camera on its lense and it cracked. Luckily the place I bought it from 1 year ago (Costco) took it back and gave me a full refund. I shopped around for a new camera at 6 different stores looking for a good one with a good warranty. I wound up finding almost the same camera at Target for $129. Plus $20 for a 3 year warranty. It’s a Nikon Coolpix 6mp L11. Great pictures and video. The camera, warranty, and tax was $160 total!!

Prices on Digital Cameras have really dropped in the last year. The top end 10mp non-SLRs are going for $400.

Good Luck!

George asks…

Nikon D40???? 10 points!?

I have been looking around on websites for the Nikon D40 and I cant find it for sale new!
If you can find it at any of these fallowing stores please give me the link to it! thanks! I also definatley want it to be new. If you know of any place that I can get it for cheap let me know!!
-Target
-Best Buy
-Circut City
-Costco
-overstock.com

thanks! 10 points!

Pip answers:

Here is a link:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/471716-REG/Nikon_25420_D40_SLR_Digital_Camera.html

The D40 has been a hot item, so most of the local stores have long ago sold all the ones they have in stock.

The D40 has a feature that sports and fashion photographers who shoot outdoors fine appealing. It can sync with flash at high shutter speeds

Ruth asks…

Which is a better digital camera, the Canon Rebel XTi or the Nikon D80?

Which camera takes a better picture in low light situations?

Pip answers:

Comparing the Nikon D80 vs. Canon 400D/Rebel XTi

Check this page:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond80/page21.asp

The first thing I notice is that the Canon does not have a spot meter. I thought they added that in the XTi, but I guess past criticism was not heard at Canon.

The Nikon user-definable Auto-ISO is an interesting feature that lets you define a couple of parameters about what’s acceptable to you and what’s not. I don’t think this would be the tie-breaker, though, if you can’t decide between cameras.

The D80 has a pentaprism and the Canon uses mirrors. “They” say that mirrors are getting pretty good, but I would expect the pentaprism to be a brighter viewfinder.

The Nikon lets you do actual multiple exposures in the camera and some people think this is pretty cool.

Click “next” and move to page 22 and you’ll see some image comparisons. Click “next” a couple more times to see more direct comparisons on page 25. Click “next” a couple more times to see some noise level comparisons on page 27. It looks to me like the D80 has actually tamed the noise better than the XTi, but read the comments about image softness.

Click one more time and see that the D80 is clearly the winner in image sharpness.

Go on to the next page and read the conclusions.

You can go to the side-by-side at

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=canon_eos400d%2Cnikon_d80&show=all and also click on “Our in depth review” and “Read owner opinions” for each camera.

The last line in the Nikon D80 review reads, “If you’re a more discerning photographer who can see the advantages offered by the ‘all round’ D80 you may well consider the extra money well spent.”

The last line in the Canon 400D/XTi review reads, “Thanks to its blood line and low price the EOS 400D will no doubt be a huge success for Canon. However unlike the EOS 350D, for me it’s no longer the first or obvious choice, so before jumping on the bandwagon make sure you’ve weighed up the competition.”

In other words, you’ve selected with the two best cameras in their price class.

Canon is probably saving a little money using their CMOS sensor and this will bring them some market share. Whether the sensor and images are better or not is open to wild debate based on personal preferences. Whether one camera feels better in your hands might just be the determining factor. You have got to go to a real camera store and handle them both. I guess Costco, Circuit City or Best Buy would also have actual samples on display, but you may not get as much help from the staff.

As far as lens choice, I’d rather see you start with one decent lens instead of the kit lens, although Nikon’s kit lens (18-55) has actually tested pretty will. (Canon’s has not.) For Nikon, I like the Nikkor AF-S 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G ED DX. This costs about $300. I bought this for my wife on her D50 and liked it so much (for the money) that I bought it as a backup for one of my cameras. For Canon, one of our best answerers (Panacea) recommends the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. This costs about $500, so there goes the $200 price difference.

Of course, you’ll need a decent memory card and I recommend a genuine Sandisk Ultra II (60X) or Extreme III (133X) of at least 1GB – preferable 2 GB – for either camera. Lexar is another excellent card supplier and they have the “Professional” 133X as well as the Platinum 80X to choose from. Both Lexar and Sandisk come with image recovery software and limited lifetime warranties.

Susan asks…

Nikon D60 price drop?

I’m thinking of buying the Nikon D60 kit at costco. It is around 800$ for a 20-55mm lens & 55-200 lens. And body/straps/all that stuff. Which is a pretty good deal, but i was wondering if i could wait one or two months and the prices will drop or will i have to wait another year or so. PLEASE HELP!

Pip answers:

Nikon D60 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens It ‘s $509.99

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Linda asks…

Best camera for nature photography?

I’m looking for a great SLR camera thats digital and great with taking photographs of lightning and storms. One of the big ones with the changable lenses. I’m mostly going to use it for nature photography. I’m an amateur photographer. Please help! Price range: $199 to $499
Also has to be good with night photography and low light photography.
i am currently in a photography class

Pip answers:

For the price you are looking, you can only get so much with a DSLR. Here’s an example of a good camera for $480 plus tax if you are not blowing your photo larger than 8X11 :
Nikon D40 6.1MP 2.5″
2.5 Frames Per Second
18-55mm Lens
Advanced 3-Area AF System
Light and Compact DSLR

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11208708&whse=BC&topnav=&browse=&lang=en-US&s=1

However, you are limited to that focal length; although, you can get a teleconverter for it from $80 and up – 2X which only double your focal length. You’ll just had to save for a good telephoto for your nature photography. Most likely the telephoto will as much and even more than the camera. The camera has an ISO of 1600, so, night photography is possible. With this camera you can start taking pictures. And you just have to save for something higher than 8 mp with a long focal length.

You can get a real good camera with film SLR, but I think you will faster with digital since you can check your mistake and good shots right away – and you don’t have to spend on processing. Although, film photography will give you a better discipline in photography – because of the cost of processing and film, and time you spend waiting for your film. Go to the library and check out on photography books.

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Your Questions About Sony Digital Camera

Carol asks…

How is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Digital Camera? Opinions please!?

Before purchasing this camera, I would like to know if its worth to buy. Please let me know. Here’s a pic of it: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150-Digital-3-0-inch/dp/tech-data/B006K553TM/ref=de_a_smtd

Pip answers:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD is a good camera:

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150-Digital-3-0-inch/dp/B006K553QA/ref=sr_1_1?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1334670403&sr=1-1&tag=faumioe-20

Its features are:

- 18.2 megapixels “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance
- 10X optical zoom
- 3.0-inch LCD
- High speed AF improves focus speed
- Background Defocus highlights your subject like a DSLR

I also have a list of other similar point and shoot cameras if you want to look at more options:

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Thomas asks…

What is the best Sony digital Camera ?

what is the best Sony digital Camera ?
plz send a link for the Info

Pip answers:

I’m not sure there is one best for everybody. It depends on what you would like to do with it / what you need it for.

I would start here at Sony and compare, here is a link to Sony’s Digital Camera catalog.

Http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_BrowseCatalog-Start;sid=gDHdrdNu70fdcpZ-s47Xppx-H_NhdBNBfNY=?CategoryName=dcc_DIDigitalCameras&Dept=cameras&CP=sony_hm_nav_shop_digcamcc&ref=http%3A//www.sony.com/index.php

Michael asks…

best digital camera in Sony?

i need the best digital camera in Sony brand which is comes in tho 8000 to 9000 thousand Indian rupee
help me plz…

Pip answers:

Sony DSC-W530
Rs. 7800
The Sony DSC-W530 belongs to the Cyber-shot family of point and shoot cameras. This digital camera uses a CCD sensor, which has a resolution of 14.1 megapixel. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens of this Sony camera has the focal length ranging between 4.7 – 18.8 mm and 26 – 105 mm in the 35 mm film equivalent format. The zoom options of this Sony camera include 4x optical and 6.7x digital zoom.

The DSC-W530 has a metal body and weighs 113 g with accessories. You can carry it anywhere as it is lightweight. This entry-level camera has a combination of intelligent but easy-to-use features and is an ideal option to be gifted to anyone close.

This Sony camera is powered by the the BIONZ image processor. The point and shoot camera supports 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. The DSC-W530 has a 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD display with a resolution of 230,000 dot pixels.

Best choice with all features, good overall performance and is value for money product.
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James asks…

WHICH IS BEST : 1) Sony Cybershot S2100 Digital Camera 12.1 MP (OR) Nikon Coolpix L21 Digicam?

WHICH IS BEST : 1) Sony Cybershot S2100 Digital Camera 12.1 MP (OR) Nikon Coolpix L21 Digicam?

Pip answers:

I think you should go with Sony DSC-S2100 12.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom with Digital Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 3.0 inch LCD (Black)

12.1-megapixel resolution, 3x zoom lens, 3.0-inch LCD screen (230K pixels)
Convenient AA battery operation and memory card slot for convenient replacement
Easy Shooting Mode simplifies camera operation; SteadyShot image stabilization helps prevent blur
iAuto automatically optimizes camera settings
Card slot for optional Memory Stick Duo media and SD media

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-DSC-S2100-Digital-Stabilization-Black/dp/B00328HR4E/?tag=nktf-20

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Laura asks…

How to download music onto a Sony DSC-N2 digital camera?

I went to Sony.com and tried to get help from their once. But their directions are confusing, so can someone tell me in (1. 2. 3.) kind of order how to download music into a Sony DSC-N2 digital Camera? Simple directions please.

Pip answers:

There are much easier ways to make slideshows with music. I am sure the speaker in the camera is nothing close to what you have on your computer … Even if it is a notebook.

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