Your Questions About Compare Nikon Canon And Sony Digital Cameras

Nancy asks…

Canon SX30IS Camera, what other camera can I compare with this one?

I’m about to buy this Canon SX30IS Camera because I like its 35x wide angle optical zoom

but I thought would be wise to compare to other camera models first.

What would be the right match to compare with?
Which one from Sony?


Pip answers:

Canon sx30 IS can be compared with Nikon p500.
Some of the advantages of Canon over nikon are:
1. Canon has larger Aperture f/2.7 while Nikon has f/3.5. That means you can shoot better pictures with Canon in low light.
2. Canon has better Image Stabilization. That is less risk of Image blurring.
3. Canon has slightly larger sensor.
4. Long exposures in Canon is more than the Nikon.
5. Canon has better Macro capability than Nikon.
6. Canon is cheaper than Nikon.
7. Supports external flash.

Some advantages of Nikon over Canon are:
1. Nikon has 36x zoom while canon has 35x.
2. Nikon can take a video at 1080p@30 fps while Canon has 720p@30fps.
3. Sensor is made of CMOS while Canon has CCD sensor.
4. Shoots significantly faster @10 fps while Canon shoots @1.1fps.
5. LCD display in bigger and has more resolution for display of pictures taken.
6. Maximum light sentivity.
7. Smaller, lighter and thinner than Canon.

Carol asks…

Best point and shoot digital camera?!?!?

Looking to buy a new digital camera. The most important thing to me is image quality. So far, it’s a toss up between the Canon Powershot SD700, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2, and the Sony Cyber-shot T-50. The Canon b/c I’ve heard that it’s the best, and Sony b/c it’s touch screen. I don’t like how the mode dial on the Canon is so awkard and flimsy. Help?! =)

Pip answers:

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 It looks like this model has been replaced by the A630, which I would expect to be just as popular.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

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


George asks…

DSLR or best full featured digital camera?

I am needing a new digital camera, as my sony f707 is dead! I LOVED the angling lcd and need to keep the “live preview”.

The features I want improved are the red eye, and the time lag between shots.

The cameras I am considering are the canon S3 IS and the olympus 330. An odd combo to be comparing! I REALLY want to keep the tilt lcd screen!

Any thoughts out there about what I would be gaining with the olympus?

Any estimations as to when other companies will be coming out with live preview on their DSLRs?

Thanks for your help!

Pip answers:

You’re right that this is an odd pair to compare, but the Olympus seems to have it all over the Canon, if the price difference doesn’t bother you. First of all, the sensor is HUGE compared to the dinky 5×4 mm sensor in the Canon. (The Olympus is 18×13.5 mm.) Second of all, the Olympus actually is an SLR and you can change lenses as you wish. You don’t have the complete arsenal of lenses that you might with a Canon or Nikon SLR, but they cover the range pretty well. They even have an 18-180 (equiv. To 36-360 for Olympus) to compete with the Canon S3-IS’s zoom capabilities if you don’t think you want to be swapping lenses back and forth.

Now… If you can still find on, a Sony DSC R1 might be worth a look. There is a flip up/twist LCD on top of the camera.

Or… The Canon Powershot A640 has a flip out/twist LCD that you would like. It doesn’t have the zoom that the S3-IS has, but it is an excellent camera.

Paul asks…

which digital camera brand shld i get? is it canon, nikon or sony? and i want a slim/compact one. pls answer.?

I just bought a canon SD950 and im not really impressed with how it looks. I heared canon is a good brand. But as i checked online, most if not all of their cameras are thick. Which i dont like. I want somethin slim or compact. So i can easily put it in my purse or my jeans packet for like everyday use. So, can you guys help me on what camera shld i get? Is there any compact/ slim canon camera? Or shld i just try the Nikon coolpix or sony cybershot? Pls help me choose. Give me one best choice from canon, nikon and sony. Thanks for your help! :)

Pip answers:

Well it depends on how much you want from the Camera.

For example Sony Cybershots camera are extremely thin and offer high quality photo (8.1mp!!!) but with low optical zoom.

Nikon Coolpix are really great slim camera and is from a well known recognize brand in the camera industry (Nikon is known for making their high-end DSLR cameras).

Cannon is also a good brand in the camera industry but i find their products to be thick compared to Sony’s Cybershots.

So if you want really slim camera i would go for Sony’s Cybershot camera series.

Joseph asks…

Digital camera?

I am going to be traveling in a little more than a month, and I want to get a digital camera for the trip. I want to find something that doesn’t cost very much, and I don’t care about most features as long as I can put the pictures on my computer later. I don’t know where to start looking… can anyone reccomend a good website or store? Or can anyone give me advice?
Yes I know there are no invisible porcupines but it was random and it’s my theme for the day. And why would I photograph an invisible porcupine anyway, even if you could get something to show up it would be fake since it isn’t invisible, and if it was invisible it would be pointless.

And no there are no invisible porcupines. Just you wait, tomorrow I will have something new, original, and frighteningly random for you all.
The porcupine thing… is sort of an inside joke. Not totally inside, just sort of. (I can’t believe he followed me all the way from the polls section, too!)

Pip answers:

Start with the budget. This may seem backwards, but it’s not. You can find a decent camera to match any amount of money you want to spend.

Next, find a friend who will help you learn how to use the camera. This “friend” could even be the clerk in your local photo shop. By “photo shop,” I mean an actual camera shop or at least a camera department where the sales staff only deals with cameras and not dishwashers, too. Buy the camera that your friend recommends so that they will be able to teach you how to use it.

After you know what you are doing and are ready for your next camera – and this will come sooner than you think – you will be in a position to make your own choice.

If you have some vague ideas about price and desired features, go to and see what they select for you.

Choose the best one by deciding what you want to do, how much you want to learn, how far you want to progress and how much you want to spend.


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

This is somewhat out of date, but check this page for a general idea: Most cameras mentioned have been replaced with newer models, which we will hope are as good or better than what they replaced.

Here’s another resource for you. Look on down the page if you are interested in point and shoot cameras instead of dSLR’s.


Here’s another listing in order by ratings. They are only separated according to general groups, such as “Highly Recommended,” etc. They are NOT listed within the groups according to higher rating. They are listed by date tested.


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:

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)
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)
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.]

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Your Questions About Canon Digital Camera Charger

Donald asks…

How many pictures can I take with AA rechargeable batteries?

I have a new Canon Powershot a540. Do rechargeable batteries last very long on a digital camera before having to be recharged again? I’m planning on going on a week trip and need to know if I will need to take my recharger with me or just an extra set of batteries. Thanks!

Pip answers:

The power demands of digital cameras are tough on batteries. How long they last depands on several factors.
If you use flash on every frame…..less power.
If you use the zoom over and over….less power.
If you “chimp” that’s what pro photographers do when they constantly review the shots after making the image…that LCD screen is a power hog and will really drain your batteries.

If you are going on a trip I would strongly recommend taking extra batteries. There is no reason to miss a great shot due to power demands on a camera. A small charger (one that plugs directly into a wall and has an auto trickle cycle) is a great back up piece of camera gear. And if photo storage becomes a problem you can drop by a Walgreens, CVS or other one-hour photo finisher and get prints made….or email them to yourself or an online finisher like Snapfish or Ofoto.

You can never have too many batteries.

Helen asks…

What is the most reliable digital camera for under $100?

I recently bought a $70 polaroid digital camera and it stopped functioning in less than a week. I’m returning it tomorrow but I really need a new one soon because there is a big event coming up that I want to take pics at. If anyone has good input, preferably speaking from experience, it would be very much appreciated! I’m not a photographer and I cannot spend more than $100. My only preferences are that it works, it works well, and that it works for a long time. Also I’d really like it to have a flippable or two sided screen. Please help!
Edit: Please don’t be rude. I am asking this because I need help and I am listening to answers. It would make me feel more comfortable if you could refrain from unhelpful remarks. Also don’t say anything you wouldn’t say to me in person. This is the internet and real people are sitting behind these screens. Treat me with respect as I would to you. And keep in mind you aren’t invincible just because you’re “anonymous”.

Pip answers:

Not to worry… There is a solution. The best camera (and perhaps the only good camera) for under $100 is the Canon SX150.


It’s actually a pretty decent camera, and originally cost $250. But they have been on close out (Canon must have made a million more than they could sell), and I have no problem in recommending this camera.

I have the SX150′s predecessor, the Canon SX130, and I am amazed at the capability of this camera for the price. Here is a review on that camera. The SX150 should be similar:

You may though wish to spend a few more dollars and buy a set of 4 rechargeable AA batteries and charger – which you can get for under $20.

Here is a source for the one I recommend:

Joseph asks…

How can I charge my camera’s battery w/out the charger?

I’ve lost the battery charger for my Canon DIGITAL IXUS 100 IS…
When I connect it to my computer, does it charge the battery as well?
I am going on a school trip this weekend for a week, and I will need my camera, but I don’t think the store has battery chargers for all cameras, and I won’t have time to order one.
What do I do?

Pip answers:

In the US, that camera is known as the SD780. Call your local camera stores to see if they carry a charger for a NB-4L battery. The other thing you could do is find a third party battery AND charger. Since the battery/charger circuitry can be proprietary, you should only use the designated pairs (Canon charger with a Canon battery, etc.)

Here are the options at B&H Photo… Http://

EDIT: too bad you are not in the US…I have a CB-2LV charger someone gave me.

Paul asks…

What is the best digital camera?

Im looking for a digital camera in the price range of about $100-150. I would like for it to be about maybe 8 megapixels or more. other than image quality and ease of use Everything else is just kind of a any help is appreciated. thanks.

Pip answers:

Just saw this camera at Best Buy and Radio Shack. Think it is a great camera and a best buy. It has an optical viewfinder, image stabilizer, auto focus, and uses NiMH rechargeable batteries. Read as much of the following as you can for other information and help with choosing a camera.
Canon A590IS $129.99 at Staples yesterday.
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There is no one particular place to get great buys, but you may see something above that really helps you find the best buy. Click on the link in the information above for an example then search for your camera of choice at the upper left. Camera prices at this link change often.

In new cameras, look for a viewfinder (LCD invisible in bright sun), image stabilizer, and check battery prices. High mega pixel settings take longer to process and may not be needed unless required for very large pictures. Maximum print size for a 3 mega pixel setting is 8 x 10 inches. Click links below for more details.
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While most of the cameras out there are really good, I would choose Canon over Nikon because it seems like more camera for the money. Some would say Canon withholds their best technology for high end cameras and Nikon implements their best at all levels. Before you decide, read all the text and links in the information below because it will help you know what to look for in a camera.

CAUTION Do not overcharge! Batteries can be damaged. Use an automatic two or more hour Energizer Compact smart charger with temperature monitor, trickle charge technology, and safety timer ($9.76) at Walmart. Use pre-charged 2000mAh Duracell ($12.97) or RayOVac ($5.97) batteries (hold charge one year) and a full cycle charge. To preserve battery charge, use the viewfinder.

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

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

Lots of great camera tips in these two links. Http:// …
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The information about my camera is just to show that you don’t need the biggest and best. Just know how to use the one you have.

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

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

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

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Daniel asks…

Can using a ‘Generic’ battery in my new Digital Camera damage it?

I just bought a digital camera that uses a Canon Brand Li-ion battery. Aparantly, it lasts about 160 pictures with flash, which seems good!

But the bad thing about rechargable batteries is if you run out of charge, you can’t just go to the nearest store and buy some more. So I want to get an extra one or two for when I’m on vacation. Buying the replacment bettery from Canon is $70.00 plus shipping. I can find generic brands for SOOO much less, and they say that they’re compatible with my camera.

I’m worried about the chance that they could break or damage my camera, as well as if I can use my charger for the new generic battery.

Has anyone used generic batteries for their camera, and if so, did they work okay? I’m torn because AA batteries in other cameras don’t damage them even if you buy a cheap brand, but is it the same with specialized batteries… I’m not sure!
My camera doesn’t use AA or AAA, it uses a specialized Li-ion battery, looks like cracker, kind of, in shape.

Pip answers:

For over twelve months now, I use a generic Li-ion battery as a spare for my Canon Digital SLR and it works fine. But then I bought it off reputable dealer and a reputable brand – certainly not really really “cheap cheap” (although NOT Canon’s).

I also charged it with the Canon’s charger – no problem so far.

Do they break or can they damage the camera? Yes! That is the risk you take EVEN with Canon’s battery. It is the case of how much are you prepared to pay for a decent battery. NO ONE can guarantee that any battery will not damage your camera. A replacement or “life-time” warranty is no comfort because if it damaged the camera – you still are without the camera in repair and/or lost your precious photos.

Hope this information helps

Edit: The comment about nullifying the warranty using non-Canon battery is NOT true. How would other camera manufacturer’s keep warranty when all their cameras don’t have their own batteries – especially the ones that use AA or AAA.

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Your Questions About Digital Cameras Reviews

James asks…

What kind of digital camera would you give someone?

I want to give a digital camera as a gift for a guy. He’s not into photography but I just want to upgrade his old 3.0 mega pixel camera. I’ve been looking at the Casio Exilim Z77, Sony Cybershot, and Canon Powershot SD1000. Reading reviews online hasn’t helped me very much since every camera has its cons. I’d appreciate any opinions on these cameras or others you would recommend.

Pip answers:

Anything you get him will improve on his old 3.0 mega pixel camera. I am a working professional and use the Canon system as my business cameras (expensive and very flexible DSLR cameras). You can’t go far wrong with anything in the Canon system.
This being said, I keep a Kodak Easy Share camera in the glove compartment of my van and use it frequently for my personal point and shoot snapshots. It is a very good picture taker and fast and easy to use. For a gift to a point and shoot guy I would consider the Kodak Easy Share system. There are several models in various price ranges available. Pick something that falls within your budget and his picture taking interests. Hard to go wrong with a Kodak.

Mandy asks…

Is it possible to set the shutter speed on a digital camera manually?

A friend of mine asked me recently for advice when buying a new digital camera that would make decent pictures. Given her price range I browsed for a while and picked out an Olympus SZ-15 for her. Specs seemed pretty decent and it had good reviews, so I thought she’d be satisfied. Unfortunately she wasn’t, and I could see why. Pictures in open environments were too bright and not sharp enough. I took it home to try and tweak it a bit and was able to take some nice macro pictures using the flash and some built-in filters. As it turns out, however, no matter what I try the shutter speed never gets faster than 1/8s. It says that it can go up to 1/2000 and I can’t help but wonder how I can do that. I tried upping the ISO to see if the shutter speed would automatically go up, but with no success. Is there any way to do this manually? Could there be something wrong with the camera itself with it not being able to read the environment properly? I work primarily with DLSRs and I may just be too used to the freedom I have when it comes to settings… but I do find this limitation very strange.
Thanks in advance!

Pip answers:

That’s daft! Even on full auto, the shutter speed should easily be faster that 1/8 th
Has the camera got Shutter and Aperture Priority modes? If it has, then it’s possible that it’s been set to Shutter Priority, set at 1/8 th
I guess you’ve read through the instruction manual and if nothing is there to help. Then take the camera back to wherever it was bought and ask them to check it for faults.

Michael asks…

How can I find ratings of digital cameras that I am interested in buying?

I want to buy a ultracompact digital camera. How do I find out the pros and cons of each camera in the category to make a good decision?

Pip answers:

The best digital camera comparision site is imaging-resource. You can configure side by side comparisions of sample images and specs. There are a few other sites that have great reviews but they don’t include comparision tools. They are, and Also, CNet is less “expert” but often has good comparisions. is good for seasoned photographers. I’ll include all the links below.

In my opinion, Canon is far and away the best ultracompact digital camera manufacturer. They are the only company that makes the lenses, sensors, and firmware themselves and it shows.

Donna asks…

What is the best float strap for an underwater digital camera?

I read a few reviews about a float strap for a digital camera. Which is the best one? I am looking for the one that really works well and comfortable while you are snorkeling in the water.

Pip answers:

Personally, I have tested a dozen differnt camera float straps over the past three months for a new $300 underwater camera. First, avoid the Chums Waterproof Camera Float. While it looks nice, it has been prone to poor stitching resulting in camera’s dropping deep to the bottom. Just read the reviews on Amazon. Second, make sure the float you like can handle the weight of your camera. Third, I personally like float that have multiple folds so they fold up flat in case you want to put it in your pocket. Forth, which ever one you end up with, test it in the bathtub before the open water, and pull at all the seams firmly to make sure it’s well assembled.
I personally like the surprisinglly inexpensive CowboyStudio strap (<$6). It's at Amazon:

Thomas asks…

What is a good quality digital camera I could get for christmas?

I want a good digital camera that takes high quality pictures. nothing over 300 dollars. Also does anyone know like how many GB or mega pixels are considered to be high quality pictures?

Pip answers:

Here’s Cnet reviews

here’s another review site.


And here’s my own advice. Get a Cannon PowerShot

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Your Questions About Backing Up Digital Photos

Sandra asks…

is it possible to bring color back into a digital photo that was taken in sepia?

I was taking pictures without realizing that sepia setting was active on my digital camera. Is there any way for me to eliminate the sepia tone and get the natural color from the RAW photo file?

Pip answers:

If you shot the file in RAW (it should have a .CR2 or a .NEF file extension), the color is still there. I’m not totally sure how to get it back because I’ve never had to before as I do all my conversions in post-processing. But I know it’s possible.

If you shot in JPG though, you’re out of luck, sorry.

Maria asks…

How can I back up my digital photos online?

I’ve found a site called Iron Mountain (backed by Adobe) which charges US$100 for 5 GB storage (I have about 2.5GB so far). Sound like a good deal?

Pip answers:

Yahoo photos is free. You are on Yahoo answers already so why not use that.

Also I think it’s better to back them up on optical discs or similar cheap storage solutions. I’ve seen external hardiscs on sale at Amazon for about $100.

Laura asks…

Digital Photo question?

Hi I need to take some pictures of people with a digital camera. There are several requirements which I need help with.

1) The image resolution must be 320 pixels high by 240 pixels wide. My digital camera only has certain settings like 5.0mp, 4.4mp, 4mp, 3.1mp, and 1.8mp.
How do I get it so that I can take the pictures in the required size?

2) The picture must be in 24bit color. How do I know if the pic is in 24 bit color?

3) No shadows on the persons face. How do you do this in a home without proper equipment?

Thanks for any answers!

Pip answers:

1. You simply resize the photo. This is actually one of the 3. Easiest tasks in computer photo editing. Go to and head for the Graphics section. There you will find a few tutorials to really help you out. There are a couple of short videos on resizing and cropping, plus a link to IrfanView, the FREE program used in the tutorials.

4 or 5 mp will allow you to back away from the person and give better results.

2. 24 Bit colour is pretty standard these days. JPG files which you will learn to create are 24 bit.

Take the photo in good sunlight, a bright day or with a flash that doesn’t point directly in the person’s eyes (Red Eye). IrfanView can remove red Eye, but it can also effect other reds in the photo. All programs are the same.

Note. The tutorials which I wrote, are for a version of IrfanView that was replaced with a newer, better version last week. (Same download link) My computer is being repaired, but as soon as I get it back I’ll do new tutorials. In the meantime everything still applies, but some things can be done quicker now. Irfanview has been around for a while and it has over 30 million users.

Just don’t be intimidated by any of this. Once you see the videos you’ll become an instant expert. Your original photos are never touched (Provided you’re careful).

Paul asks…

How can i copy a photo back to digital camera?

Hi…i just edited a photo on adobe photoshop elements 7,how do i get it onto my digital camera..( canon powershot a560)…it is the right file jpeg…but it says unidentified image…any help would be greatly appreciated,thank you in advance…Stephen..

Pip answers:

Hi Stephen

Your camera won’t recognise any image that you put back onto a camera from a computer.

A camera needs the info from the DCIM (digital camera image management) file on the card to open a picture and that info is stripped off when you download to a computer as the computer doesn’t need it.

The DCIM file keeps a record of physically where on the card the picture file starts and ends. Any uploaded image won’t have this info so the camera in record mode (taking pictures) will just overwrite that memory space, this can leave file fragments on the card which is a sure way to corrupt it.

I don’t know of any way you can view a picture of any format on a camera except the ones that the camera has taken and has not been downloaded.


Chris asks…

What is a good way to back up digital photos that are saved onto an external hard drive?

I have some priceless digital photos (upwards of 15,000) saved onto an external hard drive that I have connected to my laptop. I would like to back them up just in case something were to happen to the hard drive. I have thought about saving them to writable discs. I would like to save them for the next 50 years and I would like some technology that would not be outdated 50 years from now. Printing them all out is not an option for me, as it would be too expensive. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Pip answers:

Burn them on blue-ray discs. After some time, when blue-ray is going obsolete, you may have to store your info on newer storage format. This would ensure that your back up can still be readily accessed by equipment in the future.

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Your Questions About Canon Digital Camera Reviews

Robert asks…

What is the best ultra-compact digital camera that takes professional quality picures?

okay, maybe not professional quality, but very very very clear and can also be blown up very large?
I want a small digital camera with fast shutter speed and crystal clear pictures…. what camera is best?

Pip answers:

CANON! My family has always had Canon digital cameras (specifically, the PowerShot SD Digital Elph series) and we have NEVER been disappointed. My Dad even blew up one of his pictures once and found a tiny piece of spinach in someones teeth — that he couldn’t even see in person!

Here are some reviews of Canon digital cameras by a wide range of people though, not just me. It outlines exactly who they are good for along with what people like or don’t like about them. Hope this helps!

Best Canon Digital Cameras:

Michael asks…

Which brand of digital camera has the best battery life?

I have an older digital camera thats always dying and it uses AA batterys. (its pretty old). I want to buy a new one but I am not sure on which nrand to go with?

Pip answers:

I’ve been very favorably impressed with Canon fixed-lens cameras, and their battery life is usually better than similar models from other manufacturers.
In general, cameras that use rechargeable NiMH AA batteries will have longer battery life, especially those that take four AAs.

Here’s a site that has a digital camera database, and battery life is shown for most models.


Good luck and good shooting.

Donna asks…

What are the top three brands for digital cameras?

I need a small digital camera that doesn’t take long to take pictures when pushing the button and has at least 8.0 or more megapixels.

Pip answers:

Canon, Sony, and Olympus

I have a Canon and Olympus digital camera and I’d have to say Canon is the best. My Canon powershot digital camera is only 6 megapixels but it is way better than my Olympus with 8 megapixels, which i got to originally replace my canon.

Canon digital cameras automatically stabilize the shot and auto focus on something that stands out. They even have a cool color swap feature too. Even with only 6 megapixels my canon produces a shot better than my 8 megapixel 5X optical zoom Olympus Stylus does.

Olympus cameras also use they’re own brand of memory cards so the memory cards wont be interchangeable with other things such as your nintendo wii, digital picture frames, or anything else.

Sorry don’t know much about Sony digital cameras but they have a few good reviews as does Canon.
I would recommend this camera, it has the best reviews.

Donald asks…

Olympus or Canon Digital Camera?

which one is better? olympus stylus 740 or canon ixus 65? I cant decide between these two. I like both designs! Help!!

Pip answers:

Canon camera perform very well across the board.

Check out this review of the Olympus Stylus 710 (a very similar camera to the 740):

Also, check out the user reviews of the two types of camera.

The Canon gets high marks from people who bought it:

The Olympus has several models of this camera that are very similar. Almost no one on that site bothered to buy and review any of them. The one guy who did, seemed to regret it (unfortunately, he didn’t bother to mention why):

If you muck around on that site and compare user reviews for people who bought Canons vs people who bought Olympus, you notice a pattern. The Canon people rate their cameras much higher (and there are a hell of alot more of them). Something to think about when deciding which brand to buy.

Chris asks…

Canon PowerShot SD990IS Digital Camera Review?

Is there anyone who could tell anything about Canon PowerShot SD990IS? I want to buy this digital camera but first I’d like to hear a couple of reviews

Pip answers:

I got the early version of this camera in Japan, sold as the IXY 3000 IS and am head over heels in love; this replaces an SD800IS which was a long time favorite. The new one got my attention for the whopping 14.7 MP as I have been using this for taking panoramas on a GigaPan rig – [...]– and more pixels count for much there. Plus there is the full manual (focus and exposure modes). And then there was the thrill of getting a new camera a few weeks before it was available in the US.

Mine is set up with an 8GB SD HC card, which feels infinite.

I’ve been very happy with the quality, and I do a lot of macro shots, posting hundreds on my flickr site [...]

The new QuickShot mode is nice- to shoot through viewfinder where you want the quickest response time. And a bonus is a long overlooked feature- an on screen battery level indicator. There is a small button where you can instantly go to view mode, rather than flipping the shooting mode. Face focussing is very handy. Video quality is superb. Having the camera stitch mode (used for getting good overlap for single row panoramas) on the presets selection is great. And w00t! It uses the same NB-5L battery, so I now have more spares.

My negatives are minor- the black style is slick, but the plastic shell feels a little cheap/flimsy, but the camera is sturdy. My biggest gripe is the latch on the battery/SD card compartment comes open easily in your bag or your pocket; the one on the SD800 never popped open on its own. The latch for the USB dock too is odd, it is hard to figure out where the hinge part is, and I always feel like I am going to do it wrong and break it off.

Spinning the lower selection wheel takes some dexterity; so setting the aperture and f/stops in manual mode is going to take some time to be a smooth process.

I’ve never bought a camera just because it has a large resolution, but I am shooting 4416×3312, better than my first generation Digital Rebel.

I am in love with this little camera!

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Your Questions About Nikon Vs Canon Vs Sony Digital Camera

George asks…

Help in deciding Digital camera?

Ok i want to purchase a Digital camera under 11k INR
I already researched a lot and these are my top contenders:

Nikon 8950 s3100 4gb

Canon ixus 130 14mb

Sony W530

Canon PowerShot SX120

From above i Confuse between
Powershot sx120 VS canon Ixus 130 and Sony w530

please help me out..

Basically what i want is superb Image quality with decent all rounder.
Video recording don’t my basic requirement.

If you have any other model or Company please suggest.

Pip answers:

I really enjoy having a canon camera! They are really good! I like the canon ixus 130! If you dont then I think you can return. Just maybe though! :) hope I made your decision a little more easier!

Daniel asks…

canon vs nikon vs sony? digital camera?

i wanna buy a mid range camera (low cost) …..just wanna know canon , nikon or sony would be good for an entry level camera?

Pip answers:

If you’re looking for a DSLR, I’d strongly suggest adding Pentax to your list and handling them.

If you aren’t, you’ll get better value for money with Panasonic (Lumix) or Fujifilm.

Sandra asks…

Nikon vs Canon vs Fujifilm vs Sony?

I’m an amateur photographer that is looking for a higher end camera/DSLR.
So far I’ve found:
Nikon D5000
Canon Rebel XSi
Fujifilm Finepix S1800
Sony A330

I’m trying to decide which camera to get and I’m trying to stay under $700.

Pip answers:

I personally prefer Nikon D5000 12.3MP Dx Digital SLR camera which is really good.

* 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
* D-Movie Mode with sound; record 720p HD movie clips
* Vari-angle color 2.7-inch LCD monitor; one-button Live View
* Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards

Charles asks…

What camara is better?

I’m in the market looking for a camera, I have a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80, I would like to upgrade I had this camera for 5 years now and I think it’s time to upgrade. I’m currently deciding if I should stick with Sony or switch over to Canon. I’ve worked with both and they are nice i’m discarding the nikon point shot cameras I really dont like them. But thats why I came here so you guys can help me out a little this are the two I have in mind

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230


Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS

Please leave you opinion and/or if you have any other camera suggestions please tell me but I’m in a budget of $200.
Hey guys thanks for the advice, I was looking to update my 5 year old DSC-W80 from Sony and so I did and well i looked at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 and it was heavy compared to the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, but I didn’t buy neither of these two. I found out that there was a newer model of the Elph 300 hs so i got the Canon Elph 320. Spent 70$ more but hey I like this newer camera

Pip answers:

Hands down the Canon 300 HS is better

It has 5x not 4, but more importantly it starts at a much wider 24mm compared to the Sony’s 30mm, basically you can ‘fit’ a lot more into a picture which means it’s far more useful indoors and for group shots, but also landscapes.

This alone is reason enough to pick the Canon over the Sony, but there is more.

The canon shoots Full HD video, the Sony only shoots regular boring SD (standard definition), the Canon also shoots Super Slow Motion and Miniature Effect Movies.

The canon is also ~$50 cheaper and has almost twice as fast continuous shooting at ~3.4 shots/sec, not to mention High-speed Burst (3.0)MP at ~8.0 shots/sec

I all ads up to a decisive victory for the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS

Sandy asks…

Canon 7D vs. Nikon D300?

which one do you prefer the most and why ?
is 17MP really matter vs. 12 MP.

Pip answers:

Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch LCD and 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens.


By any measure, the new Canon EOS 7D is a worthy successor to the EOS line of APS-C sensor DSLRs. I believe it finally levels the playing field for many Canon shooters envious of Nikon DXXX shooters.

I am an advanced amateur photographer who has owned the 20D for the last 5 years and will use it as a backup body now. With each Canon announcement of a successor to the XXD line of DSLRs, I was tempted to upgrade but resisted each time up until now. This was partly due to budgetary constraints, but I felt mostly that each new model was only an evolutionary modification rather than a revolutionary one. If there’s one thing to keep in mind in this fast-moving world of DSLR photography, then it is that DSLR bodies come and go (and depreciate quickly in value, like most electronic goods) but excellent glass will nearly always be sound investments (high-quality lenses maintained in good condition may appreciate in value).

The 7D appears to be a game-changer for many Canon photo enthusiasts like myself who prefer or can only afford to shoot with an APS-C sensor body. Nikon shooters have had an excellent choice of a crop sensor body in the D100/D200/D300 (now D300s), but for Canon shooters, the top-of-the-line equivalent was trailing in the feature set department. Now most of the features that were absent in the Canon XXD body as compared with their main rival are present in the 7D.

Notable features:
- 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Dual DIGIC 4 processors (a first for a prosumer Canon DSLR)
- Maximum 8 fps frame rate
- Maximum ISO 12,800
- VF with 100% coverage and 1.0x magnification (a first for a Canon DSLR)
- 19-pt AF (all cross-type with f/5.6 or faster lenses)
- 63-zone metering system (measures focus, color, and luminance)
- On-demand grid lines in VF (a first for any Canon DSLR)
- Built-in electronic leveler in 2 planes (a first for any Canon DSLR)
- Built-in wireless flash trigger (a first for any Canon DSLR)
- HD video in 1080p (30/25/24 fps) and 720p (60/50 fps)

I have had the camera for over a week now. My initial impressions are mostly positive thus far. Additional thoughts in the form of updates will be forthcoming once I get an opportunity to capture more images under various conditions (indoors/low light, outdoors, action, etc.) and get my act together to type it up. So far, I believe that the IQ, VF, LCD monitor, and handling are all vast improvements over the 20D. Taking photos at high ISOs and achieving low noise captures is all the rage these days. I feel that random photos I’ve taken at ISO settings up to 1600 are completely usuable. In the past, I felt comfortable shooting with my 20D mostly south of ISO 400/800. I shall pixel peep some more and shoot at even higher ISOs to see where the happy medium for me shooting with the 7D lies. Tolerance for noise, I feel, is very subjective.

There is a steep learning curve with this camera. The 7D is packed with new features that I have yet to maximize to my advantage. Coming from a 20D rather than a more recent line of XXD body makes things even more challenging. A careful read of the user’s manual is critical.

If ultimately low noise captures at high ISOs is most important to you, then a FF sensor body is the way to go rather than an APS-C sensor body. A larger pixel pitch that captures more light (at the expense of lower resolution) will help maintain low noise levels at very high ISOs. This is a key reason why the small-body FFs, such as the Nikon D700, Canon 5D/5DMkII, and Sony A900/A850, are so revered. Any of those cameras will likely outperform the 7D at high ISOs in terms of low noise captures. Moreover, they provide less DoF than APS-Cs at equivalent fields of view. However, the obvious downsides are their cost and need for big, heavy, and expensive glass.

The 7D should not be viewed as an HD camcorder replacement. Although useful to have and with slightly more shooting options as compared with the version currently offered in the 5DMkII, video capture in the 7D still suffers from lack of continuous AF. Unfortunately, the jello phenomenon (from rolling shutter) and monoaural sound (external stereo mic input is available, though) make for a less than harmonious package.

*** Please be aware that some information about potential problems with the initial batch of 7D bodies has surfaced on photography forums and elsewhere (including here on Amazon). They include difficulties with the new AF system (particularly in AI servo mode, though some users have had trouble in any AF mode) resulting in OOF photos, as well as ghosting (residual preceding images captured in subsequent images) under certain sho

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Your Questions About Sony Digital Camera Charger

Sandra asks…

Which “point and shoot” digital camera has the most features and takes the best quality pictures?

I ‘m hoping to hear from people who really know alot about the new point and shoot cameras on the market today.
I am in the market for a new camera to take on my first cruise.
I would like suggestions on up to $500.
Thank you.
(I am not worried about the camera taking videos, as I have a separate camcorder for that because I believe one cannot do justice for both pics and video).
Was going to get the Sony Cybershot model DSCW170, with 5X optical zoom and 10.1 mp, but heard few times that Sony ‘s need repair too often and that scared me off? I don’t want to have a camera that is going to break down on me, so suggest cameras that last, please. Thank you.

Pip answers:

Most cruises will offer a DVD of the cruise and include many of the passengers and their activities. You should have a chance to see the DVD and buy a copy if you like the results. Your picture looks like you are on a cruise! Bon Voyage!

While most cameras take video, and some camcorders take photos; to get the best of both, you need both. Have not seen a camera that compares with the video from a camcorder and camcorders can’t take good quality photos. Suggest the least expensive Canon Camcorder and the Canon A590IS camera.
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In new cameras, look for a viewfinder (LCD invisible in bright sun), optical image stabilizer, and check battery prices. High mega pixel settings take longer to process and may not be needed unless required for very large pictures. Maximum print size for a 3 mega pixel setting is 8 x 10 inches. Click links below for more details.
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What gives a camera its picture quality?
It is mostly the skill of the photographer that produces high quality pictures. The lens and camera are very important, but the ability to set the scene, adjust the cameras settings, and hold the camera very still or use a tripod with auto or remote shutter actuation when required is what gets the great pictures. Megapixel resolution is about potential output size, not image quality.

The Canon A590IS is a slightly older model that is available everywhere at great sale prices. Think it is a great camera and a best buy. It has auto focus, a viewfinder, optical image stabilization, and uses rechargeable NiMH batteries.
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There is no one particular place to get great buys, but you may see something above that really helps you find the best buy. Click on the second link in the information above for an example then search for your camera of choice at the upper left. Camera prices at this link change often.

For expanded wide angle or telephoto capabilities, the A590 IS is compatible with Canon’s accessory lens adapters: A small button next to the lens bezel is actually a latch; press it and you can remove the bezel ring, exposing a bayonet mount for accessory lenses. Canon offers the WC-DC52 0.7x wide-angle lens, the TC-DC52A telephoto lens, the 250D 52mm closeup lens separately, along with the LA-DC52G adapter to mount them on the camera. (Note that the wide, tele, and macro lenses all need the LA-DC52G adapter to mount them to the camera. The lenses won’t work by themselves.)

This could be the best slim line camera with a viewfinder and … It’s PINK, but it uses a $49.50 Series G Rechargeable 960mAh lithium-ion battery.
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CAUTION Do not overcharge! Batteries can be damaged. Use an automatic two or more hour Energizer Compact smart charger with temperature monitor, trickle charge technology, and safety timer ($9.76) at Walmart. Use pre-charged 2000mAh Duracell ($12.97) or RayOVac ($5.97) batteries (hold charge one year) and a full cycle charge. To preserve battery charge, use the viewfinder.

CAUTION To prevent memory card corruption, keep batteries charged and don’t delete. Wait for lights to stop flashing then turn camera off before removing memory. For card readers, double click Safely Remove Hardware. Select, then click Stop and OK.

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

Check with the Geeks in several stores and compare prices. Once you select a camera, read all about it in the owner’s manual. You can view owners manuals at this link, but will need to Login. Http:// …

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

Charles asks…

Why wont my sony digital camera charge?

i have the sony digital camera model DCR-HC26 and it refuses to charge. i tried buying a new battery and a new charging cable and it still wont work. what can i do except buy a new camera?

Pip answers:

Buy the BC-TRP from Sony. It’s the standalone charger for your batteries. It’s $60 and doesn’t require the camera to charge. Since you have a spare battery now you will be able to charge 1 battery while using the other. I

Linda asks…

Advice please about digital camera battery?

I have a Kodak V550 digital camera, It uses a Li-on battery, I would like to know to achieve maximum battery life Is it acceptable to leave the camera on the charging dock after fully charged or remove the camera from the dock after a full charge state has been achieved ? Thank you for the input.
I have read the manual throughly and this issue is NOT addressed !

Pip answers:

Consult you owner’s manual. I own a Sony and it states for maximum battery life to leave the battery on the charger for an hour after the charging light goes off.

William asks…

how do i charger my sony digital camera with a digipower universal charger?

Pip answers:

You don’t. Batteries and chargers are specific to each other. If you attempt to charge a battery not intended for a particular one of two things could happen. One the battery will do nothing or two
it could over heat and catch fire.

Buy a charger specific to your battery, nothing else.

Robert asks…

Where can I get a Digital Camera Charger?

I lost the charger for my digital camera. It is a Sony Cybershot DSC-W70 7.2MPix. I need a charger in the next 2 days. I want to know if they sell chargers for it at any store in the Portland, Oregon area. I know that I can buy one off the internet.. but I don’t want to pay for 2 day shipping because it doubles the price.


Pip answers:

If you need a charger for your camera, you might want to check the following stores in Portland Oregon.



Hope this helps. In addition, bring the manual with you to ensure that you purchase the right accessory.

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Your Questions About Nikon Digital Cameras Slr

Chris asks…

What photo equipment do I need to take professional wedding pictures?

I own a Nikon D40X digital SLR camera and I will be my brother’s wedding photographer for his wedding. I already have a zoom lens and a wide angle lens. The wedding is inside so I know I will need a better flash. I was looking at the SB-600 Nikon flash. What else do you think I will need in order to take professional quality pictures? Thank you for your input in advance.
I have done outside weddings before and the pictures came out wonderful. I do know how to take professional photos, but I have never did a wedding indoors before.

Pip answers:

Here is a link,

I’m afraid you will need more than just a good camera and flash. The most important ingredient is the photographer. Even skilled and experienced amateurs have been know to flub their first wedding shoot. I am assuming your brother knows your experience level and has seen your work. Make sure his bride is fully in on the plan, too. Unless you have been shadowing a pro wedding photographer for several weddings and also have a very good set of skills of your own, it is highly unlikely that you will produce professional looking photos. For one thing, weddings move at a pretty rapid pace and there’s not time for a lot of fiddling and trial and error. For many wedding happenings you have one shot and it has to be right. So taking a series and hoping for right exposure is out of the question.

I highly suggest you visit the venue at the same time of day as the wedding and do some test shots. Take a model with you, in fact, take two . Dress one person in white and one in black. Try some exposures with and without flash and see what you’ve got. You don’t say what lenses you have. If the venue is dark, the kit lens will not be fast enough. During the ceremony there will most likely be no flash allowed. And you may be restricted on your movement as well. In low light, a tripod is essential for the ceremony. I set it up in the back or the balcony.

My usual plan is to shoot the processional from the front with a flash. When the bride (and escort/s) reach the front the photographer often moves to the back of the church or a balcony. Occasionally you can shoot from the front. If I have a second shooter I do the front and my assistant goes for the long shots. Usually no flash is allowed throughout the ceremony. Besides being distracting, many people, especially the clergy, believe flashing disturbs the sanctity of the vows and will not allow it. I use a tripod for the ceremony shots, and either a f/1.4 or f/1.8 prime or a f/2.8 zoom, depending on how far away I am. As the ceremony draws to a close I ease my way back toward the front for the kiss. Then flash again for the recessional.

By all means you will need a good flash. The SB600 will do a good job. Nikon has an excellent iTTL flash system. Unless you are comfortable with manual flash, let the system work for you. If you can bounce or use a bouncer of diffuser you will get much more pleasing light with less specular highlights and softer shadows. But beware of underexposure while using a diffuser. Usually you have to compensate the flash output, which means you will use more battery power. I highly suggest using lithium batteries in a SB600. They hold a full charge better, but you will have to keep in mind the recycle time. Some popular diffusers are the Gary Fong Lightsphere (I use the clear) the Demb diffuser, Stofen, and betterbouncecard, I have a new one called Lightscoop that I like very well.

Here is another link especially for using flash.


Practice a lot between now and the wedding. Get a backup camera of some sort, just in case. Have lots of fresh batteries and memory. If you are not completely comfortable shooting on manual, use the program mode and check the results using the histogram. Purists will hate the idea of the P mode in a wedding, but in truth P will get the amateur in the ballpark 80% of the time. Don’t be afraid to use higher ISO. True, ISO 100 will get you much less noise, but I would rather have sharp images with some noise than clean but blurred. The D40 should be acceptable at ISO 800 if needed, of course 400 would be better. Try to get some good portraits outdoors of the B&G. Watch the highlights on the dress to avoid blowing them and having a featureless white blob of a bride. Look at some wedding sites for the “must-have” shots. Make a list and discuss them with the B&G. Have someone in charge of rounding up the people in the formals. When shooting the group formals, be the only one at the front. Command attention and get your shots first. Then let the guests snap. If you don’t take control, you will have the wedding party looking in all different directions. When you are shooting, they look at you only. Always turn people’s bodies at an angle to the lens. Don’t shoot from below. Portraits made looking up someone’s nostrils are never flattering. If you are on the short side, take a small step stool for portraits. You will be seriously amazed at the difference a foot in height can make. Pay attention to the details. Hold bouquets low in the group shots, most girls want to hold them too high. I don’t like the guys to clasp their hands in front. Hands in pockets is fine. Don’t chop off limbs at a joint. Get closeups and full length. In the full length shots, do not chop feet off. A little tilt goes a long way and tilt does not suit every image. In particular the ceremony and group portraits should be level.

Also remember that as the photographer, you will not be able to be the sister. It is a very important day for your brother and the family. But you, as the event photographer, will be shooting, planning to shoot, checking the shots, setting up shots, capturing emotions, getting details, etc etc etc. You will not have time to join the festivities or participate in the emotions of the day. You can’t chat with cousins you haven’t seen in years or visit with grandparents. You will be busy. You will probably have some difficulty with family members who don’t get it that you are working. Be kind, but firm. You are responsible for the day’s memories.

Be very sure about this. Bad feelings can happen when things go wrong. Even with the best of intentions on both sides, sometimes emotions get out of control, especially if the product isn’t as good as hoped or envisioned. Sometimes the B&G don’t realize how important good photography is until they are disappointed. So make sure everyone can handle it gracefully no matter what the outcome is. I don’t say this to overly discourage you. After all, I know nothing about your skill. You may be one of the rare newbies who can deliver great wedding images. I hope so, and also that everything will go great. Best wishes and good luck!


I meant to mention, the day is about the bride, baby! Your side of the family is groom. I’m sure you know them better and are more comfortable around folks you know well. Of course, you want to document him on his day as well. But the day is 90% about the bride. As a wedding photographer, rather than the family photographer, you will have to lean your coverage toward the bride. If you forget that, most likely you will never *forget*, or hear the end of it, probably. So go for the girls!

Steven asks…

What does the ISO feature of a SLR Digital Camera does?

I am a SLR Digital Camera beginner. I have the Nikon D90 and I am wondering what the ISO does to the picture? Does it determine how bright the picture comes out?

Pip answers:

It determines the film speed on a regular SLR camera.
Pretty much the same thing on a DSLR.
If you raise the ISO above 100, you will be able to use a higher shutter speed. Thus, preventing blur.
The higher the ISO, the less light needed to make an exposure, allowing higher shutter speeds or smaller apertures.
However, using a higher ISO might cause a “grainy” image.

Sandra asks…

Who makes better SLR Digital Cameras? Nikon or Canon?

I am shopping for one as a gift for my wife, the budget is $600
and I really like the Nikon D40 but would like some feedback as to whether the Canon Rebel is a better camera?

Pip answers:

Both cameras have their own faults and their own strenghts. The Canon Rebel, as you stated, is around 6 years old. In the Canon line it was the Canon Rebel, Rebel XT, and Rebel XTi. Also, these are digital, not like the film Canon Rebel K2/T2.

Like I said, both Nikon and Canon are both excellent brand, as are the others. Which brand is better is something someone says who wants to start a brand war, one of which has been going non stop for around 20 years.

Let me assume you are going to buy either the Nikon D40 and the Digital Rebel XT or XTi.

The Nikon D40 is strong, sturdy, solid, has a great LCD, and great image quality. However, to drive down prices, Nikon took out the motor, making it unable to autofocus with older, non AF-S lenses. This means a massive selection of lenses are taken away from your disposal. The two AF-S lenses that are cheap and available are the 18-55mm and the 55-200/VR. Both lenses are desinged for people looking for a cheap lens to fill their void. The other AF-S lenses are many times more expensive, designed for professionals, and could easily rip off the lens mount on the tiny camera.

The Canon Digital Rebel XT/XTi take very good images. Mostly in part because of its CMOS sensor. But, that’s all about I have to say for it. True story, I was going to buy my first DSLR. My choices were either the Nikon D50 or D40, or the Canon Digital Rebel XT or XTi. I was leaning for the Canon since I had a Canon film camera. I picked up the DR XT and was stunned at how awful it felt. I really thought it was a toy at first. The layout sucked as well. I then felt the DR XTi. It was a bit better, but still felt cheaply designed.
Then, I picked up a Nikon D50. The difference was amazing! It was sturdy, strong, and well built. I then picked up the D40. It was a bit small, smaller than I would like, but it still felt good and strong. That day, I left with a Nikon D50.

My other concerns with Canon is that the lens selection is great, but most of these lenses are cheaply made. That is not true for the L series, and some of the cheaper lenses, but for the most part, they are not the best optically. So, if you do go with Canon, look to spend another $500 on a decent lens. The kit lens that comes with them is junk.

One more thing about their lenses. The 50mm 1.8, the lens that every photographer should have, is no where near the quality of Nikon, or the Pentax’s version. This is a shame, since the 50mm 1.8 is a cheap, great lens; well, for Nikon. This is why the Nikon version is $130, while the Canon is around $70.

If you go with Nikon, and plan to get into photography, I would suggest skip the D40, and buy a used D70s, D50, or D100. All three are great cameras, and will AF with all Nikon lenses, and work properly with those made since the 1970s. Canon cannot claim this, since they switched from the FD mount back in the 1990s. With either of these three cameras, you get great quality, and a massive selction of lenses. With any of these three cameras, you’ll virtually have no problems.

Well, that’s about it. I suggest Nikon=quality, lenses, build, and much more.

Hope this helped.

Mark asks…

Nikon D40 Digital SLR Camera?

Anyone know if this is a decent camera? And with 6.1 Megapixel is there a camera out there at around the same price with more? do the megapixels matter that much?

And also for the same price are there any better cameras? I have found this camera for £260.

Thanks for your answers!

Pip answers:

The Nikon D40 Is A Really Nice Camera

despite it’s six megapixel resolution, you can still get loads of detail. You have to remember: the sensor on a digital SLR is physically much larger, and can cover more, and get more details in the shot. This isn’t a point and shoot camera, so it’s not like a six megapixel point and shoot camera, the quality on the d40 will be much better in practice.

I own this camera: and here’s some pictures i’ve taken with it:

that’s what i can get from this camera, the quality is very nice, i also have a six megapixel point and shoot camera, and the quality is so different, they really can’t be compared. The d40 is 470$ Us dollars for a reason, because it’s a digital SLR, and when used right, the images will be just fantastic. Trust me, you don’t need to worry about the D40′s Six megapixels.

When it comes to better cameras, there’s none for the price. There’s the XT which is a nice camera, but it’s not better for any reason. The D40 is much better.

If you have any questions about this camera

email me:

Laura asks…

Nikon Digital SLR Cameras.?

Does anybody own a Nikon that is easy to use and it works good?
I want one for my birthday.
Which Nikon Digital SLR Camera is your favorite?

Pip answers:

Nikon DSLR’s are excellent cameras. Here are the results from last years consumers observations.


My new favorite Nikon is now the D300 … A truley amazing camera body.

The Nikon D40 is perhaps one of the best entry level DSLR’s available at this time. Under $470 for the camera and a AF-S 18-55 mm ED lens.

The Nikon’s work so well, they are the choice of may pro photographers.

Easy? If you start using the program mode, then yes, but they have enough features, you can go beyond that and start taking total control of your cameras features

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Your Questions About Digital Photography Tips

Steven asks…

Where can i find good photography tips?

I’m new to photography and find it very interesting. Looking for some good sites that will help.

Pip answers:


There’s 3 that are useful.

Mark asks…

Websites for digital photography?

I’m looking for online resources that provide tips and information on digital photography techniques and equipment (such as the best computer/printer etc.) Thanks.

Pip answers:


Mary asks…

How can you take good photography with a normal digital camera?

like nature photography? any tips?

Pip answers:

I don’t know what you mean by a “normal” digital camera, but I will assume you mean the typical point and shoot pocket size digital.

You can do some things to help, but to cut to the chase of it all, you can only get adequate photography with a camera such as that. Your question is like asking “how can I win a Grand Prix race with my Chevy Aveo”? Sorry, it just is not going to happen, you have an inferior tool for the job.

A “normal” digital camera gives you very little control. It is by design made to try to get a photo without the operator having to think or know anything about photography. Photos can never be more than average at best.

The number one thing you can do to help is KNOW your camera and all that it is capable of doing. Even the most basic point and shoots will usually have some form of exposure compensation. You can use this to your advantage in tricky lighting situations. You also need to understand composition. Good composition is needed no matter what camera you use. Study the entire scene and learn about the rule of thirds.

Know how to use the flash properly, which means knowing when to turn it OFF and when to put it in fill flash mode.

Use a tripod. Know how to use the self timer so you don’t cause blur by pressing the shutter release.

Set the ISO to no higher than ISO 100. Small digital cameras have horrid electronic “noise” specks at higher ISO. Keep the ISO low and use the tripod for those long shutter exposures.

Always shoot with the camera at it’s highest quality and largest size setting.

Bottom line, you CAN get decent photos with those cameras, but like ANY camera that is used, the PHOTOGRAPHER and his knowledge and skill is what REALLY makes “good photography”.


Linda asks…

What are good photography websites?

What are some good websites to look up good photography tips And forums with critques if you can help me out thanks!

Pip answers:


plus hundreds of others if you do a search.

Carol asks…

What photography tips would you offer to a complete novice?

what effects can be achieved by playing with the shutter speed and perture settings? i have superzoom camera (yes i know its not a digital slr, that’s on my christmas wish list this year) and i want to do a bit of experimenting. nice one bruv!

thanks shea shea, awesome advice, it does have manual exposure, there’s actually many settings on it to the point its quite daunting where to begin etc

Pip answers:

Playing with the shutter speed will affect how much motion blur you will get in the final image – fast shutter speeds will ‘freeze’ motion, slow shutter speeds will blur it ( an extreme example is light trails from cars where the exposure is over several seconds). Don’t forget the relationship between shutter speed & aperture – if you have your shutter open for longer, you’ll need to ‘stop down’ the aperture (ie go to a bigger number) to prevent over exposure. If your shutter speed is very fast, you’ll need to open up the aperture (ie smaller f number) to get enough light to prevent under exposure.

Aperture is one of the factors that controls depth of field (the others are focal length of the lens and the distance from the camera to the subject). Depth of field is the amount of your picture that is in focus, in front of and behind your actual point of focus.
A small aperture (eg f16, f22) will produce a large depth of field (everything from the foreground to the background will be in focus – good for landscapes). A large aperture (f2.8, f1.8) will produce a very shallow depth of field (your subject will be in focus, but things in front and behind will be blurred – this is good for portraiture or any situation where you want to isolate the subject from the background which might be distracting).

I can thoroughly recommend Bryan Petersons book;

which offers simple advice and good examples.

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Your Questions About Digital Cameras At Walmart

Nancy asks…

Whats a really good digital camera with great video quality to take to concerts?

I want a digital camera to take to concerts so i can record with really great audio and video quality and to also take great pictures. A simple camera that is inexpensive.

Pip answers:

Sony cybershot!!! Awesome!!! Get atLEAST 7 megapixils….you wont be sorry!!! Pretty cheap too.. I think they even sell them at walmart now

Mary asks…

Where’s the cheapest place online to get name brand digital cameras?

I’ve been looking for a decent point and shoot digital camera, maybe a Kodak easy share or something similar. Ive checked ebay, amazon, even best buy, circuit city and walmart but all of them are $150 and up. Anyone know where I can get maybe a used one for cheaper??

Pip answers:

At $150 or less, you’re probably getting a cheap (as in, “junk”) digital camera, even though it’s a brand name.

This is because few manufacturers make those cheap digicams anymore. They get a third party to manufacture for them and them put their brand sticker on.

IMHO, the best “cheap” digicams that are not “junk” are the Canon A series.

Michael asks…

Can you take a memory card from a digital video camera to a store to get the videos on a DVD?

I know you can take a digital camera’s memory card to places like Walmart and get them printed and onto a cd easy. Can you do the same with a video camera memory card? Mine is full and has LOTS of videos on it and I don’t want to go through with the hassle of uploading them and burning them myself. So does anyone know if there are places that will do it for me?

Pip answers:

Yes, but that would actually be a waste of your time if you have a computer with a DVD burner, which you probably do if it is fairly new. There are tons of programs to do this, as some people have already said. This way you don’t waste gas money and time going to wal-mart, or wherever it is you want to go, and you don’t have to pay them. All you need is a DVD-R. You can even do it with burnable CDs, but they only play in some DVD players, and a DVD can hold over 5X more. You should also consider burning your pictures to a CD from your home computer, much the same way as a DVD. Many companies sell or give away programs online that can be just as easy as going to wal-mart.

Basically you need a few things, which you may already have:
1. Computer
2. Burnable DVDs
3. Memory card reader (may come with computer) or a cable to connect your camera to your computer (usually comes with camera)
4. DVD-RW drive (probably comes with computer)
5. Program to write the DVDs to the computer.

It is very easy to learn how to do and once you get the hang of it you will be able to make multiple DVDs just as fast as your computer can burn them.

But if you want to, you can still just take your card to a store and have them make it for you. You can even do it with old VHS tapes.

Charles asks…

How Do You Get Pictures Stored In A Digital Camera Developed?

Just bought my first digital camera but the manual doesn’t seem to cover how to print pics stored in the camera’s memory–not on a SD memory card. Do I take the camera itself to Costco or Walmart and have them download the pics or is there something else to do first?

Pip answers:

Do you have an SD card? Because you could actually transfer the pictures from your camera’s memory onto the card. It will be somewhere in the menu.
If you don’t have an SD card, then I would suggest uploading the pictures onto your computer and then burning them to CD, and taking the CD to get developed.
A final option if you can’t or don’t want to upload the pics to your computer is taking the camera and cables directly to a photofinishing store. I wouldn’t think that places like Costco or Wal-Mart could do it (but you never know), but I think that a proper photo store could upload your pictures from your camera and develop them for you that way.
Hope that helped a little!

David asks…

How do you transfer digital photos from a digital camera to my computer?

I was thinking of buying a digital camera. For example the Canon PowerShot SD600. How will I get the photos I took on the camera to my computer?

Pip answers:

Trust me on this – don’t mess with the software which comes with the camera, just go to WalMart and get a $15 multicard reader. Just plug it in to your USB port and leave it. Then take your card out of your camera and plug it into the reader, and transfer the pictures using Windows Explorer. So easy. Great model for you to pick by the way, I have an SD630 and absolutely love it. Good luck.

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