Shooting From the Hip: Digital Cameras
We’ll never look back and talk wistfully about ‘The Glory Days of Digital Photography’. The sheer pace of progress ensures that today’s wonder-camera is tomorrow’s paperweight. That said, we’re in a real sweet spot right now – the latest digital cameras are way ahead of those from just a few years back.PC World Staff | Wednesday, January 19 2011
If $400 sounds a bit much for a beginner camera, rest assured that the extra money you’re spending means that you’re getting a really capable all- rounder with no annoying issues or compromises. The JZ500 is small enough to live in a pocket but has a sharp 28mm wide-angle lens with a very decent 10x optical zoom, 14MP sensor, programmable face detection technology, pet detection, HD video and tracking autofocus.
More info: fujifilm.co.nz
Nikon Coolpix P7000
This is Nikon’s flagship compact and as such, it’s loaded with advanced features including a large 10MP high ISO capable sensor and a fast 28-200mm lens. It has a high resolution 3-inch, 921,000 dot LCD screen (as found on high-end DSLRs), full manual controls, RAW file capture (again just like DSLRs) and dedicated external dials for quick access to important camera functions. The P7000 isn’t tiny but it’s perfect for someone who needs a serious camera without the bulk of an interchangeable lens type.
More info: nikon.co.nz
Canon EOS 5DMkII
This was the first DSLR to offer HD video capabilities, which has since gone on to be a essential part of any DSLR’s functionality. As well as world class video, the 5DMkII has a 21.1MP full frame sensor that when paired with Canon’s extensive L-Series lens range, produces some of the most gorgeous images you’ve ever seen.
RRP: $4,499 (body only)
More info: canon.co.nz
1. Be clear about your needs. If you shoot a lot of wildlife and birds, you’ll need a good zoom range with effective image stabilisation but if you shoot people and landscapes, then a wide angle lens is more important as it allows you to fit more into the frame.
2. Accessories. Budget for a memory card, case and where appropriate camera bags, cleaning kits and rechargeable batteries. Keep an eye open for bundles.
3. Secure Digital (SD) card. You should aim to buy a reasonable-sized memory card so you can shoot at your camera’s maximum resolution (4-8GB is about all you need unless you shoot HD video). The only reason to shoot low res images is when you know they’ll only be used online.
4. Lenses. If you’re buying a hybrid or DSLR camera, look out for a twin lens kit because these cameras come into their own with multiple lenses. Alternatively, there are some excellent superzoom DSLR lenses that cover zoom ranges such as 18-250mm.
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