Archive for October, 2008

Digital Camera Battery Tips

Thursday, October 30th, 2008
digital cameras
Camera-battery.org asked:


Battery Conservation Tips

Are you always running out of battery power just before you take that perfect picture with your digital camera? Here are some

tips to conserve your batteries when you are out “snapping away”.

1) Turn off your digital camera when not in use. If you are in a situation where you must snap pictures quickly, this may not

apply as turning digital cameras on and off take a few seconds, and may cause you to miss a picture-taking opportunity.

However, if you are taking a leisurely stroll and can afford a couple of seconds before snapping a still subject, by all

means, conserve your digital camera’s energy!

2) Many digital cameras have a regular viewfinder and an LCD viewfinder. While the digital LCD viewfinder has its benefits,

it can drain battery power. Turn it off when applicable and use your regular viewfinder for taking pictures.

3) Don’t stop after taking every photo and look at the picture in your digital camera’s playback mode. Granted, you sometimes

need to look at photos immediately after shooting them in order to make sure your exposure is correct, the lighting is ok,

etc., but doing this does use up your digital camera’s battery power.

4) If you are using MicroDrive media, be forewarned that these miniature hard drives may take up quite more power than

Compact Flash cards.

Taking care of you new battery pack

Normally, a new battery pack comes in a very low charge condition and must be fully charged before use. Refer to the user

manual of your portable electronic equipment for charging instructions. A new battery pack needs to be fully charged and

fully discharged or “cycled” as much as five times to condition them into performing at full capacity. Your equipment may

report a fully charge condition in as short as 10 to 15 minutes when the new battery pack is being charged for the first

time. This is a normal phenomenon especially for Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) chemistries. When

this happens, remove the battery pack and let it cool

down for about fifteen minutes then repeat the charging procedure. “Conditioning” (fully discharging and then fully charging)

is necessary so as to maintain the optimum performance of a battery pack, and is recommended at least once a month

particularly for Ni-Cd and Ni-MH batteries. Failure to do so could result in reduced charge capacity and can significantly

shorten the battery packs useful life. Lithium Ion batteries do not require conditioning. It is normal for a battery pack to

get warm when charging and during use. However, if the battery pack gets excessive hot, here may be a problem with the

portable electronic equipments charging circuit and should therefore be checked by a qualified technician. Rechargeable

batteries undergo self-discharging when left unused for long periods of time. This is normal particularly in the case of Ni-

MH and Li-ion chemistries. For best results, always store a battery pack fully charged. It should be removed from the

equipment and kept in a cool, dry and clean place. The amount of runtime a battery pack produces depends on the power

requirements of components in your electronic equipment.

Don’t let under-charged batteries keep you from taking great photos.

If you infrequently use your digital camera, you may think that you after you use your digital camera, recharge your NiMH

batteries, wait a few weeks or months, then use your digital camera again, that your batteries will be charged and you’ll be

ready to snap photos, right?

Oops… Do that and you’ll be stuck with a non-functioning digital camera or one that just blinks a picture showing a dead

battery.

Rechargeable batteries don’t stay charged forever. They tend to lose a little bit of their power every day. If you charge

your batteries and frequently use your digital camera, you will probably never notice this loss of power. However, after a

couple of weeks, the power loss may be noticeable, and after a couple of months or longer of non-use, those once ready-to-go

batteries may have lost enough power to make them unusable.

Don’t get caught in this trap. Always charge your batteries before every trip, and make sure to use a battery charger with a sensor that prevents over-charge.

more info: http://www.camera-battery.org



How to Buy Discount Digital Cameras

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
digital cameras
Russ Snapper asked:


Many brands of discount digital cameras are available from manufacturers such as Kodak, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus and Canon amongst others.

Why these cameras are discounted?  The reasons could be like they have been over purchased with a lot of stocks left or it could be a means of making you enter their store. Websites use discounted items to grab your attention to their website many times. Online purchasing has emerged as a large market and it can save some money to the company when you purchase online. As expenses such as opening a store, paying out salaries for employees, purchasing shelves and other fixtures are not incurred, these savings can be passed on to you to some extent.

By saving money on the purchase of discount digital camera, you will feel great as by not paying the full price, you still have the same quality. The digital cameras are exactly the same as the difference here exists only on the price. Hence, why should you pay an expensive price as you can get the same camera when you purchase it on a discount?  With the money thus saved, you can buy other great add-ons for your digital camera.

Finding discount digital cameras is easier over websites. The question is which digital camera to choose. You can find discount digital cameras from most major digital camera manufacturers. You should have a basic idea of the options, features and brand name of the digital camera you want to buy. You can also find from sale bills and newspapers about different types and brands of digital cameras along with the prices offered at many stores. Some times, though the deals are advertised over the web, they may not have them in their stores. Earlier the digital cameras had one thing in common when compared with non-digital cameras, (i.e.) an expensive price tag. However the cost of digital cameras has dropped so much recently that you can purchase a digital camera for less than $250.

When buying a discount camera, you have to be aware of at least the buzzword ‘Megapixel’ related with digital cameras. Megapixel refers to the number of pixels available per million or the resolution of the image. This is important to be considered because Megapixel directly relates to the image quality obtained. The factors such as budget, mega pixels, exposure control, battery life, user controls and Zoom lens are all important while making a choice of a camera and to get the best out of it. Knowing these features will save you time when you start looking for a discounted digital camera.

You have to understand also the type of software that is needed for the discount camera you have planned to buy. Because all digital cameras do not use the same software for storing or to transfer the photos from the camera to the computer. Make sure that the software supplied will be compatible with your computer, without the need for upgrading your older computer for the sake of having the photos on your computers.

If you don’t have an idea of the features you need, you can also then search by brand name of the digital camera and read all about the various models offered. Still, Price should not be the only factor when you shop for discount cameras, but also certain basic features.



Finding a Discount Digital Camera

Friday, October 24th, 2008
digital cameras
Matt Peters asked:


If you have a passion for photography but don’t exactly have a lot of cash, finding a suitable camera may be hard for you. Digital cameras don’t come cheap because of the numerous features involved that are lacking in the traditional manual camera. But you don’t have to fret about how much you have to cash out because a discount digital camera is actually available.

A discount digital camera is a camera that is being sold for a lesser price because either it has already gone out of fashion or the manufacturer has already produced a more advanced model. Discount digital cameras come in two kinds – brand-new and used. For some, it is better to buy a specific camera several months to a year after its release because it is cheaper. Though new cameras offer a wider range of features, a discount digital camera offers close to the same features though they can be a bit out of date. You can find discount digital cameras from Discount Camera in the San Francisco Bay area.

Discount digital cameras surfaced when digital cameras broke into the single-use trade. This means that products are used only once and then returned. With a single-use camera, the amount of pictures to be taken is set on a certain limit. After using the camera, it is then sold for a lesser price. The popularity of this market eventually led to the dropping of the prices of newly released cameras. Consumers are predisposed to buy cheaper cameras due to tight budgets. Only avid photographers splurge on highly expensive cameras for better image quality.

The drop of the price point resulted in a fierce competition, which is inevitable in any consumer market. Most manufacturers today compensate through a barrage of advertisements. Features are either highlighted or omitted, depending on the target audience. So it is tasking to select the best digital camera. Even choosing a discount digital camera is difficult. What you have to remember is the reason why you are buying a camera at all. If it is just for recreational use, then you will find a lot of cameras that will suit you. They are relatively cheap compared to high-end professional digital cameras.

When choosing a discount digital camera, you have to check for cuts and scratches if it is used. You also need to measure its performance; image quality, type of battery and media, zoom performance and megapixels. Color sharpness is important in any digital camera. Your only issue with it is choosing the camera with the best image quality that is within your budget. Ensure that the batteries you need aren’t expensive or if the camera needs a special type of battery to be operational. You also have to consider the memory stick or card that comes with your camera. Take into account its compatibility with your equipment. With zoom performance, you only need to check the optical zoom. Digital zoom is equally important but not as much as optical zoom. If your camera has a high optical zoom, this prevents your image from getting broken into minute pixels when you enlarge it. The degree of megapixels assures you of the quality of the image.

To find a discount digital camera, you only have to scope out your local area. By being resourceful, you just need a little cash to support a lifetime hobby.



The New Features of the Canon Eos Rebel Digital Camera

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
digital cameras
Muna wa Wanjiru asked:


Canon, which is well known throughout the world for its quality cameras, released the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera on August 20th of 2003. At this time there were other well known digital cameras on the market but the new features of the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera made this digital camera well worth looking into.

The various camera experts who have reviewed this Canon camera state that the price tag of $900 makes this a moderately priced digital camera that you can buy in various countries around the world.

If you are looking to buy your camera outside of the United States you might want to be aware of what the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera is called in other countries. For instance the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera will be called the Canon EOS 300D in Europe and in Japan you will hear it being referred to as the Kiss Digital.

For the digital camera enthusiast there is also a Canon EOS Rebel digital camera kit that can be bought. This kit contains an EF-S 18-55 mm 3x lens. The price of the entire digital camera kit is $100, more than the single camera.

The various specifications of the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera include a 6 megapixel CMOS sensor and image processor. The sensor and image processor are housed in the inexpensive plastic body of the digital camera.

To help their customers buy this camera the people at Canon have given the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera a pentamirror instead of a pentaprism. These various modifications have helped to reduce the cost of this camera, which therefore makes this digital camera more affordable.

There are a host of new features that you can find in the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera. These features include contrast, saturation and sharpness settings which can be adjusted for your various needs. There is also a new default parameter setting on the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera which is referred to as Parameter 1.

The Canon EOS Rebel digital camera was the first digital camera to support the use of a new lens called EF-S. The S in the lens’s name stands for short back focus. This lens can only be used with the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera as the other Canon Rebel series cameras will not have the necessary support for this lens.

For the enthusiastic novice or professional photographer, the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera is for you. The many great interesting features and functions to be found on the camera coincide very nicely with the reasonable price tag on it which only makes the camera more appealing.



Canon Digital Camera: the Better Way to Move in Past

Saturday, October 18th, 2008
digital cameras
Jayson Pablo asked:


There was an era when the past good times that we had lived happily were the matters of our memories only. With every new joy, those good times of past were being vanished from our memories and re-living them became so hard for all of us. Then the age of Art arrived and we all learnt to stock our memoirs in the form of paintings and sculptures. However, the boundaries of these methods were limited and hectic. The human culture was demanding more, then, in 1660’s the English Scientist Robert Boyle with his assistant Robert Hooke developed the first portable camera. This device was capable of capturing the events, thus, the humankind found their way to re-live their life. From the day of its inception, the camera has seen various changes in its style, performance, capabilities and looks.

From camera obscure to the modern analog cameras, the history of cameras is itself a legend. The concept of logarithmic camera was first reached its destination in the year 1972 and we got our first bona fide digital camera in the year 1990 with the name-tag of Logitech Fotoman. This camera made the use of CCD Image Sensor; it had the capability of storing the pictures digitally and making them available to download them in PC. From the year 1991, various companies such as Kodak, Fuji, Sony and others started manufacturing the High-end Digital cameras on very large scale. Their attractive products ranged from Simply Digital to the Professional Digital SLRs. When we aim these cameras at the object and fiddle with the shutter release button, the camera robotically focuses on the object and digitally takes a reading of the obtainable light and then with the help of the processor, CCD and ADC it interpolates the pixels to create crystal clear pictures.

Nowadays, having a digital camera is a non-stop passion for every one. There are many companies in the market, who manufactures these digital photographic engines, but some of them are prodigious. Canon is also among those prodigy masters. This giant offers very huge range of products from different categories. They also offer a superior range of digital still and video cameras. Canon Digital Cameras are one of the most significant products that are currently available in the market. These cameras employ high-quality features and tools to make them more efficient in the terms of quality and performance. These numerical photographic machines hold high-quality mechanism and the superb understanding of all colours so that they can easily tender the eye-pleasant lively images. Fathered in the year 1937, the Canon is now one of the biggest companies that offer qualitative technology for the cameras and optics. This company has redefined the way the world look at its past.

Canon has mind-blowing categories of digital cameras in its shelf. These categories hold the range of all way simple cameras to the superbly effective professional ones. These categories are- Digital Compact Cameras and Digital SLR Cameras. The Digital Compact Camera Category is consisting of two superb series named as IXUS and the PowerShot. Both of these series offers the cameras of astounding styles and great performances. The IXUS includes the cameras that are known as the ultimate Style Icons and combines unending grace with the avant-garde technology. In addition, the PowerShot series covers the range of point-and-shoot cameras. These masterpieces are amazing in looks and they capture brilliant images to cater the photographic feel of all levels. Digital IXUS860, Digital IXUS950, Digital IXUS960, PowerShot G9, PowerShot S5, and PowerShot SX100 are some of the highlights of the IXUS and PowerShot Series.

Whereas, the EOS Series of Digital SLR Cameras are the most widespread approach Digital SLRs. These digital cameras provide sparkling and snappish images with every shot. These cameras are admired and appraised by the photographers worldwide. Ranging from 10.1 MegaPixels to the latest 21 MegaPixels of superior CMOS resolutions, the EOS Digital SLR Cameras are making the world our playground, where we can reach to the new dimension creativity. If the life is all about finding new things then the Canon Digital Cameras are the ever-best things to find and explore.



The Basics of Digital Camera Care

Monday, October 13th, 2008
digital cameras
Roberto Sedycias asked:


Your digital camera is an expensive and sophisticated possession. It is a long-term investment and hence, worth protecting. This delicate gadget needs special care and attention at all times for better performance. Though most of us know the importance of taking care of a digital camera, barely anyone go for the safe and proper way to do that. Everyone knows that the camera body and lens should be handled with care as they are prone to damage and scratches. But few people know that there are also some other aspects that are ctritical to the digital camera care. Just put in some efforts and follow some basic tips and make your precious camera perform efficiently for years.

Camera Lens:

Lens is the most important part of your digital camera; it is the window towards the outside world. A small scratch or spot on the lens will destroy the whole picture. Hence, care should be taken to keep it clean but not by touching with the fingers directly. If there is any dust, first try to blow it up, if it is still there wipe it with a soft lens cleaning tissue or you can use a lens brush or lens blower. You can even find lens cleaners specifically meant for digital camera. Do not forget to cover the lens while the digital camera is not in use.

Delicate Parts of the Camera:

Memory card is one of the most delicate components of your digital camera. You may find CompactFlash, SD or MMC cards in your camera. They are small and play a vital role while taking snaps. The other delicate part of your digital camera is camera panel. You need to handle all these delicate components carefully.

Battery:

Taking care of the batteries also comes under digital camera care. Getting the right kind of battery will enhance the performance of the digital camera. Clean the battery component and remove the batteries while the camera is not in use for long time.

Storage:

Another important thing is to turn off the camera while you are not using it. The care of a digital camera also depends on how you are storing it. Make sure that you are keeping it away from any kind of magnet. Magnet in any form may affect the circuitry of the digital camera. It is also essential to store your camera against condensation. Put the silica gel capsules in the storage box of your digital camera to prevent condensation. If you are storing your digital camera for a long duration, there could be corrosive leaks from the battery over the time. You can take the batteries out of the camera in such case. Temperature is one important aspect of consideration while storing camera. Keep your camera away from extremely cold or hot temperature.

Travelling:

We prefer to store each and every memory of our holiday trip or any other trip. Photographs are the best way to preserve the memory for a life time. Everyone likes to take the camera so that they can capture every single moment worth remember. A delicate device like digital camera should be taken care of properly while travelling. Take a digital camera case with you in your trips. It is safer and can protect your camera from scratches. Security is the main concern. Remember to insure your digital camera as the chances of robbery increases when you are travelling.

Your digital camera is a real treasure as it costs a lot of money. Taking care is something that you ca not avoid if you want to use it for a years. Apply every single tip you know to take care of your camera and keep its performance intact for ever.



Beginning Photography Tips, Comparing Different Digital Camera Features

Thursday, October 9th, 2008
digital cameras
mike legg asked:


When we are ready to buy a digital camera we need to look at various facts. These facts will help us to compare digital camera features and eventually decide which digital camera we wish to buy. Using a few beginning photography tips will help us identify the many features that can be present in the various digital cameras as we will need to isolate the main points and features of interest to you.

By narrowing this field of comparison we can look for only the items that will help us take great looking photographs. Among these items to be compared can be the amount of pixels that are offered in each type of digital camera.

To compare digital camera features like this you should have access to a buyer’s guide that will inform you about the amount of pixels that can be found in a digital camera. The higher the amount of pixels will normally mean that your photograph quality will be much better than one with fewer pixels…

You can also compare digital camera features to see if a digital camera is suited for someone who is beginning photography, the amateur photographer, semi-serious photographer, the serious amateur who is looking to better their photographic craft or even professional photographers.

The various information that you can find about digital cameras will let you see what different features are present in a certain digital camera. You will also see when you are looking to compare digital camera features of two or three digital cameras, if these digital cameras have the ability to turn your pictures into sepia, or can be used for black and white digital photography or soft focus pictures with the use of filters.

As you compare digital camera features it is necessary to see what types of shooting modes are present in the digital cameras that you want. There should be indications about the focusing and flash capabilities of different digital cameras like Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Minolta and even Pentac digital cameras.

These beginning photography tips will help you to compare digital camera features that are of a technical nature. There are other sources of information like photography magazines that will let you compare digital features that allow you to take photographs with special effects.

These effects can be how a zoom feature works to give you an unexpected shot from a totally new angle or the way that you can change the focus of a picture by cropping the surrounding areas of your subject.

To take great looking pictures it also helps to have a digital camera that provides you with many different helpful features. The many different sources that you can use like a digital photography magazine, internet articles, and even digital camera buyer’s guides will allow you to compare digital camera features.

Using these few beginning photography tips of comparing the different features of cameras you can select the best type of digital camera that is suited for your needs. To compare digital camera features you need all of these different sources. This way you have a wide choice of digital cameras to look at.



Mini Digital Camera: a Buyer’s Guide

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
digital cameras
Russ Snapper asked:


A Mini digital camera can be a best travel companion if you love to travel and are constantly on the move. The mini digital camera is most preferred now for travelers and photographers because of its small and unique size and easy to use features. To use this ultra compact camera, you don’t need to be a professional photographer. But you can be a good photographer with the enhanced resolution offered by the small sized camera that improves the quality of ordinarily photographed items also.

The availability of the following features can be checked out before you buy a mini digital camera.

Megapixel rating: Giving attention to this rating helps you to estimate the volume of information stored with each photograph taken. Resolution of the photographs depends on the Megapixel rating. Mini digital cameras have higher Megapixel ratings for storing more information and for getting great quality enlargements. For most of the pictures that fall under 4 x 6, a minimum of 3 mega pixels will be good for your camera.

Batteries: Battery usage is to be determined before you buy a mini digital camera. With a set of batteries, most bad cameras produce around 50 shots. However ensure that your enhanced mini digital camera produces around 500 shots with a set of batteries. Rechargeable AA batteries can be used for a longer duration of time and is beneficial and economical in the long run.

Other Features:It is advisable to choose a mini digital camera that is fast. When the shutter is pressed, time is taken for processing an image and this time gap varies for different cameras. Some cameras have a time gap of 5 seconds and for taking a second snap, you have to wait for that time. Due to shutter lag also, time can be consumed. Shutter lag is the time taken for the auto focus feature to terminate and then trip the shutter to start. Therefore ensure that your mini digital camera is really fast. Also ensure that your mini digital camera is having an optical zoom rate of 5X to 10X for getting better zoom for having close-up shots.

The mini digital cameras have an Inbuilt LCD screen, which helps you to frame the shot before clicking. You can immediately view the picture after clicking. Most mini digital cameras have autofocus feature and you have to ensure that this feature is fast. For a mini digital camera having a zoom factor of 10X and above, ensure that it has image stabilization to remove the shaking effect caused while taking pictures. Mini Digital cameras beautifully capture your moments of joy with least effort.

As an example, we will now look at the features of a Key chain Mini Digital Camera, MiniDIG. Some key features are Flash; Auto Formats; JPEG; White balance; Auto Shutter; Auto Resolution; 640×480, 320×240; Pop-up viewfinder; EV compensation; Auto System compatibility and Windows 98/SE/2000/XP.

The key chain mini digital camera is tiny and small enough to fit onto a keychain and however has an internal memory of 16MB SDRAM and 300K CMOS sensor. This inexpensive, cute looking Digital Camera is a great little device to take along for spot photos for insurance claims or during vacation holidays and serves as an exciting addition to your keychain. This can also be a wonderful gift for children looking to have their first camera.



Digital Cameras : Snap the Memorable Moments

Friday, October 3rd, 2008
digital cameras
Alden Jerry asked:


Restoring the rare moment of one’s life is the most beautiful and expensive possession. The memories of childhood, the convocation ceremony in the college and the lonely walk at old age are the special moments for everyone. All these moments can be captured with a simple click of soft button and can be stored for life-long memory.

A digital camera captures video or still photographs digitally by recording images on a light-sensitive sensor. There are also many digital camera which can record sound and moving videos as well as still photographs. Restoring the photographs is one of the prime functions of digital camera. With the captured images manipulation can be done through digital cameras, it has all the features for making changes to photographs.

Digital cameras are becoming smaller day by day and the features are also increasing in it. The choice of digital camera depends with the requirement of the user. There are various category of digital cameras like the compact digital cameras, ultra compacts, bridge cameras, digital single lens reflex cameras, line-scan camera, compact digital SLRs and digital SLRs.

This days digital cameras are used in many devices from mobile phones to personal digital assistants and vehicles. The Hubble space telescope and other astronomical devices are having specialised digital cameras. There are high-tech digital cameras available in the market with which one can take underwater photographs. The underwater digital cameras are very useful in capturing sealife, scuba diving and something artistic under the sea.

Taking some underwater pictures is everyone’s dream and while exploring the deep sea, one can take photographs and can save magical memories that can be relived until the next undersea adventure. These photographs about looking into the eyes of rarely seen creatures can be permanent recorded from the underwater digital cameras. There are various underwater digital cameras namely sea and sea DX-1G compact digital 10.0 MP camera, Intova IC-700 7.0 MP digital camera with underwater housing, Sealife SL 320 Reef master mini underwater digital camera, VuPoint DC-WPC-ST531TBLK-VP underwater digital camera and many more.

The most important accessory of a digital camera is the memory card. It is used to store the pictures taken on digital cameras. The memory card in the digital camera can be equated with hard disks in computers. The memory card varies in capacity and the additional memory cards are generally either 128 MB or 265 MB. Memory Stick, Compact Flash and Smart Media, etc. are all different type of memory cards. The use memory card is dependent on the users camera type, the memory card can be re-used, once saving the required photographs on the computer, or copying them on a CDs etc. The most commonly used card in digital cameras is the 16 MB cards, and most of the digital cameras make use of removable storage memory for the purpose of recording images.

There are also cheap digital cameras available in the market; these camera are very handy and useful for all purpose. The cheap digital cameras is equipped with all the high-technology features and are very result oriented. The presence of this type of camera can be felt in the market, where it has a good share in the revenue. Many renowned companies are coming up with cheap digital cameras to cater the demand of the customers and to capture the market. This cheap digital cameras are second to none in terms of quality and durability as compare to any digital camera available in the market.

The demand for digital cameras are increasing with each passing day with some brilliant and high-tech digital camera in the market. The manufacturers are catering to the demand with all new features added everyday in the cameras.