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Camera Wars – DSLR

The DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera class is currently the top tier in digital photography.  With interchangeable lenses, super high-resolution and complete control over settings, the DSLR really gives the user professional results.

The inner workings of an SLR (and now DSLR) have remained mostly unchanged for the last 50 years.  (If it ain’t broke…)  The basic idea behind the design is a hinged mirror that bounces light from the lens to the viewfinder (for framing).  When the trigger is pressed, the mirror flips out-of-the-way, exposing the film.  Hence the name, Single Lens Reflex.

There are a couple key points to think about when purchasing a DSLR.  First off, the Sensor size is going to determine how much image you can get into each shot.  Smaller sensors show less, effectively cropping the attainable size of your picture.  Go to a camera shop and try out different sizes to find which works best for you.

You’ll also want to consider things like shutter speed for continuous shooting, image stabilization systems, and the overall size and weight of the camera.

For a large purpose like this, it’s really best to get a feel for the camera in person at a local camera shop.  If you are taking the step into a serious hobby, make sure you plan ahead.  This investment will lead to others (lenses, cases, accessories, etc), so choose wisely.

We’d recommend giving the Canon 5D Mark II some serious consideration.  It’s a solid camera with a sturdy body and tons of features.

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Camera Wars – Travel Zoom

Travel zoom cameras are a fairly new class, consisting of bite-sized cameras with over 10x optical zoom.  And let’s face it, being able to pull a camera out of your pocket and get a close up shot of the bank robbery two blocks away is pretty freakin cool.

The name of the game here is versatility.  This class of camera gives the amateur photographer ease of use, portability and room to grow.  For the seasoned pro, there are enough options and controls to capture a more professional image.

So what’s the Catch?  The trade-off for this amount of zoom in the compact body is the sensor.  The sensor is not as big as you’ll find in a DSLR (which is actually why such a big lens can fit into a small body), so the images are never going to be as crisp and large as you’d get with a professional model.  But hey, for the size and price, it seems like a pretty even exchange.

We would suggest either the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v or the Nikon Coolpix S9100.  For super detailed info, you can check out dpreview.

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Camera Wars – Super Compact

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The predicament has existed since the advent of the digital camera gadget.  Style, size or quality?

The hyper thin digital camera (read: credit card) is great for that quick snap shot when you are out with your friends, but generally, the pictures turn out flat, bland and with a 50 / 50 chance of being completely unflattering.  Regardless, the portability and at-a-moments-notice (fill in blank spot here) give these little guys a clear advantage over the bigger boys.

In the wafer thin category, the Canon Power Shot Elph 300 HS is a great choice.  It’s small enough to fit in a pocket… in fact, perhaps too small!  For it’s size, the Elph takes good pictures indoors and out.

Canon Elph
The Good: Size, Ultra-Wide-Angle Lens, Light Weight, HD Video Quality
The Bad: Shooting modes are all under one menu
Price: Between $200 and $300 online

Canon Elph

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