Archive for Sunday, April 17, 2011

Behind the lens: Camera recommendations

Depending on your camera needs, the camera capabilities in your cell phone may be all you require. Other alternatives are the popular and pocketable point-and-shoots and the top of the line DSLR with interchangeable lenses.

Depending on your camera needs, the camera capabilities in your cell phone may be all you require. Other alternatives are the popular and pocketable point-and-shoots and the top of the line DSLR with interchangeable lenses.

April 17, 2011

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Depending on your camera needs, the camera capabilities in your cell phone may be all you require. Other alternatives are the popular and pocketable point-and-shoots and the top of the line DSLR with interchangeable lenses.

Depending on your camera needs, the camera capabilities in your cell phone may be all you require. Other alternatives are the popular and pocketable point-and-shoots and the top of the line DSLR with interchangeable lenses.

I’ve owned many cameras in my life and each one has filled a specific need. When I’m asked about what camera I use or would recommend, I have different answers. The camera I use for work may not be suitable for a weeklong expedition on a bicycle. And if you’re planning a safari vacation, I would be wrong in recommending a pocket point-and-shoot. Because photography is both a profession and a passion for me, I’m never short of alternative cameras for various situations. But for casual shutterbugs, one camera may be the household maximum. Below, I’ve listed three categories of cameras, some of their pros and cons and a couple top models in each category. One may be just right for your pocketbook and camera bag.

Cell phone cameras

The quality of many cell phone cameras is now on par with consumer point-and-shoot cameras of several years ago. If your main use of photographs is posting online, a camera phone may be all you need.

Pros: Always with you. Ease of operation. Free with phone purchase.

Cons: Limited or no zoom. No exposure control. Lower quality than standalone camera. Not really suitable for prints larger than 5-by-7 inches.

The 5-megapixel iPhone 4 has excellent quality and touch-screen focus. The Sony Ericsson Satio boasts a 12.1-megapixel camera with advanced editing options.

The portable point-and-shoot

These pocket rockets pack a lot of punch in a small package. You can find useful zoom lenses on most and resolution quality can rival film. Great for backpacking, travel or tossing in a purse.

Pros: Easy to carry. Wide range of pricing. High quality and prints up to 11-by-14 inch photos. High definition video and macro capabilities.

Cons: Not great in low light. Limited wide-angle and telephoto reach. Lack of exposure control. Some shutter delay.

The diminuative Canon S95 and Panasonic Lumix LX5 get excellent reviews and have great wide-angle lens with large apertures and manual controls.

Digital single-lens reflex

These solidly built cameras with separate body and lenses enable you to match your gear to your subject matter. They are ideal for photographing everything from wide landscapes and sports action to dim concert halls.

Pros: Extensive lens choices. Good in low light. Optical viewfinder. Full manual and automatic controls.

Cons: Expensive and heavy.

The Canon EOS 5D has a full-frame sensor that captures a 60 megapixel file and shoots 1080p HD video. The Nikon D3S can capture nine frames per second and shoot in extremely low light.

— Chief photographer Mike Yoder can be reached at 832-7141.

Comments

Linda and Bill Houghton 4 years, 2 months ago

I love the EOS 5D Mark 11. That is the one he probably has. I am a little confused by the specifications he gives. the Mark II, which is the most advance of the 5D line, has 21.1 megapixels. Probably the only camera with a 60 megapixel sensor is the Hasselblad. If you have to ask the price you can't afford ithat one (Educated guess is around $60,,000).

heyheymama 4 years, 2 months ago

i recentIy went to europe and used my iPhone 4 for photos and had downIoaded camera+ app and it took AMAZING photos and so convenient!! other than that the iPhone was not usabIe as a phone because verizon toId me it wasn't a "gIobaI phone" even if i had got the internationaI pIan which i think there is something hinky there, i mean whats the use in having an iPhone if its not gIobaI???

theartistsroad 4 years, 1 month ago

landb is correct- the Mark Ii has a remarkable 21.1 megapixels - not 60. I have been told that some film directors have been using it to shoot digital commercials and short films! Amazing. Soon, there won't be a difference between the film and the still camera for most purposes.

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