Unless you have access to a "tough" camera that's designed to survive a fall of a few feet, you really want to be careful when using your camera to avoid a shattering drop.
With cameras being so small these days, it's easy to forget that you're holding a camera and make a mistake that leaves you with a broken piece of personal electronics.
Click the link to read some tips to help you learn about the most common situations in which people drop their digital cameras ... and learn more about avoiding camera-crushing mistakes in those situations.
Panasonic's latest ultra-zoom camera, the Lumix LZ40, will give you a rare combination of 20 megapixels of resolution with a 42X optical zoom lens.
The 42X zoom lens in the LZ40 offers an equivalent focal range of 22-924mm, giving this Panasonic model an impressive wide angle setting for an ultra zoom camera.
Now if you're asking yourself why Panasonic didn't just avoid confusion and put "42" in the camera's name instead of "40," I don't have an answer for you. Not picking on Panasonic, but it's just another in the long line of odd and tough-to-remember names most manufacturers give their cameras.
Look for the Panasonic LZ40 to carry a 3.0-inch LCD screen and a maximum 720p HD video recording. The LZ40 is available in black and can be found for about $219. (Compare Prices)
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Canon has created a great mix of a large zoom lens in a small camera body with its now available PowerShot SX700 HS.
The Canon SX700 HS has a 30X optical zoom lens in a relatively thin camera body, measuring about 1.4 inches in thickness. Unlike some other thin zoom cameras, the SX700 should be a fast performer, as it features Canon's latest image processor, the DIGIC 6.
Additionally the Canon SX700 can shoot 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, has 16.1 megapixels of resolution, offers a 3.0-inch LCD screen, and features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. You can choose either a black or red camera body at an MSRP of $349.99 (Compare Prices) with the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS.
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Ultra zoom cameras are very popular this year, and 50X optical zoom measurements seem to be the number manufacturers have been aiming to achieve. Fujifilm's FinePix S9200 is the latest 50X unit to now be available.
The S9200 offers a focal length equivalent of 24-1200mm, giving this model a nice mix of wide angle and telephoto capabilities. The S9200 also has a 16-megapixel image sensor, full HD video capture, ISO settings up to 12,800, an electronic viewfinder, and a 3.0-inch LCD screen.
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Shooting landscape pictures in nature may sound boring, but it doesn't have to be.
In fact, landscape photos can allow your natural photographic talents to shine through your photos, and showcase your ability to create a unique look, even if you're only shooting with a beginner-level, point and shoot camera.
Much of the success that you can have with landscape pictures involves coming up with a good composition for the image, as well as using the kinds of equipment that you have in the right way. Click the link to find tips to give you the best results when shooting landscape pictures with a beginning point and shoot camera.
If you just received a Canon camera over the holidays -- or if you've owned one for quite a while -- please consider sharing your experiences with that camera through a "user review" of a Canon camera.
Although I have a chance to review quite a large number of cameras, I don't have the time or resources to review every Canon camera that's manufactured, so I'm hoping those of you reading this site can post your thoughts on cameras you own, which will help all of the site's readers as they're trying to find great cameras to purchase. Good experiences and bad experiences are both welcomed.
Just click the link below to enter your camera's information, which should require only 3-5 minutes. And, if you own a non-Canon camera, you can find user review forms for other models on the Camera Reviews page.
Nearly all photographers would agree that one aspect of photography that gets overlooked while shooting the photos -- but one that you'll notice immediately when reviewing the digital photos in post-processing -- is the sharpness of the scene. If you don't have a sharp focus in your image, you're going to have a ruined image, even if the subject matter, exposure, and composition are perfect.
Although experienced photographers with advanced cameras sometimes rely on manual focus to ensure a sharp focus, the majority of photographers will use the camera's autofocus system to shoot their photos.
When you're shooting with the autofocus, one of the techniques you can use to ensure a sharp focus is the focal lock technique. Click the link to learn more about focal lock!
If you're a digital photographer, three things probably dominate your worries: Forgetting to remove the lens cap, dropping and damaging the camera, and having a memory card malfunction and losing all of your photos.
If you experience either of the first two problems, you're likely on your own.
However the third problem potentially can be overcome. You may have to download some recovery software and stop using the memory card immediately after the inadvertent deletion. Then click the link to read tips for attempting to recover lost photos from a memory card.
I've discussed some newly released 50X optical zoom lens cameras in the past couple of weeks in my blog, but the biggest zoom lens on a fixed-lens camera currently belongs to the Nikon P600, which offers a 60X optical zoom lens.
The now available Nikon P600, which is offered in black or red camera bodies, carries a large price of $499.95. (Compare Prices) It's a really large camera body, too, rivaling the size you may find in a DSLR camera.
If you don't mind the large size though, the fixed-lens Nikon P600 will give you a 24-1440mm equivalent optical zoom lens. The P600 also features a 16.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, full HD video recording, full manual controls, a 3.0-inch articulated LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
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Olympus has given its latest waterproof camera a twist -- literally -- with an articulated LCD.
The Olympus TG-850 can operate in up to 33 feet of water and survive a fall of 7 feet, which is about average versus other waterproof and tough digital cameras. However the TG-850's articulated 3.0-inch LCD screen, which can flip 180 degrees, is a feature not found on most waterproof cameras. It's nice to have the ability to shoot odd-angle photos when working underwater.
The TG-850, which is available in black, silver, or white camera bodies, offers a 16-megapixel image sensor, a 5X optical zoom lens, full 1080p HD video recording, and 7.1 frames per second burst mode. Look for the Olympus TG-850 at an MSRP of $249.99. (Compare Prices)
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