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All posts tagged "point-and-shoot"


Friday, December 10, 2010

Samsung Research Shows Britons Are Confused by Cameras; Dispels "Stupid Americans" Myth?

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.photographyblog.com/news..._their_cameras/

"New research from Samsung reveals over a third of Brits are under-using their cameras, more so than other technologies such as mobiles or laptops. A quarter admit to feeling worried when they press a button which produces a display they don’t recognise and just over one in ten say they are so confused by their cameras that they hand it to someone else to take the shots."

Idiot mode: Use it! (Image from Panasonic)

While this is a report commissioned by Samsung for the launch of its latest camera, the NX100, and the new lenses with the iFunction system (essentially a custom button on the lens), I would like to point out that if you can use the camera that comes with a phone, you can use any point-and-shoot, just that now you have optical zoom as well. The other functions? Well, I'd like to say that nowadays, they're fairly optional for casual users. Most cameras have an "Idiot Mode", so just set to it and go. I suspect Samsung purposely asked questions in the vein of "Do you know how to change the ISO with one button?" in an attempt to make their product look superior. What do you guys think?


Friday, March 28, 2008

Panasonic's Latest Point-And-Shoot Camera - Now With 100% More Touchscreen!

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home News" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0803/0...asonicfx500.asp

"Fans of flexibility will be bending over backwards to grab a glance at the latest offering from Panasonic. The FX500 features a 5x optical zoom that starts at 25mm (in 35mm terms), featuring the company's O.I.S anti-shake system. The FX500 is also the first Panasonic to feature a touch-screen interface, which can be controlled using either fingertips or the included stylus."

This camera definitely would have been a contender in my recent search for the ultimate compact point-and-shoot camera (I ended up with a Canon SD870IS which I'll be putting through the paces the next couple weeks while on vacation in Washington DC). It's pretty unbelievable that Panasonic has managed to fit a 5x optical zoom plus a 25mm equivalent ultra-wide-angle lens in such a compact body. The touchscreen interface is a feature I'd need to experiment with before I'm sold (I typically like tactile feedback), and I'm not too sure I'd want to be fumbling with a stylus while trying to frame the perfect shot. It looks really good on paper, but I'd wait for some photo samples and reviews before jumping on the bandwagon.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Canon PowerShot SD890 IS

Posted by Suhit Gupta in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=3723


"This PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH camera is a prime example of Canon quality, from the tip of its 5x optically image stabilized, zoom lens to the big and brilliant 2.5 inch PureColor II LCD display embedded in the camera’s contoured back. Indeed, it is that very 5x zoom lens that expands the user flexibility by expanding the focusing range from a maximum wide-angle equivalent of a 37mm lens to its maximum optical telephoto equivalent of a 185mm lens. Ideal for capturing everything from broad sweeping vistas to intimate close-ups, the PowerShot SD890 IS Digital ELPH model is also capable of securing macro images from less than an inch away from the subject, making extraordinary, high-resolution nature shots as elementary as point and shoot."

The confusing model numbers from Canon continue. I wonder whether they are soon going to run out of whole numbers and start going with fractions. :) That aside, the SD890IS is supposed to replace the SD850. This 10MP camera comes with Image Stabilization, the Digic III chip and a brand new LCD screen. It appears to be faster and has auto-redeye correction. For $399, it is a little pricey but the price-to-quality ratio may actually be quite good.


Friday, March 21, 2008

Power in a Small Body - Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ10

Posted by Suhit Gupta in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/p...iew/index.shtml

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ10 is a compact, easy-to-use camera with a plethora of useful features. They include a wide-angle 5X zoom lens, optical image stabilization, a beautiful 2.5" LCD display, both auto and manual controls, and a widescreen movie mode. Image quality is very good in most situations, with noise reduction being less of a problem then on previous Panasonic cameras (in most situations). All is not perfect, though -- the camera is a bit slow to start up, low light focusing isn't great, and the camera does not support the USB 2.0 High Speed standard. Still, if you're looking for an inexpensive camera with a wide-angle lens with a little extra zoom power, then I'd definitely recommend looking at the DMC-LZ10."

On the one hand, this camera has a lot of features, but then on the other, I just find the photograph quality to be sub-par. Take a look at the two ISO tests, anything beyond a 400 ISO setting produces quite a grainy picture. Plus it doesn't do very well with red-eye, poor low-lighting focus and very few manual controls. I feel that this is one of those instances where Panasonic released a camera to get the high MP, zoom and other features out at the expense of the photo quality. Bad mistake IMHO.


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