Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Buying a New camera : Everything you need to know

          So,what's your camera type?



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 ($139.99)

RANGE:($70 - $1000)

Regardless of what smartphone manufacturers will tell you.a compact point and shoot is almost always better then the one on your handset. These cameras come with easy to use function like auto focus ,filter effects and photo modes that allow novice users to click good pictures by simply using the proper one-touch auto settings. Besides, these shooters handle low-
light photography better;are equipped with optical zoom (which is the only type of zoom you should consider when buying a camera);and superior quality lens

Here,you can expect to pick a camera with...........
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($300.00)
  • A 10-megapixel sensor and above
  • Optical zoom starting at 5x, going up to 20x
  • A 2.7inch to 3 inch lcd display.
  • features such as smile detection,panorama, miniature effect ,as well as shooting modes such as sports ,portrait, close-up .landscape, night shot,indoor ,outdoor ,etc
  • rugged exteriors that are shockproof, waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof                                             
Who should buy?
  Easy, intuitive controls and autofocus make these cameras ideal devices to take along on a holiday or birthday party pictures and shoot HD home video clips. 
  Their compact size lets you carry them along easily on belt clip, and their low starting price makes them perfect for first time users and children . 
  The output of these cameras is more than ideal to get 6x4 inch prints for your photo album
Sony DSC-RX100 Point & Shoot Camera ($548.00)


RANGE ($160 -$750)
   Super zoom are a step up from the basic point & shoot. like the entry- level compact cameras ,these shooters are equipped with easy to use options like autofocus, filter effects and photo modes.
Additionally , many devices also allow for manual settings, where the photographer can control the focus on the subject,while softening the background. 
     Importantly,super zooms come with advanced image stabilisation technology important when shooting subjects with high zoom that reduces blurring in photos, mostly caused by the slight wavering of a photographer's hands.                                                                                                                                                                
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20($209.09)

 Here,you can pick a camera with............

  • A 14-megapixel sensor and above.
  • Optical zoom starting at 20x, and going all the way up to a whopping 60x
  • A swivel LCD that allows the photographer to adjust the angle of the display ,allowing to shoot form difficulty angles,including from over the head and even around corners.
  • Optical image stabilisation (OIS). It should be noted that different manufacturers refer to OIS differently . Nikon, for example, uses the term 'vibration reduction' ,while sony uses 'super steady shot'(avoid super zooms with digital image stabilisation)                          

Nikon Coolpix P520  ($368.79)                                         
      Super zooms are ideal for wildlife photos and bird spotting,landscapes,and sporting action from budget stadium seats, Also ,since these cameras come with a fair level of manual control, they're good for people who're looking to graduate from their compact cameras, but are still not confident about going fully manual with a mirrorless or DSLR

Sony DSC-RX100 II ($746.00)



      Compact mirrorless cameras and full- sized DSLRs allow for absolute flexibility in photography. 
Users can control variables like aperture size and shutter speed,as well as choose the right type of lens - whether macro for extreme close-ups,pancakes for portraits ,wide angle for panoramas or telephoto for distant subjects to get exactly the kind of output they desire,if  used properly, YOU can get the best quality of photos from these shooters, Besides, these cameras also let you shoot in digital formats that  lend themselves well to image-processing techniques (in software such as Adobe Photoshop,lightroom,etc)
for professional output.

Canon EOS 7D 18 MP and 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens   ($1500.99)

Here,you can expect to pick a camera with.........
  • A 12MP + sensor that's larger in size then the ones found on compact cameras and super zooms.
  • A standard 18-55mm stock lens that's sufficient for everyday photography,and enough to learn the ropes(Additional lens cost extra)
  • A viewfinder (only on DSLRs) that allows for framing of subject. Additionally , some models also come with a swivel LCD
  • A 'Guide' mode(found in the Nikon D3000 series) that help novices understand manual operation. most cameras also come with an Auto mode.
  • A range of compatible lens for different types of photography.

    Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens ($599.00)

        These shooters work well for those who are willing to invest time to learn the art of photography , and spend on additional lens for their cameras, which can be quite an expensive proposition .
 MIrrorless cameras give you most of the benefits of a DSLR and make for superb travel shooters. 
DSLRs,on the other hand , are capable of better low-light photography; promise faster focus time ,and are
supported by a greater range of lens.if you're ready to graduate from auto mode ,or perhaps ,looking to attend a photography course, then these cameras are the ones you should be looking at.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens ($3,999.00)

Friday, 13 September 2013

How To Use M Mode

Photography have three pillars  ISO, Shutter speed, Aperture  
It is difficult to take good pictures without having a solid understanding of ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture   – the Three Kings of Photography, also known as the “Exposure Triangle”
using an Auto mode puts limits on what you can achieve with your camera.

1) ISO- 
the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. It is typically measured in numbers, a lower number representing lower sensitivity to available light, while higher numbers mean more sensitivity. More sensitivity comes at the cost though, as the ISO increases, so does the grain/noise in the images. Examples of ISO: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600.

As you can see, at low ISO settings noise really isn't an issue,but as u increase iso number u get more noise
you should always try to stick to the base ISO to get the highest image quality

2)Shutter Speed
In photographyshutter speed is the length of time a camera's shutter is open when taking a photograph. Shutter speed is where the other side of the magic happens – it is responsible for creating dramatic effects by either freezing action or blurring motion.

A Fast Shutter Speed Can Freeze Action
A Slow Shutter Speed can Capture The Flow Of Motion 

                                               Freeze  The Action      shutter speed - 1/2000

Example of  Motion Blur          shutter speed - 15 sec

3)ApertureWithout a doubt, it is the most talked about subject, because Aperture either adds a dimension to a photograph by blurring the background, or magically brings everything in focus.
The Aperture Size determines how much light enters your lens. The size is controlled by an iris, like the human eye. Aperture sizes are measured in F-Stops; the higher the F-Stop number, the smaller the opening

Here are two examples of the same scene shot with two very different Aperture settings, to show the difference that Depth of Field can make. As you can see, a larger Aperture results in a shorter Depth of Field

In the above situation, the larger aperture (left image) is better because it blurs the background vegetation, which is a distraction from the main subject. Using Aperture Priority allows you to directly control how much of the background is in focus (Depth of Field).

Monday, 18 February 2013

Panasonic lumix dmc-lz20 review

guys i must say dis camera impressed me alot..
the camera it provides a platform btwn the simple point and shoot and dslr...

the zoom is excillent and the image does not shake even at 21x zoom thnx to O.I.S its the best in class i have even checked the sony dsch-100,nikon l810 but no one provides stability like dis...

moreover this cam provides u to set aperture and shutter speed iso etc manually if u dnt knw how to wrk wid dis the auto mode is also grt....my advise is dat dnt go for brand name niko canon etc...and panasonic is not a small brand... but people do thnk lyk dis...

 pros :
*16m:21x ,10m:26x ,5m:36x ,3m:48.3x you can increase it upto 84x
*ccd image sensor
*you can set aperture, shutter speed & ISO
*manual mode is also great
*macro mode is awesome
cons :
*you can't use the zoom in video mode
*it takes more time to focus
*the images not clear(blurred when you zoom) when you increase more than 400 ISO

if you are a beginner go for it guys it will not disappoint u anyway

                                                   *sample photos*

  •  focal length- 71mm  iso-800  F-stop f5.7   shutter speed- 1/500

  •   focal length- 94mm  iso-100          F-stop f5.8  shutter speed- 1/320    

  •                            focal length- 94mm  iso-800   F-stop f5.8   shutter speed -1/125

  •                             focal length- 83mm   iso-100   F-stop f5.7  shutter speed- 1/100

  •                               focal length- 94mm   iso-100   F-stop f5.8   shutter speed- 1/400

  •                            focal length- 4mm   iso-100    F-stop f8.9   shutter speed-1/50