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Dienstag, 12. Juni 2012

Canon EOS 400D

Hey there,today i am actually going to give a quick Review on the Camera that has been doing me very good for ages!
I have owned my 400D for over 5 years now and it has been with me through my travels and captured all the great moments. It is a bit of a pain to lug around a massive camera and all the lenses and equipment etc but you're going to get that with any DSLR anyway. It was quite expensive when i bought it new but now you can probably find it second hand for alot cheaper. The picture clarity is great and theres a huge array of varying lenses if you get into that side of it. Its good as a beginners camera as it has lots of auto features however my autofocus stopped working on it shortly after the warranty ran out (go figure) so have been using it manually since then which is probably the way it should be however there are times when ive missed moments without the quickness of the autofocus. Also nobody in qld could fix canons directly so it was sent to Canon sydney who quoted me nearly $300 for the fix! Which i declined as its almost cheaper getting a newer one or just a cheap point and shoot. So just beware when getting a second hand one. Only other con on this is that you cant take pictures through the screen unlike the newer versions so its eye squinting only.

Here is just a casual Picture i have taken with this camera!

Dienstag, 22. Mai 2012

Canon Powershot s100

Sleek and Serious.
The PowerShot S100 is a sophisticated pocket-friendly point-and-shoot digital camera that has the power advanced users and enthusiasts need to create standout images. As with other PowerShot cameras, the compact PowerShot S100 incorporates all of the advanced Canon technologies that make capturing superb photos and video as easy as pressing a button. Yet, when it's time to get creative, the very same camera in the hands of a skilled photographer can produce stunning images that would be at home in a gallery. As automatic or manual as you need it to be, the PowerShot S100 is, at once, a pocket camera and a serious photographic tool, impressing even demanding pros. It incorporates the Canon HS SYSTEM, now featuring the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor for enhanced image quality and amazing low-light performance. The fast f/2.0 lens helps you tackle unfavorable lighting and capture breathtaking portraits with beautiful, shallow depth-of-field. 12.1 Megapixels ensure crisp, richly detailed images, and a 5x Optical Zoom provides an excellent all-around range to shoot near or far.

Product Description: Canon PowerShot S100 Black Digital Camera (12.1 MP, 5x Opt, SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot)

Sonntag, 20. Mai 2012

Perfect Offer

The Panasonic DMC-ZS7 Lumix 12.1 Megapixel compact digital camera features a bright 25mm Wide-Angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 12x optical zoom. With iA mode, taking a beautiful shot is as easy as pressing a button. The camera does all the rest, automatically activating 7 detection and correction functions. The DMC-ZS7 also features POWER O.I.S. to prevent blur when the camera shakes, red-eye correction, intelligent ISO control, intelligent scene selector and face detection.

DMC-ZS7 Features:

12.1 Megapixel Compact Digital Camera
3" TFT Screen LCD Display
Built-in GPS
12x Optical Zoom & 4x Digital Zoom
Venus Engine IV
25mm Wide-Angle LEICA DC Vario-Elmar Lens
POWER O.I.S. (Auto/Mode1/Mode2)
Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode
- Optical Image Stabilizer
- Intelligent ISO Control
- Face Recognition
- Intelligent Scene Selector (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Macro)
- Digital Red Eye Correction
- Intelligent Resolution Technology
- Intelligent Exposure
- AF Tracking
15MB Built-in Memory

Performance Features:

Focusing Area:
- Normal: Wide 50cm to Infinity
- Macro / Intelligent AUTO : Wide 3cm / Tele 100cm to Infinity
AF Metering: Face / AF Tracking / 11-area / 1-area high speed / 1-area / Spot
Focus: Normal / Macro, Macro Zoom, Quick AF On / Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On / Off, AF Tracking
AF Assist Lamp: Yes
ISO Sensitivity: Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600 - 6400)
White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
Exposure: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Backlight Compensation: Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto Bracketing (AE): +/- 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering: Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Dedicated Button/Mode Switch: [Recording] / [Playback]
Shooting Mode (Mode Dial)/Rec. Mode: Intelligent Auto, P (Program) Mode, A (Aperture Priority) Mode, S (Shutter Priority) Mode, M (Manual) Mode, Custom, My Scene Mode 1, My Scene Mode 2, Scene Mode, Clipboard
Shutter Speed/Shutter System: 60-1/2000 sec
Self Timer: 2sec, 10sec
Auto Review: 1sec, 2sec, Zoom, Hold
Color Mode: Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm
Recording Format:
- Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21)
- Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.21)+QuickTime
- Motion picture: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG

Convenience Features:

Unlimited Consecutive Shooting: 2.3 frames/sec
Digital Red Eye Correction: Yes
Composition Guide Lines: Yes (1 Pattern)
Scene Mode Help Screen: Yes
Travel Date/World Time: Yes/Yes
Text Stamp/Date Stamp: Yes

Standard Features:

Built-in Flash Type/Mode: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off 0.6 - 5.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 3.6m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Playback Mode: Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Favorites Playback
OSD Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek
Recording Media:
- Built-in Memory
- SD Memory Card
- SDHC Memory Card
- SDXC Memory Card
Microphone: Stereo (Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator)
Speaker: Yes
Interface: AV Output (AVCHD Lite: NTSC or NTSC / PAL), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High Speed
Battery Life: 300 pictures (CIPA standard)


Aperture: F3.3 - 4.9 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 - 6.3 (W) / F4.9 - 6.3 (T))
Focus Range Display: Yes
Quick Menu: Yes
Continuous Shooting Mode:
- Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode)
- High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 10 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Focus Icon Select: Yes
Macro Zoom: Yes
Orientation Detector: Yes
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Thumbnails/Zoomed Playback: 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
Calendar Display: Yes
Set Favorites: Yes
Playback Motion Picture: Yes (AVCHD Lite / Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode:
- All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / GPS Area / Travel / Category / Favorites
- BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Delete Image: Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting/Set Production: Yes / Yes
Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conversion / Leveling: Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes
PictBridge Support: Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF

DMC-ZS7 Includes:

PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.1 HD Edition
Adobe Reader
USB Driver, QuickTime
Battery Charger
Battery Pack
Battery Carrying Case
AV Cable
USB Connection Cable
AC Cable
Hand Strap

Panasonic DMC-ZS7 Series
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Samstag, 19. Mai 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25K 16.1 MP Digital Camera

Capture special and exciting moments of your life with Lumix DMC-FH5K 16.1 MP Digital Camera from Panasonic. The DMC-FH25K shoots high-quality 16.1 megapixel images and combines a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens with a powerful 8X optical zoom to take amazing photos. With an easy-to-hold grip and slim and stylish profile, it features a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD, 720p High Definition (HD) video recording and advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) for ease of use. The camera is incorporated with Venus Engine VI image processor with intelligent resolution technology for shooting clear and crisp digital photos and videos. The Engine also applies noise reduction to luminance noise and chromatic noise separately. As a result, beautiful images with minimal noise can be reproduced all the way up to ISO1600 sensitivity at full resolution for beautiful night shots or dimly lit indoor shots. The iA mode is a suite of technologies including two new functions AF Tracking and Intelligent Exposure that engage automatically with no setting changes needed by the user makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photos. The camera also features MEGA O.I.S. that compensates for the blurring caused by hand shake. The Intelligent ISO Control function in the DMC-FH25K detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions. Also, the Face detection AF/AE detects faces and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure settings while the Digital Red-eye Correction feature takes care of the red-eye effect that often happens when shooting with a flash, to ensure attractive facial expression. Moreover, the camera comes with Intelligent Exposure Light Detection, Scene modes, and built -in memory of 70 MB. Packed with all these features and more, the Lumix DMC-FH25K is ideal choice for all camera users who love photography and pursuing image quality.

Freitag, 18. Mai 2012

GoPro Hero2

I can't believe the Hero 2 rattles just like the original hero. 
I've asked for a replacement from Amazon in the hopes that the one I received is actually bad and that the hero 2's aren't supposed to be like this. 
I used GoPro Hero2 recently. This does not seem to produce even 8 Megapixel shots at the appropriate settings (not mentioning 11 Megapixels)! Pixel noise is huge and color representation is poor. The color representation seems gray, flat, and dull... It is rather 20$ worth of production value, not a pro or semi-pro as advertised. A lot of plastic parts that ship with the camera are merely discarded and never used again. Does it seem wasteful? The rigging does not allow to tilt the camera up, while on harness. Perhaps there are other rigging parts, which need to be purchased the moment camera arrives.
The results are not professional, as advertised. A 100$ camera I used previously for the last 4 years takes better pictures. Looks like if GoPro used different processors to shoot their beautiful commercials! Or did they do substantial corrections during editing of their broadcast videos we all fall in love with? 
When the sensor on GoPro Hero2 gets warm (during battery charging), camera start to produce stripes and other artifacts, which don't go away if the camera is turned off and on again. This is the image on Flickr from my experience. There are other images there too, showing my attempts to get the best out of this camera.

Donnerstag, 17. Mai 2012

Canon EOS Rebel T3i Review

Just as the Canon 60D was aimed squarely at the Nikon D90 and D7000, the new Canon Rebel T3i has the D5000 and D5100 in its sights. We've now spent quite a lot of time with the Canon T3i, which sports a swiveling LCD screen and a slightly heftier build, and both looks and feels a little more serious than past models. Bundled with a new 18-55mm IS II kit lens, or the 18-135mm IS lens that's also available with the 60D, the new T3i looks and feels like its prosumer sibling, except for the grip spacing. It'll be ideal for those with small to medium hands, but those with larger hands might be more comfortable with the 60D.
Indeed, the major differences between the T3i and 60D are few. It's down to frame rate (3.7 vs. 5.3 fps), maximum shutter speed (1/4,000 vs. 1/8,000), AF sophistication (only one cross-type vs. all nine cross-type), viewfinder size (0.85x vs. 0.95x), buffer depth, battery type, and grip size. There are other, more minor differences, but those are the big items. As such, the T3i seems like a pretty good deal.
Compared to the T2i, the T3i adds the swivel screen, the new lens, more reduced-resolution JPEG options, and an Auto Picture Style mode. The Canon T3i (body with battery and card) also weighs a little more than the T2i, coming in at 20.6 ounces (583g) compared to the T2i's 18.5 ounces (525g). As mentioned, it's a few millimeters larger in all dimensions: 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7, compared to 128.8 x 97.5 x 75.3. Some of those differences will matter, and I think many fans of swivel screens will opt for the T3i, while those who don't like them can settle happily into a T2i without feeling like they're missing a lot.
Walkaround. At a glance, the Canon T3i looks very much like the 60D. That's especially true when I have the 18-135mm lens mounted, which feels quite at home on the T3i. Even picking it up, though the grip is smaller, the texture is very much like the 60D's, which is very grippy with a good leather feel.
With the new 18-55mm lens attached, the T3i is much lighter. On the front we find the usual fare: an aggressively canted shutter button, an IR remote port on the front, and a self-timer lamp all in close proximity. On the right there's the flash release button, a four hole microphone grill, the lens release button, and the depth-of-field preview button. Not too different from the T2i at this point.
The top of the Canon T3i, too, is pretty similar to the T2i, with changes on the Mode dial and a new Display button just left of the ISO button. The purpose for this seems to be to turn off the rear LCD display when you're approaching the optical viewfinder, preventing night blindness, since the infrared switch is now missing from the rear of the camera.
The IR proximity sensor was displaced, of course, by the addition of the Canon T3i's 3-inch Vari-angle screen, whose specs match those of the 60D's LCD: 3:2 aspect ratio, 1,040,000-dot resolution, scratch-resistant fluorine coating, and the ClearView display technology that sandwiches a layer of optical elastic material between the coverglass for a remarkably crisp image both indoors and out. Controls on the back are a little smaller compared to those on the T2i, as they've had to move over a bit to make room for the hinge and frame around the LCD. The Menu button is off to the left for thumb actuation, and the Info. button is where the old Display button used to be. Otherwise, buttons are in the generally same position, a bonus for those upgrading from a T2i. There's also a little less of a thumbpad, but the design still allows for a secure hold.
When in all but Movie mode, the small round button just right of the viewfinder serves as the Live View activation button; when in Movie mode, you use this button to start and stop recording. You cannot start recording a movie when in still capture modes, but you can capture a still image while shooting a movie. You can also autofocus while shooting a movie. More on Movie mode below.
The Canon T3i isn't necessarily a compelling upgrade for T2i owners, but it does offer a lot for those who might have been considering a 60D for its swivel screen and more advanced Movie mode. It feels a little more substantial in the hand than the T2i.
Sensor and processor. There's little new about the Canon T3i's sensor and processor combination. Representatives mentioned that they've again reduced the gap between the microlenses, as they've said many times in the past, but they were declared gapless a few versions back, so it's tough to know how much more gapless they can get. We're guessing that it's the same four-channel readout as is found in the T2i's sensor, as the frame rate is the same 3.7 frames per second rating. (We measured 3.6 fps for L/F JPEG or RAW, 3.3 for RAW+L/F JPEG.) Maximum image size in pixels is 5,184 x 3,456, with a pixel pitch of 4.3µm.
According to Canon, the Rebel T3i's DIGIC 4 processor and buffer enables capture of about 34 large/fine JPEG images, six RAW frames, and four RAW+JPEG frames. With our tough compression target, we measured only nine, five, and three frames respectively. DIGIC 4 also allows capture of 14-bit RAW images, and the 8-bit JPEGs are created from 14-bit data.

Review Summary: Staking out the high end of the Rebel line, the Canon T3i shares the excellent image quality of its predecessor (the T2i), and offers the articulating LCD, remote flash control, and creative filters also found in the 60D. With Full HD video support, fast autofocus, and good quality optics, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is easy to recommend.
Pros: Excellent image quality; Good grip; Full HD video recording; Swiveling LCD; Very fast autofocus; HDMI output.
Cons: Slow frame rate for sports shooting; Tendency to overexpose in bright sunlight; Live View AF is slow; No microfocus adjustment.
Price and Availability: The Canon Rebel T3i shipped from early March 2011, priced at US$799.99 body-only, US$899.99 with the 18-55mm IS II kit lens, and US$1,099.99 with the 18-135mm IS kit lens.

Nikon D800 Review

The D800 shares basically the same form factor as its predecessor the D700. Both models have a built-in flash and lack the integrated vertical grip of Nikon's top-end DSLRs, which is available instead via an accessory battery grip. There are differences though - some minor, some major.

The most obvious differences from the perspective of core functionality are a massive increase in resolution - from 12 to 36MP - which comes with a significant boost in processing power, and the addition of video mode. The D800's video mode is lifted almost completely from the professional D4 and boasts 1080p30 resolution with the option to output uncompressed footage via HDMI.

The ergonomic changes that have resulted from the inclusion of video are the addition of a video/stills live view mode control on the rear, plus a direct movie shooting button on the top plate. Among other refinements, a D7000/D4-style integrated AF mode/function control can be found on the front of the camera, and the door covering the ports on the side of the D800 is now hinged, and stays open when opened rather than flapping annoyingly against your fingers when you try to plug in accessories. The D800's LCD screen is slightly larger than the D700's, at 3.2 inches, but resolution remains unchanged. A Picture Control button now sits on the D800's rear plate.