Monday December 9, 2013
A $250 camera budget doesn't sound like much, but you'll be surprised at the best inexpensive digital cameras you'll find in the sub-$250 price range.
This price range provides a good mixture of slightly older beginner-level models that have dropped in price, along with new point and shoot models that have a good feature set, including plenty of resolution, large LCDs, interesting styles, and extremely thin camera bodies. The Olympus TG-830, pictured here, carries a waterproof design, for example.
With a budget of around $250, you'll have a lot of choices regarding your next camera. Just click the link to read my recently updated list of the best cameras for under $250.
Photo courtesy Olympus
Sunday December 8, 2013
If mirrorless digital interchangeable lens cameras (also called DILs or ILCs) are the wave of the future in advanced photography, Sony is getting a jump on the competition when it comes to the upper end of the market with its now available Sony a7R.
This DIL model carries quite a few options that you might expect to see in a DSLR camera ... and some even better options. The a7R, which is one of the smallest full-frame image sensor interchangeable lens cameras ever created, offers 36.4 megapixels of resolution in its CMOS image sensor. The Sony a7R also offers a 3.0-inch articulated LCD, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, a viewfinder, and full 1080p HD video recording.
Look for the a7R to carry a starting price of about $2,300 (Compare Prices) for the camera body only. This model is only available in black.
Photo courtesy Sony
Saturday December 7, 2013
As you're considering some potential holiday gifts for the photographers in your life, you may be thinking about a new interchangeable lens that will work with a DSLR or DIL camera. While this is a great gift idea, it can be a little confusing to find a lens that's compatible.
Certain lenses will not fit on certain camera bodies. In fact, depending on the type of camera that you have, it's probable that only a small percentage of the interchangeable lenses on the market will actually fit your camera.
With all of these options, it can be a little confusing to ensure full compatibility between your lens and DSLR or DIL camera. Click the link to read my tips and learn more about finding compatible lenses for your advanced camera.
Friday December 6, 2013
If you were impressed by the announcement of the Nikon D5200 entry-level DSLR camera at CES 2013, you're also going to want to take a close look at its big brother, the recently released D5300. The Nikon D5300 carries a slightly higher price than the D5200 but also has some nice extra features.
The D5300 has an APS-C CMOS image sensor with 24.2 megapixels of resolution, which is impressive even in a mid-range DSLR camera. You'll also find a 3.2-inch articulated LCD, built-in Wi-Fi, built-in GPS, and full HD 1080p video capabilities.
Nikon is offering the D5300 in three body colors, which is a bit unusual for this manufacturer's DSLR offerings. You'll find it in black, red, or gray body colors. The D5300 with a kit lens carries an MSRP of $1,399.95 (Compare Prices), but the price has dropped quickly this holiday season, so shop around.
Photo courtesy Nikon