Choosing The Right Digital Camera For You
How to narrow the multitude of options? Consider your photography habits and the features you really need
The more megapixels an image contains, and the less it's compressed, the more space it takes up on a memory card. So if you shoot RAW 10-megapixel images, you'll need high-capacity memory cards: at least 1 GB (gigabyte); a 2 GB or 4 GB card is even better.
It Takes Two (or Three)It's hard to get by with just one camera nowadays. Even if you shoot with a topnotch digital SLR there will be times when it's not convenient to carry it with you-at a formal dinner party, for example, or at the grocery store. Under those circumstances it may be better to have a high quality compact camera that will slip into a pocket or purse. That way you will not miss that "once in a lifetime" shot of the kids being kids-or the boss wearing a lampshade on her head-simply because you left all cameras at home.
First Look: Nikon D40
Nikon packs a wealth of features in its latest and smallest D-SLR
The Nikon D40 is Nikon's most compact and most affordable D-SLR to date. This camera combines a host of high-end features with an easy-to-navigate layout to make the creation of quality photographs easier and fun. Its straightforward layout and design, combined with the D40's compact size, make it an excellent entry-level D-SLR.
Complete D-SLR System Guide
With 10 companies offering D-SLRs today, there’s something for everyone
It's a great time to be a digital photographer. The digital SLR business is booming, with 10 manufacturers offering more than 25 camera models as of this writing, and more than half of those carrying street prices under $1,000. Even the lowest-end models can turn out quality images, and they provide lots of versatility, including full control of everything when you want it and the ability to accept a wide range of interchangeable lenses to meet every shooting need. Here's a look at what each camera company currently has to offer.
Trade Tricks: Shoot For The Edit
Create more interesting video using these simple and effective tips
You're on a dream vacation in Europe, on a walking tour of an old walled city. You've got your camcorder, so naturally you want to tape everything. But will you want to watch everything again?
Equipment TestDrive: Pentax *ist D
It may have the strangest name of any camera we’ve seen, but the new Pentax D-SLR is a capable camera
The *ist D is the first digital SLR from Pentax. Weighing just 19.4 ounces and measuring 5.1x3.7x2.4 inches, it's considerably lighter than most current D-SLR models, but still has the functionality that you'd expect in a full-featured D-SLR.
Equipment TestDrive: Olympus E-1
Check out the completely new digital-SLR system from Olympus
The Olympus E-1 is a completely new "from the ground up," professional-level digital SLR. The camera represents one element in a new, complete system. Rather than take previous SLR bodies and lenses and convert them to digital, Olympus has chosen to start from scratch.
Equipment TestDrive: Nikon D2h
The new high-end digital-SLR from Nikon is built for shooting speed
A new 4-megapixel sensor is at the core of the new Nikon D2h. Its predecessor, the Nikon D1h, was a very popular camera among action photographers, and what it lacked in ultra-high resolution it more than made up for in its ability to operate at high speeds. With the introduction of the D2h, Nikon takes aim once again at the high-speed action photographer.
Equipment TestDrive: Nikon D70
The debut of a new digital SLR that’s reasonably priced and highly capable
At the annual PMA show in Las Vegas this year, Nikon introduced a new interchangeable-lens digital SLR, the D70. The camera had been rumored for some months, but the trade show offered the first up-close look at the new model. Unlike many PMA introductions, the D70 was shown to the press as a final production and completely functional camera. Typically, we're shown mock-ups or we see the camera in a glass case (don't touch, please) rather than actual production models.
Short Report: Olympus C-8080
This new 8-megapixel camera is feature-rich
Olympus has designed a fine camera in the new 8-megapixel C-8080. After shooting with it for a while, I found the camera to be well worth considering, even if you don't need the added megapixels, just because of the rich feature set it offers.
Trade Tricks: Underwater Digital For Travelers
Create amazing images beneath the water’s surface with your digital camera
If you've snorkeled or scuba dived on vacation, you already know about the amazing world that lies beneath the water's surface. The remarkable creatures and seascapes are so stunning that they beg to be captured in photographs. Thankfully, you don't have to be a professional photographer with expensive gear to take dramatic underwater images.