Toolbox: Take Me With You
Compact cameras offer quick shooting, easy portability and advanced features
The best camera is the one you actually take with you. It's true that for ultimate image quality and control, compact cameras can't beat digital SLRs, but advances in technology have made pocketable models a terrific alternative for many situations. We're not suggesting that you replace your D-SLR, but rather that you give yourself the option of a smaller system when size and weight matter. With sensor sizes hitting the 12-megapixel range, compacts are a great solution for occasions when a D-SLR and its various accessories would be a burden.
10 Hot New Cameras
Top technologies and features are finding their way into the whole range of digital cameras, from compacts to D-SLRs
The annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show is an exciting time of year for camera enthusiasts because that's when many new models are introduced. This year's show (March 8-11) was no exception, bringing us a number of exciting new cameras with some great features. We'll look at these features and then at 10 new models that incorporate the latest digital camera technologies.
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.
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.
Short Report: Canon PowerShot Pro1
This compact 8-megapixel camera includes a professional-level lens Canon went all out in the design of its new 8-megapixel PowerShot Pro1. The camera has an L-type lens—the company's pro designation. Canon has exceptionally high standards of optical quality for its L series and some very good lenses don't get the name.
Short Report: Nikon Coolpix 8700
This 8-megapixel camera packs advanced features in a small design
Designed for the serious photographer who wants extensive controls in a compact package, the 8-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 8700 delivers. Weighing only 17 ounces, it's amazing how much camera Nikon fits into such a small package. The design of the generous 35-280mm ED zoom lens includes extra-low dispersion glass, which ensures improved color accuracy and contrast. As well as including its best glass in the lens design, the camera has a precise, 256-segment Matrix metering system, a five-area autofocus sensor and an accurate flash exposure meter.
Understanding Image Sensors
The sensor is the soul of your digital camera and knowing how it works will help you to compose better images
Sophisticated technology goes into the design and manufacture of your digital camera. Understanding some of that technology can help you to predict how the camera will fare when you're shooting in a variety of situations. For our annual How-To issue, we're including this article on the anatomy of an image sensor.
Buyer's Guide 2005: At The Camera Counter
A digital camera buyer's checklist
After nearly seven years as an editor here at PCPhoto, I recently purchased my first digital camera. I've been shooting with digital cameras all along, but since there's a constant flow of the latest and greatest equipment through our offices, I never felt compelled to commit myself to a purchase. Content with just borrowing a camera for a time, I was reluctant to buy because I assumed that something better would always be on the horizon.
Short Report: Canon PowerShot G6
This compact digital camera includes advanced features and 7.1 megapixels
Canon's latest G-series camera, the PowerShot G6, takes the advanced compact digital camera to a new level with its smart design, full range of features and 7.1-megapixel sensor. Offering all the photographic controls you'd expect from a digital SLR in a far more compact package, it's a camera you can take with you anywhere, always ready and highly capable.
D-SLRs Vs. Advanced Compacts
Both digital camera types offer real advantages—which one is right for you?
As photographers, we've always faced choices—automatic exposure vs. manual, slides vs. negatives, large format vs. 35mm. It's no surprise, then, that digital photography has created another one—digital SLR (D-SLR) vs. advanced compact. Both camera types offer their own advantages and disadvantages; which one is best for you depends on the kind of images you like to shoot and the trade-offs you're willing to make.