Mirrorless Vs. DSLRs

For many years, the two most popular types of digital cameras have been compact models and digital SLRs. Each offers advantages over the other.
By Mike Stensvold
One of the primary advantages of traditional DSLRs over mirrorless models is that DLSRs offer faster phase-detection autofocus, while mirrorless models employ typically slower contrast-detection AF that relies on the imaging sensor. However, camera makers are working to improve contrast-detection AF speeds. Sony recently introduced a unique solution for its…

Compact Super Zooms

For many photo opportunities, compact "superzoom" cameras are the perfect blend of size and performance, combining DSLR features with a versatile, big-range zoom lens.
By David Willis
For many photo opportunities, compact "superzoom" cameras are the perfect blend of size and performance, combining DSLR features with a versatile, big-range zoom lens. This year's models have had some exciting improvements and technological advancements, which have made them smaller and yet more robust than ever before. Often available at…

Camera "Apps"

Early digital cameras struggled to deliver the quality and resolution of their film forefathers.
By The Editors
Early digital cameras struggled to deliver the quality and resolution of their film forefathers. As sensor technology advanced and quality comparisons fell away, camera makers began focusing on the processor to take advantage of these onboard computers for more sophisticated camera functions. Now there are digital cameras that even have…

High-Performance Compact Cameras

There are dozens of compact digital cameras on the market in a wide variety of shapes and even colors.
By Mike Stensvold
There are dozens of compact digital cameras on the market in a wide variety of shapes and even colors. Most are aimed at folks who just want to get nice pictures without having to learn much about photography, and they do a great job at that. But what about those…

Digital DNA

Unless you’re already committed to a specific brand through years of lens and accessory purchases, buying a new DSLR today may mean comparing a dozen models.
By Mike Stensvold
Unless you're already committed to a specific brand through years of lens and accessory purchases, buying a new DSLR today may mean comparing a dozen models. And even if you're settled on a camera family, picking the right model from the tree isn't always apples to apples. In the days…

10 Tips For Your New DSLR

Cameras today are evolving faster than a Super Bowl defense.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
Cameras today are evolving faster than a Super Bowl defense. Just about every few months a camera manufacturer will introduce a new body loaded with features and technology not previously available—not that this is a bad thing. All photographers benefit from these new cameras and improved performance; it just means…
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