Winter-Ready Cameras

Winter provides some great photo ops, but also some problems for the unwary photographer.
By Mike Stensvold
Winter provides some great photo ops, but also some problems for the unwary photographer. Cold and wet weather aren't good for most cameras, and can be uncomfortable for the photographer as well. Here are some things to consider before heading out into the cold with your camera gear. BATTERIES Batteries…

How Sensors Stack Up

The concept behind the popular mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras was to create a truly compact camera that could produce DSLR image quality.
By Mike Stensvold
The concept behind the popular mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras was to create a truly compact camera that could produce DSLR image quality. This originally was done by putting a DSLR image sensor (Four Thirds or APS-C) into a truly compact body. Recently, a couple of new sensor formats have been introduced,…

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…
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