10 Best New Camera Features

New technologies are refining what’s possible

The early generations of digital cameras focused mainly on matching the quality, speed and performance that photographers had come to expect from their film cameras. With that milestone reached and surpassed, camera makers are now taking on bigger challenges and building cameras that add features never before possible with film. Some of these features... Read more

Basic Tech: HD Video And Autofocus

DSLRs with HD video are the wave of the future. Is lagging autofocus a thing of the past?

If, the first time you picked up an HD video-enabled DSLR, you blasted full-speed ahead into figuring out how to shoot video without reading the owner’s manual (as I did), you were undoubtedly surprised to discover how poorly your camera focused (as I was). There’s a misconception that DSLRs can’t autofocus when capturing video. In fact, the cameras... Read more

Smart Cameras

Powerful processors and advanced technology give today’s digital cameras some remarkable features

Today’s D-SLRs and advanced compacts pack plenty of processing power into their little bodies, and their manufacturers are taking advantage of it to provide better image quality, quicker operation, longer battery life and a number of features that wouldn’t have been possible not so long ago—things like Live View with face-detection AF,... Read more

Buyer’s Guide 2009: HD Camcorders

Though the nationwide transition from analog to pure digital TV has again been delayed (sigh!), analog is dead, and not even an act of Congress can resuscitate it. If you’ve been waiting for prices to come down to go high-def with your home movies, we’re pleased to tell you that you easily can get started with full HD video recording for well under $1,000. Even a step up to more sophisticated models with hefty built-in storage won’t break the bank.

Though the nationwide transition from analog to pure digital TV has again been delayed (sigh!), analog is dead, and not even an act of Congress can resuscitate it. If you’ve been waiting for prices to come down to go high-def with your home movies, we’re pleased to tell you that you easily can get started with full HD video recording for... Read more

Rapid Fire

Capturing photos at five frames per second is pretty fast. Pro SLR models can do about twice that at the top end.

Capturing photos at five frames per second is pretty fast. Pro SLR models can do about twice that at the top end. Then Casio released the EX-F1, with burst speeds up to 60 fps, and followed up with the higher-resolution EX-FH20, with a burst rate of up to 40 fps, making even professional SLRs seem kind of slow. But there’s a lot more to these... Read more
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