Compact Digital Cameras

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George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments

It was once thought that the big megapixel counts would be limited to digital SLRs, the thinking being that anyone who might want a near 15MB image file at largest resolution would want SLR features as well. That's changed with a new breed of...

Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 04, 2014 0 comments

Pentax's parent company Ricoh Imaging just announced some product news big and small: a whopping 28-45mm F/4.5 lens for its 645Z medium format camera system; and a tiny, retro-style Q-S1 mirrorless compact system camera.

Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

You don't normally think of any point-and-shoot camera as ideal for photographing models, but you never know when a great photo op is going to present itself. That's why I like to carry a small, high quality digital camera with me at all times. Right now Minolta's DiMAGE Xt...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

During the photokina 2006 show, many new digicams were introduced with higher resolution: 10-megapixel sensors are now typical in the upscale models while 7-megapixel sensors are becoming the norm in many other categories. In terms of features, larger LCD monitors, at least 2.5" in size, have become standard; touch-screen LCDs (discussed later) have been introduced and...

Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

As part of our annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) coverage we ask our reporters to deliver a "Best of Show" award. While each contributor had their own beat, we also asked them to go beyond their respective area of coverage to find what, for them, signified a breakthrough product, technology, or new trend that they felt would affect all photographers in the...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

Although the D-SLR category is growing more rapidly, digicams with integral lenses still outsell the larger cameras by roughly 10 to 1. That's primarily because of the lower price and particularly the greater portability. Even the most serious photographer usually wants a pocket-size camera--with built-in lens and flash--that they can carry most anywhere.
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Chris Maher and Larry Berman Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

If you are serious about photography, there are two things that you will always want to do. One is to be able to shoot whenever a picture opportunity presents itself, and the second is to show your best images to others. Surprisingly, the best way to accomplish both of those goals may be one of the tiny pocket cameras like the Casio EXILIM EX-Z55 or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5. If you...

Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2010 4 comments

“Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.”—Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

A growing trend in the world of compact digicams is “rugged” cameras that are capable of taking a modest beating as well as splashing in the surf or playing in the snow. Many of these cameras are festooned in bright colors and lest you think that’s just a fashion statement...

Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

My friend's 3-year-old opened her beauty shop in her parents' home. First mommy and daddy got their makeup and manicures. Then it was my turn. But who was going to take the pictures? Well, I put the camera in her dad's hands--first time he'd seen it, let alone operate this digital camera. I knew him to be a good photographer, but also knew that untried...

Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

Samsung's Digimax Pro815 features several digital camera firsts, including the world's longest optical zoom lens--and it's a Schneider, too--and the largest LCD preview screen. It's all wrapped up in a Mad Max-design that looks like a digital SLR, except it's not. The Digimax Pro815 is an 8-megapixel fixed lens camera that provides three...

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 01, 2011 3 comments

We all need a second camera, one that travels with us when the heavy artillery stays at home. There are many premium models to choose from, and most yield results on par with their larger brethren—under certain circumstances.

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2009 1 comments

The primary emphasis was on D-SLRs during the photokina 2008 show, but many new digicams with integral lenses were introduced, including some inexpensive models strictly for quick snapshooting. While those may find eager buyers, I’ll concentrate on cameras intended for the photo enthusiast. In these categories, only a few trends became obvious, starting with resolution: 13- and 14-megapixel...

George Schaub Posted: May 01, 2008 2 comments

A funny thing happened to me while I was shooting and reviewing the new Sigma DP1 compact camera in New Mexico. I had taken a lunch break in a local taqueria and in came a couple that sat down at the next table. Next to the guy's backpack and hat he set down the Sigma DP1. I did a double take, and asked him how he liked it. "Great," he said, "the picture...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Oct 01, 2008 1 comments

First announced as a "product under development" in September 2006, the DP1 finally became available 18 months later and it was worth the wait. Aside from solving some image quality issues, the engineers also modified the specifications, delivering a better camera than we had initially expected. In spite of the compact size, this is not a typical point-and-shoot...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

Digital cameras with built-in shake compensating devices have been available for at least three years, but this feature is definitely increasing in popularity. At one time, an Image Stabilizer was considered to be necessary only with long telephoto lenses, but it's quickly making its way down the ranks. Today, you can find cameras with short 3x optical zooms that are...

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