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1 Choosing a Camera Area 2 CAT group 18 October 2012 Presented by Derek Southern

2 Decision tree How will you use your pictures? What subjects will you photograph? How ‘techie’ do you want to be? How often will you use the camera? Is portability important? Other questions…

3 How will you use the pictures? Post on internet eg Picasa, Flikr, Facebook etc Prints – size? Photo-book Exhibition or selling images

4 What will you photograph? Landscapes Family groups Children in action Sports Close-ups Nature Movies Low light

5 Special subjects Under-water Astrophotography Microphotography Panoramas etc

6 Types of cameras Smart phones (including iPad, iPod) Point & Shoot Bridge (superzooms) Compact System (CSC) DSLR (decreasing portability)

7 Smart phones (inc. iPad, iPod) Small, easily carried cameras for reasonable stills and movies Casual photos of family and places Easy to upload pictures to social sites BUT when battery goes…

8 Apple iPhone, iPod, & iPad The iPhone 5 has a refined version of the 8MP camera in the iPhone 4S, while the iPod touch gets a serious shot in the photographic arm with a 5MP autofocus camera. Both devices also get a backside-illuminated, 1.2MP, 720p FaceTime HD front-facing camera and a new automatic panorama shooting feature in the Camera app.

9 Point & Shoot Easy to use Wide range of options Can have wide zoom range Image quality somewhat better than smart phone Constant flow of new models Fits in pocket

10 3 P&S for 2012

11 Compact System Camera (CSC) Interchangeable lens Better quality than high end P&S Good low light images No mirror so uses electronic viewfinder Doesn’t fit in pocket, but smaller and lighter than DSLR

12 Mirrorless (CSC) cameras

13 Bridge, or superzoom cameras Wide range zoom, often 18X – 42X Needs optical stabilization for long zoom LCD viewing + electronic view finder EVF Full range of controls

14 24 – 42X zooms

15 Digital Single Lens Reflex Superior quality images Huge selection of lenses Can be controlled by computer Big & bulky Steep learning curve Very fast response

16 Most popular DSLRs

17 Smart phones P&SCSCBridgeDSLR Landscapes Family groups Close ups (macro) Active children? Nature?? Sports Movies Waterproof ? Low light Cameras and your subject

18 Why? TaskCamera type Uncomplicated images (landscapes, family) any camera Fast action (kids, sports, nature)Fast shutter response or you miss the picture (DSLR, CSC) VideosMany cameras WaterproofP&S (size) Low light, no flashDSLR, CSC

19 How ‘techie’ are you? NOT! Smart phone or P&S Somewhat: CSC, Bridge, entry level DSLR Very: DSLR, CSC

20 How often used? Rarely: smart phone Sudden need: smart phone, P&S Planned events: P&S up Special events: CSC, DSLR

21 Other considerations Megapixels (MP) – usually unimportant! Budget! Extras −Batteries −Memory cards (8GB minimum) −Case −Tripod

22 For emergencies File recovery program in case you delete some files or even accidentally reformat your memory card!!!

23 Megapixels are unimportant! Internet images can be quite small, for example 800x600 pixels (0.5MP) A 4 x 6 inch print at 300 dpi is 1200x1800 pixels (2.2MP) An 8 x 10 inch print at 300 dpi is 2400x3000 pixels (7.2MP) 8.5 x 11 inch print at 300 dpi is 8.4MP

24 4000 x 2667 pixels (10.6MP) 10,600 KB

25 1800 x 1200 pixels (6 x 4 inch) 2300 KB

26 800x600 pixels 500 KB

27 200 & 400 pixels 59 KB 151 KB

28 200 pixel enlarged







35 Some suggested ‘best’ cameras updated Oct 12, 2012








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