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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Have You Found A Really Powerful Digital Camera Yet?

By Chris Campbell

All the photography purists that cringed, squawked, and moaned, when digital photography hit the scene, but now own and use digital cameras, should all take a seat in the back of the room. The same goes for the new round of purists, that are whining about how live view has no business in the hoity toity world of high end digital SLR, and should be sent back to the basement with point and shoot crowd.

When a camera takes AA batteries, there is a good chance it will accept rechargeable batteries as well. You will have to pay more for batteries that are rechargeable, but in time you will save money. If you use regular AA batteries, in a month you can easily go through a megapack of them.

There are two main types of rechargeable batteries: NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) and NiCad (nickel cadmium). If you want the best possible performance from your batteries, you should go with the NiMH. Still, if you already have NiCad lying around in the house, you can use those as well.

To further solidify the argument for live view, one needs to look no further than arguably the two best SLR cameras offered by Nikon. Specifically the D300, and the D700. While there is a big difference in price between these two suckers, there's good reason for it. Obviously live view isn't the reason, but lets have a look.

Next is the Canon PowerShot SX110IS. It is much cheaper than the previous Panasonic, but still a magnificent camera. The PowerShot is more of a personal use, family oriented camera and is almost about a third of the Panasonic camera, at around $230. It consists of a 10x zoom lens and has quite a compact build to it.

You should buy a second set of rechargeable batteries. Even if one of them is in the charger, the other one can be used. Even though a rechargeable battery is fully charged, if you leave it for a few weeks it will lose some of its power. In time they will discharge completely.

Last, but not least, is the Pentax Optio W60 at a price of approximately $280. Even though a bit pricier than then Canon Powershot above, many say it is not as good. Though, the Pentax has a few benefits that do not come with other cameras. Firstly, the Pentax is a water proof camera. Now, many will think that water proof cameras do not take good quality photos.

The Pentax proves that theory wrong. With 10.1 megapixels, the Pentax takes pictures of great quality. Pictures taken with the Pentax are sharp, demonstrate good color. The camera has a very good shutter lag, and is very responsive. To be specific, its shutter lag is approximately 5 frames per second. This camera is great for all around use, so in other words, a great camera for a first!

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