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Camera House : Better Pictures 9
Sharp Point and shoot, DSLR or compact pro? Which camera is best for your needs? Feature WHICH CAMERA? Whether you’re a social snapper in need of a point and shoot or a semi-pro hankering for a professional DSLR, these days there are an abundance of cameras to suit today’s shooters. But when even the most basic point and shoot offers a minimum of 10 megapixels and interchangeable lens cameras are becoming ubiquitous, how do you know what camera suits your needs? Check out our guidelines below to find the camera for your style. CompaCt CameraS Characterised by their ease of use, and slim form factor, most compact cameras are point and shoot affairs aimed at the happy snapper or social user. However, today’s compacts are a far cry from the Box Brownie of yesteryear, offering advanced features such as facial recognition, auto scene modes, in-camera effects and even movie recording. Good options: Nikon COOLPIX S3300, Cyber- shot DSC WX10. tough CameraS Aimed at the thrillseeker and adventure sports shooter, these cameras have the ease of use and similar feature set to a compact point and shoot with the added benefit of being waterproof, freezeproof, dustproof and able to withstand falls between 1-2m, depending on the manufacturer. Auto scene modes, face detection, underwater shooting and movie recording are all par for the course. GPS and geotagging are often included. Some also offer the option to shoot multiple frames per second. Good options: Nikon COOLPIX AW100, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT4, Pentax WG-2. poCket Zoom Great for travellers that don’t want to lug around a DSLR. Pocket zooms (or travel zooms) deliver the option of shooting everything from portraits to landscapes. Many of these new pocket zoom cameras also provide the option of shooting panorama images to really capture the beauty of a location and offer great image stabilisation for shooting on the go. HD movie recording is usually included so you eliminate the need for a second camera. They are far more versatile than the average compact pont and shoot. Good options: Nikon COOLPIX S9300, Canon Powershot SX230 HS, Fuji Finepix F550EXR. InterChangeable lenS CameraS Smaller than a DSLR but delivering many of the same features, including the ability to swap lenses to suit your needs, interchangeable lens cameras are proving popular with profesional and semi-pro shooters looking for a more compact shooting solution. These mirrorless cameras deliver excellent image and movie quality and provide manual controls for greater creative control. Plenty of bells and whistles. Good options: Nikon 1, Olympus PEN, Fuji X-Pro-1. DSlr The standard for professional and enthusiasts, today’s DSLR cameras deliver superior image quality, HD video recording, and versatility thanks to interchangeable lenses. They are best for shooting in low light and offer complete manual control. Photographers wanting to advance from a point and shoot can opt for entry level cameras such as the Nikon’s D3200 or Canon’s EOS 550D. Advanced shooters will love: Nikon D4, Canon 1D-X , Olympus OM-D. ■ nIkon 1 V1 CREAtIvE kIt This kit is a great option for the enthusiast or semi-pro wanting to expand their camera collection as it comes with all three Nikon 1 lenses (10mm VR, 10-30mm & 30-110mm VR) as well as a case and camera strap. The Nikon 1 V1 is superb in low light, has 10 megapixels on board and shoots a whopping 60 frames per second. Versatile and lightweight, it’s an ideal alternative to a traditional DSLR. SHootIng 21 021_Bpics9_whatcamera_v2_corrected.indd 21 4/06/12 2:56 PM
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