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3/22/2015

Shooting for pleasure without shooting others down


Amateur Photography - Just shoot me.

Not with a camera. I mean, just put me out of my misery.

I am not crazy about being in photographs or videos, and my primitive methods of dodging having my picture taken involve raising a Neanderthal paw in front of my face or turning my head away, The Exorcist-style.

But I quickly find myself slammed against the limits of these techniques since we are living in camera-saturated Singapore.

Is there any point in trying to hold on to a fig leaf-size scrap of privacy?

Surveillance cameras have been installed at 4,400 HDB blocks and multi-storey carparks, said Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran in Parliament recently, adding that the Government is on track to installing them at all 10,000 HDB blocks and carparks by next year.

Camera footage has helped the police solve more than 430 cases and provided investigative leads for more than 890 cases since 2012, said Mr S. Iswaran.

Video cameras - which include body-worn cameras and in- vehicle cameras for frontline officers and police vehicles - are part of a greater effort to harness technology in fighting crime.

Perhaps being shot to death by cameras is a trade-off for not being slashed to death by a parang-wielding gangster. And in-vehicle cameras, mounted like weapons pointed and at the ready to record the latest on-the-road battle, offer some of us a way to fight back after the fact.

Take, for example, a recent video of a taxi passenger, picked up at Chai Chee, heard being rude to a cabby. The clip went viral and got the driver support from outraged viewers.

In the video, among other things, the passenger accused the driver of failing to notice him on the road even though he "wave wave wave wave wave". He called the driver a "blind bat", complained that the cab was moving too slowly, and accused the driver of trying to cheat him. Outraged netizens claimed to have found the man and revealed his details.

The adage, "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far"? How about "speak softly and carry a big camera..."

Apart from surveillance cameras of the official and public sort, dark dome-shaped CCTV cameras continue to pop out like oversized moles on ceilings and walls of private residences, too. Spying for their unseen masters and feeding them information about our every move.

One was installed not too long ago in the corridor outside my front door and I can no longer be less than decent as I nip out to throw garbage down the common chute, hoping not to run into a neighbour. Now, thanks to the Lidless Eye of Sauron that is the CCTV camera, every time I step out, I know I will run into the neighbour electronically and on the record.

Does being watched all the time make us look and behave more decently?

We all probably have had enough footage and sound recorded of us to cobble together a 10-season reality drama. Each of us an accidental star of our own The Truman Show, the 1998 film about a man finding out that his life has been the subject of a live, 24-hour-a-day television programme, and that numerous hidden recording devices have their eyes on him.

Where CCTV footage seems to play a more passive role - hopefully, it won't be used unless a crime has been committed or a cabby shouted at - "shame photography" is a more aggressive use of the camera.

Consider the hot spot that is the reserved seat on buses and MRT trains.

When someone who looks apparently able-bodied has a shut-eye while obviously less-able- bodied folk stand nearby, you can almost hear some people metaphorically flick off the safety catch on their camera phones as they prepare to shoot the sleepyhead. Or maybe the hot spot is a parking spot reserved for the disabled.

Click, caustic caption composed, a photo posted on social media, a person virtually lynched.

Perhaps the hope is that such street justice will nudge us into behaving better. But what if the person being chased by the virtual villagers and their pitchforks turns out to be an innocent party?

What about people with "invisible disabilities"?

A report published this month on the American National Public Radio (NPR) website said it is estimated there are millions of such people in the United States. "You know, it's that invisible nature of an illness that people don't understand," Mr Wayne Connell, founder and head of the Invisible Disabilities Association, told NPR. He started the group after his wife was diagnosed with Lyme disease and multiple sclerosis.

"We'd park in disabled parking and she didn't use a wheelchair or a cane, and so people would always give us dirty looks and scream at us," he recalls. "When they see someone in a wheelchair, okay, they get that they're in a wheelchair. But what if they have chronic pain, what if they have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) - anything from cancer to peripheral neuropathy to autism?"

What do trigger-happy practitioners of shame photography require of such ill people here: N95 masks strapped over their mouths with medical certificates stuck on their foreheads?

How do we walk the fine line of shooting without collateral damage?

This question is something we can think about even if we aren't waving cameras like pitchforks, but are just pointing them at interesting street subjects and clicking away as a hobby.

There was debate online this month about photographs taken of sex workers on Singapore streets, which showed their faces clearly. Women rights group Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) criticised Italian photographer Luciano Checco as it, along with some Net surfers, raised concerns about his subjects having their privacy violated.

Aware posted on its website: "When is a cool picture not so cool? Taking and publishing photographs of sex workers without their consent can have serious consequences for their safety and well-being. Think twice before sharing."

So while taking photos of people in public places is allowed, with legal permission needed only before taking photos or videos for commercial use in private places, street photographers need to exercise good judgment before putting them where many can view them.

This sort of sensitivity is needed more than ever even as the day may come when a drone with camera may buzz by for a drive-by shooting of sorts.

In January, there were 70 applications for permits to fly drones in Singapore. This number is a six-fold increase from the average of 12 per month last year. The Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, along with other government ministries and agencies, have started a review of the regulatory framework for drones, addressing the increasing use of unmanned aircraft, and the safety and security concerns that come with it.

There are no laws specifically targeting the use of drones to invade people's personal spaces. But it shouldn't be left up to rules and regulations.

Taking photos and videos is such a great personal pleasure. We should first decide for ourselves how we want to use cameras: As big, curious eyes to see more of this cool world of ours and to make things better? Or to shoot people down?

8/14/2014

PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000 NEW REVIEWS


The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is the first bridge camera to deliver the new ultra HD 4K video format thanks to the inclusion of an impressive 1in, 20.1MP CMOS sensor.

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PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000
Panasonic has a long history of delivering high quality video performance across its digital camera line up. Its G-series of CSCs has seen some impressive video innovations, most recently in the form of the GH4 which took the crown of being the first CSC to boast 4K video capture.

The new PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000 benefits from this heritage and sees Panasonic break new ground once again, with the model being the first bridge camera to feature 4K video capture thanks to the utilisation of a larger than average 1in, 20.1MP CMOS sensor.

The FZ1000 also features a host of typical bridge camera characteristics, including a reasonable zoom lens and DSLR-esque controls.

The Question is: The LUMIX FZ1000 solely the preserve of video shooters, or does it deliver a complete shooting experience?

Features

As you might imagine. the real headline feature of the PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000 is the camera's capacity to shoot 4K video if you're unfamiliar with 4K, it's the new ultra high resolution image video capture that's four times the resolution of full HD video capture.

The high resolution video capture is made capable by the inclusion of a new quad core Venus IV processor.

If you're not taken by the video potential of the FZ1000, then consider this when shooting 4K video it's possible to grab 8MP 3849 x 2160 still images from slow motion review, presenting a new way to capture individual frames.

All of this high resolution work is made possible by the larger than average 1in, 20.1MP sensor. This sensor also allows for an extensive ISO range which covers 125-12.00 in its conventional setting and extends to ISO 80 to 25.600.

The new sensor and processor combination also allows for some impressive operational speeds. Panasonic claims that the FZ1000 will shoot 12fps in its burst mode, while also featuring improved AF performance that the manufacturer claims is some 275% faster than its FZ1000 stable-mate.

in terms of the camera's optics the FZ1000 is not quite as impressive as the aforementioned FZ1000, although is still has a zoom to compete with a range of bridge cameras. The model sport a 16x optical zoom covering a focal range of 25-400mm in equivalent terms and one which is comprised of Leica glass.

Other eye catching features including the model's EVF. The FZ1000 inherits the impressive 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder seen in Panasonic's flagship CSC, the GH4. The LCD screen measures 3in and features a resolution of 921k dots, as well as being of the vari-angle variety.

As you might expect for a new camera from Panasonic, the FZ1000 features full WI-fi functionality, while one welcome feature is the ability to edit raw files in camera and output to JPEGs, dispensing of the need to do so on a computer.

Design

As is traditional for a bridge camera, the FZ1000 features design that's more akin to a DSLR than a compact.

It measures 137 x 99 x 131mm and weight 831g, making it slightly larger than some competing models such as the RX10 (although it still manages to feature an optical zoom twice as extensive as this rival).

The FZ1000 is made from a tough polycarbonate plastic and carries its bulk and weight well thanks to pleasing ergonomics and a substantial hand-grip, meaning that in the hand it feels comfortable and not overly large.

It would have been a positive to see weather sealing included in the body of the FZ1000, but the build quality is of a good enough standard for shooting on beaches or in light rain, for example.

One surprising omission from the camera's specification is a touch-screen. That being said, the body does cater well for shooting adjustment on the camera's body via a host of physical controls.

These include some five customisable Fn buttons along side a host of dedicated controls offering quick access to key shooting functionality such as exposure modes, exposure compensations an ISO control.

The models also benefits from the presence of a lens ring. this feature can be adjusted to control either the camera's zoom or manual focus, although it;s somewhat disappointing that it doesn't cater for further adjustment to control other key functionality such as exposure compensation of aperture control.

All in all, the range of physical controls and their clever placement, along with the ergonomic design, means that the FZ1000 is a pleasure to use and is relatively simple to do so, Anyone picking this camera up for the first time will certainly have a earning curve to overcome, but before long, even a new amateur will be confidently capturing strong imagery using this camera.

Raw V JPEGs

Full resolution 12 frames per second images can be captured in Raw+JPEG mode using the Panasonic FZ1000. a great benefit to photographers wherever speed their subjects are moving at. The in camera JPEG processing does a good job of sharpening lines and boosting colour saturation. However it noise reduction is a LIttle harsh so for low light images especially, we'd recommend using the Raw file and processing in post.

Performance

Panasonic makes some pretty bold claims with regards to the FZ1000's AF performance in comparison to some of its stable-mates, with the manufacturer stating that it focuses 275% faster than the FZ1000.

Such claims are made possible thanks to the implementation of a new defocusing contrast deception method and a 49 area AF system.

In practice the FZ1000 delivers impressive focusing results, and during testing there was rarely an occasion where the camera didn't deliver prompt, accurate focusing.

There are a host of focusing modes available, including a macro setting which allows for focusing as a close as 3cm, while te manual focusing mode is helped by the lens ring adjustment option.

Unfortunately the lens ring doesn't cater especially well for the second of its functions, namely controlling the camera's zoom. it seems to zoom faster the slower you turn it, somewhat counter intuitively, and as such it's often preferable to use the dedicated zoom slider by the shutter release.

The model's Wi-fi functionality also performs well, while on the whole the FZ1000 meets its claims with regards to continuous shooting rates, Capturing full resolution Jpeg + Raw images at 12 frames per second. That is fast enough to capture anything from action sports to wildlife.

If all of the operating noises and sound notifications are switched off, it is possible to take pictures with the FZ1000 in total silence. This is perhaps on eof the most significant performance features of the FZ1000 and will appeal to photographers who want to take pictures discreetly in sound sensitive environments.

The fact that the FZ1000 inherits the same viewfinder as found on the GH4 is certainly a benefit as it's one of the best units on the market. The EVF delivers bright and clear image reproduction as well as offering advanced functionality including manual focus magnification and exposure preview.

The EVF also benefits from a rubberised eye cup, making it comfortable to use for long periods of time.

Image Quality

Colour and White Balance

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Subjecting each camera to our colour chart test reveals any variation and differences in colour between Raw and JPEG file formats.


As well as having a range of white balance presets, the FZ1000 features a custom white balance setting in which you can store four presets. There are also a range of different shooting modes should you wish to add a more creative colour finish on your images.

In terms of colour, the FZ1000 produces a good balance between the various hues, while colours also appear pleasingly natural if you wish to add a bit more punch or saturation then the Photo Style Menu allows for fine tweaking.

Exposure

There are several different metering modes present on the FZ1000, with the main "Intelligent Multiple Area" metering setting delivering a pleasing balance between highlights and shadows. Even in difficult conditions the FZ1000 works hard to retain detail in shadows, and the presence of an "i,Dynamic" shooting mode ensures that you can get more detail the shadows and highlights should you require it.

The FZ1000 also delivers a pleasing dynamic range at its base ISO setting it manages a level comparable to many APS-C DSLRs, and it maintains this higher up the range.

Resolution

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Our resolution chart reveals exactly how much detail a sensor can resolve and it;s measured in lines/millimetre, abbreviated to lpmm

As you might expect for a bridge camera with a large sensor and a high mega-pixel count, the FZ1000 resolves and impressive amount of detail. At the base ISO setting the camera resolves around 30 lines/mm [lpmm], and even when the ISO setting is higher, at around 1600, the model still manages to resolve around 24 lpmm.


The diorama is used to ascertain how image noise is handled through an ISO range. Some cameras produce cleaner results than others.

Noise FZ1000 handles noise well, capturing clean and good quality images in both Raw and JPEG formats up to ISO 1600. Above this setting. JPEG files begin to deteriorate due to noise reduction, while luminace noise remains present.

PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000 Pros and Cons

Pros

- Silent shooting
- 4k video capture is a bonus
- Excellent build quality
- Good zoom range

Cons

- Lack of touch-screen
- Proliferation of button may intimidate inexperienced photographers

Final Verdict

The bridge camera market has long been one of the most competitive going, and therefore for a model to stand out from the crowd it needs to see a reasonable amount of innovation. Panasonic has managed this trick before with the FZ200's fixed maximum aperture lens, and with the introduction of 4k video capture the FZ1000 also impresses by setting new ground.

As mentioned in the design section, we would have liked to see weather sealing included in this camera body, but for the sake of keeping costs down, we can appreciate it being challenging conditions all weather enclosures are available at affordable pries for peace of mind, so we won't count that against it. Although it's not perfect, with the 4k video features in need of some tweaking, the FZ1000 can shoot in near total silence, has a good quality zoom lens and is a pleasure to use, rightly taking its place alongside some of the very best bridge cameras currently on the market.


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8/06/2014

Nikon Coolpix A VS Sigma Dp1 Merrill

Nikon Coolpix A Previews

With the same sensor as the acclaimed D7000 DSLR, the Coolpix A certainly promises great things

The Coolpix A borrows the Graphic user interface from NIkon's DSLR line. as well as the sensor from the D7000 DSLR, and fits them into a slender, pocket-able body.

Nikon has developed a new 18,5mm optic for the model, with a 28mm-equivalent focal length and a respectable maximum aperture of f/2.8 while the inclusion of a hot-shoe on the top plate ensures compatibility with the company's family of Speed-light flashguns in addition to a handful of other accessories.

The camera goes on to list many other features commonly found in its DSLRs, Including Raw shooting in Nikon's NEF format, a 3in LCD screen with a 921k-dot resolution, and the Virtual Horizon levelling feature. Full HD videos can also be REcorded. With control over exposure on hand.

As is common among such cameras the Coolpix A offers a moderate level of customisation, which includes two user-specific settings on the mode dial and function buttons on the camera's front and rear plates. Those wanting to manually focus may do so with the ring which encircles the lens, while anyone with a keen interest in time-lapse photography will be pleased to learn of a built in interval-meter.


Performance

Anyone familiar with Nikon's DSLR line will be able to start shooting with the coolpix A with little bother, thanks to the adoption of the same interface. what they, or anyone else may find more difficult to uncover is the way of accessing the movie setting, which is bizarrely buried within the camera's Release mode settings (the closest you can get to convenience is to assign the Release mode to a Function button).

Although the buttons on the left side of the LCD necessitate two handed operation with the command dial, this soon becomes second nature. There's much to like elsewhere too, the camera powers up promptly with a gentle nudge of the collar around the shutter release button. and there's Virtually no delay before the camera's ready to shoot. The LCD screen is crisp and high in Contrast, and it shows plenty of detail which makes checking focus easy.

The autofocus system does tend to slow things down, however, bouncing back and forth more than expected before any confirmation. although in good light it's unlikely to be deemed "too" slow in poor light, meanwhile, the AF assist lamp does at least help to keep speeds reasonable.

Nikon has combined an aluminium alloy body with a magnesium top plate for the Coolpix A, and fashioned most of the dials out of metal too, At just shy of 300g when loaded with a battery and card the camera is certainly lighter than expected. and it's difficult to find any weaknesses around the body. Some may take umbrage at the lack of a more substantial grip, although the slim leatherette strip does at least help to keep size and weight down. One could argue the buttons on the rear don't protrude far away from the back plate, although all press positively into the camera.

Sigma DP1 Merrill Previews

With a totally different sensor from almost any other camera, does the DP1 Merrill offer anything special?


As with Sigma's other cameras, the DP1 Merrill uses a sensor based on the Foveon X3 Direct IMage technology, where by the extent to which wavelengths of light penetrate its silicon layers determine the colour. This differs from the more conventional method of capturing a single colour at each photo-site and interpolating the other two primary colours from neighbouring values.

Because of this. Sigma claims the camera has a 46MP sensor, by which it means there are there 15.3MP layers. although opening up such an image in an image editing program shows images to measure 14.75MP.

The rest of the camera's specs adhere to the more traditional enthusiast compact template. The 19mm f/2.8 prime lens equates to 28mm in 35mm term. while the 3in LCD screen bears a 920k-dot resolution. The body shares its magnesium alloy construction with many other enthusiast compacts, while full manual exposure control. Raw shooting and hot-shoe all feature too, although videos can only be recorded to a maximum VGA resolution (640 x 480) which is disappointing for a camera of the DP1 merrill's billing.

Performance

The camera turn on in around a second but it's only ready to focus and shoot after a further slight delay. the fact that it also doesn't sport a convenient built in lens cover (as on many other models) mean that the lens cap also needs to be removed before shooting, which makes start up a two stage process.

although the camera's 920k-dot LCD screen is capable of resolving fine detail, this is only realised when using the menus and playing back image, When composing-images, the feed shows significantly less detail, which is further compromised by artefacts, and colours are relatively desaturated when composing images too. ALl of this is disappointing when you consider the discerning user at which the camera is targeted, and makes checking accurate focus more difficult than it should be.

The menu system is difficult to fault though, its construction logical and descriptions clear and unabbreviated. The ease with which the command dial can be accessed by the forefinger also makes its navigation easy. while the QS button allows you to jump to and change eight commonly-used settings without entering the main menu, which speeds things up.

While a bulky body can sometimes benefit the way a camera handles, the portly DP1 Merrill's delivers a less than satisfactory handling experience. This is largely thanks to the lack of a proper grip of thumb rest, which makes the smooth body feel less secure in the hand than desired. this being said, the command dial is far easier to operate than on similar models given both its size and positioning, while the broad rear plate allows enough room for a well spaced set of controls There's also no doubting the camera's solidity, with its magnesium alloy body unyielding to any pressure.

How They Compare

Each Camera has its plus and minus points on its own, but how do they fare against each other?
These three cameras share many commonalities. Each has an APS-C sensor without an anti aliasing filter - the only notable difference here is Sigma's non standard Foveon X3 sensor architecture - as well as a lens with an effective focal length of 28mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 Each also has a 3in LCD screen. The DPI1 merrill is notable for being the only camera not to have an HD video mode, with its VGA video option an underwhelming substitute (although to many this won't be a deal breaker) it's also the only camera not to have a built in flash, which is particularly disappointing considering its dreadful high sensitivity performance.


Nikon Coolpix A Pros And Cons

Pros

- Noise Control
- very good LCD
- Great shot to shoot times
- Best video quality on test

Cons

- No dedicated movie button
- Focus can be slow at times
- Far too expensive

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Sigma DP1 Merrill Pros And Cons

Pros

- Capuable of great detail
- Superb GUI
- OVersized mode dial makes changing certain settings easy

Cons

- Bulky body
- NO proper grip
- VGA videos
- Unsightly noise at higher ISOs

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8/05/2014

A BRIDGE CAMERA

Bridge cameras

dispense with this, so users must compose using the live view feed to either the LCD screen or an electronic viewfinder. This does offer some advantages over a DSLR's optical system, the electronic image allows you to see the exposure and white balance as it will be recorded in the final image. you can see more shooting data. and in low light an EVF can also be brighter than an optical viewfinder.

But the resolution of EVFs is not as good as an optical viewfinder. there;s a slight lag when you look through the eyepiece, and the image can drag or smear as you can quickly, it can.also freeze momentarily as it saves your images.
Most bridge cameras offer a similar range of direct control to entry level DSLRs, with a mode dial and direct buttons for key shooting parameters. Most shoot Raw, and HD video is pretty much standard, though the bit rates. file formats and frame rates vary. Most have a hot-shoe for an dedicated external flashgun, and one or two newer models offer WI-FI and/or GPS.

As with compacts the zoom is usually controlled using a rocker switch on the camera body, though on a couple it can be manually adjusted by rotating the lens itself. like on a DSLR. Virtually all models feature optical. or sensor shift, image stabilisation. Most bridge cameras use the contrast detect method of auto-focusing, which is slower than the phase detect method used by DSLRs, making them less suitable for fast action, and this is why AF tends to hunt as it struggles to find focus on the subject at higher magnifications. SOme of the latest bridge cameras are starting to use hybrid AF sensors that incorporate phase detect pixels within the chip itself, and this dramatically improves AF performance.

There A Reasons To Buy A Bridge Camera


The Lens

in reality there are fewer uses for a 1000mm equivalent lens than most people think. But if you're into nature and wildlife photography or sport, then you may otherwise be unable to get close enough to you subject to fill the frame. if you want to photograph deer in the park, birds in your garden, or the kids playing in school sports tournaments bridge cameras come into their own (though with fast action the AF system may struggle to keep up) but for most day to day shooting the vast majority of photo opportunities can be covered the focal range provided by the average 1-x zoom lens.

The EVFs

for many photographers a viewfinder is essential LCD screens can be difficult to see in bright light and older users can other struggle to see them clearly. For those who don't want a DSLR, the bridge is one of the few types of camera where a viewfinder is till the norm. albeit an electronic one.

The Size/Shape

if you have big hands. and find compacts too fiddly, you may prefer the design and shape of bridge cameras which like DSLRs, offer a substantial grip and a good number of decent sized button to control it with.

Achilles Heel Bridge Camera Features


If you've ever tried to hold a pair of binoculars steady you'll know that t isn't easy. High zoom lenses are the same. This makes them difficult to hold still at high magnifications, especially if you don't have a viewfinder and are relying on the LCD. we'd go so far as to say that bridge cameras without viewfinders should be avoided altogether, such is the difficulty of holding a camera steady at arm's length at a high zoom magnification. Holding a viewfinder to your face helps to stabilise the camera's movement. the other problem with high zoom shooting is camera shake, which is magnified as you zoom. Although virtually all bridge cameras come with image stabilisation *and any that don;t should be avoided like the plague) this only reduces camera shake. it doesn't eliminate it. you'll still need to shoot at a relatively high shutter speed. AN old rule of thumb is that it should be at least as high as the equivalent focal length you;re using, so 1/500 sex is you;re zoomed out at 500mm (though with modern image stabilisation systems you can often go two to there stops lower than this, and perhaps more, if you shoot carefully).

Fast shutter speeds require good light,, or a wide aperture, but bridge cameras (with one exception) have small maximum apertures when you zoom in, so in dull light the only way to avoid camera shake is to raise the ISO sensitivity, which may introduce visible noise into the image.

The exception is the Panasonic FZ200, the first (and so far only) bridge camera with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8, which is over two stops brighter than average.

There A Reasons NOT TO BUY A Bridge Camera

Image Quality

If image quality is the most important consideration you can do better than a bridge. Some DSLRs are not much bigger. or you could consider one of the growing number of CSCs, many of which are smaller and lighter than bridge cameras yet have much bigger sensors and faster lenses (e.g the Nikon 1 S1 below) There are even some premium compacts with larger sensors.

Portability

A bridge camera gives you at least 50% of the bulk of a DSLR without the associated image quality benefits. IF compact size is more important than ultimate image quality. But you still want a reasonably good zoom. look at the growing number of pocket super-zooms (aka travel compacts) with 20x zooms that will fit in your pocket. you;ll still be able to get a very good quality A4 or 8x10 inch print from them which is a s big as most people ever want to go.

High Speed

Although some bridges are capable of short high speed bursts (usually by pre fixing the focus before the first frame) in general they're not ideal for fast action, despite their long zooms. because the AF isn't fast enough, though some are now using hybrid sensors with phase detect pixels, which helps. The other problem is that the EVF may not refresh quickly enough. A DSLR is still the best solution. Even though you won't be able to zoom in as far with a DSLR. the much larger sensor does give you much more scope for cropping later.

Six of The Best OF Bridge CAMERA

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The defining feature of a DSLR is its mirror and prism assembly, which enables users to see directly through the lens using an optical viewfinder. Bridge cameras dispense with this, so users must compose using the live view feed to either the LCD screen or an electronic viewfinder. This does offer some advantages over a DSLR's optical system, the electronic image allows you to see the exposure and white balance as it will be recorded in the final image. you can see more shooting data. and in low light an EVF can also be brighter than an optical viewfinder. Bridge CAMERA
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7/14/2014

SAMSUNG GALAXY NX The Best 3G/4G Android CSC

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Samsung has announced the Galaxy NX - the world's first Compact System Camera that's designed to bridge the gap between smartphones and traditional digital cameras by supporting 3G/4G LTE data connectivity. Superseding the Samsung NX300 as the new flagship model in the NX-series, the Samsung Galaxy NX adopts the Android operating system that was rolled out in the Samsung Galaxy camera last year and offers greater flexibility with its interchangeable-lens design that makes it fully compatible with Samsung's line-up of 13 NX-series lenses.

At the heart of the Galaxy NX lies a 20.3MP APS-S CMOS sensor that's partnered by a DRIMe IV image processor. which is claimed to deliver the speed and accuracy that today photographer demand. With an ISO sensitivity range of 100-25.600, the Galaxy NX shoots a continuous burst as fast as 8.6 fps, with the fastest shutter speed being 1/600 sec,

For Autofocus, the Galaxy NX uses Hybrid system, which pairs 105 phase-detection AF points with 247 contrast-detect AF points, AF point selections is designed to stretch to the far edges of the frame while the combination of autofocus technologies promises a fast focus acquisition time of eight milliseconds.

The 4.8in Super Clear TFT LCD capacitive touch screen at the rear is enormous, and with no room for any buttons beside, users are reliant on the screen and scroll dial to set up the camera and adjust settings. To aid composition, there;s also an electronic viewfinder (SVGA). Which is activated by an automated eye-sensor.

Keen to push the serious photo capabilities of the Galaxy NX, the camera features the full set of PASM modes for more-experienced users, while an Auto setting is included for novices and beginners. The camera is also well equipped with more than 30 Smart Modes for those who'd like to produce creative images without having to master the cameras settings. Some of these Smart Modes include Multi-exposure. Drama, Animated Photo, Vignette. Miniature. Colour Bracket and Panorama.

For added personalisation. The Galaxy NX's Camera Studio feature allows users to set up and costumise settings with the most frequently used apps or camera modes o that photos can be captured more quickly for spur of the moment shot.

ANDROID OS
The Android 4.2 jelly Bean operating system opens up endless possibilities, with over 700.000 applications available to download from the google play store. Not only does this mean that you can Play Angry Birds on your camera. but you can also access a wide range of photography applications to both edit and share images on

HIGHLIGHTS
20.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
Samsung DRIMeIV Image Processor
ISO 100-25.600
Advanced Hybrid AF System
4.8in TFT LCD touch screen
8.6fps continuous shooting
full HD video at 25fps

Pros
Greats Operating System
You can Simultaneously Upload Your Photos to Dropbox and GooglePlus automatically, as you take each picture!
The Samsung Smart Apps ALso has a remote view-finder function which allows user to Remotely control the camera Using Samsung Galaxy NX-series

Cons
Serious read and write speed issues.
Very expensive.

Conclusion
To be able to borrow a footballing example, the new Samsung Galaxy NX is extremely much a game associated with two halves. In the 1st it delights with excellent image quality and the compelling ability to change and share your images via the Android OPERATING SYSTEM, but in the second it fades away since the convoluted interface, slow processing times and also sky-high price detract in the overall performance. The Samsung Galaxy NX can be a brave but ultimately mistaken first-generation product, too expensive to attract more casual users to purchase the better image quality it delivers, and not professional enough to tempt keen enthusiasts from rival interchangeable-lens systems.

In seeking to bring together the best options that come with the Samsung Galaxy and also NX300 cameras, with slightly sprinkling of the more mature NX20's DSLR-like design, Samsung have wound up with a product that ultimately won't satisfy any one its target user organizations. That's not to say we don't like the Galaxy NX - it produces excellent image quality, fast and reliable auto-focusing, a new rich feature-set, and a much better sharing experience than some other comparable cameras - it's exactly that we can't see exactly who will stump up this eye-watering Click here to see a price tag, especially as that doesn't also include any data costs to take advantage of the 3G/4G connectivity.

Ultimately we imagine that the Galaxy Camera serves the patron better, and the NX300 this keen prosumer - which is not even looking beyond the Samsung family. Despite it is huge potential, we are not able to justify recommending the Samsung Galaxy NX until its price, performance and user interface issues have been addressed.

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