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comment Mom-friendly digital camera with easy settings and batteries
He (or she?) also specifically said that the SX170 is a good option, which has the same battery type as the SX230. Read my comment on the original question (and indeed, my full answer). He/she needs to clarify.
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answered How to clean the focusing screen?
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revised What's the point of a shutter when the sensor is clearly working all the time to provide live view?
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comment Mom-friendly digital camera with easy settings and batteries
Whoops I accidentally a word. I think I meant to write "almost all" or "virtually all".
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revised How do I interpret the characteristic curve chart for film, and how does it relate to exposure values?
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answered How do I interpret the characteristic curve chart for film, and how does it relate to exposure values?
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comment Pros and Cons AVCHD vs MP4 vs XAVC
FWIW all three use the same codec, just apply different limitations to how high you can go in bitrate or resolution. XAVC supports 4K video at 60fps whereas AVCHD does 1080p at most. MP4 supports all of above, and is most portable/flexible, but all these are just upper limits and don't necessarily tell you anything about the resolutions and bitrates your camera can actually do.
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answered Mom-friendly digital camera with easy settings and batteries
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comment Mom-friendly digital camera with easy settings and batteries
You said that AA/AAA batteries are a must, then you say you are trying to find the SX170. The SX170, like all modern compacts, does not use AA/AAA batteries.
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comment Is there any risk in removing shims from my Nikon macro lens to make the focus ring easier to turn?
I'm afraid I don't know anything about this so I can't answer, but I'd be curious to see if you have any photos...
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comment How do I easily remove an almost-white background?
Unfortunately because the background is no brighter than the foreground, brightening it just clips some of the colours in the foreground too, so you're getting a colour shift from the soft pink to harsh magenta, to a harsh orange in the scarf etc. Better to start with the item further from the background (say a foot in front of background) and throw more light on background, if using this method.
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answered What is the most effective way to remove a fence in the foreground?
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comment Do jpgs have “layers”?
One possibility is that rather than being some sort of wizardry exploiting the progressive format, fine detail on the "overlay" frame simply isn't as visible on the early progressive passes, giving the illusion that you're not seeing it.
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comment What does the edge marking 'safety film' mean?
The label "safety film" stuck around even after it was no longer relevant. Guess it became just another meaningless marketing term. In other news, I must shut down this IBM compatible and travel home in my horseless carriage.
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comment Is there any way to recover photos taken without a memory card?
As far as I remember, every camera I've used puts up a huge warning on the screen when you take photos without a memory card inserted. Do Nikon Coolpix cameras not do this?
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comment Which Canon lens should I get for portraits/weddings?
Note: the 50mm f/1.8 is cheap not because it isn't good, but because it's a simple lens to make. It should actually be great quality for the money.
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answered Which Canon lens should I get for portraits/weddings?
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comment Do professionals use auto mode?
I think it's not so much about fast moving scenes as it is about preparation time and unpredictability of the environment. Races, parties involve fast moving things but the environment is fairly predictable; you can usually figure out what the conditions are like and set at a minimum an appropriate aperture or whatever. Wars, unfolding public events etc would likely require rapidly changing environments and the need to adapt to situations without any preparation.