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Things to consider when thinking of purchasing your first dSLR. 1. Can I afford a dSLR? If you've never used an interchangeable lens camera system before, realize that the cost is astronomical in comparison with fixed-lens cameras, because the camera body itself is just the start of your purchases and the basis of your system. It is also (weirdly) the most ...


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What is this red dot next to the viewfinder and live view button on the Canon EOS Rebel T6 (1300D)? A red dot is a common symbol for the record function, and as on other EOS bodies that button serves the dual purpose of starting Live View mode and starting and stopping movie recording. The icon on the button itself is the Live View icon, and I think the red ...


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The camera doesn't know what the most important parts of the image are, and therefore what you would like to have in focus. Traditionally autofocus systems have simply selected the closest object near the centre of the frame and focussed on that. This can easily fail in the presence of irrelevant foreground details. Face detection makes the assumption that ...


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As a fairly generic answer, I'd go for an older higher level camera every time. To me, higher spec cameras tend to have a longer life span (in terms of shutter actuations), and more solid build than entry level ones. Although saying that it is more likely that they have had heavier use before getting to you. I reckon also that features and specs of high end ...


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In my opinion it boils down to two factors (assuming you mean DSLRs in the low- and mid-range): Higher level cameras give you more features and more control than entry level cameras. Newer cameras have better low-light capability than older cameras (and generally better image quality due to technological advancement). Given an amount of money you balance ...


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A mirrorless is a system camera and you must therefore carefully consider the system. There 2 major differenciators between systems: Sensor-size: This affects image quality and particularly low-light performance. Four-Thirds and APS-C are popular sizes but there are full-frame options and smaller 1" or 1/1.7" ones too which have noticeably lower image-...


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The direct replacement for the 1300D (the Rebel T6 in the USA) is the 2000D (Rebel T7 in the USA), which is an incremental improvement over the 1300D; the 4000D represents a new model line below, and consequently even cheaper than, the 1000D/1100D/1200D/1300D/2000D line. This can also been seen in the launch price of the cameras: the 1300D and 2000D both ...


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What you're missing is that most compact cameras will use an electronic viewfinder, rather than an optical one, if they have a viewfinder at all. Apparently a lot of folks don't mind composing and shooting from an LCD screen on the back of the camera. The Powershot G's viewfinder has several drawbacks. It can be blocked by an accessory tube. It only shows ...


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Power Focus is described on Canon's Infobank page as "a mode that allows you to drive the autofocus motor electronically instead of having to use the focus ring." As you indicate in your question, it's meant for changing focus from one point to another very smoothly, for use while shooting video. As one doesn't normally change focus in the middle of taking ...


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Are optical viewfinders on point and shoot cameras now dead? Probably, yeah. I notice that in the 2011 answer to the other question you link, Itai suggests that they were then a "dying breed", and that seems to have become completely true. I did a search on Digital Photography Review's database of all compact cameras with any type of optical finder, and — ...


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I would recommend taking a look at the Nikon D800 manual which can be found online here. Page 207 of the manual describes the features of the D800 and time lapse photography. You also will want to pay particular notice to the tips of the bottom of page 209 where it describes what modes time-lapse does not work in. If you have a question beyond something ...


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So, I recently bought a used camera. To decide which to buy, I developed this technique: Make a list of all features that are important to you. Assign a point value from 1-10 to each feature. Give a 10 to something essential, a 1 to something that barely matters. Write down the stat for the feature for all of the cameras that you are interested in. Give no ...


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To bluntly answer the question: "Why not enable it by default?" The obvious answer is "because it has drawbacks". Otherwise it would be enabled by default :). Looking at this article from Canon directly explaining the option for the 1DMkIII and 1DSMkIII, then at this one for the 7D, I think we can safely say that the effect will vary depending on the camera ...


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Usual Basics Just as with dSLRs, you will want to consider the following "main" features of a camera system in addition to any gee-whiz features you find sexy: Sensor size and resolution (affects noise performance, and lens size/speed--the larger the sensor, the bigger/slower the lenses are liable to be to keep the system compact). Overall system breadth (...


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In order to allow the camera to make less noise, the speed the mirror is moved out of the light box and/or the speed the shutter is reset for each shot is slowed down. This increases shutter lag and decreases the maximum number of frames per second. Sometime the maximum frame rates is more important, regardless of the noise produced by a camera. I doubt ...


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The difference is not that big, and you are right, the SX150 is a much better camera. The main advantage of the SX150 is that it has full manual controls with a rear control dial and makes it much better for creative photography. It also has 50% more zoom. Plus, it has twice the battery-life with 320 shots per charge instead of 175. If you do the comparison ...


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You can take amazing photographs with any camera. The trick is to know and understand your equipment. An older professional camera might be more rugged and durable, but might have lower resolution or light sensitivity. It really depends on the specific cameras you are comparing. A few years ago I was dead set on buying a used 5DMk2 because I wanted a full-...


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There are few options if you want to improve burned out skies on your pictures. Most of DSLR can have bracketing option that you can set on the camera. Some can do about 3 pictures bracketing. One with normal exposure, one with lower exposure and one with higher exposure. You can usually set increment value for lower and higher exposure. More advanced DSLR ...


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Of course — there has to be. Are you aware of the saying "Fast, cheap, good: pick two?" Any design has compromises. This isn't a "marketing reason" — it's a basic fact of making products which the market researchers must work from. And when you add the additional constraint that it must be compact, well, something else has to give. Take a look at my recent ...


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Ultrasonic motor (USM) in this case should not be associated with human being audible frequency. I do not think the lens manufacturer builds it for the reason of no noise during operation, but the advanced simpler control of the lens movement by using the sinusoidal electric wave at the ultrasonic range frequency. Ultrasonic motor is low speed and high ...


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Ultrasonic Motor You want it for a few reason: nearly silent AF (important for photographers working with animals) Full-time (even when AF is on) manual focus (important for macro) It is much faster than non-USM focusing (especially useful for tracking moving subjects) You may NOT want it because: Lenses with USM are more expensive Call me dumb but ...


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As far as DSLRs go, the Pentax K-5, K-7, most of the Sony Alphas, the newer Nikons as well as the newer Canons like the 5D-Mark III, 650D, and newly announced 6D all have HDR built-into the camera. In addition to DSLRs, a lot of point and shoot, micro 4/3s and mirrorless cameras also come with this. For your purposes, it seems as though the Sony NEX cameras ...


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I had to decide the same thing a short time ago, whether to go for a D7000 vs any other camera. The only restriction was that it had to be Nikon because I owned a couple of Nikon fit lenses that I wanted to reuse. First of take a look at: http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon-D5200-vs-Nikon_D7000 http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d7000.htm The D7000 is Nikon'...


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While Philip's answer talks about why you cannot compare cameras of different levels with each other without considering their price (in short: the 2000D is the successor to the 1300D, while the 4000D is a line even below the 1300D/2000D line), I want to answer the question: Are they not supposed to make entry level cameras good/better so more and more ...


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Yes it does. This falls under full manual-controls on most review sites. You can tell this by simply looking at photos of the G15 and noting the positions on the mode-dial. The one labbeled A means you can select aperture while leaving the shutter-speed automatic and the M means that you can adjust both independently. The G15 also happens to have dual ...


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From what I understand - in-camera HDR should generally be avoided as it is very limited in ability. For my money (and it is my money as I have invested!) shooting RAW and getting yourself a copy of Photomatix Pro would be a much better way to create HDR's. Also the latest Photoshop can merge RAW's into HDR, but again with less control than a dedicated app ...


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Most likely because the A4000 is smaller, almost half the weight of the SX150 and uses a proprietary lithium-ion battery. The only real improvement the SX150 seems to have is much better video recording.


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Arbitrary Release Time Lag is a new feature that Canon introduced to minimize camera shake due to mirror movement in a DSLR. In the past, savvy users have used the 2-second self-timer with mirror lockup enabled or similar techniques to achieve sharp results. The new feature gives a bit more flexibility with varying delays(1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, or 2 second). ...


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What are the benefits of having one more leg section? Being I am 175 cm tall, I will never use the legs fully extended on a plane. More sections reduces the length of the tripod while folded. This is most desirable for travelling. As a side-effect, there is a slight loss of rigidity since the extra tube is more narrow and maybe a more time to setup. ...


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Here's the problem with automatic Depth of Field (DoF) calculations: The camera doesn't know the intended display size and viewing distance. These two factors determine the acceptable circle of confusion from which DoF is then calculated. The same exact image file will have different Depth of Field when displayed at different sizes and viewed from the same ...


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