Jun 21st, 2009 7:25:26 pm - Subscribe
|If you're looking for a first digital SLR, they don't get much more appealing than the 6.3-megapixel Canon EOS 10D. Replacing the popular D60, the 10D provides improved image quality and a slightly more streamlined design without sacrificing the broad accessory and lens compatibility of the EOS line. Though professionals will still sigh longingly for the finer controls and the better performance and image quality of the far more expensive EOS 1Ds, the 10D makes a great choice for those seeking the flexibility and quality of an SLR without the sticker shock.
For the 10D, Canon employs a functional, fairly typical digital SLR (dSLR) design, making only a few departures from this camera's predecessor, the D60. Without a lens but with a CompactFlash card and battery installed, the 10D's solid-feeling black magnesium-alloy body weighs nearly two pounds but fits comfortably into your hand. Most buttons and control dials are clustered on the top right and back left of the camera, while the mode dial sits on the left-hand side of the camera top--a sensible choice.
You use a right-hand thumbwheel on the back to navigate the simply organized LCD menu system and change selected settings; you change others via a dial behind the shutter-release button. There are two on/off switches on the back. One controls the main power, and the other turns the thumbwheel off and on; we find the latter relatively useless, as the thumbwheel isn't really susceptible to being turned accidentally.
Fujifilm has had a reputation of launching economical, yet feature packed digital cameras for the budget conscious customer. More often than not, you will find many cameras in the market with more features than the Fujifilm devices, but you will find heir price tags to be way too high.
Fujifilm has launched yet another cheaply priced camera in the market. The company has launched the Fujifilm FinePix J20 that is priced at a mere $130. The aspects that make this camera worth going for, in addition to an economical price tag, are its excellent image quality, good design, user friendliness, and style quotient.
The Fujifilm FinePix J2is a slim 10 megapixels device. In terms of design, the camera is a mere 0.7 inches in terms of thickness and its body is made metallic. You will find a 3X optical zoom lens in the camera. The camera also features a very effective ‘digital image stabilization’ mode.
This mode lets you click clear and sharp images even when you move the camera around fiercely in between the shots. This is the first time that the ‘digital image stabilization’ mode has been incorporated in an entry level camera by any company. The camera features a 2.7-inch big LCD screen. You will find the essential shutter, off/on buttons on the top of the 10 digital camera.
You will find controls like playback button, settings button, zoom button, and menu button at the back side of the camera. These controls give company to the LCD screen. The camera sports SD/SDHC and the mini-USB connector at the bottom of the body.
The camera features about 17 scene modes in addition to the basic modes like Auto mode, Manual mode, Automated Scene Recognition mode, and Movie mode. Thecamera records 640 by 480 resolution AVI clips at a rate of 30 frames per second. The image quality from this camera is very good.
The images come out to be very less distorted and boast of natural, vibrant, yet bright colors. The battery life of the camera is good in such a way that you can take about 221 shots on a single full charge of the battery. If you are looking for an exciting entry level camera with a decent price, the FinePix J20 is an excellent