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A camera is precious equipment which will give you good service for a long time, if you maintain it properly. Some basic guidelines are given and you are advised to follow them...

Cameras and lenses are extremely sensitive to moisture, dust and fungus in our atmosphere and it is very essential to maintain it properly...

Tripods are the best equipment available for a photographer to reduce or even completely eliminate camera shakes. There are many varieties available in market which may lead to confusion in buying the right one...

About Photography

Photograph helps the world to know about History. Due to scientific discoveries beginning from Greek and Roman culture, ancient drawings and pictures, and in the later period photography has developed. Hence we should know about its birth which in turn helps us to know many things...

Technical Tour

Cameras are now broadly classified into 2 categories

  • Film Camera or Single Lens Reflection Camera (SLR)
  • Digital Camera or Digital Single Lens Reflection Camera (DSLR)

Choosing the right lens is always essential before shooting any subject. There are lots of possibilities that the lens you are buying may not match with your camera...

New Introductions

Nikon has introduced the D5000

Effective pixels - 12.3 mega pixels.

Max. resolution - 4288 x 2848 pixels.

Sensor size, type - 15.8 x 23.6 mm, CMOS.

Pixels density - 3.3 MP /Cm2.

Sensor cleaning - Yes, Supersonic wave filter.

Aspect ratio [Wxh] - 3;2.

Focusing modes - Single servo [S], Continous servo [C], Manual [M], with electronic range finder; Live view AF, Face - priority, Wide Area, Normal Area and Subject Tracking.

Af type - Nikon Multi - CAM 1000.

Metering - 3D Matrix Metering II, Center - weighted, spot.

Shutter speed range - 30 - 1/4000 sec [B up to 4 mins.]

Exp. Compensation - -/+ 5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV Steps.

Colour space - sRGB, Adobe RGB.

ISO - 12 Positions, 5 Manual preset settings and Kelvin.

Drive modes - 4 fps.

Built - in flash - Yes, Pop-up.

External flash - Yes, hot shoe.

Flash range - GN 17 EQUALANT [iso 100 in metres]

Flash modes - Aut, 3modes, Forced on/off.

Flash sync. speed - Less than 1/160 sec.

LCD Size - 2.7 inch [free angle]

LCD dots - 230,000 dots.

View finder - Approx.95% coverage, Approx.1.4xmagnification.

File format - JPEG [Fine, Standard], RAW.

Image Stabilisation - No.

Live view - Yes.

Mirror Lock-up - No.

Remote control - Yes.

Self-timer - 2,5,10 or 20 sec.

Storage types - SD, SDHC.

Time lapse recording - No.

Movie clips - Yes.

USB - USB 2.0 high speed.

Environmentally sealed - No.

HDMI - Yes.

Battery - EN - EL 9 Lithium - ion battery.

Dimensions [WxHxD] - 127 x 104 x 80 mm.

Weight - 560g. [body only]

Samsung has introduced the WB 100

24mm Ultra Wide angle lens.

3inch AMOLED Screen.

Samsung has introduced the NX Series

Sensor : AFS-C Sensor

The first model at the NX sensor will be available only in the second of 2009.

Lumix G Vario HD has introduced the 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH Mega OIS

Zoom Range --28-280mm focal length range

Micro four thirds super zoom lens

Designed specifically for the video as well as photo use.

This lens has a new silent focusing system for continous AF during Movie recording.

4 asperical and 2 ED glass elements, and aperture uses seven rounded glasses.

FUJI FILM has introduced the Fine pix F200 EXR

Sensor type, size- super ccd EXR Sensor, 8.08x6.01mm

Effective pixels-12.1 megapixels.

Max. image size- 4000x3000 pixels.

LCD- 3.0 inch TFT Colour LCD Monitor, approx. 230,000 dots.

Focal range- 28-140 mm (35mm equalant)

ISO range-Auto, ISO- 64-1600, upto 6400 (with pixels addition)

Aperture range - f/3.3-5.1

Shutter speed- Auto 1/4-1/1500sec, all other modes; 8-1/1500 sec.

Metering modes- TTL 256 zones metering, programmed, AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual.

File format- JPEG

Battery - NP -50 Li-ion battery

Storage- SD, SDHC, xD

Dimensions (WxHxD, Weight)- 97.7x58.9x23.4 mm, 175g (without battery and card)

Canon has introduced the EOS 500D.

Effective pixels - 15.1 megapixels.

Max. resolution - 4752 x 3168 pixels.

Sensor size, type - 22.3 x 14.9 mm, CMOS.

Sensor cleaning - Yes.

Aspect ratio w;h - 3;2.

Focusing modes - One shot, Al focus, Manual.

AF type - TTL, Phase Difference Detection.

AF points - 9

Metering - Evaluative, Center-weighted average, partial, spot.

Shutter speed range - 30 - 1/4000 sec.

Exp. compensation - -/+2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV Steps.

Colour space - sRGB, Adobe RGB.

ISO - Auto, 100 - 3200 [expandable to 12,800]

White balance - Auto, Day light, shade, cloudy, Tungston, Flourescent, Flash, Custom.

Drive modes - Yes, 3.4 fps [frame per second]

Built- in flash - Yes, Pop-up.

External flash - Yes, hot shoe.

Flash modes - Auto, Manual, Flash on/off, Red-Eye Reduction.

Flash Range - Guide No.13.

Flash Sync. speed - 1/200 sec.

LCD Size - 3-inch.

LCD Dots - 920,000 pixels.

View finder - Optical [penta mirror, 95% coverage, 0.87x magnification]

Film format - JPEG [Fine, Normal] RAW, MOV.

Image stabilisation - No.

Live view - Yes.

Mirror lock-up - Yes.

Remote control - Yes, E3 typed wired.

Self timer - Yes, 2 or 10 sec.

Storage types - SD, SDHC.

Time lapse recording - No.

Movie clips - Yes, 1920x1080 pixels at 20 fps. 1280x720 pixels at 30 fps.

USB - USB 2.0 hi-speed.

Environmentally sealed - No.

HDMI - Li-ion rechargable [1050 mAh]

Dimensions [WxHxD] - 129x98x62 mm.

Weight - 480 g.

Panasonic has introduced the LUMIX DMC -FS12,FS42, and FS62

FS12 is a 12 megapixels.

LCD- 2.7 inches, optical zoom

The camera features intellegent Auto Mode, Optical image stabilisation and face detection.

Nikon has introduced the D3x 24.5 Mega pixels.

Fx Format ISO range 100-1600

Cmos sensor Continues shooting speed of 5fps [frame per second]

7 fps in the 10 mega pixels DX crop mode.

Pentax has introduced the re-launch of its K-m DSLR

10.2 Mega pixels.

Canon EOS 5D M II 21.0 Mega pixels ISO range-100-6400

LCD size 3inch

Weight [Inc. Battery] 850g.

LENS

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6

16 Elements in 12 groups

Filter diameter 72mm

Weight 595g.

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 II VL

18 Elements in 13 groups

Filter diameter 72mm

Weight 550g.

Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED

Along with the D3 and D300, Nikon announced a number of professional full-frame lenses.

Lens construction 11 Elements in 14 groups.

Closest focusing distance is 0.28m.

Diaphragm blades 9

Dimensions 98x131.5mm

Weight 1000g.

CAMERA

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1

12.1 pixels. Maximum resolution 4000x3000 pixels.

Sensor size-17.3x13.0mm type-live mos

Focusing mode-AFS, AFC, MF

ISO-Auto, 100-3200, intelligent ISO

LCD Sise-3 inch [free angle] LCD dots 4,60,000 dots.

Dimensions 124.0x83.6x45.2mm

Weight 385 g [body only]

Pentax K-m

Effective pixels 10.2 mega pixels

Maximum resolution 3872x2592 Pixels.

Sensor size 23.5x15.7mm

Type CCD

Focusing mode AF-S, AF-C, AF-A.

Shutter Speed Range 30-1/4000 sec.

ISO-Auto,100-3200.

White Balance 9 type and fine tuning available.

Built-in flash - Yes.

LCD Size 2.7 inch TFT

LCD DOTS Approx.2,30,000 dots.

File Format JPEG, RAW [PEF/DNG]

Dimensions [WxHxD] 122.5x91.5x67.5mm

Weight [incl.battery] 590g.

Olympus-E30

Effective pixels 13.10 mega pixels

Sensor size 17.3x13mm

Sensor type Live Mos

Low Resolution 640x480

High resolution 4032x3024

Memory card Olympus company - XD Fixer Card

Shutter Speed 'B', 60 Sec, to 1/8000.

Built-in flash - Yes.

Files JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW.

LCD Sise--2.7 Inch. 2,30,000 pixels capacity

Tilting type LCD Monitor

White Balance Auto and custom

Battery Li-ion Battery

Compact down load to USB - 2.0 attached

Processor True Pic. III type [1/5 frame to RAW File]

XD Card 2GB Limit.

CF Card CF-1 type card

COMPACT CAMERA

Canon Power shot 8x10 IS

Sensor size 1/2.3-inch

Sensor type Cmos.

Effective Pixels 10 mega pixels.

Maximum image size 3648x2736 pixels.

LCD 2.5 inch

Focal range 35mm [equivalent] 28-560mm.

ISO range 80-1600. Aperture range f/2.8-5.7.

Shutter speed-15-1/3200 sec Metering modes - Evaluative, Center Weighted.

File Format JPEG.

Hot Shoe Yes.

Battery 4AAbatteries [Ni-MH]

Storage SD,SDHC, MMC,MMC Plus.

Dimensions 124x88x87mm.

Weight 560 g.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ 28

Sensor size 1/2.33-inch. Sensor type CCD.

LCD 2.7-inch. Focal range-[35mm equivalent] 27-486mm.

ISO range-100-1600.

Aperture range f/2.8-4.4.

Shutter speed 60-1/2000 sec.

Metering modes - Intelligent Multiple, Center-Weighted, Spot.

File format JPEG,RAW.

Hot Shoe - No.

Battery-Li-ion battery pack [7.2v, 750m Ah]

Storage-50MB internal memory, SD,SDHC,MMC.

Dimensions 117.6x75.3x88.9mm.

Weight 417 g.

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