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Overview: A Selection of the Best Cameras of 2014

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 02:09 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 04:27 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s been an evolutionary year for digital cameras in 2014, and some of the most common questions I get are “which camera should I buy for myself?” and “what’s the best digital camera?”. I’ve got five categories coming at you, making your end-of-year 2014 choices that much easier.

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There’s a movement afoot just about everywhere to make things more accessible to everyone. That’s a great thing in a lot of cases… but when it comes to artisan tools it’s not. Making things hyper-accessible can mean making them less powerful, and it takes a brave manufacturer to say “no, we want to make something incredible for a small group of people.” That manufacturer is Fujifilm, and that camera is the Fujifilm X-T1.

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When I was a little boy I was so excited about the return of Haley’s Comet. Happening every 76 years, it was an event that simply couldn’t be missed, and experiencing it was life-changing; for a lot of photographers the two year wait for Photokina is the same–it’s one of the world’s most important digital imaging shows, and it took place this past week in Cologne, Germany. Here are some of the most amazing things to come out of it!

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After spending two weeks with Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M3 it has become a go-to model for me to recommend to all of my friends and family who are tired of blurry, dark shots and under performing smartphones. It’s not the holy grail of cameras… but it’s pretty close. Read on to find out why.

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Going hands on with the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS for the first time was an interesting experience for me; it’s been almost a decade and a half, and I’m still a little surprised by cameras that aren’t black or silver. The SX600 I pulled out of the box is white with silver accents, and it’s a compact, good looking little camera. The question everyone wants to know: how good is it?? Let’s take a look and find out!

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Review: Canon SELPHY CP910 Wireless Compact Photo Printer

by Blogger ‎05-30-2014 08:13 AM - edited ‎05-31-2014 07:30 AM

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In the digital age we live in today, it’s never been easier to capture and share moments through the photos we take. From shameless selfies to group shots—it’s almost a given that any social outing will end in a spree of photos. What better way to celebrate and cherish these special memories than by taking it past the digital screen and into the palm of your hands? The portable and lightweight SELPHY CP910 Wireless Photo Printer from Canon is the perfect companion that will do just that, and with its fun, creative, and easy-to-use functionalities, it’s no surprise that it’ll also be an instant hit with any tween girl!

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The 3 Best Cameras for Destination Weddings

by Blogger on ‎05-02-2014 11:15 AM - last edited on ‎05-05-2014 02:34 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Destination weddings are an exciting thing. You’re going somewhere that’s usually exciting, accompanied by friends and family, to bear witness to an event that can be the most life-changing thing to happen to a couple in their lifetimes. If you’re going to be part of something that momentous, you owe it to yourself and to the happy couple, to take the very best pictures possible. 

 

What camera should you have with you? I’ve got three suggestions that I think you’ll like.

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Review: Sony Cybershot DSC-H300 35x Optical Zoom Digital Camera

by Blogger on ‎04-16-2014 09:15 PM - last edited on ‎05-16-2014 10:52 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You’re in a weird place: your smartphone takes snaps that can only be described as “alright” and your point and shoot isn’t really fitting the bill. You want something easy – easy to handle, easy to use. You’re not keen on a DSLR because they’re a little more complex than you want (and you don’t feel like carrying extra lenses with you) and you’re looking for solid value for your dollar. 

 

In short: you’re looking for something like the Sony Cybershot DSC-H300. Let’s take a look at it together.

 

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Top 5 Photo Printers

by Blogger on ‎04-05-2014 10:41 AM - last edited on ‎04-07-2014 11:17 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The days of having to go to the drugstore to get your film processed and order prints are long behind us but even with the advance of digital cameras, a lot of people still don’t realize just how easy it can be to get high quality prints at home. Even if you already have a colour printer at home, it's well worth looking at photo printers. With these you can get superbly high quality photos printed that are suitable for framing or to put into albums. It’s the best of both worlds. No longer are your digital photos trapped in the computer, and you can conveniently get great looking prints any time you want.

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First Look: Fujifilm's new X-T1 Digital Camera

by Blogger on ‎01-29-2014 01:17 PM - last edited on ‎02-13-2014 02:21 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Fujifilm has announced the latest entry in the popular X-series, the Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera. Fusing high performance optics with a compact system camera body, the X-T1 is focused on delivering a premium photography experience in a stylish body.

 

Fujifilm has been at this game for a while, and it’s paid off. It may seem niche, but having a camera that looks and feels like a traditional camera while giving you the performance of a cutting edge digital camera has struck a chord with a lot of photographers, myself included. There are some great new features about the X-T1, so let’s take a look.

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5 Best Digital Cameras for 2013

by Blogger on ‎12-03-2013 07:34 PM - last edited on ‎12-17-2013 12:26 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s been an incredible year for great technology in photography. We’ve seen the world’s first pocket-sized full-frame camera, Canon embracing mirrorless technology, and some impressive new form factors and camera types. Today we’re  going to take a look at some of the top cameras for 2013 with 5 models that we think achieved greatness for one reason or another.

 

So here we go! Here’s our list of 5 of the best cameras for 2013.

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Review: Fujifilm X-A1 Compact System Camera

by Blogger on ‎11-11-2013 04:59 PM - last edited on ‎01-27-2014 12:57 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Today we’re looking at the Fujifilm X-A1, the latest camera in the X-series. It’s an affordable new device designed to find some compromise in components to bring this incredible series to a wider audience. The question is: can Fujifilm make a less expensive X-series camera without losing the magic that makes these cameras so wanted by photographers and style-hounds alike? 

 

I've had the pleasure of checking this camera out in person over the last few weeks, and I've got the answer!

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How to backup your photos: 5 solutions

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2013 10:25 AM - last edited on ‎10-21-2013 10:54 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Can you name five ways to backup your photos? If you can you’re in the minority! If you can’t, well that’s all about to change with a look at five different types of photo backup that you could and should be using.

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Nikon Announces Wi-Fi capable D5300 HD-SLR Digital Camera

by Blogger ‎10-18-2013 10:15 AM - edited ‎10-21-2013 12:07 AM

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In Star Wars: A New Hope Han Solo chastises Luke when they’re both manning the guns after Luke whoops it up: “Don’t get cocky, kid” was the quip from Harrison Ford. That’s what I feel like saying to Nikon sometimes. Like Luke they have reason to be proud of the stuff that they put out, but calling their HD-SLR “legendary” (their words in yesterday’s D5300 press release) makes me want to issue my own Solo-esque warning. 

 

Then again, with the rate at which they’re putting out high-quality hardware, maybe I don’t. As mentioned above the news hit tech bloggers and retailers alike yesterday: Nikon’s venerable D5200 is being succeeded by the predictably-named D5300. And while the name change might be a little yawn-inducing (seriously, Nikon, shake it up. I want to see the Nikon Galapagos or the Nikon Atlantis!) the rest of the camera sports some smile-inducing specs and features. Want to dig in? Keep reading!

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Anytime you’ve got friends or family over for a holiday, an event, or just a get together, you should be taking pictures. Lots of pictures. More than anything photographs are the record of our lives. A friend of mine takes a picture everywhere he goes; even if we’re just out for lunch he snaps a shot. All of those pictures end up on a drive in his home, and they make the  most wonderful collage of a screensaver. We’ll talk about that in a future blog, but the point stands: you need to be taking more pictures.

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