Thursday, February 16, 2012

Capturing Boundless Possibilities

Thursday, February 16, 2012

“ 1…2…3… Say Cheese!”

This phrase is usually heard in every milestone event that is typically experience by a lot of people. Be it with family, friends, other loved ones or with ourself alone, we make it a point to capture that euphoric event of our lives. But the big question is, what is this essential thing that disentangles the possibility of having precious memories obtain in just a click away?

The response is no more than a camera. This small handy –dandy rectangular-shape thing can be able to bring anytime at anyplace (given its size plus the fact that you need to) to arrive at your best shot. This is a must have for very occasion, be it simple or extravagant, for every voyage and even for other modest happenings and gatherings.

With the help of online research and some useful information, a list of cool and up-to-date cameras became possible in unison with their corresponding prices that were listed below.

1.      Nikon Coolpix S6200 Lens Extended  ( P 7,011.00 – P 7, 139.00 ) 


The S6200 has a 16 megapixel and a 10x optical zoom lens, offering a 35mm equivalent of 25 - 250 mm. There are 18 scene modes as well as Scene Auto Selector. Other features include special effects and filters and smart portrait system with Smile Timer, Skin Softening and in-camera red-eye fix.

To help take blur free images there is Lens-shift VR (Vibration Reduction), ISO up to 3200 and Best Shot Selector (BSS) which automatically selects the sharpest of up to 10 sequential shots. There are also some dedicated light modes to take images in low light even without a tripod including Backlight scene mode, Night Portrait and Night Landscape.

Movie recording is in 720p HD with stereo sound, optical zoom and autofocus available. You can also take a picture while filming. There is also a built-in HDMI connector with HDMI-CEC support for output to an HDTV.

2.      Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS Gray Digital Camera( P 5,039.00 – P 5, 459.00 ) 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS with a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash and lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.

The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.

The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot. The first is the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS SYSTEM is Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing.                                                                                                    

3.      Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Black Digital Camera ( P 9,659.00- P 11,759.00 ) 


If you don't need the GPS feature, though, you'll be able to find a similar camera for less money.

It is essentially the same camera as the PowerShot SX220 HS, but with the added bonus of a built-in GPS system for geotagging photos.

Compared to one of Canon's dainty little Ixus cameras, the SX230 looks like something of a bruiser. Weighing in at 223g, it'll still fit in your pocket, but not without causing bulges, lopsidedness and other sartorial issues.

On the rear of the SX230, you'll find a large, 3-inch LCD screen. Those hoping to swipe, jab and otherwise prod their way around the camera's interface will be disappointed -- the SX230 is firmly rooted in the realm of buttons and dials, rather than touchscreens.

The controls are conveniently placed and provide instant access to some useful functions. The busy mode dial on the rear, for example, clearly reflects the fact that this product is aimed at true photography enthusiasts.

4.      Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Black Digital Camera ( P 16,758.00 )

The PowerShot SX40 HS is a versatile compact point-and-shoot camera that easily captures amazing photos and videos.

The Canon HS SYSTEM boosts low-light performance with the new Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor and a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor.

This advanced Canon technology delivers stunning image quality with reduced noise and blur. Colors are more vibrant and white balance is true-to-life.

The 35x Optical Zoom offers incredible reach and range, allowing you to shoot any scene, near or far. The Optical Image Stabilizer helps images come out steady and clear, and a 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens makes it easy to take pictures of large groups of people, tall buildings, expansive landscapes and much more.

The camera also features a 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD for great shooting flexibility. Packed with an array of powerful technologies, the PowerShot SX40 HS is a convenient digital camera capable of brilliant image capture. 

5.      Sony Alpha NEX-3 Black Digital Mirrorless Camera Kit w/ 18-55 mm Lens ( P 17,850.00 – P 25,158.00 )


Sony Alpha NEX-3 has an excellent high-ISO-sensitivity photo quality; quiet, fast lenses good for shooting video and comfortable for manual focus; compact, with a nice physical design and control layout; large, tilting LCD.

Sony's debut interchangeable-lens models, the Alpha NEX-5 and NEX-3 are the smallest entrants to date, with a lot to appeal to both enthusiasts and snapshooters--and a bit that annoys, as well.

The cameras are nearly identical, differing only in two ways. They have slightly different body designs, with the higher-end NEX-5 composed of magnesium alloy compared to the NEX-3's polycarbonate body, and the NEX-5 offers full HD AVCHD video recording.

6.      Canon EOS Rebel T2i Black SLR Digital Camera Kit w/ 18-55mm Lens ( P 22,593.00 – P 50, 399.00 )

The Canon T2i looks very much like its predecessor, being almost identical in overall size but with softer, more gently rounded shoulders. Under the skin, the Canon T2i brings a few features from Canon's prosumer EOS 7D model into a Rebel-class body, creating a baby brother to the 7D.

Canon Rebel T2i doesn't shoot quite as fast as its big brother, but its frame rate is slightly increased over the T1i, from 3.4 to 3.7 frames per second, despite the resolution increase. The most obvious external changes include a new 3:2 ratio LCD with 1.04 million dots of resolution, a dedicated live view / movie button, and a restyling of several other buttons to make them easy to locate and identify by touch.

Card compatibility on the Canon T2i includes SD, SDHC, and SDXC, and a new Eye-Fi status screen improves user awareness of these special wireless SD cards.

The Canon T2i's ISO ranges from 100 to 6,400, with a special high ISO option of 12,800. Movie mode also has expanded ability, covering 1080p recording at 24, 25, and 30 fps, rather than the T1i's more limited 20 fps. Manual video exposure is also available, as is an external mic input jack. The Canon T2i is also particularly unusual in also allowing single autofocus operations during movie recording.

7.      Sony Alpha NEX-5 Black Digital Camera Kit w/ 18-55mm Lens ( P 23, 939.00 – P 29, 399.00 ) 

Sony α NEX-5 delivers interchangeable-lens creative freedom and SLR-class image quality in a stylish, ultracompact package. Despite being the world's lightest, most compact interchangeable lens camera you can enjoy the creative flexibility and individual touches that were once restricted to larger, bulkier cameras. Not only will you be able to shoot high quality, impressive photos but its new technologies and unique features actually take it beyond traditional DSLRs. The NEX-5 combines the thoroughbred heritage of the Sony α digital SLR system with outstanding operating ease and Full HD movie recording.

The NEX-5 has a powerful new 14.2-megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor, which has been specially tuned to deliver uncompromising still-photo and movie image quality. The sensor is the same size and delivers the same performance as those used in Sony's acclaimed α system digital SLR cameras so you can feel confident you'll get exceptionally rich tonal gradation and true-to-life colour as well as clean, low-noise signal output and ultra high-speed data transfer.

8.      Canon EOS 7D Black SLR Digital Camera Kit w/ 18-135mm Lens ( 63,378.00 – P 83, 999.00 )


The Canon EOS 7D can also capture true HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Video clips can be up to 12 minutes in length or 4GB in size, and you can make full use of all Canon EF and EF-S-mount lenses, which enables an exceptional range of creative visual possibilities. And to ensure clean, blemish-free image files, the 7D employs a dual dust-reduction system.

The EOS 7D's Intelligent Viewfinder enables 100% viewing of the total image area, and features a transparent LCD overlay option that enables advanced data display within the optical viewfinder including user-selected AF modes, a spot metering circle, and on-demand grid lines. In addition to the 7D's optical viewfinder a Live View mode enables you to compose, review, and edit images using the camera's 3", 920,000-dot TFT LCD.

The 7D also features a Dual Axis Electronic Level and tilt display that enables you to adjust the roll and pitch of the camera in 1° increments, using the viewfinder or LCD.

For continuous shooting sequences, the 7D can capture bursts of up to 126 JPEGs (large) when using UDMA CF memory cards, or 15 when shooting RAW files. An enhanced all cross-type 19-point autofocus system enables extremely accurate AI Servo AF subject tracking and user-selectable AF modes for precise focusing. For metering stills and video, the 7D features a new 63-zone iFCL metering system that takes focus and color data into consideration when establishing exposure times.

9.      Lympus SZ-30MR Silver Digital Camera ( P 11, 969.00 – P 16,799.00 ) 


The new SZ-30MR is pitched as a multi-purpose compact well suited to a host of shooting situations, and as such is the perfect travel companion. The specification to back up such a claim is certainly strong - the model features a 16MP, 1/2.3in backlit CMOS sensor that also supports HD video capture at full 1080p resolution.

Olympus's Dual Engine TruePic III+ supports the aforementioned sensor and offers three eye-catching features -a Multi Recording mode which gives the camera its ‘MR' label, as well as continuous shooting speed of up to 15fps in reduced resolution and 3D image capture, albeit of the lesser stereoscopic variety. The Multi Recording mode allows the photographer to shoot with different framing, different file sizes or with and without Magic Filters simultaneously, as well as supporting both stills and movie capture at the same time.

Another feature that will no doubt appeal to the travel photographer is the large focal range of the SZ-30MR. The model's 24x optical zoom features a wide-angle of some 25mm, extending to 600mm in equivalent terms and featuring dual image stabilisation. Outside of these core features, the SZ-30MR offers a feature set suited to those looking to pick up and shoot. Alongside the Multi Recording shooting mode is an Intelligent Auto mode as well as a host of scene modes, whilst shutter and aperture priority are missing.  

10.  Canon PowerShot S100 Silver Digital Camera P 18,018.00 – P 18, 059.00 ) 

With advanced features, the Canon PowerShot S100 builds on the strengths of its excellent predecessor.

The Canon PowerShot S95 is a very good, popular camera with some commonly complained-about flaws: among those are the poor flash design, lack of a grip, narrow maximum aperture at the telephoto end of the zoom range, short battery life, slow performance, and relatively expensive price. With the S100, Canon addresses a few of these plus it adds some desirable new features: a wider-angle 24mm start to the zoom range, manual controls and zooming during video, and a built-in GPS. There's also a spiffy new silvery/champagney-color version in addition to the basic matte black.

Despite a slight bump up in resolution, the S100 maintains the excellent photo quality that contributed to the S95's popularity. Exposure and metering, color accuracy, and tonal range are good, and the lens is relatively sharp; there's some distortion but less than you'd expect given its minimum focal length of 24mm-equivalent. Given its size (and its relatively small sensor) it delivers excellent JPEG quality up to ISO 200, and photos remain quite good up through ISO 800. If you shoot raw you can even get quite usable quality out of ISO 1600, which is rare for a camera its size. Plus, there's quite a bit of fringing on high-contrast edges. The camera defringes the JPEGs, but if you shoot raw it's quite a bit of work to fix.


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