Digital photography made easier

Exciting developments exist in the digital photography market with lower prices and quirky photo gadgets.

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By  Gareth Van Zyl Published  September 30, 2009

It wasn't too long ago that getting a professional camera would be a costly affair. Apart from the camera itself, you would also have to fork out a lot of money for other peripherals such as lenses. But digital SLRs (Single Lens Reflex cameras) are becoming more affordable, with some hitting the US $500 price range, such as the Nikon D3000 that's been launched in the US.

This is quite a big price drop if one considers that over the past few years, entry level digital SLRs have hovered around the price range of US $1000, such as the Canon EOS 500D that had a review written about it on this site.

Digital SLR cameras are distinguished by the fact that they have high resolution (a high megapixel rating), offer interchangeable lenses (which also means that many lenses of SLR cameras are interchangeable with digital SLRs), and do not have shutter lag time (which traditionally is an issue with digital point and shoots).

Of course, many of these cheaper models fit more into the category of being ‘entry-level' dSLRs, but with the technology improving all of the time, taking professional photographs is only a step away with these cameras.

The camera market in general, though, seems to be quite vibrant at the moment. Sony has launched their new Cyber-shot series in the Middle East that has a wide range of features and interesting new peripherals.

The new Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 have an interesting new Sweep Panorama mode that can be used by simply panning across a scene, horizontally or vertically, while taking a photograph. The cameras don't stitch images together, but rather takes photos at 10 frames per second.

Another interesting device that Sony has released corollary to all this is the Party-shot, an auto-shooting system that relies on tech such as face detection and smile detection to capture photos at parties and social gatherings. You can put your camera on the dock, which then automatically rotates and takes pictures. In essence it becomes your robotic ‘photographer', and you never have to therefore worry about taking photos and being conspicuously absent from these photos.

With this much innovation and choice, it's a good time to be a digital photo camera enthusiast or consumer.

3457 days ago
Bipin B. Gupta

The best value for money are Pentax DSLRs. Their K20D & K7 models are Pro to semi-Pro cameras at the price of amateur Canikons. Pentax have been making SLR cameras for over a 100 years. Their Super Multi Coated lenses are legendary. Their modern DSLRs can use every M42 screw mount and Bayonet lenses made by Pentax and some 42 other manufacturers for the last 100 years.

3575 days ago

I know they have come out with quite a few entry level DSLRs. Canon, Olympus, Nikon and Sony all offer them, many around or under $500. The Sony for parties sounds pretty interesting.There are also Hybrid cameras that are beginning to surface. They are "almost" a DSLR. Susan -

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