Sony has always had a knack for being innovative, and the Sony A55 is no exception. I was originally going to write this review earlier, but I have been entirely too busy enjoying the many options that the Sony A55 has to offer.
When you first look at the Sony A55 it looks like some other traditional SLR cameras, but be aware that looks can be deceiving. Although the Sony A55 look and feels like a traditional SLR camera, the technical specifications are quite different. The Sony A55 does have a mirror inside, but unlike other SLR cameras, the mirror does not move. This means the Sony A55 does not have the single-lens reflex action, commonly known as SLR.
The mirror inside the Sony A55 is a pellicle mirror, and it is semi-transparent. This mirror lets approximately 70% of light into the main sensor while the remaining 30% bounces upwards into the autofocus. This might sound complicated, but it gives you continuous autofocus. What this means is that the camera is constantly in focus, this leads to you being able to capture up to 10 frames per second, which is lightning fast.
For those fans interested in capturing video, the Sony A55 shoots video in 1080i and looks breathtaking. The rotating screen on the back of the Sony A55 means you can twist and turn in every conceivable angle and still see exactly what you are filming. This is guaranteed to lead to some amazing and original pictures and videos.
Because of the constant autofocus, you are going to see crisp video that does not look as though someone filmed it with a handheld camera from the 1990's when you record movies. With a maximum resolution of 1920×1080, you can enjoy these movies on even the finest computer monitors or high definition televisions.
One final benefit of the Sony A55 is that because of the non-moving mirror inside, it has a relatively compact design. It is not just comfortable to hold in your hand because it is light, but it also has a rubber grip that feels as though you have a firm grasp of your camera.
Though many people will suggest that the company took a big risk with creating the Sony A55, there are going to be many fans who will attest to the fact that it was a risk well worth taking. If you are looking for a blazingly fast camera that is also versatile, the Sony A55 comes highly recommended.
From the Canon U.S.A. site:
Photographers looking for an easy-to-use camera that will help them create their next masterpiece need look no further than the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. The next in a long line of phenomenal compact DSLRs, the EOS Rebel T3i continues the Rebel tradition of easy operation, compact design and no-compromise performance. Featuring Canon's newest DIGIC 4 Image Processor and an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor - plus cutting-edge technologies like Full HD video recording, Live View shooting, Wireless flash photography and even a Vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD monitor - the EOS Rebel T3i offers the best of EOS photography in a compact package.
The use of digital cameras has made it increasingly easier for the photographer to quickly check to see whether a photo is a keeper or not. Despite that, there are usually flaws and small changes that need to be touched up or a crop that needs to be made. To do so, the photographer needs to use an image editor to produce the final shot.
For very basic editing, many use the editors that come with the computer. While this may be good enough for minor editing, and cropping, many professionals and web designers need much more powerful programs.
While there is a selection of good image editors that are available to the professional, the most popular, by far, is Adobe Photoshop. It was first released in 1990, and has quickly become the standard image editing software used by professionals.
Another popular editor is the Corel Photo-Paint editor that is part of the CorelDraw Graphics software suite. It is targeted specifically to photographers who wish to edit their images using a computer.
Professional image editing software can be quite expensive for the hobbyist or personal user. If you want most of the features of those professional softwares, but want to eliminate the expensive part, another photo editing software that you'll want to check out is GIMP. GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation. GIMP is a multi-operating system software, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Google, the search giant, developed a basic photo editing and organizing software called Picasa. It's uses are limited, however, to mostly just cropping, fixing red eye, and adjusting hues of the photo.
As with any electronic device, digital cameras need a little bit more care when being handled. The sensitive components that make up the camera can be damaged if handled improperly. In order to help you keep your camera in the best shape, here are some suggestions on things you can do to maintain your camera and help guarantee that it has the longest life possible.
- Keep your camera dry. Unless your camera is a waterproof camera, moisture can build up inside of it and will lead to malfunction or could destroy your camera's components.
- Keep an eye on your batteries. Even if you're using rechargeable batteries, they do have a life-span. A typical Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery has an estimated lifecycle of about 500 charges before its performance will begin to decline. If you're batteries aren't working as well as they used to, it may be time to consider replacing them with new ones.
- Clean your lens. Not only will a dirty lens lead to specks and spots on your photos, the dirt and dust can work its way into the inner mechanisms of the lens and the camera and lead to damage. Make sure to read your cameras manual and clean the inner lens mechanisms as well.
- Hold on tight. Excessive shaking, or the impact from a drop can cause severe damage to the sensitive components of a camera. Keep your camera on a strap that is secure, or on a tripod while in use to minimize the potential for any dangerous falls.
- Protect it from the elements. Extreme elements can cause damage to your camera as well. Moving quickly from a warm car to a cold outdoor situation can cause fogging. Shooting near the sea can get salt on the camera and cause corrosion.
No matter where you shoot, or what the situation is, if you take proper care of your camera, it should last you a very long time.
The selection of Digital Cameras has increased each year. More and more manufacturers are making more and more models. With each new generation of camera, the features and design become more varied and make choosing one confusing for the non-tech buyer.
Don't worry. Here's a list of the features that you'll want to look out for while shopping for a digital camera.
Many of the more advanced (and higher priced) cameras have listed as one of their major features a large amount of pixels. However, studies have shown that most people cannot see the difference between a print made with 5 megapixel camera and a 10 megapixel camera. Megapixels are most important for doing large prints (20x30 or larger) or for picture that will have significant cropping done.
Memory cards for cameras have come down in price, but they can still make a significant dent in your camera budget. Higher megapixel cameras will also require larger memory cards to store all the pictures on. If you regularly move your pictures off of the camera and onto a computer, you likely don't need to have a very large card. If, on the other hand, you take lots of pictures and tend to leave them on the memory card, you'll need a larger card and may want to consider having multiple cards as well.
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Batteries are what make your camera go. Almost all larger cameras come with a rechargeable battery, which is good since cameras tend to use a lot of power and you will likely end up spending a lot of money on single-use batteries if you don't have a rechargeable. Another key point is to check to make sure that you can buy a backup battery for your camera. You don't want to run out of battery only to wait an hour or more to recharge your only battery.