If you've been patiently holding out for Nikon's swivel screen D5100 digital SLR camera, you now have a decision to make. Should you wait until the April 21, 2011 (this Thursday) launch date and order one from an online vendor that won't hit you with sales tax, or should you succumb to impatience a pop over to your local Best Buy (or snag one online)? The choice is yours to make, but here's what you need to know.
Been waiting for something new from Nikon? Your wait is over. The camera maker on Tuesday announced its new D5100 Digital SLR with a 16.2 megapixel sensor. Nikon says it packed the D5100 to the brim with "new and innovative features aimed at giving photographers the tools to shatter creative constraints." It also boasts the ability to shoot HD video.
As far as we know, you can't make a career out of taking pictures with your cell phone, but you can take a college course teaching you how not to take crappy photos with one. All you have to do is attend Immaculata University in Philadelphia where communications professor Sean Flannery has made it his goal to teach students how to take the best pictures possible with their mobile phones.
Back in January, Lexar announced the addition of a 128GB Class 10 SDXC card to its Professional SDXC series. For those of you who have been chomping at the bit ever since, Lexar says the card is finally shipping and is available at B&H Photo and Video, Adorama Camera stores across the country, and of course direct from Lexar.
The Earth's moon isn't made of cheese after all. We know this because NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling the Moon at low altitude since around the middle of 2009, sending high resolution images back to our home planet. More recently, NASA posted a ginormous 24,000-pixel square mosaic of the Moon's nearside as never seen in this kind of photographic detail before. The TIF image is available for download, assuming your PC can handle a 549MB photo.
You don't necessarily need to rock a digital SLR camera to get the benefits of a CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor, in case you were wondering) image sensor. According to market research firm iSuppli, digital still cameras have started adopting CMOS senors in place of CCDs (charge-coupled devices) at a rapid rate. By 2013, iSuppli says there will be more CMOS point-n-shoot cameras than CCD equipped ones.
It's hard enough snapping pics with your smartphone on the down-low, and we imagine it would be near impossible to covertly take snapshots with Photojojo's iPhone telephoto lens. Turning you into a professional spy isn't really the goal, however, and as goofy as it looks, the telephoto lens adds an 8X telephoto zoom to your pic taking arsenal.
The thought of jamming a digital camera into the back our cranium doesn't strike us as a particularly pleasant experience, yet that's exactly what a New York City art professor decided to do. Wafaa Bilal, an assistant arts professor at New York University, had the camera 'installed' earlier this month as part of a controversial art project called "Third Eye." The project sparked a debate over campus privacy, but as it turns out, Bilal had a bigger roadblock to work through. Pain.
Just a few short years ago, we wouldn't even discussing smartphones versus digital cameras in the photography field. And in terms of professional photography, we still aren't. But for any Johnny-come-lately looking to snap a photo and upload it to Facebook, most modern smartphones suffice. It's because of this that smartphones have started to close the gap with digital cameras as the top device for taking pictures, but how far is the divide?
You'll have to excuse your Coolpix toting neighbor if he has a serious case of zoom envy when you proudly whip out your P500 digital camera. That's because Nikon outfitted the P500 with a 36x zoom, the longest zoom ever integrated into a Coolpix camera. Combined with the Nikkor ED glass lens, Nikon promises you'll be able to hone in on your subject with exceptional clarity, even in low-light conditions.