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Upgrading to a good quality digital camera will make a real difference when capturing your holiday memories. To find out which digital camera is best for you we have done some research on a verity of digital cameras and camcorders that I will be sharing with you all.
The best cameras take fantastic photos in every situation, whether you’re on holiday, at a family gathering or just enjoying a big day out. With cameras available from well-known brands such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony, sometimes it can be hard to choose which model is right for you. However, there are big differences in picture quality, advanced features and how easy they are to use, so if you want to find the best camera for your needs, do some research before you splash out. The best digital cameras take superb photos with pin-sharp image quality, are simple to use and are reliable for long periods of time. Read on to find out the key factors to look out for, or take a look at our Best Buy digital camera reviews, if I missed any please leave me a comment on what camera you would like us to look into.
Zoom - Digital zoom enlarges the pixels in an image after it has been taken. With optical zoom, a camera’s lens magnifies an image for much sharper results - 5x optical zoom is the minimum acceptable standard.
Build quality - Some digital cameras may be pocket-sized and lightweight, but you shouldn’t have to settle for one that feels flimsy. Be sure to choose a camera with a metal or high density plastic casing. Be sure to also look for solid, well- placed buttons.
Image stabilisation - Image stabilisation helps reduce any blurriness in photos that’s caused by shaky camera movement. The best cheap digital cameras will produce sharp images regardless of how difficult they were to capture.
Face detection - This feature works by automatically detecting those people in the frame as you compose a shot. A great digital camera can accurately recognise faces, even in low light conditions.
Wi-fi - Some digital cameras now offer wi-fi for wirelessly transferring photos to your mobile phone or tablet. Most manufacturers now offer free apps to help with this process; some even allow you to use your touchscreen as a viewfinder.
If it’s zoom you want, it’s zoom you’ve got. So declares Canon with the release of its Powershot G3 X, a brand spanking new compact shooter equipped with 25X optical zoom with a 24-600mm field of view equivalent to 35mm. Not content to let the zoom be its only selling point, the camera also brings five-axis image stabilisation – perhaps making it all the easier for pros and amateurs alike to capture crisp, blur-free images from long distances.
Housed in a dust- and water-resistant body that imbues it with a touch of rugged durability, the G3 X boasts the size one-inch, 20.2 MP high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 125-12,800. In combination with the sensor comes a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor that Canon claims will capture highly detailed snapshots and video in low light. The camera also includes a 1-point High Speed AF system and is capable of continuous shooting at speeds up to 5.9fps. It also contains a 3.2-inch multi-angle LCD screen and a 2.36MP resolution electronic viewfinder.
1080p Full HD video is captured at speeds up to 60fps in MP4 format. Sound recording is facilitated via external stereo mic jack. There’s also a headphone jack useful for monitoring during recording, in addition to the ability to manually control audio levels. An HDMI output allows for live monitoring of video as it’s recorded. The HDMI can also be used to plug the camera directly into an HDTV.
Other bonus features include built-in Wifi for immediate photo and video sharing across various social media channels, and Star Mode which can be used to snap stills and time-lapse video of overhead heavenly bodies.
Arrived in July 2015 Canon Powershot G3 X
The success Canon delivers: the EOS 5D Mark II is in many ways a must-have upgrade, especially for the wedding photography crowd for who the 5D is a workhorse. The camera comes in two official configurations: the body-only or a kit version with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. I ended up liking the 24-105mm a lot more than I expected and think it's a good match for anyone looking for a first lens to pair with the camera. As with all of the high-resolution models, however, it really makes a difference to go for the sharpest lenses. The Mark II weighs just over 2 pounds. Canon says it buffed up the dust and weather sealing a bit around the card cover and buttons and improved rated shutter durability for up to 150,000 cycles. The body itself is a steel chassis covered with magnesium alloy, it's clearly solidly made. Like all of Canon's pro DSLRs, it's very comfortable to grip and shoot. The downside of the updated design is that it takes new accessories, including a new battery and new vertical grip.
On the top sits the main dial plus four dual-purpose buttons that access adjustments for the metering and white balance; AF (single, AI Servo and AI Focus) and drive modes; and ISO sensitivity and flash compensation, you can pull the current settings up on the rear LCD as well. The top rear right has buttons for initiating AF, exposure lock, and focus-point selection; down the left rear are the Live View/PictBridge, Menu, Picture Styles, Info, Playback, and delete buttons, most of the buttons on the body feel identical to their neighbours. The 5D Mark II uses the same joystick multi-controller and Quick Control dial with Set button as its other recent models. The viewfinder is slightly larger and a bit brighter than the 5D's. The most notable feature advantage the 5D Mark II has over its competitors is the movie-capture capability. Canon supports 1,920x1,080 at 30fps, true 1080p HD, with a mono mic built in and stereo mic input, with clips of up to 12 minutes (on a 4GB card)., you can't autofocus, you can adjust exposure while shooting; the optical stabilisation works; and you can apply Picture Styles. A pair of low-resolution raw formats (10 and 5.2 megapixels), more interchangeable focusing-screen options, in-camera peripheral-illumination correction to compensate for brightness across the image, and a silent Live View mode. There's also Face Detection AF, but it only works in Live View mode. If you do HDR work, you'll probably find the 5D Mark II's bracketing implementation a mixed bag. It's incredibly flexible compared with most--in some respects.
The Mark II uses a new battery pack, the LP-E6, which seems to last a reasonably long time: it's CIPA rated at between 750 and 850 shots, depending upon temperature. It also supports some fairly advanced reporting features. For instance, you can register the packs and then the camera will track the date last used, number of shots you've taken on it since last recharge, and its ability to hold a charge, in addition to the remaining capacity on a charge status, it wakes up and shoots in 0.3 second and takes between 0.3 and 0.6 second to shoot, depending upon lighting conditions. It typically runs about 0.4 second from shot to shot.