Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

Shop online 24hrs a day or call us Mon-Fri
8:30AM-4:30PM EST - 1-800-915-2088
WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Ultra Portable Digicams

Friday, June 22nd, 2007 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography
 
Loading...


Ultra Portable Digicams

These are a few, though rare, tips that you need to look into before buying any ultra portable digital camera. A camera’s functionality and convenience are what should determine your choice. Here are a few tips that could swing the pendulum either way.

Form Factor

Ultra compact sized cameras might be easy to fit into your pocket and carry around, but there is a downside to them. They can make controlling your shots quite difficult. Particularly, models like the Fuji Z3, Nikon S7 and the Samsung NV3, all of which are exceptionally thin. However, Canon IXUS and Panasonic FX01 provide the right balance of shape and size. They are small, but a bit stout, so they fit in the hand really well and make it easier to shoot. The other good ones include the Kodak dual lens cameras with their V610 and V705 models.



Types of Lenses

Different cameras have different lenses. Take a look at the four different types and decide what suits you best. There is the telephoto lens that offers zoom capabilities that are usually 3X optical. There’s the wide angle lens, which offers a much larger frame, allowing you to capture better landscape shots. The dual lens cameras combine a wide angle and telephoto lens together to give you the best of both worlds. However, in the small size lenses, they end up compromising quality in favor of versatility. Lastly, telescopic lenses enable a much sleeker look with no protruding lenses. The Samsung NV3 and Fuji that use these lenses appear compact, but they might suffer a bit on quality. But, go ahead if you are looking for extreme portability. For good quality, go for the telephoto lens with wide angle capabilities, like the Canon IXUS 850IS and Panasonic Lumix FX01.

Features

Technological marvels abound in every camera model. It’s important to know what you want from the camera before you decide on any model. Take the Samsung NV3, for instance. It is the only camera in its price range that has a Personal Media Player and MP3 player with it. You can play both Mpeg4 videos and MP3 audio. It also has a built in speaker if you find your headphones uncomfortable. Besides that, its LCD resolution, refresh rate and viewing angle make it a great pick. On the other hand, Nikon sports the biggest three inch screen, but Panasonic has the most responsive LCD. Theirs gives good refresh rates and color reproduction. Canon is good as well, but not as much as Panasonic. The Kodak cameras have the worst refresh screens and they are exceptionally grainy. Cameras come with various scene modes to help you shoot pictures in different settings, come rain, sunshine or snow. Most have 10 modes, however, the Kodak V610 has 21 different shooting modes. It’s a problem of plenty. Can you find the right mode before the moment has passed? One big reason we carry ultra portable cameras is to take a shot whenever, wherever and most times, as soon as we spot a Kodak moment. Therefore, start up times become critical. However, most cameras score on this, so no worries there.

Design

It’s also important to have the best controls to enhance your photo taking capabilities. Nikon, Fuji and Canon provide immaculate menus to access all the features in a jiffy. Kodaks are great for two handed operations, as the controls are well spread out and well marked. However, some Samsung models don’t score well on this front. The cameras also need to be of outstanding build quality to withstand the situations they go through. Thankfully, most branded cameras are good, particularly Nikon and Canon. They feel nice and are rugged to boot!

Photo Challenge

The best way to check the photo taking capabilities is to do a test run before buying them. And what are you checking for? A few things: Do they fare better in good light conditions and bad in low light or vice versa? How well is the macro feature (extreme close up?) Do they capture the correct skin tones? How good is the detailing and focusing capabilities? How good are they in outdoor and indoor shooting? I found that Fuji, Canon and Nikon score well in this feature. The Kodaks lose out at the cost of providing versatility. Panasonic scores well with indoor photography.

Overall

Fujifinepix, Panasonic and Canon come out trumps on most of the capabilities mentioned above. But then again, the choice is left to you and what you want. However, don’t go by the megapixels. Most digital cameras are used to printing 4×6 photographs, for which even a 5.1 megapixel camera is good enough. It can produce as good of a result as any other camera that has a 10.1 megapixel function.

Have fun picking out your new digital camera!

~ Zahid H. Javali

Leave a Reply


Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.


Enter Email Address:

Subscribe

Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup



Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Subscribe


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive


Categories:
Archives: