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How to Choose a Good Compact Digital Camera

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It’s important to capture life’s special moments so we can look back on them for years to come. Whether you put your photos in an album, store them on the computer or hang them on the walls, one thing you’re definitely going to need is a camera! However, it’s not always easy to know what to look for in a camera, so here are some top tips…

How much do you want to spend?

What camera you buy may very well depend on your budget. If you have a nice little bit of extra cash and you fancy yourself as a bit of a photographer then you might want to opt for a DSLR camera. They’re often bigger and have various features to help you get better photographs but then do naturally cost a fair bit more than your standard point and click.

However, if you don’t want to spend a fortune then there are plenty of great little cameras that are very affordable and still take great snaps. Plus, they’ll fit much easier into a bag, which is always handy. Just take a look at some of the cameras on Electric Shop for some great deals.

Don’t worry about megapixels

When shopping for cameras, you’ll likely be bombarded about how many megapixels a camera has but don’t get bogged down with this. Most cameras have more than 10Mp and this is more than enough unless you’re planning to blow the picture up to large sizes.

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Zoom is important

If you’re taking someone’s photos up close then there’s no problem at all. However, if you’re stood a little further away then some cameras may struggle to capture your subject in enough detail. Look at the optical zoom and try and ensure it’s around 10-15x to get the best photos. Digital zoom isn’t worth paying too much attention to as it can lead to blurry photos.

Do you want video?

Gone are the days when you needed a separate camera and camcorder to take your photos and videos; now you can get compact digital cameras that take excellent quality video as well. Some will even take HD quality video although don’t expect it to be anywhere near as good as top quality camcorders. It should still be good enough for little home videos, however.

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Low light settings

One of the hardest things to get right when taking photos is getting it right if the light levels are low. Some cameras are better than others at capturing images at low light, so look out for the ISO settings which will help determine how it copes with poor light.

Check online reviews

Probably the best way to determine whether a camera is any good or not is to read some online reviews. If they’re via independent review sites such as reevoo, then they’re much more trustworthy and you can get a real feel for whether people like the camera or not.

For more information on how to choose a good digital camera, What Digital Camera is a great place to start.

Giroptic’s Egg Camera Looks at the World in 360 Degrees

Giroptic Camera

This small and lightweight egg shaped camera can watch, record or view the world in 360 degrees.

When you look at this unique shaped camera, you will not find it looking like a camera at all. This kickstarter project, which is known as the world’s first 360 degree camera is a product of Giroptic.

Giroptic Camera

The egg design is viewed as a peculiar and an extraordinary one as it can function as a camera with 360 degree viewing ability. Each one of the three 185 degree cameras built in and around the camera’s body offers it a field of view of 300 X 360 that are blended together to form an entire image of the whole world to view it from all sides.

Giroptic Camera 2

The camera is also equipped with other features that make it an exceptional one. The internal GPS antenna offers the ability to take geo-tagging images or record video. The microSD slots also provide it expandable internal data storage and it can connect using Wi-Fi to stream videos and remote control.

It is also loaded with three microphones separately that is installed with uniform distances in the device to offer 360 degree sound field along with viewing experience.

Galaxy Camera 2 Arriving by March with Android 4.3 for $ 449.99


Samsung had already announced its Galaxy Camera 2 on 2nd of January which will accompany 4.8 inch touch-screen and 16.3MP camera. However, there were no revelations regarding the release date and pricing of the device.

Recently, the company stated that the new device will be launched by the middle of March with a price tag of $ 449.99. Buyers of this new device will get the device packed with 21x optical zoom, quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 16.3MP camera, 8GB storage, 2GB RAM as well as microSD slot. The device will be powered by 2000mAh battery.


Galaxy Camera 2 will include some special features that will allow users to capture better photos. Galaxy Camera 2 will be available with 28 SMART modes, thirteen new options along with features like Photo Beam and Tag & Go that will assist with image sharing with other devices.

Though, majority of people nowadays rely on Smartphones to meet their photo-capturing needs, there are others who always prefer a dedicated camera for the purpose.

However with an affinity towards capturing photos as well as Android might find this device perfectly suitable towards their needs. Apart from this announcement, the company also launched mirror-less NX30 at a price of $ 999.99.

Some of the features include Super AMOLED 3-inch Swivel & Touch display, 20.3MP camera and SMART modes such as Macro and Beauty Face as well as SD card slot.

X-T1 Camera from Fujifilm to Ship Next Month with $ 1300 Price Tag

X-T1 Camera from Fujifilm

Fujifilm has come up with a full-featured interchangeable lens camera that will include models like X-E2 and X-M1.

The X-Mount cam, X-T1 is the latest product to be added to the company’s portfolio and will be compatible with Fujinon XC and XF lenses.

The shipment of the camera will start from next month with a price tag of $1300 for only the body or customers can also purchase the cam at $ 1700 with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens.

X-T1 Camera from Fujifilm

Some of the features of the device include large OLED viewfinder, 16.3MP sensor, EXR Processor II and refreshed UI. Apart from that it also includes 8fps burst mode which includes tracking autofocus.

One of the striking features of the device is its weather-resistant build. The weather resistant lens of the camera protects it against water and dust. On top of that, it has a freeze proof feature of up to -10°C.

The three-inch dot tilting LCD has been tempered glass reinforced which will protect it against sudden collisions. The camera will also be available with Wi-Fi connectivity that will assist users with instant transfers as well as remove shooting through the company’s camera remote app.

Olympus Stylus 1 Comes with Excellent DSLR Level Performance


The compact camera market has been redefined by Olympus once again by equipping its new Stylus 1 camera with a slew of features.

This camera is designed especially for semi-pro shooters looking for optical brilliance. It brings together DSLR operation, portability and convenience in one single package. It also packs in i.ZUIKO lens, incorporating the exceptional optical quality of Olympus’ ZUIKO interchangeable lenses.


At the heart of this device lies TruePic IV image processor and 1/ 1.7-inch BSI CMOS sensor. This gets accompanied with features like built- in EVF (electronic viewfinder) and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Sporting the ultra-slim and newly developed 10.7x i.ZUIKO lens (28-300mm), Stylus 1 can deliver f2.8 brightness constantly, allowing it to be versatile enough in capturing telephoto to wide shots while delivering professional- quality stills with de-focused backgrounds.

The lens is also coming with a built- in image stabilization mechanism that eliminates shake and blur virtually. Not only that, the lens is capable enough in capturing stunning macro images even from 2″ away. It also features Olympus PEN series’ Fast Touch AF for precision focusing, all thanks to its tiltable touch-screen monitor.

The camera is all set to arrive with a price tag $699.99 and will be available in black color.

Nikon Unveils New Df Camera


Nikon released their Nikon Df range of cameras recently. This FX-format combines worry-free, intuitive dial-free operation and superior image quality.

All of this is arriving in the lightest and the smallest of FX-format bodies, thereby making Nikon Df extremely portable.


Large mechanical dials are also present in this camera that enable intuitive and direct operation, offering the pleasure of capturing photographs with precision mechanics and allowing shutterbugs to experience the joy of developing images reflecting their individual talent.

Visual confirmation of shutter speed, exposure compensation values and ISO sensitivity come with the camera in addition to the ability to adjust the settings directly, even when it is turned-off.

These cameras rely on similar CMOS sensor and boast 16.2 megapixels. The image-processing engine of this camera is that of EXPEED 3 that is present in the company’s D4 flagship model.

Nikon Df offers superior and stable image quality in various lighting conditions. It supports sensitivities ISO 100-12800 along with an additional reduction and expansion of ISO 50 and ISO 204800 respectively. The kit lens that accompanies this camera is AF-S 50mm f/1.8G, maximizing further Df’s portability. The price range is not yet available.

Nikon Announces Coolpix P7800

Nikon Announces Coolpix P7800

The launch of Coolpix P7800 has added another name to the existing range of high performance cameras produced by Nikon. The compact body of Coolpix P7800 merges portability with professional-class features.

Nikon Announces Coolpix P7800

Nikon has released its latest innovation with automatic and advanced features. Its high-powered yet intuitive options ensure that creative control is never compromised. The DSLR camera is loaded with features such as 1×1.7-inch 12.2–megapixel rear-illuminated CMOS sensor, f/2.0fast maximum aperture lens, new electronic viewfinder, etc. With a versatile zoom-range equivalent to 28-200 millimetres, Nikon Coolpix P7800 is capable of capturing images and videos in HD effortlessly in different shooting environment including even challenging low-light condition. The camera has a selection of shooting modes and scenes to enable even beginners to capture decent images. On the other hand, the full manual control and the option to capture images provide liberty to photographers to assess their work and before upgrading to higher features of the digital camera.

Indeed, the market of digital cameras has swollen considerably within a decade. The launch of $549.95 Nikon Coolpix P7800 DSLR camera despite the fast growth in Micro Four-Thirds niche is a testimony to that.

New Digital Camera Unveiled by Leica

New Digital Camera Unveiled by Leica

Leica unveiled its new stylish digital camera named Leica C recently. The camera features a 1/17inch CMOS sensor and a resolution of 12- megapixel. Other than that it comes with an integrated NFC and Wi- Fi technology. This will allow the camera to gain access to photographs and videos from a tablet or a smartphone and facilitate the user to watch them from their connected devices in real time.

New Digital Camera Unveiled by Leica

Elastic silicone and rigid plastic has been used in the camera so as to protect it against bumps and scratches. Android and iOS users can easily pair their phones with the camera via an app. Not only will it be delivering some high- quality images but it can also record videos in Full HD resolution. The camera features a rear screen of 3- inch and an electronic viewfinder.

The camera’s ISO range is 80- 12800 and will be taking still images in Raw, JPEG and MPO formats. The maximum shutter speed of the camera is 1/ 4000 of a second with the maximum aperture of the camera being F2.0- F5.9. Images can be stored in SDXC/ SDHC/ SD memory cards. The company is yet to disclose the price of the camera.


Wearable ParaShoot 2.0 HD Camera Revealed

ParaShoot 2.0 HD Camera

Recently, the ParaShoot 2.0 camera concept was launched, a square shaped device that can be clipped with the belt or even worn around neck. Those who are into adventure sports will surely love the device as it will allow them to capture the moments that they will cherish.

The camera is available with free ParaShoot app which works on every Smartphone platform and allows the users to setup and view their ParaShoot camera. Another interesting feature is that photos clicked with the camera can also be shared with friends.

ParaShoot 2.0 HD Camera

The device weighs only 1.3 ounces and comes with wide angle 100 degree lens. The creators of the device are Colin and Matt. They stated that it is now possible for users to capture different moments while on go in a fast, fashionable and fun way.

The users of the device are also given the opportunity to customize its looks and even store on cloud service of their choice. This HD camera fits within the palm of the hand and is definitely convenient to carry around.

It can be found on Kickstarter website where it is looking to raise pledges so that the concept can be moved to production. People can visit the site to make their pledge and let this amazing concept become reality.

New Lumix DMC-FZ70 Revealed by Panasonic

Lumix DMC-FZ70 Panasonic

Panasonic has come up with its new digital camera DMC-FZ70 that has 60X long zoom and 20mm wide angle. The market of digital camera has been broadly divided into three segments i.e. compact digital camera, DSLR and Micro Four.

The DMC-FZ70 by Panasonic occupies the first category and it is packed with some amazing features. Its feature of F2.8-5.9 ensures that whether one is shooting photos or videos it will appear brighter in the low light conditions. There is the optical image stabilization feature that assures the user that videos and zoom photos will remain free from blur and maintain the sharpness.

Lumix DMC-FZ70 Panasonic

Panasonic has been the world leader in the area of professional video broadcast and its new device proves it through the Full HD 1080/60i video recording feature. It also comes with the unique microphone that removes the ambient noise or wind sounds and provides stunning clarity. This microphone can zero in to any audio coming from any subject and record the audio on more precise manner.

The Venus engine delivers a high speed response with excellent picture quality and it becomes even better with the 16.1 mega pixel sensitivity MOS sensor. The availability and pricing of this device has still not been declared.