camera information

In the upper left view you will see the most important camera characteristics at a glance. Apart from the full name and maximum resolution of the camera, information is provided on maximum zoom settings, size of the LCD screen, storage media used and power requirements. If you put the pointer over the camera’s frontal view picture, you will be able to see the camera’s back.

  • The 6 buttons at the bottom of the camera at a glance section will take you to the manufacturer’s site in the region as defined by you in the personal preferences section. There you will find additional information on accessories, documentation, software updates, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
  • The scorecard will tell you when the camera was first released and what class it is categorized in. An overall score is given and features such as image quality, ease of use are rated with up to 5 stars; with three stars being the average in its class. Note: You're the judge: ensure that the camera performs well on matters that you consider important and relax on negative scores related to aspects that are of lesser importance to you.
  • The web links button will show you new and tips, together with sample images, forum discussions and reviews on other (photography) websites, while the details button will provide photographic specifications and camera features.
Camera specifications

Please check our Tutorials section for a more detailed explanation of these terms.
  • Lens range shows optical zoom settings from wide-angle to tele as compared to conventional 35mm format. Digital zoom mostly just crops the image.
  • Focus can be auto or manual. Minimum focusing distance is stated here. Sometimes it is possible to get even closer in macro mode.
  • Metering can be matrix, center-weighted or spot metering. For the latter only a small circle in the center of the image is used to determine correct exposure.
  • Aperture and shutter can be set fully automatically to achieve correct exposure of an image, although some cameras allow manual control.
  • Exposure modes or "scene" modes are in-camera combinations of aperture and shutter speed for the best combination with predetermined image subjects.
  • White balance, which caters for different qualities of light in a scene, is mostly set automatically, but manual settings may cater for fluorescent or tungsten lighting.
  • flash units can be built in, pop up before use or a connection for an external flash may be present. (hot shoe, synch socket)
  • Viewfinders on digicams are mostly of the optical type. More advanced models may offer electronic or TTL (through the lens) viewfinders.
  • ISO rating is the sensitivity of the CCD sensor as compared to 35 mm film. ISO 100 is considered standard while ISO 400 or higher could be used in low light.
  • Image size in digicams is measured in pixels ranging from 640 x 480 to 2400 x 1800 or larger. The more pixels the greater the amount of image detail captured.
  • The most common Image formats for compression and storage are JPEG or TIFF, although uncompressed RAW format is also used on more advanced models.
  • in camera Compression can be set to different levels, ranging from superfine to normal or low. Different manufacturers may use different terms for these.
  • Lag/cycle time shows the time it takes before the camera is ready to take a picture at start up or after saving the previous image.
  • A Remote control or self timer allows the photographer to be included in the picture as well. It can also be used to avoid camera shake with slower shutter speeds.
  • Some cameras can record small Video or Audio sequences. Their use is usually rather limited as only short video sequences can be recorded. Video and audio formats used are shown here.
  • Connectivity for transferring your images to a computer can be through a USB port, although (slow) RS212 serial connections or (fast) Firewire links are used also.
  • Storage will show the type of memory card used. CF cards, SmartMedia or others.
  • Software shows the cam's operating system to connect your camera to PC or MAC.
Criteria for the review categories

1) Reviews for novices to shutterbugs  
2) Reviews for shutterbugs to professionals      
  Review based on production quality camera        ü   ü  
  Broad hands-on experience with the camera ü   ü  
  Camera description and specifications (ref.) ü   ü  
  Images captured of screens and menus o   o  
  Appraisal of camera features and controls ü   ü  
  Appraisal of documentation and software ü   ü  
  Appraisal of camera handling and usability ü   ü  
  Assessment of camera performance ü   ü  
  Samples gallery containing original images ü   ü  
  Appraisal of the quality of camera images ü   ü  
  Conclusions based on hands-on experience ü   ü  
  Competitive camera / image comparisons o   o  
  Evaluation of optics, viewfinder and flash ü      
  Timing and performance measurements ü      
  Studio image quality measurements ü      
  Conclusions based on studio test results ü      

o = Optional

3) Introductions, previews and other reviews  

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