What kind of camera do you use, if any?

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What kind of camera do you use, if any?

Post by pvtnum11 on Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:01 am

Polaroid? 35mm? 110 compact? (Anyone remember those?)

For digital, is it whatever your smartphone/iPhone has built in? Point-n-shoot? DSLR?

My nifty smartphone (thanks, Tim!) has a 2MP camera embedded into it, good for e-mail quality shots, and it does low-resolution video too. Phone cameras are not very good quality or resolution-wise - my take on a smartphone is that they tend to do a whole lot of things, but no one thing very well. Even being a phone is a challenge for some, heh. iPhones tend to be better quality, but even then, a dedicated device will usually curb-stomp a gadget do-all device six ways from Sunday and not even blink.

Next up I have a point and shoot, some Canon thing I got for a hundred bucks, 8MP, takes much nicer pictures and video, and it's so easy to use, my daughter will go geet it and take random pictures of toys, the walls, the floor, and snap a few shots of me when I'm passed out. So yeah, it's a dream to use it, if a three-year-old can.

Finally, my wife, following in the footsteps of her mom, went a dropped some serious coin for a Canon EOS Rebel XT Digital Single Lens Reflex; they're similiar to a 35mm of yesteryear, only that you can preview the shot immediately, rather then dropping film cannisters off at the store and having to wait a day or two (GASP! A WHOLE DAY?) to get your results. So, instant feedback, and as with all other digital cameras, you can delete what you thought was not up to par. Beautiful picture quality, great resolution, and even an idiot like me can get some okay shots with it. Most have swappable lens bodies, so you can plug in a telephoto lens or a wide-angle on the fly. Drawback with this setup is that it will NOT do video, as the mirror blocks the CMOS chip until the very instant the shutter is pressed. This has the advantage of the manufacturer being able to make the CMOS very VERY sensitive, so it can do shots you couldn't ever hope to get with a point-n-shoot - like the lava flow shots my wife took as our cruise ship passed the Big Island at night, from at least two miles out. No flash is also not a problem for these, if you can hold it stead enough.

Of course, since we're mostly guys here, I bet most are going to post what their 'significant other' has, like I did.

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Post by Ambush on Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:23 pm

I don't own one, but if I did it would be one of those nice Nikons.

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Post by pvtnum11 on Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:58 am

Nikons are good. I think John has one, he likes it. Canon and Nikkon form what is often called the Canikon or Nikanon Monopoly, as the overwhelming majority of digital cameras worth anything are made by them. I think Nikon has a DSLR that can do movies, but I forget how it does it.

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