Nikon D40x SLR Digital Camera Review

There are about 2 weeks now since I have the Nikon D40x and I am extremely pleased with it. The main reasons are: fast shooting and crystal clear images with natural colors, very low noise and plenty of sharpness. There are 2 more things I like about it: the fact that I can immediately delete a picture if I want without entering the playback mode (The length of time the image remains on the monitor is determined by option.) and the outstanding battery life (I believe I reached around 600 shots before recharging – and recharging time is a little bit less than 2 hours). It’s not heavy (this is important for me) and maintains the design of the previous 6MP Nikon D40, having a good grip and well placed buttons. Becoming familiar with the operation of the D40x will take little time even if the controls are well placed … Read more

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Digital Camera Review

DiMage A200 is a discontinued camera from Konica Minolta, but you might still find it on the market. The advantages of choosing this camera is that at a lower price, you get a 8MP camera with a zooming ring with hight optical zoom – 7x, manual functions, robust body with the look and feel of a SLR, and important features like RAW shooting, anti-shake technology. The anti-shake technology shifts the CCD to compensate for the vibrations that occur with hand held shooting (you can shoot with shutter speeds up to eight times longer – 3 stops – than with digital cameras without such technology). It is also available in movie mode also. Other features include: subject movement predictive focus control (great for sport events), vari-angle LCD, electronic viewfinder, Direct Manual Focus function (also allowing you to enlarge and view any part of the monitor image), real time histogram display. Last … Read more

Working with Raw Format

RAW images contain unprocessed image data straight from the camera’s image sensor. Since the data isn’t processed on the camera you must do it yourself on your computer in order to get it into more usable formats like TIFF or JPEG. .raf (Fuji) .crw .cr2 (Canon) .kdc .dcr (Kodak) .mrw (Minolta) .nef (Nikon) .orf (Olympus) .dng (Adobe) .ptx .pef (Pentax) .arw (Sony) .x3f (Sigma) Cameras that support raw files typically come with proprietary software for conversion of their raw format to TIFF or JPEG. However, Canon decided not to add support for their D30 DSLR in their latest release of their Digital Photo Professional software, and Nikon removed features of their own RAW converter Nikon Capture and added the encryption of features in Nikon’s D2x digital camera RAW format (NEF). As a response to this, on March 10th, 2005, OpenRAW (a Working Group of photographers and other people interested in … Read more

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