Choosing a photo editing software suite these days is nearly as hard as choosing a camera. There are so many options currently out there (with prices running the gamut, from "free" to "more than a used compact car") that it's often hard to know where to start when you're looking to buy or download. In an effort to help sort out the confusion, we've gathered up some info from our most popular software reviews and recommendations of the last few months.
Panasonic has jumped the gun on even the pre-PMA announcement field with the release of a new basic compact: the Lumix LS80S. The features set covers the basics: 8.1 megapixel 1/2.5-inch CCD, ISO from 100 to 1600, 3x zoom, and 2.5-inch screen. The AA-powered digicam offers a limited range of user controls, focusing heavily on its scene and Intelligent Auto modes, but with true optical image stabilization it could challenge some of the more established budget compacts.
We've seen some great photos submitted so far for our Point-and-Shoot Photo Contest, and there's still plenty of time to get your entry posted. As we announced last week, we're encouraging regular forum contributors and new readers alike to show off your best point-and-shoot pictures. Creator of the winning image will receive a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200 touch screen ultra-compact, and the top three photos will be recognized in a follow-up story published on the site. To find out more more, read on...
The 8.1 megapixel, 10x zoom Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 offers a suprisingly deep feature set in a compact package. Some cheap plastic design elements aside, mechanical image stabilization, fast shot-to-shot times, and some of the most impressive battery life numbers around give the sleeper H3 the potential to be one of the most highly capable compacts you've never considered.
The difficult truth, as any working sports or nature photographer will tell you, is that shooting action photos is equal parts skill and art. Good instincts, intuition, anticipation, and the ability to read a scene and make choices quickly all play a part in getting the best possible photos in fast-moving situations. While there are no shortcuts to great photos, some basic knowledge of which camera settings and what shooting techniques to depend on in these situations will go a long way toward improving your action photos.
Nikon and Canon have dominated the professional DSLR market since the beginning of the digital revolution, effectively condemning Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Leica, and Sony DSLRs to second tier status. That's too bad because there are some really exciting and very pro-capable digital SLRs on that second tier, including the new 10.1 megapixel, 4/3 sensor format Olympus E-3.
Got a great photo taken with your point-and-shoot that you want to show off? Want to win a Sony Cyber-shot T200, this year's hot touch screen ultra-compact? DigitalCameraReview.com is giving you an opportunity to do both in our Point-and-Shoot Photo Contest.
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