Thirty years after that first K1000 rolled off a production line in Japan, Pentax has introduced its digital doppelganger, the Pentax K100D. Point & shoot digital cameras have dominated the photography marketplace for most of the past decade, but reasonably priced entry level dSLRs are now the fastest growing segment of that lucrative market. Entry-level digital SLRs allow photographers to move to the next creative level by providing affordable access to modular imaging devices and interchangeable lenses.
In the first installment of this article (Don't Be Afraid; They Won't Bite: M, P, and S Exposure Modes Demystified), I provided an introduction to the different exposure modes (or manual modes) that are available on digital cameras. I covered the "P" (programmed auto), "M" (full manual), and "S" (shutter priority) modes in more depth, but left the description of my favorite mode for this installment.
Fujifilm has announced a modified version of their Finepix S3 Pro. This new limited edition camera, the Fujifilm Finepix S3 Pro UVIR, is modified to be sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light. This camera is the first "factory made" digital SLR to be specifically designed for UV and IR photography.
After all the teasers and "leaks", it seems like everyone knows all the details about the new Nikon D80, but now that it's officially announced, you can get the full, confirmed specs for Nikon's new mid-range digital SLR. The 10.2 megapixel Nikon D80 is meant to replace the D70s in that price bracket above the D50.
Today, Casio has announced three new 7.2 megapixel Exilim digital cameras. The Casio Exilim EX-Z70 is a follow up to their Z60 with a nice 2.5 inch LCD. The Casio Exilim EX-Z700 features a 2.7 inch LCD and some unique in-camera features. Finally, the Casio Exilim EX-S770 features a wide aspect ratio, 2.8 inch LCD. All three cameras are less than an inch thick and come in multiple colors.
Today, Kodak has announced four new digital cameras and a new portable printer. The Kodak Easyshare V705 is another dual lens camera that takes wide angle shots (upgrading the V570). The Kodak Easyshare C875, C743, and C443 will be added to Kodak's simple to use, entry level C series. The new Kodak Easyshare G600 Printer Dock will provide some portability to Kodak's Easyshare printing solutions.
Pentax has announced the Optio W20, the latest camera in its line of Optio waterproof digital cameras. While it looks the same as its predecessor, the W10, it upgrades some hardware and adds some features. The W20 shoots at 7 megapixels, has a 2.5 inch LCD, a 3x optical zoom, and will support SDHC cards. Look for the Pentax Optio W20 in September for under $300.
The 7.2 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 provides a little more affordability to its more expensive cousin, the T30. Available in 4 colors with a 2.5 inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and Sony's Super SteadyShot image stabilization system.
Given the heat wave across most of the USA recently, it may be hard to get out and take pictures. However, back to school is coming quickly and many people are looking for cameras to take to school or to take pictures of their kids at the school plays. If you find yourself needing to replace or upgrade your camera, we like to profile the most popular cameras on our web site to give you a good idea of what people are considering.
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