Friday, October 3, 2008

Impatiently Waiting for My New Camera

I saved up my lunch money and bought a new camera Sunday. I ordered it from Circuit City and they sent the honking thing via USPS. It feels like it is taking forevah for it to get here.

I also do YouTube videos and my current camera just does an awful job with movies. It does 10 frames per second at very low quality and very dark. My cell phone can do the same. Plus, my current camera will only let me record for 1 minute at a time which makes for choppy videos. I plan on doing swatch photos and photos of product on my face - which is not something I can currently do without the colors being completely off.

I spent the better part of the weekend researching cameras and came up with the Samsung S860 as the camera with the features I needed for the price I could afford. Despite all the goodies I review on this blog, I do restrain myself and stick to a budget. For a sub $100 camera, this one has better features than some cameras twice the price and very good reviews.

Take better portraits: If you enjoy taking portraits, you’ll love the Samsung S860 digital camera. Face tracking automatically adjusts focus and brightness to perfectly capture your subject. And the smart self-portrait feature lets you know when your face is in the center of the picture.

8.1 megapixels: This camera captures photo-quality, 300dpi images up to 8.2” x 10.9”, and good-quality 200dpi images up to 12.2” x 16.3”. That’s plenty of sharp resolution to capture the finest details, crop creatively and produce beautiful enlargements. Mine is 5.1 megapixels.

Zoom: The 3x optical zoom lens brings you closer to the action— without sacrificing resolution. The 3x digital zoom picks up where optical zoom leaves off, stretching pixels to make the image look bigger.

2.4" LCD display: This display features enhanced contrast and color reproduction, as well as a large size that makes it easy to adjust settings, compose shots and share images.

Digital image stabilizer (DIS): This DIS system bumps up the camera’s sensitivity to light (ISO speed), helping you to shoot in low-light conditions. You’ll be able to use faster shutter speeds—useful if you plan to take fast action shots. You can even take pictures in low light without using a flash, which guarantees brighter and more natural pictures. I have an awful time with camera shake and blurry photos. My camera takes too long to actually take the photo after you press the button, sloooooow.

Face tracking: This camera identifies faces in a frame, and then adjusts focus and exposure settings to ensure that you take beautiful portraits of your subjects. This just sounds really cool.

Self portrait feature: No more off-center self-portraits! Using face detection technology, this camera will detect your face and use sound to let you know when it’s in the center of the image. Blingo! This is what I need to be able to take makeup photos.

Built-in help features: This helpful camera describes functions, modes, icons and other features in easy to understand terms. There’s even a guided tour of how to take better images—easy-to-follow tips help you obtain excellent results.

Scene modes: Choose your mode, and this camera automatically adjusts settings such as shutter speed, flash and focus to adapt to the scene conditions. This camera features 11 modes, including children, landscape, close-up and more.

Movie mode: When a snapshot just isn't enough, you can record VGA-quality MJPEG movies, with audio, at a smooth 30 frames per second. My current camera does 10 fps.

Memory: This digital camera comes with 11MB of internal memory. Get the most out of your camera by adding a 512MB or larger MultiMediaCard or SD/SDHC memory card. Hallejulah! Old-fashioned SD card (my laptop has an SD slot)! My camera uses a micro XD card.

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