Digital Cameras / Camcorders

A digital camera or digicam is a camera that encodes digital images and videos digitally and stores them for later reproduction. Most cameras sold today are digital, and digital cameras are incorporated into many devices ranging from PDAs and mobile phones (called camera phones) to vehicles. Digital and film cameras share an optical system, typically using a lens with a variable diaphragm to focus light onto an image pickup device.  Digital cameras can display images on a screen immediately after being recorded, and store and delete images from memory. Many digital cameras can also record moving videos with sound. Some digital cameras can crop and stitch pictures and perform other elementary image editing.

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The Canon 7D helps to bridge the gap between Canon’s professional cameras and their prosumer line, fitting nicely between the 50D and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. This camera works well for an experienced amateur or is a great second camera for a pro. It takes the 50D and ramps up a some of features such as the number of megapixels, frames per second, ISO rating, and number of focus points to make the 7D more robust than the 50D.

Specs

Resolution: 18.0 Megapixels
Image Processor: Dual DIGIC 4
Image Format: JPEG, RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW
Frames per Second: 8
Autofocus Points: 19
ISO Settings: 100-6400
Viewing Screen: 3” LCD

Video: Yes, 1080p
Video Speed: 24p, 25p, 30p at 1080p (50p, 60p at 720p)
Video Format: MOV
MSRP: US $1699

The 18 mega pixel sensor is more than enough to blow up an image, with a max photo size of approximately 26" x 17.25", you can probably fudge it a little bit and push the size a bit more. The increased fps is great for sports shots, or other fast moving targets, allowing you to get crisp action shots.  The 8 fps is almost overkill for most situations, but can help you capture that split second where the photo is perfect.  
One of the most exciting aspects of this camera is that it will film video in 1080p - if you buy nice glass, this will take great HD video in …
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That's a great overview of the 7D, thanks. Almost enough to tempt me to switch to Canon :)

It got my Yes vote.

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I realize I am posting over a year later than the original review . . . .

I have a Canon 60D and also a 40D.  There was the 20D, 30D,40D 50D and when the 60D came along they really should have called it something else because it seems to be a bit of a technology shift beyond the linear progression up from previous models.  It is also 18 MP, It shoots 1080P HD.  And I love the articulating screen.  I have had this camera since December 2010 and I love it.
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The Nikon Coolpix L18 is an intuitive 8-megapixel point and shoot camera with a 3x optical zoom.  Nikon has done a good job of incorporating several features such as image stabilization, on camera red eye fixing, and a large three-inch display on the back.  There are 15 shooting modes on the Coolpix L18 – helping to give this camera a lot of flexibility and capability.

Nikon Coolpix L18

Quick spec’s for the Nikon Coolpix L18:

Megapixels: 8
Optical Zoom: 3x
Digital Zoom: 4x
35mm Lens Equivalent: 35mm – 105mm
Highest ISO rating: 1600
Image Stabilization: Yes
SD/SDHC Memory Card
LCD Monitor Size: 3 in.
Battery Type: AA
Video: Yes
Price Range: $150 - $200

Shooting Modes:

Landscape
Sports
Beach/Snow
Portrait
Night Portrait
Sunset
Dusk/Dawn
Party
Night Landscape
Museum
Close Up
Copy
Back Light
Panorama Assist
Easy Auto Mode

Nikon has done a great job with the shooting modes, they are easy to use and can greatly help increase the color balance and exposure of photos.  The landscape, portrait, and sunset modes have consistently delivered …
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Digital Cameras / Camcorders

A digital camera or digicam is a camera that encodes digital images and videos digitally and stores them for later reproduction. Most cameras sold today are digital, and digital cameras are incorporated into many devices ranging from PDAs and mobile phones (called camera phones) to vehicles. Digital and film cameras share an optical system, typically using a lens with a variable diaphragm to focus light onto an image pickup device.  Digital cameras can display images on a screen immediately after being recorded, and store and delete images from memory. Many digital cameras can also record moving videos with sound. Some digital cameras can crop and stitch pictures and perform other elementary image editing.

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