Camera Reviews

Olympus E-30


by Tony Gomez

Published Spring ’09

A New Creative And Fun 12MP D-SLR

Olympus’ E-series D-SLRs have a long history, continued with their flagship E-3 D-SLR, but with point-and-shoot digital cameras, there is relentless pressure to introduce ever more affordable D-SLR models, so Olympus has recently introduced the E-30. The E-30 can be thought of as a “scaled down E-3”, with many of the same features— but at a more affordable $1,100, body only price point. The most appropriate word I can use to describe the new E-30 is FUN. It’s got many professional features, inherited from its E-3 big brother, but there are also many cool creative features like Art Filters and Scene Modes.

Art Filters

One of the most interesting creative controls available in the new Olympus E-30 is the Art Filter setting. The Mode Control dial easily puts you into Art Filter/Scene Mode setting, and once you’re there a colorful menu screen offers you six Art Filter types: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, and Pin Hole. Choosing any particular Art Filter is as simple as scanning down the menu list and selecting which Art Filter you wish to apply to an image. My personal favorites are Pop Art, Grainy Film, and Pin Hole because these three particular filter effects are the most dramatic. The creation of these Filter effects occurs within the camera right after you capture the image. There is no further need to download the original image into Photoshop, or some other image processing program, and laboriously alter it until you get the final effect.

With the Pop Art Filter, the image captured is boosted in contrast and made more vivid in color saturation. It’s almost like looking at a painting of what was captured. Grainy Film is akin to applying a high contrast, grainy black-and-white film effect to your captured image. Pin Hole adds an old-school antiquated look to your captured image by adding vignetted edges. This is characteristic of what typical pin-hole cameras of bygone days produced when photography was in its infancy.

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HP R937


Steps It Up With A 3.6-Inch Touchscreen LCD

by Theano Nikitas

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An 8.3MP Compact With All The New Features You’d Want

by Douglas Stevenson

Published February 2008

The Canon PowerShot SD850 IS is a great example of a modern compact digital camera. With 8.3 megapixels it has all the resolution you need and then some. While it does not have true manual control, the SD850 is loaded with an array of features deigned to improve the quality of your pictures, allowing you to adapt to virtually any shooting situation.

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A First Rate Semi-Pro Camera

by Jeff Dorgay

Published February 2008

It’s just amazing how fast the measuring stick changes. Some say that 50 is the new 30 and with the big 5-0 looming on the horizon, I like the sound of that! To make this more relevant, 12-megapixels (12MP) is the new 8MP and the Canon G9 is the perfect example of this logic, with a 12MP sensor in a very compact form. Retail price for this little jewel is $499, but I have seen a few reputable dealers selling it online for about $420, so a little smart shopping will save enough money for a 4GB memory card!

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Nikon S51c

A Stylish, Feature-Rich Compact Camera

by Ron Eggers

Published March 2008

Compact digital cameras are getting better all the time. Resolutions are climbing; screens are getting larger, while, at the same time, the cameras themselves are getting smaller. And manufacturers are adding functionality such as video capabilities, voice recorder modes and wireless image transfer options. One of the best examples of one of this new generation of compact digital cameras is Nikon’s new CoolPix S51c, an 8.1-megapixel camera with a maximum sensor resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels.

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