Links to Cameras Manufacturers

Here are some links to information on what is presently available:

I still have the Coolpix 990 and was been pleased and impressed with it when I first bought it. It was not an SLR and cost $900.00. When I bought it, the 900 series cameras were as close to professional as you could get without interchangeable lens and multithousand dollar prices. I did have to have warranty work done on it because the battery compartment door failed, but it was done free and fairly fast. Later it failed again, but now it is old and dated anyway. The knob that sets some modes of operation also broke off, but it otherwise still works. Since it only provides 3.4 megapixels of resolution, it doesn't gNikon Coolpix 990 sample picture of the Hollywood Wax Museum signet much use anymore.

I took the picture on the left with this camera. Click it for a larger view. Both the picture on the left and the picture taken with the Kodak 120 above have been down sampled to 800 pixels across for the web. This was turned into a JPEG with moderate compression The pictures will of be comparable quality on the Web but you can see the difference 3.4 megapixels makes on a high quality ink jet print. My 8 megapixel Minolta A2 provides a better picture than the 990 but the difference is not so dramatic. Above 8 megapixels, it get harder and harder to tell the difference that a higher pixel count makes...unless you crop. If I crop a picture taken with the D3100 using only 1/14 of the original shot, I will still have 1 megapixel of picture much as the whole picture taken with the Kodak 120.

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Digital Video Cameras that can also record still pictures

There is a new class of video camcorder that is going to also impact the digital still market. These cameras record in digital format on DAT style tapes, DVDs, tiny hard drives, and flash memory...but everything but flash memory has left or is leaving the market. They can record at resolutions similar to low-end digital still cameras. Since they use a sensor designed to capture video in low light, they are great for snapping stills in low light but usually have limited resolution. Since "still cameras" are rapidly acquiring the ability to do HD movies, it maybe only a mater of time before there are just digital cameras and not still and movie cameras. Below are links to some of the players in the movie field.

Reviews of digital cameras and sales outlets on the Web

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For more on digital imaging, open or download our "Working With Images" PDF file. While it's a little dated now, it still covers the basics well.
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