Digital Camera Review Links
In my quest for the perfect digital camera, I have found several websites which are immensely useful in telling me the good, the bad, and the ugly about the digital cameras on the market. They are:
This is a great website if you really want all the technical details - their reviews span something like 15 or 20 pages per camera. They also have a very detailed feature search (there are over 20 options you can search for) which will allow you to find that camera with the huge zoom and image stablizer that takes SD media. Very nice.
DC Resource, like DP Review, has a blog of the latest digital camera news on its front page. Reviews are thorough, and tend to be a bit shorter than DP Review's, which might be a selling point for it, as DP Review does some fairly lengthy stuff. Recommended.
I like the setup of the reviews on this site, which are organized by MegaPixels. Choosing a resolution then takes you to a nice table where you can see all the cameras compared side by side. Very impressive for quickly finding several cameras that match your general specs. Clicking on an individual camera then takes you to their review.
All have great digital camera reviews with sample photos, pros and cons of the cameras, and a long list of features. I highly recommend using them when you are thinking of buying a digital camera.
Additionally, if you aren't entirely clear on this whole 'megapixel' thing, or how many you should have, head over to this site for an excellent overview on why you shouldn't assume more megapixels are better.
If you have (or are thinking of getting) a DSLR, you will also want to know about dpreview's new lens reviews, which are, like the rest of their reviews, very in-depth and thorough.
If you've already got a DSLR, but you're new to the game, and you've heard about 'fast lenses', but don't really know exactly what they are, I've created a web page to explain what exactly is a 'fast lens'?
As for my personal camera, I have used the Fuji Finepix 2800, the Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3, the Pentax K100D, and now the Canon 450D (or digital rebel xsi, or some such nonsense) which is my second digital SLR. I enjoyed the Pentax, and the Canon is working out well - the Pentax was a little too loud for me, but I did like the in-body stabilization. I'm still working on getting my lens setup correct - basic lenses can be quite cheap ($100 for a 70-300mm and $100 for a 50mm f/2-ish lens, or the short kit lens), but once you get rolling you'll want better - with DSLRs the lens is really where the picture happens (or doesn't).
My full kit right now includes the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 as my main walkabout lens. This has replaced the 18-55 kit lens, and has cut down on my use of my Canon 50mm f/1.8 though there are still moments when that extra speed (and depth-of-field control) are necessary!
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