Posts tagged: compact camera

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee shows smartphones catching up to digital cameras

Ed Lee
 Jun 7, 2012

After the 2011 Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton we proclaimed that the compact digital camera was the most popular picture taking device in our unscientific review of a gigapixel photo of the wedding procession. This year, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, held from June 2-5, gave us an opportunity to revisit the conflict between digital cameras and smartphones. Once again we reviewed a gigapixel image from the event to visually determine what types of cameras people used to photograph this event. VR Web Design produced the gigapixel image of the Queen’s visit to Leicester De Montfort University. (Click on the Link to view the actual photo.)

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Mourning the Demise of the Optical Viewfinder

Ed Lee
 Jun 10, 2011

The handwriting is on the wall. Optical viewfinders on compact digital cameras are almost extinct. By our most recent count, there are only two current compact cameras that offer an optical viewfinder, the Canon PowerShot A1200 (MSRP $109.99) and the Canon PowerShot G12 (MSRP $499.99). While the A1200 is an entry-level camera that any photographer can afford, the G12, with all its advanced features, is targeted at the serious photographer with a few extra dollars to spend.

The demise of the optical viewfinder will be a lost opportunity for the industry, as a need still exists. Our research shows that many consumers still have a problem with framing photos using the LCD screen in bright sunlight. Plus, basic photography training still teaches that holding the camera up to your eye creates a very stable position for taking photos.

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