Which FUJIFILM Camera is Right For You?
KNOW WHAT CAMERA YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?
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“The Fujifilm F600EXR is a well-executed travel zoom, one that casual photographer could bring on vacation and learn to love, though it’s really designed with hands-on, enthusiast shooters in mind. Its defining characteristic is control. Several travel zooms at least offer manual control, but very few can shoot the RAW format that photo geeks demand. Even its automatic modes function at a higher level, thanks to the EXR processing.”
To read the full review, visit: Steve’s Digicams F600EXR review.
You probably know that your digital still camera is also capable of shooting movies, but did you know it captures movies in HD, high definition? Since most televisions are HD, this makes for an excellent viewing experience for your family movies as well as your still images. Because high definition is high-resolution you get quality on the big screen!
Let’s talk about how to get great results when shooting HD movies, especially. Since high definition and high resolution go hand-in-hand, you can expect to capture some pretty big file sizes and, as a result, should be prepared with a high-capacity media card.
Fujifilm’s digital cameras use SD (Secure Digital), SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) and microSD media cards. MicroSD cards come with an adapter to fit the camera’s media card slot.
When shooting high definition movies, be aware that your camera is shooting very fast – basically it is capturing the image, turning it into data and saving it on the media card. For this to happen smoothly, without skipping a beat, the media card has to keep up with the camera’s speed of capture. Otherwise you may see some jumping and skipping during playback of your movies. This is where a media card’s Class rating comes in.
Different from “capacity”, meaning how much space is on your media card, a “Class rating” means how fast image data can be written to the media card. Class ratings are found on the front your media card and on the packaging and come in Class 4, Class 6 and Class 10. The higher the Class rating, the faster the card can write the images. For example, a Class 4 SDHC media card is capable of writing as fast as 4 megabits per second – this is lowest Class rating recommended for capturing HD high definition movies in order to play these movies back smoothly.
Class 6 SDHC cards are capable of writing image data as fast as 6 megabits per second – even faster than the Class 4 cards – and Class 10 cards can write image data as fast as 10 megabits per second.
Shooting HD movies is when speed really matters, so be sure to avoid any speed bumps and keep at least a Class 4 SDHC media card for smooth high definition playback.
No matter what you’re capturing remember: beauty is in the eye of the beholder so trust your instincts and have fun with it!
For more information on Fujifilm’s SDHC media cards, click here
Digital cameras do a good job of managing blur, and now days they all come with some form of Image Stabilization, either Digital Image Stabilization or Mechanical Image Stabilization – and, in some models, both forms.
The first line of defense in combating blur is higher sensitivities or high ISO, which is commonly referred to as Digital Image Stabilization: because high ISO gets more light in the shot and facilitates faster shutter speeds, it actually manages blur caused by subject movement. It makes sense that faster shutter speeds freeze action. Better still, this type of Image Stabilization is good in low light settings where blur is quite common.
A second line of defense is Mechanical Image Stabilization: it manages blur caused by camera movement or photographer’s hand shake. Think about shooting scenery from a moving car or trying to take pictures from a boat on the water – the ground underneath isn’t stable and, as a result, neither is the photographer or the camera. Mechanical Image Stabilization is simply a balancing mechanism that ‘shifts’ the movement in the opposite direction and counteracts it. It’s correcting the blurry effect caused by the movement. There are actually two kinds of Mechanical Image Stabilization: Optical, where the balancing mechanism resides in the lens to counteract the blur; and Sensor Shift, where the balancing mechanism resides on the camera’s sensor to counteract the blur.
It’s always great to have both Digital Image Stabilization and Mechanical Image Stabilization – what Fujifilm calls Dual Image Stabilization – because blur is managed two ways to ensure the most crisp image possible.
But there is a third line of defense: the photographer! She is the most important part of the equation because she is the base, the solid footing – better known as “the human tripod”.
By holding the camera at face height and standing with arms held firmly at the sides, with legs about shoulder-width apart, the photographer has a firm placement and better grip on the camera rather than holding the camera at arms length. Think about this placement when shooting and ‘be the tripod’!
The final, most important element in avoiding blurry pictures is ‘the half-press’, or autofocus lock. By pressing the shutter button down halfway and holding steady, the photographer locks the subject or scene in focus. Then, by fully pressing the shutter, the subject or scene is shot with all elements in place for a nice, well-focused image.
Get to know your camera’s specific features, take lots of images to see which features which ones give you the results you’re looking for. Remember, you can always delete later. And always remember: beauty is in the eye of the beholder so trust your instincts and have fun with it!
Steve’s DigiCams.com Reviews FinePix HS20EXR
Steve’s DigCams review of the HS20eXR states:
High Quality Fixed lens with robust shooting performance and good overall image quality. Great Versatility from 30x optical zoom lens dSLR style body is easy and comfortable to handle with fully Automatic and Manual controls
Good quality HD videos at 720p and HDMI output.
To read the full review, visit: Steve’s Digicams HS20EXR review.