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Lytro Camera: Shoot First, Focus Later

I’m not a photographer, but that doesn’t mean I do not love using cameras, specially something as amazing as this one. Yet, I don’t use DSLR cameras or such just because they have too many settings and I’m a lazy guy. For times like those, the Lytro Camera is a dream come true. This is the first camera in the world that doesn’t need any kind of settings or focusing or fiddling with buttons and knobs.

The Lytro Camera, unveiled by Lytro, has an anodized aluminum frame, an f/2 lens with 8x optical zoom, two buttons, a 11 mega ray light-field and is all fit into a nice to hold rectangular body. What’s so special about this camera? The Lytro camera can take living photos, that means, you can click a picture and then focus afterwards. This is a new way of taking and sharing pictures and is definitely going to cause a stir in the photography communities.

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You wouldn’t ever need to focus while taking a picture, and because of that, this camera is amazingly fast and has no shutter lag. The two buttons on the camera will Turn it on and Take pictures. It turns on instantly and takes photos just as you click the second button, no waiting. This means that you’ll never miss a moment, it’s that fast and there is a video demonstration to prove that.

The Lytro is the only consumer camera that lets people instantly capture a scene just as they see it by recording a fundamentally richer set of data than ever before. Lytro cameras feature a light field sensor that collects the color, intensity, and the direction of every light ray flowing into the camera, capturing a scene in four dimensions. To process this additional information, Lytro cameras contain a light field engine that allows camera owners to refocus pictures directly on the camera. When the Lytro’s living pictures are shared online, the light field engine travels with each picture so anyone can interact with them on nearly any device, including web browsers, mobile phones, and tablets-without having to download special software.

That’s it. Photography is not going to be like before. The Lytro Camera comes in three colors and with 2 storage options, 8GB and 16GB.  Prices start from $399 and go up to $499. That’s really cheap for a camera that can take living photos. You can pre-order the Lytro camera on their official website and it will be shipped to you in early 2012. The software is currently only available for the Mac, but it’ll be soon available for Windows. Ren Ng, the founder of Lytro states;

Light field photography was once only possible with 100 cameras tethered to a supercomputer in a lab. Today it’s accessible to everyone in a camera that’s small and powerful, but incredibly easy to use. Our goal is to forever change the way people take and experience pictures, and today marks our first major step.

Watch the demo video from CNET after the break.

Are you shocked right now? Amazing technology isn’t it? I bet you want to own one right now.

Top 3 DSLR Cameras Available in India

India is full of camera-enthusiasts and we all know it. There are different types of cameras and DSLR is one of them. Full form of DSLR is Digital Single Lens Reflex. Many professionals use DSLR cameras to capture photos and many people who like to express themselves through pictures also use DSLR cameras.

DSLR cameras are such models that make your camera experience more and more better. Such cameras are wanted by different types of people. First type are that are travel-enthusiasts and use cameras to take good quality pictures of their trips. Second type are photography-enthusiasts who want to become a professional. Third type are the actual professionals who have made photography their profession. Keep reading this post to know about top three cameras which can help the three categories of photographers.

1. Sony A33

Sony A33 is a nice DSLR camera with fewer features as compared to high models which is obvious. After a bit of research, I got 4 cameras under this category and after comparing each of them, I decided to tell you about Sony A33 because of its fine price and good features to cope up with the price. The looks are good as well as the specifications. The specifications are given below.

  • It is a 14.2 megapixels camera.
  • The dimensions of this camera’s sensor is 23.5 x 15.6.
  • This camera weighs 500 grams.
  • Built-in flash is available in this camera.
  • The HDMI out cable is also available.
  • It has a screen size of three inches.
  • Image stabilization is also available in this camera.
  • Video recording is available at 1920×[email protected] fps.
  • It has a Li-ion 1090 mAh battery.
  • It supports SD or MS Pro memory cards.
  • The price of Sony A33 is Rs. 37,990.

2. Olympus E5

Olympus E5 is a very powerful DSLR camera. Olympus is a famous camera brand and that’s why I checked the DSLR cameras from Olympus to include in the post and found out that Olympus E5 is a very nice and cool DSLR camera which deserves to be included in such a list. The camera looks small and compact and the specs are amazing.

  • It is a 12.3 megapixels camera.
  • The dimensions of the camera’s sensor is 17.3 x 13.
  • This camera weighs 800 grams.
  • Built-in flash is available in this camera.
  • The HDMI out cable is also available.
  • It has a screen size of three inches.
  • Image stabilization is not available in this camera.
  • Video recording is available at 1280×[email protected] fps.
  • It has a Li-ion 1800 mAh battery.
  • It supports CF + SD memory cards.
  • The price of Olympus E5 is Rs. 85,000.

3. Nikon D3x

Sony and Olympus. Both are great and reputed brands. So, you definitely didn’t expect me to include a brand camera which isn’t very famous… Nikon D3x is a camera just for the professionals. The camera is definitely expensive but the features it has totally deserve that price. The camera quite heavy but the professionals won’t mind that. The specifications are given below.

  • It is a 24 megapixels camera.
  • The dimensions of the camera’s sensor is 36 x 23.9.
  • This camera weighs 1240 grams.
  • Built-in flash is not available in this camera.
  • The HDMI out cable is available.
  • It has a screen size of five inches.
  • Image stabilization is not available in this camera.
  • Video recording is not available.
  • It has a Li-ion 2500 mAh battery.
  • It supports CF memory cards.
  • The price of Nikon D3x is Rs. 5,24,950.
I suggest Olympus E5 to you because it falls in the middle category and the camera is excellent as well so go for it. Do share your views and opinions in the comments.

Top 3 Cameras Available in India Under Rs. 8000(Entry-Level)

India is full of passionate photographers. That is one fact many cannot deny. It happens a lot of time, that you get a camera pricing around Rs. 20,000 because of your passion and later, you just move on to some other thing. This leads to waste of time and especially waste of money. That’s what actually made me think of the topic.

Now, if you have passion of photography, you can choose a low pricing camera so that, if by any chance, you lose your interest later, you won’t lose a lot of bucks. I re-searched quite well for this topic and found out that Rs. 8,000 would be fine for entry-level camera. Then, I started finding the cameras. Out of 10 cameras, I shortlisted 3 to present to you Top 3 Cameras Available in India Under Rs. 8000. Read on!

1. Canon Powershot A800

Canon is one of the best camera-related companies in India and many new photographers may prefer this brand before any other. So, I searched for entry-level cameras from this brand and got a few of them out of which I chose this. The design is nice and looks attractive and would be a major part in attracting people at first place.

It is a 186 gram camera which is not too heavy nor too light. It is 10 megapixels camera which you are most likely to find in such budget. It comes with an optical zoom of 3.3x and digital zoom of 4x. It has a display screen of 2.5 inch. Video recording is available at a resolution of 640 x 480 @ 30 frames per second. Image stabilizer isn’t available but the video-out wire is. No built-in memory is available but you will get 4GB of memory bundled in the box. It comes with a warranty of 2 years.

Canon Powershot A800 is full of power specs and features. I liked the fact that Canon is giving away 4GB of memory bundled in the box. The features are good enough to attract many people. The 2.5 inch maybe a factor where it falls short to other competitors but just by .2 inches so that doesn’t matter much. It is affordable and is very easy to use.

The price of Canon Powershot A800 is Rs. 4,995.

2. Nikon CoolPix L23

Nikon is also one of the best camera brands in India and CoolPix is one of its most famous series. It offers many different varieties and models and Nikon CoolPix L23 was the most affordable and the best one(in my opinion). So, that’s why I selected this camera to be included in this series. You may like it and it is very much competing to the above one.

It is a 170 gram camera which is very portable and can be carried to different places easily. It is a 10.1 megapixels camera, just .1 megapixel more than the above one. Doesn’t make much difference. It comes with an optical zoom of 5x and digital zoom of 4x. It has a display screen of 2.9 inch. Video recording is available at a resolution of 640 x 480 @ 30 frames per second. Digital image stabilizer and video-out wire are available. 22 MB of built-in memory is available which can be expanded to 4 GB using a microSD card. It comes with a warranty of 2 years.

This camera impressed me by its low price and good specs and features. If comparing to above, the fight would go neck-to-neck but in my opinion Nikon CoolPix L23 is better than Canon Powershot A800, but wait before you make the decision. The third one is still waiting for you.

The price of Nikon CoolPix L23 is Rs. 4,990.

3. Olympus VG-140

This camera comes in the highest budget under Rs. 8000 – Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 8,000. This camera competed very well with a same price camera, FujiFilm FinePix JX300 but Olympus VG-140 defeated it when I compared the specifications and features and hence the last of the top 3 cameras under Rs. 8,000 is Olympus VG-120. Read on for the specifications.

It is a 125 gram camera which is the lightest of the all three. It is a 14 megapixels camera which you would like to get when paying the given price. It comes with an optical zoom of 5x and digital zoom of 4x and that is the only place(in my opinion) where it lacks the goods. It has a display screen of 3 inch. Video recording is available at a resolution of  1280 x 720 @ 30 frames per second. Digital image stabilizer and video-wire are available. 49 MB of built-in memory is available which can be expanded up to 4 GB using a microSD card. It comes with a warranty of 2 years.

This camera is great enough to attract you if you are willing to spend over Rs. 7000. The specifications are features are very good but if by any reason, you didn’t like this camera, you can choose its alternative which I mentioned above – FujiFilm FinePix JX300 which comes at the same cost but the specifications are just a little lower than this one.

The price of Olympus VG-140 is Rs. 7,499.

All of the above three camera are solely my choice which I chose after comparing the specifications and features. What do you think about these cameras? Which will you choose? Do comment.

Sony CyberShot TX55: World’s Thinnest HD Camera

Sony CyberShot is back with two new models. One is WX30 and the other one, about which I am talking about, TX55 which is supposed to be the world’s thinnest HD camera and that’s why I decided to write about it before WX30. The best and the most talked feature about Sony Cybershot TX55 is of course the thinness of the camera and then all the other specifications get along.

It was first announced on 25th July 2011 and is expected to hit the market by September 2011. The specifications of the camera are good enough and of course the thing which has gained it a lot of momentum, as you know by know, is the thinness.

You can check the specifications below;

  • Sony CyberShot TX55 has a Carl-Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with a 3.3 inch OLED touchscreen.
  • It is a 16.2 megapixels camera with 5x optical zoom.
  • It can record videos in Full High Definition 1080p as well as 3rd Dimension.
  • The special features include – Intelligent Sweep Panaroma, 3D Sweep Panaroma and Sweep Multi Angle.
  • Can give up to 125 minutes(250 shots) with a single charge.
  • It gives you an internal memory of 19MB which is fine for a camera.
  • This thinnest HD camera weighs 94 grams.
  • A 10x Clear Image Zoom is also available which magnifies pictures without losing the high quality of the picture.
  • The memory card slot in the TX55 works with Memory Stick Micro (M2) and MicroSD/SDHC cards.
  • The expect release month is September and the expected initial price would be $350. It will be first released in Europe and United States and after that will slowly expand to the rest of the world.
Great camera and nicely priced. Hopefully, it will release in India very soon after it is released in Europe and United States. Let’s see what happens.
What do you think about this camera? Do you like it? What is your opinion about this camera? Do comment.

Sony Cybershot S3000 Specs and Features

Sony Cybershot S3000 is the latest Cybershot camera from Sony. It is a 10.1 megapixel camera. It has a 2.7 inches clear photo LCD screen. It has a 4x optical zoom. It is has a weight of just 119 grams. It has a SteadyShot image stabilization. It has a stamina of 200 shots and a battery life of 100 minutes. The memory of this camera is upgradeable using a MicroSD card. You will also get a 4GB card for free in with the camera. It has a 2.0 USB port.

This camera is packed with smart features like:-

  • Face Detection
  • Smile Shutter
  • Sweep Panorama

This camera is available in three colors – Silver, Black and Pink. Now, let me summarize the above.

1. 10.1 mega-pixels.
2. 2.7 inches clear photo LCD screen.
3. 4x optical zoom.
4. Weight : 119 grams.
5. Stamina of 200 shots and a battery life of 100 minutes.
6. Memory of this camera is upgradeable using a MicroSD card.
7. 2.0 USB port.
8. Smart features like :- Face Detection, Smile Shutter and Sweep Panorama.
9. Camera is available in 3 colors :- Silver, Black and Pink.

The price of Sony Cybershot 3000 is around Rs. 4900.

So, what do you think about this camera? With so many features and a price of  just Rs. 4900, are you planning to buy it? Do comment.