Apr 10, 2008

Casio Exilim EX-Z1080 10MP, a fashionable and user-friendly Digital Camera

Introducing the fashionable, user-friendly 10.1-megapixel EX-Z1080 with 3x optical zoom. Whether you are taking snapshots of your family at the park, or capturing video to share with your friends, this compact, high-quality digital camera is sure to satisfy all of your photographic wants and needs.
10.1-megapixel CCD Over 10 million pixels enables consumers to capture high-resolution images that reproduce crystal-clear even when printing very large sizes.

Bright, 2.6-inch wide-format LCD Capture breathtaking wide aspect ratio images and easily share images on the wide LCD. On-screen setting information can be conveniently arranged on the right side of the screen to improve viewing and ease of use. Equipped with a super bright screen (1,000cd/m2), this LCD will not wash out in outdoor environments. In auto mode, the LCD automatically adjusts to the brightness of the surrounding environments.

MPEG-4 H.264 high-quality video with sound Have a cinematic experience with your digital camera by taking high quality MPEG-4 H.264 16:9 format video to play on your plasma or LCD television without distortion.
YouTube Capture Mode The YouTube Capture Mode allows you to shoot video at the optimum size and quality recommended by YouTube for easy online video sharing.

Movie Stabilizer Movie Stabilizer technology digitally processes video footage while recording to minimize the effects of hand movement. Stabilizer processing is also performed during playback, to ensure that movies always look great.

Anti-Shake DSP Anti-Shake DSP (Digital Signal Processor) minimizes image blur caused by shaking hands or moving subject matter.

Face Detection Technology and Auto Focus Tracking Maintains sharp focus and correct exposure for a human face. Detects up to 8 faces in a scene and automatically tracks and focuses to capture the moment.

eBay Best Shot Mode This feature makes it incredibly easy to take great photos at the correct resolution and file size for carefree uploading to eBay. With eBay best shot mode, the camera automatically configures the camera settings to shoot the photo with auto macro at 2MP and a 1600 x 1200 image size.

39 Best Shot Modes Enables consumers to capture perfect images under a variety of circumstances without having to manually adjust settings. Some of these Best Shot modes include sports, night scene, portrait and eBay.

Triple Continuous Flash Continuous Flash allows users to shoot up to three photos on a single flash charge so moments will never be missed due to flash failure.

Exilim Engine 2.0 image processor The Exilim Engine 2.0 -- a high-performance, image-processing module that boosts performance by enabling instantaneous color correction or angle adjustment. In addition it incorporates a tonal control that lets users keep bright areas of the scene bright by limiting the occurrence of dark pixels. With Casio’s newly designed Exilim Engine "Auto Tracking AF" function follows moving subjects, keeping them continuously in focus until the photo is taken. It also offers the ability to selectively eliminate noise in designated color regions, such as the sky. This all means faster, high-resolution, power-saving and ultra-compact configuration.

The 10.1-Megapixel EX-Z1080 produces beautiful photographs even when making large prints. 6400 ISO enables high sensitivity photography and ideal for photographing darker scenes and reducing blur caused by shaky hands and subject movement. The Exilim Engine 2.0 high-performance image-processing module allows high quality movies to be recorded at the high compression rate of the next-generation H.264 standard. Modern H.264/AVC video encoding ensures movie file sizes remain small, yet high quality, and YouTube Capture Mode sets all the right parameters for easy posting. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on YouTube and across the Internet through websites, blogs and e-mail. Casio has also included an exclusive software application that makes it fast and simple to upload movies to YouTube. Other headline features include face-detection, Anti Shake DSP and sensitivities up to ISO 6400. Anti Shake DSP reduces blur due to shaky hands and subject movement, using high shutter speeds and high sensitivity settings. YouTube Capture Mode allows users to shoot movies at the optimum size, quality, and other settings for uploading to YouTube The combination of face detection technology and the auto-tracking AF system, using motion analysis technology, maintains both sharp focus and correct exposure for a human face Blur reduction technologies driven by the Exilim Engine 2.0 image-processing module Shutter speed - 1/2 - 1/800 second (Program AE) Scene modes - 41 Best Shot modes Flash - Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, Soft Flash and Red-Eye reduction Dimensions - 3.59 x 2.25 x 0.95 Weight - 4.41 ounces

Product Specifications;
* File Format Still Picture: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2), DCF1.0, DPOF. Video: AVI File Format, Motion JPEG. Voice: WAV.
* Recording Media: Built-in Flash Memory 11.4 MB , SDHC/ SD Memory Card, Multi-Media Card, Multi-Media Card Plus
* Number of Pixels: 3648 x 2736/ 3648 x 2432 (3:2)/ 3648 x 2048 (16:9)/ 2560 x 1920/ 2048 x 1536/ 1600 x 1200/ 640 x 480. Video: 640 x 480 (HQ)/ 512 x 384 (Normal)/ 320 x 240 (LP).
* Image Deletion:One image / all images with Memory Protection Function
* Effective # of Pixels: Approx. 10.1 Megapixels
* Imaging Element: 1/1.75 CCD" Square Primary Color CCD, Total 10.3 million pixels
* Lens: F2.8 - 5.1, F=7.9 - 23.7mm (equivalent to 38 - 114mm for 35mm film)
* Zoom: 3x Optical Zoom, 4x Digital Zoom (12x with both Optical & Digital Zoom)
* Focusing Control: Contrast Detection AF, Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus (Video Recording Only), Infinity Mode, Manual Focus; AF Area: Spot, Multi or Tracking; with AF Assist Lamp
* Focus Range: Focus Range: Auto: Approx. 40 cm - infinity (1.3' to infinity). Macro: Approx. 10 cm - 50 cm (3.9"* - 19.7"). Infinity Mode: Infinity. Manual: Approx. 10 cm - Infinity (3.9" - Infinity). *Using the Optical Zoom causes the above ranges to change.
* Exposure Control: Metering: Multi pattern/ Center Weighted/ Center Spot by CCD; Control: Programmed AE; Exposure Compensation: -2EV - +2EV (by 1/3 EV Step)
* Shutter/Shutter Speed: CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter, 1/2 to 1/1000 second; *Shutter Speed Range may be different depending on the following BEST SHOT scenes: Night Scene: 4 - 1/1000 second; Fireworks: 2 seconds (fixed).
* Aperture: Auto F2.8/ F8.0*. *F8.0 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *It varies on some Optical Zoom.
* White Balance: Auto/ Fixed (6 Modes)/ Manual.
* Sensitivity Setting: napshots (standard): Auto/ ISO 80 100 200 400 800 1600 3200. Snapshots (when Anti-Shake setting is "Auto"): ISO6400 (maximum). Snapshots (when BEST SHOT scene is Anti-Shake): ISO6400 (maximum). Video: Auto
* Self-Timer:
10 Second Countdown, 2 Second Countdown, Triple Self-timer
* Built-in Flash:
Flash Modes: Auto/ Flash On/ Flash Off/ Soft Flash/ Red Eye Reduction. Flash Range: 0.1m - 3.3m (W), 0.5m - 1.8m (T). Flash Continuous Shutter: Approx. 0.4m - 2.0m (W), Approx. 0.5m - 1.1m (T). *ISO Sensitivity: Auto. *Depends on zoom factor.
* Recording Functions: Snapshot (with Audio), Macro, Self-Timer, Continuous Shutter, BEST SHOT mode, Video (w/ Audio), Voice Recorder. *Audio recording is monaural.
* Audio Recording Time: Time: Still Pictures w/Voice: 30 sec. / 1 Snap; Voice Recorder: Approx. 48 Min. (Built-in Flash Memory); After Recording: 30 sec. / 1 Snapp
* Monitor Screen: 2.6" Digital Interface TFT Color Wide LCD, 114,960 (479 x 240) Pixels
* Playback: Enlarge (8x), Resize, Trimming, Video Playback, Video Edit, MOTION PRINT, 12-Picture Display, Rotate, White Balance, Brightness, Color Correction, Calendar, Slide Show, Customizable, Startup Screen, AV Output
* Finder: LCD Monitor
* Input/Output: USB/AV Connection
* Microphone/Speaker: Monaural Microphone / Monaural Speaker
* Power Source: 1 x Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (NP-40)
* Battery Life: Approx. 370 Images w/Li-Ion Battery (CIPA Standards)
Approx. 9 Hrs. 50 Min. with Li-Ion Battery @normal recording
Approx. 2 Hrs. 50 Min. with Li-Ion Battery (video) @continuous playback
Approx. 12 Hrs. 20 Min. with Li-Ion Battery (voice) @continuous video recording
* Battery Charge: Approx. 150 Min.
* Power Consumption: 3.7V DC, Approx. 3.8W
* Dimensions: 3.6" (W) x 2.3" (H) x .95" (D) (excluding projections, .81" at thinnest part)
* Weight: Approx. 4.4 oz (excluding battery and accessories).

Apr 8, 2008

Tips on choosing the right security cameras

Security cameras are today not limited to business establishments and hotels. Nowadays, security cameras are a great means of watching your property from the convenience of your home. You can thus prevent thefts and any unwanted entry.

When buying security cameras, it is important that you first study your needs. This means that you have to consider the area you need to be covered and thus the number of cameras required to study the area. When buying a security camera system, make sure that there are enough slots for future expansion.

If you need audio, then you have to opt for a camera system having audio recording equipment wherein you not only see what happens, but can hear as well. Such a security camera system is useful, and needed when you need everything to be documented. However, this is rather expensive and this is one reason why most people usually take only video records. You also have to choose if you want the security camera to record details in color or black and white. As expected, color cameras are more expensive, but are more sophisticated and give better pictures.

The next point to consider when choosing security cameras is to consider where you intend to locate the cameras. If the location is hard in wiring, then it is better to choose a wireless security camera system. Moreover when placing security cameras, it is better to place them in places that are conductive to high quality broadcast. There has to be no interference as wireless cameras are more flexible than the fixed wires ones.

If you intend to use the security camera for outdoor purposes, then there has to be special weatherproof housings. Moreover, as they can get vandalized, there has to be proper protection. Take into consideration the lighting of the area where you intend to place security cameras. If there is no proper lighting, then you will end up with muddy pictures which are of no use for surveillance.

Lastly, consider the locations of power sources and that they are protected from the elements and tampering. Keeping all these points into consideration, you are sure to end up with a security camera system that meets all your requirements.

About the author:
Our experts have made a research and found the best security camera sources. Find it only on the Security Surveillance Cameras Index . All about CCTV security cameras on http://www.cctv-security-cameras-systemscom.com

Help yourself: Cheap Digital Camera cleaning

If you have been using your digital camera for quite a while, you can easily view dark silhouette of the camera's sensor grime. This is due to the impact of dust as well as detritus that have settled inside the body of the camera. The presence of dust particles can be easily evident by having a close look at the captured images along with permanent fuzzing. However, some of the latest digital cameras offer auto-cleansing modes to help your camera overcome this situation.

How can you clean your digital camera sensor?

You can buy any good brand DSLR product to identify and remove the debris. If you are unsure of a DSLR, you can also start with a normal swab-and-fluid kit before moving on to the other gadgets. A digital survival kit can prove to be handy as it comes with a no-frills approach and is economical. However you need to be completely sure to use the right kit as some of the fluids often react in a hostile manner to some of the sensors.

If you are unsure about the right kind of products to be used with your digital camera then you must visit the website of the camera manufacturer to find the right kit. If the lenses are not delivering the results then there is no point in cleaning the sensor. You can use a blower to puff the debris followed with a nonabrasive cloth cleaning process.

Do not use the liquid cleansers or an off-the-shelf household cleaner as they tend to damage the lens coatings. Always look for the thin lines and translucent droplets on the sensor. You can also manually clean the camera but make sure to fully charge it or use an AC adapter. Any dust particle or swab on the sensor can be easily cleaned off by using a squeeze-bulb blow. If you feel any difficulty in cleaning, please stop immediately and get it repaired from an expert.

Now that we have learnt some valuable lessons to clean our digital camera, let us now proceed to some of the eminent names in the world of digital camera technology followed by some of the advanced camera models.

Canon, Nikon and Sony are some of the most reputed names in the digital camera market. If you are looking for a high quality yet cheap digital camera, you can go for the Canon Digital Cameras such as the Canon PowerShot A570IS, Canon Digital IXUS70 and Canon Digital IXUS 850IS. These Canon digital cameras deliver seamless, advanced and smart solutions with complete ease and total perfection.

Get smart, act now and bring how a smart and cheap digital camera.

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The author is a specialist in retail writing. Her writing skills reflect the outcome of years of exposure to the retail industry. Working with retail giants as a consultant has enriched her knowledge base and her passion for writing got fire. She can be read regularly on RetailsDirect.com. cheap digital camera - Samsung LCD TV

Apr 7, 2008

Canon Camera EOS 40DL plus Lens Digital Camera

Product Specifications

  • Sensor Resolution: 10.1 Megapixel
  • Max. Image Resolution: 3888 x 2592
  • Lens Type: Canon EF/EF-S
  • Auto Focus Type: TTL
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Exposure Control: Programmed AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure
  • Viewfinder: Yes
  • Display Size: 3.0 inch
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Tripod Mount: Yes
  • Dock Mount: Yes
  • Storage Types: CompactFlash Card
  • Battery: Lithium-ion Battery
  • PC Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • PC Compatibility: PC Windows
  • Video Out: Yes
  • Dimensions (WHD): 146 x 108 x 74
  • Weight: With Battery : 822 g.

What is Camera?

A camera is a device used to capture images, either as still photographs or as sequences of moving images (movies or videos). The term comes from the Latin camera obscura for "dark chamber" for an early mechanism of projecting images where an entire room functioned as a real-time imaging system; the modern camera evolved from the camera obscura.

Cameras may work with the light of the visible spectrum or with other portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. A camera generally consists of an enclosed hollow with an opening (aperture) at one end for light to enter, and a recording or viewing surface for capturing the light at the other end. Most cameras have a lens positioned in front of the camera's opening to gather the incoming light and focus all or part of the image on the recording surface. The diameter of the aperture is often controlled by a diaphragm mechanism, but some cameras have a fixed-size aperture.

Source : wikipedia