Smartphones these days do a little bit of everything, but that’s the catch; it’s only a little bit of everything. Many people think that because their smartphone has an 8 megapixel camera and can shoot 1080p HD video (like the HTC Sensation 4G), they have no need for a compact digital camera. Unfortunately, smartphones have small image sensors and lack key features to make them suitable for any serious photography. Read the rest of this entry »
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Those of you who are regular readers of our blog probably remember our last alaTest Trends article from back in March. Back then, the most popular products on alaTest were the Nokia C7, Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, LG LE5300 Series LED TVs, Canon EOS Rebel T2i, and Sony KDL-HX800 Series 3D TVs. But as expected in the technology world, trends are constantly shifting, and we have a new set of top items based on our data from May 2011.
Some of the best compact digital cameras sit right around that $200 mark, and manufacturers know that this price is a marketing sweet spot. The result is a super saturated lineup of what seems like an endless list of point and shoot cameras. We’ve weeded through it and come up with a list of the top five best digital cameras for less than $200, each one suited for a unique purpose.
In order to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information and recommendations on products, we watch popular consumer trends very closely. Last month’s numbers are in, and it’s clear that most consumers are interested in Cell Phones, HDTVs, Laptops, and Compact Digital Cameras (in that order). But we didn’t stop there. We decided to take a look at which specific products have been getting the most attention.
When it comes to digital SLR cameras, there are several performance levels to choose from. There are the cheaper, entry-level SLRs which are priced under $1000 (generally including a lens).Then there are the more mid-level SLRs which generally don’t cost much over $1000 (without a lens).
Lastly are the high-end SLRs intended for more professional use, which can cost several thousand dollars. Read the rest of this entry »
It used to be that the megapixel count was the main distinguishing feature between compact digital cameras. Today, most digital cameras feature well over 10 megapixels of image resolution, which is more than enough to create poster-sized prints. When working at this scale, every little imperfection in the camera becomes clear. A sub-par lens can cause slight distortions; inaccurate auto-focus can leave details blurry; and slow shutter speeds make capturing action impossible.