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Camera Device Could Aid Blind People

Much research has been conducted lately into technological usage of microchips and surgical procedures to help those suffering from many forms of blindness into gaining partial sight through prosthetic devices which mimic eye function, but researchers in America believe they have discovered a way to ‘trick’ the brain into producing visual images in around 40 million of those globally with loss of sight.

Bending the biological laws of brain imagery

At present, it is only possible for able sighted people to produce pictures in their minds from personal life experiences they have physically seen, as the brain has to respond to the visual cues to make any kind of imagery in the mind possible. This is the primary reason why those who have been blind their whole life aren’t capable even of dreaming, as the brain has no visual stimulus of which to provide the alternate world we experience as we sleep.

The study conducted is still ongoing under the guidance of professor Michael Beauchamp, Ph.D., of The University of Texas Health Science Centre, alongside associate professor Daniel Yoshor, each with combined knowledge in neurobiology and neurosurgery respectively. The research has been elaborately named ‘Electrocorticography links human temporoparietal junction to visual perception’, and consists of manipulating the brain’s powerful image-generating ability via a neural mechanism to help those who are blind to visualise images in their minds after bypassing certain processes existing in humans with correct visual capacity.

How it Works

The device used on three volunteer patients with epilepsy aged between 18 to 47 is known as a ‘visual prosthetic’, essentially a webcam device attached to conventional eyeglasses which relays visual information captured within to a chip implanted in the brain, essentially bypassing the need for a working eye.

At present much work is required to truly figure out the relationship between brain activity and visual cues, with the stimulated illusion of a flash of light currently being transmitted only providing minimal image response, while in the future it is hoped heightened stimulation of the occipital lobe at the back of the brain which is responsible for mental imagery, will be able to perceive more advanced images, even if they are not actually there.

Beauchamp stated: “While much work remains to be done, the possibilities are exciting. This new study is a step toward our goal of better understanding visual perception, so we are better able to make a useful visual prosthetic”

More expansive trials are to be carried out, with the goal of creating more flashes of light by activating key areas of the brain, providing more useful images to those undergoing the procedure perhaps in the future.

Jamie blogs about vision for leading prescription spectacles online provider Direct Sight.

Nikon Cameras To Cater All Photographers Need

Gone are the days when cameras were expensive tools for the learned lot. Today many are affordable enough for most people and have functions that allow for everyone to quickly learn shooting for decent photos.

However, with an assorted of different cameras available on the market, a beginner may have difficulty in having no idea which camera he/she should pick like what camera model to buy and which lenses or filters to use for the camera.

If you are also having such problem, you may trust in Nikon as this brand offering you a variety of DSLR cameras for your need. Here are the models that line the shelves today:

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

The first entry level DSLR has everything, ranging from 14 megapixels, and is equipped with D-Movie function that enables recording of high-definition movies. This model is meant for newbies. Students mostly choose it because of the affordable price.

The D3100 with AF-SDX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR retails at around $500 – $550 and is available in red and black

D3200

Nikon D3200
Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black)

The newest addition to the Nikon family, the D3200 is an upgrade from the D3100 and is for beginners who want larger images for printing or cropping purposes. This camera is developed with Nikon’s new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine that delivers 24.2 megapixels.

The model is prices at around $800 with AF-S 18-55mm, and around $1000 with AF-S 18-105mm. It also available in red and black colors.

D5100
Nikon D5100
Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

Many choose this model of Nikon camera is due to it feature with swivel LCD that enables photographing at awkward angles so that they can shoot with different perspectives. It is equipped with the same DX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 2 image-processing engine as the high-end D7000 camera.

Priced at around $800 with AF-SDX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

D90

Nikon D90
Nikon D90 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens

This is a historic camera, being the first DSLR in the world to be equipped with video function.

Photography enthusiasts continue to be attracted to this camera and professionals use it as a backup body.

It is also the first camera allowing for the mounting of non-motorized lens, a function that allows photographers to use older lenses.

Priced at around $1,100 with AF-SDX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

Mahfooz says, “This is one of the unique cameras that don’t have an upgrade as until today it still uses Nikon’s first EXPEED image processing engine. It has been perfected and it will stay that way.”

D7000

Nikon D7000
Nikon D7000 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)

As one of the highest end of consumer-level cameras, the D7000 has all the features of an excellent professional DSLR. Those who own this camera are likely to also have a smaller camera like the D5100 or D90.

It has a robust body made from magnesium alloy and features high shutter speed. ISO control, and frames per second. Equipped with EXPEED 2 image-processing engine and 16 megapixels, it works well in different situations.

Priced at around $1600 – $1650 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

For beginners, a lens measuring 18-55mm is good enough as it provides a zoom between 27mm and 80mm(the latter is good for portrait shot while 27mm shoots in wide angle). But a lens measuring 18-105mm allows more convenience as one can zoom further.

The idea here, says Mahfooz, “is not which lens is good but convenience.”

D300S

Nikon D300s
Nikon D300S 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)

The model marks the beginning of professional DSLRs and the difference (compared to an amateur model) is its robustness and frames per second.

It is the only crop frame camera in the professional level. This means the sensor it carries is smaller so it gives you a crop-as opposed to full-frame cameras that provide a full frame. This feature allows photographers to achieve longer reach-hence its popularity among motorsport photographers.

All professional DSLRs are sold without lenses; the body alone costs $1,700.

D800/800E
Nikon D800
Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

They are the same camera but with different specifications. The D800 has normal filters while the D800E doesn’t have some. This allows images to go directly into sensor mode without much restriction from the filter.

Both cameras feature 36 megapixels that allow studio and commercial photographers to blow up the photo and print huge sizes.

This is the first full-frame camera which has a higher dynamic range. Its total range is smoother to capture details from bright and dark areas.

The D800 body is priced at $3,500 while the D800E body cost around $4,000.

D4

Nikon D4
Nikon D4 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video (Body Only)

The flagship of Nikon, it is the highest end of professional cameras. The model is used by media members and event photographers who need speed.

It can shoot up to 11 frames per second and is able to transfer photos straight to the server, laptop, or online when a remote transmitter, WT5, is attached. This allows for very good work flow for media and photojournalists.

The D4 supports the new type of card, XQD, which allows fast transfer at 125 mbps. All professional camera models have two card slots and the D4 also supports CF (CompactFlash) cards.

The D4 body retails at around $6,500.

New Camera Turns Surfaces Into Mirrors To ‘See Through Walls’

Whether you’re a schoolboy reading a comic and imagining the chaos you could wreak or a serious academic looking into the future of technology, the ability to see through solid objects is something which has always been an exciting prospect.

But a prospect was all it was – superhero vision seemed more at home in Gotham City than the real world, but now it looks like the tables might be about to turn.

The new technology
Israeli researchers have devised a method of seeing through opaque objects by turning surfaces into mirrors using nothing more than natural light. This is by no means the first attempt to devise such equipment, but it might be the first that’s actually feasible.

When light encounters an opaque surface it is scattered in all directions, and previously the only way to get around that was to fire a laser at the surface and reconstruct the image line-by-line afterwards. This was, predictably, a long process which required a hefty amount of technology for a relatively vague result.

The new technology seeks to make use of this diffused light as it bounces back, and using a computer controlled LCD screen the team are able to shape the wavefront of scattered light and put it back together into its original image. By correcting this scattering effect, the surface can essentially be turned into a mirror – imagine looking at a sheet of paper and seeing your reflection in it.

The technology is still in the early stages, and the ability to ‘see through walls’ is a prediction for the future – at present, the team have been able to utilise the camera to look through the kind of frosted glass we put in bathrooms to keep peeping eyes out.

Potential uses
Potential uses of a device capable of seeing through objects are many. Imaging through scattering layers could allow us to look through egg shells to study development, as well as examining body tissue without having to pierce the skin. On a broader scale, we could examine the cosmos accurately despite the presence of clouds.

The future
Of course, all of these uses rely on technology capable of actually seeing through solid objects rather than opaques which it is at today. To this end, the Israeli team say that their next step will be to device a method of easily determining the light-scattering properties of objects to determine how to look through them.

Rob writes about technology for spectacles provider Direct Sight.

Choosing Cheap DSLR Cameras for Beginners

Are you thinking about learning photography? For any aspiring photographer, you have to begin from somewhere. More often than not, people tend to think that skill means everything in photography; that the more you know the better you will be. This is true but it is not the only factor. A person has to have a good camera as well. This is why you should consider getting yourself a DSLR camera.

DSLR cameras for beginners

There are so many DSLR cameras that you can choose from. If you are starting off however, you should probably think of getting cheap DSLR cameras for beginners. Once you have mastered the art of using a cheap camera, you can then invest in a more technical one. DSLR cameras are very affordable. When you start looking for a camera, these cameras are the best since they are inexpensive high performance cameras. There is also a wide variety of cameras that you can choose from.

Cheap DSLR cameras for beginners have features that complement lower levels of knowledge in photography. For a beginner, the camera is ideal since it is simple to use and comes with basic instructions. These cameras are alsoflexible so that you try out different tricks for yourself. The DSLR cameras for beginners tend to have fewer features which in turn make them much more affordable. Some of the best cameras to buy are;

Canon EOS Rebel T3 1100D

The Canon camera is a good camera for a beginner. It has 12.2 megapixels and is perfect if you want to take snapshots. This camera comes with dust control features and has a LCD live view. The HD movie mode of this camera works great for you if you want to take still shots or even videos.

Nikon D3100

This is a powerful camera that comes with 14.2 megapixels. It has a 3 inch live view of LCD and is a basic camera that has a full HD 1080p video. You will also get a Nikon guide mode so as to introduce you on how to use the camera. The Nikon D3100 has great control and is easy to use.It is ideal for if your earning to point and shoot.

Pentax K-r

Another camera that is picture-perfect for learners is the Pentax K-r. This model is an upgrade from the DSLR Pentax K-x. If you are planning to travel, this camera is perfect for you. It has a weather seal and comes with a 720p video. With its 12.4 megapixels and its in-built stabilization, you will have a simple time using the camera. You can also take about 6 shots in a second.

The beauty of buying a camera that is cheap as a beginner is that once you have accumulated more knowledge about photography, chances are that there will be newer models of cameras with advanced features to buy. In addition to this, you probably want to make sure you do not wreck an expensive camera if you are not very sure how to use it. Take your time, learn more and then invest in a better model.

Lets Take A Look At The Canon PowerShot SX130IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera

When it comes to choosing a digital camera you’re going to find that many people are looking for a very simple camera that is not very complicated. For some people the more functions and abilities a camera has the more difficult it is for them to learn how to use this properly. And because of this the point and shoot digital cameras that are available on the market are becoming more and more popular each and every year. It is for this reason that we of decided to take a better look at the Canon PowerShot SX130IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera in this article.

Canon PowerShot SX130IS 12.1 MP

One of the first things I would like to discuss about this camera is the fact that it comes with a 12 times zoom lens, which is impressive for a camera such as this. This is actually a great feature for anyone who likes to take pictures of their childrens sporting events or anything else where you can not get right up close to the subject. You should also realize that the zoom function can be extremely useful when you are trying to capture one thing but do not want to capture something else in the picture.

Another thing I would like to mention about this particular product is that you can actually record high definition videos in 720p resolution. While you can capture videos in 720p, this is actually not the best definition you can get with a video camera, but it is a really good quality. You’re also going to find that there’s a very fun feature that comes with this product and that is the miniature and fisheye effects you can add to your videos. The miniature effect can actually make it look like you’re using miniature models when you are creating a movie.

You’re probably also going to like the fact that this camera comes with a 3 inch LCD display making it easy for you to see what you’re capturing. And if you check out the reviews on Amazon about this product you’re going to find that just about everyone loves this camera. You’re also going to find the you can upgrade the memory in this product by simply adding an SD card which will allow you to store more photos and images.

There are other features that come with this camera which we do not have the time to go over in this article but you can find a full description on the Amazon website. I should also point out that if you happen to like this camera and decide to purchase it, you should also order it from Amazon as you can pick it up for just $134. This is actually an amazing price for this camera due to the fact that the retail cost of this device is over $220 if you were to purchase it at a retail outlet.

The Advantages of Using Digital Cameras over Film Cameras

Film cameras may seem to be totally erased from the industry though it is not completely extinct. The reason is that people prefer the use of digital cameras. It all started when Internet and social media websites became really popular. People often upload pictures on the web and they share pictures with their friends and family members through social media.

If you buy a film camera in this computer age, you will end spending more. First, you need someone to develop the film of the camera after taking pictures. You may find some photographers who still know how to do it but it will surely be hard in finding them. You also need to buy the film which is also another expense. Aside from the expense for developing the film, you also need to buy films for limited amount of shots.

Also, if you happen to make a mistake in taking pictures, you do not have a chance to change it or delete it. You end up wasting a single shot from the film. This is really an inconvenient feature of the film camera. Of course, one of the main reasons why they take pictures is to upload it on the web. It does not mean that albums will not be a good idea today. However, some people consider the web as a more convenient way to store their pictures. The only thing here is that printed pictures from film cameras cannot be placed on the web unless you scan them. So here comes another expense on your side: the scanner.

It is not possible to put the film camera pictures on the web without a scanner. The worst thing here is that the quality of the picture lessens when you scan them. Some part will be blurry or some part of the picture may not look good at all.

These are only some of the reasons why digital cameras are the best. You do not need to buy any films every time you want to take pictures. The digital camera allows you to take pictures as much as you want. You do not also need to look for someone who can develop the films. They can be placed directly on your computer. If you want some printed copies of your pictures, you only need to buy a photo paper and a printer and that is all you need. You can print all the pictures as much as you want.

You do not also need to worry of limited shots since digital cameras have memory cards that can store hundreds of pictures depending on the size. You will not have any problems on the quality as well since when you transfer the pictures from your digital camera to the computer, the quality does not change at all.

Steve Hutton is really proud of his writing skills, particulary when is comes to displaying his knowledge of the digital camera.

Camera Buying Guide – Point and Shoot, DSLR or Mirrorless?

At the moment you are in need of a camera and make up your mind to look for a new camera, you may get confuse as there are too many different brands and models of cameras available for you to choose. In order not to wasted your money by spending on a camera that doesn’t have the features that you are look for, it is important for you to do your due diligent by picking up the camera that best suit your needs.

DSLR Camera

DSLR or Point and Shoot?
First of all, you will need to know whether you want a digital point and shoot camera or a DSLR? DSLR or Digital Single Lens Reflex camera is relatively large in size, but will offer you with more features which enable you to shift different lenses depending on the situation and subjects that you want to shoot for. DSLR camera comes with powerful add-on flash units that you can make use of when shooting in darker situation. Besides, it also offer more control settings and more accessories to make it possible for you to take high quality images. Some noteworthy things about DSLR are that you can focus, compose and meter exposure by using the lens with a DSLR. This enables superb accuracy in metering and composing. DSLR is best for portrait, sports, wildlife and nature photography. The camera is also a great choice for users due to it can shoot very fast and has good choices of different lenses.

point and shoot camera

While point and shoot camera is just the opposite to a DSLR. The camera is normally light, compact, affordable and simple to use. Most of the latest point and shoot cameras are adding with more features for example metering choices, high quality fill flash, white balance, and exposure compensation. The quality of the lens is generally very good. However, you will not be able to change lenses with these types of cameras. They tend to have pretty poor on-board flashes and typically no add-on flash can be put onto them. They also have limited exposure and metering choices. If you compose via a separate lens, you will discover some inaccuracy with close-in subjects. The photos that you took with point and shoot cameras will be a little bit up/down or left/right from the way you composed them.

Mirrorless or DSLR?
By get rid of the mirror found in real DSLRs (or the whole viewfinder), this allow mirrorless DSLRs to be featured with compact size and lighter weight compare to real DSLRs. These latest technology of cameras have become more and more popular for photographers. Most of the professionals as well as serious amateurs who wish to have great results but do not want to carry a big DSLR with them are keen on embrace the mirrorless cameras.

mirrorless camera

Previously, a DSLR would be the only choice if you required a camera that featured with a huge sensor plus a practically responsive shutter. But for now, you are able to buy camera like the Olympus PEN or Samsung NX11 and immediate get all the features that you need in a much smaller package. The improvement that needed for mirrorless cameras are those companies would need to come out with their own adapters in order to accommodate their legacy lenses to the camera bodies. Besides, the autofocus and aperture control are also required for further enhancement.

As of now, even more and more users are start shift to mirrorless cameras, but many people are still expected that the DSLRs will not become obsolete soon. Some expecting they will turn into a niche product and become the specialist gadget for professional photographers. If you prefer a camera which is sophisticated but portable, then you may choose for mirrorless DSLR. This could be particularly true should you want to use the compact lenses. But for those action photographers, they’ll more likely to go with a real DSLR. This is due to the slower AF speed and lack of a viewfinder on mirrorless cameras which making them not the most desire option for shooting on moving subjects. While for videographers, they will be able to choose either a DSLR or mirrorless camera. Even though they will need to put on more effort into the video modes of mirrorless cameras compare to real DSLRs. But, as we can foresee mirrorless cameras will get improve to be better in future, mirrorless cameras may eventually substitute the real DSLR one day.

After all, as soon as you figure out all the features that you want for your camera, you will still need to spend some time for trying out some cameras. The best way for you to do the testing would be go to visit the camera store that nearby where you live. You can go and look for a helpful store assistant, ask questions and play around with the camera. By doing soon, you will found your favorite camera in no time.

Technical Translation for Camera User Manuals

All cameras will come with a user manual. The purpose of the camera user manual is to help people getting to know all the features of the camera as well as how to use them in the right way. This manual is very useful and is a good way for you to quickly learn up how to handle the camera and improve your experience on photography.

Yes, the user manual is available with the camera but many users tend not to read the manual at all. What causing this is most of the users feel it is sometime hard for them to understand the instructions inside the manual and sometimes the language is not being available for those who are buying the camera in their origin countries with their native languages. With such, a technical translation will be required to carry the job to translate the user manual to the language the user does understand.

The other reason why users tend not to read the manual is due to the fact that the manual are written in too technical way. Thus the job for a professional who are doing the technical translation will need to ensure that their translation job is not going to create any confusion for the users especially for beginner photographers. It is a good practice if camera jargons like white balance, DPI, pixels, optical zoom, or ISO can be illustrating a little bit when doing the technical translation as this is going to provide a big help for the users. If users find there to be a lot of information they need to digest, they will tend to ignore the user manual at all.

For translating a user manual, the professional who involved in technical translation will likely to make words with technical jargon that can be easily comprehend by readers. That technical translation is going to consists of linguistic options that come with translating scientific words from one language to another.

Technical translation in general is equilibrium of science and art affected by both practice and theory. Possessing understanding of both the linguistic features and also the conceptual features of translation is applicable straight away to the concept of technical translation.

Once an easy-to-understand user manual is being translated, users will benefit from learning how to work with their cameras. These may help them to enhance their photo taking experience and they might become professional photographers very soon if the camera is come with the user manual that is of the language that they understand.

Sony Alpha 77 vs Sony Alpha 65

The newest improvements of Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology make the latest released cameras Sony Alpha 65 and Alpha 77 to be the most responsive and fastest interchangeable lens in their category. The Sony Alpha 77 and Alpha 65 both include a latest designed Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with 24.3MP resolution, and also the first XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder in the camera industry. The CMOS sensor with the Sony cutting-edge BIONZ image processing engine could handle immeasurable high-speed data through the camera sensor, making it possible for high quality imaging, unprecedented response times, and ultra-low noise when using them to shoot for Full HD video or still images.

Sony Alpha 77

Sony Alpha 77

This camera is the successor for Sony’s mid-level A700 camera. The AF system for the camera is balanced out by 19 AF points and 11 cross-type sensors. The shutter features a minimum release time lag of only 50 milliseconds, where we can see how Sony really determined to pursue for absolute speed with this camera.

The ISO settings for this camera range from 50 and can set up to a level that is approximately 16000. The Sony Alpha 77 is features with an on-board GPS for geotagging, along with a shutter which is rated to 150,000 actuations. In addition, there is 921,000 dot, 3-inch, Xtra Fine LCD display pivots and tilts in 3 different directions for making the most from goofy shooting angles.

Sony Alpha 65

Sony Alpha 65

This camera is not designed to be as robust as the Sony A77, which makes use of magnesium panels for camera body and seals several of the controls with the purpose of preventing moisture and dust having chance to creep in. However, it is asking for 35% off the price, which makes this camera appear to be a reasonably good deal. The Sony Alpha 65 also available with a kit included for $1000 with the 18-55mm zoom lens. There is another option that available with the new 16-50mm F/2.8 lens, so there would be no surprised if there are some other options make available at some point in near future.

However, there seem to be some things missing for people to pay the camra with lower $900 price tag. the Sony A65 has only 15 AF and 3 cross-type sensors compare to A77 that features with 19 AF and 11 cross-type sensors. The A65 also has 10 FPS with full-time phase detection AF and the A77 has 12. The lowest ISO setting is 100, more than A77 that having 50 and its 921k dot LCD screen only can rotates in 2 directions compare to A77 that can rotates in 3.

Verdict of Sony Alpha A65 vs A77

The Sony Alpha A77 and A65 are designed for shooting some superb pictures that have excellent color and very solid exposure performance. These two cameras are very vivid and striking and they managed to generate top quality of JPEG output directly from the camera. Noise control is superb with the settings of low noise and also for high ISO. These cameras in addition provide constant focus while using the video mode.

Another cool feature built in for these cameras is the GPS. Look at the price that asked by the Sony A65 you will know this is incredibly cut-throat deal for you. The camera body for Sony A77 is cost you just about $1,400, this can be best used to make comparison with the 18MP Canon EOS 7D. The camera body for Sony A65 is price at about $1,000, this also can be best used to make comparison with the 16MPNikon D7000 and once the price for this camera declines in near future, it will direct compete with the Canon EOS 600D and Nikon D5100. The Sony A65 apparently outrank these cameras when looking at the 10 FPS shooting, GPS as well as very fast focusing with the implementing of translucent mirror. Even though there is no optical viewfinder with SLT cameras, but the OLED EVF that being used for the camera is just amazing and helps make the view through appear to be very incredible.

After you shoot for some good pictures, you still need a good printer if you want to print out the pictures that you shoot. Printer with good quality of Ink Cartridges are important in order for you to print out the picture with the same color that you view on your camera.

Should I choose A65 or A77?

Most of the people will have such question whether to get the less expensive A65 or go for the A77. As mentioned earlier, the A65 costs around $1,000 and the A77 will cost you more for about $1,400 (price of course will be changed from time to time). Since the Sony A77 is having better features, of course the price is also higher compare to the A65. If you intend to buy the Sony A77, you still need to consider if it is better for you to get the Sony A65 and spend more money on a better lens or get a more expensive camera body with a lens that cost you less.

Deciding on a Sony Alpha A-mount interchangeable lens is crucial for you to shoot for good quality of image. Some people would prefer to buy a less expensive camera body but spend more money on better lens. Actually there are a lot of professional photographers are doing this way. If you have enough money, then the best solution of course will be buy the more expensive body of Sony A77 as well as better 16-50 mm f2.8 kit lens.

On the whole, both Sony A77 and A65 are two of the best cameras that offered to you by Sony. The thing for you to take into consideration is that you need to fully grasp the difference between these two cameras as well as your own requirements. Once you know what you want, then you will be able to make the best buying decision and even save money on lenses and accessories.

Sony Alpha 77 Review Video

Canon EOS 1100D Review

The Canon EOS 1100D, or some are refer it as the Canon Rebel T3, is the all new entry-level Canon camera for wide range of DSLR cameras. This camera is ready to replace the Canon 1000D which been marketed for more than 3 years. The Canon EOS 1100D is inherits features from both 1000D and 600D and is targeted its market on first-time DSLR users. The camera is features with a 2.7″ LCD, 12 MP CMOS sensor, 9-points AF, 3FPS continuous shooting mode, ISO 100-6400 sensitivity (no expansion), 63-area iFCL exposure metering, 720p HD video capture, and on-screen Feature Guide.

Canon EOS 1100D

As mentioned, the Canon EOS 1100D is generally an entry-level DSLR that features a comparatively limited option of external controls. Nevertheless, most details and parameters which do not get their own dedicated button could very well be altered in the interactive configuration settings screen that could be found by hitting the Q-button. Additionally there is limited setting for customization available. The SET button will enable you to flash exposure compensation or control quality of the image. For the flash button that you can find on the top plate, you can set to change ISO.

The Canon 1100D has a compilation of familiar-sounding features and folds all of them in a clearly standard yet still capable-sounding package. Thus there is a 12 megapixels CMOS chip that’s just similar to the Canon 450D/XSi. With the combination of the uniformly famous Digic 4 processor, it can provide consumers a camera which is impossible to make available much in the way of unexpected situations.

Specification of Canon EOS 1100D:

– 12MP CMOS sensor
– ISO 100-6400
– 9-point AF system (former 1000D only has 7-point)
– 63-zone iFCL color-sensitive metering
– 2.7″ (6.8cm) LCD, 230,000 dots
– 720p movie recording at 30 or 25fps (H.264 compression)
– Eye-Fi wireless SD card compatible menu options
– Compatible with all EF and EF-S lenses

Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D3100

Canon EOS 1100D
When I first received this Canon EOS 1100D or Rebel T3 camera and fiddling with the AF system, I immediate know that it is going to impress a lot of beginner users. If you make a comparison for this model with the Nikon D3100, you will know that the 1100D is considerably more decisive, faster and having a better overall performance than the Nikon D3100. Even there is periodic endeavor to shoot for low-contrast subjects, however generally the Canon EOS 1100D is still a good buy option compare to Nikon D3100. I do make some flipping on the camera to swift it to live view mode and I do observe the movement is slow down very much. Like the speed of live view mode of Canon EOS 450D, even the camera is good but it is still not super-fast in any respect. This is the weak point of Canon camera that needs to improve very much. It’s just not like the Quick AF Live View of Sony A390 which is performs far better than the live view capability of all Canon cameras.

The camera is features with a compact body, intuitive external controls, big buttons, and Creative Auto mode which make it turn out to be more attractive to consumers who are out there looking to buy a DSLR camera. Nonetheless, we would hope to see the future Canon’s cameras will come with the Scene Intelligent Auto mode and an integrated cleaning system, as having these two features are going to make the Canon camera become even more appealing and beginner-friendly for users.

Verdict toward Canon EOS 1100D

As Canon 1100D camera is an entry-level camera targeted at beginner photographer, this model wasn’t having any intention to trigger the world on fire by releasing any cutting-edge technology.

Some of the enhancements and replacement has been made inside the camera especially we can see a significant improvement for its high ISO performance. For this reason, the Canon EOS 1100D is overriding its predecessor by giving this camera a sharp improvement on the quality of image with high ISO settings in-line together with other up-to-date models from the increasing of pecking order.

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The camera symbolizes an excellent, good value choice with a no-frills package which is definitely in excess of effective at generating superb results. Thinking of the features included in to make the camera simplicity of use, this Canon 1100D should create a good demand among beginners and even some advanced photographers will relished of this camera kit as well.

Pros:
– User-friendly and easy to operate for beginners
– Fast AF function for entry-level camera
– Great quality of image
– Great value for money that you spend

Cons:
– No built-in focus motor on the camera
– Low-resolution LCD screen
– Doesn’t have manual video settings
– Doesn’t features with spot metering mode
– Lack of integrated cleaning system