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What Point-and-Shoot Camera Do You Recommend?

February 5, 2012

Tags: Camera, Digital camera, Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Tips

On Twitter, Sally was just asked for a recommendation on a point-and-shoot camera. Not an easy question to answer in 140 characters.

A camera is such a personal item. It needs to fit the personality, needs & style of the person using it. We do tend to prefer cameras from the traditional camera companies -- Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus -- for their optics and their understanding of what makes a good photograph. But what we might like might not fit you.

Here are (more…)

Report from PhotoPlus East, Part I
by Daniel Grotta

November 1, 2009

Tags: Daniel's entries, Photo Plus East, Trade show report, Olympus, Leica, Phase One, Lighting


PhotoPlus East (PPE) is the big four-day camera show held every October that's aimed primarily at professional photographers, and not the retail photo industry. So, unlike trade shows such as CES (in Las Vegas in January) or Photo Marketing Association (in Anaheim in February), no under-wraps pre-production models were on display behind closed doors for technology journalists and industry analysts. (Those behind-behind-the-scenes confidential meetings are one of the reasons why we tend to have advance notice about cameras and other equipment and software before they’re announced to the public.) What PhotoPlus does provide is an overview of current state-of-the-art photo equipment, a place to meet and talk with our colleagues and contacts, and a glimpse of industry trends - all under one roof at the Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan.

Here are a handful of cameras and a lighting trend that caught our interest at PPE: (more…)