Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I have had very little experience with digital cameras, and very little of it was positive. Up until I got my 5 megapixel camera, I thought that a film camera was the only way to go. This is because I gave up too early. All I had ever used was a camera phone. It had horrible resolution. I think it was something like 2.1 megapixels. It looked so blocky that it was almost impossible to tell what you were looking at.
Now that I have a Canon Powershot 5.0 megapixel digital camera, I know better. The image is brilliant. There is no other way to describe it. The digital camera has not replaced the film camera yet, but it has come close. Although a film camera still has a better picture, it is not that much better. Most 5 megapixel cameras definitely give old film cameras a run for their money. If the image is not quite as good, it certainly is close. Besides that, the advantages of using a 5 megapixel camera over a film camera are obvious. You do not have to pay for film or wait for the picture to be developed, and you can instantly see what it looks like. For all but the most professional photographers, a digital camera is surely the way to go!
Of course, there is a downside to a 5 megapixel camera. First of all, they are fragile. Cameras in general can be easily damaged, but much more can go wrong with a digital camera. There are a million different ways that the sensitive electronics can get ruined by being slightly jarred or banged around. Besides that, people steal digital cameras all the time. When I first got my 5 megapixel camera, no less than three people tried to grab it from me. Fortunately, each time I had it secured to the strap and was able to ward them off. Even so, I still react with caution whenever anyone walks too close to me if I am wearing my camera around my neck. I don not want to lose it, after all. It costs a small fortune.
Despite all of these downsides, I think it is still worth it. My 5 megapixel camera has really changed the way I see the world. It is an incredible experience to be able to capture any image that I see. Before, I had to carefully select every image. I never knew how it would come out until I had developed the film. Now I can see it immediately!
Digital cameras are expensive and if you are going to buy one you need to make sure that you make the right purchase. You work hard for your money and you need to know that you are getting your moneys worth. So make sure that you take the following into consideration before you make that final commitment.
The life of the battery is going to affect just how many pictures you can take. This matters if you are going to the lake for the day or you are taking pictures of your son or daughters birthday party. There is nothing worse than having your camera run out of batteries in the middle of the day. You need to be able to trust your camera to do the job the right way. So find out what the battery life is before you make the final purchase and compare the different cameras and batteries to find the one that is most suitable for your needs.
Depending on the use of your camera you may need a digital camera with more or less megapixels. These are what will allow your pictures to be sized. The more megapixels that the camera has the larger the pictures will be able to be without losing any detail. If you are a professional photographer and you often take pictures for posters and other large scale print materials then you need to have a camera that can handle taking pictures that clearly.
These are another important aspect of your digital camera. And again they will differ according to the camera. The options that you need will depend on why you are looking for a new digital camera. If you are getting the camera for professional reasons then certain options are going to be more important than others. Find out exactly what your camera can do and how easy it is to use before you buy it. There are plenty of user friendly cameras on the market for those who just want to be able to point and shoot. Just know your needs and you will have no trouble finding the digital camera that is right for you.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Ever wonder what happens to the toys we left behind? Those with children of their own are able to revisit the latest versions of old favorites, but for those who haven’t had an excuse to check out Etch-E-Sketch 2.0, here’s a breakdown.
Doctor, lawyer and killer flight attendant, Barbie has done it all in three inch heels and tiny skirts. But now, after almost fifty years of controversy, Barbie has developed a new, thicker look. The original Barbie was designed on a scale of 1/6. This means the real life Barbie would have been 5’9.” The proportions of Barbie, however, were entirely unrealistic. She would have had a 36 inch bust and 18 inch waist. Her original weight of 110 pounds would make her at least 35 pounds underweight for her height.
But after years of concern and scorn about Barbie promoting unhealthy body images and unrealistic standards for the young women who played with the many versions of the doll, Barbie is a new woman. In 2000, Barbie gained a belly button and a wider waistline. Her waist also moved up into a more natural position, ostensibly to make more modern fashions fit more appropriately, but some wonder if the changes are a long overdue response to criticism. Waistlines aside, Barbie games are still intensely popular with girls of all ages, and Barbie games have also gone online where they are reaching even more enthusiastic fans.
LITE-BRITE Flat Screen
Like the flat screen in your living room? Modern flat screen technology has a broad reach and now you can enjoy flat screen technology while you play with your LITE-BRITE. Decades ago, LITE-BRITE took tiny colored pegs and backlit the designs you created through black paper with a standard light bulb. The set-up was large, bulky, but good for hours of fun.
Today, you can use a boxy set-up or the new flat screen. If you opt for the box, you now have four sides to choose from. Gone is the console style backing in place of a newly designed lit cube ready for your latest and greatest designs – four at once, that is. Or keep things compact, but opting for the flat LITE-BRITE instead. While it might not be HD, it’s definitely a step up from what we had a short generation ago.
You might have played with Hot Wheels or Matchbox, but the style of cars was the same. Tiny metal cars to collect, bury in the sandbox and leave painfully underfoot have been enjoyed be generations of vehicle enthusiasts. Today, the basics are the same, but the styles and accessories have been very updated. Naturally, the cars produced today are indicative of the available auto lines produced the world over.
But in addition to that, children paying with Matchbox cars have much more to do with their cars than we did a generation ago. If we were lucky, we were able to secure a track and possibly a ramp for our cars. All sound effects and aerial acrobatics were performed by the driver – you. Today, you can buy the basic die cast cars or you can branch out and buy the ones that make noise, play inspiring music, or run on their own. Accessories for the cars include elaborate cities, race tracks, and parks where cars can be levered or moved without your assistance. While most of the Matchbox cars remain true to the classic nature of the toy, if you want a digital micro-car experience, it is readily available.