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Canon PowerShot SX280HS | PixelBing

Canon’s new PowerShot series Point and Shoot Lineup SX280 HS and SX270 HS equipped with next gen DIGIC 6 Processor

Canon’s PowerShot SX models – SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS are the compact and versatile PowerShot cameras that combine Canon’s brand new DIGIC 6 image processing technology with a 20x optical zoom which makes these models the perfect travel companions. This includes recording everything from panoramic landscapes to family holidays, in stunning detail and Full HD 60p video. Shooting and sharing high-quality images on the move is also easy with the PowerShot SX280 HS, as it allows instant connectivity with other devices such as tablets, PCs or smartphones with the amazing integrated Wi-Fi function.

Canon PowerShot SX280HS | PixelBing
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Canon’s next generation DIGIC 6 image processor is the key feature, the heart of both the models. What this really means is that now you can capture the most stunning and outstanding images even in the lowest of light conditions. Not even this, you can now shoot realistically smooth, Full HD movies at up to 60fps with these PowerShot cameras. Whether at a party or under moonlight, new DIGIC 6 ensures pictures are low on noise and perfectly-exposed, with up to 30 per cent more detail captured than the models’ predecessors, without the need to use a flash or tripod.

Movies are recorded in the widely-compatible MP4 format using DIGIC 6 and can be played on a range of portable devices – providing the ability to share recordings quickly and easily with family and friends, without the need for lengthy file conversions. This sounds too cool, isn’t it?

The HS System pairs the new DIGIC 6 processor with a 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor to deliver exceptional images in low light, wide dynamic range, as well as with minimal blur and noise– perfect for capturing shadowy detail as the sun sets on holiday. Using the DIGIC 6 processor and HS System, users can enjoy shooting with incredible ISO sensitivity, up to ISO 6400, with outstanding results.

The PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS provides 25mm wide-angle 20x optical zoom Canon lens with a 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS) which is ideal for every precious family and holiday moment that you essentially want not to forget lifelong. ZoomPlus technology even digitally extends the reach of the zoom to 40x whilst maintaining crisp, high-quality resolution, detailed, allowing users to get even closer to the action whilst maintaining a discrete distance. It’s the time for you to get closer to action with this super zoom; totally amazing!

Canon PowerShot SX280HS | PixelBing

The PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS offers Smart Auto mode which detects upto 58 different scenes to determine the most appropriate settings to achieve the best possible result. This feature makes it easy for you to point and shoot with confidence.
Combining creative flexibility with high quality images, both the PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS feature new Hybrid Auto mode which records the four seconds before every shot in 720p resolution, before using Smart Auto to determine the best settings to capture the perfect shot. At the end of each day, the four-second clips are merged into one to tell the “behind-the-scenes” story of the day’s images! Doesn’t it sound exciting?

Stills can also be transformed by using one of seven different Creative Filters, including Fish-eye Effect and Miniature Effect. More ambitious and experienced photographers, or those wanting to develop their photography skills, can also take complete control of their camera settings. Using the range of more advanced modes, including Tv and Av modes to control shutter speed and aperture, or full manual mode to control all settings, users can explore their creativity and improve their knowledge with these powerful, compact cameras.

Canon PowerShot SX270HS | PixelBing

Another attraction grabbing feature of the cameras is that you can quickly switch from still images to movies to record action in Full HD quality (1920x1080p) with stereo sound. Advanced 60p recording allows a new level of movie performance, with the ability to capture fast paced action with improved smoothness across the whole scene. DIGIC 6 offers enhanced noise processing in Full HD movies (30fps) while Fine Detail Movie Processing technology (30 fps) offers incredible detail, allowing users to capture every moment incredibly. The huge 20x optical zoom can also be used whilst filming. Movies shot on the move are kept crisp and blur-free. This is absolutely due to the latest version of Intelligent IS, which features an enhanced Dynamic IS mode. The improved mode employs a five-axis Image Stabilizer, correcting a range of additional types of camera shake, including rotational and parallel shake – a typical occurrence when filming whilst walking, for even smoother footage.

Whether on a family holiday or the trip of a lifetime, travelers can easily frame and review their recordings on the bright 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD screen with approximately 461,000 dots. A tempered glass layer provides additional strength and protection, and high contrast also combines with Quick Bright technology to make the display perfect for movie playback in bright sunlight.

The PowerShot SX280 HS’s Wi-Fi function allows you to share their most memorable moments with friends and family by transmitting their stunning images to social networks, connected devices, or the internet for online back-up.

Canon PowerShot SX280HS | PixelBing
Powershot SX280 HS Kit

This is deal for travellers who wish to track their route effortlessly, or remember the exact location of a perfect shot, the PowerShot SX280 HS’s inbuilt GPS automatically tags each picture or movie with the local time and pinpoints the location in which it was taken. The integrated GPS logger function tracks the location of the camera at regular intervals on a journey, while A-GPS functionality uses Wi-Fi to quickly download additional Assisted GPS data, which greatly decreases the time to acquire a satellite signal.

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Price in India is expected to be around INR 21,000, while PowerShot SX280 HS prices in India at around INR 25,000/-

Coolpix P520, L820, S9500 | PixelBing

Nikon’s new Point and Shoot Lineup COOLPIX S9500, P520 and L820 cameras with High Zoom capabilities

 

Coolpix P520, L820, S9500 | PixelBing
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With a mix of compact and super-zoom models, NIKON’s range of cameras S9500, P520 and L820 COOLPIX Cameras have made a brilliant and unique place in the photography world.  The range of these 3 Coolpix Cameras were introduced to show up brilliancy in many ways. Cameras are equipped with high power zoom lenses that would allow you to capture extremely beautiful clear images and videos taken from a wide range of distances. COOLPIX P520 camera provides as much as a surprising 42x zoom lens that amazingly imparts excellent performance in terms of clarity. COOLPIX S9500 combines impressive range with an ultra slim, pocket-size package and is equipped with a 22x zoom lens. Both of these have Wi-Fi connectivity feature. Now sharing pictures with your smartphone and even the social networking sites have become easier than ever before. COOLPIX L820 offers 30x zoom and has such an efficient and optimized design that makes it really simple and fun to use. The powerful lens and the user-friendly handling make these cameras worth being used by photography maniacs or even the commoners to capture anything, at any occasion excellently!

Nikon’s new long zoom COOLPIX cameras provide consumers with the chance to capture a diverse range of subjects and scenes, whether near the subject or at a distance”, said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Designed for the frequent traveler, the instant sharer, and the family memory keeper, these new COOLPIX cameras offer trusted Nikon technology, high image quality, Full HD video and a variety of other features that meet photographers’ needs.

 Camera Overviews:

CoolPix P520

Coolpix P520, L820, S9500 | PixelBing

Having a closer look to the super-zoom COOLPIX P520 resembles last year’s P510 to a great extent although it is now compatible with Nikon’s optional WU-1a wireless mobile adaptor for on-the-go uploads. It has a 42x optical zoom NIKKOR glass lens and an 18.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for an equivalent focal length of 24-1000m. So, if you are a user searching for best performance and versatility, here you get it! Not only this but, it also has a new Vibration Reduction image stabilization function to help smooth and blur-free images and videos ; videos can be captured at Full HD(1080p) resolution along with the facility of stereo sound. The 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD display allows you shoot images at unique angles, also allowing you enhance your creative skills in photography.

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CoolPix L820

Coolpix P520, L820, S9500 | PixelBing

Next in the series comes the very stunning and really cool COOLPIX L820. The compact COOLPIX L820 offers a high-power 30x zoom, a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, and Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to help keep shots steady and blur-free. It has super wide-angle lens, covering from wide-angle 22.5mm to super-telephoto 675mm. This provides you have the versatility to capture crisp, vivid images, no matter whether it’s close-up or a distant shot. The camera’s 3-inch monitor, ergonomic design, along with the convenience of AA-size batteries and a dedicated video button make it easy and fun for users to shoot comfortably. Thanks to a simple and intuitive interface, users can easily access a wide range of features, including Easy Auto Mode and Smart Portrait System, which enable them to enhance their photos with options like Red Eye Fix and Face-Priority AF. Other special effects include Glamour Retouch, Filter Effects and Skin Softening for optimal portrait enhancements. The Nikon COOLPIX L820 finds itself fit for you to preserve all your family memories making each one of them really special.

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 CoolPix S950

Coolpix P520, L820, S9500 | PixelBing

Lastly, let’s have a look with the Nikon COOLPIX S950. This slim COOLPIX cam sports a 22x optical zoom (25-550mm) and is the perfect companion for you if you want capturing and sharing high-quality images and HD videos along with the sleek and super stylish package. This is surprisingly small enough to keep close in a shirt pocket or purse.  The S9500 features an 18.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, ideal for capturing low-light images with clarity and sharpness. It also sports a legendary NIKKOR lens with Vibration Reduction (VR) to minimize the effects of blur and camera shake. For those who want to capture their journey through video, this camera also offers Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound. Shooting clear images and videos while enjoying a long journey, was never so easy.  Additionally, a bright 3-inch OLED monitor assists users to clearly compose or view their recorded movies or captured images, even when in bright conditions. The COOLPIX S9500 also offers various shooting effects to enhance memories, including an upgraded Glamour Retouch function, Skin Softening and Quick Effects.

To enhance the user’s sharing capabilities when away from family and friends, the S9500 offers a built-in GPS function to provide you the ability to log your travels and share where you have been. In addition, the camera offers built-in Wi-Fi connectivity so images and videos can be shared while on the go by transferring them to a compatible smart device. It also enables users to remotely take photos with the camera from a compatible Smartphone or tablet. Really new advanced and great features indeed!

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Price and Availability:

The COOLPIX P520 is available for a price of $449.95 in Black, Red, and Dark Grey starting from February 2013 in American Markets. In India, it’s about Rs. 24000. The COOLPIX L820 is available at $279.95 in Black and Red in USA (Rs. 13798 in India), while the COOLPIX S9500 is available at price of $349.95 in Black, Silver, and Red in the United States (In India it costs about Rs. 18000).

Coolpix_S800c | Pixelbing

Coolpix S800c: The First Android Powered Camera by Nikon

Smartphones are evolving day by day, alongwith newer enhancements, they are also getting powerful upgrades on their built in cameras, which is a serious issue to worry upon for the camera manufacturers. To give a serious competition to the smartphone manufacturers, Nikon has housed the green robot from google that is virally popular globally, known as android in its latest launch Coolpix S800C. It is Nikon’s first Android powered camera which features a gingerbread (Android 2.3) Operating System, alongwith connectivity options such as WiFi.

Coolpix_S800c | Pixelbing

Imagine waiting for a shot, and playing angry birds or fruit ninja on the same device till then, or even managing to have a skype video call. Once a picture is taken, editing and sharing it instantly with instagram on facebook, twitter, etc. The S800C does it all with the android power.

The camera is good with the operating system, and the backside just seems like a touchscreen smartphone. It has a 3.5 inch WVGA OLED touchscreen, wifi, Bluetooth and GPS for providing smarter connectivity options and for easy image share, along with 2GB of internal memory, out of which only about 700mb is meant for the applications. Provision of expandable external SD card storage is also present.

Coolpix_S800c | Pixelbing

Coolpix_S800c | Pixelbing

From the camera’s perspective, it houses a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, a 25-250mm equivalent F3.2-5.8 lens, 10x optical zoom, upto 8fps continuous shooting, and Full HD 1080p 30fps video recording.

Overall, the camera is a good attempt for smartphone killing, but it has more entered to kill the fancies, and none of serious photography. Processing is slower, hence in serious photography, one does need a good responsive screen display as well as shooting which somehow lacks. The battery life, since being ‘wasted’ for running features like GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, the Android OS and Apps is greatly compromised. Responsiveness is an issue with the camera, and lots of work needs to be done upon it.

Coolpix_S800c | Pixelbing

Coolpix_S800c | Pixelbing

 

The smart-camera is available for a price of USD $349.95 in USA, £219 in Europe and for Rs. 20,950 in India. Its keenly priced for a fancy camera with such functionalities, though for serious photography, I would recommend going for some hybrid camera available in this range.

Other Details/Specifications are given below (Source: Nikon official site)

 

 

Product name
Product name
COOLPIX S800c
Type
Type
Compact digital camera
Number of effective pixels
Number of effective pixels
16.0 million
Image sensor
Image sensor
1/2.3-in. type CMOS; total pixels: approx. 16.79 million
Lens
Lens
10x optical zoom, NIKKOR lens
Focal length
4.5-45.0 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 25-250 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)
f/-number
f/3.2-5.8
Construction
8 elements in 8 groups (1 ED lens element)
Digital zoom magnification
Digital zoom magnification
Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 1000 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)
Vibration reduction
Vibration reduction
Combination of lens shift and electronic VR (still images)
Lens shift (movies)
Motion blur reduction
Motion blur reduction
Motion detection (still pictures)
Autofocus (AF)
Autofocus (AF)
Contrast-detect AF
Focus range
[W]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 1.0m (3 ft 4 in.) to infinity
Macro mode: Approx. 10 cm (4 in.) to infinity (at a wide-angle zoom position beyond the triangle mark)
(All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Focus-area selection
Face priority, auto (9-area automatic selection), center, manual (focus area can be selected using the touch panel), subject tracking
Monitor
Monitor
8.7 cm (3.5-in.), widescreen, OLED monitor (touch panel) with anti-reflection coating, approx. 819k-dot, 5-level brightness adjustment
Frame coverage (shooting mode)
Approx. 98% horizontal and 98% vertical (compared to actual image)
Frame coverage (playback mode)
Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual image)
Storage
Media
Internal memory
Spaces available for saving images: approx. 1.7 GB
Spaces available for saving applications: approx. 680 MB
(varying depending on the country or region)
SD/SDHC memory card
File system
DCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF compliant
File formats
Still pictures: JPEG
Movies: MOV (video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, audio: AAC stereo)
Image size (pixels)
Image size (pixels)
16M (high image quality) [4608 x 3456(fine)]
16M [4608 x 3456]
8M [3264 x 2448]
4M [2272 x 1704]
2M [1600 x 1200]
VGA [640 x 480]
16:9 (12M) [4608 x 2592]
16:9 (2M) [1920 x 1080]
Shooting Modes
Shooting Modes
Easy auto, Auto, Scene(Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Close-up, Food, Fireworks show, Black and white copy, Backlighting, Easy panorama, Pet portrait), Special effects, Smart portrait, Movie
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting
Single (default setting), Continuous H (images are taken at a rate of about 8 fps), Continuous L (up to 18 images are taken at a rate of about 1.4 fps), Continuous H: 120 fps (50 frames are captured at a speed of about 120 fps or faster), Continuous H: 60 fps (25 frames are captured at a speed of about 60 fps or faster), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Multi-shot 16
Movie
Movie
HD 1080p(fine) (default setting): 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, HD 1080p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, HD 720p: 1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps, VGA: 640 x 480/approx. 30 fps, HS 240 fps: 320 x 240, HS 120 fps: 640 x 48, HS 60 fps: 1280 x 720, HS 15 fps: 1920 x 1080
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity)
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity)
ISO 125-1600
ISO 3200 (available in auto mode)
Exposure
Metering mode
256-segment matrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2x), spot (digital zoom 2x or more)
Exposure control
Programmed auto exposure and exposure compensation (-2.0 – +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Shutter
Shutter
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Speed
1/2000-1 s
1/4000 s (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting)
4 s (Fireworks show scene mode)
Aperture
Aperture
Electronically-controlled ND filter (-2 AV) selection
Range
2 steps (f/3.2 and f/6.4 [W])
Self-timer
Self-timer
Can be selected from 10 and 2 second durations
Built-in flash
Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto)
[W]: 0.5-5.6 m (1 ft 8 in.-18 ft)
[T]: 1.0-3.1 m (3 ft 4 in.-10 ft)
Flash control
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Interface
Interface
Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Protocol
Mass storage
HDMI output
HDMI output
Can be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
I/O terminal
I/O terminal
Digital I/O (USB)
HDMI mini connector (Type C) (HDMI output)
GPS
GPS
Receiver frequency 1575.42 MHz (C/A code), geodetic system WGS 84
Supported languages
Supported languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power sources
Power sources
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (included)
AC Adapter EH-62F (available separately)
Charging time
Charging time
Approx. 4 hours (with Charging AC Adapter EH-69P when battery is fully discharged)
Battery life *
Still pictures
Approx. 140 shots when using EN-EL12
Tripod socket
Tripod socket
1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 111.4 x 60.0 x 27.2 mm (4.4 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.) (excluding projections)
Weight
Weight
Approx. 184 g (6.5 oz) (including battery and SD memory card)
Operating environment
Temperature
0°C-40°C (32°F-104°F)
Humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN)
Standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless LAN protocol), WPS 2.0 (certified compliant with Wi-Fi Alliance standards), ARIB STD-T66 (standard for low power data communications systems)
Communications protocols
IEEE 802.11b: DBPSK, DQPSK,
IEEE 802.11g: OFDM
IEEE 802.11n: OFDM
Range (line of sight)
Approx. 60 m (65 yd) (varies with location)
Operating frequency
2412-2462 MHz (1-11 channels)
Data rates (actual measured values)
IEEE 802.11b: 5 Mbps
IEEE 802.11g: 20 Mbps
IEEE 802.11n: 25 Mbps
Security
WPA/WPA2/WEP
Access protocols
Infrastructure
Bluetooth
Standards
Bluetooth (ver.2.1+EDR)
Profile
A2DP
System
Processor
Coretex-A9
Memory
Internal storage: 4 GB
RAM: 512 MB
Operating system
Android 2.3.3
Supplied accessories
Supplied accessories
Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (with Terminal Cover), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6
Optional accessories
Optional accessories
Battery Charger MH-65, AC Adapter EH-62F

Here’s an official introductory video of the Android powered Coolpix

Nikon COOLPIX S8100 | PixelBing

Know about Cameras: Point and Shoot Digital Cameras

In my previous post, I have discussed about various types of cameras. Here, I’m detailing a few most popular ones for the next few posts. So as you have read the title correctly, today’s topic deals with the Point and Shoot camera.

Nikon COOLPIX S8100 | PixelBing

Upon thinking or talking of cameras, everybody thinks, talks, or writes about a DSLR, and think that all the non DSLR stuffs are untouchables, inferior, and what not. But slowly, the Point and Shoot cameras are too becoming famous day by day, and improving a lot too. Even I’m fond of the Point and Shoot cameras. The Canon Powershot A480 was my first digital Point and Shoot, although I have used many film cameras before it. DSLRs are of course meant for high-end photography, but here I will be discussing some advantages of a Point and Shoot Digital Camera, sometimes also referred to as digital cameras, or digicams.

  • Automatic Focus: this is a best part for one who needs to get rid of too many manual settings, controls, functions, and everything which makes his camera feel no less than a spacecraft cockpit. The quality of the Autofocus is improving day by day in the new models, which is too appreciable. This might be the same reason, for manufacturers are now placing an Auto Mode in the DSLRs too.
  • The Compactness: All the Point and Shoot cameras are appreciably slim, and even the thick ones also find ample room in your pocket, and weigh almost equal to your cellphone itself. There are few exceptions, for example, the superzoom models, which are now creating a separate category for themselves, the Bridge cameras. The fabrication now a days is so good, that they are coming up with great megapixel power, sufficient zoom, even house a touchscreen, and yet, you know about the size. Everywhere you cant carry a DSLR with you, for example a Party, or a Picnic etc, but you can always slip in your digicam in your pocket and get going
  • Bye-Bye Viewfinder: The P&S primarily use LCD screens, sometimes even a touchscreen, to give a live view of the shots the user is taking. This is a pretty good feature for a person who doesn’t want to poke his eye into viewfinder each time and remain at ease. But my opinion is that best shots come out from a viewfinder. Yet, new DSLRs are also providing the live view for the same reasons probably.
  • Too Silent: compared to a DSLR, the operation of a Point and Shoot Camera is too attractive. Smooth, and yes of course, silent. Even many times you wont even realize that a shot has been clicked when you try your hands on a P&S after a DSLR. Of course, you will have a vibration free click as compared to a DSLR, as in a DSLR the bouncing of mirror causes a typical click, which is at times, undesirable.
  • Cost matters: yes, of course this is the ‘last, but not the least’ point. You can purchase two good P&S Cameras for the price of a DSLR, or can have a top-end P&S for a cheap DSLR. They really are affordable and are so manufactured to reach every pocket.

But as every coin has two faces, same way there are few minus points of having a Point and Shoot camera too, which I’m discussing below:

  • Lower Image Quality: generally, the Point and Shoot Cameras come with small image sensors, which have a direct impact on the quality of images they click, compared to a DSLR. Slowly, manufacturers are coming up with higher grade image sensors, but of course, one can stick to a P&S, if no such high use of cropping or enlargement is to be done as per professional use.
  • Slow Capture rate: these cameras generally are cursed for their slow capture rate, (generally) lack of continuous shots, and the shutter lag, i-e the time delay between pressing the shutter and the moment when image gets clicked.
  • Lesser Manual Controls: Day by day the cameras being manufactured are going more automatic. This is to an extent a good feature, but on the same time there is very less, or almost no option for a photographer to alter the settings and click the images. Even in a bit older ones, manual settings are limited to exposure, and shutter, and that too in limited boundaries.
  • Smaller ISO range – generally the Point and Shoots come with smaller ISO range, but now a day this trend is being changed. Even my Point and Shoot had capability to shoot at 1600 ISO. Yet overall, there is a limited range of ISO in these type of cameras.
  • Zero Adaptability – generally a point and shoot does not possess adaptability for different lenses unlike DSLRs. But on the other hand, the ones which come with limited adaptability, are also not preferred by people, as they are generally purchased on account of portability, and no one prefers carrying lenses in a separate bag or so alongwith a pocket camera.

 Canon Powershot A480 | PixelbingNow when the major question for choosing between a digital Point and Shoot and a DSLR arises, I would only suggest that price is always the prime concern. So keeping your mind the proper budget, and the image requirements/purpose of photography, choose it accordingly.