Accessories for Mirrorless Digital Cameras

Accessory Types Here you can find a short list of the different types of accessories available for a Mirrorless Camera (or, actually, any Digital Camera).

  • Memory Card
  • Probably the most important of all, as you can’t use your camera without one. Unfortunately, most Mirrorless Cameras are sold without a Memory Card, therefore you’ll have to buy one separately.
  • Flash
  • In my opinion, the second most important accessory, if your camera doesn’t have a built-in one. In case it does, you could still need a more powerful and flexible one to get particular effects.
  • Spare Batteries
  • Almost as important as the flash, as some cameras tend to drain the battery very quickly. Besides, some cameras (like the Sony Alpha NEX 5) require you to remove the battery to charge it, which means you’d find yourself stuck if you don’t have a spare one handy. Batteries can be expensive, but they are a good investment if you use your mirrorless camera very often.
  • Viewfinder
  • If you can rely solely on the LCD Display to adjust the camera’s settings, maybe you won’t need a Viewfinder. However, since the Electronic Viewfinders of some models provide extra features, it could be useful to get one.
  • Microphone
  • As mentioned earlier, this accessory would prove useful only if you take lots of videos and you need to have a good audio quality.
  • Underwater Case
  • If you like diving, this accessory will allow you to take your Mirrorless Camera underwater, and take great pictures of the “Treasures of the Deep”.

Please note that not all the mentioned accessories are available for all Mirrorless Cameras, as their design can vary greatly between different manufacturers. To get started, have a look at the different models and check what features do they include and what extras are available for each.

Let’s now have a more in-depth look at the different types of Camera Accessories.

Batteries

Mirrorless Cameras, like any other Digital Camera, are powered by Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries. The main advantage of this type of batteries is that they can last very long, but they also take long to recharge. If you have only one battery, it effectively means that can’t use your camera until it’s charged. Unfortunately, these batteries often have a special shape and voltage, which makes it impossible to replace them with the standard Alkaline batteries you can find in the shops.

To make sure your camera won’t “die” just before taking the best picture of your life, it would be a good idea to buy at least one extra Battery. Below you can find the different types of batteries used by each manufacturer.

  • Panasonic G1, GH1, GF1, G2, G10
  • Battery Model: DMW-BLB13
  • Samsung NX10
  • Battery ModelBP1310
  • OlympusE-P1, E-P2, E-PL1
  • Battery Model: BLS-1
  • Sony NEX-3, NEX-5
  • Battery Model: NP-FM500H

Memory Cards

Since, most probably, your Mirrorless Camera won’t contain a Memory Card in the box, you’ll have to buy one separately. There are many different types of card on the market, but the one used by the majority of cameras are the SD (Secure Digital) and the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity). There’s also a new type of cards called SDXC with an even higher capacity, but not all models support it. Usually, a camera that supports a newer format is compatible with older ones (i.e. a Mirrorless Camera supporting SDXC should support SDHC and SD as well), but it’s always better to double check.

The use you make of your camera will help you choosing the right size of Memory Card. If you only take pictures, an 8GB card should be enough, while you should get bigger ones if you plan to frequently record High Definition Videos.

Other than capacity, Memory Cards are categorized by their Class, which represents the speed at which they can read/written; the higher the Class, the faster the Memory Card. Considering that the size of each picture produced by a modern Mirrorless Digital Camera, it would be a good idea to buy Class 6 Memory Cards.

One last consideration. Some people asked me if they should get a single big Memory Card, or several smaller ones. There are advantages and disadvantages in both cases, but I prefer to have more cards of smaller capacity. This is because, even if the Memory Cards are very reliable, they can still fail, or get damaged. If you have everything on a single one, all your work is lost. Splitting your data amongst different cards will make sure that you will save at least something. On the other hand, the cards will fill faster, but it’s not a big deal to swap them. If you are concerned about the possibility of running out of space in a crucial moment, simply develop the habit of emptying all your Memory Cards regularly.

Flash

Some Mirrorless Cameras come with a small, integrated flash, while other manufacturers, to make them more compact, removed it from the main body of some models. In such case, you’ll have to buy a separate flash to be able to take picture in conditions of poor lighting. If you instead have a camera with a built-in flash, then you could buy a more powerful and flexible one (i.e. one like the “big ones” you often see in the hands of professional photographers) to achieve special effects, like softer tones or ceiling bounce flash.

Budget Digital Camera Review

Our old digital camera was a Samsung, and as with most technology, it has quickly become outdated and difficult to use. There is a long delay between taking photographs and the speed when taking photographs is slow, therefore you sometimes miss that crucial shot! This can be quite frustrating and you can miss vital moments, especially when taking photographs of things like your children’s sports day.

Due to the problems encountered with our old camera, I found myself taking more and more photographs using my cell phone! My cell phone does have a good camera and takes better close up photographs than my old digital camera, a lot of my recent photographs have needed to be close up shots of small things. Hence the decision to buy a new camera.

We have looked at many camera’s one of the cheapest and best SLR Cameras that we looked at was a Canon that cost around £150 – this was being used to take portrait photographs in a film processing shop in our local town. Unfortunately we only had around £60 with which to purchase a camera and so had to get the best for our money.

So what can you get for around that price mark? It has to be a compact digital camera for that kind of money and we tried several. The shop that we used was very helpful allowing us to try each camera in our price range to see how easy they were to use, to see the quality of the photographs that the cameras could take and to feel the quality of the device that we were purchasing. All of the cameras offered were on sale at £50-£60 – reduced from their original prices.

I took photographs with all of the cameras that were within our price range – an Olympus (10 Megapixel), a Samsung (10 Megapixel) and a Rollei (8 Megapixel). I took general photographs and full zoom photographs to check on quality, especially looking at graining on the full zoom photograph, as I use the zoom function a lot when taking photographs.

The Samsung was first (at £49.99 reduced from £64.99), and being the same make as our old camera, I did not expect too much. I was not disappointed! The camera still had the delay on it, just like our outdated one, but the quality was excellent as was the build quality. Next came the Rollei Compactline 80 (on offer at £54.99 reduced from £79.99). I had never heard of these cameras before, they are a little known German make. The photographs I took were excellent – the quality is extremely sharp, and the full zoom is just as sharp – no graining at all. There is a slight delay between shots, which is not the best. The build quality did not feel too good – the camera felt “plasticy” and delicate. The final contender was the Olympus (reduced from £99.99 to £59.99) the biggest reduction, and you would think with a name like Olympus, the best camera. Unfortunately I was disappointed. The camera was of excellent quality and felt expensive, it was easy to use and there was little delay between shots. The problem came on full zoom, which unlike the other two was VERY grainy. I immediately turned it off and gave it back!

I opted for the Rollei, not happy to take another Samsung. I had to purchase an SD card to save the images, which at £10 made the price £5 over my budget. The camera has been excellent. It has many great features – you can choose the quality of photograph (from 8 megapixel to VGA through 2 megapixel increments); it has a 6MB internal memory, although this would only allow you to take around 3 photographs at the 8 megapixel quality (!); you can do basic editing; show your pictures as a slideshow; rotate, resize; frame an image; and a voice memo! It takes both photograph and video footage.

I found it very easy to use, and the settings menu extremely easy to navigate. The menu when in camera mode is simple and self explanatory. In the box you get a “Quick Start Guide”, user guide and photo editing software CD ROMS, a wrist strap, a neck strap and a USB cable (which is extremely important as this camera does not have a standard USB connection).

The downsides with this camera are: the delay between taking images (a green LED flashes until it is ready to take the next image), the “instruction” book that comes with the camera is very basic and therefore you have to “Play” with the camera to figure out how it works, the USB cable – if this one gets lost, I would not be able to get a replacement easily and the “plasticy” feel of the camera.

Successfully Capture Any Event

  • Get the Right Photographer: You need somebody who takes extraordinary pictures, as well as who understands how to collaborate with individuals in the event space. Inquire as to whether the professionals have shot the sort of event you are facilitating some time recently, and look through his or her portfolio to figure out the individual’s style.
  • Don’t invade the privacy of your guests: Inform your guests beforehand that a photographer will be present to take pictures. There will be many guests who don’t want their pictures to be taken at an event so take precautions so as not to invade their privacy.
  • Hammer out all the details at first: Before hiring any professional, always make sure that you get all the details right. These details can include the timeframe they might take to finish the project; the price they would charge, whether they will be working alone or bringing in assistants.
  • Put your ideas on the table: Every creative person will have their own perspective of doing things. Precisely for this reason, you need to put your thoughts on the table and make them clear of what you what you want and what you don’t.

Hiring these professionals to cover your event is a tricky task. You have to take several key aspects into account before actually zeroing in on anyone. Follow these tips and you will be just fine capturing any occasion with consummate ease.

Essential Accessories for DSLR

Camera Bag

Hauling your camera and its accessories around can be quite distressing if you lack the proper way to carry it. A camera bag eliminates all the hassle. Acquiring one should be based on how much equipment you have. Shoulder bags are the go-to choice for most as they offer easy access to the camera. It is likely that you will buy filters, flashes and lenses down the road and having a safe place to keep these will matter. Besides, a bag will shelter your camera from dust and rain.

Utility Strap

Holding on to your camera for the entire length of your photography session can be quite tiresome. If you need to use your hands, you are compelled to lay down your camera, which exposes it to damage and theft. This conundrum can be solved by investing in a utility strap. It will ensure the camera is close to you at all times. It is especially recommended since it eliminates all risk of you accidentally dropping your expensive DSLR.

Tripod

Tripods are awkward to carry around, but their usefulness cannot be understated. It is a must have if you want to capture the most stead shots. You might not use it every time you are taking pictures, but it is very important that you have it with you. Aluminum tripods are good and sturdy, but also heavier to carry around. Carbon fibre ones are lighter, but also more expensive to buy.

About New Age Digital Photo Frames

These frames display your photographs in digital format the way you see a slide show. The difference is that you do not need any printer, tablet or computer. You can assume it as a digital spin-off of traditional photo frames, which you must have at your home or office.

However, problem with those regular, non-digital frames is that you can only display one picture. So if you want to share ten pictures you will need ten different frames. That’s not a practical thing to do. Today, given our lifestyle and our reliance on digital media so much, we need something that could multitask even if it is a display item. Digital photo frames are thus your best bet. These are specifically designed for showcasing multiple photos of you or whoever you want to gift to. They give a brilliant and novel look wherever you intend to keep them. You can enthrall anyone with the idea of displaying his/her pictures in digital format without using any gadget.

They come handy with Wi-Fi connection, SD card or USB port. These are the sources that display your photographs in digital format. Some also have Bluetooth and printer application through which you can easily send commands to printer and take out hard copy of your favorite pictures.

One of the most interesting features about them is the extensive connectivity these offer. All the time you can connect with Facebook or WhatsApp, in the same way you do on your computer, mobile phone or laptop. You can easily share your pictures with your family and friends, just enter the email address to which you want to share pictures and enjoy amazing, uplifting comments.

Digital photo frames come in varied shapes, sizes, colors and features. The best is the one with rotating display feature. It keeps updating everyone. Timed display is yet another interesting feature where you set time to change the display after a specific interval. It cannot get more customizable than this, isn’t it!

Basic Digital Camera Setup

First thing a user needs to do is to power up the camera. Most cameras have a small amount of battery charge when it leaves the factory so a new camera should power up with no problems right out of the box. Check the lens and the viewfinder for plastic protective films as these cause blur either through the viewfinder or to the picture taken. This is a common mistake for camera beginners. Next, power up the PC and connect the data cable to it but do not connect the other end to the camera yet. Why? Because some cameras require installing the camera software first before connecting the camera and others require that the camera be connected before software / driver installation. In Windows 7 it would be safe to just connect the camera and then it will be detected and installed right away. With older versions, like XP or Vista, caution must be observed and make sure to follow on screen instructions to ensure a successful software installation.

After installing the camera software and connecting the camera to the PC, it should get detected as a storage device in the My Computer area. At this point, the camera is already a part of the storage devices of windows and the user can now drag and drop photos from taken from the camera to the hard drive. An option to install a photo management program with more advanced features like an automatic photo organizer, automatic photo filename maker and photo enhancements should be available but is not a necessity if the user chooses not to install them. It is also important to fully charge a camera on its first use since the battery life is almost always affected by the initial charge it receives so with all these, we hope you enjoy your new toy.

So you’ve got yourself a new camera? Welcome to the world of photography. What now? There are a few basic things you need to know when setting up a digital camera for first time use. It is nice to know that digital cameras are almost 100% compatible with the newer windows operating software and can be addressed by almost all tech support lines like Windows Support, Microsoft Support and numerous software support teams worldwide. Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 7, support almost all digital cameras without the need for specialized software or software upgrades.

When you unboxed a digital camera, there are 3 things that are present in all packages, the camera itself, data cable and the installation software. Accessories, photo software and freebies differ from one camera to another but the first three items mentioned are all there when the box is opened.

First thing a user needs to do is to power up the camera. Most cameras have a small amount of battery charge when it leaves the factory so a new camera should power up with no problems right out of the box. Check the lens and the viewfinder for plastic protective films as these cause blur either through the viewfinder or to the picture taken. This is a common mistake for camera beginners. Next, power up the PC and connect the data cable to it but do not connect the other end to the camera yet. Why? Because some cameras require installing the camera software first before connecting the camera and others require that the camera be connected before software / driver installation. In Windows 7 it would be safe to just connect the camera and then it will be detected and installed right away. With older versions, like XP or Vista, caution must be observed and make sure to follow on screen instructions to ensure a successful software installation.

Minolta Camera

It is a common knowledge that the Japanese are the makers and users of the most advanced technology in the whole world. So we have a lot of faith in the products manufactured by any Japanese company. The body of the camera, the various types of lens, the features provided is unparallel. In this age of cut-throat competition, when various makers of cameras are bringing their latest innovations, Minolta camera has still retained its position. Minolta’s wide range of cameras prevents us to look beyond; we are spoilt for choice!

The features provided by Minolta camera are unique. The cameras manufactured in 1960s used the manual-focus technology. From there, the face of camera has evolved a lot. Now is the age of digital cameras. The digital cameras are high resolution cameras; it means that the pictures taken with digital cameras have a very high resolution. The pictures look clearer and the colors are vibrant. Minolta now provides digital cameras with SLR facility. They provide a wide range of models for the users. The user friendly models come in classic black color. The picture clarity of these cameras is something that is worth mentioning.

While we talk of high resolution and picture clarity, we cannot forgo the topic of megapixels. The higher megapixels give better resolutions. The photographs will look even more real. Besides, the cameras will reflect the exact color of that of the subject. The colors will never look artificial or superimposed. There are different modes incorporated in the camera. You can go to manual mode and adjust it to your liking; or you can take pictures in auto mode. Then there is the natural setting, the scenery mode and even the video mode. Home videos and holiday videos are very easy to make with Minolta cameras.

The cameras have another important feature known as the red- eye correction. It is usually seen that in some pictures the pupil of a person or an animal looks red; this is because when a camera is focused at the person or animal the flashlight falling on the pupil of the eye makes it look red. This was a great problem with the older cameras. Now with Minolta’s upgraded digital cameras this problem is auto corrected and the pictures look natural. All these technologies offered by Minolta have made it easy for us to choose our careers as photographers.

Improve DSLR Photography Skills

Find out how to play with the shutter speed. You may choose to snap a quick picture or choose a slower exposure to capture a flow or movement in its entirety. You’ll have to experiment with this and discover what type of speed matches specific situations. This is a question of personal style instead of a general rule to follow.

It is possible to allow the camera pick the proper white balance for any particular environment, but sometimes the camera will get it wrong and the photo will look washed out.

If you’re having difficulty holding your camera straight, purchase a tripod. A tripod will go a long way in helping to keep your camera in position, so that you can focus on other variables aside from balance. Tripods work great if you’re in the wilderness or in an irregular terrain.

Use a fantastic lens to have a better image quality. It is possible to make artistic pictures with any sort of equipment if you work hard and adapt your style to your gear. But getting a fantastic lens opens up more possibilities.

Make use of lines to draw the viewer’s eye to the photograph. If done properly, the lines themselves may even be an interesting subject themselves. The use of lines in photography is a complex topic, but the most important issue to consider is they should draw you in, not push you apart.

You can do a lot to change the quality of your pictures by adjusting the focus of this shot. This doesn’t always need to be in the middle of the photo. Getting your subject in the lower right hand or left hand corner, as an instance, can increase dramatic aspects of your picture.

You may move the subject around so you can get a shot you find interesting. Depending upon the impression you wish to convey, try shooting your subject from different sides or from above and below.

Patterns can be an excellent design motif if you use them properly. You will find patterns on almost anything. You can locate them on lots of clothes, in design, and even in character.

Mega Pixels vs Lenses

Every digital camera has a wide mixture of parameters and factors that we have to consider and think about when we are thinking of our next purchase. Today we focus on two of the most important ones. One is in the camera: the sensor and its resolution in mega pixels.The other is not in the camera, because the other, in fact, is what matters the most in photography: the lenses that you will use with your camera.

The sensor of your digital camera is the electronic device that will capture and register the light that arrives to your camera. The photons arrive to the lens and are focused onto the sensor which converts the analog signal into digital numbers that then get stored into the memory card of the camera. The more mega pixels your camera has, the more detail and definition you will be able to discern in the captured image.

If the camera has 12 mega pixels, this means that the surface of the sensor will be roughly divided in 12 million pixels. 12 million pixels in a picture can mean many different combination’s of widths and heights in pixels. a Typical one will be a digital image of 2848 pixels in width, and 4288 pixels in height. If you multiply those 2 numbers, you get 12.212.224 pixels = 12 million pixels = 12 mega pixels.

It is clear that the more mega pixels your camera has, the more fine detail it can reveal in your picture. However there are two very important aspects that impact the mega pixel number, and about which the average consumers rarely hears.

One is the quality of the pixel in relation to the size of the sensor.

The Sensor of your Camera

Different digital cameras have different sensor sizes. Imagine that your sensor has a specific size. Imagine a small rectangle which is what your sensor actually is. Now imagine you put 6 million pixels in that space. Now maintain the same space and put 12 million pixels in there. Now keep the very same size and rectangle and put 22 million pixels in there.

As you increase the mega pixel count but keep the same sensor size, the quality of the pixels degrade. There is less surface available for each pixel in that sensor and therefore the precision and quality of each of those pixels will deteriorate. So you get more mega pixels but of less quality.

That’s why the sensor size of your camera is such an important parameter. The first digital cameras had a sensor size smaller than the traditional 35mm analog film size. Today more and more full-frame sensor camera models are coming out. These full frame cameras have sensor sizes similar or even larger than the traditional 35mm analog cameras. This allows them to have very large mega pixel numbers in their sensors without the quality suffering that much.

Therefore when you are thinking of your next camera, consider the importance of having a full frame sensor camera. But also consider that full frame cameras usually weight more and take more space. So if you don’t need that extra plus in quality you may in fact do better with the smaller sensor.

The key, the lenses

The second element are the lenses. This is often surprising to hear but your lenses are just as important or often much more than the camera body you get. If you get a great camera body but use it with poor lenses your results will suffer. If you have an average camera body but use it with fantastic lenses, your results will be above average.

Lenses are key. It is the lenses that capture and shape the light that arrives to your camera. It is the lenses that provide the miracle of bringing that light into your camera. The only thing the sensor of the camera does is to register and record that information that has arrived. But the critical factor in the whole photo taking process is the lens. Which is why lenses are never cheap. The cheapest of them give poor results and the very best of them are extremely expensive.

So whenever you are looking for a new camera think that you have to invest in both a camera body and a set of lenses and put just as much effort in understanding and finding out what lenses you need.

You may be a fine art photographer, commercial photographer or photojournalist. Regardless of your passion, fine art photography or food photography, or of the time you spend taking photos, finding the right tool for your job is a process that will always be very related to the lenses that you will bring in your kit.

Nowadays, mega pixel counts are very high in every camera coming out so whatever camera you choose will be fine in regards to that parameters. It is therefore easier nowadays to think more carefully about your lenses and get the right set that will take your photography to the best heights.

Lumix Panasonic Digital Cameras

A new camera is always a great gift to give someone. Remember when someone gave you a new camera or when you purchased one for yourself? It’s always exciting and fun, isn’t it? And if you want a good one, a Top Rated Camera from the Lumix Panasonic Digital Cameras Selection would be sure to please anyone who is lucky enough to receive one for Christmas.

The Lumix Panasonic Digital collection has a perfect camera to fulfill everyone’s needs. For the weekend photography buff who wants to take family photo’s, there will be a perfect camera for them. Whether they have a favorite sporting event or perhaps enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors. Everyone takes a camera with them on vacations. A camera will serve the need for everyone. Many professional photographers choose Panasonic as their choice for quality cameras. That is one of the best endorsements that any camera company can hope to have. A professional photographer cannot afford to use a less than perfect camera.

There is a large selection from which to choose. From a high-end camera to a lower-end camera depending on what they want or need. But be assured that whatever camera you choose from Panasonic they will all be of the highest quality and with the newest advancements in the camera industry. They will all take great photo’s and come equipped with excellent video and audio.

The Panosonic Lumix DMC FZ 35 is one of the Best Super -Zoom Cameras of the past year and with an upgrade for 2010 it is just that much better. With this camera you get a lightweight, compact, “super zoom” camera with 12 Megapixel HD Video Recording and so much more. It is considered to be “One of the Best” Fully Automatic Modes On The Market. This is one of the most popular cameras around and it is a lot of camera for the money.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ 40 is the highly anticipated updated version. The New 3″ screen will be good news for anyone wishing to produce above average videos. This camera is good for experienced photographers but can also be easily used by beginners as a “point and shoot”. The sound in the video is great. It has a lighter body and is easy to carry. The extra long battery life will help to make sure that your camera won’t quit on you while taking pictures and will also save some money. This one comes Highly Recommended.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC FX 700 comes loaded with “Intelligent Features”. All of these will help you take better pictures with ease. It gives you the choice to use as a “Point and Shoot” or apply the more Advanced Features for professional photographers.