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2009.11.27

Today, us visitors are enjoying Black Friday and Amazon.com is having special promotions for the occasion. There are a huge number of deals on digital cameras, digital photo frames and accessories, just follow the Black Friday banner:

Although we do not emphasise it enough, Neocameras has an Amazon Store where you can directly get the best digital cameras of the year through Amazon. The new top category includes all our winners for 2009.

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2009.11.24

Over the weekend Neocamera published its detailed review of the Canon Powershot S90, an advanced compact which is in a class of its own. Canon created the S90 with photographic controls in mind, giving it full manual controls and a very efficient interface which is sure to please advanced users. They did not skimp on the rest either, giving it a low-noise 10 megapixels sensor with ISO 80-3200 range and a stabilized wide-angle lens with a bright F/2 maximum aperture and 3.8X optical zoom. Some may be pleased that the S90 also shoots RAW, JPEG and RAW+JPEG.

Read the detailed review to find out how it performed.

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2009.11.18

A Digital Photography Computer Buying Guide feature article was published on Neocamera. This is a one-step guide based on the blog post from a few weeks ago. Being an expert in computer hardware and digital photography teacher, questions about this keep coming back.

Computer-parts change very rapidly and it requires a good amount of research simply to have up to date recommendations. Having gone through this for my personal computer recently and being very satisfied about it made me ready to share all the specifics.

2009.11.18

The popular Best Digital Cameras feature article has been updated and revamped for 2009.  Select models ahead of their peers were selected in the ultra-compact, small ultra-zoom, large ultra-zoom (bridge), entry DSLR, advanced DSLR and pro DSLR categories. See all the winning models here.

In previous years, cameras were selected by size but it seems that the market is consolidating into roughly three sizes now: ultra-compact, bridge and DSLR. There were very few models that would count as compact introduced this year, the biggest producer of them is Canon with its Powershot A, G and 3-digit SX series. It does make economical sense as ultra-compacts and compact cameras have been using the same sensors for the last several years. The advent of smaller and thinner optics allowed to give high-power zoom to ultra-compact while larger ultra-zoom are now enjoying extremely long reaches of up to 26X of optical zoom, reaching 676mm.

At the same time, DSLR cameras continue to appear with more features but most importantly a broader range of prices. These are highly profitable as DSLR buyers become lens buyers. This made is split the DSLR size last year into 3 categories which we did again this year. This gives DSLR choices in the $500-1000, $1000-2000 and $2000+ price ranges.

The uncovered category this year is the small interchangeable lens camera. There are only two such models available and they share the same sensor. The choice between the Olympus EP-1 and the Panasonic GF1 comes down to built-in stabilization vs built-in flash, respectively, and design preferences. They also share the lens mount. A second Olympus Micro-Four-Thirds camera, the EP-2 is scheduled around next month. This is a minor upgrade though which essentially adds a connector for an accessory viewfinder (EVF).

2009.11.10

It has been almost 5 years since Neocamera appeared online with its 4 Step Digital Camera Buying Guide. Today marks the first major change to the buying guide. Step 4 now features tips for buying digital cameras, DSLRs and lenses.

Digital cameras being much more affordable then ever and available from so many retailers, competition is fierce and potential customers can easily buy the wrong thing. Even after reading through the entire buying guide and more, many people still buy the wrong thing and end up disappointed later on. So head on to Step 4 for important buying tips

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