Monthly Archives: December 2016

Sony’s New HX350 Superzoom

Sony is releasing its new superzoom, the Cyber-Shot HX 350, for the European market. The 50-power Zeiss lens has gives shooters the equivalent of a 24- 1200 zoom range. Sony says its clever image stabilization system gives crystal clear shots at full zoom. It has a 20.4 megapixel image sensor and an ISO range of 80- 12,800. It also has a manual zoom/focus ring on the lens, a really useful feature. Camera size is 5 X 3.75 X 4 inches. The camera will cost 450 Euros and will be on sale in January. Sony has not announced when or if it will be available in the U. S.

Best APS-C DSLR’s of 2016

APS is the acronym for Advanced Photo System. APS-C refers to the image sensors these cameras have. They are for the photographer who wants a better camera than a beginner level DLSR but does not want to pay the cost of a camera with a full frame sensor. The prices listed are for the camera body only.

1. Canon EOS 80D – US $1,100. I have a Canon EOS 60D, and it’s an excellent camera. but too heavy with a lens mounted on it to carry around comfortably.
2. Nikon D7200 – US $1,000
3. Pentax K-3 II – US $850 – I have owned several Pentax 35 mm cameras. Pentax is now owned by Ricoh.
4. Sony A77 II – US $1,200
5. Canon 7D Mark II – US $1,550
6. Nikon D500 – US $1,800
My advice would be to not buy a camera with an APS-C sensor, but to buy a mirrorless camera instead. Today’s mirrorless DSLRs take great pictures and are very small and light weight, even with a lens.

ProCamera Turns Your iPhone into an SLR

This is an iPhone only app that makes taking a picture with your phone similar to taking one with a single-lens reflex camera. It costs $5.00. The app’s features include:

1. Many controls and information, such as whether of not the flash is active
2. White balance and ISO setting
3. Live histogram
4. HDR shooting
5. Anti-shake feature
The Google Play Store has an app called Pro Camera, but this is not the same app as ProCamera. There is a similar app available for android devices called Camera FV-5. It costs $3.95.