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Sony Digital Camera:Embrasing perfection ISO


Known for producing quality electronics, Sony is also one of the pioneers and the best producers of digital camera. Truly using a Sony digital camera is embracing perfection with its many features exclusive to a Sony digital camera.


Indeed, one of the best ways to capture your memories forever is thru photos and what better to do it than with a Sony digital camera. Photos are used to remember or when we reminisce of the wonderful times of our lives. And only vivid and detailed photos can help us bring back all those memories. And quality photos are exactly what a Sony digital camera offers to its consumers.


Equipped with the best optics and imaging technology available, the Sony digital camera line ensures its consumers that a Sony digital camera will only capture more detail, more color and more brightness imaginable.


Every Sony digital camera has an exclusive Sony technology that enhances photo capturing experience. Armed with the Real Imaging Processor (RIMP), any Sony digital camera allows high digital processing that reduces picture noise and delivers smoother and more detailed images. The RIMP is an intelligent Sony digital camera technology that allows faster shooting time, swifter burst shooting and almost simultaneous processing of your images (enables immediate display of your image) for your Sony digital camera.


All Sony digital cameras are furnished with Carl Zeiss lens. Carl Zeiss lenses are world renowned for their quality brilliance, outstanding accuracy of colors and enhanced definition with almost zero distortion. With a Carl Zeiss lens, flawless imaging is truly embracing perfection with a Sony digital camera.


Sony has its own Cyber-shot line of digital camera for all photo fanatics out there. One of the lower ends of their Cyber-shot series of the Sony digital camera is the DSC-L1. The L1is a 4.1 mega pixel camera with a 3x optical zoom and plays MPEG Movie Vx. It is also supplied with a Vario Tessar lens from the Carl Zeiss line.


A higher version of the L1 is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200. Almost same in all respect with the L1 expect this baby is a 7.2 mega pixel Sony digital camera.


For those who are serious in their craft, the right Sony digital camera for you id the Cyber-shot DSC-F828. Designed for professional photographers, the F828 has a 28-200mm equivalent of a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar lens, which makes it excellent for action and low-light shots. An 6 mega pixel Sony digital camera, it is outfitted with 7x optical zoom and a 1.8 inch LCD screen where you can review the pictures that you just took. The DSC F828 has a four color system that includes RGB+emrald colors and enables night shot/night framing system. The F828 even allows manual exposure, zoom and manual focus controls for your customization needs.


For the younger and trendier generation, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M1 is the right Sony digital camera for you. The M1 is a digital camera and a camcorder in one. It can record either up to five seconds MPEG 4 playback or unlimited video recording, depending on your preferred setting. Shooting with 30 frames per second, it is 5.1 mega pixel camera with a 640 x 480 maximum pixel resolution. It has 3x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom.


Very lightweight at only 6.5 oz. the M1 is very portable and is only 2×1.1×4.5 inches (dimensions). A USB 2.0 compatible and with PictBridge support, the M1 makes file transferring from your Sony digital camera to your computer as easy as taking pictures.


Available with accessories such as wrist strap, docking station and a 32MB memory Stick Duo, the M1 comes with an expansion slot that lets you upgrade up to 512MB of memory for further picture taking or video playback. It even has a built in features such as stereo surround, built-in mic and a 2.5inch TFT active matrix LCD display.

ISO Specifications And Its Importance

This article is written in the context of Digital SLR (single lens reflex), which are combing the market like crazy nowadays.


ISO stands for International Standards Organization, which refers to how touchy to light the camera sensor is for a Digital SLR.


Quite a number of new photographers do not really understand the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed settings that determines the exposure of the photograph. It is important to understand what ISO is as it affects the outcome of your picture as well as its quality.


We are fortunate that SLR has gone digital and thus adjusting the ISO setting can be done by simply pressing a few buttons. Could you visulize the good old days where films are used? You need to replace the roll of films and you may need to carry a few rolls with you when traveling.


The typical range of ISO are 50, 100, 400 and up to 1600 or beyond for newer DSLR models. Simply, a low ISO setting is desired to achieve good image quality while a high ISO setting would most likely produce grainy image with loss of details due to noise produced by the camera due to distortion caused by “over-amplification”. It may not be bad having a grainy photograph especially for portraits, as it creates a moody environment, which could make the photograph more attractive to some viewers.


There is a strong relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed where all photographers should know and understand. Knowing this relationship will allow you to take more creative images and images that you long for. Instead of explaining the technical terms, I will use examples to explain the relationship to make learning more interesting.


Take for example you want to create a landscape under a bright sunny environment, you will most likely utilize a relatively small aperture of say f/9. In this case, if a high ISO is set, there would be a risk that your photograph will be overexposed. Thus in this case, a low ISO is desired and once again, a low ISO can yield better quality image and color.


If you are in a well-lit room and you do not have a tripod and is not going to use flash, you can overcome this issue by selecting a high ISO of say 800, together with a wide aperture. In this case, blurring due to camera shake can most likely be avoided. If the same aperture size and shutter speed is used in the same environment and ISO is set to 100, there is a high chance that the photograph will be blurred. You can do this simple experiment in your own room and will soon understand what I mean.


For night photography (without using of flash), a tripod is a must. With the use of solid tripod, camera shake can be avoided and thus, a low ISO is always preferred. The choice of ISO is significant for night photography as you can better observe the quality of the image and its color with various ISO settings. Try doing this experiment yourself and you can easily see for yourself how the image quality differs with the use of different ISO setting. Normally for night photography, a slow shutter speed is preferred and thus a low ISO is selected. This can go on and on with so many examples to share. But in general, the ISO setting plays a vital part in determining the aperture and shutter speed of your camera. For a given situation, using a low ISO will signify that you have to set longer shutter speed, or use a wider aperture, or a combination of both. Using a high ISO mean that you have to set a faster shutter speed, or use a smaller aperture, or a combination of both.


Hopefully by now, you will understand the importance of ISO setting and how it effects aperture and shutter speed setting of your camera. Keep practicing until it becomes a second nature to you and with this knowledge, it can help you to produce stunning images you always desire!


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