Camera and formats
This is a typical point and shoot compact camera, this is an Olympus FE230, I bought it mainly because of its Lithium batteries and it's 12 megapixel sensor, for it's type it was quite good, Built in flash, separate viewfinder, aluminium case zoom lens and very portable, the problem with was all the controls were in menus which were difficult and fiddly to use, their was no depth of field and poor colour reproduction, on the plus side the macro facility was excellent. It cost me about £119 and I kept it for 6 months the only reason I would have one of these type of camera now would for portability as a backup camera on a travel shoot.
This was my next purchase, a Fuji film Finepix S5700 with a 10x zoom, all the controls were accessible via dials on the top of the camera. You had the option to use full auto or get creative with manual shutter, aperture setting. This camera was very easy to use, still quite compact, good colour reproduction, unfortunately it used AA batteries so it had to go, as it wasn't a bad camera I gave it to my sister who still has it to this day, still going strong
This is the Canon EOS 450D, my next camera, the blurb says 'it's for those who want to go beyond snapshots' and for once it's right.
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Image size: 5616x3744
- Aspect ratio: 3:2
- Focus system: TTL-CT-SIR
- Focus points: 9 point AF plus 6 assist AF points
- Crop factor: 1.0x
- Lens mount: EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
- File type: JPEG, RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2
- Sensitivity: ISO100-6400 (expandable toISO50, ISO12,800 and ISO25,600)
- Storage: Compactflash
- Focus types: One-shot, AI servo, AI focus
- Metering system: TTL full aperture
- Metering types: Evaluative (selective AF point), Partial (approx 8% of centre), spot (approx 3.5% of centre), centre-weighted
- Exposure compensation: /-2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 step increments
- Shutter speed: 30sec-1/8000sec
- Frames per second: 3.9fps (max 78 images in JPEG or 310 with UDMA card, max 13 images in RAW)
- Flash: Hotshoe for external EX speedlite
- Flash metering: E-TTL auto flash
- Flash sync speed: 1/200sec
- Image stabilisation: Lens based
- Integrated cleaning: EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating
- Live view: Yes, 100% coverage
- Viewfinder: Optical, pentaprism type with approx 98% coverage
- Monitor: 3in TFT LCD 920,000dot (307,000px)
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Power: LP-E6 Li-Ion battery
- Size: 152x113.5x75mm
- Weight: 810g
Medium format cameras
Models to look out for are the Bronica ETRS (as pictured) or the likes of the Mamiya 645E and the Hasselblad H1.... the list could go on....
The next step for medium format cameras is 6x6 format. This format is a square photograph, thisis something that is very different from 35mm formats and could take some getting used to! you can crop the photographs to a more familiar rectange, this format is a favourite with wedding and portrait photographers.
Models to look ot for are the Bronica SQ-B, the Hasselblad 501cm or the Rolleiflex 6001. These of coures are going to be more expensive that the 6x405cm cameras.
Next in line are the 6x7cm medium format camera. the image size and quality is a huge step up from a 35mm format and is four and a half time bigger and one anad a half times bigger thatn the 6x4.5cm format giving a definate advantage over the smaller formats. The downside of these cameras is that they are heavy and expensive, they are mostly confined to the studio because of their weight, but some landscape photographers do use them, I'm not sure if I would want be lugging them around though. te benifit to using these cameras are again obvious higher quality which equates to better sales