ZOOM LENS ~ 'GETS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL'!
Digital cameras come with four types of lenses; Replaceable lens systems, Fixed-focus, fixed-zoom lenses, Optical-zoom lenses with automatic focus and Digital zoom, the latter two being the ones I have on my camera. My camera has a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom lens. My optical-zoom lens with automatic focus has a telephoto range of 30-100cm (0.98feet-3.28feet) and wide options. These actually change the focal length of the lens rather than just magnifying the information that hits the sensor. The principal reason in using telephoto lenses is to be able to take photographs of images at a distance.
There is a negative side to using both the wide angle and telephoto lens features at the same time, because I need to move closer or further from my subject matter. This has presented difficulties when I'm attempting to take natural shots without the subject being aware i.e. pets.
It's noteworthy to mention that the wide angle lenses exaggerates or stretches scenes/images, whereby the telephoto lenses compacts subject matter. Another negative side to using the optical zoom lens is that it is susceptible to the camera's movement caused by even the smallest of my hand movements, hence, distorting the image somewhat.
I've found that one of the positive sides in using the appropriately designed wide angle lens is that it is more resistant to flare from light i.e. Sun. When taking twilight pictures, incorporating the wide angle facility has given me beautiful panoramic subtle scenes capturing closer images in blacks and greys whilst the sun setting in brilliant oranges and yellows without any white glares across the photos that is sometimes caused by direct angles towards a light source!
One of the fundamental advantages of using a zoom lens is that it is easier to achieve an assortment of compositions without having to take time out in order to change lenses and perhaps losing out on that valued photo opportunity! Because much of the time my subject matter includes my rather active grand-children, this feature is critical in order to catch the action as it happens!
With the digital zoom, the camera acquires pixels from the center of the image sensor and interjects them to make full sized images. Now, depending on the resolution of the picture and the sensor, this may develop a coarse or hazy image.
ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZER ~ 'GOT A BAD CASE OF THE SHAKES'?
An electronic image stabilizatizer uses electronic processing to control an image's stability. So, if the equipment's sensors detect camera shake, the electronic image stabilizer commpensates for this by slightly moving the image so that it stays in the same place on the Charge-Coupled Device. The electronic stabilization works by amplifying the ISO sensitivity until the shutter speed is fast enough for a sharp photo. I tend to need this facility particularly when taking shots on windy days!
But it is worth mentioning that the Electronic image stabilization can result in a decrease in picture resolution.
VIDEO RECORDING WITH SOUND ~ "CUT, PRINT, THAT'S A WRAP"!
My camera is similar to a traditional camcorder but records directly onto the memory card. Also, My camera 'movies' offer the convenience of being light and compact. The length of the video can be until the memory's capacity has been exhausted. I love this feature when attending parties. Pages 51 to 60 of the User manual gives clear and concise terminology to explain this amazing feature, which also demonstrates the sound module. I find the sound works adequately audibly if I'm standing fairly close to the sound source.
PC ~ 'MAKING THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS'!
Of all the facilities available to me, this is the one I use the most: connecting my camera to my PC to up-load photos to make albums, e-mails and more! The fun of sending cherished pics to my daughter of her beautiful children, sending family who live abroad, pictures that will provide them terrific images of loved ones and so on. The possibilities are endless.
All the instructions are so easy to follow, with software disc provided. The camera is so user friendly. Now, much of the time I do not need even to consult the manual for many features as the camera's MENU, FUNCTION and DIAL make operating almost second nature due to the simplicity in symbols.
BOOKED IT, PACKED IT'....
My son bought me this precious gift from Tesco Direct for just £39.95.
This camera has been one of the most valued gifts I have ever received due to the copious amount of features it allows me to enjoy. You can't put a price on memories I suppose!