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Extended-Zoom Cameras

Not long ago, point-and-shoot cameras had zoom lenses that seldom went beyond the optical range of a 35-105mm lens on a conventional 35mm camera. Not so anymore. Thanks to numerous advancements in optical technologies, digicams now feature 8x to 14x zooms that despite their 20-something to 200-300mm-plus focal ranges, still slip easily into your pocket. In addition to HD video, some perform some pretty neat tricks.

Mid-Level DSLR

When categorizing the many DSLRs we carry at B&H into three groups—entry level, midrange and professional— there are some models that, depending on their attributes, price points or your point of view, fall into more than one camp. Our selection of mid-range DSLRs is no exception. You can call them "Mid-Range" cameras, but a few of them are well up to the challenge of full-time pro shooting.

Beyond the Kit Lens

For many DSLR owners, there comes a time when one wants to go beyond the kit lens that came with the camera. The reasons vary. For some it's a matter of sharpness. For others it's a matter of speed and/or focal-length restrictions. And for some it's simply the fact they don't like the ''icky" feel of a plastic lens barrel, regardless of how sharp the lens may or may not be.

Benefits of MiniDV

MiniDV camcorders still offer many benefits, not to mention the terrific quality of the video they capture. Sticking with MiniDV is a no-brainer if you already have a lot of time and money invested in the format. B&H still carries the most popular MiniDV models at the best prices you’ll find anywhere.

All-in-Ones

While there may not ever be a "perfect" lens, there has long been a need for a one-lens solution for shooters who want to head out the door with one camera and one lens over their shoulder. The reasons vary. For some it's a matter of convenience. For some, it's a matter of pure laziness and for others it's the fear of getting dust on the sensor. For frequent flyers it's a matter of logistics, i.e., there's a limit to how much airlines allow you  to carry aboard the plane (almost all of these lenses are surprisingly compact).

Professional DSLR

A professional photographer is someone who can take a photograph that's technically and aesthetically right on the money with even the most basic of imaging tools, though few, if any, would bet their reputations on entry-level cameras on a regular basis. That's because as feature-packed as under-$500 cameras are, they're simply not up to taking the pounding pro-quality DSLRs are subjected to on a daily basis. But ruggedness is only part of the equation when it comes to the top guns of DSLR cameras.

Sony NEX-3

The Sony Alpha NEX-3 is the easy to use mirror-less interchangeable lens camera that captures amazing photos and HD video. It's a compact HD imaging system.

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX7

The Sony Cybershot DDSC-TX7 sports a Carl Zeiss 4x  zoom lens. The combination of this classic Zeiss lens and the high-tech processing gives you stunning photographs. The camera might be ultra slim, but the 10.2-Megapixel Exmor R CMOS chip will allow you to make big prints.

Shooting with the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5

For the past few weeks I have been shooting with the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras with both of the available lenses for the system, the 16mm f/2.8 and the 18-55 kit zoom. I have to say that the first week with the cameras were a bit hit and miss.

Sony HDR-CX110

Sony's HDR-CX110 Handycam Camcorder is an entry level, high-definition camera that captures 1920 x 1080 video and 3MP digital stills to flash memory. Choose to record to optional Memory Stick media, or to SD/SDHC memory cards. Either way, you'll have the ease of flash memory for recording, storage and transfer of all your video and still images.

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