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  1. Consumer Electronics February 8, 2006

  2. What type of Digital Camera is right for me?

  3. Basic Point and Shoot Advanced Point and Shoot Prosumer Professional- SLR Types of digital cameras

  4. Basic Point and Shoot • Tiny, fits in a pocket or part of a cell phone, use it anytime • 1-3 Megapixels • $20-200 • Good for snapshots, especially outdoors and web/email • Usually has little optical zoom, may not have a flash or viewfinder • May also function as a webcam

  5. Basic Point and Shoot

  6. Advanced Point and Shoot • better pictures but still easy to use • 3-5 Megapixels and up • $150-400 • Good for snapshots, portraits and small enlargements- up to about 8X10 and web/email • Typically 3X optical and additional digital zoom, and a built in flash • May capture short video clips, have Macro (close-up) and other special effects

  7. Advanced Point and Shoot

  8. Prosumer • prosumer (proh.SOO.mur) n. 1. A consumer who is an amateur in a particular field, but who is knowledgeable enough to require equipment that has some professional features ("professional" + "consumer"). • www.wordspy.com

  9. Prosumer • More control, zoom & features, but still lets you point and shoot • 5 Megapixels and up • $200-900 • Good for all types of pictures and larger enlargements • Up to 12X optical zoom, built in and hot shoe flash options • May include ability to manually control settings, image stabilization, burst mode • Less shutter lag

  10. Prosumer

  11. dSLR- Digital Single Lens Reflex • Gives you lots of choices and control • $700-5000 • If you really want control, more camera- like, can change lens, manually focus… • Zoom depends on lens, flash options. May not have an LCD, uses mirror to view through the lens • Almost no shutter lag- best type for shooting action stills • No video

  12. digital SLR

  13. Software • Organizing • Picasa • Adobe Photo Album • Comcast Photoshow • Editing • Picasa • Photoshop Elements

  14. Sharing • KodakGallery.com • Shutterfly.com • Flickr.com • Yahoo photos • Snapfish.com

  15. MP3 Players Features and uses

  16. What is MP3? • Digital audio encoding and lossy compression format • Designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent audio, yet still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio to most listeners • Also refers to files of sound or music recordings stored in the MP3 format on computers. • www.wikipedia.com

  17. Types of MP3 Players • Flash memory • Hard drive • Audio only • Audio and pictures • Video, too

  18. Flash Memory MP3 Players • Lower price • No moving parts- so they don’t skip when dancing • Small capacity (typically 128 MB-1GB) • 4-20 hours of music storage • Limited features (eg. iPod Shuffle)- although newer players (eg. iPod Nano) have more • Simple to use

  19. Flash Memory MP3 Players

  20. Hard Drive MP3 Players • Higher price • Large capacity (typically 5-40GB) • Music storage up to 15,000 songs • Larger, sometimes color screen • Photos,Video • Audiobooks, FM transmitter • Organizer, games, alarms, contacts…

  21. Hard Drive MP3 Players

  22. Reviews • http://reviews.CNet.com • http://www.dpreview.com • http://www.epinions.com • http://www.bizrate.com • http://www.consumerreports.org • http://consumerguide.com • http://www.camerareview.com/