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A Closer Look: Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS vs. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Canon and Sony are two major players when it comes to image and video technology, and both companies offer a wide range of cameras for different types of consumers. While both of them offer high-end products for the serious photography enthusiasts, they also have compact cameras for daily point-and-shoot use. Canon has its PowerShot ELPH series, and the smallest in this line-up is the 300 HS. Meanwhile, Sony has its Cyber-shot series, and one of the favorites by users is the Cyber-shot DSC-WX50. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at these two cameras to see

which has better features, better performance, and more value.

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The PowerShot Elph 300 HS features Canon’s very own HS system, which joins a Digic 4 image processor with backside-illuminated CMOS sensors. This combination results in good photos even in conditions with low light, making this camera good for use both indoors and outdoors. This system also gives the 300 HS a faster shooting performance (in fact, it has a better 3.6 seconds shot-to-shot speed compared to the Sony WX50’s 4 seconds with flash). But, while the 300 HS’ speed is faster when using flash, the WX50 is faster without flash (1 second shot-to-shot speed compared to the 300 HS’ 2.2 seconds). The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 has its own Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor that is paired with a Bionz image processor, features that give it both excellent photo and video quality. The WX50 has improved shutter lag – 0.2 seconds (or 0.4 to 0.9 seconds in low-light conditions) compared to the 300 HS’ 0.5 seconds (or 0.9 in low light). The WX50 also gets a better burst shooting performance: 10 frames per second compared to the 3.5 to 8.2 frames per second of the 300 HS. It’s ideal for continuous shooting of objects in high-speed motion.

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When it comes to features, the WX50 gets more points because it has loads of options that enable it to accommodate a wide range of shooting conditions. It has a sweep panorama feature, plus a Handheld Twilight mode that reduces blurring even when the hands are shaking. And, all of these are accessible without leaving the auto mode. But while the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS may not have as many features, among its strong points is its color performance. It produces bright and vivid colors that are comparable to those of higher-end devices. In fact, it has a better macro distance of 3cm (compared to the WX50’s 5cm). Plus, it has a Wink and Face Detection self timer, a fun feature that captures photo when you wink or when the camera detects a new face in front of it.

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 offers a longer battery life (240 shots compared to the 220 shots of the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS). The WX50 also allows for direct camera charging via USB, which is an advantage over the 300 HS, which can be charged only via a wall adapter. In this case, the solution for users might be an extra battery.

Bottom Line: Considering the performance and features of the 330 HS and the DSC-WX50, everything comes down to the features users want in a camera that’s compact, light, and easy to use. For those who want a device for day-to-day use indoors and outdoors without leaving the auto mode, then the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS is a great choice – it’s perfect for taking snapshots. However, those who are looking for various automatic options when capturing photos may be better off with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50. Its features will perfectly suit those who want to tinker with their cameras and the photos that they take.

Leica V-Lux 3 – The Digital Camera with DSLR Power!

Leica is not exactly every photographer’s cup of coffee but for the undiscriminating – this brand offers some very interesting all-in-one camera capable of taking creative stills and high quality videos. Their latest offering is the new LEICA V-LUX 3 – a compact digital camera loaded with features and expansion options. Just like a DSLR, this digital camera can use a wide range of lens including the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5 – a 108 mm f/2.8 – 5.2 ASPH. 24x super-telephoto zoom lens. This lens is capable of covering a wide range of focal lengths comparable to 25–600 mm in 35 mm format. On the other hand, V-Lux 3’s powerful new 12.1 megapixels (MP) CMOS image sensor is capable of capturing images in high resolution and quality in both high and low speeds. By combining powerful zoom with a 12.1 MP sensor, Leica managed to produce a truly versatile camera that’s ideal for shooting or recording landscapes, architecture, sport, travel, still portraits or wildlife.

Those are just the tip of the iceberg – the Leica V-Lux 3 also has one of the fastest burst modes in its class, it can continuously shoot at 12 frames per second (fps) at full resolution or 60 fps at 3.5 MP. A wide range of video functions is also made available for this model. It can record full HD videos in AVCHD format at 60 fps. Recordings can also be done in MP4 format for easier sharing with mobile phones or the web. A stereo microphone with electronic and noise filter is also included for quality audio.

The user interface of the camera and shot previews are displayed on a 3-inch 460,000-pixel LCD screen. The screen can be twisted into different angles to help the photographer shoot at difficult positions. Another great feature is the integrated lightweight handgrip and carefully lain controls that offer ease of operation.

You can also check out the previous version LEICA V-LUX 2 and other accessories here.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3X

If a quick and high-performing digital camera is what you’re looking for, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3X is definitely worth your bucks. This is the company’s lightest and smallest Micro Four Thirds System digital camera that comes with a perfect blend of DMC-GF3 and Panasonic’s new interchangeable power zoom lens, LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-PS14042). Such amazing camera and lens combination is capable of realizing Light Speed AF of around 0.1 second and its new 14-42 PZ lens that comes with POWER Optical Image Stabilizer makes it way easy for you to capture very clear photos even in low-lit settings.

You sure will love the DMC-GF3X because of its high-speed, precision Contrast AF system as well as fast response. This camera is capable of making 1920×1080 full-HD video in AVCHD format and it features Advanced AF system which allows users to enjoy a higher level of video recording with great ease. Thanks to its Creative Control and Photo Style color modes, you can now make more impressive photos and videos. Aside from that, the first-rate “X” lens LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. provides a great zoom range of 14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-84mm), so it is apt for a wide range of scenes.

The LUMIX DMC-GF3X sports an aluminum light-weight yet high-strength body that includes ergonomic grip, making it very comfortable hold. It is approximately 95g in weight so you won’t have any problem in taking it with you just about anywhere. Click here to purchase the Panasonic LUMIX GF3X now.

Capture Precious Memories 18 Times Closer with PENTAX Optio RZ18 Compact Digital Camera

If you still need a greater zoom range when taking photos, then you should be grateful because the PENTAX Optio RZ18 is now here to let you capture images 18 times closer. This zoom range is equivalent to 25-450mm with extra wide angle lens that can capture clear images whether near or far. To maintain quality images on large prints or demanding image cropping, the RZ18 has a high resolution 16 megapixel sensor. There is also an advanced 9-point autofocus with a 4cm super macro mode plus an automatic shooting mode like Auto Picture and scene modes for that excellent camera work. Aside from the digital camera’s multiple PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) image stabilization options, the face detection includes a special pet recognition feature. The camera can record images in JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF, PIM III formats, videos in AVI (Motion JPG), and Sound in WAV (PCM) and Monaural. Additionally, it can record widescreen HD video in 720p at 30 frames per second.

To let you capture more images and videos, the RZ18 is compatible with additional flash-based storage devices like SD, SDHC, and modern SDXC memory cards. The camera runs on Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI92 and uses USB cable for transferring captured images and videos. Package includes USB and AV cables, Li-Ion Battery and battery charger kit, strap, and software CD. The RZ18 is available in 3 different stylish colors like black, white, and orange.

For other options, you can take a look at Pentax Optio RZ10 here.

Retro Black FUJIFILM X10 Compact Digital Camera Offers First-class Image Quality and Style

Digital cameras today are not just created for plain photo taking; these devices are continuously even developed to provide first-class image quality, beautiful styling and the innovative technology that goes beyond user requirements. This is what the Fujifilm X10 Digital Camera is created for. Attributing even enhanced functionalities and design compared to the multi-award winning predecessor X100, the X10 now features a larger 2/3” 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, vivid and high-definition FUJINON1 F2.0 wide-angle to F2.8 telephoto, and 4x manual zoom lens (28-112mm) with a special Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) that produces outstanding image quality from edge to edge.

What’s more on the X10’s sharp EXR CMOS sensor is that this feature can automatically choose from 99 different variations of shooting modes thus giving you the most favorable shot in any lighting environment. Among these modes consist of High Sensitivity and Low Noise, Wide Dynamic Range, and High Resolution. Another great feature of the X10 is the innovative high-definition FUJINON 4x manual zoom lens with Super Electron Beam Coating that expertly eliminates ghosting and lens flare while delivering a spotlessly high quality image. Other advantages of the X10 are fast EXR processor, 1080p Full HD movie recording capabilities, Electronic horizon leveling gauge, Manual pop-up flash with a range of 7 meters, Film Simulation Modes, RAW shooting and in-camera RAW processing, Four diverse auto bracketing functions for exposure, ISO sensitivity, dynamic range and film simulation, Motion Panorama 360° for seamless 360-degree panoramic shooting, and Optical Image Stabilization mechanism.

The Fujifilm X10 comes in a retro black design and can be paired with other offered accessories including Case, Lens Hood, and TTL Flash. The digicam is expected to be out in the market by November 2011. While waiting for the X10, you can check out its multi-award winning sibling, the Fujifilm X100 here.