• May 1, 2015

Types and Characteristics of Camera Sensors

Terminology can be scary some times. So much technicality can repel us, right? But of the missions of this blog, if not the main one, is to spread photographic knowledge and to democratize photography among all of our readers.

A topic that is often put off due to its apparent complexity is the sensor one. That is false my friend. It is not at all a complex issue, in fact, it is quite the opposite. And even though it not bad to know some photography concepts, it turns out that the sensors is one key element in a camera.


  • April 29, 2015

Megapixels and Printing Paper Sizes Table

If you are a lover of printed photography or paper photography, you will probably be interested in having a photographic camera with a lot of megapixels in it. For starters, the more megapixels, the better quality the picture will have.

But there are a few exceptions. Besides the number of megapixels, other factors that intervene can improve or worsen the quality of our picture (I will tell you more about this some other time).

Some of you will remember about an article I posted titled “4 big camera manufacturer deceptions”. In this article I’d tell you that sure megapixels were important when picking a camera, but you should not give it too much importance. While it is true that a decent amount of megapixels is needed in order to print a good quality photo, we should not look for high megapixel cameras. And it’s that people are usually swayed away by numbers, without even analyzing, without knowing what they want.

To settle this question once and for all, I have prepared a small table (lately I’m all about tables) by which you’ll be able to know how many megapixels you really need if you want to print your pictures in paper.

This graphic is based in a 300dpi quality picture. If you don’t know what this number is, worry not, as it is just a photo quality indicator. Normally, a 200dpi picture should have a decent quality, but here I present to you a table based in a 300dpi quality, or in other words, EXCELENT quality.

Megapixel and Print sizes Table:

Print Size (cm))
Print Size (inches)
2 MP 13.2 x 10.2 cm 5.2″ x 4″
3 MP 17.3 x 13 cm 6.82″ x 5.12″
4 MP 20.9 x 13.8 cm 8.21″ x 5.44″
6 MP 25.4 x 16.9 cm 10.02″ x 6.67″
8 MP 27.6 x 20.7 cm 10.88″ x 8.16″
10 MP 32.8 x 21.9 cm 12.91″ x 8.64″
12 MP 36.3 x 23.7 cm 14.30″ x 9.34″
16 MP 41.7 x 27.6 cm 16.40″ x 10.88″
20 MP 46.5 x 31 cm 18.3″ x 12.2″
24 MP 50.9 x 34 cm 20.02″ x 13.4″
30 MP 56.9 x 37.8 cm 22.40″ x 14.9″
36 MP 62 x 41.4 cm 24.40″ x 16.3″
44 MP 68.6 x 45.7 cm 27″ x 18″

So now you see friends that a 10 megapixel camera should be able to capture pictures that we can print in an A4 folio, ensuring the maximum quality.

Do you understand now why I always insist that it’s ok to care about the megapixels, but you should not obsess with it either?

No more excuses. It doesn’t matter which camera you have, as long as it has 10 megapixels, 8 or 6. It’s not all about megapixels for a good photograph. You will get the good photograph.

  • April 29, 2015

Canon Rebel T5i vs T6i vs T6s, what’s the difference?

The T6s is an upgraded product of the T5i. Canon has released a total of two replacement products of the T5i , which are more advanced T6s and more entry level T6i . Unlike the T5i which almost didn’t upgrade the T4i at all, Canon has paid a lot of care on the upgrade of the T6s . The T6s is the best entry-level SLR camera of the Canon, or may be the best in SLR camera market, because it has promoted the manipulation of the entry-level SLR camera to a new level.

Canon 750D and 760D

Because the T6i and the T6s can be considered as two different models of the same product, the T6i follows the model style of classic Canon XX0D series in manipulation, while the T6s takes the 70D as an example, not only equipped with a top lcd display, but also installed Quick Canon Control dial, forming the classic double-command dial control style of Canon.


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Donna Toms
Donna Toms

I'm so excited for the T6S. I still have the 8 megapixel rebel xt.

  • April 28, 2015

Understand the SLR camera’s specifications

I publish SLR camera comparisons regularly, but it is possible that every time I post one I might be feeling intimidated by the terminology and the specifications of the photographic jargon. What does it mean if a camera has or doesn’t have a focus motor? And does the screen resolution affect the quality of the pictures? And what’s that about pictures per second?

Nikon D7200

In today’s article I will be clearing all those doubts. Bookmark it for a future reference because it sure will be helpful for you more than once.


  • April 27, 2015

Nikon D4S and D610: watch the armor

The subject itself is not new, but what is new are the models that must be written down on the counterfeit Nikon Cameras list: D4S and D610.

In effect: the technical services of the prized firm warns us that they are detecting an increase of these counterfeit cameras coming in for repair or service, which logically Nikon refuses to give.

Nikon D4S

Another model which was detected of being counterfeited was the Nikon D800 E. Apparently what these scammers do is replacing the upper housing, thus, making their counterfeits worth more than the base models D800, D600 and D4. In the case of the D600, let’s remember they gave poor results for problems with the shutter.

Nikon D4S

But incredibly, models FC (APS-C) are also coming in for service, like the D7100 for example and the D610 mentioned before looking like a FX (24x36mm).

It is understandable that this cameras are being acquired through dubious channels, and also that the buyers don’t check the mouth of the camera mount. It’s enough with just looking at the size of the mirror.

On the other hand, through the menu – as the firm indicates on the link below – one can verify the model of the camera. The point is that, according to where you made your purchase, you should go back and look for the seller.

  • April 26, 2015

New v1.1.4 firmware for the Canon EOS T5i

If our dear manufactures didn’t have the maddening habit of calling the same things with different names according to the continent in question, If I were to say that a new “firmware” was just released for the Canon Rebel 5Ti, you’d immediately know that we are talking about the EOS 700D, but since it is not that way and one does not have a hard drive to store nonsense, one must go to the all-knowing oracle (Google) and ask for help.

So this way, once we’ve made the ensuing consultations, I can assure you that there is a new “firmware” for the Canon EOS T5i hat states that fixes all this and as usual, it will do all this in the background.


  • April 26, 2015

Nikonists, you can now start bragging. DxO Mark says that the Nikon D7200 is the DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) with the best APS-C sensor in history.

In the previous article I wrote about how Canon has one of the best APS-C on the market, the EOS 7D Mark II: Ftc 11-4-2015

So, since Murphy not only exists but also watches me very closely, my ears started burning and my fingers took me to the dictum that DxO Mark just published without me even trying. The dictum states unequivocally that the Nikon D7200 is the best DSLR APS-C that they have examined along their renowned history and it cannot be any clearer about that.

Nikon D7200

Naturally, the difference between the two of them is, if not, the sensor. And it’s that Sony beats Nikon by far, even though they are both on the same level. It is fair to accept it, even though it is with filthy envy.


  • April 22, 2015

Best Monitor for macbook Pro and Mac Mini/Air 2015

Because of Apple PCs’ excellent screen, the presentation of color gradation, hue, and contrast is much better than that of traditional PC computers. Therefore it is the main choice for many professional video and photograph editors. In particular, the recent launch of the Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Mini with retina screens further established its position of having the professional user in mind. The only drawback is that macbook pro’s 13 or 15.4-inch screen is too small. In fact, the MacBook Air only has an 11.6-inch screen. If you usually just use Mac to browse the web, screen size it is not so important; but for those who run complex software (such as Xcode or Photoshop), the MacBook’s screen cannot cope with all the windows. Users will need to keep pressing Option-Tab to switch between windows. An external monitor allows you to have more display space to help you get the job done more efficiently.


It is worth mentioning that an external monitor not only means a larger display space, but there is also some software specially optimized for multi-display software (such as Aperture and iMovie) that allows users more convenience. For example, if you use iMovie to edit video on a single display, the movie preview windows will be pushed to the upper-right corner of the screen by other windows. If you have two monitors, you can use one screen exclusively for the movie preview and put the other windows on another monitor.


  • April 19, 2015

Best Monitor for Photo Editing and Photography 2015

If photographers to digital, you will need a computer and a monitor to see your photos, in order to evaluate or retouch them. And if you want a job well done, as often happens in photography, you can’t rely to a monitor any but you have to choose with care.


Does this mean to know how to decipher new mysterious acronyms and compare technical characteristics that seem to be made to be covered only by an engineer.

Of course, you can find monitor extremely costly, designed for professionals who can give background to pockets more capacious, and luckily, there are affordable alternatives that are, in any case, a leap in quality compared to the monitor based on a laptop or a desktop computer.clip_image001


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  • April 17, 2015

Best lens for Nikon D7200

Photography for beginners: DX format lens

Although considered an SLR camera in the top-end flagship class, Nikon D7200 is still an APS-C, using a DX format lens which features both high-quality and affordability, so it is well attuned to family users in the group of new-comers to photography who have no intent to upgrade to Full frame camera.

16-85mm or 18-140mm Kit lens

As a necessary tool for this group of users, Kit lens has a frequently and widely used Zoom range, and one lens of this type, Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm F3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR, is a DX format lens for daily applications, offering good capability that can even match Nikon “gold ring quality”effect to some extent, and has a very good imaging quality in the Nikon Kit lens family. With an equivalent focal length of 24-127.5mm, it can take large-scene landscape photos in the wide-angle end as well as distant-view pictures in the Telephoto end. (See current price and user reviews on amazon)


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Thanks for a such useful information