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Why did Cheers change recording technology?

The old sitcom Cheers - what technology changed the camera when Woody arrived? [more inside]
posted by krisak on Aug 5, 2011 - 9 answers

The (almost) indestructable camera

My camera fell into a lake. Yikes! Took it home, let it dry in a bowl of brown rice and now it turns on (Yeah!) but the screen shows the view as a monotone blob of something. Help! [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on Jul 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Best cell phone camera?

What's the best cell phone camera out there today? prefer a zoom lens (I really miss having one). Currently I have an LG "chocolate" and it's not very good (in many ways). I-phone, as we know, has a decent camera but no zoom.
posted by DMelanogaster on Jul 28, 2011 - 16 answers

Mark-II be or not Mark-II?

Trying to decide on a DSLR. The deciding factor is low-light performance... but I'm not sure how good is "good enough." Principally, I'm waffling between the Canon 5D and the Canon 5D Mark-II, which seem to vary almost exclusively in their low-light performance. However, since the "Mark I" 5D has a full-frame sensor (and therefore should have much better low-light performance than any smaller sensor out there, based merely on quantum light noise)... is it good enough for flashless inside photography? The price difference is basically 100%, since I can bet a "Mark I" for $1k used. Personal experiences, please?
posted by IAmBroom on Jul 25, 2011 - 21 answers

Advice on Professional Cleaning of a DSLR Sensor

I've had a Canon 5D Mark II for about 2.5 years, and I've recently noticed some bad dust particle issues that are on the sensor or mirror, not the lens. Can someone recommend a good camera store in New York City that could do a good professional job of cleaning my sensor (and an idea of how much this will cost)? I've looked into cleaning kits, and I think I would rather have a professional do it. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by samoa on Jul 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for a durable little video camera

I'm looking to get a video camera, specifically a quick, durable thing for using with and around a new baby. Super bonus points for being water proof. Details and thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 22, 2011 - 8 answers

shake it like a polaroid picture

Digital cameras that have good image stabilization for HD video recording: Halp? I know what I want, now I need advice for which models to look at. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Jul 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Point & shoot me already.

Should I get a new camera? Alternately, how do I improve my P&S skills? I have a Canon Powershot SD630 Elph, and I maybe want a micro 4/3. I'm headed to hike for three months in some places like here, here, and Nepal. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jul 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Extreme macro photography with a Sony NEX-5k

Using various relatively cheap adaptors, zoom lenses and lens-reversal rings (the greatest thing that ever happened to Nikon dSLRs!), I had fun taking lots of pictures of really tiny things with my previous cameras. However, now I have a Sony NEX-5k which, for its wonderful optics, great features and excellent resolution doesn't seem to have anything that I can find to do the same type of work. Can anyone recommend a hack or accessory that will let me take more pics like those I used to (or even of smaller things!)?
posted by luriete on Jul 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me find the right film and AV equipment for my nonprofit

Help me find the right AV equipment to buy for my cultural events nonprofit! I throw literary events that are awesome and generally undocumented. Tell me what I should buy (cameras, software, mics) to visually convey a sense of their awesomeness. Bonus points on tutorials on making podcasts and workflow process for videos. [more inside]
posted by johnasdf on Jul 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Film for Vintage Cameras

I'm getting a bit more into photography and I'm thinking about picking up some vintage film cameras (still and possibly movie). There is no shortage of inexpensive cameras available on eBay; however, it isn't clear to me what film formats are still available. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Jul 17, 2011 - 9 answers

What video cameras record using a .mov format?

What video cameras will download their content to computers using a .mov format? [more inside]
posted by bengalsfan1 on Jul 12, 2011 - 8 answers

What's a good digital camera?

What's the best digital camera to take environmental photos with? We're looking to purchase a new camera and am considering spending between $1000-$1500 total. We take many photos of the wilderness, lakes, mountains, etc... Since we do a lot of backpacking, we would like it to be somewhat compact. Any suggestions would be helpful.
posted by Direwolf on Jul 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Free crash course in DSLR

What is the best resource for giving yourself a crash course in using a Digital SLR camera? Food photography tips also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jul 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Lets do the time lapse again!

Hope me find a point-and-shoot digital camera that fits in your pocket, uses SD cards, can operate not only on battery power but with an and AC or DC adapter and most importantly has an automatic time-lapse feature. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Jun 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Is my lens broken? Or just broken?

I think my camera lens is broken. Is my camera lens broken? Image (and more information) within. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Loose Canon

I think it's officially time for a new Canon SLR body, but I don't want to pay for what I do not need/want. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Jun 28, 2011 - 18 answers

What makes a camera take photos quickly? A brand, a setting, a better photographer.....???

What makes a digital camera shoot quickly? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Jun 28, 2011 - 11 answers

My little point-and-shoot-enstein.

What's the best, most hackable point-and-shoot digital camera? [more inside]
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. on Jun 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Camera Me, Please?

Best current pocket camera? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Jun 28, 2011 - 20 answers

Home movies: will a DSLR work for me?

I'm considering upgrading my DSLR to one with video capabilities. What will my experience be like for making home videos (babies doing baby stuff, cats playing, family parties)? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Jun 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Best point-and-shoot for a DSLR semi-snob?

Days before I'm supposed to leave for India, the 1.4/50mm lens that I use almost exclusively broke. As someone who's used to having that narrow depth-of-field and a DSLR's semi-manual options, what's the best pocket digital camera for me to pick up right now? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Jun 21, 2011 - 25 answers

Best place to find a cheap used 35mm camera in Minneapolis?

Best place to find a cheap used 35mm camera in Minneapolis?
posted by localhuman on Jun 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Technophone seeks help.

Advice for buying a digital camcorder? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Jun 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for a camera w/ a very specific function

I'm looking for a camera (or video camera w/ still-shot capability) that can do a NIFTY thing my Pencam can do, but with better image quality: I can set up my Pencam in a remote location connected to my PC via a cable, for example focused on some birds at a birdfeeder outside the window, and I can preview on my PC monitor what the Pencam sees & then take a pic with a mouseclick when the timing is right. Any chance?
posted by Shane on Jun 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Camera buying advice needed

Looking to move up in the camera world. Help? [more inside]
posted by resiny on May 25, 2011 - 23 answers

Repair vs upgrade

My Nikon D40 died recently. I sent it to Nikon for a repair estimate. I'm looking for any experience anyone has with having Nikon repair a camera -- and weighing that against putting the repair money toward a new camera body. If I want to go with something new, I need help with selection. More details within! [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on May 21, 2011 - 12 answers

The moon on a stick

Problems shooting video with a bridge/superzoom camera [more inside]
posted by hnnrs on May 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Autoexposure bracketing question about the T2i...

AEB on a Canon T2i. Is there any software to allow more than 3 exposures while using AEB on a T2i? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on May 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Why do some videos look so dang good?

Why does some video quality appear warm and soft while others looks harsh and grainy? [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on May 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Should we try to haggle at the Local Camera Store using Amazon's prices?

My husband is in the market for a new camera. There's one camera store in town that carries the cameras he's considering. The camera store is asking $100 more than Amazon. Should he tell the camera store what Amazon is charging? (I.e., try to haggle?) [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on May 10, 2011 - 30 answers

Catching automotive scofflaws on my street

Automated camera w/infrared for catching scofflaws (boom cars)? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Apr 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Camera gear in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles (Redondo) for a few days. Any suggestions for the best place(s) to purchase Lowepro/Pelican camera cases/Lastolite panels etc ?
posted by fullysic on Apr 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Noob Camera Question

Camera Noob Filter - I like taking pictures and I find that I like taking them a lot lately. My boyfriend is in a band and I love taking pictures of their shows but I can't get great shots in low - light with my Sony point and shoot. Any suggestions on a camera that isn't the full-blown DSLR but not point and shoot that will give me great low light shots as well daylight shots?
posted by AngryLlama on Apr 14, 2011 - 28 answers

Anyone see an impressive camera commercial?

Saw a commercial this morning about 7AM EST - I think it was on the Today show - it was apparently a camera fixed on a guy's face who was skydiving. I saw in on my HD TV - it was a beautiful, crystal clear, professional looking shot. The guy pulled his parachute, and then they showed this camera, and the tag-line was "Be a professional" or something. What was the name of the camera? Did anyone catch this?
posted by rodmandirect on Apr 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Big Brother for Good

I am putting together a proposal for my English class. It proposes that cameras should be required in meat processing plants all along the "dissemble" line, and broadcast "to the public somehow," (probably via web-feed or something) . Is there such a thing, in any law, in any jurisdiction (even outside of the U.S.)? [more inside]
posted by Monkey0nCrack on Apr 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Help with building an outdoor IR webcam enclosure...

Ok this is may sound like a weird one... Basically I'm building an outdoor enclosure for a panning/tilting webcam that has IR lighting built into it. It was going to be all sides Lexan, to keep things simply and neat looking. I learned, midstream of course, that the Lexan/Plexiglass/glass all reflect IR light like crazy so you just see a beautiful ring of IR lights and not what's outside the box when viewing the stream. I'm told a UV filter might work, embedded in the front of the enclosure. The challenges are: [more inside]
posted by rtgoodwin on Apr 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Wanted: Handbag friendly digital camera

I'm looking for a small, sleek digital camera for my wife, with a few caveats. [more inside]
posted by Admira on Apr 2, 2011 - 18 answers

The best inexpensive digital video camera evar?

Can you please recommend your favourite Digital Video Camera? Key features: inexpensive, compatible to quickly upload the data to a mac, internal microphone. A friend is planning to record interviews and possibly some classroom activities, not record a feature film. it doesn't need a whole lot of bells and whistles; bonus points if it's small-ish. thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on Mar 31, 2011 - 8 answers

Help with Fuji x100

Fuji x100, why should I pay so much for a fixed lens camera? Is this a rangefinder? I don't really know what that is.... [more inside]
posted by sadieglass on Mar 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Seeking interval shooting camera

Digital compact camera needed, with ability to take shots at defined intervals, when left unattended (for time-lapse). [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Mar 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Flex your video-out, baby!

My choices for cameras have been limited by my requirement that it has to have a flexible display, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, or the newly released Canon 60D. But maybe I'm thinking the wrong way... Is there a way to plug a portable video screen into my camera, and achieve the same viewing flexibility? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Where to mail 35mm film for developing?

Yes, it's true, there are still Luddites out here using 35mm film. The local concern which still develops films charges a queen's ransom to do so. Can anyone recommend a mail-in film developing lab which does good quality work, is reliable and is at least somewhat reasonable as far as price? (Costco in this area has stopped taking film...sigh). (can't think of any snowflakes to add).
posted by Ginesthoi on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me find this blog about Cameras

Help me find a blog! It was about people on the streets with interesting cameras. It showed closeups of the cameras and sometimes their owners.
posted by jgwong on Mar 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Stepping up the camera game.

Looking for a new camera, but I'm a bit overwhelmed. Is DSLR the way to go? Special snowflake details inside... [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Mar 16, 2011 - 19 answers

Camera for Sale!

I have a Minolta SRT-101 camera that I purchased in 1972. It is in beautiful shape. I would like to sell it. Where and for how much?
posted by Rad_Boy on Mar 16, 2011 - 13 answers

How to find focal length from image magnification % ?

Math/Optics: How can I derive the focal length of a lens from the magnification percentage of an image? [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Mar 13, 2011 - 10 answers

What's up with micro four-thirds?

Prosumer/enthusiast considering a micro 4/3s camera. Anyone have any experience with them? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Can I use a laptop as a monitor for a video camera?

Is it possible for the Flip UltraHD Video Camera to be hooked up to a laptop such that the laptop can be used as a monitor while recording? If not, are there any video cameras that can be? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Mar 4, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I make a picture into a scan?

How do I flatten a picture of a document to make it more like a scan? [more inside]
posted by metadave on Mar 1, 2011 - 2 answers

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