Are Hybrid Digital Cameras in Your Future?

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Real Estate Agent with Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales 3090099

So you've had your point-and-shoot digital camera for a year or two but want to do things it was not designed to do. You might covet a professional single lens reflex (SLR) but can?t afford a price tag upwards of $500.Samsung Hybrid Digital Camera

In that case, the "hybrid" may be just the thing. Hybrids fall into an area between small point and shoot digitals and professional SLRs. They have higher sensitivities (ISO ratings), longer zoom lenses and are able to shoot at higher speeds to capture action, whether it be an auto race or the antics of a toddler.

Manufacturers include Nikon, Canon, FujiFilm, Sony, Pentax, Samsung and Kodak. Depending on stores' weekly pricing, they may range from $200 to $500. They are distinguished by features like large-diameter zoom lenses ranging from 10X to 24X and larger LCD screens, some of which swivel for easy viewing of tough camera angles.

Nearly all have some form of face detection to set the camera for the best possible focal length and exposure.

While all are equipped with flash units, some have hot shoes for external flash, enabling bounce lighting. Burst modes, which allow for rapid sequences of single frames, are at higher rates in hybrids than in point-and-shoot digitals.

All have video recording capabilities. Some are able to record high definition at a true 1080p. Some are powered by alkaline or nickel metal hydride AA batteries and others with lithium ion power cells.

Those equipped with Super CCD cells (the camera's light sensors) are more costly to manufacture but offer a greater surface area to absorb more light.

Hybrids are much larger than-point-and-shoot cameras and will not slip easily into the pocket or purse. However, if you have a need for speed or more professional-looking photos, you might want to weigh in on their features and benefits.

Comparisons can be made online by going to manufacturers? web sites or those offered by leading electronic and photographic store chains.

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Charlie Ragonesi
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Gabe I am about to take the plunge in this area and have to say your blog was a great help and timely. Thank you so much

Sep 23, 2009 12:16 AM #1
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Marcia Hawken
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Gabe, Thanks for the tip.  I have you bookmarked.  Have a Dandy Day :)

Sep 23, 2009 12:19 AM #2
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Michael Setunsky
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Gabe, the digital cameras are getting better all the time and the prices are coming down. Thanks for the update.

Sep 23, 2009 12:23 AM #3
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Mike Jaquish
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Gabe,

I think my Kodak P880 was a precursor, an early version. 

It has many of the features you list, including a great lens.  If only it had the capability to write to the CCD faster.  There is too much lag between shooting and writing, and it makes it hard to use for taking personal portraits, particularly of energetic kids.  It has a "Sports" mode that writes faster, but doesn't get enough light to make that a great alternative.

But at the prices you cite, I may think of replacing it with a current model.

Sep 23, 2009 12:26 AM #4
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Gabe Sanders
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Good luck in your purchase Charlie.  I recently bought a Samsung HZ15W which brought about this post.

Your welcome Marcia, good day to you also.

Your welcome Michael.

Good luck on your purchase Mike.

Sep 23, 2009 12:29 AM #5
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Julia Odom
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I just upgraded from a point and shoot that I HATED to a Canon DSLR. I bought a discontinued model for only $400. The same exact one my dad bought a year or so ago for about $800. I am thrilled with it and I'll never take another picture that I care about with a point & shoot.

Sep 23, 2009 02:04 AM #6
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Gabe Sanders
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Glad you found a camera that you like Julia.

Sep 23, 2009 04:06 AM #7
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Thanks for your comments, always appreciated.

May 21, 2015 05:54 AM #8
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Hi Charlie, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Marsha, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Michael, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Mike, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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Hi Julia, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

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