As you start making your Christmas shopping list for special friends and family, keep in mind that the market for cameras and camcorders offers a variety of pretty cool options in 2009. From the Sony Party-Shot to a camera that connects to the Internet without being connected to a computer, it’s time you get up to speed with some of the latest holiday options for purchasing a new camera.
Where in the world will you find a camera that not only takes the photos you want, but also displays them in a 20-inch viewing area on the wall. With a built-in pico projector feature, an LED bounces light off an LCD screen to transfer image through a second lens located on the front cover. This feat places the Nikon S1000-pj in the record books for the first digital camera to provide this fascinating luxury. Other impressive details regarding the Nikon S1000-pj (which costs about $430 to own) include:
Ã‚Â· 12.1 megapixel capacity to create images as large as 16 x 20 inches
Ã‚Â· Glass lens with a versatile zoom range , perfect for landscape shots
Ã‚Â· Motion detection that accurately adjusts shutter speed
If you lead the life of a partier or attend numerous gatherings throughout the year, then the Sony Party-Shot could become your new best friend. Promising some of the same conveniences as an event photographer, this camera comes with a cradle that pivots 360 degrees around, as well as up and down , using a motorized system to capture a range of photos for your viewing pleasure after all the fun is complete. When docked, the Sony camera scans the room for faces. Once it identifies a target, the cradle stops to allow the camera to take a snapshot. Once complete, the searching starts all over again.
For the Facebook and Internet enthusiast, this camera could provide the perfect gateway to supplying endless candids of family and friends. Using a combination of facial-recognition, focus, flash control and smart rotation, the possibilities are endless, yet unpredictable. You never know what you’re going to get and you’re probably asking for trouble if this is your only source of documenting an important event. The price of this gadget is $150, making it an interesting holiday gift for the person that loves photos of unplanned moments.
Sony DSC-G3 Cyber-Shot
Another Sony product introduced in 2009 is the first camera/camcorder to provide Web browsing capabilities. Users can log on to any Wi-Fi hotspot by entering a password on a touchscreen to easily upload or view picture from any photography site. Can you imagine being able to conduct your business without ever having to run for the nearest computer? Across the United States, thousands of hot spots accommodating this camera include coffee shops, bookstores, airports and hotels. You can even search Google while you’re at it. If you purchase the DSC-G3 model, you’ll be able to enjoy complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi access to Sony’s Easy Upload Home Page until January 31, 2012. The cost to own this convenient gadget is $500.