As digital camera’s have grown from technological curiosity, to useful tools, to their current status as gadget toys and fashion accessories, they’ve shed some of the inhibitions they carried over from being a serious photographic tool. In the film era camera’s were fairly utilitarian things. As more consumer interest in cameras grew you found a rise in more stylish and shiney camera stylings and colours but mose photographers preferered the ever unobtrusive black.
If you want to go in the obtrusive and attention grabbing direction, nothing says cool photographer like a red digital camera, and you thankfully have a wide range to choose from in today’s marketplace. If you’re in the market for a tiny pocketable compact with a hot red streak, you might want to look at the Canon IXUS range or the Nikon Coolpix S70, which are both available in red versions. The IXUS range is a particularly reliable range of cameras which have always been known for their dependable image quality and attractive styling. The red version adds a whole differentlevel of fashion awareness to what is basically a very solid compact digital camera.
Another interesting new animal to look at is the Samsung DualView TL220 12MP Red Digital Camera. These new compacts come with a standard 3-inch LCD on the back and a small 1.5 inch LCD screen on the front side of the camera, net to the lens, to allow proper framing and composition of shots when taking self-portraits by holding the camera at arms length. A cool new feature for a hot new camera when gotten in red.
The good thing is, you’re limited to compact camera’s when it comes to crimson flavoured photographic equipment. Panasonic produces a version of their semi-professional Micro Four-Thirds format camera with interchangeable lenses, the Lumix G1, in a red too. It’s a very sophisticated piece of equipment with a good range of optics available in the growing micro four-thirds lens and camera format which allows for smaller lense assemblies. These camera’s are basically SLRs, but without the added bulk of the pentaprism on top. The viewfinder is instead an electronic one. Nothing quite says serious photographer like a red SLR, don’t you think?
If you’re really feeling very rich and would like to be the next Speilberg ratehr than the next Ansel Adams, you might want to consider another camera, which isn’t really red, but is callde Red. The RedOne digital cinematography camera and it’s newer siblings pioneered the move into (relatively) affordable digital cinematography in films and they have already been used on hundreds of productions. They mey not be red to look at, but they don’t need to be to be cool. Certainly the ultimate photographic red. All you need is upwards of $17,000 for the body for starters.
Whatever be your red photographic toy of choice, start saving now.
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