Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Richard wants to know how to send pictures to friends and family. His email won't let him attach them because they are too big. Leo says the best way is to put them up on Google Photos and then send them a link so they can download them.
Chris wants to talk about how good smartphone cameras are getting. They're getting so good that many people have simply stopped using DSLRs and personal cameras. There are three areas that smartphones are chipping away at standalone cameras:
Jim is having problems with Windows recognizing his external USB drive. But his image catalog says his images are there. Leo says that many photo gallery apps keep a thumbnail for fast referral. So it could have the thumbnail, but not see the original image, if the drive is disconnected or lost. Leo also says that his external drive could be getting flakey. He should get a backup drive and make a copy of his photos. He should save them online, too. Three copies, on two formats, with one off-site. The good news is that hard drives are cheap now. He can get a 1 TB drive for under $100.
Chuck is 81 and is into photography now. He wants to know what the best SD cards are. Leo says that SanDisk is the best card for the money. But there's also Lexar, Prograde, and a host of others. Leo recommends staying with smaller 64GB cards so he's not tempted to keep all of his photos on a single card. If it dies, he's lost everything. So he should get several smaller cards. The real key is how fast the card is. SDXC cards that are Class 10, UHS III are the fastest. But his camera may not support that fast of a card, so he'll have to check.
Chris says that a recent trend in photography is to be a professional Instagram photographer. Chris also says that Instagram tends to cause people to go to the same locations they see on it. Some of those natural landmarks are actually starting to show wear and tear as a result. Or you get there and it's over crowded. It's largely due to Location Tags. And Jackson Hole, Wyoming is launching a campaign to discourage using location tags. There's also a thing called post the photo, trash the location, so people won't come.
259 selfie deaths in 137 incident globally, is the latest tech story going. Male deaths outpace females 3-1. With the majority happening in India. Most are falling to their deaths, or getting too close to a dangerous situation like traffic, or wild animals. So much so that parks are starting to carve out No Selfie zones.
The moral here ... be safe.
Dennis wants to take some close up photos of diamonds and gems using a point and shoot camera. Can he do that? He can't afford an expensive macro lens. Leo says that point and shoots do macro photography quite well. His first choice would be the Sony RX100 series. It has a 1" sensor, which will give him the best results.
Leo recommends going to DPReview.com for reviews of cameras. They also have a very good video out on Macro Photography.
Doctor Bird wanted Leo's opinion of the new Canon EOS-R mirrorless camera. Leo agrees with Doctor Bird that the mirrorless market is just "good enough" right now, but by design, it hasn't been as good as what is available in Canon's DSLRs. Leo says that they can be just as good, though.
Chris Marquardt says that DSLRs are on their way out, and before long, mirrorless will be the market.