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DARE'S SAMPLE DIGITAL PHOTOS

Here are some of the earlier digital photos that I ever took -- as well as some that digital scans from old photo slides!
 
deer.jpg frost.jpg lightning.jpg
housebarn.jpg irrigation.jpg pathleaves.jpg
shed.jpg shop.jpg snowtree.jpg
blossom.jpg springsnow.jpg sunflower.jpg
wagon.jpg JPEG IR Image 1 JPEG IR Image 2
           


DARE'S HOME-MADE  PHOTO GADGETS

PANORAMA TILT ASSISTANT

JPG assist 1
JPG assist 2
JPG assist 3
JPG assist 4

OFF TRIPOD VIDEO STABILIZER

JPG merlin 1
JPG merlin 2

DARE'S DIGITAL CAMERAS

CANON T1i DIGITAL CAMERA


Canon T1i Specs and feature :

JPG canon t1i 500d
  • Image Sensor: 15.1 million effective pixels.
  • Metering: Evaluative; centre-weighted average; partial; spot.
  • Effective Sensor Size: 22.3×14.9 mm.
  • 35mm Focal Length Equivalent: 1.6X.
  • Memory: SD/SDHC cards.
  • Image Sizes (pixels): 4752×3168, 3456×2304, 2352×1568.
  • Movie Clips: 1920×1080, 1280×720, 640×4809 at 20/30/30 fps.
  • File Formats: JPEG, RAW, QuickTime MOV.
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 12,800.
  • Flash: Auto, red-eye reduction, forced on and off.
  • Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, AC.
  • Dimensions: 128.8×97.5×61.9 WHDmm.
  • Weight: Approx. 480 g (minus battery).

NIKON COOLPIX 4500 DIGITAL CAMERA

JPG Coolpix 4500
        picture

Specifications



Effective pixels

4.0 million (total pixels: 4.13 million)

Image size

2272 (2,272 x 1,704), 3:2 (2,272 x 1,520), 1600 (1,600 x 1,200), 1280 (1,280 x 960), 1024 (1,024 x 768), 640 (640 x 480)

Lens / Digital zoom

4x Zoom-Nikkor; 7.85-32mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to 38-155mm); f/2.6-5.1; 10 elements in 8 groups; 4x digital zoom

Focus range

30cm (11.8 in.) to infinity (∞), 50cm (19.7 in.) at widest zoom angle setting, 2cm (0.8 in.) to infinity (∞) in Macro mode

Storage media

CompactFlash™ Card Type I/II, 512MB/1GB Microdrive™

Storage

Uncompressed: HI (TIFF-RGB)
Compressed: JPEG (Baseline-compliant: FINE, NORMAL, BASIC)

Number of frames (approx.)

Hl: 1, FINE: 8, NORMAL: 16, BASIC: 32 (With 16MB CF Card, image size 2,272 x 1,704)

Shooting modes

AUTO, SCENE (Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Sports, Panorama Assist, Dawn/Dusk and Multiple Exposure), P, S, A, M (includes shooting menu for control of White Balance, Metering, Image Adjustment, Image Sharpening, Saturation Control and Noise Reduction), Movie

Built-in Speedlight

Automatic pop-up; Range: 0.5 to 3.0m (1.6 to 9.8 ft.) (W), 0.5 to 1.6m (1.6 to 5.2 ft.) (T);
Flash control: Sensor flash system;
Flash modes: Auto, Flash Cancel (off), Red-eye Reduction, Anytime Flash (fill-flash), Night Portrait (Slow Sync Flash)

Power requirements

One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, or 6V 2CR5 (or DL245) lithium battery, AC Adapter/Battery Charger EH-21

Battery life

Approx. 100 min. with EN-EL1 battery when using LCD monitor

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 130 x 73 x 50mm (5.1 x 2.9 x 2.0 in.)

Weight

Approx. 360g (12.7 oz.) without battery and storage media

NIKON COOLPIX 995 DIGITAL CAMERA

JPEG Nikon Coolpix 995

CAMERA SPECIFICATIONS


Type of camera Digital camera E995
Effective pixels 3.2 million
CCD 1/1.8-in. type high-density CCD (3.34 million total pixels)
Image size 2,048 x 1,536 pixels; UXGA-size (1600 x 1200); SXGA-size (1280 x 960); XGA-size (1024 x 768); VGA-size (640 x 480); 3:2 (2048 x 1360) selectable
Lens 4x Zoom Nikkor; f = 8.0~32.0mm [35mm (135) format equivalent to 38~152mm]/F2.6 ~ 5.1 with macro; 10 elements in 8 groups; all elements are made of environmentally friendly glass; Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; glass-molded aspherical lens elements included
Autofocus Contrast-detect TTL AF; 7,123-step autofocus control including macro range; 5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
Focus modes 1) Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor), 2) Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu), 3) Manual [50 steps from 2cm to infinity with Focus Confirmation indication]
Focus range 30 cm to infinity; 2 cm to infinity in Macro mode
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder; dioptre adjustment: -2 ~ +1 m-1; LED indication
LCD monitor 1.8-in., 110,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD (LED backlight); brightness (5 levels)/hue (11 steps) adjustment; frame coverage: approx. 97%
Auto OFF mode 30 sec.; can also be set manually (1/5/30 min.)
Storage System: RGB EXIF file (uncompressed TIFF or compressed JPEG)Design rule for camera file system (DCF) Media: CompactFlash™ (CF) Card Type I and Type II (not compatible with Microdrive) No. of frames with 16MB CF Card (approx.)
Image size FULL UXGA SXGA XGA VGA 3:2
Image quality            
HI 1 - - - - 1
FINE 10 16 24 37 86 11
NORMAL 19 31 47 69 144 22
BASIC 37 59 86 121 229 42
Shooting modes Fully automatic ([A]-REC) mode; Custom ([M]-REC) mode (three combinations of mode settings can be memorized)
Shooting menu options 1) White Balance, 2) Exposure Metering, 3) Continuous, 4) Best-Shot Selector (BSS), 5) Lens, 6) Image Adjustment (Auto/Normal/More Contrast/Less Contrast/Lighten/Darken), 7) Image Sharpening, 8) Digital zoom (up to 4x), 9) Noise Reduction, 10) Saturation Control
Capture modes 1) Single, 2) Continuous, 3) Multi-Shot 16 (16 frames in 1/16 size), 4) VGA Sequences, 5) Ultra high-speed Continuous (approx. 30 fps for 70 QVGA-size images), 6) Movie (40 sec. for QVGA-size images at 15 fps)
Exposure metering 4-mode TTL metering; 1) 256-segment Matrix, 2) Centre-Weighted, 3) Spot, 4) AF Spot
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter; 8 to 1/2,300 sec. and Bulb (up to 60 sec.)
Aperture 7-blade iris diaphragm; 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments
Exposure control 1) Programmed Auto with Flexible Program, 2) Shutter-Priority Auto, 3) Aperture-Priority Auto, 4) Manual; Exposure Compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps); Auto Exposure Bracketing (5 steps within ±2/3 EV)
Exposure range EV -2.2 ~ +17 (W) (ISO 100 equivalent)
Sensitivity (approx.) ISO 100 equivalent; 100, 200, 400, 800, Auto; can be controlled in any exposure mode
White Balance 1) Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control, 2) 5-mode Manual with fine tuning (Fine/Incandescent/Fluorescent/Cloudy/Speedlight), 3) Preset, 4) White Balance Bracketing
Self-timer 10 sec. or 3 sec. duration
Built-in Speedlight Pop-up typeGuide number: 10 (at ISO 100)Flash control: Sensor flash systemFlash modes: 1) Auto Flash, 2) Anytime Flash,3) Slow Sync, 4) Red-Eye Reduction
External Speedlight Multi-flash sync terminal connects to external Nikon Speedlight SB-28DX/28/26/25/24/22s through the Multi-Flash Bracket Unit SK-E900; built-in Speedlight can be canceled when using external Speedlight(s)
Playback menu options 1) 1 frame, 2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3) Slide show, 4) Enlarged playback (up to 6x); Histogram indication and highlight point display; Focus confirmation indication; Hide and protect attributes can be set to each image
Interface USB 1.1 interface System requirements
For Windows®  For Macintosh® 
OS: Windows®98/98SE, Windows®2000, Windows®ME pre-installed model OS: Mac® OS 8.6, 9, 9.1 (Only built-in USB ports are supported)
CPU: MMX® Pentium® or later Models: iMac™, iBook™, Power Macintosh® G3 (Blue/White), Power Macintosh™ G4, PowerBook® G3 (USB built-in model)
RAM: 32MB minimum (over 64MB recommended) RAM: 32MB minimum (over 64MB recommended)
I/O terminal Power input; Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable); Digital output terminal (USB 1.1/Remote Cord); Sync terminal for external Speedlight
Power requirements Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1 (included), 2CR5/DL245 lithium battery (optional), AC adapter (optional)
Battery life Approx. 110 min. when using LCD monitor and EN-EL1 battery at normal temperature (20°C)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 138 x 82 x 40 mm
Weight (without battery) Approx. 390 g
Accessories included* Lens cap, Neck strap, Video cable, 16MB CompactFlash™ Card, USB cable UC-E1, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-50, Nikon View 4 (COOLPIX) CD-ROM, Photoshop® 5.0 LE CD-ROM

NIKON COOLPIX 4300 DIGITAL CAMERA

JPEG Coolpix 4300

CAMERA SPECIFICATIONS




Type of camera Digital camera E4300
Effective pixels 4.0 million
CCD 1/1.8-inch type (4.13 million total pixels)
Image size 2272 (2,272 x 1,704 pixels), 2048 (2,048 x 1,536 pixels), 1600 (1,600 x 1,200 pixels), 1280 (1,280 x 960 pixels), 1024 (1,024 x 768 pixels), 640 (640 x 480 pixels) selectable
Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor; f = 8-24mm (35mm [135] camera format equivalent to 38-114mm); f/2.8-4.9; 9 elements in 8 groups
Digital zoom 4x digital zoom
Autofocus Contrast-detect TTL AF: 5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
Focus modes Continuous AF, Single AF, Manual Focus (49 positions, focus confirmation image)
Focus range 30cm (11.8 in.) to infinity (�‡) at widest zoom angle setting; 60cm (23.6 in.) at telephoto zoom angle setting; 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (�‡) in Macro mode
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom optical viewfinder with LED indication Frame coverage: approx. 80%
LCD monitor 1.5-in., 110,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD; brightness adjustment (5 steps); Frame coverage: approx. 97%
Storage system Exif 2.2 file (uncompressed TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG) Design rule for camera file system (DCF), Fine: approx. 1/4; Normal: approx. 1/8; Basic: approx. 1/16; uncompressed mode TIFF-RGB, Quick Time Motion JPEG (Movie)
Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I
  No. of frames with 16MB CF Card (approx.)
Image size Image quality 2272 2048 1600 1280 1024 640
HI 1 - - - - -
FINE 8 10 16 24 37 86
NORMAL 16 19 31 47 69 144
BASIC 32 37 59 86 121 229
Shooting modes Auto, SCENE, Manual, Movie
Scene modes Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy and Back Light.
Capture modes 1) Single, 2) Continuous, 3) Multi-Shot 16 (1/16 size), 4) VGA Sequence, 5) Ultrahigh-speed Continuous (QVGA-size images; approx. 30 fps; up to 70 frames)
Movie Up to 40 sec. QVGA-size images at 15 fps
Exposure metering 4-mode TTL metering: 1) 256-segment Matrix, 2) Spot, 3) Center-Weighted, 4) Spot AF Area
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter; 8 to 1/1,000 sec., and Bulb (up to 60 sec.)
Aperture Electronically controlled preset aperture
Exposure control 1) Programmed Auto, 2) Manual; Exposure Compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps); Auto Exposure Bracketing
Exposure range EV -3 ~ +15 (W), EV +1.4 ~ +16.6 (T) (ISO 100 equivalent)
Sensitivity (approx.) Auto or Manual (ISO 100, 200, 400, equivalent); can be controlled in Manual mode
White balance 1) Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control, 2) 5-mode Manual with fine-tuning (Fine/Incandescent/Fluorescent/Cloudy/Speedlight), 3) Preset, 4) White Balance Bracketing
Self-timer 10 sec. or 3 sec. duration
Auto OFF mode Selectable (30 sec. 1/5/30 min.)
Built-in Speedlight Shooting range: approx. 0.4 - 3.0m (1.3 – 9.8 ft.) (W), approx. 0.4 – 1.7m (1.3 – 5.6 ft.) (T) Flash modes: 1) Auto Flash, 2) Flash Cancel, 3) Red Eye Reduction, 4) Anytime Flash 5) Slow Sync
Playback menu options Single frame, Thumbnail (4/9 segments), Slide show, Enlarged playback (up to 6x), Movie; Histogram indication and highlight point display; Hide and protect attributes can be set to each image; Focus confirmation indication
Interface USB
I/O terminal Power input; Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable); Digital terminal (USB/Remote Cord)
Power requirements One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1 (included), one 6V 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery (optional), AC Adapter EH-53 (optional)
Battery life Approx. 90 min. when using LCD monitor and EN-EL1 battery at normal temperature (20°C [68°F])
Dimensions (W x H x D) 95 x 69 x 52mm (3.7 x 2.7 x 2.0 in.)
Weight Approx. 230g (8.1 oz.) (without battery and storage media)
Supplied accessories* Lens Cap, Hand Strap, Video Cable, 16MB CompactFlash™ Card, USB Cable UC-E1, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-53, Nikon View 5 CD-ROM *Supplied accessories may differ by country or area
Optional accessories AC Adapter EH-53, Battery Charger (DC 12V in) MH-53C, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Various size CompactFlash Cards, Soft Case CS-E885, Step Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E4, Wideangle Converter WC-E24/WC-E63*, Telephoto Converter TC-E2/TC-E3ED*, Fisheye Converter FC-E8*, Slide Copy Adapter ES-E28*, Remote Cord MC-EU1, LCD Hood HL-E885
*Step Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E4 is necessary.

NIKON COOLPIX 880 DIGITAL CAMERA

[accidentally destroyed!]

JPG Pic of Nikon Coolpix 880

Nikon COOLPIX 880 Specifications

Type of camera Digital camera
CCD 1/1.8-in. high-density CCD; total number of pixels: 3.34 million
Image size 2,048 x 1,536 pixels; XGA-size (1,024 x 768), VGA-size (640 x 480) selectable
Lens 2.5x Zoom-Nikkor; f = 8~20mm [35mm (135) format equivalent to 38~95mm]/F2.8~4.2 with macro; 9 elements in 7 groups; all elements are made of environmentally friendly glass; Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied
Digital zoom Up to 4x in 0.2x steps; operable using zoom buttons
Autofocus Contrast-detect TTL AF; 5-Area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
Focus modes 1) Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor), 2) Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu), 3) Manual (48 steps from 4cm to infinity () with Focus Confirmation indication)
Shooting distance 40cm to infinity (); 4cm to infinity () in Macro mode
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder; magnification: 0.4~1.0x; frame coverage: approx. 80%; LED indication
LCD monitor 1.8-in., 110,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD; brightness/hue adjustment; frame coverage: approx. 97% (through/freeze image)
Auto OFF mode 30 sec.; can also be set manually (1/5/30 min.)
Storage File format: Uncompressed TIFF or compressed JPEG, or QuickTime® movie
Media: CompactFlash™ (CF) Card

No. of frames with 8/16/64/96MB CF Card (approx.)
Image size FULL XGA VGA
Image quality
HI 0/1/6/10 - -
FINE 5/10/40/61 19/39/159/238 48/97/390/585
NORMAL 10/20/81/121 38/76/309/459 88/177/725/1,064
BASIC 19/39/159/238 71/144/588/867 161/324/1,300/1,951
Shooting modes Fully automatic mode; 11 scene modes (Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light); custom modes (P, A, M and full custom)
Shooting menu 1) White balance, 2) Metering, 3) Continuous, 4) Best-Shot Selector (BSS), 5) Lens, 6) Image Adjustment (Auto/Normal/ More Contrast/Less Contrast/Lighten/Darken/Black & White), 7) Image Sharpening, 8) Image size/quality, 9) Sensitivity, 10) Exposure, 11) Focus, 12) Folder setting, 13) Card format
Capture modes 1) Single, 2) Continuous, 3) Multi-Shot 16 (16 frames in 1/16 size), 4) VGA Sequence, 5) Ultra High-speed Continuous (approx. 30 fps for 70 QVGA-size images), 6) Movie (up to 40 sec. for QVGA-size movie at 15 fps)
Exposure metering 4-mode TTL metering; 1) 256-segment Matrix, 2) Centre-Weighted, 3) Spot and 4) AF Spot
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter; 8 to 1/1,000 sec. and Bulb (up to 60 sec.; picture noise may appear)
Aperture Electromagnetically controlled preset aperture; Range: Two stops (f/2.8 and f/7.8 [W], f/4.2 and f/11.3 [T])
Exposure control 1) Programmed, 2) Aperture-Priority Auto, 3) Manual; Exposure Compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps); Auto Exposure Bracketing (5 steps within ±2/3 EV)
Exposure range EV 0~16 (W), EV 1.2~17.2 (T) (ISO 100 equivalent)
Sensitivity (approx.) ISO 100 equivalent; 100, 200, 400, Auto; can be controlled in any exposure mode
White balance 1) Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control, 2) 5-mode Manual with fine tuning [Fine (Sunny)/Incandescent/Fluorescent/Cloudy/Speedlight], 3) Preset
Self-timer 10 sec. or 3 sec. duration
Built-in Speedlight Shooting range: 0.4~2.5m (T), approx. 0.4~3.7m (W), approx. 0.2~2.5m (Macro at T)
Flash control: Sensor flash system
Flash modes: 1) Auto Flash, 2) Flash Cancel, 3) Anytime Flash, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Red-Eye Reduction
Playback function 1) Quick Review, 2) 1 frame, 3) Movie, 4) Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 5) Slide show, 6) Zoom playback (up to 4x); Histogram indication/highlight point display; Focus confirmation indication; Hide and protect attributes can be set to each image
Delete function Deletes all frames or selected frames
Interface USB interface or Serial interface (Windows®: 115kbps, Macintosh®: 230kbps)

Note: Serial Cables (SC-EW3 for Windows® and SC-EM3 for Macintosh®) are optional.
Video output NTSC or PAL (selectable)
I/O terminal Power input; Video output; Digital output (USB/Serial)
Power requirements Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1 (optional), 6V 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery; AC Adapter/Battery Charger EH-21 (optional)
Battery life Approx. 110 min. when using LCD monitor and 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery at normal temperature (20°C)
Approx. 90 min. with rechargeable Li-ion battery
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 99.5 x 75 x 53.2mm
Weight (without battery) Approx. 275g
Accessories included* Lens cap, Wrist strap, Video cable, CompactFlash™ Card, USB cable, 6V 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery, NikonView Ver. 3 CD-ROM
Optional accessories Soft Case CS-E880, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, AC Adapter/Battery Charger EH-21, CompactFlash™ Cards, PC Card Adapter EC-AD1, Serial Cables (SC-EW3 for Windows® and SC-EM3 for Macintosh®), Remote Cord MC-EU1, Telephoto Converters TC-E2 (2x)/TC-E3ED (3x), Wideangle Converters WC-E24/WC-E63, Fisheye Converter FC-E8, Slide Copying Adapter ES-E28, Step Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E2

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