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All images and text in this story by Beat Belmont. Original concept by the Phoblographer.

I got into photography because of a camera. In late 2012, I saw a Yashica Electro 35 ME on a Swiss auction-website and just wanted it. I didn’t know much about cameras, photography or film. But I thought it could be interesting to go a different way than everybody around me who came back from vacations with a thousand jpegs, only to let them rot on a hard drive.

I got the camera, ran a few rolls through it, had fun and then GAS kicked in. I had just begun to earn some money from newspaper-internships during my journalism-studies. Over the next year I bought about ten different cameras. I didn’t need them, but I still used all of them. For me, that’s one of the amazing aspects of shooting film nowadays – you can pick up all sorts of interesting cameras for a fraction of their original price and they click away just like new ones.

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The point-and-shoot space is alive and well, at least with Canon on the scene. The company is set to release two new cameras in its SX and ELPH lines. The SX is Canon’s superzoom line, and the ELPH is Canon’s basic point-and-shoot line.

The new superzoom is the SX410 IS, which sports 40x optical zoom and built-in image stabilization. It packs a 20 MP CCD sensor, and it weighs just 11.5 oz. While it can’t fit in your pocket, it’ll fit in your bag and barely add any weight. It has creative filters to add some versatility to your image making, and it has 720p HD video capability.

It’ll arrive in red and black in March 2015 for $279.00.

The new point-and-shoot is the ELPH 350 HS. This camera has a 20.2 MP CMOS sensor and 12x optical zoom. The 350 HS’s ISO range tops out at 3200, and it has built-in wi-fi to facilitate sharing to your favorite platforms. It also has NFC, which will work with some Android devices. Unlike the SX410 IS, the ELPH 350 HS has 1080p HD video.

It’ll arrive in black and silver in March 2015 for $209.00.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Heavy Leather Classic Strap review images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.5

The pro camera: it’s a moniker used often to distinguish one camera from another. There are devices designed and targeted at enthusiasts, semi-professionals, hobbyists, and of course–professionals. Many of the cameras targeted at the pros are much more expensive and bring with them a host of crazy features that you’ll probably never use but that companies have decided to pack into the cameras as a way to sell them. It works, and it’s not at all like we’re bashing the exemplary products that lead the way on innovation in the photo world.

But the idea of a professional camera is a myth.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 first impressions product photos (6 of 7)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve spent long, countless hours reviewing lots of photo gear this year. And we’ve spent time compiling lists of the best gear. Yes, we know that it’s the photographer who ultimately creates the images, and we’ve had that in mind the entire time that we wrote this list. There’s something for everyone here: the pro, the enthusiast, the semi-pro and the beginner in our roundup of the best photo gear.

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So it was on a cold November day that Editor-in-Chief Chris Gampat would hand me the Panasonic LX100. It had been a while since I reviewed a camera, having been back in New York City for about two months from Istanbul. The LX100 piqued my interest with its design as a premium compact with manual controls. In a past life, I had written micro four-thirds largely because I found the cameras to be too small for my large hands. While the LX100 proved to be impressive in image quality and aesthetic, its diminutive size was a sticking point for me.

The camera is Panasonic’s stab at Fujifilm’s X100 series–and so sports retro handling and looks done in collaboration with Leica. The LX100 has the same sensor as the GX7, and in some ways even has the same styling. But this camera is much different in that at the heart is a Four Thirds sensor and in front of it is a fixed zoom lens with an f1.7 maximum aperture.

And in many ways, it could be a perfect camera for the photojournalist.

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Remember when you were growing up and you or your parents played with film point and shoot cameras? It was like magic! But many of the world’s children really don’t know very much about film. CNet recently shared a video featuring modern children reacting to an old point and shoot camera. Lots of them try to take selfies, and others are disappointed that they can’t see the photo immediately. But it’s even funnier when you see them trying to load film into it and reacting to what film looks like in the first place.

Even better–when the video’s hosts talk about how you had to wait an entire hour to see their images, the kids’ reactions are hysterical.

What it says about our society today is that we’re all about immediacy and that we’re very impatient people.

Check out the video after the jump.

Via CNet

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