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digital cameras

In an effort to assist you in choosing a digital camera, we have provided some information and resources to answer some frequently asked questions when purchasing this type of equipment. You may also submit a consultation request form if you would like to consult with an ITS member about which digital camera will best fit your needs.



Support: Information Technology Services staff can assist you with using this technology, but are not certified to address hardware failures; therefore we strongly recommend you purchase any warranties or service agreements that are available.

Vendor: E-mail requests for pricing and questions to our recommended vendor.


B&H Photo and Video
Samuel Zaklokofsky                                                                                                                                       Phone: 800-947-8003 Ext. 7741                                                                                                                           Fax: 212 239-7759                                                                                 
Please note the BC contract #MC10-B11 in your email.


Digital Camera technology can be broken down into four major categories.

Below are the specifications for each category. A sample camera model that meets the criteria of each category has been provided by Media Technology Services. MTS has experience with these sample cameras and found them to be consistent and reliable in their performance.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Digital CameraCannon PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Silver)
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Silver)

1. Standard

Product Highlights:

  • 16MP Image Resolution
  • 1/2.3" CCD Image Sensor
  • 8x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom
  • 28-224mm Equivalent UA Lens
  • 3.0" Rear LCD Screen
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Intelligent Image Stabilization
  • 720p HD Video Recording
  • 100 - 1600 ISO Sensitivity
  • Smart AUTO, Face & Motion-Detection
  • B&H # CAPSA4000S
  • Mfr # 6148B001

Estimated Price: $99.00

COOLPIX S6500 Digital CameraCOOLPIX S6500 Digital Camera (Silver)
COOLPIX S6500 Digital Camera (Silver)

2.  Mid/High Compact

Product Highlights:

  • 16MP CMOS Image Sensor
  • 3.0" HVGA LCD
  • 12x NIKKOR 25-300mm (35mm Equiv) Lens
  • Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
  • Built-In Wi-Fi
  • 7fps Continuous Shooting
  • Capture Full HD 1080p Video
  • Subject Tracking, Motion Detection
  • Smart Portrait System
  • 20 Scene Modes

Estimated Price: $166.00

Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with NIKKOR VR LensNikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens
Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens

3. Mid/High Compact

Product Highlights:

  • 14.2MP DX Sensor
  • 3" LCD
  • Live View
  • HD 1080p Video w/ Sound & Autofocus
  • 11-point Autofocus
  • 3 Frames per Second Shooting
  • ISO 100 to 3200 (Expand to 12800-Hi2)
  • Self Cleaning Sensor
  • EXPEED 2, Image Processing Engine
  • Scene Recognition System

(Notes: Includes Free Ruggard Commando 25 DSLR Shoulder Bag Lexar 16GB SDHC Professional 400x Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card Luminesque 52mm UV and Circular Polarizer Multi Coated Filter Kit Total Value $37.90)

Estimated Price: $450.00

Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera with ED VR DX LensNikon D7100 DSLR Camera with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX Lens
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX Lens

4. Advanced - SLR 

Product Highlights:

  • 24.1MP DX-format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processing Engine
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 1080p Full HD Video Capture
  • 3.2" 1,229k-dot LCD Monitor
  • NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX Lens
  • 6 fps Up to 100 Shots at Full Resolution
  • 51-point AF with 15 Cross-type Sensors
  • Built-In Flash with Commander Function
  • Magnesium Alloy Body; Moisture Resistant

(Notes: Includes Free Ruggard Outrigger 45 Backpack Watson EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack [7.0V, 1800mAh] SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card Total Value $102.85)

Estimated Price: $1500.00


There are a wide variety of Web sites that provide information about selecting a digital camera.  We have provided links to articles that may help answer some frequently asked questions.





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