Covid-19 Update 7/2


In-person – Virtual/Online – Delivery operations – Curbside Options

Current Updates:

  • We are open for both in-store shopping and curbside pickup
  • In-store shopping is available Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Now offering passport photos again – please call for appointments for groups/families, walk-ins available for individual passport photos
  • Now offering camera/lens/equipment rentals

New Safety Measures:

  • We will have limited capacity in store (for both employees and customers)
  • Masks covering both nose and mouth required at all times for both customers and employees
  • Plexi-glass has been installed to provide physical barriers
  • Social distancing is required at all times (at least 6 feet)
  • We will be utilizing extra store space (using store next door for easier distancing)
  • Frequent hand washing practices (before and after interactions with customers)
  • Frequent disinfecting will occur storewide
  • Signage will be available to implement our new safety standards

Call us – we are here to answer your questions 201-664-4113
Free Shipping on most equipment orders over $99
Free Shipping on most processing orders over $50
Call to arrange local delivery
Daily Facebook live videos at 9am on our Facebook page answering your questions (submit questions to paulc@bergencountycamera.com)
We are still offering our webinars – Check the schedule – most events are free to attend.

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Meet the Highly Anticipated Sony Alpha 7S III

New Alpha 7S III Empowers Creators with 4K 120P[i] Video, 10-bit 4:2:2 Recording, 15+ Stop Dynamic Range[ii], Improved AF Performance and Mor

  • Newly developed BIONZ XRimage processing engine with eight times more processing power[iii] and a brand new 12.1-megapixel (approx., effective) back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor, significantly reduced rolling shutter effect[iv]
  • Ultra-high sensitivity with ISO range expandable from 40 – 409,600[v], and improved image quality by approximately 1 stop noise reductioniv in the middle and high sensitivity ranges
  • Video recording capabilities include 4K 120pi, 10 bit 4:2:2 color depth, All-Intra recording, XAVC HS format with H.265 codec and more
  • 15+ stop dynamic range for movies
  • Fast Hybrid AF system with 759 point phase-detection[vi] AF sensors covering 92% of image sensor
  • Enhanced Real-time Eye AF for movie recording[vii] and still image recording
  • New heat dissipating mechanism and dual slot relay recording enables over one-hour long 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 movie shooting[viii]  
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization supports handheld movie shooting, with added Active Mode [ix] to support especially difficult handheld movie shooting
  • World’s brightest[x] and largestx new 0.64-type 9.44 million-dot (approx.) OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Side Opening variable angle LCD screen enhances shooting flexibility
  • Completely redesigned menu system with touch screen interface and touch operation
  • High-speed continuous still image shooting at up to 10fps[xi] for more than 1,000 consecutive uncompressed RAW images[xii] with full AF / AE tracking
  • Dual CFexpress Type A card slots that enable high speed data processing while keeping the compact size
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DriveSavers: Where is the Cloud?

Story courtesy of DriveSavers

When you hear the word, “cloud,” what’s the first thing you think of? For most of human history, clouds were fluffy collections of water and air, passing through the sky, giving us a hint to changing weather conditions. But in recent years, the word has taken on a whole new meaning.

Do a quick Google search of “what is a cloud,” and you’ll find the top results have nothing to do with weather and everything to do with data storage. These days, clouds are more closely associated with data than weather.

Much like actual clouds, this form of data storage seems intangible. Something we can see but can’t touch. Of course, data storage clouds aren’t literal clouds, so what is the cloud and how does it work?

Cloud computing has effectively transformed the way we save and store data. Essentially, “the cloud” refers to internet-accessible data centers. Yes, the cloud has a physical location, just not anywhere near you (probably).

Where is the cloud? Do people work there? Is your data safe? We’ll explore these questions, and more as we consider what does the cloud do.

WHERE IS THE CLOUD?

Real clouds are in the sky, so does that mean your data lives in the sky, too? Sure, you access your information wirelessly over the internet, but gaining wireless access to your information doesn’t mean the data is aimlessly floating through thin air. So, where is the cloud located?

When you access your information, whether you’re reading an old email, looking at photos and videos on iCloud, or viewing and editing a GoogleDoc, you’re using an internet connection. This wireless connection to the worldwide web gives you access to about two billion websites, including portals to retrieve data saved to the cloud.

When you visit one of these portals, your information is recalled from one of several hundred server farms throughout the world. These facilities are boundless warehouses full of servers operating with flash or hard drive storage to guard and preserve thousands of exabytes of data from users around the world. 

They are staffed with data administrators, security specialists and more to keep your data accessible and safe. Server farm staff and equipment work hard all day, every day to keep you safe from hostile digital threats.

Server farms typically consist of several thousand computers, an impressive power source and a robust HVAC system that cools the facility and prevents the hardware from overheating. They also have a series of backup servers to operate the farm in case the primary servers fail.

There are server farms all over the world, but the vast majority are located in North America, Europe and Asia. Google’s fleet of server farms can be found all over North America and Europe in addition to a few locations in Chile, Singapore and Taiwan.

If you’re truly interested in where, exactly your information is stored, you can inquire with your storage provider. But don’t be surprised if they don’t disclose the location of their server farms for security purposes.

WHY USE THE CLOUD?

When you really start to think about where the cloud is located, you may begin to have second thoughts about using a data storage facility hundreds of miles away. After all, who wants their information stored in a giant warehouse, possibly in a foreign country with no way of knowing if the data’s truly being protected?

You need not worry. Cloud-based storage solutions are the norm and many of your devices already employ cloud backups, possibly without you even knowing. Overall, the cloud is a safe and reliable storage option. Here’s why.

Resilience

Computers, external hard drives, flash drives and cell phones are lost, broken or stolen every day. Server farms, where the cloud lives, aren’t. Yes, these facilities have their own set of risks, but the likelihood of complete hardware failure or security breach at a server farm is extremely low. The likelihood you’ll drop your phone in the pool, however, is significantly higher.

Accessibility

With cloud-based storage solutions, you can access your information from anywhere, at any time. All you need is your login credentials and a half-decent internet connection to be able to see everything you’ve stored on the cloud. This type of accessibility simply isn’t realistic with external hard drives and other hardware-based backups.

Space

You free up a ton of your personal digital space when using a cloud-based storage solution. Rather than carrying around a two-pound brick of an external hard drive, all you need is your device and an internet connection. You can gain access to any data you need instantly.

IS SAVING PERSONAL DATA TO THE CLOUD SAFE?

In short, yes. Saving your information to the cloud, no matter where the cloud is located, is considered safe.

Companies invested in server farms go to great lengths to ensure the security of their product both virtually and physically. They have processes and procedures designed to prevent hackers from getting in, and they employ well-trained personnel who are trusted to maintain the systems’ integrity at all costs.

But before you back up your information to the cloud, do take the time to research the company, its security protocols and track record before deciding to store your data with them.

WHAT IF MY CLOUD BACKUP FAILS?

Despite their market dominance, cloud-based storage solutions can fail. Ultimately, these storage solutions consist of the same components as your devices and external storage solutions. As a result, failure is always a possibility. 

Fortunately, the best server farms keep several copies of the same data, making the impact of technical failures and hackers low. But despite these safeguards, and however unlikely, total failure is still a possibility.

If your cloud storage does fail, you have to be prepared. That means always keep a local copy of your data, preferably on an external hard drive, as a backup. When you regularly back up your data, you can rest assured that if there is an issue with the cloud or when you don’t have an internet connection, you can still access your data..

No matter where you store your data, the information can never be 100 percent, guaranteed protected. If your data storage solutions let you down, contact Bergen County Camera/Drivesavers immediately. They can get you on the right track and help you get your information back.

Meet the New Nikon Z5

Your full frame journey begins with the Z 5. Simple yet sophisticated, compact yet powerful, the Z 5 is built to
grow with you. It’s everything you’d expect from a full frame mirrorless camera —intense detail, expansive views,
brilliant low light capabilities, 4K video and more—plus all the innovative tools you need to push the limits of your
creativity.

Key Features:

  • Intensively detailed 24MP full frame images and 4K UHD videos.
  • VR image stabilization built-in for sharp, stabilized photos and videos.
  • Superb 273 point autofocus system that can focus near the edges, detect and follow eyes (people, cats
    and dogs) and track subjects.
  • Creative features built-in, including timelapse, multiple exposure, creative picture controls and focus
    shift photography.
  • Seamless connectivity between Z 5 and a compatible smartphone, tablet or PC for transferring images
    or controlling the camera remotely (with live image preview for photos and videos).
  • Dual SD card slots.
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Saturday Morning Focus Sessions

All of our Focus Sessions are currently being offered online – and are free to attend!

Check out summit.bergencountycamera.com for our current offerings and registration


This Saturday’s Focus Session – Bergen County Horse Rescue

Current Schedule:

July 25 – Bergen County Horse Rescue with Paul Carretta and Jennifer White

August 1 – TBA

August 8 – Jim Wright – Every Picture Tells a Story — More details on Summit

August 15 – TBA

August 22 – Nancy Panicucci-Roma

Introducing the Leica M10-R

A reliable, robust, high-resolution M10 rangefinder – meet the new Leica M10-R. Its 40-megapixel color sensor offers significantly reduced image noise and the widest dynamic range found in our M series. The sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 50000 ensures perfect performance in any situation. Exposure time has been increased to 16 minutes, the mechanical shutter is whisper-quiet – the Leica M10-R’s precision and quality are everlasting.  

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