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Teach me all about -Choosing a
Digital Camera Digital photography is growing in popularity, as the quality of digital
imaging technology rapidly approaches that of traditional
film, and as more people become both computer and web savvy. Digital images can be easily
uploaded to your computer; from there they can then be manipulated using a variety of
software, e-mailed to friends, or posted on a web site. The "film" used in
digital cameras (i.e. storage media) can be used over and over again (and sometimes,
depending on the format, can be used in different types of products such as MP3 players),
so there's no need to run out and buy a roll of film every time you want to take pictures.
Digital photography also provides a certain level of instant gratification, as you are
able to immediately view your images, either on the LCD panel found on most cameras, or on
your computer or TV screen. Listed below are descriptions of the key characteristics
differentiating digital cameras.
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amount of time (measured in seconds) it takes the camera to process and store an image
when shooting in normal mode (non-burst), at the camera's maximum resolution setting (also
known as Recycle Time or Lag Time).
Why is it important? The delay between shots ranges from approximately 1 - 20 seconds. To some, this
may not be much of an issue. For others, having to wait a while before being able to take
another shot may be frustrating.
makes a burst of light for shooting inside or in low-light conditions.
is it important? The type(s) of flash
available vary from camera to camera. The flashes built into most digital cameras have
limited range and adjustibility (on average, these flashes do not work well beyond 10
feet), in comparison to external flash options which can provide a much more powerful and
versatile flash. Keep in mind that a camera with a "Hot Shoe" or "Flash
Sync," will often come with the standard built-in flash as well.
- This refers to the basic flash functions, where the flash is always off, always on
(for fill-ins, for example), or set to fire automatically when needed.
Reduction- This refers to a mode of flash that helps prevent the appearance of people
with red-eyes in the picture.
- allows one to use more powerful flashes, and/or place the flash strategically, by
attaching an external flash unit to the camera. Typically, a camera with flash sync will
also offer the more traditional forms of flash as well, such as auto flash.
Hot Shoe -
This is a structure found on some digital cameras, to which an external flash unit is
attached. Some cameras offering hot shoe capability also offer the more traditional forms
of flash, such as automatic.
resolution of a digital camera refers to the sharpness of its pictures.
is it important? The higher the
resolution - the better the picture. Resolution is expressed in pixels, and refers to the
"true" (i.e. non-interpolated) resolution of the camera.
feature allows you to take multiple rapid-fire shots with one touch of the exposure
button. This can be a very useful feature when shooting subjects in motion, such as during
a sporting event. Rapid-Fire is also known as Burst Mode or Continuous
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refers to how the camera downloads its pictures to your computer or printer. Some digital
cameras offer more than one means of downloading your images.
What kinds are available?
Via 3.5" Floppy - With this feature, the camera stores its
images on the same floppy disks that you use in your PC or Macintosh. Taking the floppy
out of the camera and putting it into your computer, and copying them onto the computer
effectively transfers the images.
Via Removable Memory - Many digital cameras store images on
removable memory devices that can be swapped in and out of the camera like rolls of film.
These can then be used with a variety of card readers (depending on the type of storage),
which are typically purchased as an additional accessory (i.e., they are not provided by
the manufacturer "in the box"). PCMCIA Type II or III cards are credit card size
memory that do not require a card reader to download the images; you can insert the card
directly into laptop computers. "Removable Media" does not include 3.5 in.
Via Infrared - Infrared transmission uses invisible light to
transfer pictures to your computer or printer. Also known as "IrDA," this
technology allows one to download images without using cables or wires, but is also
Via Parallel Cable - This type of cable connection is quite common,
and transfers images faster than a serial connection, as it is able to send multiple bits
of information at the same time (i.e. "in parallel").
Via SCSI Cable - SCSI is a form of image transfer involving a high
speed bus cable system, used only with Macintosh computers and high-end PCs.
Via Serial Cable - The most standard type of serial cable is
identified as a "RS-232" interconnector. This method is relatively slow, in
comparison to a USB cable connection, but still quite common.
Via USB Cable - A USB (short for universal serial bus) cable
transports images from your digital camera via a connection that is much faster than a
serial or parallel cable. It is important to note however, that this type of connection
can only be used with the newer Pentium computers, and won't work on PC's with slow/older
processors. Note that many cameras that come with a USB cable will also offer a serial
and/or parallel connection option.
- Image Capacity (at
This refers to the camera's memory capacity for
images shot at high resolution, using the amount of memory which comes shipped with the
camera (some cameras allow you to add memory, which in turn will increase the number of
images which can be stored).
should you consider? The greater the resolution, the more memory space is needed.
Therefore, it is important to note the high resolution or maximum resolution setting on
the camera before evaluating this figure. Also, as mentioned previously, you can add
memory to many digital cameras by purchasing high volume storage cards.
Range: 1 - 3,000 images.
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- Camera Size
This is a proxy for categorizing the varying
dimensions, weights, and styles of digital cameras.
Size - a camera is so small that you can put it in your shirt pocket. Typically, these
are extremely light weight (maximum weight of less than .56 lb.) and have a width under 5
inches. They are also quite flat, with depth rarely exceeding 1.5 inches.
Size - These camera are slightly larger than Pocket Size cameras, especially in terms
of depth and weight. A Medium Size camera weighs somewhere between 0.5 lb. - 1 lb.,
averaging 0.75 lb. Most digital cameras are Medium Size.
SLR Size -
digital cameras which look like a standard SLR (single-lens-reflex) camera. Larger than a Medium
Size camera, these typically have a rectangular body with a substantial protruding
lens and weigh more than one (1) pound.
- Manual Features
Most digital cameras have fully automatic
operation. Some however, come with manual features. These are the creative controls on the
camera which allow you to adjust the focus, exposure settings, and white balance to allow
for more precise picture-taking.
should you consider? Keep in mind that the degree of manual functionality can vary
from one camera to another. For example, some cameras with "Manual Focus" have a
traditional manual focus ring; whereas others offer multiple pre-set options from which to
choose. Please refer to the glossary for more detailed information about the following
Manual Focus, Manual Aperture, Manual Shutter, Manual White Balance, Manual Exposure
- Special Features
These are the "bells" and
"whistles" of a digital camera that distinguish it from other models.
What kinds of
accessories and options are available?
Add-On Lens - a
lens that attaches to the lens built into the digital camera. While an add-on lens is not
as versatile as an actual interchangeable lens, it does provide the user with an
alternative means of composing a shot, by providing a telephoto or wide-angle option or
add-on filters to name a few. To date, most digital cameras do not offer this feature.
Audio Recording - allows
you to record a short sound bite with each image, allowing you to makes notes for future
DPOF - DPOF
stands for Digital Print Order Format - a feature found on the camera that allows the user
to send images directly to the printer and control the quantity and order of the images
- allows you to physically change the type of lens being used. Interchangeable lens
capability is rarely found on digital cameras and when it is, you can expect a hefty price
tag along with it.
Macro - a lens
feature which allows you to take "close-up" shots, usually within one foot or
less; good for taking pictures of small objects such as a stamp or insect, for example.
Mini Movie - allows
user to create a short movie, for those times when still images simply don't do the trick.
Remote Control - with
this feature, you can take a picture without holding the camera - an alternative to using
Rotatable Lens - a
rotatable lens allows you to adjust the angle of the lens (not the focusing ability of the
camera). Some rotate 180 degrees while others can rotate a full 360 degrees, allowing you
to compose a self-portrait while viewing yourself on the LCD panel.
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