If you’re new to the world of digital cameras, you may need some help grasping the fundamentals of digital camera technology. To help you learn what you need to know, we’ve created a practical quick guide that offers plenty of facts and relevant information.
Digital Camera Basics
Digital cameras take photographs and record them on memory cards, which are placed inside of the cameras. Images that are recorded on memory cards may then be transferred to computers. Computers may be used to name specific photographs, place photos in digital folders, and edit photographs.
Software programs are available which allow digital camera owners to crop, retouch and otherwise tweak their digital photographs. In addition, photo printers (which create perfect pictures from digital photo files) are also available. However, these days, many people forego “actual” photographs, in favor of emailing digital photos to friends and family, and sharing them on social networking services, such as Facebook.
Before buying your own digital camera, you will need to learn the features that are included with many of today’s models. Typical features that may be found on digital cameras include optical zoom, white balance and pixel counts. Now, let’s look at what each feature really is.
Optical Zoom- This type of zoom utilizes the optics (camera lens) to bring a photographic subject closer. If you want to zoom in effortlessly, you should always select a digital camera model with this feature. With optical zoom at your disposal, you’ll be able to capture amazing details, such as the petals and stamens of flowers, even while standing a good distance away.
White Balance– If you want to take truly realistic photographs that capture an environment or subject in the most natural way, you should seek out a digital camera with a white balance feature. White balance removes unnatural colour casts, making objects that seem white in person white in your picture. Without white balance, your camera may misread what it records, adding unnatural casts to your photographs. Professional photographers always use white balance to ensure perfect end results.
Pixel Count – Every digital camera will come with its own pixel count. While it may seem natural to look for a model with a very high pixel count, it’s not always necessary. The value of pixel count does come into play when enlarging photographs. With a low pixel count, you won’t be able to enlarge a photograph as much as you would be able to with a higher pixel count digital camera.
If you’re into playing with photographs and cropping them, seek out a higher pixel count. Typical pixel counts for digital cameras range from four or five pixels to eight pixels to 12.5 pixels and up. When you get in the higher pixel range, you may need a great computer and memory card to handle your camera’s demands. Most casual digital camera users will be satisfied with four or five pixels.
Now that you know more about digital cameras and their features, you’ll be ready to decide which type of digital camera is really best for you.