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All those megapixels

All those megapixels



Buying a digital camera tips and suggestions

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    • ==== ====Get more information on Digital Cameras Here....http://digicameraexpert.newsintechnologys.com/==== ====Family and friends can be pretty far flung these days, so how do you keep in touch? Snail mail andphoning are good options, but its fun to be able to share pictures. With the advent of digitalcameras, its easy to post pictures on a blog or website, or send pictures via email.Of course, film cameras will work, as you can scan and convert pictures to digital files, but theeasiest way to send pictures quickly and cheaply is to use a digital camera.How To Find Whats Best For YOU When Buying A Digital CameraThere are all kinds of digital cameras available these days, so the trick is to find the one that suitsyour needs and budget. If you are buying your first digital camera, the lingo and technology are abit different than for film cameras, so before shopping take time to learn a little and figure out whatyoud like to buy.First, what kind of photographer are you? Do you like total control over the picture taking process,or would you rather just aim the camera and push the shutter button? Then its also helpful todecide what you want to do with your pictures. Do you just want to put them online or send themvia email, or do you want to be able to print them, and if so, how large do you want your prints?If photography isnt your passion, and you just want to have pictures to share, buying a simplepoint-and-shoot digital camera is probably best. It has automatic settings, so all you have to do isaim the camera, press the shutter and viola! Instant picture!However, if you prefer more control over the picture taking process, try buying a mid-range digitalcamera. There is a wide range in both price and features. For the more serious hobbyphotographer, there are "prosumer" cameras midway between point-and-shoot cameras anddigital SLR cameras. They offer better lens quality and usually more features than a point-and-shoot, though those little cameras can come pretty loaded these days!Digital SLR cameras are top of the line and more expensive. These work more like traditionalcameras, having a body with detachable lens. This gives you more options with being able tochange lens, but its also much more expensive. Just one lens can cost as much as a point-and-shoot digital camera! Theres also usually a steeper learning curve to figure out how to use all theoptions on a digital SLR camera.However, if youre buying your first digital camera, intermediate, "prosumer" and digital SLRcameras probably arent the best choice. All the settings and features can be a little overwhelmingfor the beginner, and your expensive camera may end up collecting dust somewhere. Try a low tomidrange camera first and get a feel for digital cameras and what features are most important to
    • you. Then when youre ready to move up and buy a Digital SLR, youll have a better idea of whatto look for before you lay out your hard earned cash!What To Look For When Youre Ready To Buy A Digital CameraYou can buy digital cameras in all sorts of places these days, from fancy department stores todiscount stores, photography/camera shops and many stores online. While you can sometimesfind great deals on-line, if this is your first digital camera, go to shops and look at different camerasif at all possible. It helps to pick it up and get the feel of the camera in your hand to see if itscomfortable and the controls are easy to use, and you can check out what features it has and howthey work.But what exactly are you looking for?A pixel makes your picture....One of the first things to check out when buying a digital camera is the MEGAPIXELS. A pixel is asingle dot in a graphics image. A megapixel is equivalent to one million pixels. A 1-megapixelcamera would produce an image roughly 1200 pixels wide by 900 pixels high, a 3 megapixelwould be 2048 x 1536 megapixels, and so on. Higher megapixels mean better resolution, butarent the whole picture. The main thing to keep in mind is the more megapixels, the bigger imageyou can print.Approximate Megapixels vs. Print Size-2 Megapixels prints well up to 4x6 inches-3 Megapixels prints well up to 5x7 inches-4 Megapixels prints well up to 6x8 inches-6 Megapixels prints well up to 7x10 inches-8 Megapixels prints well up to 10x14 inches-12 Megapixels prints well up to 16x24 inchesFor email, websites and printing snapshots, a 3 to 5-megapixel camera is a good choice. If youwant to make high quality 8x10 prints or larger, you need more megapixels. Higher megapixelsalso allow you to crop down to a smaller portion of the picture while still retaining sharpness inprints.One other thing to keep in mind when considering megapixels and resolution, be sure you aregetting optical resolution. This is the actual number of megapixels the camera records. Somecameras offer interpolated resolution to get bigger pictures from the same number of megapixelsby using software algorithms to determine what color pixels to add, so the picture becomes biggerat the expense of clarity.Opt for optical...Digital cameras have two kinds of zoom, optical and digital. In this case, focus on the opticalzoom. Its the one that actually uses the lens optics to bring the subject closer. The higher thenumber, the further away you can "pull in" your subject. The digital zoom merely takes the originalinformation and makes it bigger, and once again, clarity is sacrificed. Most serious photographersturn off digital zoom. Stick to optical!
    • For Your Viewing Pleasure...Digital cameras commonly use an LCD screen instead of a viewfinder to focus on your subject,though some come equipped with both. Check the size of the screen when buying a digital camerato be sure you can comfortably see your subject. Its also really handy to have a flip screen thatallows you to hold your camera low or high, and still be able to see whats on the screen.Fun features...Many digital cameras offer settings for such things as burst shooting mode, which is handy if youwant to take pictures of moving subjects. The camera shoots a series of pictures without pause,then writes the files to memory. Other features allow for manually changing settings, specialeffects, short digital movie files, using an external flash, and much more. Look over severaldifferent cameras, decide what features you just have to have, and which are on the "nice to havebut not vital" list. No one camera will do everything well.Get the Picture...Youve got to get the pictures out of the camera to share them. Usually the files are downloaded toyour computer through a USB port, so make sure your computer has one. Also, keep in mindwhen choosing a camera, the more megapixels, the bigger the files. Youve got to store those filessomewhere, so how much memory is available on your computer? Does it have a CD burner?However, you can still buy a digital camera even if you dont have a computer. Many photo labs,even in places like Walmart or Kmart, have machines with the capability of making prints and/orphoto CDs from memory cards, and will make a disk of the files, sort of like digital negatives.Theres also the option of buying a photo printer with a docking station for your camera. Just plugthe camera into the docking station, and bypass the need for a computer to print.Cash After CameraWhen buying your digital camera, keep some cash in reserve, because there are two moreimportant purchases you need to make.1. Memory - The digital cameras equivalent of film, the amount of memory determines how manypictures you can take. Different cameras use different types of memory, so the first step is to findout what your camera uses. The most popular types are: Secure Digital (SD), CompactFlash (CF),SmartMedia (SM), Memory Stick (MS), MultiMediaCard (MMC), and xD-Picture Card (xD).Cameras are usually packaged with a small MB-sized card. A second card of 64 MB is good, butof course the more MB and the more cards, the more pictures you can take before having todownload and erase the images. The different cards are NOT interchangeable, so be sure to buythe right kind for your camera!2. Battery - Theres nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of snapping pictures and thebattery dies. Get extras. Its worth the expense to have a second battery charged and waitingshould the one in your camera lose power. The rechargeable ones are more expensive, but theability to use them over and over makes them worth the initial outlay of cash.Thats The Total Package!
    • There you have the basics for choosing a digital camera. Decide what kind of pictures you arelikely to take, what size prints you want to make, how much zoom, and are there any extras youcant live without? Look for the camera that most closely matches your list in your price range, buya bigger memory card and an extra battery set, and youre good to go!Have fun sharing those pictures with friends and family!Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Pat_Lyne==== ====Get more information on Digital Cameras Here....http://digicameraexpert.newsintechnologys.com/==== ====