should I look for in a digital camera? What can
I do with the photos I have on my computer?
No matter how many megapixels a camera
claims to have, the cameras are only as good as
the lens. Optics is what you should look for. Traditional
camera makers such as Nikon, Olympus and Canon offer
the best lenses and camera quality.
Most cameras will be good at 3 Megapixels.
You might want to go as high as 5 for personal use
and printing. Having even more Megapixels extends
into the range of professional cameras for high-end
print and publications. You won't go wrong if you
decide to opt for more Megapixels, but keep in mind
what the end result of the photos are for. If they
are solely for the internet or 3 x 5 prints, you
won't need that much of a camera.
Don't forget 2 or 3 extra memory cards.
They're handy to have when you're unable to upload
your camera's pictures.
Try some of these cameras out at the
store and test the shutter speed, or how long it
takes from button push to camera click. Just with
any camera, a faster shutter speed means more pictures
and the ability to get the right shot in time.
In the long run, it's better to spend
a little more, perhaps as much as $400. You're looking
for image quality, portability, and perhaps some
advanced features. Most digital cameras, just like
the larger cameras are in two categories. Point
and Shoot, for beginners and those looking
for simplicity and Advanced Cameras,
for professionals and experts who want the best
can I do with these digital photos on my hard drive?
Printing digital photos is great,
but there is tremendous advantage in having a digital
- This image can be shared with others
- Many photos can be linked on a web page for
others to view
- Stored on removable media, such as a CD.
take a look at Ofoto,
These are photo services that let you store and
show photos online for others to view. Photos can
be viewed in a slide show from any computer. Your
friends and family can even order prints of these
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helps others manage technology and get more out
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