Wednesday, April 19, 2006

What to look for in a digital camera.

When choosing a digital camera it is important to keep in mind what you intend to use it for. If you are looking for a digital camera to replace your conventional camera, then you may want to spend a bit more so you can get good quality prints (see resolution below). If you will be viewing your photos mainly on your PC, and not printing off large prints, then most cheap digital cameras should suffice, although there are other things to consider.

Digital Camera Resolution (Amount of Pixels) (MegaPixels)
Digital cameras are advertised as having a certain resolution (amount of pixels or MegaPixels), this directly relates to the quality of the photos that can be taken and then printed. The higher the amount of pixels a camera supports, the sharper the image. If you intend to enlarge your photos, rather than just look at them on your PC, then you will want a camera with a higher resolution. Digital camera resolutions start off at around 1 million pixels (1 MegaPixel), and reach 7 million or higher. A lot of digital cameras allow you to change the resolution before taking pictures. The smallest resolution settings are around 640x480 or 1024x768 pixels. As larger resolution photos take up more space (and more battery power when storing) it can be advantageous to be able to select the resolution yourself. If you think you may want to enlarge your photos (large prints), then before you take your pictures, check that the camera is at a high resolution setting.


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