Many photography enthusiasts are familiar with some common photography lingo, such as Point and Shoot, Megapixels, Digital Zoom, DSLR and Optical Zoom. But to others, these terms sound like gibberish words, and this tutorial is just for them. We will discuss a variety of options that you might have when you plan on buying a high power digital camera and what to do when a dealer tries to confuse you with fancy technical talk about cameras and photography. Read on to find out more.
Firstly, you need to acquaint yourself with the standard terminology of the photography fraternity. Some of you may already know about all these terms, but for those who do not know anything about all this, they should definitely read this guide. The terms are as follows:
- DSLR or Digital Single Lens Reflex – This camera comes with detachable lenses and an extremely high power reflex mirror that lets all users to achieve a certain level of optical zoom with the help of the lens for taking all sorts of high resolution photographs. The image quality produced by DSLRs is much higher than any other camera available in the market.
- Point and Shoot – These cameras are famous for working always in Automatic or Auto mode, so no photographer will have to worry about setting the ISO and exposure ranges, or correcting the focus.
- Megapixel – The megapixel refers to the camera’s resolution. When digital cameras were first launched, they were of lower megapixels and hence the resolution was quite bad. But now, people can get Point and Shoot cameras at 32 megapixel. Most standard cameras come with at least 4 to 5 megapixels and provide excellent photographs. These cameras are sometimes better than the ones with higher resolution and megapixel count. So choose carefully.
Now, we will look at some other factors that can help us in buying a new camera. Read on and learn more.
All the myths about megapixels
The myths are usually centred around the fact that manufactures started promoting their products by saying that the more the camera has a megapixel count, the better will be the image quality. But the truth is that the image quality of a camera does not depend on the megapixel count.
The sensor of the camera
The camera’s sensor is a factor you must always consider when you are out there buying a brand new camera. The main sensor types are
- EMCCD (Electron Multiplying CCD)
- ICCD (Intensified CCD)
- CCD (Charge Coupled Device)
- CMOS (Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor)
All the new digital cameras come with CMOS sensors. Only certain special models of digital cameras have new and advanced technology. But it is purely for exclusive users.
The cost factor
The budget is perhaps the most important factor when you have to choose between the various models shown to you by your dealer, or when you check online. Buying something fancy, then fending for scrap, is not a smart move. Know the depth of your wallet and then go to the store.
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