By Brandon Layne
Consumers have been pretty receptive to the lower priced
and shoot” models (some 5 million digital cameras were sold in
the U.S. during the Christmas 2005 holiday season), but there
are still some holdouts.
Great strides have been made in digital technology over the
past few years, but more sophisticated digital cameras have
only recently come down in price enough to attract the
amateur” market. In the past, the price of high-end digital
camera equipment was more suited to the professional who could
turn that investment into an income source.
Even traditional film buffs are slowly coming around to the
benefits of digital photography. Among the holdouts, the chief
problem seems to be confusion. There are so many choices, with
a broad range of options, and just as many price ranges.
It’s cheaper not to make a decision, than to make a mistake.
They get lost in the terminology, and have reservations about
the quality of digital photos and about the reliability of the
digital cameras. With the whirlwind of innovation flooding our
lives everyday, it’s become really difficult to keep up.
Technology advances, prices come down, and a deal today may be
obsolete tomorrow. At least that’s what worries many potential
digital camera owners.
So let’s look at five of the most common questions about
digital camera photography to shed some light on the matter,
for those who are hesitant about this new technology, or who
have dismissed it as a mere fad.
1. Do digital cameras produce quality photos?
Digital photos can be displayed at very high resolutions, and
could easily surpass conventional photographs, but many have
seen poorer quality images. Early color printers could be used
to print color photos from digital cameras, but the quality
just wasn’t there. Blurry images on low-grade computer
or on the small LCD screens of the cameras themselves, do
nothing to increase your confidence.
But view the high resolution images available from today’s
digital cameras on a capable monitor or after being printed on
one of the newer photo quality printers (using photo quality
paper) and you’ll see the crystal clear quality of what is
2. How durable are digital camera photos?
Digital camera photos are not stored on film. They’re stored
electronic memory devices that actually require much less care
than negative film.
As long as reasonable care is taken of the particular storage
device, there shouldn’t be any problems with protecting images
caught on a digital camera, and you can easily make copies of
the digital image files on your computer or even burn them to
CD - an option that isn’t available with film.
3. Are digital camera photos more expensive to process?
Not anymore. First, you can eliminate any poor images before
printing and only pay for those that you print. With “easy
share” technology and photo quality printers now available, it
is both affordable and convenient to print digital camera
You can even do the task yourself, in the comfort of your own
home - without buying expensive development chemicals that are
required for film processing! Or, you can send your images
electronically to a professional processor, and receive
professionally produced photos back in the mail in just a few
4. Can I get different effects with a digital camera?
That depends on the digital camera. High end models have
built-in features that allow different kinds of effects. But
even if your digital camera doesn’t have these advanced
features, you can always manipulate the photographs on your
desktop computer, using any image editing software.
5. Are zooming features comparable?
Here digital cameras actually have a distinct advantage over
film cameras. While cheaper digital cameras may only have
digital zoom (which is really just a form of in-camera
enlargement that results in a lower resolution original
high end models are available with both digital and optical
When shopping for your digital camera, give priority to the
optical zoom capability and buy the highest power optical zoom
that fits within your budget. Digital zoom is a nice extra,
the effects can easily be replicated during the “processing”
the image on your computer, prior to printing the images.
About The Author: As a “serious amateur”, Brandon Layne uses
both film and digital photography primarily for fast action
nature shots, and publishes tips and techniques for digital
photography at digitalfotoinfo.com Read his tips on
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