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At first glance, digital cameras can be intimidating. Use this guide to take the guesswork out of the features on your camera.
Electronic component that collects light, the quantity of which is measured in megapixels. More megapixels means more detail in large prints, but fewer pictures per memory card.
A significant difference between compacts and DSLRs; only the latter shows you exactly what the lens is seeing.
3. Color LCD:
This screen is your camera's data center. It acts as a viewfinder, shows captured images, displays camera settings, and provides advanced info about your images.
4. Mode dial:
This common feature lets you choose between manual and auto modes; depending on the "scene" you pick (portrait, for example), you'll get default settings for exposure, focus, and flash.
18 to 35mm is the wide-angle zone, 70mm and higher the telephoto zone. In a compact, the typical zoom range is 35mm to 108mm, but if scenics are important, look for 28mm at the wide end.
The power source for your camera.
7. Memory card:
A data storage device that allows you to record your photos while being power-free and environmentally friendly.
Gives you the added light you may need when taking a photograph. A fill flash can also soften harsh shadows.
9. Tripod mount:
Used to mount the camera to a three-legged stand, called a tripod, that helps keep your camera steady when taking photographs.