Choosing Your First Digital Camera

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It instantly captured photographs, as computerised images on removable film. These were stored on a small 16 MB SRAM internal hard drive, which was co-developed with Toshiba. However, the film had a limited capacity of recording, and the image quality was not very good. It is thought that this is the first digital camera, but it was not the first digital single lens reflex camera to be mass produced.

History Of Digital Camera And Le

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Photography has come a long way since then. Digital cameras have become a real necessity for most people. It was not until recently, that the first digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera was invented. It was the Nikon Coolpix digital camera that really kick started the whole revolution in digital photography.

Because the Coolpix was so advanced, it was soon competing with the professional SLRs from companies like Canon, Olympus, Kodak and Nikon. It was not long before these companies all had their own brand name SLRs. So who came out on top? Well, that all depends on the quality of lenses and other components that go into making a great SLR. In this article I will briefly outline two of the most popular manufacturers of SLRs in the market today – Nikon and Canon.

It seems that by the time the first digital cameras hit the shelves, everything had been in place, and there was no need to invent the wheel. Except for maybe electronic still camera companies who had come up with image compression and memory cards. By the time compact cameras hit the scene, digital cameras were pretty much a standard. What happened next is well-known, but just so we are not left out…

Advantages Of Digital Photography

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With digital cameras, photography has come a long way. One of the first advantages of digital photography was the inclusion of image compression and memory cards. Since cameras only needed very little storage space, it became practical to take pictures anywhere one wanted to. Before cameras, the only way to get pictures on paper was through a special paper that could handle printing without loss of quality.

But as cameras developed, image quality improved and more sophisticated lenses were introduced. Next came auto focus, which completely changed the landscape of photography. We were suddenly given the ability to take high quality photographs with just the click of a button… but the first digital images didn’t impress those of us who were less than impressed with the lack of flash and the shallow depth of field that were often created.

Sea Change In Technology

After this, there was a sea change in technology. Digital SLRs was developed, and camera manufacturers started building cameras that were more “intelligent” in their ability to capture images and use them in the editing process. The difference between the first digital cameras and the ones that followed is easy to see when you think about the difference in image quality. Today’s crop of compact, fully-automatic cameras have built-in image-processing processors, and those processors can perform all of the functions that you would expect from an ordinary point and shoot camera, including:

Last Words

So, if you’re looking for a digital camera, what should you be looking for? First of all, don’t fall into the trap of buying a camera based solely on megapixels. The megapixel count of a digital camera is only one factor that determines quality. Other factors include the optical zoom, optical image stabilization, automatic image processing, shutter speed, and sensitivity. If you buy a camera based only on the numbers, you may get something that is pretty good, but will fail when it comes to actually taking the pictures that you want. Remember, a quickdraw is not necessarily better than a camera with a high mega pixel rating; it simply depends on your preferences.

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