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Today's Tip: Digital Cameras

Digital cameras are rapidly becoming standard items for both business and home use, particularly as prices fall and capabilities increase.
Logitech Pocket Digital Camera
They have advantages over film cameras. They can record dozens of pictures before they fill up, and you can increase the capacity simply by adding more memory. There's no film to buy, and no developing costs. You can take a picture, and immediately see what it will look like. You can even decide that you don't like it, and then erase it and take another. As soon as you transfer the pictures from the camera to a computer you can erase the memory in the camera and start all over. And you don't have to try to use all the exposures on a film, nor wait for it to be developed.

There are, of course, some disadvantages too. Picture quality is generally good to very good with recent models, but many early versions were 'pixelated' - they looked choppy. (This is determined by the resolution of each picture.) Note here that pictures are normally published to the web in relatively low resolutions, as computer monitors are restricted in the detail they can show. It must be noted that these use much more power than regular cameras, so recharging must be considered. Also, when travelling, it may be more difficult to find a computer that you can transfer pictures on to than it would be to have a film developed.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSCP31 There are many options to consider when choosing a digital camera. Rechargable batteries are highly recommended, as these cameras use power quickly. The amount of memory determines the number of photo's that the camera can hold. Some cameras are small enough to fit into a pocket; others are larger but may be less expensive or contain more options.

You can transfer the photos from the camera to your computer in different ways, and these vary by manufacturer and model. Some store the photos on a diskette which you can slip out and pop into any computer; these tend to be limited in the number of photos they can store. More common is using a USB cable to transfer the photos. Most convenient is the camera that uses a 'docking cradle'. Just slip the camera into the cradle, push a button, and the pictures are transferred.

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