Digital cameras are rapidly becoming standard items for both business
and home use, particularly as prices fall and capabilities increase.
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.
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
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