Category: Camera parts

07 Dec

Digital Camera Buying Guide – part 4

Chris Lane / Camera parts, photography / / 5 Comments

Here is the final post on my whitepaper on how to buy a digital camera. You can download the entire compiled whitepaper here. If you have any further questions, post it in the comments below or send me a message.

Part 1 covers:

Point-and-shoot or DSLR? (the basics)
Budget
Response Time and Speed
Zoom


Part 2 covers:

Resolution
The Sensor & Processor
Macro
Screen
Manual Options

Part 3 covers:

ISO
Durability
Battery
Size, Shape and Weight

Part 4 (this post) covers:

Flash
Memory Cards
Other Options
Video

Flash

I tend to ignore the flash that is prebuilt into the camera. All P&S cameras have a built in flash. Not all flash is good though. Most P&S cameras have a fixed flash. In other words, it is close to the lens and points forward and unchangeable. The problem with straight on flash like that is that it is terrible for
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30 Nov

Digital Camera Buying Guide – part 3

Chris Lane / Camera parts, photography / / 1 Comment

Here is part three of the digital camera buying guide. Look for part four next week. Hit the links below to go to either part 1 or individual categories. You should definitely subscribe (hit the button in the left hand sidebar) so that you won’t miss next weeks post.

Part 1 covers:

Point-and-shoot or DSLR? (the basics)
Budget
Response Time and Speed
Zoom


Part 2 covers:

Resolution
The Sensor & Processor
Macro
Screen
Manual Options

Part 3 (this post) covers:

ISO
Durability
Battery
Size, Shape and Weight

Part 4 covers:

Flash
Memory Cards
Other Options
Video

ISO

ISO is what determines the sensitivity to light. A high number for ISO allows the camera to shoot in much dimmer light. The problem with this is that a camera will often list that it
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23 Nov

Digital Camera buying guide – part 2

Chris Lane / Camera parts, photography / / 2 Comments

Here is part two of my camera buying guide, in time for the holidays. Look for part three and four in the next couple weeks. Hit the links below to go to either part 1 or individual categories. You should definitely subscribe (hit the button in the left hand sidebar) so that you won’t miss any of the installments.

Part 1 covers:

Point-and-shoot or DSLR? (the basics)
Budget
Response Time and Speed
Zoom

Part 2 (this post) covers:

Resolution
The Sensor & Processor
Macro
Screen
Manual Options

Part 3 covers:

ISO
Durability
Battery
Size, Shape and Weight

Part 4 covers:

Flash
Memory Cards
Other Options
Video

Resolution

Resolution is typically the biggest selling point for cameras in any category. Just because a camera has a higher resolution, doesn’t mean the camera is better, though. One thing to take into account is what you plan on doing with your pictures after you take them.
A higher resolution can print to a larger size,
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16 Nov

Digital camera buying guide – part 1

Chris Lane / Camera parts, photography / / 3 Comments

In time for the holidays when people will be considering buying a new digital camera, I thought to write a white paper detailing some of the things to look for or think about. It is fairly long, so I have broken it up into four parts to be posted every Tuesday for the next four weeks. You should definitely subscribe (hit the button in the left hand sidebar) so that you won’t miss any of the installments.

Part 1 (this post) covers:

Point-and-shoot or DSLR? (the basics)
Budget
Response Time and Speed
Zoom


Part 2 covers:

Resolution
The Sensor & Processor
Macro
Screen
Manual Options

Part 3 covers:

ISO
Durability
Battery
Size, Shape and Weight

Part 4 covers:

Flash
Memory Cards
Other Options
Video

If you have any further questions after reading this, feel free to ask in the comments below. When the entire thing has been posted, I will make a dedicated web page where the the white paper has been compiled into one downloadable file.

Point-and-shoot or DSLR?

When picking out a digital camera, you must eventually decide between a point-and-shoot or a so-called ‘professional’ DSLR camera. Both have a wide range of options and in this paper I intend to help you find what is best for you.
A point-and-shoot (PAS) camera is one where
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26 Oct

Camera Basic – Shutter Speed

Chris Lane / Camera parts, photography / / 2 Comments

The shutter is what really makes a camera. In essence a camera is just a box that holds some film or a sensor with a hole in the end that opens and closes to let in light. This is evident from as far back as the camera obscura which helped artists essentially trace a picture of a person to resemble their likeness. Similar to that is the pin-hole camera, where a piece of film or printing paper is placed inside a camera and literally a pin-hole is punched in the other end which can be uncovered to take some surprisingly phenomenal photographs. Only slightly more complex from this is a typical 35mm camera. This can introduce aperture, which is actually dependent on the lens. It also gives the ability to adjust mechanically the time the shutter is open. The size of the opening through the lens dramatically decreases the amount of time that the shutter need be open in comparison to pin-hole cameras. Then with DSLRs (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras, the only thing that is really changed is instead of the shutter opening to a silver halide film plane, it opens to a light sensor of some kind. Today the typical is the CMOS sensor, which is beyond the scope of this post to explain.

Shutter speed generally adjusts from 1/8000 of a second to as long as you want it open,
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