10 of the Most Useful Ideas for Digital Cameras

Why Other Things are More
Important Than Megapixels

1. There are Things More Important than Megapixels

Image Sensor Sizes
This chart shows that sensor size is more important than pixels, The tiny point and shoot sensor marked 1/2.5 is at the bottom left

Megapixels are marketing hype, Camera makers want to believe that more megapixels make to better photos. This is plainly not the case. Although more resolution does give you the capacity to become more aggressive with your crops or print large photos, but only a tiny fraction people shooting digital photography will gain any advantage from this. If you're an occasional photographer who probably will never print pictures any larger than 8x10s" or doing much editing on the computer, then a 5 or 6 MP resolution camera will be more than enough. Although advanced photographers will most likely get more benefit having the higher resolution flexibility, however a 10 MP plus camera is unnecessary to generate stunning photos. Select an affordable camera and one you can figure out, and don't get suckered in by over-hyped high-resolution numbers. ✓

2. Telephoto Zooms Are Extremely Useful

It doesn't matter if you're shooting far off wildlife or close-up portraits, in no way can you ever have more zoom than you need. Most digital cameras have 3x to 4x optical zoom, however you'll never have any regrets buying a larger zoom. And luckily the medium zoom camera segment is quickly growing, and there's a large variety of zooms with 8x, 10x, or yet 12x optical zooms. For supreme zoom control and image quality, select a medium or super zoom camera containing image stabilization, assuring that photos shot at either end of the telephoto range will be crisp and clear, even without using a tripod.

3. Get a Travel Camera that uses AA Batteries

Canon Powershot SX150Digital cameras are available in two flavors: those that are operated by lithium-ion proprietary batteries and cameras that run on AA-size batteries. If you travel a lot, and in particular enjoy rustic or remote locations, then get a camera that runs on AA batteries. Having a camera that runs on proprietary batteries loses of power, you are left with no other options but use an expensive spare battery or to put the battery in a charger and plug it into an outlet. An available outlet is needed, plus the battery charger, while, if you are in a country outside the U.S, you'll need a power converter. If you ever have concerns over an electrical outlet, or if you simply don't care for the annoyance of carrying chargers and cords, then the limitations are readily apparent.

When you're on a trip with a camera that employs AA batteries, you can simply toss out the old ones and install a brand new set of AA high-performance batteries such as Energizer E2 Lithium's. Carrying two to three sets of these batteries can usually get you through the conclusion of a 10-day excursion. If your high-performance batteries run out, there's also the option to use standard alkaline batteries, available anyplace in the world, while providing a handy and cheap backup power source (although they only provide a fraction of high performance battery life). Recent trips have proven this theory, after the camera of my companion gave it up from run down batteries, I continued to happily shoot away using my Canon PowerShot with AA batteries.

4. You will shoot more photos carrying a Small Camera

Canon ELPH 500 HSYour big, black DSLR with the long lens may look impressive, but you can't use it if don't carry it. Don't ever short sell the value of a camera tiny enough to fit in a pocket, you'll simply be astonished at the spontaneous photos you'll get the opportunity to shoot. While the image quality produced by a point and shoot does not rival that of a big DSLR, the capability to whisk it out and capture a picture while others are still fumbling with their bulky DSLRs more than overshadows any drawbacks.

5. There are many remarkably simple-to-use cameras

When I got my wife her first Point and Shoot camera, I selected a Canon, having read a myriad of reviews that went on and on about them being user-friendly. Those reviews were right on, Canon's PowerShot point and shoot cameras are remarkably simple to use: while the menus are easy to use, LCD text nice and large, while the controls are pretty much self-explanatory. The photos are every bit as impressive, featuring striking, saturated colors with sharp definition. Don't be lulled into thinking that Canon PowerShot point and shoot cameras are only for newbie's, however, simplicity aside, many high-end PowerShot camers provide a full array of manual functions for experienced photographers.

6. Canon makes many of the better point and shoot cameras

Canon PowerShot point and shoot cameras consistently receive great reviews, all for good reasons: Over the last three years, Canon has proven time and again that it makes well laid out cameras that capture impressive images. From their EOS DSLR line to the tiny PowerShot ELPHs, Canon puts a lot of effort into the design development, and the consequences show up, photographers of all experience levels glow over their Canon cameras. Sure, Canon's made a few mistakes during the process like, the Canon A70 which was manufactured with a crippling design flaw that produced error messages plus black lines across the LCD screen, although later models appear to be free from this sort of issue. If you'd like for a great amalgamation of performance, features, and price, Canon will nearly always deliver.  (NOTE: VistaView360.com is in no way affiliated with Canon, nor do I receive any benefit from recommending one brand over another).

7. Digital Cameras can Break or Simply go bad

It may be accidental damage or plain wear and tear, but digital cameras point and shoot are not nearly as long lasting as their film ancestors. Many photographers still have film cameras which are from ten to twenty years old. Don't expect to get this kind of mileage from your new compact digital plaything. Cameras may suffer from engineering flaws, while others become the victim of mechanical failures that effect practically every type of electronic gear. I'm not saying you should not get a digital camera? No way. A digital camera fundamentally changes the way you perceive photography and you'll wonder how you got by without one. You must, however, acknowledge that some day your digital camera will stop working. this tidbit may keep some from laying out top dollar for a pricey camera; while others may merely accept it as a downside of photographing with digital. The most crucial thing is do the homework prior to buying, and any big design flaws will become quickly apparent among user reviews.

8. Obtain and Make use of a Photo Editor Such as Photoshop Elements

A majority of people shooting digital will never spend the time to gain control of big, powerful and expensive photo editing programs such as Paint Shop Studio Pro or Adobe Photoshop Elements, these programs are way too time-consuming and difficult for everyone but the most committed digital photographer. However a variety of simple-to-use photo editing programs are available that even beginner photographers can use for editing, improving, and organizing their digital images.

A favorite is Picasa, and it's totally free at www.picasa.google.com. Using Picasa you can carry out basic editing functions such as sharpening, cropping. contrast correction, plus straightening, mostly with the click of a single button. Expend a few moments on your best images and you'll be astonished at the outcome. Picasa is exceedingly simple to organize your favorite pictures keeping you from having to sort through hundreds or thousands of unwanted images to find your most prized photos.

9. Use Numerous 1 or 2 GB Cards with none bigger

After coming back from an out of town trip, I fervently inserted a memory card into my computer's memory card reader to download my latest images. For some unexplained reason (most probable, a static electricity issue), a memory card that was supposed to be full with more than 200 images was totally blank. A couple of weeks and quite a few dollars later (and thanks to www.drivesaversdatasharerecovery.com), around 90% of my images were recovered, however the others were permanently gone. There's a moral here? Similar to other technology types, flash memory isn't without flaws. It's very rare for images to be lost, but it can and does occur. Because I had distributed my photos across 5 memory cards saved me from the likelihood of losing a couple of weeks' worth of non-replaceable memories. Given the option of choosing a single 8GB memory card, or four 2GB cards, I always go for multiple cards.

10. Print and show off your pictures

Way too many people shoot great digital photos, only to let them fade away into anonymity on their computer's hard drive, to never see the light of screen again or enjoyed by anyone. Keep this from happening to you. Online printing and image hosting companies such as Kodak Gallery or Snapfish can make your digital pictures into quality prints of just about any size. All you need to do is upload your images onto the website. From that point you can buy prints of practically every size along with calendars, t-shirts, photo mouse pads, and other gifts. You may also provide a link to family or friends allowing them see your photos online and purchase their own copies. a good way to see lots more of your very own images is by using them as screen savers on your computer. All you need to do is right-click on your computer's desktop, select Properties/Screen Saver/Settings, and then point your computer at the file and photos you want to use. Set your screensaver to switch images every 10 or 15 seconds and you'll get a precious slide show each time your computer becomes idle.

updated article Oct 11, 2014

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