The Language Of Digital Cameras

June 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Camera Reviews

As digital cameras increase in sophistication there is also an increase in the number of terms used to describe them and their functions. This can all be very confusing for those people who are not familiar with these devices. A few of the terms that are used when it comes to describing digital cameras will be looked at here.

- Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). The screen at the back of the camera is known as the LCD screen. You can use this screen to see an image of the picture you will be taking. You can also use this LCD to review pictures already taken. There are also other functions like menu selections available on the LCD screen.

- Memory card. This is where your images are stored until you remove them from the camera. Many people also keep data on their memory cards but it is not wise to do this for a long time as memory cards have a tendency to become corrupted.

- Burst Mode. Being able to take a number of photos in a short space of time is known as the burst mode and many digital cameras have this function. This is a very handy function for taking photos of objects which are moving very quickly such as a car speeding past.

- Having an autofocus function on a camera is good because it will bring any picture into focus without you having to fiddle with any buttons. Beginners will particularly find this function very useful.

- You can control the camera’s aperture with the F-stop function. You will get more light into the lens if you have a higher f-stop.

- You will probably hear the letters GB mentioned when talking about the memory which refers to gigabytes. Memory sticks usually have a minimum of 1GB these days and this enables you to take hundreds of photos.

- A JPEG is a type of photographic file and it is probably the most common one you will come across.

SD Cards are used in many products today. 2GB Micro SD cards happen to be a great example of this. Another one that is used nowadays is the R4i.

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