The Language Of Digital Cameras

June 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Photography Tips

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

-  LCD (Liquid Crystal Display). The screen at the back of the camera is known as the LCD screen. You can use this screen to see the view you are about to take a picture of. You can also use the screen to look over any of the pictures that you have taken already. The LCD screen is also the place where you will see the menu selections and other functions.

- Memory Stick. 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 very useful for taking pictures of fast moving objects like cars speeding by.

- Another function which is common in digital cameras is autofocus and this means that a picture will be brought into focus automatically. This function is very useful, particularly for beginners.

- 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.

- When it comes to measuring memory you will be talking about gigabytes or GBs. 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 can be found in countless products nowadays. 2GB Micro SD cards are a good example. Another one that is used nowadays is the R4i.

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