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Enormous advances have been made in digital technology over the years but it is only relatively recently that sophisticated digital cameras have become affordable to the serious amateur photographer.
Previously, high-end digital camera bundles were more suitable to professional photographers who made their living through photography.
As far as cheap “point and shoot” digital cameras, consumers have been extremely receptive with millions of models sold. However, even in this day and age some photographers are still hanging on to traditional film cameras.
Even for the traditionalists who are slowly coming around to the benefits of digital photography, confusion can be the main problem. With so many choices and a huge price range, the view may be that it is cheaper not to make a decision than to make a mistake.
Its easy to get lost in the terminology and many still have reservations about the quality and reliability of digital photography. Innovation adds to the confusion and it is difficult to keep up. As the technology advances, prices are reduced and a brand new camera may be obsolete tomorrow.
A closer look at five common issues about digital camera ownership may help hesitant traditionalists make up their mind about digital camera technology.
Do digital cameras produce high quality images?
We have all seen poor quality images produced by digital cameras. Early color printers did not have the capability to produce high-end results. This was often compounded by blurry images on low-grade monitors and the tiny camera LCD displays.
Modern digital cameras can display images at very high resolutions and are capable of surpassing the output of the best film cameras. Look at the high reservation output from today’s models on a good monitor or from a good quality printer with proper photo paper and see the quality.
How durable are digital camera photos?
Digital camera photographs are stored on electronic memory devices that are more robust and take less care than negative film. As long as care is taken of your storage device, then you protect images caught on a digital camera very effectively. You also have the capability to easily make copies of the image files – you can store them electronically in the cloud, copy them to a storage device or burn them to a CD. These options aren’t available with traditional film.
It is more expensive to process digital camera images?
It is now considerably cheaper to process digital images than traditional film. You can eliminate poor images before printing and pay for only those that you print. It is easy to share images via email and social media and photo printers have decreased in price and increased in quality. You can process images in the comfort of your own home, send your images to a professional processor or visit a processor on your high street.
Is it possible to get different effects from a digital camera?
The effects available to the user depends very much on the digital camera. Top models have an array of options to create effects. Photo editing software is available to manipulate your images to the desired effect.
Are zooming features comparable?
Digital cameras outperform their analog counterparts comprehensively in this department. Low-end digital cameras may only have digital zoom, which results in lower resolution images, high-end models have both digital and optical zoom features.3
Therefore it is important to look carefully at the optical zoom capability of any potential digital camera purchase. The effects of digital zoom can be replicated during the processing of the image using your image processing software before printing.