One factor few digital camera buyers appreciate is just how small the sensors in digital cameras actually are. Currently, the most popular digicam sensor measures approximately 6.13 x 4.6 mm in size. That’s about half the size of your little fingernail.
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This table compares specifications of interchangeable-lens cameras with video capabilities.
Since a large part of digital photography involves editing images on a computer, we felt it was time we looked at the factors that should influence monitor choice. The ability to see an image file on-screen with accurate colour and tone is essential for a professional digital workflow. To keep wastage to a minimum when printing, photographers need to invest time (and, usually money) to ensure that what they see on-screen is very close to their printed images. With an accurate, properly calibrated and profiled monitor you can get very close!
What takes priority when you buy memory cards for your camera: price, capacity or card speed? The answer will probably differ with different photographers. Cash-strapped amateur photographers are usually price-driven, while professional sports photographers will put the highest priority on card speed and be prepared to pay a premium for faster cards. Some photographers prefer having several 1GB or 2GB cards while others find it more convenient to shoot with higher capacities.
When Photo Review took an in-depth look at the features serious photographers require in a compact digicam back in April 2007, we were one of a number of websites lobbying for larger sensors in compact camera bodies. It’s taken a while for manufacturers to react but we’re starting to see some of our wishes fulfilled in the latest offerings from Olympus, Panasonic and Ricoh.
Paper choice is important if you want high-quality, long-lasting prints. The paper must be compatible with your printer and have the right look and feel for the image printed on it. Its surface should also be able to accept the ink without letting it spread. To achieve these objectives, all inkjet papers have coated surfaces that impart certain qualities with respect to flatness, surface texture and ink absorbency.
If you’ve been waiting until the ‘right’ model came along to buy your first digital SLR camera, now could be a good time.
Most printer buyers are unaware that the number of inks a printer uses influences the range of colours and tones it can reproduce. The simplest printers use only four ink colours: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. This ink set is known as ø¢â‚¬ËœCMYK’, with the K standing for ø¢â‚¬Ëœkey’ and representing black.
Just about every Australian household owns a digital still camera; some even have two or three. Sadly, because imaging technology changes rapidly, yesterday’s pride-and-joy is likely to be superseded by a new model with higher resolution and more features before the old camera is past its ø¢â‚¬Ëœuse-by’ date. Consequently, many readers will likely be looking for advice to help them choose their next digital camera.