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Digital Camera Battery Performance

After studying a range of specifications for digital cameras currently on the market, it would seem that the majority specify 4xAA cells (i.e., 6 volts) as the power source. Some cameras suggest the optional use of rechargeable cells such as four Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) cells, or four Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) cells. Each of these cells has a nominal voltage of 1.2 volts, so a pack of four would supply 4.8 volts. Rechargeable cells would certainly be more economic in the long term, and more convenient.

Choosing an A3 Printer

This article looks at the criteria digital photographers should use when selecting a printer for pictures they wish to display. Some criteria apply to both colour and monochrome prints, while others are specific to colour or B&W. Which criteria are the most important will depend to some extent on the photographer’s personal taste. Some photographers judge print quality by looking at the tonal range in the image, while others look for bright, vibrant colours and deep, rich blacks. Many photographers suffer from budget restrictions and, although they might like the top-of-the-range model, have to ‘make do’ with a lower-featured unit that may not be so well built. To help you decide which printer to buy, we have outlined a set of criteria that you should examine. It’s up to you to prioritise those criteria in their order of importance.

Camera Bags and Cases

A good camera bag is one of the best forms of insurance you can buy for your camera equipment. Whether you need a compact camera pouch for your slimline digicam or a professional bag to hold DSLR bodies and lenses plus accessories, choosing the ideal bag can be a daunting exercise. In this feature we look at the issues you should take into account when selecting a camera bag.

Buying Cameras for Children

With Christmas just around the corner, many parents (and grandparents) are wondering what to give their loved ones this year. If you’re a photo enthusiast, a camera is often top-of-mind. Most children enjoy digital cameras because they provide instant feedback and heaps of fun for both the photographer and his or her subject.

Buying Guide: Memory Cards

This articles gives tips and advice on choosing and using flash memory cards. The internal memories in digicams can only store a few high-resolution image files, so a separate memory card is always required. New camera buyers should purchase at least a 1GB memory card with their camera. It’s a small investment; at the time of writing you could buy a 1GB CF or SD card for less than $30.

Busting the Megapixel Myth

Anyone looking at the cameras the manufacturers have been offering over the past several years could easily believe that the higher the camera’s megapixel count the better. But, as the old jazz standard says: ‘It ain’t necessarily so!’ The only thing more megapixels will give you is the ability to enlarge and crop pictures without individual pixels becoming visible. Other factors are much more important in determining overall picture quality.