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Digital Camera Terms To Know

Oct 31, 2007
Purchasing a digital camera opens up a whole world of photography opportunities; but of course, It helps when learning to use your new digital camera to also know what some of the more common terms mean. Going digital, so to speak, does not mean that you do not still have those boxes of negatives and old photos in your basement. The good news is that you can have these photos and film slides scanned and restored to digital quality by a reputable slide scanning company. In the mean time, below, you will find many of the most common digital camera terms defined.

Automatic Mode A setting set the focus, exposure and white balance automatically.

Burst Mode or Continuous Capture Mode is a series of pictures taken one after another at quickly timed intervals with one press of the shutter button.

Compression is the process of compacting digital data, images and text by deleting selected information.

Digital Zoom Cropping and magnifying the center part of an image.

JPEG is the predominant format used for image compression in digital cameras

Lag Time is the pause between the time the shutter button is pressed and when the camera actually captures the image

LCD or Liquid Crystal Display is a small screen on a digital camera for viewing images.

The lens is a circular and transparent glass or plastic piece that has the function of collecting light and focusing it on the sensor to capture the image.

Megabyte or MB Measures 1024 Kilobytes, and refers to the amount of information in a file, or how much information can be contained on a Memory Card, Hard Drive or Disk.

Pixels are tiny units of color that make up digital pictures. Pixels also measure digital resolution. One million pixels adds up to one megapixel.

RGB refers to Red, Green, Blue colors used on computers to create all other colors.

Camera resolution describes the number of pixels used to create the image, which determines the amount of detail a camera can capture. The more pixels a camera has the more detail it can register and the larger the picture can be printed.

Storage Card is the removable storage device which holds images taken with the camera, comparable to film, but much smaller. It is also called a digital camera memory card.

Viewfinder is the optical window to look through to compose the scene.

White Balance White balancing adjusts the camera to compensate for the type of light daylight, fluorescent, incandescent, etc., or lighting conditions in the scene so it will look normal to the human eye.
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